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1980s Classnotes

Bonnie Collins, M.S.W. 1980, Ed.M. 1967 & B.A. 1963, is director of Family Counseling and Wellness Center in Hamburg, NY, and an adjunct faculty member at UB's Graduate School of Social Work. Coauthor of the 1998 book Healing for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, she received the Hyman L. Levin Award as the Outstanding Mental Health Professional from the Mental Health Association of Erie County in May 2001. She resides in Hamburg with her husband, James C. Collins, J.D. 1966 & B.A. 1964.

Brian J. Jensen, B.S. 1980, of Buffalo Financial Associates, is a life and qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table, president of the Buffalo Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals and a registered representative of NASD (the National Association of Securities Dealers Inc.). He is active in the Buffalo Materials Reuse Project and the UB School of Management's advancement committee.

Randi S. Minetor, B.A. 1980 & B.A. 1980, president and founder of Minetor & Company Inc., an advertising agency in Rochester, NY, has signed a contract with New Horizon Press Books of Far Hills, NJ, for publication of her first book, Wives Who Make More, described as the first-ever "self-help" book for wives who make more money than their husbands. The book is due in bookstores in November 2001. Minetor lives in Rochester.

John C. Moshides, B.S. 1980, of Moshides Financial Group Inc., is a life and qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table, specializing in financial insurance and estate planning. He is the creator of the Wealth Management Process, designed to help individuals with the accumulation, management and preservation of their wealth. He resides in Clarence, NY, with his wife, Suzanne, and their two daughters.

Robert C. Fucinato, B.F.A. 1981, has joined Bailey Design Group as a group design director. In this position, he will manage two design teams working on brand identity and packaging projects for a variety of national and international consumer, business-to-business and service clients. Fucinato's work has been recognized by numerous professional organizations, including the American Institute of Graphic Arts, CASE and Communication Arts. He is listed in Who's Who in American Graphic Design. Fucinato and his family reside in Blue Bell, PA.

David A. Bonk, B.S. 1982, has been appointed chief financial officer of Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clarence, NY. His responsibilities include financial and information operations of the 240-bed skilled nursing and subacute rehabilitation facility. He lives in Buffalo, NY.

William J. Dunford Jr., B.A. 1982, is chair of the criminal justice program at Erie Community College. He resides in Buffalo, NY.

Steven Kaminsky, Ph.D. 1982, is vice president for research/director of research administration at the Uniformed Services University (USU) of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. In this new position, he is responsible for developing and implementing policies that promote and enhance research in USU's School of Medicine. The university currently has 552 projects with total research funding of $576 million.

Eric Lawson Jr., J.D. 1982, who has worked full time as a labor arbitrator since 1979, recently donated his lifetime accumulation of labor-management arbitration awards to the archives of the Industrial and Labor Relations School of Cornell University. He and his wife, Beverly Lawson, Ph.D. 1984, who received an award of recognition and gratitude from the Psychological Association of Western New York, reside in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Brian W. Dziwulski, B.S. 1983, is an associate/consultant at Barnes Development Group in Mequon, WI, a retained executive national search firm working in the manufacturing, insurance, health care, service, distribution, nonprofit and information technology sectors. Dziwulski is currently president of Sales and Marketing Executives of Milwaukee. He lives in Waukesha, WI, with his wife and family.

Frank J. Polino, M.B.A. 1983, has been promoted to senior vice president and chief information officer at First Niagara Bank, where he is responsible for overseeing the technology and select operations areas. Polino serves as cochair of the Erie County Local Early Intervention Coordinating Council and is a member of the parish athletic association and technology committee of St. John the Baptist Church in Kenmore, NY. He resides in Tonawanda, NY, with his wife, Nancy, and their two children.

Elizabeth J. Wilson, B.S. 1983, has been named executive director of Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH), the nation's largest organization for people with hearing loss. Wilson is currently a senior principal engineer for Raytheon Company. In her 18 years with the firm, she has been responsible for various research and development projects, and has experience in fiscal and personal management, as well as program development. Wilson is a published author both in the scientific and hearing health fields. In 2000, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers honored her with the Third Millennium Medal.

Barbara Levy Daniels, M.S.W. 1984, operates a private therapy practice in Williamsville, NY. She also sings publicly in places such as Calumet Arts Cafe, Fanny's Restaurant, Tralfalmadore Cafe and the Park Lane, in Buffalo, NY. Her 10-song CD titled They're Writing Songs of Love... was released in 1998. She resides in Clarence, NY.

