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1980s Classnotes

Julie 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 Amherst, NY.

Donna 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 Public Accountants.

James 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.

Mark Meltzer, B.A. 1980, is executive editor of the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Rex 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.

Lea 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.

Bruce 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.

Maria 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 Buffalo.

David 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.

William 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 Amherst, NY.

Michael 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.

Cecile 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.

Timothy 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.

Christopher 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.

David 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.

Paul 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.

Joseph 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.

Sherry 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.

Phillip 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, NY.

Neil 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.

James 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.

Peter 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.

Teresa 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.

William 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.

Douglas 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.

Garret 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 children.

David 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 years.

Renee 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.

Susan 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.

Steven 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.

James 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 courts.

Alberto 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.

Stuart 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 services.

Neil 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.

Michael 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.

Abraham O. Palma, B.A. 1987, is the program director for YM-YWHA of Washington Heights, NY.

Joseph 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, MD.

Kelly 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 area.

Cindy 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 Aviv, Israel.

Christine 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.

Kitt 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.

E. 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.

Scott D. Bookner, M.D. 1989, is practicing pediatrics in Scarsdale, NY. He has also been working furiously at his new hobby, cartooning.

Roy 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.

Thomas 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.

John 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.

David 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, NY.

Donna 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 production.

Raul 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.

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