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1970s Classnotes

Arthur R. Goshin, M.D. 1970, a founder, president and CEO of HealthCarePlan, a Buffalo-based, not-for-profit health maintenance organization, was appointed to the board of the American Association of Health Plans. The association represents more than 1,000 health plans nationwide. The board has taken a leadership role in advanced reforms that have brought improved affordability and accountability to managed care. In 1978, Goshin founded HealthCarePlan as Western New York's first HMO. He is also CEO and board chair of Vytra Healthcare, an HMO serving 200,000 individuals in Long Island and Queens, N.Y.

Ann Snyder Ostrowski, B.S. 1970, was recently named therapy manager at Interim Healthcare Services in Spartanburg, S.C., where she coordinates physical, occupational and speech therapy services for three upstate South Carolina counties, while continuing to treat her own homebound patients.

Constance J. Hirnle, B.S. 1971, is an assistant professor of nursing at Seattle University, Wash. She recently coauthored a textbook entitled Fundamentals of Nursing: Human Health and Function.

Robert N. Murphy, M.B.A. 1972 & B.A. 1970, of Hamburg, N.Y., has been elected vice president, compliance officer and corporate secretary of Lockport Savings Bank. As compliance officer, he will continue to be responsible for monitoring the bank's compliance with state and federal banking and consumer protection laws and regulations. As corporate secretary, he assumes the responsibility of maintaining the official records of the bank and minutes of the board of trustees meetings.

Arlene J. Newell, B.A. 1972, lives in Portland, Ore., with her 13-year-old son, Brendan. She has a marketing business, Phase 2 Marketing, a dog, three cats and a garden. "I hope to stay in touch, it's been so long and yet just like yesterday. Some of my fondest memories were my years at the University at Buffalo!"

Carol A. Sellers, B.A. 1972, is a clinical assistant professor in the department of communicative disorders and sciences at UB.

Steven B. Tucker, M.D. 1972, an Anchorage, Alaska nephrologist, has begun his four-year term as governor for the Alaska chapter of the American College of Physicians. His responsibilities include scientific meeting-planning, credentialing new members and disseminating college policy. He is in private practice in Anchorage, where he lives with his wife, Lindsay Ann, and their two children, Jacob Ian and Alanna Elizabeth.

Neil A. Goldberg, J.D. 1973, has been elected second vice president of the 20,000-member Defense Research Institute, the nation's largest association of civil litigation defense lawyers. He is a senior trial partner and director of the law firm Saperston & Day P.C., in Buffalo. His litigation practice focuses largely on defense of product liability, malpractice and significant personal injury actions, as well as insurance coverage and related matters.

Edmund Mayer, B.A. 1973, has retired from the military after more than 22 years as a Marine Corps aviator. He has accepted a position as the commercial operations manager in the laboratory diagnostics division of Boehringer Mannheim Corporation, headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind.

Lynne M. Shuster, Ph.D. 1973, professor of English at Erie Community College, has received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Buffalo State College in honor of her exceptional services as the founding president and longtime leader of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Buffalo and Erie County, as well as her extensive community service with disadvantaged, handicapped and marginalized individuals.

James E. Weir, B.A. 1973, of West Hartford, Conn., received a juris doctorate in 1993 and has a private law practice after a 20-year career as an engineer.

Charles W. Pettit Jr., B.S. 1974, is the supervisor of facilities engineering planning for Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems in Marietta, Ga. His responsibilities include coordinating operations with the U.S. Air Force in preparation for constructing the unique facilities required for the new F-22 Fighter aircraft. The company is also constructing special coating facilities for building stealth aircraft and sound suppression facilities for engine testing.

Giuseppe P. Santaniello, M.S. 1974, was nominated by President Clinton for a promotion to the rank of Brigadier General in the Air Force Reserve. He has a private orthodontics practice with offices in East Longmeadow, Mass. and Enfield, Conn. He currently serves as mobilization assistant to Brigadier General Theodore Almquist, the assistant surgeon general for dental services at the Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. His honors include the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Distinguished Presidential Unit Citation and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. He is married to the former Eva Sadak; the couple has a daughter, Gina Maria.

R. Jonathan Spencer, B.A. 1974, coordinator of the employee benefits and financial services department of Lawley Service Insurance, has been named an honor guard member of the National Leadership Club by Traveler's Life and Annuity Company. His department provides consulting and support services in the areas of corporate employee and executive benefit packages such as group health, life, long-term disability and pensions, as well as individual financial planning. He is currently enrolled in a master's of science program in financial services at American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Vincent P. Hauber, J.D. 1975, of Buffalo, has been named a partner with the law firm of Saperston & Day P.C. Before joining the firm in 1982, he was an associate at Watson, Bennett, Colligan, Johnson & Schechter and a title officer at Ticor Title Guarantee Company. He is a member of the Erie County and New York State Bar Associations and their respective real property sections.

Joseph Curatolo, B.S. 1976, president of Georgetown Capital Group Inc., an independent financial consulting company in Williamsville, N.Y., was named one of the top 25 financial planners and mutual fund specialists in the United States by the Royal Alliance Associates.

