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1980s Classnotes

Michael Duell, B.S. 1980, is a staff engineer at PetroChemical Facility Support in Florham Park, NJ.

Michael J. Abatemarco, J.D. 1981 & B.S. 1978, has served on the board of directors of DualStar Technologies Corporation since October 1997.

Diane B. Dengos, B.S. 1981, is an account executive of telecommunications at AT&T in Williamsville, NY.

Peter J. Grogan, B.S. 1981, has been appointed as CFP director of financial planning at Harold C. Brown & Company Inc. Investment Advisors. He is a certified financial planner, a member of the International Association of Financial Planners, the Institute of Certified Financial Planners and a candidate with the American College’s Chartered Life Underwriter program. He resides in East Aurora, NY, with his wife and her two children.

Robert D. Johnson, M.Arch. 1981 & B.P.S. 1979, was recently elected president of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He lives in Altmar, NY.

Dianne Macpherson, M.S.W. 1981, moved to Phoenix, AZ, in 1997 to take a position with Merit Behavioral Care, a company that provides clinical management of campus mental health services to military dependents and retirees in 16 midwestern states. She is care manager of a wraparound demonstrations project authorizing traditional and nontraditional mental health services to 150 children and adolescents involved in a two-year Department of Defense study.

Gregg D. Smith, B.A. 1981, is senior vice president and business banking relationship manager of Wachovia Bank, NA, in Norfolk, VA.

Dennis E. Lohouse, M.S. 1982 & B.A. 1977, has joined with Edmond D. Sheidlower, portfolio manager of the Personal Asset Management Group, to create Bryce Capital Management LLC, based in Rochester, NY. The new investment firm will focus on managing personal wealth and institutional assets through careful research and prudent investment, with an emphasis on personalized service.

Gerard M. Meehan, J.D. 1982 & B.S. 1979, has joined Buffalo’s largest law firm, Hodgson, Russ, Andrews, Woods & Goodyear LLP, in its Toronto, Ontario, office. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is a certified foreign legal consultant in Ontario.

B. Steven Nisberg, B.S. 1982, was promoted to assistant vice president of the Whitehall-Robins Healthcare Division of American Home Products Corporation. He is responsible for directing the management development and training needs of the Whitehall-Robins Healthcare Division and providing generalist support for the domestic and international operations of the recently acquired Solgar Vitamin and Herb Company.

Karen L. Tober, M.B.A. 1982, has joined the information management team of the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center as chief information officer.

Mark K. Collins, B.A. 1983, is a fundraiser for the Firefly Foundation, a nonprofit charity founded by actor Kirk Cameron and his wife, Chelsea Noble, who is a native of the Buffalo area. All funds raised go to Camp Firefly in southern Georgia, which invites terminally ill and seriously ill children and their families for a week-long vacation. A month-long hiking safari across the Serengeti in 1997 and a five-week visit to the Middle East last year rounded out his busy work schedule. Recently admitted to the Screen Actors Guild, he—along with every other Southern California resident—would like to pursue an acting career in his spare time.

Judith A. Rucki, B.S. 1983 & A.A.S. 1981, has been appointed director of communications for the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross. She is responsible for media relations, directing and coordinating the chapter’s community outreach programs and providing support for fund-raising activities. She is also an adjunct professor in the Buffalo State College Department of Communication, president of the UB School of Management Alumni Association and a former member of the university’s General Alumni Association board of directors.

Lee B. Savino, B.S. 1983, associate professor of clinical pharmacy at Ohio Northern University, was recently named to the Pharmacy Alumni Chair, funded by donations from pharmacy alumni.

Lee V. Stadler, B.A. 1983, has earned membership in the President’s Conference for 1999. This award is presented to a select group of Sagemark Consulting Inc. representatives for their commitment to excellence in sales and service. He is a registered investment advisor through Sagemark and a registered representative offering securities through Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp.

Joseph P. Vacca, Ph.D. 1983, received the American Chemical Society’s 1999 Award for Creative Invention.

Christopher J. Fawls, B.S. 1984, is the chief financial officer for Advanced Systems Integration (ASI) Corp. in Austin, TX. The ten million dollar company specializes in engineering design in the PLC and Factory Automation areas. ASI Corp. was recently named the eighth fastest growing company in the Austin area.

Susan B. Pristas, B.S. 1984, is an occupational therapist and a certified hand therapist with Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation of North Jersey.

David J. Aiello, B.A. 1985, worldwide marketing communications manager for Kodak Professional, a business unit of Eastman Kodak Company, has assumed the added responsibility of product launch coordinator for Kodak Professional. His duties include coordinating marketing communications, public relations and promotional activities to support the launch of new Kodak Professional products worldwide. In addition, he has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, where he serves as a public affairs officer.

Robert T. Durkin, B.A. 1985, serves as an instructor and Marine Corps liaison at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY. He has been selected to attend the Naval Command and Staff College at Newport, RI, and recently completed a master’s of public administration degree at John Jay College, City University of New York.

David S. Towers, B.S. 1985, joined Smith Barney as a financial consultant in 1998 after a successful career in engineering consulting at O’Brien and Gere Engineers Inc. in Syracuse, NY. Appointed principal author of a graduate-level textbook, Innovative Technologies for Hazardous Waste Remediation, he served as the past chairman of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Matthew W. Bartle, M.L.S. 1986,has joined Lumsden & McCormick LLP, certified public accountants and advisors, as a network administrator, responsible for network and PC applications. He resides in North Collins, NY.

