UBToday Online Alumni Magazine -Spring 1997
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1990s Classnotes

Catherine Fisher Collins, Ed.D. 1990, associate professor at SUNY Empire State College, has authored a new book, The Imprisonment of African American Women: Causes, Conditions and Future Implications (McFarland & Co.). She is also the editor of African American Women's Health and Social Issues, and has received national attention for her writings on the New York State Attica Correctional Facility.

Judith Z. Deck, M.S. 1990 & B.S. 1965, currently works as a nurse practitioner at Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Williamsville, N.Y.

Cynthia Rogers-Harrison, M.S.W. 1990, is a casework supervisor for the Monroe County Department of Social Work in Rochester. The cases involve abused or neglected children placed in foster care; treatment is focused on family reunification whenever possible. She also teaches at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the Undergraduate School of Social Work.

Mohammad Suhaimi Taha, B.S. 1990, is a senior programmer at DGT Systems in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Michael J. Baretela, B.S. 1991, U.S. Navy lieutenant, recently reported for duty with the Directors Strategic Systems Program in Arlington, Va.

Tod Bialecki, Mus.B. 1991, began his duties this past fall as director of bands at Alfred State College, where his responsibilities include directing both the concert and jazz bands. He is also director of bands at the Alfred-Almond Central School, plays semi-professional football for the Hornell Dragons and coaches tennis at the high school level.

Carva Cash, M.S.W. 1991 & B.A. 1977, continues to work with families and children at the Erie County Department of Social Services in Buffalo. She currently works exclusively with teen parents who are receiving public assistance.

Gene Krumm, M.S. 1991, of Wellsville, N.Y., and consultant to ABB Air Preheater Inc., has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The society focuses on technical, educational and research issues within the engineering field worldwide. The title is conferred upon ASME members with at least ten years of active engineering practice, who have made significant professional contributions.

Maximo B. Lockward, M.D. 1991, joined the psychiatry and behavioral sciences staff at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio in November 1996. His primary focus is ambulatory mental health. He comes to St. Elizabeth's from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, where he was an assistant professor of psychiatry. From 1988 to 1989, while in medical school, he was a teaching assistant and science tutor for the SUNY STEP Program and a phlebotomist at Erie County Medical Center. He and his wife, Jane, and their daughter, Laura, five, live in Oakdale, Pa.

Sandra L. Cross, B.A. 1992, is the licensing administrator for the Professional Golf Association of America in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Mark G. Janulewicz, B.S. 1992, was promoted to supervisor in the tax department of Lumsden & McCormick, LLP, Certified Public Accountants in Buffalo.

Yibin Zheng, Ph.D. 1992 & M.A. 1992, has joined the GE Research and Development Center as an electrical engineer. A native of Guangzhou, China, he is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Physical Society. He and his wife, Ying Yao, live in Schenectady, N.Y.

William Dean, M.Arch. 1993 & B.P.S.1991, became a registered architect in September 1995 and is now a project architect for DeWolff Architects in Rochester. His current project is the Perinton Community Center; he is also an intern and the associate director for Rochester AIA.

Haryanto, M.B.A. 1993, is an executive with American Express in Jakarta, Indonesia. His wife, Laksmi Haryanto, M.B.A. 1993, is a senior manager at Standard Chartered Bank in Jakarta.

M. Carolyn Hilarski, M.S.W. 1993, of Pittsford, N.Y., is a self-employed therapist focusing on substance abuse.

Daniel G. Payne, Ph.D. 1993, assistant professor of English at Union College, recently published his first book, Voices in the Wilderness: American Nature Writing and Environmental Politics.

Paul D. Seeman, M.D. 1993, recently received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for outstanding performance serving aboard the dock-landing ship USS Gunston Hall, homeported in Norfolk, Va. He was recognized for his services as medical department head.

Caroline S. Spencer, B.S. 1993, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was recently hired as an assistant recreation director at Xavier University.

Steven C. Thoren, M.S.W. 1993 & B.A. 1990, of Buffalo, is a case planner, working with children and their families at the Monsignor Carr Institute.

Matthew P. Caggia, B.A. 1994, received a master of science degree in secondary education, with honors, from Queens College. He is currently teaching ninth grade social studies in Wake County, N.C.

Hsieh-Lung Hsu, Ph.D. 1994, is associate professor of civil engineering at National University in Taiwan.

