James O. Horton, B.A. 1964, in April 2002 delivered a public lecture at UB focusing on the traveling exhibit, “Free at Last: A History of Slavery in America,” which was displayed at the university’s Oscar A. Silverman Undergraduate Library. Horton is the director of the Smithsonian Institution’s African-American Communities Project and a professor at George Washington University. He lives in Reston, VA.
Karl W. Kristoff, B.A. 1965, a partner at Hodgson Russ, vice president of the firm’s dispute resolution division and chair of its educational law practice group, has been appointed to the New York State Veterans Affairs Commission by Gov. George E. Pataki. The commission assists the state’s director of veterans affairs in formulating policies affecting veterans and coordinating all operations of state agencies that relate to veterans. Previously, Kristoff served on active duty with the U.S. Air Force as a judge advocate and special military judge. He has also held various positions in the Air National Guard of the United States, including staff judge advocate, assistant adjutant general and commander for the headquarters. He retired in 1999 with the rank of major general and lives in Williamsville, NY.
Michael F. Chelus, J.D. 1968 & B.S. 1965, has been listed in Who’s Who In Insurance and Risk Management for 2002-2003. He is president of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer, Monte & Pajak and lives in Orchard Park, NY.
Richard C. Heffern, J.D. 1969, is the managing attorney at the Buffalo office of Bond, Schoeneck & King, where he concentrates his practice in representing management in all aspects of labor and employment law, including investigations, labor audits, training, negotiations, arbitrations, employment discrimination and affirmative action matters. Heffern has spoken at numerous seminars on a wide variety of labor and employment law topics, including those sponsored by the Cornell Industrial and Labor Relations School, the College and University Personnel Association, the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the American Arbitration Association. He is also an adjunct faculty member and a member of the dean’s advisory council in the UB Law School. Heffern has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America and lives in Williamsville, NY.
Gerard T. Mazurkiewicz, B.S. 1969, was honored as accountant of the year by the Canisius College Accounting Society. He retired in January 2002 as a partner in charge of the Albany/Upstate New York Tax Practice with KPMG and lives in West Seneca, NY.