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Fabiola E. Friot, M.S.W. 1990 & B.A. 1983, supervisor of West Side Ambulatory Services for Kaleida Health, has been appointed president of the board of directors of Buffalo's Prenatal/Perinatal Task Network, and will serve in that position for the next two years. The network is a nonprofit human services organization with 72 employees that helps pregnant, low-income women who need medical and social support. Friot lives in East Aurora, NY.

Steven D. Goodwin, B.A. 1990, has been a qualifying and life member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) for 17 years. Goodwin is active in numerous charitable and community organizations; he is vice president and trustee of the Park School, a director of the New England College Alumni Association, and director of the Jewish Community Center at Camp Lakeland, as well as a volunteer ski instructor for the adaptive program teaching physically challenged skiers at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, NY.

William L. Eldredge, B.S. 1991, is an advisory manufacturing engineer with IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY, where he has been an employee for 20 years. He is head of the Remanufacturing Service Center, providing special services and solutions to IBM Marketing for all IBM mainframes manufactured and tested in Poughkeepsie. He and his wife, Julie Eldredge, B.S. 1982, reside in Saugerties, NY, with their three children.

Heike Fassbender, M.S. 1991, is a professor of numerical analysis at Technische Universität Munchen, Zentrum Mathematik, in Munich, Germany, where she resides.

David Mammano, B.A. 1991, is publisher of The Next Step magazine, which recently earned finalist honors for two 2001 Distinguished Achievement Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing from the Association of Educational Publishers. The entries cited were "nextSTEPmagazine.com" and a feature article, "Got Diversity?"Mammano resides in Victor, NY.

Craig Fenter, B.A. 1992, was appointed deputy highway superintendent of Amherst, NY, by the current superintendent. He hopes to keep his office a place of open communication, is trying to get more feedback from residents and will deal with budget management issues as well.

Gregory Pajak, J.D. 1992 & B.A. 1989, a partner with the Buffalo, NY, law firm of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer, Monte & Pajak PC, was a speaker at the Buffalo Claims Association's 10th annual education seminar day. Pajak presented on the topic "Automobile Insurance: Priority of Coverage," dealing with such issues as rental/leased vehicles, resident relative coverage, scope of employment coverage, different owner and operator coverage and obligations between the primary and excess carrier. Pajak resides in Amherst, NY.

Joshua Siegel, M.D. 1992, is an orthopaedic surgeon in Exeter, NH. He recently traveled to Guatemala to provide orthopaedic surgical services to the impoverished people of Quezaltenango and the surrounding areas.

Preston Zarlock, J.D. 1992, was named a partner in the Buffalo, NY, office of Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine & Huber LLP, practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, product liability and insurance coverage. He resides in Buffalo.

Dianne L. H. Mark, Ph.D. 1993 & Ed.M. 1992, is associate chair and associate professor in the department of teacher education and professional development in the College of Education and Human Services at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Recent publications include articles in The Academic Achievement of Minority Students: Perspectives, Practices and Prescriptions (University Press of America) and the Journal of Teacher Education. A resident of Mt. Pleasant, she has also been appointed to the editorial board of the Urban Education Journal.

Ted Pelton, Ph.D. 1993, M.A. 1990 & B.A. 1984, has self-published a pocket-size collection of his stories titled Endorsed by Jack Chapeau. All seven of the stories in this collection have been previously published, some in such highly regarded journals as Kiosk and Fiction International. This is the first collection of his own work and is published by his company Starcherone (pronounced "start-your-own") Books. He resides in Buffalo, NY.

Jeffrey T. Schneider, B.S. 1993, has been promoted to the position of chief financial officer of the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership Inc. (ANDP). In this new position, Schneider will be responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of all corporate accounting and financial management policies, procedures and systems. In addition, he will assist in evaluating and providing insight into the financial implications of all transactions, including joint ventures, lending activities, real estate and other partnerships.

Anne Marie Will, M.B.A. 1993, has joined Brisbane Consulting Group LLC, a business valuation and management-consulting firm, as a consultant. Her responsibilities include the valuation of closely held businesses, professional licenses and degrees, forensic accounting and specialized research. She resides in Amherst, NY.

Timothy Zuber, B.S. 1993, has joined the architecture and engineering firm Sear­Brown in its Buffalo office as a senior engineer in the commercial division. He has seven years' experience and lives in Eggertsville, NY.

Elena M. Abraszek, Ed.M. 1994, has just had a new book, Vows Of Integrity, released by Publish America Inc. The book focuses on the life of a woman who has attained her professional dream, but suffers from her husband's abuse. When she becomes pregnant, she leaves the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom, but lack of an escape from her husband's insults leaves her depressed. Abraszek wrote this book under the pen name of Elena Valetta. She resides in West Seneca, NY.

