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tracy diinaAfter years of experience in the government and non-profit sectors, in May 2009 Tracy decided to take her knowledge of non-profit development, communications, public relations, education, issues development, fundraising, and grant writing and put it to use by opening Tracy Diina Communications, a PR firm specializing in assisting non-profits and small businesses with developing and disseminating their messages and obtaining the proper funding to do that.

It quickly became apparent that many businesses and non-profits had been searching for affordable, quality services. Within the past two years, Tracy Diina Communications has been retained by: B Team Buffalo, Collectors Proof, Configuration Dance Theatre, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Buffalo, Inc., Eating Disorders Association of Western New York, Faces of Buffalo, Family Voices Network, Hispanics United of Buffalo, HockeyTowneUSA USA Fanfest, La Luna/Mark & Charlie Goldman, Meszaros International Center of Entrepreneurialism (MICE), Metrodata Services Inc., O'Connell & Company Productions, Read To Succeed Buffalo, TOY / Theatre of Youth and the Williamsville Education Foundation.

According to two satisfied clients:
“Tracy has been great in assisting the MICE program to obtain financial assistance from the various Foundations and communicating MICE’s goals and accomplishments to the community. She is very loyal, and knowledgeable about her work and dedicated to her profession.”

-Les Meszaros
Founder of the Meszaros International Center of Entrepreneurialism (MICE)
Founder of Voice Technologies Group
Former VP at Intel

"Tracy is energetic and enthusiastic. You definitely find yourself wanting to be involved with whatever organization or event Tracy is involved with because she is extremely genuine, caring and fun!"

- Nicole Schuman
Co-Founder and President
Social Media Club of Buffalo

Tracy has a B.A. in English and Education and an M.S. in Education from SUNY Geneseo. She is the founder and past President of the 21st Century Club, and the former Vice President of the New Millennium Group; both groups were designed to engage younger people in civic affairs. She served as Director of Public Relations for the Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation from 1997-2001, the scandal free years. Additionally, she served for four years on the Planned Parenthood of Buffalo & Erie County Board of Directors, and for two years on the St. Mary’s Condominium Association Board of Directors, with one year as President.

Immediately prior to opening Tracy Diina Communications, Tracy was the Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of Buffalo & Erie County, from 2001 until April 2009. Literacy Volunteers is the region’s sole provider of free one-on-one adult and family literacy services, As Executive Director, Tracy tripled the annual operating budget, initiated several new literacy programs and expanded into the realm of youth literacy services. Tracy was responsible for helping launch the Reading Right Now project to promote early literacy and provide all new mothers at Children’s Hospital with a book for their new baby, in light of the fact that 61% of low income families have no books in their homes.

Tracy and her husband Brian Kuty live in North Tonawanda with their seven year old daughter, Ava, and their four year old daughter, Olivia. She currently serves as the Board Chair of the Eating Disorders Association of WNY, a Board Member of MAMIES, Leader of Girl Scout Troop 30425 and is active in the B Team Buffalo, a group dedicated to building a better Buffalo.

wendy diinaWendy Diina currently serves as the Director of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, an event co-produced by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and WNED, the public television and radio stations for Western New York and Southern Ontario. She also serves as an on-air host for WNED-TV and Classical 94.5/WNED-FM and is a writer for national PBS in Washington, DC scripting for programs including “Nova”, “Great Performances”, “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and “Sesame Street”.

A veteran of public television and radio for over 15 years, Wendy has a diverse background in television production, promotion, marketing, sales, fundraising and event management. As the former director of the Buffalo Niagara Guitar Festival she is experienced in large-scale events with audiences numbering over 100,000 and has also worked on smaller-scale, more intimate events. Wendy has produced “A Prairie Home Companion” at Sheas Center for the Arts, managed an annual bi-national golf tournament held at Legends on the Niagara in Niagara-on-the-Lake, managed WNED’s Great TV Auction and created new community events including an annual Kid Fest in Buffalo and another in Toronto, Ontario.

Having worked in Western New York, Southern Ontario and the Silicon Valley in California, Wendy is an experienced member of Tracy Diina Communications who is ready to put her expertise to work for you.

Tracy gathTracy Gath earned her BA from Antioch College, and subsequently held positions in both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Although she grew up in Western New York, she moved to Washington DC after college and served as the editor of Science Books & Films, a review jou3rnal of science materials published by the the American Association for the Advancement of Science. While there, she collaborated on a number of government grant proposals (e.g., National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy) and helped produce a GED curriculum (“How Drugs Affect the Brain”) and a series of adult literacy books in the areas of science and health (The Brain Book, HIV and AIDS: The Science Inside). Tracy also served as a volunteer science teacher and board member for a local nonprofit GED program, eventually serving as Vice President.

Although she loved the exciting opportunities afforded by Washington, Tracy always planned to settle closer to home, where people are warm and friendly and summer is perfect. After moving back, she served as the Web and Marketing Manager for a local scientific instrument company, whose business grew five-fold during her tenure there, and then as Marketing Director for a local construction company. For fun, she found herself back in the family business—skydiving—and started jumping again. For four years, she ran the office on weekends to support her hobby and served for three years on the board of directors, eventually as President. Tracy left the sport in 2002 with nearly 500 jumps logged.

She eventually served as Development Director for Springville Center for the Arts, where she was responsible for identifying, pursuing, and securing financial support. Her grant proposals brought in much-needed funding from state, county, and private foundations, such as the New York State Council on the Arts, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, M&T Bank, and Erie County.

Tracy’s experience in writing, editing, marketing, web design and fundraising serves her well in her current capacity as an independent grant writer. She is passionate about helping nonprofits in their quest to improve the lives of Western New Yorkers.

People Talk- A conversation with
Tracy Diina
Source: The Buffalo News

Hitting The Books (PDF 400k)
Source: Artvoice

Fixing Buffalo (PDF 388K)
Source: Buffalo Spree

A Voice (PDF 176K)
Source: North Buffalo Rocket

Diina Named Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of Buffalo (PDF 136k)
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Through The Looking Glass (PDF 1.3MB)
Source: Blue Dog Press

Online Voting (PDF 136k)
Source: The Buffalo News

Labor of Love (PDF 596k)
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Young Guns (PDF 400k)
Source: Buffalo Magazine

A New Generation (PDF 136k)
Source: The Buffalo News

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