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Ramona Bober, B.S. 1990, was presented with NASA’s prestigious Silver Snoopy Award for service to the Space Shuttle astronauts. The lead technologist for the Bionetics Corporation, a NASA contractor, she was recognized for the quality of her work and for her professional dedication as demonstrated on the STS-90 Neurolab. She is responsible for Shuttle mission preplanning, implementation of procedures and supervision of personnel for the Kennedy Space Center’s Life Sciences Support Facility. She resides in Viera, FL, with her husband, John.

Ian Bradford, J.D. 1990, was named partner of the Buffalo, NY, law firm Cohen, Swados, Wright, Hanifin, Bradford & Brett LLP. He focuses his practice on corporate and business law.

Dwight M. Gram, B.A. 1990, has been promoted to director of corporate communications at Rich Products Corporation of Buffalo, NY. His responsibilities include co-leading the company’s communication group, spearheading all organizational communication and public relations strategies and tactics for the company’s domestic and international business, and overseeing all media relations for Rich’s manufacturing facilities. He resides in Lancaster, NY.

Paula R. Javarone, B.A. 1990, is a psychiatric nurse at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY. She and her husband, William Blance, reside in Albany, NY, with their two sons.

Sean C. Gorman, B.A. 1991, is a U.S. Navy lieutenant and chaplain serving on the staff of the Naval Submarine Support Command based in Pearl Harbor, HI.

Gary A. Marchiori, M.B.A. 1991, regional manager for Texaco Natural Gas, has been named vice president of marketing for the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York. This industry group represents the interests of local oil and gas producers, marketers and service companies.

Randy K. Reinhart, B.S. 1991, is a branch manager for Progressive Insurance, an auto insurance claims office in Reno, NV.

Richard D. Tompkins, B.S. 1991, is a mortgage loan specialist for First National Bank of the Florida Keys in Marathon, FL.

Gary A. Yourman, B.A. 1991, is the informatics process manager for the worldwide regulatory and clinical divisions of Bristol-Myers Squibb in Princeton, NJ. In this role, he manages the infrastructure and software needs of approximately 2,000 clients.

Catherine M. Cozzarelli, Ph.D. 1992, M.A. 1987 & B.A. 1983, associate professor in the department of psychology at Kansas State University, was named a fellow of the American Psychological Association. She was nominated for her work on the effects of abortion on women, a topic she has been researching since 1987. She has published more than 13 articles on this subject.

Tracey Drury, B.A. 1992, is a reporter for Business First, a weekly business newspaper in Buffalo, NY. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Buffalo with their son, Connor.

Barbara R. Leibelshon, M.S.W. 1992 & B.A. 1982, is the coordinator of Blackrock Services for Horizon Health Services, a private, non-profit community mental health agency in Buffalo, NY.

Gregory V. Pajak, J.D. 1992 & B.A. 1989, has been appointed an officer of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer, Monte & Pajak PC, a law firm in Buffalo, NY. He concentrates his practice in the areas of insurance defense and coverage, personal injury, and corporate law. He resides in Amherst, NY.

Donna C. Rizzo, B.S. 1992, is a field auditor for credit unions in Western New York, Niagara and Jamestown districts. She resides in Cheektowaga, NY.

Suzanne L. Stockman, B.A. 1992, has worked as an international logistics planner at Rich Products Corporation since 1996. In this position, she handles all the logistics for Latin America, including transportation, negotiating freight with inland and ocean carriers as well as documentation in South and Central America.

Michael J. Asklar, B.S. 1993, a project engineer, has been named a licensed professional engineer by the University of the State of New York Education Department. He has worked for Foit-Albert Associates of Buffalo, NY, for two years and has more than six years’ experience in the engineering field. His design experience includes sewer and water system design, storm water management and hydraulic analysis, transportation, traffic controls, and commercial/residential site development for private and municipal clients, several Western New York school districts and colleges, as well as the New York State Department of Transportation and the Erie County Department of Public Works. He lives in Wheatfield, NY, with his wife, Debbie, and their two children.

