| 1990s Classnotes
J. Genkos, B.A. 1990, has been appointed Savannah (GA) assistant
district director for wage and hour by the U.S. Labor Department.
In his new position, he will direct wage and hour division activities
for southern Georgia.
Bernadette Hoppe, M.A. 1990 & B.A. 1987, regional
outreach and education coordinator for the Buffalo Prenatal/Perinatal
Task Force, received a 1999 “Forty under Forty” award from Business
First of Buffalo, NY. In her position with the task force, she
organizes promotional efforts to inform low-income women about
Katherine S. McConnell, B.A. 1990, has been promoted to
the position of manager of Blasland, Bouck & Lee, a multidisciplinary
firm of consulting engineers and scientists in Syracuse, NY. She
has nearly seven years’ experience as a technical and marketing
communications specialist, along with more than three years’ experience
specific to the environmental engineering industry.
Michael H. Ackerman, D.N.S. 1991 & M.S. 1985, has
been appointed director of the Center for Clinical Trials and
Medical Device Evaluation at the University of Rochester’s School
of Nursing. The center provides industry-sponsored studies for
pharmaceutical investigations and evaluates patient-care devices
with an emphasis on critical care, nutritional support and pediatrics.
He is also associate professor of clinical nursing at the University
of Rochester, having joined its School of Nursing faculty in 1993.
Recently, he received a grant to conduct a study on the incidence
of bacteria resistant to certain antibiotics.
Salvatore C. Durante, M.B.A. 1991, M.S. 1985, M.A. 1985
& B.A. 1983, has been named chief administrative officer
for Child and Family Services, a not-for-profit family service
agency in Buffalo, NY. He previously served as chief operating
officer and chief financial officer for Highgate Medical, also
in Buffalo. In addition, he held key strategic planning and management
positions with Sisters Healthcare.
David M. Ford, B.S. 1991, an assistant professor of chemical
engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, is
one of five recipients nationwide to be honored with a 1999 Office
of Defense Programs’ Early Career Scientist and Engineer Award
from the Department of Energy. He was recognized for his efforts
to predict and solve the problem of aging materials in the nation’s
enduring nuclear stockpile. Established in 1996, the award recognizes
scientists and engineers for outstanding research that contributes
to national security.
David Jakubowski, B.S. 1991, has joined the Buffalo, NY,
accounting firm of Lumsden & McCormick as a staff accountant.
David C. Mammano, B.A. 1991, recently launched a magazine
for high school students, The Next Step Magazine, to help young
readers with college planning, career exploration and life skills.
The magazine has a circulation of more than 70,000 juniors and
seniors in New York State. The printed magazine is complemented
by an electronic edition, nextSTEPmagazine.com, which is updated
Cecile Mathis-Dorliae, J.D. 1991 & B.A. 1988, a
practicing attorney with the law firm of Pratcher and Associates
in Buffalo, NY, has been named chair of the board for HOME (Housing
Opportunities Made Equal).
Sandra L. Cross, B.A. 1992, is currently employed as a
manager of marketing services by the Professional Golf Association
of America in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
Mary A. DelPriore, M.L.S. 1992, was recently part of a
three-member team of volunteers who spent three weeks teaching
conversational English in rural villages outside the Eastern Polish
city of Siedlce. She spent most of her time instructing unemployed
young adults. Her service program was coordinated by Global Volunteers,
a nonprofit, nonsectarian international development organization
based in St. Paul, MN, that offers short-term volunteer opportunities
in 20 countries throughout the year.
Laurence M. Gess, B.S. 1992, is currently running his own
business, North- American Institute, in Montpellier, France. The
company organizes two-week French programs for foreign students.
Housing is provided by host families.
Suzanne Taylor, J.D. 1992, an attorney in private practice,
has received a 1999 “Forty under Forty” award from Business First
of Buffalo, NY.
Mary E. Dunn, P.M.C.R.T. 1993 & D.D.S. 1990, has
been awarded a 1999 “Forty under Forty” award from Business First
of Buffalo, NY. She has been in a private dental practice since
1993, and is also a clinical instructor at UB’s School of Dental
Medicine and an attending pediatric dentist at Children’s Hospital.
She won the American Dental Association’s 1998 Golden Apple award,
given annually to one young dentist in the U.S. in recognition
of outstanding leadership.
Vastye W. Gillespie, J.D. 1993, has been awarded a 1999
“Forty under Forty” award from Business First of Buffalo, NY.
An attorney for UAW-GM Legal Service Plan, she provides legal
services for local members of the United Autoworkers, specializing
in adoptions, insurance law and consumer issues.
Myron L. Glick, M.D. 1993, has been awarded a 1999 “Forty
under Forty” award from Business First of Buffalo, NY. Clinical
assistant professor of family medicine at UB, he has a solo medical
practice on Buffalo’s West Side, serving 1,500 patients.
Michael A. Liotta, B.A. 1993, has been appointed manager
of Nickelodeon Contract Management with MTV Networks, a division
of Viacom Inc. In this position, he will be responsible for drafting
and negotiating domestic licensing agreements. Previously a corporate
administrator within Viacom’s corporate law department, he resides
in New York, NY, with his wife, Melina.
