| 1980s Classnotes
C. Buckley, B.A. 1980, has been named vice president and account
executive in the healthcare industry practice at the Buffalo,
NY, office of Marsh USA, one of the world’s leading insurance
brokerage and risk advisement companies. She will serve as a broker
consultant in medical malpractice insurance, workers compensation,
general liability and managed care liability. She resides in East
M. Gonser, B.S. 1980, has been named partner of Lumsden &
McCormick LLP, a Buffalo, NY, public accounting firm. She will
be responsible for the planning, coordination performance and
review of services provided to commercial companies, not-for-profit
organizations, governments and individuals. She has 19 years’
experience providing auditing, accounting, tax and consulting
services and has significant experience serving not-for-profit,
human services, religious and governmental organizations. A resident
of Hamburg, NY, she is a member of the American Institute of Certified
Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified
P. Manzella, M.B.A. 1980, is founder and president of MarketSource
Inc., a full- service direct marketing agency that was recently
ranked among the top 15 advertising agencies in Western New York,
based on 1999 gross income. He resides in Getzville, NY.
Meltzer, B.A. 1980, is executive editor of the Atlanta Business
A. Simpson, M.A. 1980 & B.S. 1978, has been named chair of
the Department of Computer Imaging and Architectural Engineering
Technology at Alfred State College in Alfred, NY. Before joining
the Alfred faculty, he served as project architect for Mussachio
Architects of Buffalo, NY. A member of the American Institute
of Architects, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
and the New York State Engineering Technology Association, he
also serves as the faculty representative to the Alfred State
College Council. He and his wife, Karen, reside in Dansville,
NY, with their two daughters.
M. Aschenbrenner, B.A. 1981, has been named regional manager,
automotive retailer development, at Liberty National Insurance
Corp., the automotive services division of the Buffalo, NY-based
Lawley Service Insurance Group of Companies. She will be responsible
for assisting the firm’s more than 200 automotive dealer clients
with the marketing of Liberty National’s insurance-related products
to the dealership’s customers. A member of the Automotive Business
Managers Professional Sales Guild, she has won numerous awards
from the Ford Motor Company for her finance and insurance sales
performance. She is a resident of Cheektowaga, NY.
D. Heine, B.A. 1981, has been named assistant vice president
of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation, where he will be
responsible for negotiating the purchase of gas for the National
Fuel System from pipeline and production companies nationwide.
He is a member of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers,
National Energy Services Association, the Independent Oil and
Gas Association and the Natural Gas Association of Houston, TX.
He resides in Glenwood, NY, with his wife, Kelly.
C. Lehman, B.S. 1981, a civil engineer, was named Erie County’s
new commissioner of public works; she is the first woman in Erie
County to hold this position. A resident of Orchard Park, NY,
she has worked most recently as corporate director of quality
assurance for URS Corp., a firm with 400 offices worldwide, including
S. Penzell, B.S. 1981, has joined Dynamic Trade Inc., a leading
provider of integrated online performance marketing programs,
in a newly created position of vice president of program management.
He will be responsible for identifying and developing new and
innovative performance marketing programs that enable clients
to maximize revenues generated from their existing customers,
increase customer loyalty and facilitate customer acquisition.
A resident of Glenville, IL, he has more than 20 years’ experience
as a direct marketing professional.
L. Prenevau Jr., B.A. 1981, was recently appointed to the
General Motors global security staff as security operations manager
for the company’s U.S. and Asia Pacific/China facilities. He recently
completed an assignment at General Motors’s new assembly facility
in Rayong, Thailand, and has worked for General Motors for 30
years. A member of the Buffalo State College Department of Criminal
Justice advisory board, he also serves as vice chairman of the
American Society for Industrial Security and is a member of the
Judges and Police Conference of Erie County. He resides in East
J. Chow, B.S. 1982, was recently named an associate of Mueser
Rutledge Consulting Engineers in New York, NY. He specializes
in the design of marine structures, including braced cofferdams,
relieving platforms, bulkheads and piers.
