UB Today Alumni Magazine Online - Fall 2003
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People of Note
Jan Sadlak, Ph.D. 1988
Sylvester Wise, Ed.M. 1968
Rebecca Monck, J.D. '99 & B.A. '96
Jonas Zdanys, Ph.D. 1975
Jonathan Solomon, J.D. 1983 & B.A. 1980


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1980s Classnotes

Mitchell Silvers, B.S. 1980, is an assistant controller for ING Clarion Realty Services in Atlanta, GA. He joined ING Clarion, headquartered in New York, NY, after holding the post of senior accountant with Jones Lang LaSalle, where he worked until February 2002. He resides in Liburn, GA.

Diane S. Bush, M.F.A. 1981, is the president of the Contemporary Arts Collective and cultural supervisor for the Clark County Parks and Community Services' cultural division in Las Vegas, NV. Bush was previously a staff photographer for the Buffalo, NY, PBS affiliate and ABC-TV station, as well as the founder of a nonprofit public arts organization in downtown Buffalo. She has also won a $5,000 fellowship from the Nevada Arts Council. Bush resides in Las Vegas.

James J. Czyrny, M.D. 1981 & B.A. 1977, was promoted to professor of clinical rehabilitation medicine in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in August 2002. He also cowrote "Electrical Foot Stimulation and Implications for the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolic Disease" with Robert Kaplan, M.D. '81. The article was featured in the August 2002 edition of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. Czyrny lives in Amherst, NY.

Jeremy L. Gilbert, B.S. 1981, a professor and chair of the department of bioengineering and neuroscience at Syracuse University's L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, has been awarded $250,000 from DePuy Orthopaedics. Gilbert will use the grant to research the micro- and nanomechanics of wear in ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), a material used in joint prostheses as a bearing surface. His study will examine the nature of the wear process on all kinds of UHMWPE and will examine a variety of UHMWPE materials. He resides in Fayetteville, NY.

Dennis E. Lohouse, M.S. 1982 & B.A. 1977, is the cofounder of Bryce Capital Management, recently ranked as one of the world's best equity managers by Nelson Information. Bryce Capital manages a wide range of accounts, including IRAs, corporate, personal, trusts, estates and 401ks, as well as advising not-for-profit organizations. Lohouse lives in Rochester, NY.

Ira Yellin, B.A. 1983, opened his own law office, Yellin & Hyman PC, in Massachusetts, in 1997. The practice now has several locations in that state. Yellin lives in Franklin, MA.

James C. Chou, B.S. 1984, has been named vice president of the professional services division of Antenna Software Inc. headquartered in New York, NY. Antenna is the leading provider of integrated wireless solutions for the mobile field service industry. Chou's career path includes positions as a vice president at eBricks.com, a director at Accenture and a vice president at JP Morgan. He lives in New York, NY.

John Hellevig, B.S. 1984, has been promoted to managing principal of the information technology systems group at EYP Mission Critical Facilities. His responsibilities include overseeing design and engineering efforts, management of existing clients, acquisition of new customers and accounts receivable follow-up. He brings more than 15 years' experience to the position, with a specialty in the design of high-tech communications systems. He resides in New York, NY.

John G. Ramsay, Ph.D. 1984, has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) fellow for the academic year 2003-2004. The ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by preparing promising faculty and senior administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. Additionally, each ACE fellow will focus on an issue of concern to the nominating institution, while dedicating the next academic year to work with a university president and other senior administrators at a host university. Ramsay is the president of the faculty at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, where he is also the Hollis L. Caswell Professor of Educational Studies. He serves on the board of directors of Admission Possible, a nonprofit organization that provides test preparation and financial counseling for first-generation college students. Ramsay resides in Northfield.

Theodore L. Araujo, J.D. 1985 & M.A. 1985, counsel to Altman & Wolfson, has been named a faculty member of the University of Phoenix Online. Araujo has had an extensive career in law and has held such positions as assistant district attorney for Erie County and cofounder of Barnard & Araujo. While serving with the United States Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, he was awarded the American Bar Association's legal affairs military practice award, which honored his work in consumer protection. Araujo is the author of From the Horse's Mouth: Selected Thoughts on Small Unit Leadership (Marine Corps Associated Press), which is in its second printing. He resides in Manlius, NY.

Gregg R. Kam, B.S. 1985, is CFO and vice president of finance with Acheson Industries, an international chemical company. He lives in Royal Oaks, MI.

