Introducing Katheryn Ross-Winnie and Lauren Turner

Portrait of Katheryn Ross-Winnie.

Katheryn Ross-Winnie

Associate Director of Advancement

Graduate School of Education


I’m Katheryn Ross-Winnie, and I am thrilled to join the Graduate School of Education! I have worked in nonprofit fundraising in Buffalo since moving here in 2004. I received my master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration from Buffalo State in 2013, and have since specialized in higher ed fundraising. As the recipient of a life-changing college scholarship, I am passionate about creating opportunities and access for students. I love building connections in our community, and I love the magic moments when we have real impact on students’ lives. More than anything, I love meeting new people—I hope that our alumni will feel free to reach out! In my free time, you can find me outside in my garden, hiking or camping. I am also an active volunteer in my kids’ school, an avid reader and a crossword puzzler.

Portrait of Lauren Turner.

Lauren E. Turner, MS

Assistant Director, Alumni and Constituent Engagement

Graduate School of Education & School of Architecture and Planning


I am Lauren E. Turner, and I am excited to be a part of the Graduate School of Education. As the first assistant director of alumni and constituent engagement, I am ready to learn what your favorite and not-so-exciting experiences at the school were. I want to hear about what you did outside of the university as well. Did you go to Santora’s? Or were you at Coles? Did you enjoy Buffalo’s parks on nice days or appreciate the stillness of winter? I am committed to providing rewarding opportunities for all GSE alumni, while prioritizing fun and meaningful engagement at the same time.

To get to know a little about me: I am from the City of Buffalo, a Canisius College graduate, rugby player and lover of fine wine and food.

Looking forward to our first year getting to know one another and building what our alumni network can really be!