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About GNF

GNF is a collective giving organization: a diverse group of founders, business executives, and creators that share a passion for entrepreneurship and community.

Our Limited Partners pool their own resources, knowledge, and networks. We meet quarterly to select new micro-grant award winners. Interested in becoming a Limited Partner?


Founding Team

Jason BartzCo-Founder
Jason serves as Director of Portfolio Management at Vero Finance Technologies and Co-Founder of Refraction. Previously, Jason was a founding member of ACV Capital.
Susan O'RourkeCo-Founder
Susan is the Head of Sales at automotive startup Carmigo and formerly an early employee of ACV Auctions. Susan leads the GNF Denver Chapter.
Susan and Jason first met at ACV, an early-stage startup in Buffalo, NY where their friendship evolved into a passion for building and supporting early-stage businesses. This culminated in January 2023 when Jason conceived the idea, and with Susan's immediate support, they co-founded Good Neighbor Fund. United in the mission to champion economic growth and the entrepreneurial spirit, GNF now hosts chapters in Buffalo, NY and Denver, CO.

Our Limited Partners

Building Community Inside and Out

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Limited Partners

Western New York Chapter

Ali.pngAli BukowskiWNY Chapter Director
Alison serves as Chief Marketing Officer of the Erie County Agricultural Society. A 40 under 40 recipient that is on a mission to empower more young professionals to make an impact.
Bobbie.pngBobbie ThomanLimited Partner | WNY
Bobbie leads the sustainability efforts of NOCO Energy Corp., serving as their Director of Sustainability and Innovation. Additionally, she serves as the Managing Director of Stratium. Bobbie has a long history in policy making with a focus on clean energy and greentech.
ddd.pngBrian ClearyLimited Partner | WNY
Brian is a partner at Interlace Digital-- with a focus on innovative digital solutions, his goal is to educate, empower, and support brands in elevating their business to new heights.
sdfsdf.pngCeline KrzanLimited Partner | WNY
Celine is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Program Director of the M&T Bank Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneur Program at the UB's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. She is passionate about working with entrepreneurs and helping them reach their full potential.
15.pngCindy SiderisLimited Partner | WNY
Cindy serves as Senior Platform Manager for 43North, where she connects the dots between the portfolio companies and the community, using data to tell the story. Cindy is passionate about the intersection of VC and entertainment creators.
Danielle.pngDanielle BlountLimited Partner | WNY
Danielle is a Partner at BOLD Ventures and Project Manager at Launch NY. Additionally, she leads the Buffalo Chapter of the Awesome Foundation, a grassroots organization that awards cash grants to weird and wacky projects that make Buffalo more awesome.
David.pngDavid BrennerLimited Partner | WNY
David is a well-known figure in the Western New York startup scene, currently volunteering his time with BootSector and as an organizer for Buffalo Startup Weekend.
24.pngFlossie HallLimited Partner | WNY
Flossie, a Veteran Navy spouse, is a serial entrepreneur with exits in sectors like e-commerce and ed-tech. As CEO of Stella, she connects women founders with vital resources. She's founded global programs, impacting thousands. With partnerships like Amazon and USAA, she's been featured in Forbes, Inc., and Entrepreneur.
Hugh.pngHugh StephensLimited Partner | WNY
Hugh is a Partner of Stephens & Stephens, LLP, helping nuclear weapons and uranium workers with their EEOICPA and RECA claims.
joe.pngJoe CrawfordLimited Partner | WNY
Joseph serves as lead software engineer at Lifion by ADP, a next generation HR platform. While in NYC, Joe led a volunteer program that assisted students from CUNY schools and non traditional software backgrounds gain employment.
Jon.pngJon PancermanLimited Partner | WNY
Jon is a Senior Director of Business Operations for Buffalo unicorn ACV Auctions. Previously, Jon was a co-organizer of TedxBuffalo.
13.pngJordan WalbesserLimited Partner | WNY
Jordan is the Director of Legal & Business Affairs at Mattel, Inc. and serves as Executive Director of BootSector, which has a mission to empower, educate, and support the next generation of local entrepreneurs and startup leaders.
Kamal.pngKamal PatelLimited Partner | WNY
Kamal is currently serving as the Product and Operations lead for AireXpert, Director of Community Engagement for the non-profit BootSector and writer for the Buffalo Bridge newsletter.
GNF Headshots 500x500.pngNajja BouldenLimited Partner | WNY
Najja is the Founder of Phoenix Innovation Group in Buffalo, NY, dedicated to fostering growth through innovation training, leadership & entrepreneurial development, and community engagement.
Shannon.pngShannon McCabeLimited Partner | WNY
Shannon has a background in VC, currently serving as a Market Research Analyst with Moog's new venture team. Previously, Shannon has worked at 43North and mentored the next wave of entrepreneurs through GenZ VC.
Sonya.pngSonya TarakeLimited Partner | WNY
Sonya is the COO of Team Real Talk, and Program Manager at The Exchange at Beverly Gray. Additionally, Sonya serves as a Lead Course Facilitator for Kauffman FastTrac and an EiR for the University at Buffalo's Inclusive Launch Foundry.
15.pngZack GlickLimited Partner | WNY
Zack works as a Principal Security Engineer for New Relic on the Customer Trust Engineering team. He has been on the steering committee for Buffalo Startup Week 2022, and DevOpsDays Buffalo 2023

Limited Partners

Denver Chapter

GNF Headshots 500x500.pngAllie ReitzLimited Partner | Denver
Allie is an experienced product pro, UX designer, and entreprenerd with a huge passion for the power of design thinking and no-code tools to fuel impact-driven startups. Allie is the founder and CEO of Meep, a Denver-based studio that jumps in alongside impact startups to move them from idea to traction through founder coaching, design thinking workshops, UX strategy, and no-code MVP development.
Jared.pngJared McHenryLimited Partner | Denver
Jared is currently leading the launch of SkySquad at Denver International Airport, a traveler assistance and security expediting service for the everyday traveler or those needing extra help with baggage or navigating the airport. Previously with ACV, Jared spent over five years in various roles through the rapid expansion from Series B to IPO and beyond and discovered a passion for scaling sales teams and companies.
sdfsf.pngJeff Dougherty Limited Partner | Denver
Currently employed as Director, Supply Planning at QuidelOrtho, helping integrate the two supply chains after a merger. Previously spent 5 years on the Executive team at SomaDetect leading all internal operations. Passionate about building teams and helping people reach their goals.
Nicole.pngNicole HunterLimited Partner | Denver
Nicole is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Finance in the School of Management at the University at Buffalo. She is a Qualified Administrator of the IDI and ICS assessments, and uses them to spread intercultural awareness and understanding in classrooms and organizations.
GNF Headshots 500x500.pngScott RomanoLimited Partner | Denver
Scott serves as the Interim CEO at Energize Colorado. Prior to Energize, Scott led a digital consulting firm, helping public-interest projects adopt new technologies. Scott has been recognized as one of Colorado’s Top Innovators under the age of 25 in both 2019 and 2021.


GNF Headshots 500x500.pngDaniel ChanStudent Ambassador Lead | WNY
Daniel is a Finance major at the University at Buffalo and active member of the UB and greater Buffalo startup community. Additionally, Daniel is the Co-Founder of Exergi, a startup that is building a better solar power system.

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