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Board of Directors

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Michael C. LaFever, President

Dr. LaFever is the President of the CCLC and a retired Superintendent of Catholic Schools for Western New York in the Diocese of Buffalo.  He proposed that the model of funding Catholic education could not sustain itself long-term.  A system that depended on “tuition and the gifts of others” in his opinion would at some point exhaust itself.  He felt that tuition had to remain reasonable so that any family regardless of their denomination or absence of one, could afford a faith-based education.  Dr. LaFever was also concerned about “fundraising exhaustion”, meaning that year after year of fundraisers in Catholic schools would eventually become too much for people to keep contributing.  In addition, the low salaries and benefits offered to the employees of the Catholic schools continually contributed to turnover resulting in instability.  As a result of these concerns, Dr. LaFever suggested that a new approach to funding Catholic schools was needed and created the Catholic Children’s Learning Corporation.  

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Mr. John Vecchio,
Vice President

John began his career as a Catholic Schoolteacher (Holy Trinity, Dunkirk, NY) before transitioning to Business at M&T, Goldome and Fleet Banks, serving as Vice President in their Consumer Banking/Operations/Residential Real Estate Divisions. 

As VP for Institutional Advancement at Trocaire College, (2000 - 2013), John served as the college’s Chief Advancement Officer, College Spokesperson, and as a member of the President’s Cabinet. 

John also served as a Relationship Manager for the Foundation of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo (2014-2016) and was a loaned executive to the Catholic Charities Corporate Annual Appeal.

As President of Vecchio & Associates, LLC  his firm’s clients include: The North Park Italian Center Project, Ronald Mc Donald House of WNY, The Clarence Rotary Foundation, The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park and The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns.  John is proud of his volunteer services in nonprofit agencies throughout WNY. 

Members of St. Benedicts Church, John and his wife Janice reside in East Amherst.          

Mr. Vecchio’s educational background includes:

BS Education, SUNY Fredonia, 1974. 

MBA, Canisius College, 1989. 

The Professional Development Leadership Program Certificate, Canisius, 2001.

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Ms. Emma Fenwick

Emma Fenwick is currently a student at Daemen University.  She is an alumnus of St. Benedict Catholic School and a graduate of Scared Heart Academy in Amherst, N.Y.  Emma is pursuing her degree in Social Work at Daemen.  

Mr. Jeffery Blair,

Jeff Blair grew up in WNY and attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut where he played ice hockey as a goalie; graduating with a degree in Political Science.  After two years trying his hand at professional hockey, Jeff attended law school; graduating from the University at Buffalo.  Jeff has worked as an attorney for the last 15 years focusing on business law and doing a lot of work in the Not-For-Profit sector.  Jeff currently is a Partner at the Blair Law Group.  Jeff is married to Myroslava Blair and they are the pround parents toa baby girl, Nadiya.

Kevin Brayer

Kevin Brayer has a long career committed to and an advocate for Catholic Education.

Retiring in May of 2017, from St. Bonaventure University as the Executive Director of the St. Bonaventure Buffalo Center where he served as the Chief Operations Officer for 17 years. He was responsible for overseeing all the day-to-day operations and delivery of graduate programs in Business, Education, and Integrated Marketing at the Buffalo Center. During his years in administration, he also taught marketing-related courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs at both campuses.

He has been a member of the St. Louis Church Parish family for over 30 years. During those years his service to the parish his involvement includes Sacristan, Usher, Eucharistic Minister, a reader at Lessons and Carols, and a member of the Parish Council. In June 2019, he was elected President of the St. Louis Parish Council.

Samuel F. Iraci, Jr. 

Currently, Mr. Iraci is the Executive Director of Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps in the City of Buffalo  He has had an extensive career in public service starting in 1978 a the Director of State of Federal Aid, for the City of Buffalo.  Other professional positions have included Director of Labor Relations, Deputy Mayor, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, Commissioner of Community Development, City Manager, and Public Sector Consulting/Assistant to the Mayor City of Tonawanda

Samuel has a strong Catholic educational background having attended Canisius High School, Niagara University and Canisius College  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration.

Mr. Iraci continues his service to the community by serving on the finance committee of St Rose of Lima Parish and on the board of directors for both the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo and the Western New York Maritime Charter School.


Erica Aikins

 Erica Aikin holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Science in Administration & Supervision.  Ms. Aikin has served in Catholic education for 23 years.  She recently held the position of Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction for the Diocese of Buffalo.   Currently, Ms. Aikin works in the Education Department for the U.S. Veteran’s Benefits Association where she continues to support the educational development of our veterans. 

Ms. Aikin is the mother of three young adults all of whom attended school in Catholic elementary schools.

Beth Morales Arroyo &   Dr. David Moran

Husband and wife Beth is a stay-at-home mom and David is a professor of counseling at Lindsey Wilson College. Dr. Morgan also serves as the school counselor at Christ the King School in Amherst.  Born and raised in Puebla, Mexico, Beth earned a bachelor's degree in tourism and business from UPAEP, a Jesuit university. They are parents of three children, two of whom currently attend Catholic school.

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