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Paul E. Cizdziel, M.B.A. 1990 & B.A. 1980, recently relocated to Tokyo as a product line manager for Life Technologies Oriental K.K. His responsibilities include integrating corporate strategies with global corporate strategies by acquiring a sharper understanding of the Japanese market. He lives in Tokyo with his wife and fellow UB alumnus, Kyoko Okamoto, M.L.S. 1991 & B.A. 1989.

David S. Lippa, B.S. 1990, is the manager of systems development at Enthone-OMI Inc. in New Haven, Conn., where he will be responsible for managing the development of the main business computer systems and developing an Internet strategy for all North American business units.

Michael J. Magnani, B.A. 1990, is a district manager for American Express Financial Advisors in Valhalla, N.Y. He is engaged to be married to Denise S. Greco on September 26, 1997.

Thomas E. Meyer Jr., B.S. 1990, is the assistant director of resident services, intake coordinator and substance abuse/mental health counselor for Maryland Homeless Veterans in Baltimore. He also serves on the City of Baltimore's central intake advisory group.

Raymond Stankovic, Ed.M. 1990, of Batavia, N.Y., is having two of his plays produced by the American Theater of Actors, an off-Broadway company. His play, Tenn, was written as a memory play on Tennessee Williams' relationship with his sister Rose. Dancing in the Elevator deals with an elderly couple who are taking their last vacation together. Stankovic also teaches fifth grade at Alexandria Central School.

John Gelinas Jr., M.D. 1991, of Ridgefield, Conn., has been appointed medical director of the Center for Child and Adolescent Treatment Services at Danbury Hospital. He will supervise the center's mental health staff and day treatment programs, while serving as a liaison with the hospital's pediatrics department and other professionals in the community.

Jill D. Hilburger, M.S.W. 1991, of East Aurora, N.Y., is the supervisor of the Children's Enhanced Mental Health Program of Catholic Charities' Monsignor Carr Institute. She is also the Western New York Division representative for the National Association of Social Workers.

Candace Jauzemis, M.B.A. 1991, of Mobile, Ala., is a plant manager for the Occidental Chemical Corporation. She joined the company in 1986 after receiving an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Paul J. Kiley, B.S. 1991, is a software engineer at Real Time Enterprises in Pittsford, N.Y., specializing in embedded systems.

Carmen M. McCormick, B.A. 1991, of Carlsbad, Calif., is the corporate counsel of 1st Mechanical Inc. In addition to tending to the company's legal affairs, her responsibilities include serving as a project engineer for several projects in the San Diego, San Francisco and Scottsdale, Ariz. areas. Currently a member of the New York, California and Washington, D.C. bar associations, she will be seeking admission to the Arizona bar in the next year.

Susan L. (Howard) Mecca, B.S. 1991, is a registered staff nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of California at Los Angeles, Santa Monica Medical Center.

Stephen B. Miller, B.S. 1991, of Pittsford, N.Y., is an asset-planning manager at the Xerox Corp. He recently married Amy Elizabeth Stamp, who also works for Xerox as an associate procurement manager.

Scott B. Peterson, B.S. 1991, founding director of the Colonie, N.Y. youth court-in which young people adjudicate minor crimes for first-time teen offenders-left that position in June to join the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington. In his new post, he will help shape national youth policy and will assist in developing national prevention programs, including youth courts, around the country.

Iain Ramage, M.Arch. 1991, has been named a registered architect by the New York State Education Department. He is an architect at Foit-Albert Associates, Architecture, Engineering and Surveying P.C. in Buffalo.

Kristin Sawyers, B.A. 1991, graduated from the Case Western Reserve University master's program in medical anthropology in 1992. She is a strategic health-care consultant for Kaiser Permanente HMO in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Kristine Schaub, B.A. 1991, is an attorney living in Newport Beach, Calif., with her husband Peter Stergakos. They were married in November 1996.

James P. Scheffler, B.A. 1991, of Phoenix, N.Y., is an environmental engineer with the Vermont department of environmental conservation.

Julie P. Wasserman, B.A. 1991, of Yonkers, N.Y., is a fourth-grade teacher in New York City, a professional figure skating coach and a graduate student at Long Island University.

Marcella L. Brimo-Walle, M.S.W. 1992 & B.A. 1977, has a private practice in social work, while counseling at Sister's Hospital STAR Program. She is also a consultant for the Church Mission of Help in Buffalo.

Linda T. (Stekardis) Clarke, B.S. 1992, a product manager for the Global Computer Company in Port Washington, N.Y., recently married Martin W. Clarke, B.S. 1993, a certified public accountant for Yohalem, Gillman & Co., a real estate and tax agency in New York City. Both Clarkes have siblings who are also alumni: Angelo Stekardis, B.S. 1987, William F. Clarke, B.S. 1990, and Eileen Clarke, B.S. 1991.