Sheila Konczynski, B.A. 1994, is a special education teacher at Helping Hands Special Education Preschool in Clifton Park, N.Y., where she does applied behavior analysis with autistic children. She married in August 1996 and lives with her husband in Schenectady, N.Y.

Sherry B. Rook, M.S.W. 1993 & M.B.A. 1993, has been the director of Buffalo Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Services since February 1995; she runs 12 prevention programs.

Rick Sanford, Ph.D. 1994, an officer with BBC Music Magazines Inc. based in New York City, performed works of Stabler, Stockhausen and Andriessen during last summer's FunMusic IV festival at Urbana, Ill. He also conducted the THUMP piano duo and percussionists in his Stranded on Tulsa Time (1991). He also appeared in his Nightwalking V (1994) in a December concert sponsored by the Kantonal Berne Foundation in New York City.

Dieter G. Voss, Ed.M. 1994 & B.S. 1989, teaches social studies at Erie 1 BOCES Alternative Learning Program, grades nine through 12. He is in his seventh year of coaching boys' soccer at Frontier High School, while serving as a volunteer firefighter in Depew, N.Y. He and his wife, Sheri Barus, expect their first child in May 1997.

Adam Wolf, B.A. 1994, was recently named an account executive at G.S. Schwartz & Co., a Manhattan-based public relations firm. He will handle a variety of accounts in the firm's business-to-business division. He was previously assistant manager, corporate communications, for CARQUEST Corp. in Tarrytown. He and Diane Auerbach, B.A. 1995, plan an August 1997 wedding.

Carol Ann Beckman, M.S.W. 1995, works with both men and women in outpatient services for drug and alcohol addiction at the Erie County Medical Center. The program provides assistance for clients who need to obtain their GED degree; those who wish to join training programs to help develop needed skills; and those who want to begin a college education.

Kimberli E. Bowman, B.A. 1995, is a guidance counselor at the Christian Central Academy, a private high school in Williamsville, N.Y., where she directed the high school production of "The Music Man." She also works at UB for the track and field, cross-country and football teams.

Edward J. Lydecker, M.U.P. 1995 & B.A. 1992, is currently working as an urban planner for the Peace Corps. He is stationed in Salamanca, Chile, where he will continue to work until August of 1998.

Zoe L. Pittman, B.A. 1995, of Williamsville, N.Y., had an original poem, "The Flag," published in Of Sunshine and Daydreams, a treasury of contemporary poetry compiled by the National Library of Poetry, which seeks to discover and encourage poets through contests and publishing. She has been writing for twenty years; her favorite subjects and ideas concern "exploring the mysteries of life."

Peter T. vom Scheidt, B.S. 1995 & B.S. 1972, has joined the electrical and mechanical engineering firm of Wilson, Klaes, Brucker & Worden as a senior project manager. He has also been active helping his local school district develop and implement technology programs. Previously, he served as a project manager and vice president for 12 years at another consulting engineering firm.

Danielle R. Blecha, B.S. 1996, is currently attending George Washington University, pursuing a master's degree in forensic science.

Kathleen Interdonato, A.A.S. 1996, of Tonawanda, N.Y., is self-employed as a residential real estate property manager.

Kathleen Keenan-Takagi, Ph.D. 1996, has been named to the editorial board of The Music Educators Journal, the leading professional publication for American music teachers.

Joshua J. La Penne, B.S. 1996, recently received his commission as a naval officer after completing Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla.

David Merrell, M.B.A. 1996 & B.A. 1990, has been promoted to manager of human resources at Graphic Controls Corp., where he is responsible for Buffalo operations.

Deborah Silverman, Ph.D. 1996, is enjoying dual careers in public relations and academia as director of media relations for the Bar Association of Erie County and adjunct assistant professor of English at SUNY College at Fredonia. Her book, From Cracow to Chicago: Polish-American Folklore, is being considered for publication by a major academic press; it is based on folklore research she did for her doctoral dissertation supervised by Bruce Jackson, UB Distinguished Professor of English.

Gregory B. Wise, M.A. 1996, is working at Cornell University in the Family Life Development Center, housed in the College of Human Ecology. He travels widely as a field instructor, teaching courses in therapeutic crisis intervention to agencies serving young people in and out of home care.

Patricia Pulver, Ed.D. 1997, of Canandaigua, N.Y., was recently promoted to assistant professor of education at Keuka College.

Renee M. Segina, B.S. 1997, of Derby, N.Y., was appointed as a staff accountant in the auditing department of Lumsden & McCormick, LLP, Certified Public Accountants.

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