Thomas M. Burns, B.S. 1994 & A.A.S. 1992, has been promoted to senior accountant at Lumsden & McCormick LLP, a locally owned certified public accounting firm in Western New York. Lumsden & McCormick provides auditing, accounting, personal and corporate tax, estate and gift tax planning, international taxation, business valuation, litigation, fraud and embezzlement and computer consulting services. Burns resides in Lancaster, NY.

Yvonne Downes, Ph.D. 1994, M.A. 1991 & B.A. 1986, assistant professor of criminal justice at Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY, has received the 2001 Hilbert College Excellence in Teaching Award for superior teaching, classroom innovations and curricular development. She teaches primarily in the areas of family violence, women and criminal justice, criminology, and diversity issues in criminal justice. A member of the American Sociological Association, Society for the Study of Social Problems and American Association of University Women, she resides in Hamburg.

Michael Hueston, J.D. 1994, is part of the line-up of Dark Marbles, an ongoing New York, NY, musical project that has begun work on its first full-length CD and has performed live throughout New York State. The recording is taking place at Canaveral Skies Studios in Brooklyn, NY. The current Dark Marbles line-up includes fellow UB law graduate Paul Roalsvig, J.D. 1994 & M.A. 1988. Hueston is a New York resident.

Linda Kunce, Ph.D. 1994 & M.A. 1991, has been promoted to associate professor of psychology at Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) and has been awarded tenure by the IWU Board of Trustees. She has been with the IWU faculty since 1995.

Paul Roalsvig, J.D. 1994 & M.A. 1988, is an associate attorney with the New York, NY, law firm of Wilens & Baker PC, in the immigration law department. Roalsvig adopted the moniker of "Yod Crewsy" when playing in several local Buffalo rock bands. He is a part of the ongoing New York, NY musical project, Dark Marbles, with fellow UB alumni, and lives in New York with his wife, Alexandra.

Monique Davis, M.S.W. 1995 & B.A. 1992, a first-year doctoral student in the University of South Carolina College of Social Work, is the college's first African American Professors Program scholar. Davis will participate in workshops, community service activities and attend conferences. Her areas of interest include African American studies and eating disorders. She lives in Columbia, SC, with her nine-year-old son, Corey.

Lori A. Miller, M.B.A. 1995 & B.A. 1992, is a benefits planning analyst at Global Crossing. She resides in Rochester, NY.

Jeffrey Raugh, B.S. 1995, is an IT architect at IBM Global Services in Buffalo, NY. He resides in Williamsville, NY.

Debra A. Ressler, B.A. 1995, has joined Watts Engineers as an environmental scientist. She resides in Amherst, NY.

Amy Smith, Ph.D. 1995 & M.A. 1991, associate professor of English at Hilbert College, received the 2001 Hilbert College Excellence in Service Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to Hilbert and the community through committee work, club advisement, off-campus activities and volunteer service. Smith is advisor of Hilbert's Great Expectations Club and is director of the professional communications concentration in the English department. She is assistant coordinator of the Camp Good Days, Special Times Fun Club and Adventurer's Club, and is a counselor for children who attend the camp's programs.

David T. Merrell, M.B.A. 1996 & B.S. 1991, has been promoted to vice president for human resources at Perry's Ice Cream Co. Inc. in Akron, NY. He joined the company in 1999.

Paul Sansone, B.A. 1996, has graduated from Ohio Northern University's Pettit College of Law with a juris doctor degree. He resides in Lockport, NY.

Douglas A. Schultz, M.D. 1996, a native of Wheatfield, NY, is a doctor at Wheatfield Pediatrics in North Tonawanda, NY. The physicians at Wheatfield Pediatrics specialize in the care of children from birth through adolescence, encouraging the development of healthy lifestyles in young patients. Joseph C. Wittmann Jr., M.D. 1996 & M.S. 1993, is also a doctor at Wheatfield Pediatrics.

Daniel W. Barwick, Ph.D. 1997, was appointed interim director of assessment at Alfred State College. The newly created assessment office oversees the implementation of the college's assessment initiative. Barwick, who is also assistant professor of English and humanities at Alfred, is a major figure in learning outcomes assessment and speaks widely on the subject. He has served as a consultant to several major state university systems and is president of the American Association for Learning Outcomes Assessment. Barwick also teaches introductory philosophy courses and designed and implemented the college's honors program.

Ann Boyd, M.B.A. 1997, has been promoted to manager, new platform development, sales and marketing, at Rich Products Corporation, headquartered in Buffalo, NY, and the nation's largest privately owned frozen food manufacturer. Her responsibilities include identifying and developing new growth platforms and facilitating creative problem solving processes across the organization. She was previously associate product manager, non-dairy marketing; and assistant product manager, consumer products division. A resident of Williamsville, NY, she is a member of the Women's Foodservice Forum.

