NYSW Buffalo Niagara Chapter - Buffalo, NY - Women in Leadership

Women In Leadership

Women In Leadership NYS Women IncThe NYS Women, Inc. Buffalo Niagara Chapter (BNC) is proud to partner with WKBW-TV to showcase successful local women who have given back to the Western New York community. “Women In Leadership” honorees are established women business owners or professional/working women who have exhibited leadership, enterprise, and excellence in their business or profession and give back to the Western New York or greater community. The goal of the program is to recognize women who have succeeded both in the business and charitable arenas and help inspire others to follow in their path.

Each month throughout the year a woman business owner or working woman will be featured on AM Buffalo. Each June, BNC and WKBW-TV will recognize all our honorees at an annual event.


Established woman business owner or working/professional woman who:

  • Exhibits leadership, enterprise, and excellence in their business;
  • Gives back to Western New York or greater community with volunteer service 

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DaniseFebruary 2021 Honoree

Danise C. Wilson, MPH
Executive Director
Erie Niagara Area Heath Education Center, Inc. (AHEC)

WKBW Interview

Danise C. Wilson, MPH is a lifelong resident of Buffalo and has committed the last 20 years to the enhancement and enrichment of her community through outreach and mentorship. As the mother of five children in the Buffalo Public and Charter School systems, she is personally invested in promoting the advancement of health outcomes and quality education in Western New York. Danise is also a passionate activist, serving as a community volunteer and helping to enhance the overall well-being of youth in her community.

Danise serves on the board of trustees of Erie County Community College (chair, 2020 – to present; vice chair, 2018 – 2020; student success and diversity co-chair, 2018 – present; presidential search committee, 2018; finance committee chair, 2016-2017). She is a board member of the Western New York Integrated Care Collaborative, Inc.; is an Open Buffalo emerging leader mentor; and serves on the University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Science Institute community advisory board. For the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York Danise is Fellow Action Network DEI co-chair and Health Leadership Fellow Cohort 9. She is president of the Otis and Woodlawn Block Club and a member of Masten District Board of Block clubs, as well as a youth leader at the Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church.

Established in 2004, Erie Niagara Area Heath Education Center, Inc. offers programs that encourage underrepresented minority to purse health careers. We also educate community and current health professionals how to better work with communities of color. The organization has five employees and a host of interns. (As Danise says, “Small but mighty.”) “We value excellence and quality services. We believe that Black and Brown students should know that they have a place in health care field. We believe that addressing the social determinants of health is the only way to improve health disparities and we intend to continue the work to ensure communities are well informed self-advocates,” she says.

Danise is most proud knowing “that we have helped so many achieve their career goals or at least made them think differently about the possibilities that are before them. I am also very proud that we are actively increasing the health literacy and cultural competency of the current health workforce. We are doing our part in addressing health disparities.”

According to Danise, AHEC serves the community by offering programs and education opportunities. She says, “For example, we are currently working on a maternal health project in which we are trying to connect low income mothers to doulas in efforts to mitigate the maternal health crisis.”

She is a graduate of the Buffalo Public School system, Daemen College, and the University at Buffalo, Masters of Public Health degree program.