The Professional & Business Women of Polonia, also known as PBW, was created to enhance the status

and image of Polish-American professional  and business women, to network, and to become a force in the community.



Christine Kibler

Vice President
JoAnn Lewandowski


Theresa Tucholski

President Ex Officio
Renee Harzewski

Executive Board
Mary Domanski

Diana Marciniak
Pat Greiner


& Business

Women of Polonia’s

Current Officers

Barbara Wetzel


Theresa Tucholski

Executive Board
Mary Domanski

Pat Greiner

Dawn Myszka

President Ex Officio
Renee Harzewski

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Former cold case detective, now author shares her story with PBW members

Author Lissa Marie Redmond signs copies of “A Cold Day in Hell.”

Hon. Deborah Haendiges of the NYS Supreme Court, at right, swears in Barbara Wetzel, secretary; Dawn Myszka, board member; Terry Tucholski, treasurer;  JoAnn Lewandowski, vice president;  Mary Zuk-Domanski, board member; Renee Harzewski, president ex-officio and Christine Kibler, president. Absent from the photo is Patti Greiner, board member.

by Dawn Myszka,

PBW Historian

Professional & Business Women of Polonia (PBW) held its dinner meeting at Potts Banquet Facility on Jan. 23, 2019.

A big thank you went to Rose Schaefer, who served as membership chair for over 20 years. She is stepping down as chair and a new person will need to be appointed. Rose was presented with a gift in appreciation of her hard work.

The PBW scholarship application deadline is Monday, March 25. The application can be obtained from the PBW website. PBW will be continuing with its Scholar-Rama, the scholarship fundraiser, which was very successful last year.

Following announcements, Barbara Strzepka gave the dinner prayer.

After dinner, the board of directors for 2019 were sworn in by the Hon. Deborah Haendiges of the NYS Supreme Court. They are: Christine Kibler, president; JoAnn Lewandowski, vice president; Terry Tucholski, treasurer; Barbara Wetzel, secretary, and board members Dawn Myszka, Mary Zuk-Domanski, Patti Greiner (absent) and Renee Harzewski, president ex-officio.

Lissa Marie Redmond, the speaker for the evening, was then introduced. She is a retired Buffalo Police cold case homicide detective who handled a number of high-profile cases including the Bike Path Killer case.

She has appeared on numerous television shows including Dateline and Murder by Numbers. She is the author of "A Cold Day in Hell," her first book in her cold case investigation trilogy series. Her second book of this series, "The Murder Book," comes out on Feb. 8.

Her third book, "A Means to an End," is scheduled to come out in September and is dedicated to her 95-year-old grandfather, Joseph Kogut.

Her stories center around fictional characters and the community of Buffalo and its surroundings.

Redmond described herself as a writer who became a police officer. She reminded everyone that being a police officer can be very stressful. She relieved her stress by writing.

She started writing after joining a writers’ group at The Dog Ears Bookstore in Lackawanna. She said that she carries a notebook with her to write down things she observes and people she meets for inspiration for her stories.

She attended Erie Community College and the University at Buffalo.

When she was 21 years old, she took the Buffalo Police exam. She scored very high on the exam. She was sworn in as a Buffalo Police Officer when she was 22 years old in 1993.

The first precinct she was assigned to was Precinct 5 on the West Side of Buffalo where she worked patrol. She was then transferred to Precinct 3.

After 5-1/2 years on the job, she decided to take the detectives exam. She scored very high on this exam.

After she was sworn in as a detective, she applied for a job in the Sex Offenses Squad and was accepted. The Sex Offenses Squad handles sex offenses, domestic violence, missing persons, sex abuse, child abuse, and elder abuse cases.

On her first day as a detective, she was given a binder by her lieutenant and asked if she would be interested in working on the now infamous Bike Path Killer case.

She spent 8 years in the Sex Offenses Squad chasing after the bike path killer. She was eventually assigned to a Task Force with other members of the NYS Police, Erie County Sheriff, Buffalo Police and Amherst Police to work on the Bike Path Killer case. She was the only woman detective on this Task Force.

She described the painstaking work she and the other investigators did on this case. It was the first time that DNA testing was used to find the killer, Altemio Sanchez.

Most Americans did not know about DNA testing until it was first discussed in the OJ Simpson trial. Her work with the Task Force lead to the release of Anthony Capozzi who was in prison for two of the rapes committed by Sanchez.

Redmond also worked on another high-profile DNA case – the Crystallynn Girard case. Crystallyn's mother, Lynn DeJac, was originally charged with her murder. Lynn DeJac spent 13 years in prison for this crime. Her conviction was eventually vacated and she became the first woman in the United States to be exonerated for murder and released from prison on the basis of DNA evidence.

After spending 22 years as a police officer, she retired in 2015. She lives in Buffalo with her husband, who is a fellow detective. They have two children.

The next PBW meeting will be held on March 20 at the Forestview Restaurant. The speaker will be from Forest Lawn Cemetery who will be talking about the "Famous" Ladies of WNY that are buried at Forest Lawn.

Rose Schaefer recognized for her work as PBW Membership Chair.  

March 13, 2019

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