Alan H. Pleskow, J.D. 1985 & B.A. 1981, has joined Greenberg Traurig's real estate practice. Working in the New York, NY offices, Pleskow will focus his practice on real estate and financial institution matters. He is the former head of the real estate financial group in the New York City office of Sullivan & Wooster, a Boston-based firm. Pleskow resides in New York City and Parkland, FL.

Cathy M. Wolfe, M.Arch. 1985 & B.P.S. 1983, is working at Kling, a Philadelphia, PA-based architecture, engineering and interior design and planning firm. The firm recently became affiliated with a Boston-based design firm, the Stubbins Associates. She resides in Philadelphia.

Sung K. Huh, Ph.D. 1986 & M.B.A. 1982, a professor at the business school of Dong-A University, is the new minister of the department of maritime affairs and fisheries for the government of Korea, serving under the new administration of President Roh Moo-hyun. Huh is a member of the Citizen's Coalition for Economic Justice and resides in Pusan, Korea.

Richard J. Papaj, B.S. 1986, is the 2003 corecipient of the Douglas Zefting Memorial Award. Given annually to a public works official who demonstrates outstanding and meritorious achievement in engineering, the award is named for a former Rochester city engineer. Papaj and Chris Sheridan, who also received the award, were instrumental in designing the locally administered highway and bridge program with the New York State Department of Transportation in Rochester. This program allows local municipalities to administer transportation projects using federal funding, a task that was previously done by the state alone. He lives in Brighton, NY.

Bruce M. Plunkett, B.P.S. 1986, is a full-time licensed real estate agent for Century 21 Town & Country in Ellicottville, NY. A licensed architect in New York and Vermont, he plans on continuing with architecture on a limited basis, focusing mainly on new residential homes, condominiums and townhouses. Before joining Century 21, he was the vice president of Hannon Associates Engineering and Architecture in Salamanca, NY. He lives in Great Valley, NY.

Mary K. Jerige, B.A. 1987, is the CEO and president of Sunesis Marketing in Newton, MA. In January 2003, she began teaching online commerce and marketing as an adjunct professor at Boston University. Jerige lives in Newton.

Paul J. Spitzer, B.S. 1987, has been named Engineer of the Year by the Rochester section of the New York State Association of Transportation Engineers (NYSATE). The award recognizes an individual's career development, as well as his or her involvement in community and the NYSATE organization. Since 1992, Spitzer has been a project design engineer with the Department of Transportation; he has since led the design of many highway projects. He resides in Victor, NY.

Robert L. Gist, B.S. 1988, is a director of marketing for Starz Encore Group in Denver, CO. Previously, he worked in the medical equipment and biological sales industry with such firms as Johnson & Johnson, EVAC and SpaceLabs Medical. He resides in Englewood, CO.

Glenn Kleinbaum, B.S. 1988, has been named a shareholder in the real estate department of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig. He is an associate member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and a member of the New York State Bar Association. He lives in Melville, NY.

John S. Olszowka, B.A. 1988, is an assistant professor of history at the University of Maine at Farmington, where he teaches 20th-century American history. He resides in Farmington.

Robert J. Frank, B.A. 1989, is a hydrogeologist at the Phoenix, AZ office of CH2M HILL, an international engineering consulting firm. Before moving to Arizona, Frank worked for an environmental lab in Syracuse, NY, and an engineering consulting firm in Rochester, NY. He lives in Phoenix.

Joanne L. Hernandez, M.B.A. 1989 & B.A. 1988, is a vice president and business development officer for M&T Investment Group in Western New York. She developed the Women with VISION seminar series for M&T Bank and serves as the program's primary speaker and supporter. Women with VISION has been featured in such publications as the Buffalo News and Mutual Fund Magazine. She joined M&T Bank in 1989 and most recently held the post of senior wholesaler for the VISION Group of Funds, serving as the lead trainer and spokesperson. Hernandez resides in Clarence, NY.

Sujata Yalamanchili, M.B.A. 1989 & B.S. 1988, is a member of the real estate and finance practice group of the Buffalo, NY law firm of Hodgson Russ. In this position, Yalamanchili practices in the areas of real estate law and commercial leasing, including multi-state leasing, purchase/sale and financing matters. She has served as the primary outside real estate counsel for national retailers, franchises and Fortune 500 firms, as well as represented regional and national developers and financial institutions. Yalamanchili is a member of the board of directors of the UB School of Management Alumni Association and a founding member of the board of directors of Amherst Conservation, Recreation and Parks Foundation. Yalamanchili lives in Williamsville, NY.

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