Donna Davis, B.A. 1984, is the first African American woman in Buffalo to become the chief of staff for the Buffalo Common Council. In her position, she provides the council staff with proposals, annual city budgets, community development block grants, grants-in-aid and the capital improvement budget. Davis and her team of six do the research, press releases, computer research, resolution writing and orientation material preparation for newly elected council members and their staff.

Michael L. Hanuszczak, J.D. 1984, has been elected to a ten-year term as a New York State Family Court Judge in Onondaga County, NY, where he is the youngest Family Court Judge now serving in that court. Hanuszczak has been a practicing attorney for 15 years. He and his wife, Mona, reside in Syracuse, NY, with their four children.

Julian Johnson, J.D. 1984, was a candidate for Buffalo City Court Judge in the September 2001 primary. He has a wealth of legal experience, with more than 16 years as a former assistant district attorney and as a practicing attorney. He resides in Buffalo, NY.

Thomas A. Kucharski, M.A. 1984 & B.S. 1982, is president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise (BNE) and interim executive director of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA). Holding both jobs makes him the top executive responsible for finding the right package of marketing, tax incentives and work force development programs to grow the economy of upstate New York's largest county. He lives in Amherst, NY.

Pamela Menard, M.S. 1984, has been promoted to vice president of health promotion and care management for Independent Health. She has 20 years' experience in health care and is currently studying for her M.B.A. at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.

David Szczerbacki, Ph.D. 1984, dean of the College of Business at Alfred University since 1993, has been appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs. He has 26 years' experience in planning and economic development at the local, regional, state and national levels. He is currently a member of the Allegany-Cattaraugus Workforce Investment Board, the Committee of 44 (Allegany County's volunteer effort to spur economic development) and the committee negotiating with Allegany County legislators to secure city status for Wellsville, NY. He and his wife, Susan, live in Wellsville with their daughter.

Leonard M. Gulino, M.B.A. 1985 & J.D. 1984, has joined the law firm Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson as a shareholder in the commercial department. He will focus his practice in business, bankruptcy and commercial litigation, including shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of contract actions and related commercial litigation. Gulino is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Maine State Bar Association. He is also a member of the board of directors and the executive committee for Spurwink Institute, and serves on the advisory committee for Mainebiz, a Maine business publication. He resides in Cape Elizabeth, ME.

Meghan McQuestion, B.S. 1985, has joined the firm Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel LLP as director of client services. She will be responsible for strategic marketing and public relations efforts, supporting offices in Buffalo and Rochester, NY. McQuestion has 13 years' experience in the banking industry. Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel LLP is a full-service corporate law firm with more than 68 attorneys, providing a broad range of legal services. McQuestion lives with her family in Buffalo.

Ajit Pendse, M.B.A. 1985, has signed on to teach a one-week intensive graduate-level course, "High-Tech Start- Ups," at UB's School of Management as part of the school's new CEO-MBA Series. Pendse is founder and former chief executive officer of eFusion, an Internet service company that was recently acquired for $52 million by ITXC, one of the world's largest providers of Internet voice technologies. Pendse resides in Portland, OR.

Joe Quinn, B.F.A. 1985, was hired by Sage Marcom Inc. as associate creative director of advertising. Sage Marcom Inc. is a full-service agency specializing in business-to-business communications, planning, research, advertising, public relations and sales promotion, as well as technical communications, electronic catalogs and websites for both national and international clients.

Jeffrey Westerman, B.A. 1985, joined the architecture and engineering firm Sear-Brown in its Buffalo office, in the architectural division. He has 13 years' experience and is a resident of Grand Island, NY.

Matthew W. Bartle, M.L.S. 1986, director of information technology at Lumsden & McCormick LLP, has earned Novell certification as a Certified NetWare Administrator. He is responsible for all network, software and personal computer applications, and resides in North Collins, NY.

Nancy Bolles, M.B.A. 1986 & B.A. 1984, is serving as computer teacher for kindergarten through eighth grade and for the gifted and talented program in the Lower School, Kadimah School of Buffalo, NY.

