About the Healthy Communities 2030! Team

Lucy Connery, MPH

Lucy Connery, MPH

Executive Director

Graduate of Daemen College Department of Public Health

Co-Director of WNY WALKS! and HC2030!, successful writer, and youth health promoter.

Phil Haberstro

Phil Haberstro

Board Chair

Graduate of Brockport Department of Education

Life-long learner, and early-adopter of the Global Healthy Communities Movement!

Tony Mastrangelo

Tony Mastrangelo

Communications Manager

CEO of Big Picture Media, a full service advertising agency

Expert in Social Media Marketing and Market Segmentation with over 10 years experience.

Michaela O'Brien

Michaela O'Brien

Community Health Specialist

Graduate of Buffalo University’s Public Health Department

Specializing in Workplace Health Promotion, Graphic Design and Research.

Board of Directors

Healthy Communities 2030! is an overarching initiative of the 501c3 non-profit organization, the Wellness Institute.

Philip L. Haberstro, Board Chair

Pauline Guiles

Dr. Mark Donnelly

Please help us better serve our region – check out our 2020-21 Strategic Plan and give us your comments or feedback!

Mission: Creating Healthy Communities!

HC 2030! is an ongoing strategic, data driven, and citizen-empowering initiative of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo. HC 2030! facilitates our community advocacy, accountability, investment and social capital-building actions in working together with our public, private, non-profit, and civic partners in Erie and Niagara Counties! Our goal, over the next decade, is to measurably and sustainably improve our residents’ environmental, economic, social, and personal health to enhance our shared community quality of life!


Our Shared Vision

Citizens of the Erie-Niagara community share in shaping the future of our thriving bi-national region. Safe and stable neighborhoods, respect for diversity, accessible cultural/recreation opportunities, a healthy population and lifelong learning provide an exceptional quality of life. Our dynamic economic climate evolves from a competitive workforce, responsive governance and a comprehensive mobility system. A balanced, sustainable environment ensures the prosperity and natural resources of our region.

Our Values

Our region’s people; sustainability, social capital, our democracy and leadership that supports a culture change strategy that is comprehensive, collaborative, and resourced.

Our Collaborators & Affiliates

Our History

The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY was incorporated in 1989 as a public benefit organization with the mission of creating healthy communities. After 30 strong years of work, the team decided to use its history of success to launch the Healthy Communities 2030! Initiative to improve the health, and therefore quality of life, in our Western New York region! Strategically guided by the inter-disciplinary “healthy community” movement, the Institute’s work has been enhanced through assessment and visioning, collaboration, networking, advocacy, professional development services, educational programs, communication, volunteers, innovation and leadership on health promotion, civic engagement and quality of life issues.

Successful Incubated Organizations include:

Contact us if your organization needs support and/or incubation!

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Healthy Communities 2030!

Lucy Connery, Executive Director
65 Niagara Square, Room 607
Buffalo, NY  14202

Phone: 716-851-4052