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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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1990s Classnotes

Catherine F. Collins, Ed.D. 1990 & Ed.M. 1979, has written Sources of Stress and Relief for African American Women: Race and Ethnicity in Psychology (Praeger Publishing, 2003). In the book, Collins, an associate professor of community and human services at Empire State College, examines stress at home and in the workplace for African American women, highlights historical events that planted the roots for stress in these women and investigates stress-reduction methods. Aside from teaching at Empire State College, Collins is also the immediate past national vice president for Jack and Jill of America, an organization for African American families. She resides in Buffalo, NY.

Gregory T. DuMont, B.A. 1990, has joined the law firm of Greenstein, DeLorme & Lucks in Washington, DC as an associate attorney. He resides in Silver Spring, MD.

Raphael J. Leo, M.D. 1990 & M.A. 1985, is the medical director of Psychiatry Consultation Services at Erie County Medical Center and Kaleida Health in Buffalo, NY. He is also an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. His accomplishments include authoring a book entitled Pain Management for Psychiatrists and being named a fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. He lives in Bowmansville, NY.

Mary C. Malley, J.D. 1990, has been named partner at Hodgson Russ in the law firm's Buffalo, NY, office. Malley practices in the areas of security corporate law and mergers and acquisitions, while focusing on corporate and securities law regulation and compliance, U.S. public and private offerings, and other business law-related matters. She is the chair of the corporate law committee for the Erie County Bar Association and a past president of the New Millennium Group of Western New York. Malley lives in Buffalo.

Salvatore C. Durante, M.B.A. 1991 & M.S. 1985, has been named chief financial officer at Lake Shore Behavioral Health in Buffalo, NY. Durante will be responsible for overseeing administrative infrastructure activities relating to business and finance, human resources and facilities. He resides in Hamburg, NY.

Kimberley J. Healy, B.S. 1991, known by her married name of Kimberley Nipko, has been awarded the John J. Bloomfield Award, established by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) in 1978 and given annually to an industrial hygienist who demonstrates significant contributions to the profession. Healy has been an industrial hygiene officer for OSHA in the Madison, WI, office for the past three years and was nominated for this award, which she received in May 2003, by the Chicago area region. Healy resides in Madison.

Timothy A. Johnson, Ph.D. 1991, assistant professor of music at Ithaca College, has published the first book on diatonic set theory for Dartmouth College's mathematics across the curriculum project. Entitled Foundations of Diatonic Theory: A Mathematically Based Approach to Music Fundamentals (Key College Publishing, 2003), the book approaches the building blocks of music theory from a mathematically oriented perspective. Johnson has been published on a wide range of musical topics, including the history of music theory, music technology and theory pedagogy. He resides in Brooktondale, NY.

Sally B. Logan, J.D. 1991 & M.B.A. 1983, has been named a partner at Hodgson Russ's Buffalo, NY, office. In this position, she will concentrate her practice on estate planning and administration by preparing estate planning documents such as wills, living trust agreements and other items associated with estate plans. She will also counsel clients on individual and fiduciary income, as well as gift and estate taxes. Logan resides in East Aurora, NY.

Adam W. Perry, B.A. 1991, is a member of the business and general litigation practice groups of the Buffalo, NY, law firm of Hodgson Russ. He represents nonprofit organizations, governments and businesses in his business litigation practice, with a primary focus on employer/employee disputes. As a general litigation lawyer, Perry represents management in state and federal courts and in arbitration, including employment discrimination, harassment, breach of contract and civil rights claims. He lives in Kenmore, NY.

John N. Philipps, B.A. 1991, a senior associate at the law firm of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer, Monte & Pajak PC, was a speaker at the New York State Bar Association's committee on continuing legal education seminar, held in May 2003. The seminar was entitled "Insurance Coverage Issues with a Focus on Personal Lines." Philipps, who joined the firm in 1997, is admitted to practice law in the states of Michigan and New York and is a member of the New York State Bar Association of Erie County, the Bar Association of Niagara County and the American Bar Association. He resides in Snyder, NY.

