JCC Leadership

President's Cabinet

Daniel DeMarte, President | 716.338.1060

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Daniel DeMarte has served as president of Jamestown Community College since August 2018. He was previously the executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, VA, and also held leadership and administrative positions at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Macomb Community College, and Genesee Community College. Dr. DeMarte has 30 years of experience in community colleges, and holds a doctorate from North Carolina State University, and a master’s and undergraduate degrees from the State University of New York. He began his college education at the Community College of the Air Force while serving on active duty.

Holger Ekanger, Vice President of Workforce Readiness | 716.338.1332

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Holger Ekanger joined JCC in May 2019 as the vice president for workforce readiness. With 26 years of experience in community colleges, he previously held leadership roles at Macomb Community College and Ivy Tech Community College. Mr. Ekanger holds a master’s degree from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. He is a military veteran having served in the Norwegian Armed Forces and in international peacekeeping operations.

Maria Kindberg, Executive Director of the JCC Foundation | 716.338.1143

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Maria Kindberg has served as executive director of the JCC Foundation since August 2020. Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Kindberg served the college as dean of Arts, Humanities, and Health Sciences; director of College Connections, the college’s concurrent enrollment program; and project manager. She received a master’s degree in English from SUNY Fredonia, teaching certification from St. Bonaventure University, and a bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy from SUNY Geneseo. 

Michael Martello, Vice President of Administration | 716.338.1055

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Michael Martello came to JCC as executive director of administration in February 2009 and was named vice president of administration in November 2016. In this role he is responsible for the oversight and direction of all financial activities, buildings and grounds, campus safety and security, and technology. Prior to coming to JCC, Mr. Martello was employed at The ReHabilitation Center in Olean, NY for over 25 years as the chief financial officer with responsibilities that included finances, human resources, and strategic planning. He earned a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St Bonaventure University.

Nickey Riczker, Executive Director of Human Resources | 716.338.1035

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Nicolette Riczker became the director of human resources at JCC in June 2015 and has served as executive director of human resources and chief diversity officer since September 2019. Prior to coming to JCC, Ms. Riczker spent 25 years working for The Resource Center, a non-profit serving individuals with disabilities in Chautauqua County, with 20 of those years spent working in a variety of positions in human resources. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from SUNY at Buffalo and a master’s degree in human resources management from Stony Brook University.

Paula Snyder, Executive Director of Cattaraugus County Campus | 716.376.7580

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Paula Snyder is the executive director of the Cattaraugus County Campus of JCC, overseeing campus operations in Olean. She has previously served as the campus nurse from 1992 until 2005, at which time she was appointed director of college health services. Ms. Snyder has worked 43 years as a nurse in fields of intensive care, home care, and hospice before coming to JCC. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from SUNY Plattsburgh and has held a number of community organization and elected public offices in Olean and Cattaraugus County.

Kirk Young, Vice President of Student Affairs | 716.338.1025

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Kirk Young, vice president of student affairs, began his tenure at JCC in August 2014. Prior to joining JCC, Dr. Young was the assistant vice president for recruitment and outreach at Utah Valley University. Dr. Young has over 15 years of experience in higher education, and holds a Ph.D. from Gonzaga University, a master’s degree from Brigham Young University, and an undergraduate degree from Utah Valley University.

Marilyn Zagora, Vice President of Academic Affairs | 716.338.1049

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Marilyn Zagora has served as JCC’s vice president of academic affairs since 2007. During the past several decades, she has served in a variety of other leadership roles at the college including dean of student development and marketing, dean of student affairs, division chair for human development and educational services, and ad hoc associate dean of instruction. She began her tenure at JCC as a member of the counseling faculty. Dr. Zagora studied at the State University of New York at Buffalo, earning a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, and a doctorate in counseling psychology.