Board of Directors

Polonia Global Fund (PGF) is a not-for-profit charity founded in 2000. PGF has offices located in Buffalo and Albany, New York.

The people of PGF are:

Dr. Bogdan Kotnis, Chair and CEO.

Bogdan Kotnis

Dr. Bogdan Kotnis, Ph.D. is an educational administrator in the Buffalo, New York Public School System. He holds a Ph.D. degree in educational administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Masters degree in American literature from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Mr. Kotnis has traveled the world extensively. He speaks Polish, English, Danish, Russian, German, and some Spanish. His hobbies include: windsurfing, sailing, skiing, tennis, scuba diving, climbing, chess, and bridge. He is married and has two children.

Dr. Kotnis’ Dissertation was: “Enabling Bureaucracies In Education: A Case Study Of Formalization In An Urban District And Schools” (***WARNING*** Large PDF Document)

Mr. James Konicki, Co-Chair and Treasurer

James Konicki

Mr. Konicki is a manger with the New York State Department of Labor’s Unemployment Insurance Division. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Canisius College. He is a certified database developer and has created and implemented systems for the Canadian fisheries industry, major United States manufacturers, and New York State government. His interests include cooking, genealogy, civics and Polish history, language and culture. He has served on the Board of numerous not-for-profit and charitable institutions. He is a deacon in the Polish National Catholic Church (PNCC). He is married and has three children.

The PGF Board of Directors members are:

  • Mr. Kazimierz Braun, Ph.D., Professor of Theater, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Mr. Jerzy Glica, Co-founder of Gravikom S.A. Holds a Masters Degree from the Economic University of Krakow, Poland
  • Mr. Krzysztof Kanturski, Entrepreneur, Co-founder of Gravikom S.A.
  • Mr. Roman Kokoszka, International sports celebrity (Polish, European, and Australian windsurfing champion). Worked in executive-level positions for global computer companies both in England and Australia.