Empower Erie Board Members

Empower Erie is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. 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.

Timothy McNair Esq.

Chairman and Secretary
Attorney, McNair Law Offices PLLC

Judi Roth

Business Consultant

Ronald A. DiNicola Esq.

Attorney, DiNicola Law LLP

Danny Jones

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

Cheryl Rush Dix

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

Bob Casillo

Past Director of Erie School Board



Our view: Community college...

Posted on April 23rd, 2020 at 3:40 PM
Our view: Community college vote long overdue In a letter to the Board of Education chairwoman, Karen Farmer White, the CommunityCollege Committee rightly noted that the econom...

Erie County Community Colle...

Posted on April 16th, 2020 at 10:45 AM
Community College: Now more than ever A message from Ron DiNicola of Empower Erie A few short weeks ago – although it feels like a lifetime – we were prepari...

Community Colleges Come thr...

Posted on April 15th, 2020 at 10:56 AM
Community Colleges Come through in Time of Crisis With “stay-at-home” orders across the country, community colleges have responded rapidly to deliver on their core ...

Pat Howard: On college, raw...

Posted on February 9th, 2020 at 1:53 PM
Community college opponents seek to overturn the democratic process in Erie County.

Our view: Don’t let rural...

Posted on March 13th, 2018 at 12:36 PM
A community college has long been recommended in Erie County to fill a gap in the region’s education continuum and serve as a resource to local employers, especially manuf...

Our view: Budget item kindl...

Posted on March 2nd, 2018 at 12:45 PM
As Erie Times-News reporter Matthew Rink detailed, the state last fall authorized $10 million in the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for Erie County’s proposed co...

Community college is vital ...

Posted on November 5th, 2017 at 10:31 AM
Tom Hagen's op-ed in support of the community college.

Erie County community colle...

Posted on June 30th, 2017 at 4:16 PM
The state’s application review process could take up to a year, officials have said.

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