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1990s Classnotes

Melissa Douglas Gershowitz, B.A. 1990, has graduated from CUNY Law School and has passed the bar exam in both New York and South Carolina. She has opened a law practice in Rock Hill, S.C.

Thomas R. Heins, M.E. 1990 & B.S. 1984, is an associate at McMahon & Mann Consulting Engineers in Buffalo, N.Y., where he manages the environmental engineering practice.

Chinami Kondo, B.A. 1990, is manager of translation services for Kontechs Inc. in Fujisawa, Japan.

Wendy Larson Loggia, B.A. 1990, recently earned a master's degree in English and American literature from Hunter College in New York, N.Y. She is an editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell Books in New York, N.Y., and published her first young adult novel last fall.

Barbara E. Malinowski, M.S. 1990 & B.S. 1989, is a technical specialist/project manager in product development engineering at Xerox Corporation in Rochester, N.Y. She was recently recognized as a "1997 Customer First Hero" for dedication and commitment to the customer.

Michael J. Putnam, M.S. 1990 & B.S. 1985, has been named assistant professor in the physical and life sciences department at Alfred State College in Alfred, N.Y.

James Argento, B.S. 1991, earned his M.S. degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., in 1993. A captain in the U.S. Air Force and commander on a C-5 Galaxy transport, he is stationed at Travis Air Force Base in northern California.

John Chew, B.A. 1991, entered Fordham University's graduate school of business last fall. He previously worked for two years at the American International Group in New York, N.Y.

Donna Czarnecki, Ph.D. 1991, M.A. 1985 & B.A. 1981, has completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Mediplex-Rehab, through the Institute for Brain Injury Research and Training in Camden, N.J. She has conducted grant-supported research on the neuropsychological effects of alcohol and cocaine abuse. She is serving as the chief of the Dent Memory Disorders Clinic in Buffalo, N.Y. Her areas of specialization include differential diagnosis of dementias and traumatic brain injury.

Salvatore C. Durante, M.B.A. 1991, M.S. 1985 & B.A. 1983, has been appointed chief financial officer at Highgate Medical Group of Williamsville, N.Y.

Kathleen A. Fetcho, B.A. 1991, of Dayton, Ohio, is a school psychologist at Springboro School.

Thomas T. Kazmierczak, B.A. 1991 & B.A. 1990, has been named executive director of the Lancaster Opera House in Lancaster, N.Y. He was also named an outstanding individual by the Town of Cheektowaga and citizen of the year by the AmPol Eagle.

Brian H. Krauss, M.B.A. 1991 & B.S. 1983, has been appointed supervisor at Gaines, Metzler, Kriner & Co. LLP, an accounting firm in Buffalo, N.Y.

Ewaryst Piatkowski, D.D.S. 1991 & B.A. 1986, works at Groton Health Care Center, Groton, N.Y., under the auspices of Family Health Network, an association of physicians, nurse practitioners and dentists. He, his wife, Georgia, and their son, Jordan Christopher, reside in Groton.

Marni McKeon Chur, B.S. 1992, is an operations analyst at the Park Associates, a long-term care facility in East Aurora, N.Y.

Mary Durlak, M.A. 1992 & B.A. 1983, owns and operates Erie Documentation Inc., an East Aurora, N.Y., firm that specializes in presenting technical writing seminars. She is also active in the Society for Technical Communication, the Roycroft Wordsmiths and the Friends of the West Falls Library.

Lili He, Ph.D. 1992 & M.A. 1990, was promoted to associate professor at Northern Illinois University, achieving tenure two years early. She also received the National Science Foundation career award in 1996. Her current research focuses on semiconductor optoelectronic devices.

Jeong-Kook Kim, Ph.D. 1992 & M.A. 1988, is assistant professor in the department of biology at Korea University in Seoul.

Vincent J. Kirsch, B.S. 1992, has been named a project manager at Ciminelli-Cowper Co. Inc., a Buffalo, N.Y., construction management firm.

Hui Lin, Ph.D. 1992 & M.A. 1987, is an assistant professor in the department of geography at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Christopher Scozzaro, M.S.W. 1992, of Lancaster, N.Y., has established a group practice of mental health professionals in West Seneca, N.Y.

Xianglong Zhang, Ph.D. 1992, is an associate professor of philosophy at Peking University in Beijing, China.

