EPIC Welcomes New Board Members

For Immediate Release:   August 15, 2019
Contact: Mary Simpson, Development and Marketing Manager
716-332-4130, [email protected]
EPIC - Every Person Influences Children 
Appoints Three New Board Members
BUFFALO (NY) - Pam Johnson, board president, EPIC - Every Person Influences Children is pleased to announce that Dr. Char'lese Perry, PMHNP, Linwood Roberts, Jr., JD, Associate Director, UB Office of Community Relations and Colleen Reedy, Director of Business Development and Community Relations, Bryant & Stratton College have joined the Board of Directors.
"We are delighted that Dr. Perry, Mr. Roberts and Ms. Reedy are committed to EPIC's mission to give every child a strong start and promising future. We welcome their time and expertise, "said Tara N. Burgess, Executive Director.
Dr. Char'lese Perry, PMHNP practices at the Niagara Falls Medical Center. She received her doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2015, where she also earned her bachelors in nursing. Previously she worked as a counselor, after graduation from Canisius College with a degree in Psychology in 2009. She is a member of Black Nurses Rock, national chapter and co-secretary of the local chapter, where she serves on the scholarship board. Dr. Perry is committed to bringing mental health awareness to the community, by working with local groups including churches. She lives in Cheektowaga.
Linwood Roberts, Jr. Esq., is Director of Community Engagement for SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, where he connects the services of the dental school with underserved communities. His extensive experience in community relations includes working as the Associate Director of the SUNY Buffalo Office of Community Relations connecting the university with the neighborhoods it impacts. Mr. Roberts is an attorney and was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corp in 1996. He received his B.S. in Criminal Justice from St. John's University in 1999, his law degree from SUNY Buffalo in 2006 and a Masters in 2010. He lives in Buffalo.
Colleen Reedy, Director of Business Development and Community Relations at Bryant Stratton College, has 20 years of management experience in higher educat
ion including recruitment, program design and marketing. She served as Associate Director, Recruitment and Residency Programs, SUNY Empire State College and as Dean of Students, ECC City Campus. Ms. Reedy is active in a number of community organizations and has taught public speaking at local colleges. She received her M.S. from SUNY Buffalo State College in Adult Education and her BS. in Management from Houghton College. She resides in West Seneca.
Pam Johnson is board president. Tara N. Burgess is executive director. 
About EPIC:                                  
EPIC - Every Person Influences Children's mission is to help families, schools and communities raise children to become responsible and successful adults. EPIC provides year-round programming in Parenting Education, which includes Ready, Set, Parent! (offering support and solutions for parents of newborns), parenting classes for parents of young children, and young adolescents; Families in Transition (helping individuals facing challenges reach their full potential as parents); and Just for Teens (enhancing the skills and confidence of pregnant and parenting teens) and Family Engagement in Education, encouraging early literacy and building parents' capacity to become more actively involved in their children's education, through programs such as Ready, Set, Read! (developing family literacy and early intervention for children's academic success); and Storytime (fun family literacy-based event). For more information about EPIC, please visit www.epicforchildren.org.