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Peter J. Bugelski, Ph.D. 1980 & B.A. 1975, has been employed since 1980 by SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals in Philadelphia, Pa. In 1994, he was named director of cellular pathology and is currently on a two-year appointment in the United Kingdom as director of cell and molecular toxicology for the company's office near London. This past May, he was inducted as a member of the Royal College of Pathologists.

Gloria B. Miller, M.S.W. 1980, is a member of the part-time staff at the UB School of Social Work's private practice in custody evaluation and adoption.

Sue Curry Jansen, Ph.D. 1981 & M.A. 1974, has been promoted to full professor in the department of communications at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., where she has been a faculty member since 1985.

Peter G. Johnson, B.S. 1981, is assistant clinical professor of the SUNY-Stony Brook pathways to midwifery program. He is also enrolled in the educational psychology doctoral program at UB.

Martha Biche Lahr, B.S. 1981, is a registered nurse at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa.

Bill Mylchreest, B.S. 1981, is a nurse manager in critical care services at the Abilene Regional Medical Center in Abilene, Texas.

Patti Paxson, B.A. 1981, of Tampa, Fla., has her own business as a freelance public relations and advertising writer and creative director. She works for a wide range of national and regional clients and in nearly every medium of communication: print; television; video and film productions; radio; interactive audiovisual media; Internet technologies; and live multimedia presentation speeches, the latter of which include writing presentations for First Lady Hillary Clinton and for Archbishop Spyridon, leader of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Additionally she specializes in marketing communications and creating and implementing identity image campaigns.

William L. Prenevau Jr., B.A. 1981, is the regional security manager for General Motors' Northern American operations. He is responsible for the physical security, fire protection, investigations and executive protection at all General Motors facilities across the 13-state east region. Active in Junior Achievement of Western New York, he was recently elected chairman of both the Town of Tonawanda Hazardous Waste Advisory Council and the American Society for Industrial Security scholarship committee. He is living in Buffalo, married with two children; one is an alumnus of the University at Buffalo.

Camille (Ratajczyk) Holynski, M.S. 1982, is a nurse practitioner at Breast Health Associates in Buffalo.

Wen F. Lu, M.S. 1982, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics at the University of Missouri-Rolla, recently received the Ralph R. Teetor Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The award is given annually to promote interaction among engineers in industry and engineering educators. The program funds recipients' participation in the SAE International Congress and Exposition and the SAE Aerospace Congress and Exposition. At each exposition, participants are hosted by a major automobile manufacturer or aerospace corporation; Lu was hosted by the Ford Motor Co. at the February conference.

Madonne M. Miner, Ph.D. 1982, was appointed chair of the English department at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Previously she served as assistant chair and associate professor of English at the University of Wyoming.

Ann L. Stoj, M.S.W. 1982 & B.A. 1977, of Amherst, N.Y., is a psychotherapist for adult, child and family services at Erie County Medical Center.

Stephen M. Knaster, Ph.D. 1983, has been named a senior counsel in the firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, of San Francisco, Calif., where he is a member of the securities and intellectual property litigation group. His civil litigation practice emphasizes the representation of underwriters, issuers, officers, directors, and venture capital firms in all areas of securities litigation, including class actions and derivative actions. He joined the firm in 1989 after receiving his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.

Ellen Todd-Cooper, M.S. 1983, was recently honored for her work exemplifying the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s ideals of equality and justice, at Erie Community College's Seventh Annual Ebony and Ivory Ball. She is a registered nurse with Erie County Medical Center Mental Health Services, Buffalo.

Ira C. Yellin, B.A. 1983, lives in Franklin, Mass., with his wife, Elaine, and their three children, a six-year-old boy and one-year-old twin boys. Yellin opened his own law practice earlier this year.

Michele Boyer, Ph.D. 1984, professor of counseling psychology and director of training at Indiana State University, is one of four faculty honored with the Caleb Mills Distinguished Teaching Award. Boyer, who joined the university in 1986, teaches classes and provides individual and group supervision to student practicums, while also administrating the doctoral program in counseling psychology. A licensed psychologist in Indiana, she is current treasurer of the Association for Women in Psychology. In 1992, she was named distinguished counselor educator by the Indiana Association for Counseling and Development.

Priscilla M. Burt-Coe, D.D.S. 1984, of Naples, Fla., recently received her second Navy and Marine Corps commendation medal and letter of commendation, while serving as the commanding officer of the Naval Reserve Dental Clinic. She initiated a training program that increased her unit's overall training effectiveness to 96 percent.

Joseph A. Carrese, M.D. 1984, of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, is the recipient of a Robert Wood Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Program Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. Assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a core faculty member of the university's bioethics institute, he will conduct a study exploring how patients in the Johns Hopkins geriatric elder house-call program think about and plan for serious illness and end-of-life care.

Maureen E. Curran, B.S. 1984, is a drug safety and medical information specialist at Biogen in Cambridge, Mass.

John Brian Surgalla, J.D. 1984 & B.A. 1981, is a member of the law office of Tronolone and Surgalla P.C. in Buffalo.

Joseph W. Wilczewski, B.A. 1984, is the president, owner and operator of Claudette's Catering in Amherst, N.Y. The firm has been preparing home-cooked meals for various functions at UB since 1985.

Christopher Kevin Kramar, B.A. 1985, was recently promoted to software development manager at Informix Software Inc. in Menlo Park, Calif.

Jim Lichtenthal, B.S. 1985, has been working at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for the last ten years and was recently named a Manned Space Flight Honoree by NASA for his accomplishments, while working as a quality engineer. In April, he transferred to KSC's ISO Project Office.