Mary Q. Wydysh, J.D. 1993 & B.A. 1991, has been
named a partner at the law firm of Bouvier, O’Connor in Buffalo,
NY. She is a member of the litigation department, working as a
trial attorney primarily in the areas of negligence and products
Laura A. Zaepfel, M.A. 1993, has been elected vice president
of communications for the New Millennium Group. The corporate
relations manager for Uniland Development Company, she resides
with her husband and their two children in Williamsville, NY.
JoAnn Armenia Balazs, J.D. 1994, an attorney and recently
appointed English teacher for the Amherst, NY, Central School
District, received the New York State Bar Association’s law-related
Education Distinguished Service Award at a statewide conference
in Bolton Landing, NY, in October. In the early 1990s, she was
an advisor to the City of Tonawanda Youth Court and is currently
educational director of the Amherst Youth Court.
Sheryl A. Waller, B.A. 1994, is currently a police officer
for the city of Buffalo, NY.
James P. Bachert, B.S. 1995, has joined the Buffalo, NY,
accounting firm of Lumsden & McCormick LLP, Certified Public Accountants,
as a staff accountant. Cynthia A. Brickell, B.S. 1995, has been
promoted to the position of manager of Lumsden & McCormick LLP,
Certified Public Accountants, in Buffalo, NY. She is a member
of the firm’s business services group serving commercial and closely
held businesses and individuals. She has been with the firm since
Robert J. Drago, M.B.A. 1995, has been awarded a 1999 “Forty
under Forty” award from Business First of Buffalo, NY. Vice president
and general manager for Goya Foods–Great Lakes Division in Angola,
NY, he oversees Goya’s manufacturing and distribution divisions
and processes and markets Goya brand food products.
John J. Flynn, J.D. 1995, a Judge Advocate General, U.S.
Navy, recently reported to the United States Naval Academy as
the officer- in-charge of the office of Legal Counsel, which provides
advice and representation to more than 5,000 midshipmen, active-duty
faculty and staff. He also serves as an instructor at the academy.
Tracie M. Lewis, Ed.M. 1996 & Mus.B. 1991, has been
appointed assistant principal at BEST Academy, School 6, in Buffalo,
NY. Previously, she taught music for the Buffalo School District
for nine years.
Nicholas G. Costalas, B.A. 1997, currently works in advertising
sales at Westword Newspaper in Denver, CO. Joel N. Varland, M.F.A.
1997, has joined the faculty of Savannah College of Art and Design,
a private, nonprofit, accredited institution in Savannah, GA,
as a professor in the foundation studies department.
Brian Costello, B.A. 1998, received a 1999 “Forty under
Forty” award from Business First of Buffalo, NY. He runs a fabrication
and machine shop that employs 130 people. He also serves as president
of the Kenan Center Board of Governors, is a board member of the
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Niagara, and is past president
of the Lockport Exchange Club.
Anita A. Czapeczka, J.D. 1998, has joined the law firm
of Jasen and Jasen in Buffalo, NY. She resides in Corfu, NY, with
her husband and their three children.
Michael J. Halter, M.S. 1998 & B.A. 1987, has been
named vice president and group leader of risk control strategies
at the growing Linden Oaks office of Marsh Inc. in Rochester,
NY, one of the world’s leading insurance brokerage and risk advisement
companies. In his new role, he will be responsible for managing
a staff of risk control consultants, as well as providing risk
engineering services to Marsh’s clients. As group leader of the
Western New York risk control consulting operation, he will specialize
Whyee Nen Shao, B.A. 1998, has joined Wallenius Willhelmsen
Lines Americas LLC. The firm imports and exports some of the major
autogroups, such as BMW and Volvo. Shao serves as the tariff and
contract analyst who deals with all trade agreements and services
for the company’s customers.
Wendy M. Wirth, B.A. 1998, is currently studying French
and international business at American University in Washington,
DC. She is working as an accounting clerk for a finance/property
management company in Washington.
Millicent T. Mathis, Ph.D. 1999 & B.A. 1974, has
been named project director of the federally funded program “Gaining
Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs” that
will be headquartered at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. She
will be responsible for the overall implementation and development
of the program, along with serving as liaison for the project.
Donald Visco Jr., Ph.D. 1999, assistant professor of chemical
engineering at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville,
TN, was honored with the 2000 Kinslow Engineering Research Award
from his university for “Modeling the Monte Carlo Simulation of
Associating Fluids,” a paper that appeared in the Journal of Chemical
Physics. The Kinslow Award, named for Professor Emeritus Ray Kinslow,
is given annually for the best paper written by a Tennessee Tech
engineering faculty member and published in a refereed journal.
Christopher Wightman, J.D. 1999 & B.A. 1995, has
become associated with the Buffalo, NY, law firm of Damon & Morey
LLP, practicing in the corporate and business law department.
He works with not-for-profit corporations and closely held businesses
in the areas of corporate, LLC and partnership formations, mergers
and acquisitions, and health-care joint ventures. He was previously
a law clerk in the corporate legal departments of the United States
Surgical Corporation in Norwalk, CN, and National Fuel Gas Distribution
Corporation in Buffalo. Before entering law school, he was a newspaper
journalist covering judicial, legislative and economic events.