Steering Committee

The Steering Committee of the Faculty Council includes representatives from both basic science and clinical departments. The Steering Committee represents, and acts on behalf of the Faculty Council in all matters within the purview of the Faculty Council.

All actions of the Steering Committee are subject to prior or subsequent approval of the Faculty Council.  

Powers and Duties

The Steering Committee meets monthly. It ensures that an agenda for all regular and special meetings of the Faculty Council is sent to the electorate.

A full description of the Steering Committee’s powers and duties may be found in the bylaws

To contact the Steering Committee, please email or contact any of the Steering Committee members listed below.

Membership of the Faculty Council Steering Committee 2024-2025


  • Brashear, Allison

    Allison Brashear, MD, MBA

    Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Professor of Neurology

    955 Main Street, Room 6190 Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

    Phone: (716) 829-3955; Fax: (716) 829-2179


  • Laychock, Suzanne

    Suzanne Laychock, PhD

    Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

    Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences room 6155 955 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

    Phone: (716) 829-2808; Fax: (716) 829-2437


Officers of the Faculty Council

  • Faculty Council President, 2024-2025

    Hall, John

    John Hall, MD

    Clinical Associate Professor

    100 College Parkway Suite 260 Williamsville, NY 14221

    Phone: (716) 635-0688; Fax: (716) 204-9574


  • President-Elect, 2024-2025

    Nowak, Norma

    Norma Nowak, PhD


    701 Ellicott Street Room B2-293 Center of Excellence BUFFALO, NY 14203

    Phone: 716-881-8903


  • Past President, 2024-2025

    Popescu, Gabriela

    955 Main Street Buffalo NY 14203 Office 4226; Lab 4250 Buffalo, NY 14203

    Phone: (716) 829-3807; Fax: (716) 829-2661


  • Secretary, 2024-2026

    Alexander, Jessy

    Jessy Alexander, PhD

    Research Professor

    875 Ellicott Street CTRC, 8030D Buffalo, NY 14203

    Phone: 716-888-4852


  • Parliamentarian, 2023-2025

    Melendy, Thomas

    Thomas Melendy, PhD

    Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, and Biochemistry

    5116 Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Department of Microbiology & Immunology 955 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

    Phone: (716) 829-3789


  • Basic Science Representative to Executive Committee, 2024-2026

    Bou Ghanem, Elsa

    Elsa Bou Ghanem, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    JSMBS 955 Main Street Office 55254 Buffalo, NY 14203

    Phone: 7168292422; Fax: 7168292158


  • Clinical Representative to Executive Committee, 2023-2025

    Quigg, Richard

    Richard Quigg, MD

    Arthur M. Morris Professor and Chief, Division of Nephrology

    Clinical Translational Research Center 875 Ellicott Street, Suite 8030 Buffalo, NY 14203

    Phone: 716-888-4826


At-Large Representatives to the Faculty Council Steering Committee

2024-2025 Term

  • Stacey A. Watt, MD

    Program Director


    77 Goodell Street, Suite 550, Buffalo, NY 14203

    Phone: (716) 829-6108; Fax: (716) 842-4170


  • Falls, Zackary

    Zackary Falls, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    77 Goodell Street, Suite 540 Buffalo, NY 14203


  • Edward A. Stehlik, MD

    Clinical Professor