Lake Shore Bancorp, Inc., the holding company of Lake Shore Savings Bank, announced that Michelle DeBergalis has been appointed to the company’s board of directors, effective February 1. DeBergalis is currently CEO of American Realty Group.
Previously, she held positions at some of Western New York’s largest development corporations, where she worked on many large-scale development projects in the Buffalo Niagara area. She previously served as Chief Operating Officer for McGuire Development and Vice President of Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.
DeBergalis also brings extensive experience as a public sector worker, educator, and volunteer, having served Erie County and the City of Buffalo in various leadership roles, and as an adjunct faculty member at Buffalo State College and from the SUNY Erie. She has also served on more than 30 local, regional, state and national boards, associations, task forces and public entities.
As Erie County Executive, DeBergalis analyzed a budget of over $1 billion to develop and streamline efficient operations and services to the public. She also oversaw the county’s $900 million real estate portfolio as well as several capital projects. In management and public relations roles for the Buffalo Economic Development Corp., she was responsible for neighborhood revitalization projects, business recruitment strategies and small business assistance programs, working with executives and owners. on loan incentives and business plans to help with marketing and growth.
“The addition of Michelle is another important step in strengthening our expertise and growth potential in retail and business banking,” said Kevin Sanvidge, Chairman of the Board of Lake Shore Bancorp. “His significant executive-level development experience in both the public and private sectors, as well as his strategic understanding of the region, will benefit our employees, customers and shareholders. She is a very valuable addition to our team.
DeBergalis’ experience in higher education also includes serving on the alumni council of the University at Buffalo Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (Class of 2007) and serving as a former vice president and trustee of the University at Buffalo Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. administration of Erie Community College (now SUNY Erie). She was also named to the SUNY Chancellor’s “Group of 200” Strategic planning team in 2010.
“I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors,” said DeBergalis. “My principles and values align with those of the bank, and I look forward to working alongside Lake Shore’s management team and board members to build on the success they have had. eu by creating value for shareholders, employees, customers and community partners.
DeBergalis has been repeatedly recognized for her expertise and contributions. She has received numerous accolades, including Green Belt Lean Six Sigma certification from the State University of New York at Buffalo and FEMA ICS 100 and 200 certification from the US Department of Homeland Security. She has also been deeply engaged in policy development, non-profit work and unlocking potential through sustainable philanthropy.
“Michelle has proven to be a champion of innovation, education initiatives, entrepreneurship and policies that enable the local economy to achieve sustainable growth and prosperity,” added Lake Shore Bancorp President and CEO Daniel P. Reininga. “His business acumen, passion for community service and ability to thrive in complex public sector environments with diverse stakeholders are all welcome assets that we believe will help guide our business to new heights.”
DeBergalis earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree as well as a Masters in Higher Education Administration/Student Personnel from SUNY Buffalo State College. Originally from Erie County, she currently resides in Clarence with her husband.