Board Members

Following are the members of the Board of Directors of BIA/NYS, Inc. (updated 6/15/16)

Terms expiring 2019:

  • Michael Riedlinger (High Tech Rochester, Lennox Tech Enterprise Center & Rochester BioVenture Center)
  • Tom Schryver (Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, Southern Tier Startup Alliance)
  • Esther Vargas (RPI Emerging Ventures Ecosystem and Tech Park)

Terms expiring 2018

  • Matthew Draper, Clarkson University Shipley Center incubator programs/North Country Business Incubator
  • Kimberly Kohl, University at Buffalo STOR/Incubator Programs
  • Steven Kuyan, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Incubator Programs

Terms expiring 2017

  • El-Java Williams Abdul-Qadir, the South Side Innovation Center at Syracuse University
  • Kathi Durdon, Central New York Biotech Accelerator at SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Ann-Marie Scheidt, Stony Brook Office of Economic Development and Incubator Programs


  • Chair: Ann-Marie Scheidt
  • Vice Chair: Tom Schryver
  • Secretary: El-Java Williams Abdul-Qadir
  • Treasurer: Steven Kuyan