Citizens of Lackawanna's Future

Colf Officer Bio's, Projects, and Opinions



John Ingram -- Chairman -- born and raised in Lackawanna, a former student of Lackawanna High School with a GED from the Buffalo, NY Educational Opportunity Center, is keenly aware of local issues.  Having completed a Supervisory Skills in Hospitality Industry program offered by Cornell University School of Industrial Labor Relations at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and an Interactive Management Course Certification at Hyatt University, he cut his teeth in small business and politics at Hilton Head Island.

An accumulation of seemingly mundane information can be quite useful when fitting together the pieces of a larger jigsaw puzzle.  "Always make sure to fact check.  You want to have your information lined up and ready to go at meetings."

John was formerly affiliated with the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island, Hilton Head Medical Center & Clinic Community, Advisory Board Community Relations Work Group, Accommodations Tax Committee - Town of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Island Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, Minority Business Council Steering Committee, United Way of Beaufort County Board of Directors, Leadership Hilton Head / Bluffton Board of Regents, Volunteers in Medicine Board of Directors.

Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head S.C. (volunteer), Member, Mayor's Task Force on Crime and Drug Prevention, Member, Deep Well of Hilton Head Board of Directors, Member, Board of Directors, Island Recreation Center Advisory Board.

Business affiliations included Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors), Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce, Native Island Business & Community Affairs Association.

Honors -- Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention 2000, Graduate Leadership Hilton Head, Class of 1996, Native Islander Gullah Celebration Freedom Day Achievers Award, 1999, Featured Profile in Hilton Head Monthly Magazine's Most Intriguing Individuals, Jan 1999, Hilton Head Medical Center - Clinic Community Service Award, 1996, Marriott Corporation Housing Recognition Award, 1998, Hyatt Regency Hilton head manager of the month award, April, 1996.

John was also the owner of Professional Elite, Inc., a hospitality and catering service company from 2000 ~ 2005.

Current memberships and affiliations include:

*  Lackawanna 1st Ward Steering Committee

*  Justice 4 All WNY, Committee Member

*  Friends of the Lackawanna Library


Our current Treasurer and Secretary positions are filled on an interim basis.  In addition to regular duties, each of us has personal projects of interest.  The present treasurer of CoLF is particularly concerned about women's, children's, and animal safety in the community.  Updates and links will be posted shortly in the News page.

Vacant -- Treasurer

Vacant -- Secretary 


Vacant -- Youth Coordinator


James Burnette -- was born in Japan and raised on a US Air Force base where his father worked as a science teacher.  Initially interested in the sciences, he has a B.S. in physics from the Polytechnic Institute of NYU (Brooklyn Poly) and an M.Eng. in electrical engineering from the University of Buffalo (SUNY).  Recent injustices involving the attempted privatization and development of public wetlands had forced him unwillingly into political activism, and he has never been able to extricate himself since… citing reasons such as opposition to WTO (World Trade Organization) and NAFTA, which undercut US manufacturing.


Hi everybody, I've been out on hiatus for the fall 2011 semester, trying to bag an associates degree in Environmental Science from the local community college.  Of course I didn't finish, but considerable progress was made in an effort to formalize my interests.  I'll have to quit school for a while and get back to work, but will try to continue my duties as CoLF editor. -- JHBurnette  29 Dec, 2011


Finished the degree ! -- June, 2014