A. Lawrence, J.D. 1982, is a consultant and trainer specializing
in cultural diversity, health care and the healing practices of
traditional cultures. She resides in Apalachin, NY.
M. Osberg, Ph.D. 1982, M.A. 1980 & B.A. 1977, professor of
psychology at Niagara University in Lewiston, NY, received the
Niagara County Health Association’s annual community service award
at the organization’s annual luncheon. A Niagara University employee
since 1982, he was honored for his many contributions as a featured
guest on the association’s monthly cable television program, which
is designed to educate the public on mental health topics. The
award also recognized the efforts of Osberg and his students,
who conduct free, periodic mental health screenings. He and his
wife, Debra, reside in Wheatfield, NY.
J. Papasian, Ph.D. 1982, has been appointed chairman of the
Department of Basic Medical Science at the University of Missouri-Kansas
City School of Medicine. He was selected as interim chair when
the department was first created in 1998 to bring medical student
classes in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, neuroscience and
microbiology under the direction of the School of Medicine. While
overseeing the department, he has incorporated newer teaching
approaches for classes such as microbiology, fostering small group
interaction and introducing interactive CDs as learning tools.
C. Schopp, J.D. 1982 & B.A. 1979, a veteran litigator, has
been appointed executive attorney of the 60-member Buffalo Legal
Aid Bureau, where he formerly headed the law guardian unit. He
is a member of the Erie County Bar Association, the State Defenders
Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
R. Shiah, M.B.A. 1982 & B.S. 1981, is the senior vice president
of wireless operations at Americom, a wireless services company
that provides technical repair and customer support services for
various wireless carriers and phone manufacturers. He resides
in Forest Hill, MD.
A. Cook, B.S. 1983, was promoted by the Defense Contract Audit
Agency, U.S. Department of Defense, to the position of branch
manager in Houston, TX. In this position, he will oversee the
accomplishments of contract audits of approximately 325 company
locations in the Houston and South Texas area. He and his wife,
Vicky, reside in Pearland, TX, with their three children.
L. DelleBovi, B.S. 1983, has been named partner of Lumsden
& McCormick LLP, certified public accountants, in Buffalo, NY.
She is responsible for the planning, coordination and performance
of services provided to privately held businesses, individuals
and other organizations. A resident of Williamsville, NY, she
is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants,
the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the
Niagara Frontier Chapter of the National Association of Women
Business Owners and Financial Women International.
M. Galbo, B.S. 1983, was appointed vice president and secretary
of Watts Engineers in Amherst, NY, a civil and environmental engineering
firm. He has been with Watts for seven years and will continue
as civil transportation department manager. He is a member of
the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Association for Bridge
Construction and Design and the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society
for Collegiate Schools of Business. He resides in Williamsville,
E. Garvey, J.D. 1983 & B.A. 1981, divides his time between
his law practice and his career as an actor and theater administrator.
He and his sons make up the law firm of Garvey & Garvey, where
they primarily do plaintiffs’ work and general tort cases, but
also handle a good deal of estate, real estate, contract and corporate
matters. He spends afternoons taking care of business as CEO of
Shakespeare in Delaware Park, the third-largest free Shakespeare
festival in the country.
D. Cantlon, B.A. 1984, is a trial attorney with the U.S. Small
Business Administration, administrative law litigation unit, in
Denver, CO. He represents the federal government in labor law
issues involving hearings arbitration and mediation. He is a member
of the New York State and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.
J. Hogan, J.D. 1984 & M.B.A. 1980, was recently named partner
of the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King LLP, in Syracuse, NY.
He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial lending
transactions, commercial and residential real estate, general
business and corporate matters.