Jacqueline J. Christman, M.S. 1997, has been newly appointed by the State of Delaware to chief of the community health-care access section of the division of public health in the Department of Health and Social Services. She will work with a staff of approximately 300 professional public health employees to ensure the health of the people of Delaware through programs supported by an estimated $18 million budget from state and federal funds. She continues to actively support the American College of Preventive Medicine and is the president-elect of its young physicians section.

Mark Dent, B.A. 1997, has graduated from Ohio Northern University's Pettit College of Law, from which he received the degree of juris doctor. He resides in Lockport, NY.

Lisa Marie Mendoza, M.D. 1997, joined the Catholic Health System's Clarence Sheridan Medical Center as a family physician. Mendoza is board certified in family practice and is a member of the American Medical Association, New York Medical Society, American Academy of Family Practice and the New York State Academy of Family Practice. Active in developing patient education materials, she resides in Orchard Park, NY.

Renee M. Segina, B.S. 1997, has passed all four parts of the Uniform Certified Public Accounting exam and has been certified for professional practice as a certified public accountant. Segina currently works as a staff accountant at Lumsden & McCormick LLP, where she is responsible for auditing and accounting services to commercial businesses, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. She resides in Derby, NY.

Carl F. Smukall, M.B.A. 1997, is controller of Pratt & Huth Associates LLP, an engineering firm in Buffalo, NY. He resides in Batavia, NY.

Cherie L. Spehar, M.S.W. 1997, is executive director of Exchange CAP Center, a nonprofit child abuse prevention center in Raleigh, NC. She and her husband, Glenn,reside in Morrisville, NC.

David J. Uba, M.B.A. 1997, has been named vice president for planning and development by HealthNow, an independent licensee of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. He has almost 10 years' experience in product development and network management. He resides in Amherst, NY.

Stephen Boyd, J.D. 1998, medical director for Mannatech Inc., is a newly elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM). Through its RSM Press, the society publishes medical books, including conference proceedings, as well as journals and distance-learning materials. Mannatech develops proprietary nutritional supplements and topical products, which it sells throughout the United States and internationally. Boyd is an honors graduate in chemistry from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and received his M.D. from the University of Toronto in 1974. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice; the Texas Academy of Family Practice; the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Wound Management, from which he received board certification.

Deborah Bruch Bucki, Ph.D. 1998 & M.S. 1978, has received the endorsement of the Amherst Democratic Committee to run for one of three positions on the Amherst Town Board. Since 1994, Bucki has represented her election district as a member of her town's democratic committee. A past president of the Junior League of Buffalo, Bucki also serves as a director of the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo. She resides in East Amherst, NY.

Michael J. Dahrea, B.A. 1998, has joined LiquidMatrix Corporation as a software engineer. He resides in East Amherst, NY.

Thomas P. Kawalec, J.D. 1998 & B.A. 1995, coauthored with Michael F. Chelus, J.D. 1968 & B.S. 1965, Chapter 27 in the New York Bar Association's Insurance Law Practice. The chapter entitled "Fire and Property Insurance" details the mandatory provisions for fire insurance policies in New York State, according to New York insurance law. Kawalec is an associate with the Buffalo, NY, law firm Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer, Monte & Pajak PC. With his fluency in Polish, Kawalec has enabled the firm to reach into the Buffalo area's large Polish community with its legal experience and client-caring focus.

Alex Manea, B.A. 1998, has joined LiquidMatrix Corporation as a software engineer. He resides in East Amherst, NY.

Heath Szymczak, J.D. 1998, has joined the Buffalo, NY, law firm Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel LLP, and will practice in litigation. He lives in Java Center, NY.

Cindy Apthorpe, B.S. 1999, is currently an advanced lab technician working in quality control at Sorrento Lactalis in Buffalo, NY. She lives in West Seneca, NY.

Lisa Johnson, J.D. 1999 & B.A. 1996, has joined the Buffalo, NY, law firm Magavern, Magavern & Grimm LLP as an associate attorney. Johnson will concentrate her practice in the areas of immigration law and business transactions. She resides in Williamsville, NY.

John P. McGrath, M.B.A. 1999, has recently been promoted to vice president and treasurer at First Niagara Bank. McGrath serves on the board of directors of Meals on Wheels in Lockport, NY, and is currently serving as cochair of the Catholic Charities Drive at Nativity of Our Lord in Orchard Park, NY. McGrath recently received the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo's Lay Award for St. Joseph's the Worker. He lives in Orchard Park with his wife, Patricia, and their three children.

David Reed, J.D. 1999 & B.A. 1994, has joined the Buffalo, NY, law firm Hodgson Russ LLP as an associate in the corporate and securities law group. He lives in Williamsville, NY.

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