Attorney Rodriguez, Dr. Ross-Jones, Named to Read To Succeed Buffalo Board

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Read to Succeed Buffalo  has announced the appointments of Dr. Marvel Ross-Jones and Crystal Rodriguez Esq. L.L.M. to its board of directors. Members of the board serve three-year terms.

Dr. Ross-Jones has spent the last 25 years of her career at Bryant & Stratton College, where she is currently serving as the director of the downtown Buffalo campus.  Her educational career extends to her work as the superintendent of Sunday Schools for the 45 churches that comprise the New York Western Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Churches of God In Christ. 

Dr. Ross-Jones has served on a number of  boards, including the Girl Scouts of Western New York. A  2019 Black Achiever awardee, she was the recipient of the Faith-Based Community Years of Service Award and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity 2014 Community Builders Award.

Ms. Rodriguez currently serves as the chief of staff & chief diversity officer for SUNY Buffalo State College.  She  has been recognized with a number of awards, including 40 under 40 in 2009 from Buffalo Business First, Hispanics United of Buffalo Nuestro Orgullo Community Award for Hispanic Leadership in 2010, Woman of Excellence Award, Every Woman Opportunity Center of WNY in 2013 and was a finalist for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s ATHENA Leadership Award in 2020.

Both Dr. Ross-Jones and Rodriguez reside in the City of Buffalo. For more information, head to