BNHF Board of Directors

Tom Petrie

Tom Petrie, President

Tom Petrie is in his 52nd year in the retail field, he has held many managerial positions. Tom’s current position is a Human Resource representative for Tops Markets. He has held the position of Chairman of the Board for the East Aurora Chamber of Commerce where he helped promote the East Aurora business community and oversaw several community projects. He has been an active volunteer for Junior Achievement of WNY for over 12 years. He volunteers for this organization because he is the proud grandson and son of decorated WWI and WWII Army veterans. This is a way to honor them for their service and to continue to honor all of America’s veterans.  Buffalo- Niagara Honor Flight received its official charter in February of 2016 and at that time, he accepted the role of President.  He is grateful to continue to lead this worthy organization.

Nancy Babis

Nancy Babis, Vice President

Nancy Babis is a first year board member, 3-year volunteer. She describes her main job as “worker bee” she volunteers at events, helps plan events and assists when/where needed. Her parents served in the Navy (dad) and Coast Guard (mom). Nancy’s husband was also a Navy veteran. Veterans have always been a big part of her life. She is very involved with veterans especially through her membership and service in the American Legion Auxiliary. She is serving as President of the American Legion Auxiliary Department of New York. In planning for her retirement from a nursing career of over 30 years, she shared that she wanted to continue her service to Veterans and learned about Buffalo- Niagara Honor Flight. Nancy wants to be part of honoring our Veterans through one more tour with honor.

Donna Quigley

Donna Quigley, Treasurer

Donna Quigley is the treasurer for Buffalo – Niagara Honor Flight and has held the position since 2018.  Donna comes from a military family in that her relatives have served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.  Donna also serves in the role of bus captain for flight day.    

Donna is a Buffalo based Accounting/Finance professional.  Donna earned her BBA & MBA from St. Bonaventure University and has worked in the banking related industry for the length of her career.  Donna is currently a Senior Manager with Durkin Group LLC performing forensic accounting in the asset-based lending sector; she is the Firm’s precious metal lending specialist. 

Kathy Brown

Kathy Brown, Secretary

Kathy Brown is the Secretary and has held the office since 2017. She is a retired Grand Island CSD special education teacher and President of the New York State United Teachers WNY Retiree Council #1. She has been volunteering with BNHF since its first organizing meeting in the winter of 2016. Kathy is the daughter of a WWII veteran who served in the Infantry during the Battle of the Bulge. Kathy feels a closeness to her deceased father every time she participates in getting other people’s veteran dad, mom, or other family members on a trip of honor.

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Dennis Priore, Board Member

Dennis Priore is a board member and media coordinator since September 2016. He is a retired teacher and Kenmore – Town of Tonawanda UFSD middle school principal. He currently is in his third term as a Board of Education trustee of the Clarence Central School District. Dennis also volunteers with the Erie County Association of School Boards, and serves as a lector at St. Mary’s of Swormville Church.  Dennis’ father, Jerry Priore was a Corporal in the US Army serving in WWII. “It is a great honor to assist our nation’s veterans to travel to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials that are dedicated to them”

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Eileen E. Snyder, Board Member

Eileen E. Snyder spent 42 years in the banking industry in the Buffalo area retiring as a First Vice President, Credit Risk Manager at First Niagara Bank. She joined Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight in 2016 when the current hub was formed and served as Treasurer from 2016-2018.  She joined the BNHF Board in 2022 and assists the Veteran Coordinator with updates to the database along with providing data sorts for preparation for fights. Previously she served on the board of CHC Learning Center for 24 years with 7 of those years as President. Additionally, she was a board member of the Girl Scouts Council of Buffalo and Erie County as well as the board of Oakbrook Condominium.

Judith Davidson, Board Member

Judith (Judy) Davidson had 42 years of service with the Federal Government before retiring and brought her skillset to BNHF when she became a volunteer in 2016.  Her investigative and organizational abilities made her a good candidate for the Board position of Event Coordinator.   Judy is very active in the community when it comes to helping the underserved and our homeless veterans as demonstrated by her affiliation with such organizations as We R Buffalo Strong, American Legion Auxiliary and Fraternal Order of the Eagles.  She is Vice President of her Alumni Association and has assisted in efforts to collect donations for organizations such as Blue Star Mothers of America, FeedMore, Animal Rescues, etc.   Judy’s passion for veterans comes naturally as her dad, Emil Eichenseer, was a decorated World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. As for the Buffalo Bills – she is an avid fan having season tickets for over 50 years.

Christine Hall, Board Member

Christine Hall is employed full-time as an Associate of the Travel Team for Rich Holdings, Inc. Chris is the volunteer travel coordinator for Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight (BNHF) since June 2016. She recently traveled to Washington, DC, with a group of 120 guests, including 52 veterans of the Korean, Vietnam and Cold War, to view memorials erected in honor of war heroes. Christine said it was an honor to volunteer for such a great organization. She found it rewarding to meet so many wonderful people and veterans and looks forward to her continued involvement with BNHF. In fact, Christine is always planning for the next Mission which now means overnight flights.

Suzann Tighe, Board Member

Suzann will be an asset to your team both through my personal and professional experiences. She is Coordinator of Senior volunteers in the Erie County Office of Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Her experience as a Senior Program Manager and Director will come in handy as she uses her skills and experience with international and community relations, volunteer and participant recruitment, compliance, cultural diversity, program research, development and implementation.  Suzann states;  “I had the honor of joining my Dad; James J. Tighe, on Buffalo Honor Flight, Mission #9, on October 13, 2019. It was the experience of a lifetime for both my Dad and I and all of those who joined in that trip. My Dad served on the USS Hamner in Korea and remained a proud US NAVY Veteran, until his passing on January 10, 2023, at 92 years old.”

Timothy S. Van Patten, II, Board Member

Tim will serve the board as a Social Media content provider and with website content and all things technical! Tim joined the Board after witnessing first-hand the amazing work the Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight organization did when he participated in a special Mission # 15 of all Purple Heart veterans June 2023. Tim was serving as the State Commander of the Sons of the American Legion at the time. His many talents will be very much appreciated by all who work with him. He’s an active leader of the Sons of the American Legion WNY Region, Director/ Stage Crew Advisor at Williamsville Central Schools Part-time,  Hazardous Materials Advanced Technician, Erie County Hazardous Materials Response Team. 

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