Mary H. Gresham, Ph.D. 1992, was elected vice chair of the board of directors of the American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter. As of August 1997, she is the interim vice president for public service and urban affairs and adjunct assistant professor in the department of counseling and educational psychology at UB.

Meline Russo Hall, M.S. 1992, of Williamsville, N.Y., teaches in the school of nursing at Erie Community College North. In 1995, she was included in Who's Who in Nursing.

Christine Hesselbach-Fico, B.A. 1992, received a master's degree in secondary education for social studies from Adelphi University and is currently an intern with the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District. In November 1996, she married Ralph Fico, B.S. 1992, a quality assurance manager with Peerless Aerospace Fastener Corp. in Farmingdale, N.Y.

Norma A. O'Brien, B.S. 1992, is a travel nurse working in Tampa, Sarasota and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in the Albany Medical Center, N.Y., as well as the Yale/New Haven and Hartford Hospitals in Connecticut.

John R. Parker, B.S. 1992, is a program director at the Orleans County day treatment program.

William L. Prenevau III, B.A. 1992, of Buffalo, was promoted to regional auditor, northeast zone, for Blockbuster Entertainment, a division of Viacom. He has been with the company for seven years.

Mary C. Ricotta, Ph.D. 1992 & Ed.M. 1972, of Williamsville, N.Y., was honored at the New York State Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (NYS/CLS) annual spring seminar and exhibits in Schenectady May 1. She received the Mary B. Cooper Service Award for outstanding and extensive service to the organization at the state, regional and national levels. NYS/CLS is a branch of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, a clinical laboratory professional organization dedicated to providing quality services for all consumers and to promoting high standards of practice in all locations where clinical testing takes place.

Julie M. Robinson, B.A. 1992, is a public relations officer for the University Hospital and Medical Center at Stony Brook, N.Y. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in human resource administration and management at Stony Brook. She was previously a television news reporter.

Anne Saladino, M.A. 1992 & B.A. 1990, is a field office manager and project accountant for Dick Corp., a Pittsburgh construction company. She is currently assigned to the Whitehurst Freeway project in Washington, D.C., and is also a volunteer with Alexandria Archaeology, Va.

Valerie L. Wasse, B.A. 1992, of Amherst, N.Y., married Robert L. Tan, B.S. 1985, on April 26, 1997.

Theresa M. Clark, B.A. 1993, graduated from Hunter College with a master's degree in public health. She is currently working as the coordinator of the substance abuse and sexuality health-education program at Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC), N.Y. She writes: "As a sexuality education educator with PPNC, I am committed to community education and helping people understand the importance of establishing open lines of communication regarding sexuality. We help empower people with the knowledge and skills needed to make healthy choices."

Kathryn R. Czarnecki, B.A. 1993, graduated with a master's degree in elementary education from Nazareth College. She is currently teaching sixth-grade at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Kannapolis, N.C. and was nominated by her district for the Sallie Mae Most Outstanding New Teacher award. Next year, she will teach at the middle school. She is a member of the National Council of American Educators.

Karen (Mikowski) Faulis, M.S. 1993 & B.S. 1989, is a clinical nurse specialist at Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Peg Gray-Vickrey, D.N.S. 1993, is an associate professor of nursing at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, a new state university that opened in August.

Bram A. Hamovitch, Ph.D. 1993, is an assistant professor in the department of foundations of education at Youngstown State University, Ohio. In his most recent book, Staying after School: At-Risk Students in a Compensatory Education Program (Greenwood Publishing Group), he argues that such programs are unsuccessful in reintegrating adolescents into their schools.

Susan C. (Kiefer) Reszetucha, B.S. 1993, is a registered staff nurse for the pediatric intensive care unit at St. Luke's Presbyterian Hospital in Denver, Colo.

Melissa L. (Bowen) Sammarco, B.S. 1993, works for the Visiting Nursing Association as a home health nurse in Buffalo.

Medrado Santos, B.A. 1993, is working for the City of New York as a city investigator with the department of human resource administration.

Linda M. Scharf, D.N.S. 1993, M.S. 1976 & B.S. 1967, was recently appointed chief executive officer of the Visiting Nursing Association Health-Care Group in Buffalo.

Scott Schwartz, B.A. 1993, is pursuing a master's degree in business administration, entrepreneurship and finance at San Diego State University.

Peter J. Tinnesz, M.S. 1993 & B.S. 1989, is a staff anesthetist at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Bellflower, Calif.

Carolyn (Sokolosky) Finocchiaro, B.S. 1994, is a registered nurse at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington. She is also pursuing dual master's degrees for the designation of adult nursing practitioner and geriatric nurse practitioner.

Deborah Gagnon, Ph.D. 1994 & B.A. 1986, is currently a professor of psychology at Widener University in Chester, Pa. She also holds an adjunct scientist appointment at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute in Philadelphia, where she is involved in the cognitive neuropsychological study of aphasia, a language impairment that often accompanies stroke.

