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Pamela Benson -'76
Charles Baxter -'74
Seymour Gitin -'56
Alan Zweibel -'72
Dave Dealney -'77
Jackie Felix -'81
James O. Horton -'64

1980s Classnotes

Lori Heidenburg, B.A. 1980, is a telecommunications systems consultant at Lucent Technologies in Amherst. She is also one of 40 charter volunteer readers of the Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service, which has been broadcasting printed matter for the blind and print-handicapped since 1987.

Parry P. Keogh, B.A. 1980, recently reported for duty with Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Margaret W. Paroski, M.D. 1980, has been named medical director at Erie County Medical Center, where she will oversee the medical operations of the ECMC Healthcare Network, which includes the medical center, the Erie County Home and a growing base of off-site health centers. Clinical associate professor of neurology in the UB medical school, she is the immediate past president of the Medical Alumni Association. Her most recent research work has involved a collaborative study on PET scanning in patients with minor head injury. She is medical advisor for the Western New York Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Mel Passarelli, M.B.A. 1980 & B.A. 1978, was appointed vice president of sales for MAK Technologies in Cambridge, Mass. He will be responsible for worldwide sales and marketing of MAK's software and services. The firm is a leading supplier of distributed interactive simulation software for networking real-time 3-D simulations. He has more than 16 years' experience in the computer graphics industry.

Peter Talty, M.S. 1980 & B.S. 1970, of East Amherst, N.Y., was appointed to the presidential search committee at Keuka College, where he is professor of occupational therapy and chair of the Daisy Marquis Jones Program of Occupational Therapy.

Sally D. Abell, B.S. 1981, of Buffalo, second vice president of investments for Advest, has been awarded the designation of chartered financial analyst from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts, a subsidiary of the Association for Investment Management and Research.

Maureen O. Helmer, J.D. 1982, of Schenectady, N.Y., has been nominated by Gov. George Pataki to serve on the New York State Public Service Commission. She has served as general counsel to the New York State Department of Public Service since 1995. Previous to that, she was counsel to the New York State Senate Energy Committee. She is a founding board member and past president of New York State Women in Communications and Energy, and a member of the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Public Utility Law.

Cecile Ann Lawrence, J.D. 1982, of Apalachin, N.Y., writes that she "developed and implemented an innovative pilot program for simultaneously training culturally diverse, refugee mental health interpreters alongside providers." She also ran her first marathon in 4:45 minutes and won several running trophies in 1995 and 1996.

William Dengler Jr., B.P.S. 1983, is a project manager for Heery International Architects in Atlanta, Ga. Current projects include managing a hospital addition in South Carolina and an addition to Sisters Hospital in Buffalo, in association with DeWolff Architects of Rochester.

Gary D. Golub, B.A. 1983, is a teacher at Westbury High School in Houston. Having taught in the school for eleven years, he currently teaches pre-calculus and is chairman of the math department. He also serves as an advisor for the Key Club and the Math and Science Club. In the past, he has been an assistant coach for the varsity basketball team. Gary is married to Margaret Irwin, M.L.S. 1982 & M.A. 1980. They have a two-year-old son, Gabriel.

Michael M. Grubb, M.B.A. 1983, has been named vice president of operations and network management provider for Healthsource South Carolina. He assumes statewide responsibility for networking contracts with physicians and hospitals and managing provider networks. In addition, he oversees several departments, including claims and information systems. Grubb comes to Healthsource from Kaiser Permanente in Hartford, Conn.

Richard A. Rainer Jr., B.S. 1983, a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, recently assumed duties as flag aide and assistant chief of staff for administration and manpower for commander George Washington, Battle Group.

Susan Glaeser Stoney, M.A. 1983, of Pleasant Hill, Calif., has been with Air Touch International for three years, primarily working on proposals that help the company-as part of a consortium-win cellular licenses around the world. She also supports other business communications end-products, including newsletters, annual reports, implementation plans and presentations.

Mark E. Zmijewski, Ph.D. 1983, M.B.A. 1981 & B.S. 1976, professor of accounting at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, has been named deputy dean for the university's part-time M.B.A. programs. A member of the school's faculty since 1984, he was formerly associate dean for doctoral studies.

Patricia H. Group, B.S. 1984, recently transferred to Dupont's Belle, W.Va. site as an accounting team leader. She has been with Dupont for 18 years.

Susan J. Kowalewski, B.A. 1984, practice manager in Ambulatory Care Specialty Services at the Erie County Medical Center, was admitted to associate status in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She resides in Tonawanda, N.Y., with her husband, Edward, and their daughter, Allison.

Duane R. Pilch, B.S. 1984, was recently hired as visiting assistant professor of chemistry at Western Maryland College. He previously taught at Mount St. Mary's College and earned a doctoral degree from Florida State University.

Tai-Joon Kwan, Ph.D. 1985, is president of the Korean Commission of UNESCO in Seoul.

