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Steering Committee Members



AG Sector

Robert Gilmour, Chair
Town of Amherst
Amherst Planning Board Member

Brian Kulpa
Town of Amherst
Town Board Member and Town Supervisor

Dan Howard
Town of Amherst
Amherst Planning Director

Don Spoth
Spoth Farms

Rick Vilonen
Vilonen Farms

Kevin LaLosk
WNY Beer Works
12 Gates Brewery
Ag Manufacturer and Business Owner

Mike Badding, Jr.
Badding Brothers
Ag Business – Retail

Howard Cadmus
Sweet Jenny’s
Ag Business – Retail

Rick Gillert
Retired Town of Amherst Planning Director
Citizen Advocate

Elizabeth Dagostino
Chair and Resident
Amherst Conservation Action Committee Member

Cheryl Thayer
Cornell Co-op Program
Research/Academic – Local College/University Program

Sarah Gatti
Agriculture Representative
Erie County Department of Environment and Planning

Mark Gaston
Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District
Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District

Julianne Yates
Member and Resident
Village Co-op Market of Williamsville

Carrie Stiver
Buffalo Heritage Museum Executive Director
Ag Tourism/Business owner

Jonathan O’Rourke
Amherst Industrial Development Agency
Economic Development

Rachel Chrostowski
Farmland Protection Specialist
Western NY Land Conservance

About Amherst

The Town of Amherst was established in 1818 and celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2018. The town has a geographical area of 53.6 square miles and a population of greater than 122,000.

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  • 5583 Main Street
  • Williamsville, NY 14221