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Roswell Park Names New Leaders to Oversee Key Areas of Education, Facilities and Research

Two longtime staff and an educator new to Roswell Park take on executive leadership roles

  • Attorney Ericka Bennett heads Research Integrity
  • Petrina Hill-Cheatom oversees several facets of Educational Affairs
  • Anthony Putrelo to lead Facilities Management

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is proud to announce the promotion and appointment of three leaders to executive roles overseeing key aspects of research, education and facilities management.

Ericka Bennett, Esq., has been promoted to Vice President of Corporate Ethics, Research Integrity and Research Subject Protection. A member of Roswell Park’s legal team since 2015, Bennett has focused much of her work on research-related matters such as clinical trial and license agreements. Bennett earned her JD from the University at Buffalo Law School and bachelor’s degree from Utica University.

Petrina Hill-Cheatom, MEd, is Roswell Park’s Deputy Chief Academic Officer and Vice President for Educational Affairs. Hill-Cheatom brings more than 30 years of experience in education, most recently at SUNY Erie Community College as Director of Admissions and Dean of Students II. In this new role, Hill-Cheatom helps oversee the core educational missions of the organization, trainings, community education and workforce development. She holds her master’s degree from the University at Buffalo and a bachelor’s from Canisius College.

Anthony Putrelo, PE, has been named Vice President of Facilities Management. He will lead engineering, planning and execution on projects that range from public safety to maintenance, service contracts to transportation and more. On staff since 2005, Putrelo has played an integral role in the completion of the Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center, directing day-to-day operations and overall infrastructure renewal across the Roswell Park campus. Putrelo graduated with his master’s from Cornell University and bachelor’s from Syracuse University.

“Each of these incredible staff leaders brings a wealth of experience and unique skills in these key operational areas,” says Errol Douglas, PhD, Chief Human Resources Officer at Roswell Park. “They are already making incredible contributions advancing Roswell Park’s mission. Our team and our community will benefit greatly from their leadership.”


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is a community united by the drive to eliminate cancer’s grip on humanity by unlocking its secrets through personalized approaches and unleashing the healing power of hope. Founded by Dr. Roswell Park in 1898, it is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Upstate New York. Learn more at, or contact us at 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or

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