Marcia Koch, B.S. 1986, has accepted a position in the administrative accounting office of SUNY at Geneseo’s Campus Auxiliary Services. In her new position with the not-for-profit corporation, she will be responsible for the financial administration of two newly formed off-campus ventures, Geneseo University Store and the Big Tree Inn.

David S. McClure, B.A. 1986, was recently promoted to the position of senior production support analyst in the Geospatial Information Management Division, Operations Directorate, National Imagery and Mapping Agency in Bethesda, MD.

B. Mark Plunkett, B.P.S. 1986, is vice president of Hannon Associates Engineering and Architecture P.C., which offers a full range of architectural services, as well as civil and structural engineering. He recently received his certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Board, and has been elected to the Salamanca, NY, area Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He resides in Salamanca with his wife, Valerie Ann, and daughters Danielle Waive and Joelle Maive.

Gerald A. Leone Jr., B.S. 1987, is the manager of Corporate Landfill Gas Programs for Waste Management in Atlanta, GA. He was the keynote speaker at the EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program held in early December in Chattanooga, TN.

Curt D. Sigmund, Ph.D. 1987, M.A. 1984 & B.A. 1982, joined the faculty of the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, in 1991. He currently serves as an associate professor in the departments of medicine, physiology and biophysics, and is the chair of the Molecular Biology Interdisciplinary Program. He also serves as director of the Transgenic and Gene Targeting Facility.

Patricia Ann Allen, MAST 1988 & B.A. 1985, vice president of Key Bank in Buffalo, was a recipient of Business First of Buffalo’s 1998 “40 under Forty” award. A board member of the Buffalo and Erie County Arts Council, Heritage Centers, Mercy League of Mercy Hospital and Mount Mercy Academy, she has also organized several running races to benefit local charities and is secretary of the South Buffalo Athletic Club.

Neil J. Bernholz, B.A. 1988, graduated from the University of Bridgeport School of Law in May 1991. He is admitted to practice in New York and California. From September 1992 through December 1997, he was employed as an associate attorney with Labin & Buffomante in Williamsville, NY, where he practiced matrimonial and related family law. He appeared on Court TV for a trial he conducted in 1994. In 1998, he was named an Erie County Family Court hearing examiner; the position involves decision making on child support, spousal support and public assistance issues.

Adam T. Bernstein, M.S. 1988 & B.S. 1987, is the patent counsel of Bell Atlantic in New York, NY.

Vanneise Collins, Ph.D. 1988, Ed.M. 1976 & B.A. 1974, executive dean of learning support services at Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch, TX, has been chosen to participate in a National Institute for Leadership Development program for administrators and faculty in higher education. During the year-long program—designed to enhance the skills participants need to assume decision making roles at their institutions—she will be mentored by Brookhaven College president Alice Villadsen as she works on projects that will aid her institution and foster her professional growth. A native of Queens, NY, she resides in Dallas, TX.

Kelly J. Dixon, B.S. 1988, recently promoted to sales manager for Statewide Mortgage Inc., received the 1998 Broker of the Year Award. She currently lives with her husband, Gregg, in Holiday, FL.

Amy Archer Flaherty, B.A. 1988, has been named a partner in the Buffalo, NY, law firm of Damon & Morey LLP, where she will practice in the firm’s litigation department, focusing on medical malpractice defense. She is also involved in insurance coverage work as well as civil appeals to New York State’s appellate courts and its highest court. A member of the New York State Bar Association and the Erie County Bar Association, she received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Toledo in 1991.

Erwin H. Ford, Ph.D. 1988, M.S. 1984 & B.A. 1974, completed advanced studies in the Bible at Yale University after receiving his Ph.D. from UB. He has been a writer and critic for the Cox Syndicate newspapers, the (Raleigh, NC) News and Observer and the (Cox Communication) Daily Advance, and will soon begin writing for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is a professor of English and the Bible at the Atlanta University Center in Atlanta, GA.

James K. Morrell, M.U.P. 1988 & B.A. 1986, transportation planner for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s surface transportation division, has been promoted to superintendent of route planning within the business development department. A resident of Buffalo, NY, he supervises planning efforts for public transportation in Erie and Niagara Counties.

Jed L. Carrol, J.D. 1989 & M.B.A. 1989, is a partner in America’s Choice, an international franchiser of real estate marketing services. He lives in Williamsville, NY, with his wife, Amy, and twin sons, Jake and Harley.

Kevin M. Carter, J.D. 1989, has joined the Buffalo law firm of Sullivan & Oliverio, where he will concentrate on general litigation.

Lorraine M. Engl, Ph.D. 1989, has been elected to the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation board of directors. A licensed psychologist with the Condrell Center, she is a member of the American Psychological Association, the New York State Psychological Association and the Psychological Association of Western New York.

Michael Palone III, B.S. 1989, is ambulatory pharmacy manager at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY, where he manages outpatient pharmacy operations. Currently pursuing a master of public health degree from the University of Rochester, he served on a New York State Department of Health panel that developed clinical practice guidelines for early intervention in autism. He is also actively involved in the community, coaching Little League and serving on school committees. He has four children, all boys.

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