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1970s Classnotes

Arthur R. Goshin, M.D. 1970 & B.S. 1966, founder, president and CEO of Health Care Plan, has been elected board chairman of the HMO Group, a national alliance of integrated, nonprofit and provider-based health plans, which represents health plans serving more than seven million members in 30 states. He resides in East Amherst, N.Y., with his wife, Renee, and their two sons.

Philip N. Edwards, B.A. 1971, of Woodmere, N.Y., was awarded a Doctor of Education from Fordham University in May 1997. He is an assistant principal at Jericho (N.Y.) High School.

Sanford H. Eisen, D.D.S. 1971, has joined the Barzman, Kasimov & Vieth Dental Group. He will be the administrator for the firm's Seton Building dental location in Buffalo, N.Y.

Roberta Z. Muir, B.A. 1971, a senior professional in human resources, has been named corporate human resources director for Aliron International Inc., a company that provides contract medical services to government agencies. She resides in Washington, D.C.

Irving Rosenbaum, B.A. 1971, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has been appointed assistant vice chancellor of professional affairs for the health professions division of Nova Southeastern University. He will be responsible for coordinating external affairs for the division, which consists of the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Optometry, Allied Health, Medical Sciences and Dental Medicine. He will also assist in the preparation and monitoring of departmental budgets, progress reports and financial data.

David G. Stafford, B.S. 1971, has been named vice president of operations at R.J. Watson Inc., a structural engineering firm based in Clarence Center, N.Y.

Ralph M. Vitello, B.A. 1971, is an associate professor of French at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and chair of the department of foreign languages. He resides in East Stroudsburg.

Marsha S. Henderson, B.A. 1972, has been named president of the Buffalo district for KeyBank National Association. In her new position, she is one of 27 district presidents for KeyBank, which operates offices from Maine to Alaska. She was previously senior vice president and upstate New York market manager for the Private Clients Group at Fleet Financial Group, and vice president and manager with M&T Bank's Western New York commercial banking division. She is a director of the Millard Fillmore Health Research and Education Foundation, and also serves on New York Gov. George Pataki's Commission Honoring the Achievements of Women. She holds an M.B.A. from Canisius College.

John I. Salomon, B.S. 1972, is the president of Brisbane Consulting Group Inc. in Buffalo, N.Y., which provides business valuation, litigation, fraud and embezzlement auditing and accounting, matrimonial settlement, insurance loss and information systems consulting services.

Daniel J. Ward, J.D. 1972, was reelected to the Amherst, N.Y., Town Board. He is a senior partner in the Williamsville, N.Y., law firm of Ward, Brenon & DiVita.

James M. Young, Ed.M. 1972, is a school counselor at Washington County, Md., Board of Education. He is also writing a book on school principalships.

Michael J. Donovan, B.S. 1973, has been named assistant director in the network contract management department at Independent Health in Williamsville, N.Y.

John Good, B.A. 1973, has written and self-published his first book, A Glance into the Black Experience. He is currently self-employed as a government contractor.

Barton A. Parks Jr., Ph.D. 1973 & M.A. 1966, is professor and chair of justice and policy studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. His work involves assisting citizens in solving community problems and providing constructive alternatives to prison sentences.

James M. Thompson, B.S. 1973, president and founder of the Green Gorilla Company LLC, is the inventor of a revolutionary new "Green Gorilla Putter," which is patented and complies with the USGA rules of golf. He and his wife reside in Hunt Valley, Md.

Beth Allen, B.A. 1974, has been promoted to assistant executive director at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center. She has been with the center since 1988, the year the facility opened. She resides in Pembroke Pines, Fla., with her husband, David Caswell, and their children.

Gayle Watnick Sporn, B.F.A. 1974, is currently the art director for Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., where she is also pursuing her art education degree.

Gregory Tramuta, M.D. 1974 & B.A. 1970, of Upper Dublin, Pa., has joined the staff of the new Jefferson Headache Center of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He had been chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Germantown Hospital and Medical Center in Philadelphia, and supervisor of the adult psychiatry residency program at Albert Einstein Medical Center, also in Philadelphia. He also served as clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia.