Beth Ann Bivona, B.S. 1993, has joined the Buffalo, NY, firm of Damon & Morey LLP, as an associate, practicing in the firm’s business litigation and insolvency department, where she will work with corporations and other businesses and professional clients on a variety of commercial disputes and insolvency matters. She handles commercial, federal and complex litigation, as well as debtor and creditor counseling and representation in bankruptcy proceedings. A 1997 graduate of Michigan State University, Detroit College of Law, she is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut and Michigan. Her admissions include the Federal Bar for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York, and the Federal Bar for the Eastern District of Michigan. She resides in Tonawanda, NY.

Laurie C. Carter, Ph.D. 1993, M.A. 1988, P.M. Cert. 1986 & D.D.S. 1983, is an associate professor and director of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry in Richmond, VA.

Martin Ward Clarke, B.S. 1993, is a tax manager and certified public accountant at J. W. O’Conner & Co. in New York, NY. His wife, Linda Clarke, B.S. 1992, is a product manager at Systemax Incorporated in Port Washington, NY.

Harry Gong, B.A. 1993, was promoted to director of admissions at Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY. He was previously admissions counselor and office manager for the college’s office of admissions.

Andrew B. Knopf, B.A. 1993, has been working at the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) for the last five years. He is the director of media sales, which encompasses television and sponsorship sales for all WWF properties. Previously, he worked as a broadcast buyer in the national broadcast department at the advertising agency Bates USA. He is a member of the Advertising Club of New York and currently resides in Fort Lee, NJ, with his wife, Rachelle, and son, Aaron.

Merriwyn J. Larson, B.A. 1993, is partner of Edison Design Co., an advertising agency she established with her husband in 1999. She lives in Amherst, NY.

Ronald Luchetti, B.S. 1993, was recently promoted to the position of store manager of Babies ’R Us in Rochester, NY. He has been with the “’R Us” family for four years.

Judith M. Stanley, B.A. 1993, has been appointed as patient advocate in the department of psychosocial oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. A resident of Williamsville, NY, she will work with patients and staff to resolve complaints and to facilitate more effective communication between patients, their families and the care-giving team.

Christopher D. Greene, B.A. 1994, has been named account executive/public relations manager for the Grayton Company, a marketing communications firm in Amherst, NY. He will manage public relations for the firm’s local and national clients and design comprehensive marketing communications programs to meet long-term business goals and objectives. He resides in Tonawanda, NY.

Michael J. Kawochka, B.A. 1994 & B.A. 1991, is an associate producer at theglobe.com. He recently completed his M.B.A. at Baruch College in New York, NY. Before switching to new media in 1999, he spent four years in public relations, earning three trade awards for his work on the Ernst & Young account.

Lucinda L. Damon-Bach, Ph.D. 1995, assistant professor of English at Salem State College in Salem, MA, was codirector of the second symposium devoted to the work of the American writer Catharine Maria Sedgwick (1789-1867). Before joining the Salem State College English faculty in 1999, she taught English literature and writing courses at Boston College and Harvard University. Among her honors and awards are a certificate of distinction in teaching from Harvard University and the Mark Diamond grant for graduate research from the University at Buffalo.

Alison J. DaMore, B.A. 1995, was hired as the program director for Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, a management company that creates residential treatment environments for people with Alzheimer’s or related dementias. A resident of Tarrytown, NY, she is responsible for marketing company services and for providing in-home assessments.

Lucinda O. Lapoff, J.D. 1995, has been named associate of Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine & Huber LLP, a law firm with offices in several New York cities. She practices in the firm’s litigation and labor departments and is based at the firm’s Rochester office.

Christopher R. Miller, B.S. 1995, was promoted to associate vice president at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in Rochester, NY. He currently manages a $100 million dollar client base and is working toward an M.B.A. in finance at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.

Keith J. Parwulski, A.A.S. 1995, was promoted to assistant vice president for First Niagara Bank. He also serves on the board of directors for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Niagara County. He resides in Clarence Center, NY, with his wife, Celia, and their two children.

Heidi Brauer Ruchala, B.A. 1995, has joined the Buffalo, NY, firm of Damon & Morey LLP, as an associate attorney in the litigation department, where she will handle the defense of personal injury, products liability, toxic substance, sports and recreation and trucking litigation. She is also actively involved in the defense of professional liability, medical malpractice and property damage claims. A resident of Lockport, NY, she is a member of the Erie County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Women Lawyers of Western New York and the Organization of Public Employee Negotiators. The recipient of a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, she is admitted to New York State Courts and Federal District Court for the Western District of New York.