Michele E. Babcock, B.A. 1993 & B.A. 1993, is working for Damon & Morey LLP as a corporate legal secretary. She also writes articles for Quest, a newsletter published for Roman Catholic young adults, ages 21-40, in Western New York.

Jerry Cattelane Jr., M.S. 1993, is completing his medical internship at Millcreek Community Hospital. He resides in Erie, Pa., with his wife, Elvan Tahaoglu.

Michael S. Conway, B.S. 1993, received his certified public accountant's license from New York State. He also has been promoted to assistant treasurer in the auditing division at the Bank of New York. He is pursuing an M.B.A. at New York University's Stern School of Business.

Valerie A. DiRocco, B.A. 1993, of Binghamton, N.Y., is the assistant director of alumni and parent relations at Binghamton University.

Tammy Kasprzak, B.A. 1993, of Cheektowaga, N.Y., is currently working for North Americare as a stop-loss administrator.

Andrew B. Knopf, B.A. 1993, is a senior account executive at the World Wrestling Federation. He married in April 1997 and resides in Fort Lee, N.J., with his wife, Rachelle.

Timothy R. Mattulke, M.S. 1993 & B.S. 1991, has been named project manager of the strategic partnership for the industrial resurgence program at UB's Center for Industrial Effectiveness.

Marcy Sheehan, B.S. 1993, has been named assistant director in the capitation management department at Independent Health in Williamsville, N.Y.

Laura L. Wade, B.A. 1993, is a veterinarian at the Blue Cross Small Animal Clinic in Amherst, N.Y.

David S. Whittemore, J.D. 1993 & B.A. 1990, is an associate at Bennett, Di Filippo & Kurtzhalts, an East Aurora, N.Y., law firm.

Bridget L. Cullen, J.D. 1994 & B.A. 1991, has joined the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King LLP as an associate in the firm's Buffalo, N.Y., office. She is pursuing a doctorate in international business at UB.

Winston Douglas, M.D. 1994, is Sheehan Memorial Hospital's new family practice physician. He will work out of Sheehan's Towne Garden Family Care Center in the Towne Garden Plaza and Sheehan's Emerson Young Family Care Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

Margery S. Lerman, M.A. 1994, is in a master's degree program for counseling psychology. She resides with her husband, Seth, and their two children, Emma and Zoe, in Lebanon, Conn.

Bruce Matzner, B.S. 1994, is a business planner at PepsiCo Foundation Inc. His work includes financial planning and forecasting. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Clifford G. Schlosser, Mus.B. 1994, of Walden, N.Y., is currently the general and choral music teacher at Ralph R. Smith Elementary School in Hyde Park, N.Y. He has been elected to the executive board of Potential Unlimited Productions Inc., of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for gifted musicians who have developmental disabilities.

Daniel P. Schwartz, Ph.D. 1994, J.D. 1989, Ed.M. 1982 & B.A. 1977, is assistant professor of curriculum, English education and foundations of education at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay. He was named a Wisconsin teaching fellow for 1997-1998 in recognition of his outstanding teaching record. He also represented Northeast Wisconsin at Phi Delta Kappa's district conference at Ohio State University.

Laura D. Ziegler, B.A. 1994, graduated from Golden Gate University Law School in San Francisco. She passed the New York State bar exam and intends to take the California bar exam as well. She plans to make her home in San Francisco.

Theresa M. Arthur, M.S.W. 1995 & B.A. 1990, of Buffalo, N.Y., is director of social work at the Comprehensive Dialysis Center in Williamsville, N.Y. She is a member of the rehabilitation committee of the ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) Network of New York State and a member of the board of directors for the National Kidney Foundation of Western New York, where she chairs several patient services committees.

Catherine M. Brennan, J.D. 1995, has joined the Bar Association of Baltimore, Md. as a staff attorney. She will be coordinating the Baltimore Bar pro bono project, a lawyer referral service that provides legal representation in civil matters to low-income individuals.

Christopher D. Hubert, B.A. 1995, is an infantry sergeant with the third U.S. Infantry-The Old Guard at Fort Myer, Va., assigned to the caisson platoon.

Michael J. Kaye, M.B.A. 1995 & B.S. 1988, is a project manager at Xerox Corporation, where he is working on the company's conversion to a new payroll system. He resides in Snyder, N.Y.

Wayne N. Keller, M.B.A. 1995, of East Aurora, N.Y., has been named a vice president at Key Bank. He will be a relationship manager in the upper-middle market department of the corporate banking group.

