“Gayle brings significant expertise in fundraising, strategic planning, and community relations to Hilbert,” stated Kelly Smith, Hilbert’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “Her broad knowledge and personable demeanor will provide a great foundation upon which to build new engagement and advancement initiatives at Hilbert.”
Hardick has an extensive and varied background, including running her own business in the Village of Hamburg which she recently sold. Hardick served for over nine years as the Executive Director of YMCA Buffalo Niagara – Southtowns Branch. She generated exponential growth of the Southtowns Branch which allowed the association to build the new facility located on Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park. She was also heavily involved in recruiting and training staff, as well as generating annual support through corporate sponsors and donations. She was recognized as YMCA Director of the Year in 1996.
Hardick is heavily involved in the community, including memberships to the Chambers of Commerce in Hamburg, East Aurora, and Orchard Park. She is also actively involved with the Town of Hamburg Recreation and Senior Center, was a founding member for Christmas in the Village (Hamburg), and sits on the Board of Directors for Hamburg Oktoberfest and the Hamburg Seaway Trail.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to represent Hilbert College,” Hardick said. “I am truly inspired by Hilbert’s mission and vision. I look forward to connecting with Hilbert’s alumni and friends who share similar values.”
Hardick and her husband, Bill, reside in Orchard Park, NY. They have two daughters, Cassandra and Julia, and a son, Shane.