Edward I. Herman, B.A. 1994, received a law degree in May from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He was awarded the Milton F. Napier Award for proficiency in trial advocacy, as demonstrated in classes or competitions, and tied for the William M. Pomerantz Trial Prize for excellence in regional mock trial competition.

Charles L. Miller II, Ph.D. 1994 & B.A. 1975, is the owner of Miller & Associates, Archaeological Consultants, in Buffalo. His daughter, Catherine, is enrolled in a gifted math program.

Howard J. Allen Jr., M.S.W. 1995 & Ph.D. 1970, is a cancer research scientist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo. He also has a private counseling practice.

Luke Bellocchi, J.D. 1995, is an attorney advisor at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Timothy S. Binga, M.L.S. 1995, was named director of libraries at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y.

David M. Boland, B.S. 1995, was recently designated a naval aviator and was presented with the coveted "Wings of Gold," which marked the culmination of months of flight training with Training Air Wings Two, Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Texas. Training curriculum included basic studies in engineering and navigation, training flights in simulators, aircraft familiarization, basic and advanced instrument training, extended navigation flights, and landings and takeoffs aboard an aircraft carrier. He joined the Marine Corps in October 1994.

Julie (Herc) Cicero, B.S. 1995, is a registered nurse at Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa, Fla. This fall, she will begin graduate school for the designation of pediatric nurse practitioner.

Stephen D. Cicero, B.S. 1995, is a registered nurse at All Children's Hospital MICU in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Kristen M. Cleary, B.S. 1995, is a community mental health nurse at Northwest Community Mental Health Center in Buffalo.

Kathleen Smith Heckman, M.B.A. 1995 & B.A. 1992, was appointed assistant director of the UB Office of Alumni Relations. In this position, she will be responsible for all traditional and student-related programs. She resides in Amherst, N.Y., with her husband, Andrew Heckman.

Bruce W. Lawson, B.S. 1995, has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps. He is currently serving as the head of blood donor services, Blood Bank Division, at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Stacia A. Lee, M.S.W. 1995, is a child and family clinician with the Rockbridge community services board in Lexington, Va. She is also working toward her licensure as a certified social worker.

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

Erik M. Mruk, B.S. 1995, of Lockport, N.Y., was appointed staff accountant at Lumsden & McCormick LLP, Certified Public Accountants.

Susan Nurse, M.A. 1995, is a visual resource curator at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, N.Y. This year she is the vice president and the president-elect of the Art Library Association of Western New York, as well as comoderator at the Women and Arts Roundtable at the association's national conference. She has taught classes in art appreciation at SUNY-Brockport, and at the gallery on Frank Lloyd Wright and Frida Kahlo. She has also lectured at various forums on such topics as "The Judith Figure in Art: From Heroine to Seductress," "Francisco Solimena," and "Penmanship as Art Form."

Katherine T. Arnold, Ed.M. 1996, is an eighth-grade mathematics teacher at the Jordan Elbridge Middle School in Jordan, N.Y.

Emanuel Blount, Ph.D. 1996, of Rochester, N.Y., director of the Higher Education Opportunity Program, was recognized for his outstanding volunteer services by Threshold Center for Alternative Youth Services Inc. He has served Threshold's 25-member board of directors for the past four years; his responsibilities include providing information for grant writers, capital fund-raising and helping students at the agency continue their education. Threshold was started in 1969 by a concerned group of physicians from the University of Rochester as a means of providing health care to Rochester's young people between the ages of 12 and 25.

Erika Ertl, M.S. 1996, passed the national certification corporation exam for neonatal nurse practitioners, achieving a perfect score in one of the exam components. She is employed at Children's Hospital in Buffalo in the neonatal step-down unit.

Miatta D. Kotsiumbas, B.A. 1996, is a feeds liaison for the Fox news channel in New York City.

Sylvia Kwong, B.A. 1996, spent four weeks driving across the country the summer following graduation from UB. She is currently employed as an executive assistant at Douglas Elliman, a residential brokerage firm in New York City.

Elizabeth Tisdale, M.S. & B.S. 1996, passed the national certification corporation exam for neonatal nurse practitioners. She is employed at Children's Hospital in Buffalo in their neonatal intensive care unit.

Charlotte Bilquin Wood, B.S. 1996, is an ensign in the U.S. Navy, where she is a staff nurse on the cardiothoracic step-down unit at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Calif.

Diane M. Willard, B.A. 1997, is the 1997 recipient of the Western New York Public Service Fellowship to support her pursuit of a master's degree in public administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The one-year full-tuition fellowship, funded by M&T Bank and administered by the Greater Buffalo Partnership, will provide her with the opportunity to build skills and provide enhanced public leadership for the community. She is currently a lieutenant for the Town of Hamburg Police Department, with 20 years of local government and law enforcement experience.

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