Kenneth A. Rogers, M.B.A. 1976, of Buffalo, an executive consultant with Strategic Management and Marketing, has been elected chair of the board of directors of the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Theresa M. (Trojahn) Schwartz, B.S. 1976, is an assistant professor of nursing at Monroe Community College. She is also a family nurse practitioner at Highland Hospital's family medicine program.

Burt Zweigenhaft, B.S. 1976, is the director of sales for Pharmacare in New York City, the pharmaceutical benefit management company of CVS Pharmacy.

Salvatore Galante, B.A. 1977, of Buffalo, was one of 40 physicians receiving a master of public health degree in occupational medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is medical director of General Motors Corp. in Williamsville, N.Y. and a member of the Erie County Medical Society and the Baccelli Medical Society. He received his medical degree from the University of Palermo, Italy in 1984.

Bruce M. Gregory, M.B.A. 1977, has been named the tax practice leader for the Fort Worth, Texas, office of Deloitte & Touche LLP, a firm providing accounting, auditing, and tax and management consulting services. He joins the firm after 17 years with another major international accounting firm, where he was a tax partner. He has broad skills and experience serving closely held and public companies of all sizes. He also has experience with mergers and acquisitions, accounting methods and international tax planning.

Timothy G. Huggler, B.P.S. 1977, is a senior mechanical engineer with GHT Limited, an engineering consulting firm. He is also a certified plumbing engineer living in Ashburn, Va., with his wife, Vicky, and two children, Erik, seven, and Jeanette, four.

Mary Dee Martoche, J.D. 1977, an attorney with Dempsey and Dempsey LLP, was voted chair-elect of the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Jan Reicis, M.B.A. 1977, has been elected a corporate vice president of Graphic Controls Corp. by the company's board of directors. Previously he was the director of human resources. Graphic Controls is a manufacturer of disposable medical products used in cardiology, neurology and obstetric monitoring, in surgical procedures and for infection control.

Paul M. Tyrpak, B.S. 1977, was appointed vice president of Comptek Federal Systems Inc., a supplier of defense electronic systems and engineering support services to foreign and domestic military customers. He has successfully held a number of finance- and accounting-related positions with Comptek since joining the company in 1979 as a financial analyst. Since 1994, he has served as controller and director of finance. He also serves as the company's primary liaison with the Defense Contract Audit Agency, which regularly reviews the company's books and records as a defense contractor.

Martin Coulter, B.S. 1978, is one of two district managers for the new branch of the Cooperman Agency/Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, which recently opened in Williamsville, N.Y. A special agent with Northwestern since 1985, he is also a past president of CLU-Buffalo chapter, a member of the Estate Analysts of Western New York and a qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table.

Mark Schumacher, M.L.S. 1978 & M.A. 1973, completed his 19th year as a reference librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has recently completed the 1,500th abstract for Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life.

John F. Wellington, Ph.D. 1978, has been named dean of the graduate school of administration at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, having previously served as interim dean. He has been with the university since 1992, where he previously held the George H. Moor chair in business. He will be responsible for several programs including the executive M.B.A. program and a number of short-term programs for executives seeking specialized certifications. The author of more than 40 articles in professional and refereed journals, he has made presentations around the world and is a member of various professional organizations, including the American Statistical Institute and the Decision Sciences Institute.

Theresa Avery-Scigaj, M.B.A. 1979 & B.A. 1976, has been promoted to assistant vice president at M & T Bank, where she is responsible for managing the support of the human resources system.

Charles J. Banks, M.A. 1979, continues to own and operate his international network marketing business at a new location in Mumford, N.Y. He is a board member of the American Society of Public Administrators and the Salvation Army. He is also active with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity on both a local and national basis.

Victoria (Burri) Cash, B.S. 1979, is a pediatric telephone triage nurse for Olsten/KQC Staffing in Schenectady, N.Y. She works in "Night Care," the new after-hours care program, where she teaches and, at times, has to calm nervous parents in the middle of the night.

Alice Krieger, M.S. 1979 & B.S. 1977, was named alumna of the year by the Buffalo General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association in May 1997. In 1995, she received the Outstanding Achievement in Poster Research Award presented by Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing.

Margot Levy-MacMillin, B.S. 1979, is a Medicaid review analyst III at the New York State Department of Social Services in Albany, N.Y.

Marylou Ponzi, M.A. 1979, is the director of human resources for Canon Inc. in Lake Success, N.Y. She is a trustee of Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities, serving on its human resources committee. She is also the president of the Amityville-Le Bourget Alliance, a cultural exchange organization. She also teaches adult education language courses in her spare time and has been listed in Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in the East and Who's Who in Finance and Industry.

Karen B. Quinn, M.A. 1979 & Ed.M. 1978, director of instructional programs at the academic center for excellence at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was the 1996 recipient of the chancellor's academic professional excellence award for leadership and excellence in teaching and administration. She is also adjunct assistant professor in the department of medical education, where she teaches writing courses for health professionals. In April 1997 she was elected to a four-year term as supervisor of Oak Park Township in Oak Park, Ill.

Peter E. Walenta, B.A. 1979, is a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Middle New York State, Utica.

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