M. Majors, M.B.A. 1984, has been appointed tax managing director
of KPMG LLP, an accounting and tax consulting firm with offices
in Buffalo, NY. In her newly created position, she will be responsible
for the delivery of the highest level of client service and the
supervision and coordination of the efforts of the tax managers
and staff. She provides federal income tax consulting and compliance
services to KPMG’s clients; her responsibilities will include
practice development and personnel management. She and her husband
reside in Williamsville, NY.
E. Nowakowski, J.D. 1984, is pleased to announce the opening
of his law office in Buffalo, NY. A former partner in the firm
of Jasen, Jasen & Sampson PC, he will continue to concentrate
his practice in the areas of personal injury, insurance coverage
and commercial litigation.
R. Pinsky, B.A. 1984, is director of outpatient services at
New Britain General Hospital in New Britain, CT. He resides in
West Hartford, CT.
R. Alexin, M.B.A. 1985, has been appointed tax managing director
in the Buffalo office of KPMG LLP, an accounting and tax consulting
firm. In his newly created position, he will be responsible for
the delivery of client service and the supervision and coordination
of the efforts of the tax managers and staff. He provides tax
services to individuals and closely held companies in the manufacturing
industry. He resides in Lancaster, NY, with his wife and three
F. Dimond, B.A. 1985, has been appointed vice president for
finance and administration at the New York City Technical College
in Brooklyn, NY, a position he held on an acting basis for three
Rizzo Fleming, M.B.A. 1985 & B.S. 1983, has been appointed
to the newly created position of vice president of corporate pharmacy
services for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Western New York. She
will be responsible for the overall direction and continued development
of the Blues’ pharmacy benefits for its 576,000 members in the
Buffalo area and 175,000 members in Northeastern New York. A resident
of Williamsville, NY, she is a member of the University at Buffalo
Pharmacy Alumni Association and serves on the special projects
committee of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.
K. Langager, B.S. 1985, who worked as a blood bank supervisor
at Genesee Hospital, has recently left that position to stay at
home with her three young sons, Matthew, Christopher and Jason.
Laut, B.A. 1985, is practicing law as an associate in intellectual
property at Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor and Zafman LLP. He concentrates
his practice in the area of patent prosecution in West Los Angeles,
CA. He resides in Norco, CA, with his wife and three children.
J. Navagh, J.D. 1985, has been named a partner at Feldman,
Kieffer & Herman LLP, in Buffalo, NY. He concentrates his practice
in insurance defense, medical malpractice, labor law and employee
benefits litigation. An active member of the Erie County Bar Association’s
health law and negligence committees and the Defense Trial Lawyers
Association of Western New York, he has extensive experience in
New York and Pennsylvania, where he is admitted in state and federal
M. Benitez, J.D. 1986 & B.A. 1983, has been promoted to full
professor of clinical law at the George Washington University
School of Law in Washington, DC.
A. Kamelhar, B.S. 1986, has been named a partner in the accounting
firm of Most, Horowitz & Company LLP, in New York, NY, where he
resides. His area of concentration is assurance and business advisory
L. Coles, B.S. 1987, was promoted to the position of marketing
and business development liaison at Fresenius Kabi, an international
pharmaceutical company specializing in nutrition therapy and infusion
products supporting a variety of hospital markets. His core activities
involve the marketing and business development for the Lipid Emulsions
Applied to Drug Delivery sector of the Parenteral Nutrition division.
He resides in Raleigh, NC, with his wife and daughter.
John J. Graham, M.Arch. 1987, was promoted to associate
of the Hillier Group’s Princeton, NJ, office. An architect in
the firm’s education studio, he has been a Hillier employee for
six years. His work includes a master plan for Brown University
in Providence, RI, and a master plan for the Dallas, TX, Public
Library. He is a resident of Lawrenceville, NJ.
Hess, B.A. 1987, is president of Three Point Ventures LLC,
in Henrietta, NY, which recently launched RoadWired, a new, locally
developed line of carrying cases and mobile accessories for portable
electronics. The RoadWired brand, its products and services were
formally introduced to the public in July on the company’s e-commerce
website (www.roadwired.com). The site has a wide variety of interactive
features for both consumers and business customers and is being
developed and constructed by Fairport, NY-based Logisoft Corporation.
