Gail Nicholson – Executive Director

Gail NicholsonGail Nicholson, who formerly sat on WNYBAC’s Board of Directors, currently serves as Executive Director. A participant in the arts for more than two decades, she formerly served as director, curator, and subsequently as a board member for Buffalo’s renowned photographic artists-run space, CEPA Gallery. She received an MFA in photography from SUNY at Buffalo.




Nicole Cooke – Assistant Executive Director

A graduate of SUNY Buffalo State, Nicole joins the team at WNYBAC from Valu Home Centers. She has been a member and volunteer at WNYBAC for over 4 years, and has served on WNYBAC’s Board of Directors since 2018. In addition to her involvement at WNYBAC, Nicole has also participated in the Ride for Roswell for the last 6 years. She is eager to put her extensive background in marketing, and passion for service to others, to work to help WNYBAC continue to serve a vibrant and diverse community.





Rosemary Williams – Education Director

Rosemary Williams is the Program Director at the Western New York Book Arts Center.  She has a BFA in Fine Arts with a concentration in Printmaking from the University at Buffalo.  Starting at the Book Arts Center as an intern, Rosemary quickly fell in love with the place and was delighted at the opportunity to become more involved. With an affliction of overworking herself and an affection for bubbles, she runs and teaches workshops for kids on printmaking and book arts at WNYBAC and also manages her own art practice.




Melissa Rechin – Communications & Retail Director

Melissa Rechin is the Communications & Retail Director at the Western New York Book Arts Center. She has Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Public Relations with a concentration in Visual Arts from SUNY Fredonia. Discovering WNYBAC at an Allentown Arts Festival, she quite easily became *obsessed* and became a volunteer shortly after. Mel is very excited to continue to grow both her involvement and public awareness of the organization. Bribe her with some cheese and she’ll do just about anything.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders listed below, for providing support to WNYBAC's ongoing programs taking place throughout Western New York:

NYSCA M & T Art 4 Moore Zenger Group Evans Bank Community Foundation Baird Foundation
Cameron Jane Wendt Foundation StoryGrowing