Ram Kumar Krishnamurthy, M.S. 1995, is currently a doctoral candidate in computer engineering at the SRC-CMU Center of Excellence for CAD at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Seth Lerman, M.A. 1995, is working at New London County Soil and Water Conservation District as an environmental analyst. He resides in Lebanon, Conn., with his wife, Margie, and their two daughters, Emma and Zoe.

Martin C. Mahoney, M.D. 1995, Ph.D. 1988 & M.S. 1985, is a clinical instructor in the department of family medicine in UB's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He has been named to serve on the American Academy of Family Physicians commission on clinical policies, research and scientific affairs for 1998.

Jennifer E. Coughlin Matzner, B.S. 1995 & B.A. 1995, is the director of development at Bishop McGuinness High School. Her responsibilities include fund-raising and public relations. She and her husband, Bruce, reside in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Venita A. Parker, J.D. 1995, has joined the Buffalo, N.Y., law firm of Lipsitz, Green, Fahringer, Roll, Salisbury & Cambria LLP, as an associate attorney. She will practice in the personal injury department.

Parry Shen, B.S. 1995, has been pursuing an acting career in California for the past three years. He has been with a Los Angeles-based national theater group that tours U.S. colleges. He was a guest star on "Caroline in the City" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and stars in a film called "Shrieker," released on video this spring.

Joan E. Chandler, M.S.W. 1996, is a counselor at Unity Behavioral Health, where her work includes intake assessments for chemical dependency and mental health. She resides in Honeoye Falls, N.Y.

Cathleen T. Mannarino, B.A. 1996, has been promoted to traffic/office manager at Sirianno Associates, a Buffalo, N.Y., marketing communication firm.

Marilyn Montanaro, B.S. 1996, is currently working for AmeriCorps Vista's "Learn & Serve" project, a federal effort that brings community service into the classroom. She has relocated to Atlanta, Ga.

Michael E. Podanowski, B.S. 1996, of Buffalo, N.Y., has been promoted to senior consultant at Brisbane Consulting Group Inc., where he will be providing software implementation and installation for accounting programs.

Amanda Racette, B.A. 1996, is working at Computer Task Group in Buffalo, N.Y., as a technical recruiter.

Tyler Ricks, M.B.A. 1996 & B.A. 1994, accepted an associate marketing manager position with Pepsi-Cola, where he will be working on national brand initiatives. He will be relocating to Westchester, N.Y., with his wife, Brianna, and daughter, Madison.

Deborah L. Silverman, Ph.D. 1996, is working as a grant proposal writer at the University at Buffalo's Office of University Development on the South Campus.

Jannine A. Tyler, M.S.W. 1996, is currently an adolescent and family therapist at the Guidance Center in Bradford, Pa., where she provides home, school and community counseling.

Daniel W. Barwick, Ph.D. 1997, has been named assistant professor and honors program coordinator at Alfred State College in Alfred, N.Y. He will teach introductory philosophy courses and is responsible for designing and implementing an honors program. He was awarded the St. Bonaventure University Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997. He is a member of the American Philosophical Association, the Society for Bioethics Consultation and the spatial cognition research group at UB's Center for Cognitive Science.

Vito A. Galasso, B.S. 1997, of Carmel, N.Y., is a financial advisor for Prudential Securities Inc.

Michelle L. Johnson, Ed.M. 1997, is a reading teacher at Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nev.

Timothy M. Ritter, Ph.D. 1997, M.A. 1996 & B.S. 1989, is an assistant professor of physics at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Kevin T. Russell, M.S. 1997 & B.S. 1994, has been awarded the 1997 first-place Montgomery-Watson Master's Thesis Award in a national competition for his master's thesis titled, "The Use of Decision Analysis for Groundwater Remediation Design." He is employed as an environmental engineer at HydroQual Inc. in Syracuse, N.Y.

Lynn Spreadbury, B.A. 1997, is a member of AmeriCorps – National Civilian Community Corps. She has been placed in Charleston, S.C., and has completed projects including park beautification, trail maintenance, food distribution and tutoring, in return for a living allowance and an education stipend.

Sheila A. Zwick, M.S.W. 1997, is a drug and alcohol counselor at Sisters Hospital's STAR (Substance Treatment and Recovery) program at its site in West Seneca, N.Y.

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