UB Today Alumni Magazine Online - Winter 2004
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People of Note
Ronald W. Johnson, Ph.D. '71 & M.A. '69
John D. Burke, Ph.D. '75 & M.A. '71
Carol Twigg, Ph.D. '78
Linda C. Duffy, Ph.D. '87 & M.S. '85


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1980s Classnotes

William L. Eldredge, B.S. 1981, is an advisory manufacturing engineer in the refabrication service center at IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY, where he is responsible for testing and reconditioning mainframes for loans to customers in critical situations. Previously at IBM, he was a memory card test engineer in system-level failure analysis and a system equivalent test engineer. He resides in Saugerties, NY.

James W. Toellner, B.S. 1981, has been named the new president and general manager of WGRZ-TV, Channel 2 in Buffalo, NY. Previously, he was general sales manager of Channel 2, as well as a sales manager of WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, MI. He lives in Grand Island, NY.

Marilyn J. Ciancio, Ed.M. 1982 & B.A. 1975, is the producer and host of Artscope and arts correspondent for Crossroads, cable television programs that promote the visual and performing arts in Western New York. In 2003, Artscope received a Telly Award for outstanding programming. Ciancio has also collaborated with WKBW-TV, the ABC affiliate in Western New York, to produce an arts awards video. She resides in Buffalo, NY.

Daniel R. Hauenstein, M.B.A. 1982 & B.A. 1977, is vice president of human resources for Owens Community College in Toledo, OH. Before moving to this position, he held human resources positions with the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga Community College, also in Cleveland. He serves on the board of directors of the Greater Toledo Urban League and the Ohio Association of Community Colleges' human resources officers group. He resides in Toledo.

Julie K. Botts, B.A. 1983, was recently accepted to the master's program in clinical psychology at San Jose State University in San Jose, CA. She is the commander of California's 5th District of Disabled American Veterans, representing more than 4,000 disabled veterans and their families. She resides in San Jose.

Barbara R. Schirmer, Ed.D. 1983 & B.S. 1970, is dean of the School of Education and Allied Professions and professor of special education at Miami University in Oxford, OH, where she resides.

David N. Shapiro, B.S. 1983, is the owner of D&D International Jewelry Designs, an import/wholesale jewelry company in Franklin Lakes, NJ. The company specializes in Italian, Spanish and Turkish jewelry. He lives in Ringwood, NJ.

Lorayne K. Wishnoff-Carbon, B.A. 1983, was appointed director of the Sarah Lawrence College Early Childhood Center in Bronxville, NY, in August 2003. Since 1994, she has been an adjunct professor in the early childhood program at Westchester Community College and is also education coordinator of the college's lab school program. She resides in New Rochelle, NY.

John C. St. Jeanos, B.A. 1984, is a partner at the law firm of Herrick and Feinstein in New York, NY, where he specializes in real estate finance. He has also been selected as a member of the Hofstra Law Review. He resides in Massapequa, NY.

Robert T. Durkin, B.A. 1985, is a lieutenant colonel in the United States Marine Corps, where he has assumed command of the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. He recently returned from the Persian Gulf, where he was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for service as senior operations officer of Friendly Forces Coordination Center, United States Central Command, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He lives in Jacksonville, NC.

Pamela J. Fielding, J.D. 1986 & B.A. 1983, has joined the Buffalo, NY, law firm of Phillips Lytle as special counsel in the areas of employee benefits and compensation.

Henry Hilska, B.A. 1986, is a partner and CFO of Gig-Werks in New York, NY. He has 15 years' experience working in capital markets, most recently as a vice president in derivatives trade support for JP Morgan Chase Bank in New York City. He resides in the Bronx, NY.

Jeffrey J. Kraws, B.S. 1986, is co-president of Crystal Research Associates, an independent pharmaceutical research organization in New York, NY. He lives in Cranbury, NJ.

Anthony S. Nagel, B.S. 1986, is the inorganic chemistry division manager for Ecology & Environment International, headquartered in Buffalo, NY. He is responsible for starting up and managing the inorganic division of an environmental analysis laboratory in Kuwait City, Kuwait, which helps support the State of Kuwait's claim of war damages incurred during the 1991 Gulf War. Nagel lives in Kuwait.

Jonathan C. Pullano, B.A. 1986, is the regional director of marketing for the central region of Grant Thornton, an accounting, tax and business advisory firm. His position includes responsibility for implementing marketing programs for office locations in Dallas, Houston, Denver, Colorado Springs, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Kansas City and Wichita. Before joining Grant Thornton, he was area marketing director for tax services at KPMG's Dallas office. Pullano lives in Bedford, TX.

David D. Bassuk, B.S. 1987, is the director of finance for Honeywell in Richmond, VA. From 1998 to 2002, he was based in Hong Kong as the director of finance for the Asia region. Bassuk lives in Richmond.

Soon A. Chun, M.S. 1987 & B.S. 1986, recently graduated with a Ph.D. in management information systems from Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. She lives in West Orange, NJ.

Alberto E. Rey, M.F.A. 1987, a full professor in the visual arts and new media department at the State University of New York at Fredonia, has received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. He has had more than 120 exhibitions and his paintings can be found in more than a dozen museum collections throughout the United States and Spain. Rey resides in Fredonia.

Philip S. Yun, B.A. 1987, is an executive officer of UPCGroup/IPFGroup (United Project Consortium Group/International Project Financial Group), which provides comprehensive international business and project consulting services to private and public organizations. He lives in Douglaston, NY.

Betsy Huang, B.A. 1989, has been named assistant professor of English at Clark University in Worcester, MA. She previously worked in the English department at the University of Rochester. Huang is the author of "The Redefinition of the 'Typical Chinese'" in Gish Jen's Typical American (UC Berkeley, 1997). She lives in Worcester, MA.

Steven E. Little, M.S. 1989 & B.S. 1986, has launched a new firm, CohesiveForce, which offers services in the areas of design strategy, relationship management, design methods, and employee training and professional programs. After 15 years of professional experience working with Fortune 500 companies on design strategy and production, Little teamed with his wife, Adrienne Little, B.S. 1989, to create the new company. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, CohesiveForce is developing national and global ties to European and Asian markets. They reside in Pittsburgh.

James McAllister, M.A. 1989 & B.A. 1988, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. He focuses his research on the Cold War, American foreign policy and Europe, and is the author of No Exit: America and the German Problem, 1943-1954 (Cornell University Press, 2002). McAllister lives in Williamstown.

Mark C. Pratt, M.B.A. 1989, has joined Williams Mullen Strategies as a vice president in the company's Richmond, VA office. In this position, he will consult on lobbying, legislative and government affairs. In the past, Pratt has served as executive vice president of the Virginia Association of Health Plans. He resides in Glen Allen, VA.

Andrea J. Schultz, B.S. 1989, is a senior accountant in the tax department at Lumsden and McCormick in Buffalo, NY. She is responsible for providing tax services to commercial businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals. She lives in Lockport, NY.

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