Western New York/Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter of the Fulbright Association

About Us

The mission of the Fulbright Association is to advocate for the Fulbright Program and promote international education. Our vision is a world where international exchange is widely recognized as a force for peace.

Western New York/Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter of the Fulbright Association

The Western New York/Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter of the Fulbright Association is a regionally based chapter serving Fulbright alumni and friends of international exchange. The chapter hosts engaging programs and events for Fulbright alumni and visiting Fulbright students and scholars throughout the region, including Buffalo, Rochester and Erie. The chapter is closely affiliated with colleges and universities in the region, and often co-sponsors events with these institutions.



Ted Schwalbe

Ph.D. Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Communication and Coordinator of International Learning at SUNY Fredonia. Fulbright Scholar to Bulgaria (1997), Hungary (2004), Fulbright Senior Specialist to Swaziland (2002), Namibia (2007), Albania (2017). Email: ted.schwalbe@fredonia.edu.


Jean Gounard

Ph.D. Director, International Student Affairs, Buffalo State College. Fulbright Scholar to West Germany (1985-1986). Fulbright Grant to the United States: Université de Bordeaux-University of Colorado-Boulder in Junior Faculty Exchange Program (1964-1966). Email: gounarif@buffalostate.edu.


Richard Herdlein

Ph.D. Associate Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration, Buffalo State College. Fulbright Senior Specialist Award to the Université Catholique de Lille, France (2009). Email: heardleri@buffalostate.edu


Joseph Sankoh

Ph.D., M.A.I.S., M.A., Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Africa Initiative, Immigrant and Refugee Studies, and African and Black Studies, Daemen College. Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar to India, 2015. Email: jsankoh@daemen.edu.

Other Board Members

Laila E. Denoya

Ph.D. Independent Bilingual Higher Education Consultant, Fulbright Scholar to Honduras (2000), Fulbright Specialist to Dominican Republic (2001), Venezuela (2002), Honduras (2003-2004), Ethiopia (2006), and Bolivia (2008). Email: lai@netsync.net.

Cheryl Drout

Ph.D. Professor, Department of Psychology at SUNY-Fredonia. Fulbright Scholar at Aichi University of Education in Kariya, Japan (2008). Fulbright- Hays Faculty Travel-Study Program, Japan (1995). Email: Drout@fredonia.edu.

Michele Flint

Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Accounting, Daemen College. Fulbright Specialist Award. Email: mflint@daemen.edu.

Walter Hakala

Ph.D Assistant Professor, Asian Studies Program and Department of English, University of Buffalo. Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA), India and United Kingdom (2008-2009). Email: walterha@buffalo.edu.

Constantine K. Kliorys

Ph.D. Professor of Management, Gannon University of Erie, Pennsylvania. Fulbright Scholar to Lithuania (2000), Fulbright Senior Specialist to Lithuania (2008). Email: kliorys@gannon.edu.

Shannon M. Risk

Ph.D. Associate Professor of History at Niagara University. Fulbright Fellow to Canada (2008-2009). Email: srisk@niagara,edu.

Peggy Terrell, M.S.

Senior Associate Director, Graduate Business Programs and Admissions, Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology. Email: ptirrell@saunders.rit.edu.

Richard Wnuk

Executive in Residence Blue Heron Ventures. Fulbright Specialist to Estonia (2014) and Malaysia (2016). Email: wnuk@aol.com.