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1990s Classnotes

Michael Begley, B.A. 1990, is a marketing representative for Aetna/USHealthcare in Orlando, Fla.

Renee A. Gaines, Ed.M. 1990, was promoted to assistant professor at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J.

Matt Genova, B.A. 1990, an account executive for Turner Broadcasting Sales, resides in Manhattan with his wife, Danielle.

Jennifer Gersitz, M.S.W. 1990, of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a psychiatric social worker at the Children's Hospital Medical Center. Her responsibilities include in-patient psychiatric consultation and assisting in the coordination of one of the largest psychiatric emergency rooms in the U.S.

Heather M. Nemec, B.P.S. 1990, is a senior architect with the Sear Brown Group, a Buffalo design firm.

Meg Nowak, B.A. 1990, who served on the 1989 UB summer orientation student staff, recently left her position as assistant to the director of residential services at SUNY College at Cortland to become the director of orientation and first-year programs at Framingham State College in Framingham, Mass.

Patrick Palacios, B.S. 1990, is currently a civil engineer for Halff Associates in Dallas, Texas, after relocating from New York City, where he worked for Ammann & Whitney Consulting Engineers following his graduation from UB. "My education [at UB] has sure helped me to become an ambitious engineer, with experience in construction management, design and surveying." He can be contacted at ppalacios@halff.com.

Mary Pat Seurkamp, Ph.D. 1990, has assumed the presidency of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, located in Baltimore. She was previously vice president for institutional planning and research at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., where she spent 21 years in both student and academic affairs positions. Her inauguration as College of Notre Dame president will take place in April 1998.

Roger Wells, B.A. 1990, owner of RealSpaces, a real estate company in Cincinnati, Ohio, is also a part-time instructor of communication and psychology at the University of Cincinnati. He received a master's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's of business administration degree in marketing from Xavier University.

Pamela Lang, M.S.W. 1991, of Buffalo, is director of social work at Manor Oak Skilled Nursing Facility and a long-term care consultant for other such facilities. She is married to Robert Lang Jr. Together they have three children: Rob (3), Jessica (2) and Jena (3 months).

Gary Smith, M.B.A. 1991, assistant professor of business and management, presented a lecture, "Tourism Development and the Keuka Outlet," as part of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Water Week in May 1997. His talk highlighted his current research on development of tourism and water recreation in that region.

Robert H. VanValkenburg, B.A. 1991, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

Tracey Drury, B.A. 1992, a journalist at Business First of Buffalo, received the 1997 U.S. Small Business Administration Media Advocate of the Year Award.

Michael T. Feeley, J.D. 1992, has joined Damon & Morey LLP, Buffalo, in the firm's litigation department, where he will concentrate his practice in the areas of medical and professional liability defense, municipal liability law, products liability law and general negligence matters. He was previously a solo practitioner in Buffalo, concentrating in the areas of real estate, matrimonial law, will and estate practice, personal injury litigation, elder law, criminal law and bankruptcy.

Paula J. Freedman, B.A. 1992, married Kulbir S. Arora, M.S. 1985. They live in New York City, where he is a senior technical architect at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and she is a producer at DDB Needham NY Interactive.

Barbara R. Leibelshon, M.S.W. 1992 & B.A. 1982, of Buffalo, is currently clinical supervisor of Horizon Health Services' Family, Child and Adolescent Treatment program, which provides individual and family counseling for children under the age of 18.

Yuanxi Ma, Ph.D. 1992, is the director of translation for Baker & Mckenzie, a Chicago, Ill., law firm.

Janet M. Patterson, M.A. 1992, is pursuing a Ph.D. in secondary education, with emphasis in mathematics and a minor in research, at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dawn Ivy Schiller, B.A. 1992, received a juris doctorate from Touro Law School in 1995 and was appointed an administrative law judge for the New York State Department of Social Services in New York City.

Clinton Smart, B.S. 1992, has been promoted to the software development division of Miller Information Technologies in Union, N.Y. After graduating, he worked with the parent company, Miller Aviation, as a service writer. In 1994, he moved to the information technologies division as a junior programmer.

Pam Thuman-Commike, M.S. 1992 & B.S. 1990, was awarded a doctoral degree in structural and computational biology from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She will continue doing postdoctoral work in computational biology at Baylor.

Frank Bidwell, B.S. 1993, is currently working as a software engineer for Lockheed Martin in Marietta, Ga., on the F22 Advanced Tactical Fighter Jet.

Erin M. Burger, B.S. 1993, is a program administrator for the Center for Management Development in the UB School of Management, while also attending the M.B.A. program part time.

Lynn A. Gillette, M.A. 1993, is currently the export coordinator for Mason Tayler Medical, a medical distribution company in Buffalo.

