Our Staff

Here they are—the people behind Western New York’s most vibrant contemporary photography and visual arts center. Their shared commitment to serve artists and the artistic practice, engage audiences with exhibits and events of interest, and inform the larger not-for-profit cultural field as to what’s groundbreaking in the visual arts reaches approximately 300,000 people each year.

Veronique Cote

Véronique Côté

Executive Director


A Quebec native, Côté completed her MFA at SUNY Buffalo in 2006. She also holds an MA in Museum Studies from Harvard University, and a BIA from the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi. Most recently, Côté held a position at the prestigious Pérez Art Museum leading the Museum Management Internship & Leadership program.

Lauren Tent

Education Director


Lauren Tent is the Education Director at CEPA Gallery where she oversees the in-school, after-school, and summer arts programs for youth and also runs the workshop program.

She received an associates degree in photography from Villa Maria College, a B.A. in photography and an M.A.H. with a focus on Art History and English Education, both from the University at Buffalo. She has been with CEPA as Education Director since 1999, but has been involved with CEPA since an internship and employment as an assistant in 1985. She has taught photography classes at Villa Maria College, Daemen College, and the Visual Studies Department at the University at Buffalo.

Lynda Kaszubski - Executive Assistant - Staff - CEPA Gallery - Buffalo NY

Lynda Kaszubski

Executive Assistant


The executive assistant for Just Buffalo Literary Center, CEPA Gallery, and Big Orbit Gallery, Lynda G. Kaszubski has over 25 years experience in the office environment, having previously co-owned a typesetting service for 15 years before joining Just Buffalo Literary Center.

She is currently in a shared position with all three non-profit organizations as part what is believed to be the nation’s first true administrative collaboration in the arts.

She has an A.S. in Business Administration from SUNY Empire State College, and is a Notary Public for the State of New York in Erie County.

Elizabeth Williams

Development Director


Elizabeth Meg Williams is the Development Director for CEPA Gallery and is responsible for grant writing, private and public fundraising, events and sponsorships. She is committed to supporting CEPA’s legacy of success and fostering continued impact and growth.

Elizabeth has a B.A. in English from Mansfield University and a M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Missouri. She has strong track record of supporting people, programs and ideas that promote diversity, inclusion and community. Over 15 years, she has developed new and innovative ways to reach audiences and promote action. Elizabeth is a veteran of the United States Air Force and continues to serve as a volunteer and social justice advocate.