Board of Directors

Innocent Eyes Project’s Board of Directors includes individuals who have traveled internationally and seen with their own eyes how small actions can have a large impact on local communities. The board oversees the selection of program partners and the allocation of funds.

David Noyes, President

A graduate of R.I.T. and Harvard University, David Noyes has had two very distinct careers. Prior to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, David worked in marketing and advertising as a commercial photographer and the owner of a small advertising agency. Initially founded in 1986 as a large-format still-life and product photography studio in Boston, Massachusetts, David expanded Noyes Studio in 1996 into a full-service ad agency and design firm.

In 2002, David launched the award winning Experience Outdoors magazine and began a career in publishing as an editor, publisher, and Custom Publishing consultant. From 2007-2011, David was the managing editor of AAA Going Places Magazine and helped AAA Western and Central New York develop a custom publishing capability and launch their award winning AAA club magazine Member Connection, as the founding editor and publisher.

David’s work as a travel writer, photographer, and storyteller has taken him to some of the most remote and exotic places on Earth and earned him numerous awards including the North American Travel Journalists Association Grand Prize for photography in 2010, 2011, and 2013 as well a prestigious Lowell Thomas Award in 2010 for an article about Varanasi, India.

Brandi Luckman, Secretary

Currently a marketing manager for AAA Western and Central New York, Brandi Luckman graduated from Canisius College with an MS in Organizational Communication and Development in 2002. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the same school in 1999.

From 1998-2003, Brandi worked for UPS providing interpersonal and organizational communication expertise, as well media, public and community relations. From 2003-2006, Brandi worked in sales for Business First, the Buffalo-area business newspaper, working with local banks, accounting firms and car dealerships for advertising, marketing and event sponsorships.

In 2006, Brandi accepted a position in Marketing for AAA Western and Central New York, editing their Member publication, AAA Going Places Magazine. In 2007, Brandi moved into product marketing to launch AAA Members Insurance Agency of Western and Central New York Inc, providing auto, home and life insurance for AAA members and non-members in the greater Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse regions.

Sophie Feal

Sophie Feal has practiced immigration and nationality law for almost 25 years. She is currently Supervising Immigration Attorney at the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), Inc. where she concentrates her practice in deportation defense, asylum and family-based immigration cases. She is also responsible for providing legal orientations to individuals detained by the Department of Homeland Security, and recruiting, training and mentoring pro bono attorneys to represent immigrants before the Immigration Court.

Sophie currently serves on the New York State Bar Association’s Special Committee on Immigration Representation, and as Chair of the Erie County Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee. She was named by Upstate New York’s Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in the region for 2009. In 2007 and 2008, she was elected by her peers in Western New York’s legal community to the Buffalo Law Journal’s annual Who’s Who in Law and received VLP’s 2005 annual pro bono award for her volunteer work in the area of immigration law.

Tim Walsh

Tim Walsh has 27 years experience in higher education, travel/member services, and health care communications and is currently the Associate Vice President for College Relations, with Buffalo State, State University of New York. Tim leads a 14-member team that manages Brand Marketing, PR/Media, Publications, and Web Administration for the 12,000-student campus.

Tim began his career in the communication field as an Associate Director of PR for The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and spent 17 years as Director of PR and Assistant VP for Institutional Advancement at Medaille College in Buffalo, before taking on the role of Travel Marketing Manager and Specialty Group Travel Director for AAA Western and Central New York. After restructuring AAA’s group travel department and planning and escorting Mediterranean cruises, Spain and Portugal tours, and Cape Cod excursions, Tim returned to, and loves, being back in college.

In addition to his work responsibilities, Tim is a past chairperson, and continues to serve as a board member for the Western New York United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse Foundation. He and his team have won numerous international CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) awards for excellence in marketing, publications, and web design.

Pamela Beaney

Pamela Beaney has been Manager of the AAA Travel and Insurance Center located in Penfield since 2010. Beaney is responsible for managing the daily activities of the location including the delivery of all AAA product lines, community involvement, and the development of new partnerships and business. Previously, Beaney managed the AAA Travel and Insurance Center in Ithaca, N.Y and AAA Greece.

Beaney joined AAA in 2006 and has served in various leadership roles within the travel agency. Beaney has extensive experience in the travel and tourism industry having worked as the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Brookwood Inn in Pittsford and Acting Operations Manager for the Connecticut Grand Hotel in Waterbury, Conn. She has also served in travel leadership positions with GRVA, Xerox and the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Pamela also volunteers as a Rape Crisis Counselor.

Carol Angiers

Carol Angiers has been an elementary school teacher in the West Seneca Central School District for over 20 years. Prior to teaching, she was an IBM major market account representative. She is currently finishing my last semester of Ph.D. work in social justice with a concentration in narratives of the other. Upon completion, She plans to travel and share her resources and research.

The lives and education of children is a passion of hers that she has been fortunate enough to be a part of. She has worked with nonprofit organizations where she has been able to combine her passion for children and social justice. Her other interests are in obtaining a sound mind and body by training in Muai Thai. She is a mother of a 24 year old daughter, Kyrsten who holds her MS in Anthrozoology.