Joseph J. Cozzo joined the Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2010, and is the immediate past chair.
Cozzo, a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a nationally certified trauma counselor, currently serves as president and chief executive officer of Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center. In his role as president, Cozzo leads an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for adults, children and infants with communication disorders and learning difficulties. In addition to offering speech and language services to clients from birth to the elder years, BHSC offers innovative programs in autism intervention and literacy re-claiming for children and young adults.
Cozzo is a Health Foundation Fellow, founding member and president of the West Buffalo Charter School Board of Trustees and a member of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Board of Directors.
He also gives back to the Western New York community through his work in providing volunteer training and consultation with adoptive and foster parents.
In 2007, Cozzo received the Global Citizen of the World Award from The International Institute in recognition of his dedication to foreign adoption and direct work with orphanages in 14 countries around the world.
Cozzo received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Niagara University, a master’s degree in psychology from the University of LaVerne and a master’s degree in clinical counseling from Canisius College.
He lives in Williamsville, NY with his wife Diane and has two children, Heather and Joshua.