Administrative offices of the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of W.N.Y. are located at our headquarters at 1081 Broadway in the heart of Buffalo’s Broadway Fillmore Neighborhood.

Ben Hilligas is the Executive Director of the Matt Urban Center. He can be reached at 716.893.7222 extension 325.

The Matt Urban Center has been proudly serving the East Side of Buffalo, the Town of Cheektowaga and a small portion of West Seneca for the past 44 years. We continue to fulfill our mission of revitalizing neighborhoods, serving families and changing lives by bringing together public and private resources in an effort to assist community residents in becoming self-sustaining.

Board of Directors


Marcia Pacciotti: Chairperson

Brandon Jones: Vice Chairperson

Douglas Butler: Treasurer

Janice Swinnich: Secretary

Michael Borrello

Raymond Brinson

Carl Campbell

Irene Cieslak

Jeanie Gustafson

Cynthia Eberl-Lawicki

Emily Kaufmann

Donna Latham-Edwards

Lauren Nostro

Bradley Nasca

David Pfaff

Nadeen Singh

Marva Threat

Administrative Staff

Ben Hilligas: Executive Director

Alissa Venturini: Chief Program Officer
Karen Baer: Chief Operations Officer
Zacchary Tenhuisen: Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Undercoffer: Chief Community Development Officer

Sarah Maurer: Development Director

Stephanie Von Wald: Accounting Supervisor
Gail Shirley: Accounting Assistant
Jonathan Szwajkos: Accounting Assistant

Yesuf Said: Staff Accountant