Sylvia Lane

Sylvia Lane

Director of Preventive Services

Sylvia Lane has dedicated her career to assisting and advocating for children and families. Sylvia started her career with Baker Victory Services as a Preventive Caseworker where she worked with at risk children and families identified through Erie County Department of Social Services. Sylvia assisted in assessing safety of children and the development of Family Service plans geared towards preventing out of home placements. Sylvia then transitioned into the educational setting of the Erie County Head Start Program. Sylvia worked as a Disability Coordinator where she assisted in the coordination of services to children identified with a disability and acted as a liaison between the Buffalo Committee of Preschool Special Education and the Head Start Program. Sylvia also held the position of the Family and Community Manager for the Erie County Head Start Program. Prior to becoming a FSS Supervisor, she was a Family Support Specialist herself at PS 89 Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence.

As a successful graduate of Buffalo Public schools #90, #28 and McKinley High School, Sylvia understands the benefit of all children having access to higher education. Sylvia is a graduate of Medaille College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Buffalo State College with a Master’s of Science degree in Human Service Administration. Sylvia is also a 2013 recipient of the “Woman Touching the World” award granted through the Unlimited Possibilities Overcoming Poverty Ministry, Inc.

Contact Sylvia at [email protected] or 716-247-5310, ext. 210.

Leadership Team

Betsy Behrend is the Senior Director for Operations and Communications.

Dan Cross-Viola is the Director of Extended Learning and Quality Improvement.

Laura DeLuca is the Chief Financial Officer.

David Rust is the Chief Executive Officer and founding Executive Director.

Collin Gehl is the Director of Human Resources.

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

Amanda Paul is Senior Director of School-Based Services. She can be reached at [email protected] and at 716-468-0043.

Tanya Staples is the Senior Director of Community Schools.

Our Team

Becca Bass serves as both a Family Support Specialist and Grant Writing and Management Specialist for Say Yes Buffalo. In her role as a Family Support Specialist, she works directly…

Christine Waikiki is South/West Zone Leader.

Ariel Peters is Community Schools Specialist.

Jamien Eutsey is Interim Youth Sports Management Supervisor.

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