Niagara University alumni Brian J. Mylod, associate athletic director for development at the University of Saint Joseph at West Hartford, Conn., and Maryalice Demler, news anchor and reporter at Buffalo, N.Y., NBC affiliate WGRZ-TV, have been named to their alma mater’s Board of Trustees. The appointments were announced by the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of the university.

“Since their graduation from Niagara University, both Brian and Maryalice have been exceptional leaders, making an impact in their communities, their professions, and in the lives of others,” said Father Maher. “I am pleased to welcome them to our Board of Trustees. Their commitment to their alma mater, combined with their experience and focus on making the highest quality higher education experience accessible to all students, will be an incredible resource for us as we continue to offer a transformative education that elevates the success and influence of our students and graduates.”

Mylod, a member of NU’s Class of 1968, had a long career in financial services before taking on his current role. He held executive positions with investment and life insurance organizations before founding Advisory One, a certified investment advisory group based in Farmington, Conn., in 1993. He became partner at Private Capital Group LLC after his company was purchased by the group, a role he served until his retirement in 2018.

In the community, Mylod has served on the boards of directors for several organizations, including the Hartford Bond Club, the Golf Club of Avon, the MacAuley Retirement Center, and the Holy Family Retreat Center.

He has also served Niagara University as a member of its campaign leadership committee, its board of advisors, and its Athletic Advisory Council. He was his class’s annual fund chair and has been a strong supporter of Niagara University Athletics and numerous academic initiatives, including the construction of the science center.

In 2003, Mylod was honored with Niagara University’s College of Business Dean’s Award, and he and his wife, Kathleen, a member of NU’s Class of 1969, were recognized for their commitment to their alma mater with the Dunleavy Award in 2004 and the Alumni of the Year award in 2014.

Mylod earned an MBA from the University of Hartford in 1975.

Demler, a member of the Class of 1986, began her career in broadcasting as morning show host at WJYE-FM in Buffalo. Prior to that, she taught middle school French at a Catholic school, and was a special projects director at DeGraff Memorial Hospital in her hometown of North Tonawanda, N.Y. In 1993, she joined WGRZ-TV, where she anchors the 5, 6, and 11 p.m. broadcasts each weeknight.

Demler has reported from such notable world events as the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, and World Youth Day with Pope John Paul II in Toronto. She also reported from Rome, Italy, during the Papal Conclave that elected Pope Francis, and for the funeral of Pope John Paul II. She has received numerous team and individual broadcasting awards, including two Emmys from the New York chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences—one in the crime news category, and one in the news anchor category, making her the first news anchor in Buffalo to receive this honor—and an Associated Press Award for Best Interview.

Her dedication to community service has also been recognized. She is the recipient of Business First’s 40 Under 40 Outstanding Community Leaders Award, Erie Community College President's Award as Outstanding Communicator & Educational Advocate, Upstate New York Transplant Services' Community Service Award, and Kiwanis Club of Lewiston’s Outstanding Community Service and Leadership in Niagara County Award, among others. Niagara University also honored her with its Founders Award in 2001, and its St. Vincent de Paul Award in 2014 for her service to the community and the university.

Demler frequently serves as master of ceremonies for Niagara University’s President’s Dinner. She has chaired both the scholarship ball and the Friends of NU Theatre membership campaign. She is a frequent community volunteer and has served on the boards of directors for Peaceprints Prison Ministries, Kids Escaping Drugs, Inc., and the Miss Buffalo Scholarship Organization.

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