Community Advisory Committee

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is composed of community residents and partners who provide guidance to the Environmental Health Study team and advise on a variety of issues related to the Study.

Get to know some of our members!

Nicole Bermingham

Nicole Bermingham is the Branch Manager of the Kenmore and Kenilworth Libraries, part of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library system. She has been a librarian in both school and public libraries for over 20 years. Her residence in one of the affected areas (Kenmore), along with an interest in educating the community through library services inspired her to be a part of the Community Advisory Committee.

Ralph Critelli, MSEd

Geoscience/Interdisciplinary Science, Kenmore East HS- retired (2020)-Earth Science/IB Environmental Systems, University @ Buffalo-History of the Environmental Movement/ Environmental Issues, Canisius College-Hydrology/Environmental Health

Ralph Critelli is interested in being involved on the CAC because the environmental health study directly relates to everything that he teaches about and believes environmental education is more vital now than at any prior time in human history--- "We are profoundly altering our natural world; understanding the impact that portends for our future, both immediate and long-term cannot be overstated."  

Christina Kasprzak 

Christina Kasprzak is a PhD candidate in the school of public health at the University at Buffalo. She currently lives in her hometown of the Town of Tonawanda and is passionate about supporting causes that address widespread public health issues, particularly among the most vulnerable populations. 

Jessica Leone, MPH

Jessica Leone is a research assistant at the Primary Care Research Institute and serves on the community engagement team for the Environmental Health Study for Western New York. She graduated from Daemen College with her Master of Public Health. Her focus and passions reside in health equity and community engagement. 

Mary Messer

Messer is a single mom living in Tonawanda, in her late 50s and is a college student applying to nursing school. She loves dogs and volunteers with Project Thruway Turtle Watch.

Tammy Milillo 

Tammy Milillo is a research scientist in Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. She is also a research assistant professor in the Dept. of Chemistry. Her expertise is in analytical environmental chemistry and geostatistical modeling and has completed 20 years of community based public participation research in Western NY.

Cathy Piciulo

Cathy Piciulo is the president/CEO of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Chamber of Commerce. She has been involved with the Chamber for 20 years as a member and holding various positions on the Board of Directors. Acting as the link to the business community, she works to communicate the goals and study findings. By utilizing the strength of their social media presence, the Chamber helps draw attention to the study to promote community involvement.