Cheryl A. Jackson, M.A. 1993, has been named director of technical assistance programs for the Arts Council of Buffalo. She was previously executive director of Buffalo Media Resources, also known as Squeaky Wheel. She holds a B.F.A. from the University of Arizona at Tucson.

Tina E. Macica, M.Arch. 1993, is facilities manager for American Banker Bond Buyer, a division of Thomson Financial Services Corporation. She resides in Hoboken, N.J.

Robert D. Mandy, M.Arch. 1993 & B.P.S. 1987, is a project architect for the firm of Baylis Brand Wagner Architects of Bellevue, Wash. He is currently performing construction administration for the Townhome Villages at Rivertrail, located in Redmond, and is project manager for a proposed 87-unit planned development in Bellevue. In addition to his work for the firm, he teaches architecture at Lake Washington Technical College and is also a certified consultant for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Mark D. Mantel, Ph.D. 1993, is the founder and executive director of Festiva Long Beach, an interdisciplinary performance festival. His paper, "Notes and Thoughts on the Composition of the Chamber Work from Paul Klee, as Well as Specific Thoughts on Interrelationships among the Disciplines," will appear in a book in early 1998. He has also completed a new CD, Music of Mark Mantel-Direct to the Public, released on B16 MOD 11 Records, dieforArt Productions. He continues to teach and conduct in the Long Beach Unified School District.

Vincent M. Montavon, M.B.A. 1993, is a bank sales officer for Wright Investors Service, an investment management firm in Bridgeport, Conn.

Michelle Parker, J.D. 1993, chair of the Erie County Bar Association's Young Lawyers Committee, has been elected to a two<\!->year term as the New York State representative to the American Bar Association's (ABA) Young Lawyers Division. Her duties will include representing the state before the executive council. She attended the ABA's August 1997 annual meeting in San Francisco, Calif., as a delegate to the assembly. A trial lawyer at the law firm of Altreuter & Habermehl, which has offices in Buffalo's Market Arcade complex and in downtown Manhattan, she spoke on "Organization on the Defense Side" at a New York City personal injury seminar in September, sponsored by the New York State Trial Lawyers Institute.

Maryjo Pitko, B.A. 1993, is a physician's assistant for the Internal Medicine Group, a private practice in Kankakee, Ill.

Gordon M. Sayre, Ph.D. 1993, assistant professor of English at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore., is the author of Les Sauvages Américains: Representations of Native Americans in French and English Colonial Literature, available through the University of North Carolina Press.

Suchart Tantanedaecha, Ph.D. 1993, is on the faculty of the Chulalongkorn University department of higher education in Bangkok, Thailand.

Kent Yen, B.S. 1993, joined Lucent Technologies in September 1996 as a member of the technical staff in the company's Andover, Mass., facility. His current project is SONET (Synchronous Optical Network) software development.

Laurie Richter Becker, Ed.M. 1994, is a Spanish teacher at Forestville Central School. She resides in Stockton, N.Y., with her husband, Brian Becker, a logger employed by Livermore Logging.

Michele A. Crew, J.D. 1994, has joined the Buffalo firm of Damon & Morey LLP as an associate practicing in the litigation department, where she will focus on the defense of products liability, environmental, toxic tort and personal injury claims. She was previously an appellate court attorney for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, and an assistant staff attorney for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department. She has also worked as a research scientist for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in Trenton. She holds a B.S. in biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a M.S. in policy science from the University of Maryland.

William C. Dean Jr., M.Arch. 1994, a project architect for DeWolff Architects in Rochester, N.Y., and his wife, Lisa, announce the birth of their son Alexander William on March 20, 1997.

Roger Duryea Jr., M.B.A. 1994, has been promoted to director of research and development for Independent Health. His responsibilities include developing, implementing and managing all of Independent Health's commercial and government product lines and for developing both short- and long-range business plans. He joined the company in 1994 as coordinator of marketing research and project analysis and was later promoted to assistant director of product development.

Sean C. Garrick, M.S. 1994 & B.S. 1992, who will receive a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering in the spring of 1998, has accepted a tenure-track position as the Nelson Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus.

Robert W. Gerulat, B.A. 1994, is director of information systems for CS Business Systems Inc. in Buffalo. He began doctoral studies in management and decision sciences with a concentration in management information systems in 1997 and expects to receive his Ph.D. from Walden University in three years.

Carol Ann Killian, M.D. 1994 & B.A. 1990, of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., has completed her three-year residency in emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She and her husband, Thomas M. Burnette, M.D. 1994, who also completed his internal medicine residency in Pittsburgh, moved to Sleepy Hollow to be closer to their families. She is an attending physician in the emergency department of Westchester County Medical Center.

Madeline Poe La Porta, M.S. 1994 & B.A. 1991, of Washington, D.C., is the deputy director of the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Cancer Information Service Central Support Project at Aspen Systems Corp. She directs a writing staff for fact sheets and publications on cancer and for answering correspondence from Congress and the White House. She also directs a technical staff that designs, develops and implements Web pages and other electronic applications for the NCI.