Lance R. Mauro, B.S. 1985 & B.A. 1984, is a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, and part of the Navy Excess Material Team. The purpose of the team is to identify, locate and screen excess material from various Army and Air Force Commands in Europe that are no longer in use owing to the declining U.S. military presence; materials range from blankets to bulldozers. He has accounted for $40 million worth of equipment since he has been on independent duty. The equipment is redistributed to more than 50 Navy, Marine Corps and NATO Commands throughout Europe.

James R. Mortensen, M.B.A. 1985, of Goldens Bridge, N.Y., is the vice president of trade marketing for Philip Morris Inc.

Cynthia S. Voyles, M.S. 1985, is a nurse practitioner at Kannapolis Internal Medicine in N.C. She is the first advanced practice nurse in this large internal medicine hospital.

Alberto Manuel Benitez, J.D. 1986 & B.A. 1983, has been associate professor of clinical law and director of the immigration clinic at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., since July 1996.

David P. Chameli, B.A. 1986, lives in St. Paul, Minn., with his wife, Kathy, and two children, David and Anna. He practices law in the field of transportation and commercial litigation and has recently moved his practice from the World Trade Center in St. Paul to his own building in a nearby community. He also completed his tenure as president of the upper midwest chapter of the Association of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy. Although he misses Buffalo, he does manage to watch the Bills whenever they play on national television.

Cathleen R. Walczak Johnson, B.S. 1986, is the director of annual giving and the assistant director of development at Alfred University. In March 1997, she had a son, Matthew.

Christopher E. Marrion, B.S. 1986, received a master's degree in fire protection engineering in 1989. He recently joined Arup Fire in London and was previously working for a small consulting firm in Switzerland.

Jacquie Martin, M.S. 1986, is a program director at the University of California at San Francisco program in nurse anesthesia, in Fresno.

Roberto R. Santiago, B.A. 1986, is the executive director of the Council of Spanish-Speaking Organizations of Philadelphia. Founded in 1962, this is the oldest Latino organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Julie M. Bargnesi, J.D. 1987, was appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors of St. Francis Geriatric and Health Care Service Inc. by the Daughters of Charity National Health Care Systems. She is a partner with Damon & Morey LLP, Attorneys at Law, where she focuses her practice on health-care law and medical malpractice defense.

Spencer E. Clough, M.L.S. 1987, J.D. 1986 & B.A. 1983, had been the reference librarian and instructor in advanced legal research and law librarianship at Barco Law Library at the University of Pittsburgh. While there, he earned a master's degree in American history, concentrating on American Indian law. In March, he became the associate law librarian for public services at the University of Connecticut School of Law Library, Hartford.

Carol A. Doehner, B.S. 1987, is an intensive care nurse in Longmont United Hospital in Colorado.

Dawne M. Flammger, M.B.A. 1987, is an assistant professor and chair of the transportation and travel management department at Daemen College in Amherst, N.Y. She recently served as a visiting scholar at the National Tour Association and is now with the educational advisory council of the National Tourism Foundation.

Kevin Kane, B.S. 1987, a senior program analyst for the Defense Logistics Agency's Defense Contract Management Command, received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence in a May 9 ceremony at the Pentagon. He is responsible for policy development and implementation of contractor performance management systems. He also guided his earned value management systems team to success; the team garnered a Hammer Award for its acquisition reform efforts. The Hammer Award is Vice President Albert Gore's special recognition of teams who have made significant contributions in support of the National Performance Review principles. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Spotsylvania, Va.

Maureen (Bolton) Strauss, B.S 1987, is in graduate school, attending the University of Maryland's neonatal nurse practitioner program.

Maria E. Perry, B.S. 1988, is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and a student of nurse midwifery at the University of Colorado Center for Health Sciences, Denver.

Lucretia A. Atti, B.S. 1989, of West Seneca, N.Y., completed a master's degree in health service administration from D'Youville College in Buffalo.

Richard J. Cohen, J.D. 1989 & B.S. 1986, has been promoted to partner with Saperston & Day P.C., a Buffalo law firm. He joined the firm in 1991 after having practiced at the Philadelphia law firm of Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen. He is a frequent writer and lecturer on insurance coverage and bad faith law, having coauthored articles appearing in various journals and at Defense Research Institute conferences. He is the editor of Saperston & Day's newsletter, Quarterly Insurance Coverage Review. He resides in Williamsville, N.Y., with his wife Paula, and children, Danielle and Alyson.

Gerald T. Cole, B.A. 1989, a principal of Arbor Capital Management, is expanding and relocating the company's offices from Williamsville to Amherst, N.Y. Arbor Capital Management is a registered investment advisory firm specializing in individual investment portfolios, retirement plans and endowment funds.

Melissa Ernst, M.B.A. 1989, M.A. 1988 & B.A. 1986, of Penfield, N.Y., is a credit analyst supervisor at the Eastman Kodak Company.

Randall A. Ham, B.A. 1989, of Buffalo, is employed with the U.S. Postal Service. He is also helping with preparations for the multiple couples wedding at Washington, D.C.'s RFK stadium in November 1997. He and his wife, Donna, recently had a nine-pound boy, Joshua Ironwill Ham. He joins their six-year-old daughter, Christal, and three-year-old son, Christopher.

Andrew H. Hintenach III, B.P.S. 1989, is a registered architect operating his own design firm, Andrew H. Hintenach III, AIA P.C., where he is primarily practicing building design for industrial clients in Rochester, N.Y. His firm has also been involved in several residential and historical projects.

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