Maine foundation adds Fredonia native to its Board of Directors

Justin Niebel

Four new members representing a diverse cross section of age, professional experience and backgrounds, including Fredonia native, Justin Niebel, were recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Tramuto Foundation, a Maine-based non-profit that for the past 17 years has provided college scholarships and grants to non-profit organizations whose mission focuses on improving the lives of others.

The son of Terry and JoAnn Niebel, Justin is a 2002 graduate of Fredonia High School. He graduated in 2006 from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, where he served as Class President and was a Presidential Scholarship recipient. In 2013 he received an executive management master’s degree in business administration from the University of Rochester, where he currently serves as the men’s ice hockey coach. Niebel was recently promoted to Senior Enterprise Executive for Charter Communications in Central Florida.

In addition to Niebel, the other new members of the Tramuto Foundation Board of Directors include: Mary Bentley of Libertyville, Illinois, Samuel LaPointe of Nashville, Tennessee, and William ‘Bill’ Viszt of Tierra Verde, Florida.

Founded by Donato Tramuto as a tribute to two friends and their young son who perished on Sept. 11, 2001 when the plane they were traveling on, United Flight 175, hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Tramuto Foundation annually awards four $20,000 college scholarships to two graduating seniors at two Maine high schools who have overcome adversity in their lives. In addition, the Foundation has awarded tens of thousands of dollars in grants to non-profit organizations throughout New England, the United States and the world.

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