John V. Zatko, M.B.A. 1995, has been selected for the position of the Americas Leadership Team’s liaison senior manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, of Tampa, FL. During his two-year tour in New York, NY, he will work directly with the Assurance and Business Advisory Services Americas’ theater leader and with other members of the firm’s leadership team, coordinating and playing a lead role on a variety of special projects and team initiatives.

Christopher T. Baranick, B.S. 1996, has joined the accounting, tax and consulting firm KPMG LLP, as tax specialist in the firm’s Buffalo, NY, office, providing tax services to various KPMG clients. A Buffalo resident, he is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Young CPAs.

Vincent A. Dunleavy, B.A. 1996, has joined the employee relations department of NBC, a division of General Electric, in New York, NY. He will be working as a human resources manager as part of GE’s human resources management development program.

Leslie A. Jansen, M.S. 1996 & B.S. 1993, has been promoted to project engineer at PSI Engineering, Consulting and Testing. She will oversee the drilling program in Wheat Ridge, CO, where the firm maintains an office; assist in soil boring logging and residential inspections; and contribute recommendations for the preparation of residential foundations and pavement designs. She previously served PSI as a staff engineer working out of the Wheat Ridge office.

Sheri L. Keeling, J.D. 1996, has joined the Buffalo, NY, firm of Damon & Morey LLP, as an associate attorney in the litigation department, focusing her practice on product liability, labor law, municipal liability and constitutional civil rights matters at the trial and appellate level in both state and federal courts. Before joining Damon & Morey, she served as an assistant attorney for Erie County. While there, she was active in the defense of civil rights claims brought against the self- insured county government. She is a member of the Erie County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. A resident of Williamsville, NY, she also sits on the Advisory Council for Families United, an organization devoted to the support and education of low-income mothers and pregnant teens.

Victoria Koprucki, M.S. 1996 & Ed.D. 1983, was named director of Trocaire College’s new practical nursing program, the only credit-bearing practical nursing program in Western New York.

Helen M. Kress, Ph.D. 1996, M.A. 1989 & B.A. 1987, is currently an assistant professor in the college of education at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH.

Sylvia S. Kwong, B.A. 1996, is an insurance manager for USI Administrators in Lake Success, NY.

Sandi G. Lippel, B.A. 1996, works at the Palm Beach, FL, International Airport as an airport communications specialist. She is responsible for dispatching fire rescue, as well as providing information to the public via phone, PA system and an AM radio station. She resides in West Palm Beach, FL.

Timothy F. Murphy, M.B.A. 1996 & B.A. 1994, has been promoted to the position of assurance manager in KPMG LLP’s Buffalo, NY, office. A resident of Williamsville, NY, he provides business measurement process services for clients in the manufacturing and construction industry.

Kristin M. Scheisswohl, B.S. 1996, is currently a staff pharmacist for Wegmans Food Markets in Dewitt, NY. She qualified for the Olympic trials marathon in Chicago in October 1999 and competed at the Olympic trials in February 2000 in Columbia, SC. She resides in Fayetteville, NY.

John A. Sexton, M.B.A. 1996 & B.A. 1980, has been promoted to vice president in the consumer lending division of M&T Bank. A resident of East Amherst, NY, he has worked in the risk management department since joining the bank four years ago.

Dennis G. Wahl, M.B.A. 1996 & B.A. 1971, is a systems analyst for the Buffalo, NY, public school system.

Daniel W. Barwick, Ph.D. 1997, assistant professor of philosophy at Alfred State College, and former provost fellow, State University of New York, was the keynote speaker at California State University’s Conference on Assessing General Education Learning Outcomes in Los Angeles, CA. A member of the Alfred State College faculty since 1998, he teaches introductory philosophy courses and also designed and implemented the college’s honors program.

Melanie F. Broome, B.S. 1997, is a physical therapist of outpatient orthopedics for Health South in West Palm Beach, FL. She and her husband, Mark, reside in North Palm Beach, FL.

Thomas J. Capo, Ph.D. 1997, attended the 92nd annual meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology in Atlanta, GA, where his paper, A Rapidly Developing, Non-Strategic Visual Familiarity Effect, received the Richard M. Griffith Memorial Award.

Brian P. Chapman, M.B.A. 1997, is the plant manager of Tier 1 Seat Systems for the Lear Corporation in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.