O. Palma, B.A. 1987, is the program director for YM-YWHA of
Washington Heights, NY.
E. Tropea, Ph.D. 1987, M.A. 1983 & B.A. 1979, is a staff scientist
for biomedical research at the National Cancer Institute in Frederick,
J. Dixon, B.S. 1988, was recently promoted from sales supervisor
to operations manager at Statewide Mortgage in Clearwater, FL.
A licensed mortgage broker with 12 years’ experience as a loan
officer, she has been with Statewide Mortgage for three years
and is responsible for day-to-day operations of the entire office
and staff. She and her husband, Gregg, reside in the Clearwater
Hirsch, B.S. 1988, one of the few women airport engineers
in the United States, is working on a plan for a new hydrant fueling
system at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. She is also
working on planning a new terminal complex to replace the existing
one at the Indianapolis, IN airport. Among her other projects,
she was design engineer for a terminal expansion project at Portland,
OR International Airport, is working on a concept for a mobile
offshore airbase involving Boeing and a Norwegian firm, and is
engaged in a new terminal design at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel
E. Hutchins, B.A. 1988, is an assistant professor of Shakespeare
and Renaissance literature in the Department of English at East
Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
C. Reinhardt, M.S. 1988 & B.S. 1986, of the Air Force Research
Laboratory, Space Power Division, was honored with a Rotary National
Award for Space Achievement. He was given the Stellar Award for
early career achievement for his significant contribution to the
future of space power systems. His professional experience includes
work on aircraft and electrical power systems, as well as the
design of satellite power management and distribution electronics
and impact analysis studies of next generation solar cell and
solar array technologies. He has focused on the design of ultra-high
efficiency solar cells and ultra-lightweight flexible-thin-film
photovoltaics for next-generation space systems.
Bryan Bielecki, B.A. 1989, passed all four parts of the Uniform
Certified Public Accounting exam. Employed by the Buffalo, NY,
firm of Lumsden & McCormick LLP, certified public accountants
and advisors, he resides in West Seneca, NY.
D. Bookner, M.D. 1989, is practicing pediatrics in Scarsdale,
NY. He has also been working furiously at his new hobby, cartooning.
E. Fitzgerald III, Ph.D. 1989, J.D. 1987, M.A. 1987 & B.A. 1983,
is a founding shareholder of a new litigation firm, Page, Mrachek,
Fitzgerald & Rose PA, which is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.
The firm’s practice concentrates exclusively on civil litigation
and arbitration cases in state, federal and appellate courts and
has offices in West Palm Beach and Stuart, FL. He will concentrate
his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and appeals,
general civil litigation and business torts.
G. Patterson, B.A. 1989, is an operations manager of trucking
and transportation for USF Holland Inc.’s Buffalo, NY, terminal.
He resides in Kenmore, NY.
Persons, B.A. 1989, was appointed district coach by Tops Markets
Inc. for the (New York State) Southern Tier and Erie, PA, region.
He has been with the company for more than 16 years, most recently
as manager of the Tops International Super Center in Amherst,
NY. He resides in Clarence, NY.
E. Rook, M.B.A. 1989, has accepted a position as trial attorney
with LaFave & Higgins, where he will specialize in plaintiff civil
litigation, personal injury, medical negligence, toxic torts,
employment discrimination and civil rights. He resides in Slingerlands,
R. Schlosser, B.S. 1989, is a project manager for Volpini
& Associates, a Williamsville, NY, advertising agency. She is
responsible for developing company marketing programs and overseeing
Vazquez, M.D. 1989, has formed a partnership with Promesa
Inc. to start a primary care clinic in the Delaware District of
Buffalo, NY. The clinic will offer primary care, along with some
laboratory, radiology and ultrasound services at the same site.