PULSE Healthy Weight Research Team

PULSE team members

The Promoting Universal Longevity via School-family Ecologies (PULSE) Team's objective is the promotion of healthy weight and behavioral health among individuals who may be overweight, obese and/or at-risk for lifestyle-related disease.


Community Members (Ex Oficio)

  • Gary Steeves (Pastor, Resurrection Village Ministry)
  • Sue Ventresca (Director of Health-Related Services, Buffalo Public Schools)
  • Melinda Yoder (Team dietician - Registered Dietician, Balanced Nutrition WNY)


  • Abby Fain 
  • Lindsay Boyle 
  • Caitlin Batjer
  • Gabrielle Santander
  • Francesca Dominianni
  • Ariana Roman
  • Gabrielle Vargas
  • Tom Chacko