Carrie Liberante, B.A. 1994, was recently hired as the health, science and environment reporter for the York Daily Record in York, Pa. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and worked for two years as a general assignment reporter for the Sunbury, Pa., Daily Item.

Andrew A. Ray, Ph.D. 1994, dean, house administrator and acting principal at East High School in Rochester, N.Y., was awarded the Charles Terrell Lunsford Distinguished Community Service Award in recognition of humanitarianism and distinguished achievement in community service. Conferred annually, it recognizes individuals who have exhibited exceptional skills, talent, leadership and vision in focusing the resources of the community to advance the status of minorities and improve the general quality of Rochester life.

Kathy Kos, B.A. 1995, of Varysburg, N.Y., is a wetlands biologist specializing in wetland restoration for Ducks Unlimited in Western New York. She covers 15 counties working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service to promote the local wetlands restoration program.

Jennifer McMahon Railey, Ph.D. 1995, has been named professor of philosophy at Centre College in Danville, Ky. She has published scholarly articles on existentialism and Asian philosophy and contributed to a forthcoming anthology on major topics of philosophical inquiry. She was the recipient of a teaching excellence award while a teaching assistant at UB.

Kimberly A. Blessing, Ph.D. 1996 & M.A. 1993, was recently hired as a professor of philosophy at Siena Heights College in Adrian, Mich. She taught philosophy for two years at UB and also held teaching positions at SUNY College at Fredonia, Wyoming Correctional Facility, Attica Correctional Facility and Niagara County Community College. A member of the American Philosophical Association and the Creighton Club of the New York State Philosophical Association, she has made numerous professional presentations and published an article in the Canadian Philosophical Review.

Richard L. Boulware, M.B.A. 1996, is currently managing the global database operation within the Worldwide Medicines Group of Bristol-Myers Squibb. He, along with his family, has relocated to Princeton, N.J., after eight years of engineering and operations project management for Westwood-Squibb Pharmaceuticals.

John Dougherty, B.S. 1996, was recently inducted into Lockheed Martin's prestigious Engineering Leadership Development Program at the company's Syracuse, N.Y., facility. He is currently employed designing electrical military surveillance systems.

Kalinda L. Fisher, M.A. 1996 & B.A. 1993, has been named media projects manager for Moore Stickney Associates Inc. of Amherst, N.Y. In her new position, she will compile and analyze research data for specific products and services needed to implement marketing, advertising, media planning, public relations and image enhancement programs. She will also be a key participant in marketing the agency's creative media delivery systems, contributing her expertise in demographic analysis, psychographics and socioeconomics.

Jason Goulah, B.S. 1996, is a postgraduate student at the Keio University School of Law in Japan.

Helen M. Kress, Ph.D. 1996, M.A. 1989 & B.A. 1987, recently began her position as an assistant professor at Cleveland State University.

Sylvia S. Kwong, B.A. 1996, of New York City, is benefits booking coordinator for the W. J. Jones Insurance Company.

Anna M. Messinger, B.S. 1996, of Lancaster, N.Y., is a chemical engineer in the chemical processing department at Wilson Greatbatch Ltd., where she is responsible for chemical process development, optimization and troubleshooting, as well as production support services. She is enrolled in the part-time evening M.B.A. program at UB.

Lenny Shields, B.A. 1996, has been named senior commercial lending compliance specialist for Key Services Corporation. He has been with Key Corp. since 1992 and will be based at the firm's corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio.

Tina M. Taylor, J.D. 1996, of Cheektowaga, N.Y., is a new associate with the law firm of Chelus, Herdzik & Speyer P.C. of Buffalo. She is an active member of the Erie County and New York State Bar Associations and will specialize in civil litigation.

Daryl J. Lo Tempio, B.S. 1997, recently received his commission as a naval officer after completing Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla.

Mary Comeau Raymond, J.D. 1997, has joined the Buffalo law firm of Damon & Morey LLP as an associate in the firm's corporate and business law department. As a member of the health-care practice group, she will concentrate in the areas of health-care and administrative practice, including food and drug regulations. Prior to attending law school, where she was a member of the Jessup International Moot Court Board, she was chief executive officer of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, representing agricultural interests at both the local and state levels.

Joseph Gordon Thomas Salisbury, Ph.D. 1997 & B.A. 1991, received a master of arts degree in speech communication from the College of Social Sciences of San Jose State University.

John R. Schmidt, Ph.D. 1997, M.S. 1979 & B.S. 1977, is an associate professor of construction management at the College of Technology at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.

Mark J. Swacha, B.A. 1997, is a senior technician for S. & M.E. Inc., an environmental consulting and engineering firm in Columbia, S.C.

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