Ronald David, M.D. 1975 & B.A. 1971, has accepted an appointment as chief medical officer of the D.C. Health & Hospitals Public Benefit Corporation. For six years, he was a lecturer in public policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He hopes to contribute to the design and implementation of innovative models of competent and compassionate primary health-care services for an urban community. He resides in Washington, D.C.

Sudhir I. Mehta, M.S. 1975, professor of mechanical engineering at North Dakota State University, was named 1997 North Dakota professor of the year by the Carnegie Foundation. "I'm very proud of the education I received at UB," he comments.

Marcella Faine Branagan, M.F.A. 1976, is currently a teacher in the music department at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. She also has performed as guest soloist in the Waterside Summer Concert Series on Amherst Island.

Dale T. Cich, B.S. 1976, is currently a structural engineer at Siracuse Engineers in Buffalo, N.Y.

Ellen McGreevy, B.S. 1976, has been appointed manager in the accounting and computer department at Windsong Medical Park in Williamsville, N.Y.

Kathleen F. McKown, B.A. 1976, is a branch manager at Fidelity Investments. She resides in Sarasota, Fla.

Linda S. Muller, B.A. 1976, is the CEO of the Family Health Center of Newburgh, N.Y.

Kevin J. Parker, B.S. 1976, professor of electrical engineering and radiology at the University of Rochester, has been named dean of the university's school of engineering and applied sciences. He has been a member of the University of Rochester faculty since 1981 and is an expert in ultrasound and digital imaging. He resides in Penfield, N.Y.

Jack P. Weisenborn, Ed.M. 1976, is the director of risk management services at Erie 1 BOCES.

Charles S. Merson, B.A. 1977, an anesthesiologist, resides with his wife and two children in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Lorna Reichel, M.F.A. 1977, is the CEO of Specsware, an Internet marketing company in East Greenbush, N.Y.

George A. Rusk, J.D. 1977, of Snyder, N.Y., has been appointed as special counsel for environmental law at Gross, Shuman, Brizdle & Gilfillan, a Buffalo, N.Y., law firm.

Ronald H. Schreiber, B.S. 1977, has been named a vice president at Wachovia Operations Services in Atlanta, Ga.

Steven Ascher, Ph.D. 1978, M.S. 1976 & B.A. 1974, has accepted a position as director of biostatistical operations with Covance, a contract research operations organization in Princeton, N.J.

Paul Danner, B.A. 1978, is the president and CEO of Regions Bank in Inverness, Fla.

William J. Grobe, Ed.D. 1978, Ed.M. 1972 & B.A. 1969, was named 1997-1998 president of the School Administrators Association of New York State, which represents more than 5,000 school administrators, supervisors and coordinators. He is also principal of Mill Middle School in Amherst, N.Y.

Albert F. Case Jr., B.S. 1979, was promoted to group vice president of Gartner Research Business Development at Gartner Group Inc., a publicly traded information technology research company. He lives in Stamford, Conn.

Mary Ann Greer, B.A. 1979, and her husband, James, own and operate Blue Mountain Coffees in Buffalo, N.Y. The company carries more than 100 blends of coffee, a wide variety of herbal teas, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, cappuccino and housewares.

Mindy Rosen Kaufman, B.S. 1979, was recently named chief operating officer of P.O.P. Displays Inc., an international firm that designs and manufactures point-of-purchase displays. Mindy and her husband, Roy, reside in Melville, N.Y. with their two children, Lauren and Ben.

Daniel T. McDonnell, M.B.A. 1979 & B.S. 1977, has been appointed vice president at Mobile Diagnostic Testing Services Incorporated of Buffalo, N.Y.

Andrew B. Rosengard, B.S. 1979, has been named executive vice president of financial planning and controller of Cablevision Systems Corporation. He will oversee financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, accounting and tax and risk management activities, while playing an important role in corporate strategy and transactions. He and his wife, Ellen, reside in Dix Hills, N.Y., with their two children.

William M. Wind Sr., M.B.A. 1979, has been named district director of Sprint Personal Communication Services in Williamsville, N.Y.

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