Vincent G. Saccomando, B.A. 1991, has been named a partner in the litigation department at Damon & Morey's Buffalo, NY, office. He concentrates his practice on personal injury and insurance coverage matters emphasizing defense of product liability, as well as construction site and motor vehicle actions. As an appellate litigator, Saccomando has handled numerous appeals in litigation matters and most recently was the author of Exclusions in Commercial General Liability Policies, part of the insurance law practice series distributed by the New York State Bar Association. He resides in Buffalo, NY.

David G. Bentlage, B.S. 1992, is a power PC-embedded development engineer with IBM Microelectronics in Research Triangle Park, NC. He lives in Raleigh, NC.

Peter J. Capelli, B.S. 1992, founded NSEC (Network Security Corps), based in Amherst, NY, in 1997. The company, which also has a branch office in Raleigh, NC, provides information-security solutions to help with regulatory and business needs. Capelli resides in Cary, NC.

Anand K. Gramopadhye, Ph.D. 1992 & M.S. 1989, has been honored by the National Academy of Engineering for his research in improving aircraft inspections and thereby increasing safety for the flying public. Gramopadhye is a professor in the department of industrial engineering at Clemson University. He resides in Greer, SC.

John S. Kapuza, B.A. 1992, has been named a partner of the law firm Abeyta-Nelson in Yakima, WA. He joined the firm in 1996 and limits his practice to personal injury law. Kapuza is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, where he serves as cochair of the Young Lawyers Continuing Legal Education Committee. He is also a member of the Yakima County Bar Association, the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (WSTLA) and serves as chair of the WSTLA Yakima County torts roundtable. He lives in Selah, WA.

Mary K. McClaine, B.A. 1992, joined the staff of Cats Limited, a veterinary hospital, in May 2003. She resides in Ledyard, CT.

Gregory V. Pajak, J.D. 1992 & B.A. 1989, is a partner in the full-service law firm of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer, Monte & Pajak PC in Buffalo, NY. At the tenth annual educational seminar day he presented on the topic of "Additional Insured Status/Contractual Duty to Defend and Indemnify." He resides in Derby, NY.

Carol Van Der Karr, Ed.M. 1992, director of academic advisement at SUNY Cortland, will be honored in October by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) for her outstanding performance as an administrator and student advisor. NACADA represents 6,700 faculty, professional advisors, administrators and others in academic and student affairs. Before joining the SUNY Cortland staff, Van Der Karr directed undergraduate services at Syracuse University's School of Education. She resides in Cortland, NY.

Robert F. Ramirez, B.S. 1993, is the health and safety coordinator for Clough, Harbour & Associates in Albany, NY. Before changing careers from production management to safety in December 2000, Ramirez worked as a production superintendent with a national roofing manufacturer. For three years, he served as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Hood, TX. He is still active in the Army Reserves, while serving as the company commander of a drill sergeant unit in Utica, NY. He lives in Albany, NY.

Jens O. Barnieck, M.M. 1994, is artistic director of a biannual festival in Kaiserslautern, Germany, which features American music and art. He gives concerts in Europe and the United States, and for the 2003/2004 season he received a grant from the German government for the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. In Munich in June, Barnieck performed a concert of music by American composers for the American ambassador to Germany and recently published an article on American composer Ruth Crawford Seeger. He lives in Germany.

Kevin M. Hanrahan, M.B.A. 1994 & B.S. 1992, has been named senior research analyst at Harold C. Brown & Co. Most recently, he held positions as vice president and portfolio manager with M&T Asset Management and as vice president of research at Heartland Advisors. He resides in Buffalo, NY.

Brette M. Sember, J.D. 1994 & B.A. 1990, has recently published The Complete Legal Guide to Senior Care: Making Sense of the Residential, Financial and Medical Maze (Sphinx Publishing, 2002). This book explains the financial, medical and residential issues, as well as important legal matters, that come with aging. Sember has authored eight other legal titles, as well as The Visitation Handbook: Your Complete Guide to Parenting Apart (Sphinx Publishing, 2002), which was named a Parenting magazine editor's pick and went into its second printing. Sember is working on her 11th book and resides in Clarence, NY.

Chanda P. Arjun, M.A. 1995, is working as a scientific officer in the radio-pharmaceuticals division of the Department of Atomic Energy for the Indian government. She lives in Mumbai, India.

