| 1990s Classnotes
Bober, B.S. 1990, was presented with NASAís 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 Centerís Life
Sciences Support Facility. She resides in Viera, FL, with her
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.
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 companyís communication
group, spearheading all organizational communication and public
relations strategies and tactics for the companyís domestic and
international business, and overseeing all media relations for
Richís manufacturing facilities. He resides in Lancaster, NY.
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.
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.
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
K. Reinhart, B.S. 1991, is a branch manager for Progressive
Insurance, an auto insurance claims office in Reno, NV.
D. Tompkins, B.S. 1991, is a mortgage loan specialist for
First National Bank of the Florida Keys in Marathon, FL.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
yearsí 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.
Ann Bivona, B.S. 1993, has joined the Buffalo, NY, firm of
Damon & Morey LLP, as an associate, practicing in the firmís 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,
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.
Ward Clarke, B.S. 1993, is a tax manager and certified public
accountant at J. W. OíConner & Co. in New York, NY. His wife,
Linda Clarke, B.S. 1992, is a product manager at Systemax Incorporated
in Port Washington, NY.
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 collegeís office of admissions.
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.
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.
Luchetti, B.S. 1993, was recently promoted to the position
of store manager of Babies íR Us in Rochester, NY. He has been
with the ďíR UsĒ family for four years.
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.
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 firmís
local and national clients and design comprehensive marketing
communications programs to meet long-term business goals and objectives.
He resides in Tonawanda, NY.
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.
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.
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 Alzheimerís
or related dementias. A resident of Tarrytown, NY, she is responsible
for marketing company services and for providing in-home assessments.
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 firmís litigation
and labor departments and is based at the firmís Rochester office.
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
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
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.
V. Zatko, M.B.A. 1995, has been selected for the position
of the Americas Leadership Teamís 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
Americasí theater leader and with other members of the firmís
leadership team, coordinating and playing a lead role on a variety
of special projects and team initiatives.
T. Baranick, B.S. 1996, has joined the accounting, tax and
consulting firm KPMG LLP, as tax specialist in the firmís 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.
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
GEís human resources management development program.
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
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.
Koprucki, M.S. 1996 & Ed.D. 1983, was named director of Trocaire
Collegeís new practical nursing program, the only credit-bearing
practical nursing program in Western New York.
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.
S. Kwong, B.A. 1996, is an insurance manager for USI Administrators
in Lake Success, NY.
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.
F. Murphy, M.B.A. 1996 & B.A. 1994, has been promoted to the
position of assurance manager in KPMG LLPís Buffalo, NY, office.
A resident of Williamsville, NY, he provides business measurement
process services for clients in the manufacturing and construction
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.
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.
G. Wahl, M.B.A. 1996 & B.A. 1971, is a systems analyst for
the Buffalo, NY, public school system.
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 Universityís
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 collegeís honors program.
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.
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.
P. Chapman, M.B.A. 1997, is the plant manager of Tier 1 Seat
Systems for the Lear Corporation in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.
M. Katzman, B.A. 1997, was named director of constituent affairs
for U.S. Rep. Anthony D. Weiner (D-NY).
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.
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.
M. Walesczak, M.S.W. 1997 & B.A. 1994, is dean of administration
at Bryant & Stratton Business Instituteís Eastern Hills campus
in Williamsville, NY. She recently passed her certification and
is now a New York State certified social worker.
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 Associationís
commercial and federal litigation section.
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.
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.
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,
M. Ventura, J.D. 1998, M.S.W. 1998 & B.A. 1994, is an assistant
district attorney for Queens County, NY.
Barr, J.D. 1999 & Ed.M. 1995, has joined the Buffalo, NY,
law firm of Bouvier OíConnor as an associate and will practice
education law. He resides in Youngstown, NY.
R. Harvey, B.S. 1999, is a software engineer for Motorola.
He resides in Chandler, AZ.
Laino, J.D. 1999, was appointed an associate at the Buffalo,
NY, law firm of Lippes, Silverstein, Mathias & Wexler LLP.
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.
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.
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.
J. Sargent, M.S. 1999, has joined Burleigh Instruments Inc.
in Fishers, NY. He is a sales representative for the nanopositioning
group in Burleighís 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.
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
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.