Cynthie R. Luehman, M.S. 1985, a registered nurse in Dalton, N.Y., has been named chair of the nursing department at Alfred State College, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1986.

Stefanie Lisa Schwartz, J.D. 1985, of Vienna, Va., and her husband, Daniel Blacker, are proud parents of a son, Louis Michael Blacker, born June 10, 1994, and a daughter, Rachel Beth Blacker, born August 12, 1996.

Michael Evanco, M.B.A. 1986 & B.A. 1979, joined Ernst & Young, LLP as a senior consultant in the entrepreneurial services group of the Buffalo office, where he will be consulting with manufacturers in the area of information technology.

John M. Frandina, B.S. 1986, was promoted to vice president of EI Associates, an architectural and engineering firm in Buffalo. He is responsible for mechanical engineering and administering their personnel on-site at the Delphi Harrison Thermal Systems project in Lockport, N.Y.

Daniel J. Marinaro, M.Arch. 1986, is an associate with Duchscherer Oberst Design, a Buffalo-based architectural and engineering firm. Recently completed projects include the Daemen College business building and a multi-module transportation center in Greensboro, N.C.

Karen Beaudet Nejdawi, Ed.M. 1986 & B.A.1981, resides in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with her husband and three children.

Howard S. Reingold, B.S. 1986, of Morristown, N.J., recently assumed a new position for AT&T as a product manager responsible for the company's software-defined network service. He and his wife, Laurie, have a new daughter, Jacqueline Hope, born April 20, 1996.

Julie M. Bargnesi, J.D. 1987, a partner at Damon & Morey, Buffalo, received the Cynthia E. Northrop Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Nurse Attorneys, whose members have both nursing and law degrees. She concentrates her practice in the area of health law.

Sally Ferrigno, M.S.W. 1987, has been the school social worker in the Maryvale District for ten years. She works primarily with elementary-age school children and their families, while also being active in the Cheektowaga, N.Y., community. She hosts the Positive Parenting Series on Adelphia Cable with the Cheektowaga Action Partnership.

David Marzo, B.S. 1987, was promoted to supervisor in the auditing and accounting division of Lumsden & McCormick, Certified Public Accountants, LLP, in Buffalo.

Mark P. Dibble, B.A. 1988, recently returned from a four-month South American deployment aboard the attack submarine USS Narwhal. In addition to various military exercises, the crew delivered food, clothing and supplies to an orphanage in Chile and helped rehabilitate a school for the handicapped in Cartegema, Colombia.

Cynthia Rose Hamilton, B.A. 1988, has worked as an architectural restoration consultant in the Philadelphia area since graduating in 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania with a master's degree in historic preservation. She is currently an architectural historian for Powers & Co.

Jared A. Judson, B.S. 1988, enrolled in the Leaders for Manufacturing Fellowship program at MIT in June 1996. The two-year program in engineering and management leads to dual master's degrees, an M.S. from MIT and an M.B.A. from MIT's Sloan School of Management. His studies will focus on product development in the manufacturing environment as well as general management. He was previously a senior design engineer at Moog Inc. in East Aurora, N.Y.

Elizabeth Letourneau, B.A. 1988, assistant professor of psychology, is one of 23 educators to join the faculty at Augusta State University. A licensed clinical psychologist, she earned master's and doctoral degrees from Northern Illinois University, did a one-year internship at the Medical University of South Carolina and participated in a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the National Crime Victims Treatment and Research Center.

James Perone, Ph.D. 1988 & M.F.A. 1982, of Alliance, Ohio, has authored a book, Harmony Theory: A Bibliography, published by Greenwood Press in March 1997. Chairman of the music department at Mount Union College, he performed Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with the Alliance Symphony Orchestra in April 1997.

Calvin Chin, B.A. 1989, assistant vice president and credit sales officer of Bank America, recently graduated from New York University's Stern Graduate Business School, while working at Chase Manhattan Bank. In 1996, he was the third highest sales producer in cross-selling Chase products.

Peter A. Czekaj, M.S. 1989 & Mus.B. 1989, of San Diego, Calif., has been active as a musician and a sound engineer for the U.S. Navy Band. He also owns a company that provides acoustic and sound system consulting.

Roger Chieh Soon Lim, B.S. 1989, is a manager at Singapore General Hospital. He is also president of the UB Alumni Association chapter in Singapore.

Thomas S. Quealy Jr., B.A. 1989, has been promoted to vice president and portfolio manager of Elias Asset Management, a national investment management firm based in Buffalo. He and his wife Renee reside in Lancaster, N.Y.

Richard Topolski, B.A. 1989, recently joined the faculty at Augusta State University as an assistant professor of psychology. He was a research assistant at UB and at SUNY Binghamton-where he is also completing his doctoral studies-as well as an instructor at Binghamton and SUNY Oneonta.

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