Ryan S. Cross, B.A. 1995, is the new assistant men's basketball coach at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA. He was the head men's basketball coach and athletic director for the past four years at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, FL. He lives in Ruston.

Kathleen A. Linhardt, J.D. 1995, has been named a 2002 Catholic School Distinguished Graduate by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). The award, given to Linhardt in cooperation with her elementary school, St. John Vianney, cites her outstanding personal and professional achievements. Linhardt is an attorney with the firm of Paladino, Cavan & Quinlivan and is an active member of the South Buffalo (NY) Charter School board of directors, the Mount Mercy Alumnae Association board of directors and the St. Bonaventure University honors council. She is also a member of the New York State and Erie County bar associations. Linhardt resides in Buffalo.

Teresa J. Mucha, J.D. 1995, has been named a partner of the law firm Webster Szanyi. She focuses her practice on all aspects of state and federal Superfund matters, compliance, land use and navigation law matters. She resides in Cheektowaga, NY.

Judy S. Hernandez, M.S. 1996, J.D. 1996 & B.A. 1977, has been named a partner in the employment and labor department at the Buffalo, NY, law firm of Damon & Morey. In this position, she is responsible for representing public and private employers in connection with labor relations issues. Before joining Damon & Morey, Hernandez was a confidential law clerk to the Hon. Carol E. Heckman, Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court in the Western District of New York. She lives in Elma, NY.

Ranjana Kadle, J.D. 1996, is part of the intellectual property and technology practice group of Hodgson Russ, a Buffalo, NY, law firm. She concentrates her practice in all aspects of intellectual property matters relating to patents, trademarks and licensing, with an emphasis on biotechnology-related patent prosecution. Kadle works on a wide variety of biotechnologies, including recombinant DNA techniques, vaccines, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, as well as advising clients on the protection of intellectual property. She resides in East Amherst, NY.

J. Christopher Adams, B.S. 1997, was promoted to project manager in the civil engineering department at Nobis Engineering Inc., a private civil/environmental/geotechnical firm in Concord, NH, that conducts work within New England on state, municipal, commercial and federal projects. He was previously a project engineer at Killam Associates in Millburn, NJ. Adams resides in Manchester, NH.

Eric L. Mihelbergel, B.A. 1997, owns a financial advising business with John Hancock Financial Services, which he has been operating since 1999. He specializes in retirement planning, estate planning, investments and insurance. Before beginning his financial advising business, which is located in Williamsville, NY, Mihelbergel taught secondary education in the Kenmore-Tonawanda School District. He resides in Tonawanda, NY.

Heather G. Steinman, Ph.D. 1997, has been promoted to associate professor of biology at Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH. Steinman has been at Cedarville since 1997 and most recently held the post of assistant professor. She lives in Xenia, OH.

Joel N. Varland, M.F.A. 1997, a foundations professor at the Savannah (GA) College of Art and Design (SCAD), has been awarded a presidential fellowship for faculty development. The presidential fellowship program was created by SCAD to provide opportunities for faculty to enhance their teaching skills and focus on professional, scholarly or creative development. Varland will use the fellowship to support his efforts in designing and implementing a curriculum for a course in advanced wood fabrication techniques. He resides in Savannah.

Justin R. Foster, B.S. 1998, has joined Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) as a marketing support specialist. In this position, he will be responsible for marketing research tasks, collaborating with the executive committee on strategic initiatives for the year and attending trade shows. Before joining UDSMR, Foster was a cancer information specialist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He resides in Buffalo, NY.

Derek D. Day, M.M. 1999, was appointed to the faculty of the Lillington School of Music in Lillington, NC. Previously, he worked as a public school music teacher in North Carolina and at the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart. He made his concerto soloist debut with the Cheektowaga Symphony in 1999 and most recently gave a solo concert and master class at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. He resides in Clinton, NC.

Patrice L. Funderburg, B.S. 1999, is the managing director of INROADS/WNY in Buffalo, NY, which helps minority students excel in the corporate world. Before this she was with FedEx Trade Networks, also in Buffalo. She recently spoke before the American Association of University Women and is a recipient of the Pathfinders Award. She lives in Buffalo.

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