Raffaella Borasi, Ph.D. 1986 & Ed.M. 1982, has been named dean of the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester. Borasi is a widely published author and a respected leader in the field of mathematics education and school reform. Recently, she has been working on a National Science Foundation-funded local systemic change project to facilitate mathematics reform in middle schools in four Rochester-area school districts.

James G. Corasanti, Ph.D. 1986, M.D. 1983 & M.A. 1979, a physician and biochemist, was nominated for a nine-year term on the Erie Community College (ECC) board of trustees by Erie County Executive Joel A. Giambra. Corasanti, an internist whose appointment to the ECC board is subject to approval by the Erie County Legislature, would be the first physician in the history of ECC to serve in this capacity. Corasanti is a digestive health specialist and clinical associate professor of medicine at UB.

Paul Ciminelli, B.S. 1987, is president and chief executive officer of Ciminelli Development Company Inc., which evolved from the Frank L. Ciminelli Construction Company. Ciminelli leads a team of 85 professionals who possess experience in real estate investment, finance, development, management and marketing. To date, the company has developed or acquired more than six million square feet of office and industrial properties in the Buffalo-Niagara region, and in Tampa, FL.

Debra Givens, J.D. 1987 & B.A. 1981, local family law attorney and one of Erie County Family Court's five hearing examiners, was a candidate for the office of Erie County Family Court Judge. Givens is active on the UB Law Alumni Association's board of directors, and is a member of various community organizations.

Arlene Kaukus, M.B.A. 1987, is president of the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, and only the second woman to head the agency. Kaukus has been with United Way for 21 years and has been involved in all aspects of the agency's organizational growth and development, including running numerous campaigns, assisting in the allocation investment process, developing initiatives and expanding the Alexis de Tocqueville Society‹which includes individual donors of $10,000 and more‹from 20 to 100 members. She resides in Buffalo, NY.

Robin S. Rosenberg-Wernick, J.D. 1987, was named to the New York State Court's statewide Parent Education Advisory Board, whose purpose is to develop curriculum, policies and procedures for parent education classes about divorce and separation in contested custody and visitation cases. She also administers a parent education program in the ninth judicial district as part of her work in the court. She lives in Highland Mills, NY.

Donna M. Siwek, J.D. 1987, the youngest State Supreme Court Justice ever elected in Western New York, was administered the oath of office by State Supreme Court Justice David J. Mahoney of Buffalo. Siwek, in her first run for public office, finished with the second-highest vote tally among seven candidates vying for four judgeships. She lives in Buffalo, NY, with her husband, Timothy, and their two children.

Kristin K. Bock, B.A. 1988, has been named manager of human resources at William S. Hein & Co. Inc. She is certified as senior professional in human resources by the Society for Human Resources Management and is a member of numerous organizations, including Phi Beta Kappa and the National Society for Human Resources Management. Bock also is involved with the human resources committee of the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross. She and her husband, Edwin J. Davenport, B.A. 1988, reside in Cheektowaga, NY.

Cathy Skora, B.A. 1988, celebrated the third anniversary of her dance studio with a vintage fashion show. In addition to her work as a dancer, choreographer and arts company administrator, Skora is involved in city cultural activities and arts organizations. "Through her venues, Skora has given a boost to Allentown culture with crowds gathering at her studio, and has become an emerging arts figure in Western New York with her productions," the Buffalo News commented. Skora lives in Depew, NY.

E. Bryan Bielecki, B.A. 1989, has been promoted to senior accountant at Lumsden & McCormick LLP, the largest locally owned certified public accounting firm in Western New York. It provides auditing, accounting, personal and corporate tax, estate and gift tax planning, international taxation, business valuation, litigation, fraud and embezzlement and computer consulting services. Bielecki resides in Alden, NY.

Margaret A. Karnyski, M.L.S. 1989 & B.A. 1979, is a faculty member at San Diego State University, the largest university in the California State University system. She works with the newly formed National Center for the 21st Century Schoolhouse, which serves as a source of ideas on school design and educational programming for educators, policymakers and design professionals. The institute was formed to facilitate focused discussion on the interrelationship between student learning and school facility design.

Jeffrey S. Kent, M.A. 1989 & B.A. 1986, is the director of the Press Photographers' Gallery for the United States Senate. He assists photographers covering events on Capitol Hill. This past presidential campaign saw him aiding press photographers at the Democratic and Republican Conventions, as well as at the presidential and vice presidential debates. He resides in Arlington, VA.

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