Seneca Gaming’s Astran Named To PRSA Board

BUFFALO – The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has announced its 2014 board of directors. The executive leadership includes: President Tony Astran, publicity manager, Seneca Gaming Corporation; President-Elect Jennifer Gallardo, account coordinator, corporate communications, Independent Health; Secretary Elizabeth Silverman, communications manager, SUNY Buffalo State’s Alumni Association; Treasurer Liam O’Mahony, APR, communications manager, Rich Products corporation; and Immediate Past President John DellaContrada, assistant vice president, University at Buffalo’s Office of Communications.

Directors-at-Large are Olivia Belter, community affairs director, Univera Healthcare; Kevin Manne, APR, assistant director of communications, University at Buffalo School of Management; and Diane Zwirecki, APR, principal and owner of Plans for Success. Assembly delegates include Kate LaBrake, director of marketing and communications, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute; and Jessica Christensen, communications specialist, Praxair. Therese Hickok, vice president of marketing and engagement, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, will serve as the Chapter’s Public Relations Student Society of America liaison.

Founded in 1963, the Buffalo Niagara Chapter has nearly 200 members representing all areas of business and industry, including corporate, nonprofit, government, counseling firms, educational institutions and professional service firms. Sponsors of the PRSA Buffalo Niagara Chapter include Eric Mower + Associates, Univera Healthcare and PR Newswire. Follow the Buffalo Niagara Chapter on Twitter @PRSABuffNiag and on Facebook at