Lawrence M. Katzman, B.A. 1997, was named director of constituent affairs for U.S. Rep. Anthony D. Weiner (D-NY).

Lynne R. McFarland, M.B.A. 1997, has been promoted to manager of the communication group of Rich Products Corporation in Buffalo, NY, where her responsibilities include corporate citizenship, grant making, international communications and public relations. A resident of East Amherst, NY, she is a member of the marketing committee for the United Way of Buffalo, as well as a board member for Western New York Grantmakers and Junior Achievement.

Anthony F. Pegnia Jr., J.D. 1997, has joined the Buffalo, NY, firm of Damon & Morey LLP, as an associate attorney practicing in the litigation department, where he will handle matters involving insurance coverage; civil appeals; and the defense of hospitals and physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals. He is admitted to practice in New York and before the Western and Northern Districts of United States District Court. A Buffalo resident, he is a member of the Erie County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Cynthia M. Walesczak, M.S.W. 1997 & B.A. 1994, is dean of administration at Bryant & Stratton Business Institute’s Eastern Hills campus in Williamsville, NY. She recently passed her certification and is now a New York State certified social worker.

Brian Bocketti, J.D. 1998, was appointed an associate in the Buffalo, NY, law firm of Lippes, Silverstein, Mathias & Wexler LLP. He is the 2000-2001 secretary of the New York State Bar Association’s commercial and federal litigation section.

Christopher M. Bossert, B.S. 1998, has joined the grocery team of Interbake Foods in Richmond, VA, as marketing coordinator. In this position, he will oversee the packaging projects design and development process, and manage the DCA/PCR process for the grocery team.

Scott A. Bylewski, J.D. 1998, M.B.A. 1995 & B.S. 1995, has joined the Buffalo, NY, law firm of Nesper, Ferber & DiGiacomo LLP, as an associate. He practices in commercial and civil litigation, bankruptcy and alternative dispute resolution.

Thomas A. Kiernan, B.S. 1998, has joined the Buffalo, NY, accounting firm of Lumsden & McCormick LLP, as a staff accountant. He will be responsible for services to individuals, commercial businesses and non-profit organizations. He is a resident of Williamsville, NY.

Lourdes M. Ventura, J.D. 1998, M.S.W. 1998 & B.A. 1994, is an assistant district attorney for Queens County, NY.

Paul Barr, J.D. 1999 & Ed.M. 1995, has joined the Buffalo, NY, law firm of Bouvier O’Connor as an associate and will practice education law. He resides in Youngstown, NY.

James R. Harvey, B.S. 1999, is a software engineer for Motorola. He resides in Chandler, AZ.

Joseph Laino, J.D. 1999, was appointed an associate at the Buffalo, NY, law firm of Lippes, Silverstein, Mathias & Wexler LLP.

Richard L. Lucas, Ph.D. 1999 & Ed.M. 1991, has accepted the position of associate vice president of advancement services at Howard University in Washington, DC. He is married with three children.

Timothy J. Madigan, Ph.D. 1999, M.A. 1998 & B.A. 1985, has been named editorial director of the University of Rochester Press. His new position will involve developing new series for the press, as well as continuing to manage its existing series in music theory and history, African studies, intellectual history and medical history. He has taught philosophy at several upstate New York institutions, including Rochester Institute of Technology, Empire State College, Canisius College and the University at Buffalo.

Thomas A. Nyitrai, J.D. 1999, joined Chelus Herdzik & Speyer PC, of Buffalo, NY, as an associate. He will handle litigation, as well as general practice law, including real estate, matrimonial, and will and estate matters.

Mathew J. Sargent, M.S. 1999, has joined Burleigh Instruments Inc. in Fishers, NY. He is a sales representative for the nanopositioning group in Burleigh’s Positioning Products Division. He previously was a research fellow in the department of pulmonary critical care and lung biology at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo, NY, as well as a postsurgical technician in the postoperative unit of Park Ridge Hospital in Rochester, NY.

Amy L. Scime, B.S. 1999, departed for Uzbekistan in March to begin her Peace Corps service as a primary health care nurse. She will be assessing health issues in rural communities and will develop and present educational materials for community health outreach programs.

Gary D. Vargason Jr., M.L.S. 1999 & M.A. 1999, is a music catalog librarian at the Eastman School of Music, Sibley Music Library, in Rochester, NY.

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