Dan Cross-Viola

Dan Cross-Viola

Extended Learning Time Supervisor

Dan Cross-Viola began his career at Say Yes as the Family Support Specialist at PS #156 Frederick Law Olmsted. For the past ten years, Dan has worked with children and youth of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels to help them reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.

Prior to joining Say Yes Buffalo, Dan coordinated the Stages of Life Empowerment Program at Native American Community Services. In this capacity, he was responsible for the overall performance of a teen pregnancy prevention program operating in Erie and Niagara Counties, including the development and implementation of health and wellness programming for 10-21 year olds. Before his time at Native American Community Services, Dan worked for four years in the Out-of-School Time Programs at Association House of Chicago. During this time, he worked with 6-18 year olds to plan and lead academic, life skills, health and wellness, service learning, and sports programming.

Dan earned his Masters of Education with a concentration in Youth Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. He earned his Bachelor of Arts with majors in History and Spanish from the University at Buffalo in 2005.

Contact Dan at dcrossviola@sayyestoeducation.org or 716-247-5310, ext. 217.

Leadership Team

David Rust is the Executive Director of Say Yes Buffalo.

Tanya Staples is the Senior Director of Community Schools.

Betsy Behrend is the Senior Director for Operations and Communications at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Collin Gehl is the Talent Acquisition and Development Manager with Child & Family Services / Say Yes to Education Buffalo.

Tommy McClam is the Director of the Boys and Men of Color Initiative at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Daphne Ross is the Senior Director for College Success and Communications at Say Yes Buffalo.

Gellenia Smallwood is the Parent Center Director at Say Yes Buffalo.

Emily Wyckoff is the Senior Director for Development and Strategic Partnership at Say Yes Buffalo.

Our Team

Christopher J. Lee is Data Director serving in a joint position with Say Yes Buffalo and Buffalo Public Schools

Jamil Crews is Digital Communications Manager.

Daun Nicholas is the Community Schools Northeast and South Zone Leader.

Contact Us

Questions? We want to hear from you! Visit, call or email us.