Empower Erie Board Members

Empower Erie is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, headed by Atty. Ronald A. DiNicola. The goal of Empower Erie is to establish a Community College in Erie County as a way to improve the overall educational attainment and household income of Erie County Residents, meet employer’s current and future needs for skilled workers, make Erie a more attractive place for businesses, and create more family sustaining jobs.

Our volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of a dedicated team, with unique expertise and experience, to support the establishment of a Community College in Erie County.

Ronald A. DiNicola Esq.

President and Chairman
Attorney, DiNicola Law Offices

Timothy McNair Esq.

Attorney, McNair Law Offices PLLC

Judi Roth

Business Consultant

Dr. Robert Oliver

Chief Educational Officer, Perseus House Charter School of Excellence

Danny Jones

Director of Student Services/Homeless Liaison, City of Erie School District

Linda Stevenson

Retired - VP PNC Financial Services, Chair Erie Athena PowerLink

Cheryl Rush Dix

Fulbright Program, The School District of the City of Erie, PA

Steve Schillo

Retired - Vice President for Finance and Administration, SUNY Fredonia



Website, social media help non...

Posted on April 13th, 2017 at 5:28 PM

Empower Erie has created empowererie.org, and information on the community college effort can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.


Washington state’s lauded co...

Posted on April 3rd, 2017 at 12:21 PM

Fifty years ago on April 3, the state created a system of community colleges that ushered in dramatic growth in the network of schools that now enroll 300,000 students.


WVU Study: Pierpont Community ...

Posted on March 29th, 2017 at 8:58 AM

Community colleges are beginning to receive more attention as students realize they are able to receive certification and degrees in a shorter period of time for less money.


Survey finds support for Erie-...

Posted on March 26th, 2017 at 9:03 AM

The survey of 500 randomly-selected Erie County residents was conducted in late February and early March as part a state-required feasibility study.


Community college could help m...

Posted on February 10th, 2017 at 2:59 PM

Recently I read that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to cover tuition costs at state colleges for hundreds of thousands of middle- and low-income New Yorkers.


Empower Hour ...

Posted on February 3rd, 2017 at 9:53 AM

Our first Empower Hour attracted more than 100 business, non-profit and community leaders in support of an Erie County Community College.


Nonprofit hosts information se...

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 at 2:54 PM

Thursday evening event gives business, community leaders an opportunity to learn more about the community college proposal.


Most colleges enroll many stud...

Posted on January 30th, 2017 at 3:03 PM

At more than 200 campuses, more than half of incoming students must take remedial courses.


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