The EDP Alumni Speaker Series provides a platform for EDP graduates to motivate and inspire students from a program and campus that have had a significant impact on shaping their lives. In addition to providing a means for current EDP students and other members of our campus community to interact with our EDP Alumni, the event serves the purpose of highlighting the important work and success stories of our EDP alumni in varying fields. These special individuals continue to epitomize what it means to go “Above and Beyond.”
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - Alumni Speakers
4 pm, S204 ABC Williams Center
Satoria and Kevin Donovan
A Buffalo native, Satoria (Polk) Donovan graduated in 1996 with a degree in psychology. She continued her education at D’Youville where she earned a MS in Special Education. She is an educator with the Buffalo Public Schools and is currently a special education consultant teacher at the Academy School where she works with over-aged and under-privileged youth who have encountered many adversities. Elected 2010 Business Woman of the Year by the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, Satoria recently earned her administration certification through Canisius College.
A Syracuse native, Kevin Donovan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1994 and a master’s degree in English in 1996. While at Fredonia Kevin served as his class president and played on the Blue Devil basketball team. He started his career journey as a financial representative at AXA Equitable. Within four years he rose to the top of his class as a regional vice president. In 2006 Kevin ventured into the financial world of ownership as an independent financial representative. Today Kevin is the co-founder and director of the Benefits Consulting Group (BCG), a growing financial services organization in WNY and Rochester area where he and his group of 8 are financially impacting over 300 new homes per year. He gives thanks to his broker dealer Mass Mutual, the Urban League, Bethel Headstart, and Buffalo’s board of education for being pillars of opportunity in the community. He has served on the board for the Buffalo Zoological Gardens, is a member of LEWAC (Lasting Education for Women, Adults, and Children), is active in the Zion Dominion Church of God in Christ, and coaches little league football and basketball.
The Donovans are co-founders of Urban Professionals of WNY, Inc., where area professionals gather for networking and communicate about mentoring students from age 16 through college age, as well as Eternal Euphoria, LLC, and Milk Productions. Satoria and Kevin reside in the Buffalo area with their three children.
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Donovan are being named as EDP’s 2014 Distinguished Alumni. They will be recognized at the 32nd Annual EDP Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
March 20, 2012 - Ms. Ida Boyd '85 - Lieutenant Colonel US Army, Senior Human Resource Officer, Army Reserve Legal Command in Gaithersburg, Maryland
November 2, 2011 - Dr. Sherryl Weems - "Excellence Without Excuses"
March 8, 2011 - Gino Morrow - “Old School to New School -- Revising Survival Techniques for a New World”