The John R. Oishei Foundation is pleased to announce that Francisco M. Vasquez, Ph.D. has been elected to its Board of Directors. Dr. Vasquez is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Child and Family Services. He previously served as Executive Vice President of People Inc.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Francisco to the Oishei Board. His experience in the social services arena will serve as a substantial asset to the Foundation, as will his energy and enthusiasm,” stated James Wadsworth, Oishei Foundation Board Chair.

“Francisco has been an incredibly active supporter of the Western New York community, having served on an endless list of boards and advisory committees. He will add an exceptional set of insights to our organization,” said Robert Gioia, Oishei Foundation President.

Dr. Vasquez is a member of the Kaleida Health Board of Directors; Buffalo Board of Education Audit Advisory Committee; Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Board of Directors; Daemen College Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement Advisory Board; National Council of La Raza; Near East and West Side Task Force and the Western New York Hispanics and Friends Civic Association.

He is a recipient of numerous awards including the 2013 Community Leader Award-Social Services from the NFJC; the 2012 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award; and the 2005 Leadership Buffalo Values Award for Inclusion.

Dr. Vasquez also served as a member of the Advancing Arts and Culture Oversight Board; American Cancer Society Regional Planning Council; Black Leadership Forum/Kaleida Health Advisory Committee; Brighter Future Fund; Buffalo Urban League Board of Directors; Buffalo Youth Prevention and Early Intervention Program Steering Committee; Center for Disability Studies Advisory Committee; Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA) Region I; Erie County Cultural Resources Advisory Board; Erie County Self-Sufficiency Coalition Steering Committee; Erie-Niagara Area Health Education Center; Fleet Bank Community Advisory Council; Hispanic Conference of Upstate New York; Independent Health Foundation Board of Directors and many other local, regional and national advisory and organizational boards.

Dr. Vasquez received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in Arizona. He received his Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Francisco Vasquez hails from the state of Arizona. He and his wife, Janet, have been residents of the City of Buffalo for the past 25 years.

The John R. Oishei Foundation strives to be a catalyst for change to enhance the economic vitality and the quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region through grantmaking, leadership and network building. The Foundation was established in 1940 by John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products Corporation.

For additional information, contact Robert D. Gioia (541-0058), President of The John R. Oishei Foundation.