UB Today Alumni Magazine Online - Winter 2004
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People of Note
Donna C. Maheady, M.S. 1981
Aristides Docoslis, Ph.D. 2000 & M.S. 1999
Michelle C. Bligh, Ph.D. 2002 & M.S. 1998
Wenfan Yan, Ph.D. í91 & M.A. í89


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1970s Classnotes

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, B.A. 1970, has received the 2003 Award for Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology from the Gerontological Society of America. This honor is given to individuals who have not only fostered excellence in the field, but who have also had a major impact through their mentoring and whose inspiration is sought by students and colleagues. Whitbourne is a professor in the University of Massachusetts department of psychology. She lives in Amherst, MA.

Kevin McShane, B.A. 1971, is the executive creative director for Harrison & Star, one of the nationís larger health-care advertising agencies. He received his Ph.D. in English literature from City University of New York and taught English for several years at Hostos Community College in the Bronx before beginning his advertising career in 1978. McShane lives in Freeport, NY.

Sandra L. Garz, B.A. 1972, was promoted to vice president and director of strategic operations at Urban Engineers, Philadelphia, PA, on October 30, 2003. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and chairs the board of Philadelphiaís Charter High School for Architecture and Design. Garz resides in Philadelphia.

Paul R. Comeau, J.D. 1973 & B.A. 1970, has been named a member of the government relations team at the Buffalo, NY, law firm of Hodgson Russ. The team works to address clientsí problems through legislative or administrative action. Comeau is cochair of the Multistate Tax Committee of the New York State Bar Associationís tax section. He is a member of the New York State Tax Commissionerís Advisory Council and lives in Williamsville, NY.

Alexander O. DuBrow, M.B.A. 1973, president of Avonis, has opened another division to his consulting firm. The new division is a solutions center for developing IT solutions in the radio frequency identification market called RfIdeaWorks, which aims to replace bar codes. DuBrow lives in Lake Mary, FL.

Cathie Selwyn Blatte, B.A. 1974, is research director for television station WFLX Fox 29 in West Palm Beach, FL, a position she has held for the past 12 years. She lives in West Palm Beach.

Mary C. Kaplan, B.S. 1974, was appointed to the Expert Caregiver Panel at the Rosalyn Carter Institute on Care-Giving in Fall 2003. She is also the recipient of the Undergraduate Teacher Award from the University of South Florida, where she is a professor in the School of Aging Studies. Kaplan resides in Tampa, FL.

Neil C. Woodworth, B.S. 1974, has been promoted to director of human resources for ITT Industries-Sanitaire in Milwaukee, WI. In this position, he is responsible for the integration of recent acquisitions, strategic planning for growth initiatives and environment safety and health oversight. Woodworth lives in Mequon, WI.

James L. Blasiak, J.D. 1976 & B.A. 1973, has joined the government policy and practice group of Dykema Gossett at the firmís Washington, DC, office. Blasiak will focus his practice on energy law, including federal regulation, public utilities, administrative law and related commercial transactions. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and the Energy Bar Association. Blasiak lives in North Potomac, MD.

David Glogower, B.S. 1977, was promoted to director of accounting services at the publishing firm Simon & Schuster. Before this promotion, Glogower held numerous positions during his 11 years with the firm. He resides in Monroe, NY.

George Rusk, J.D. 1977, was appointed one of seven vice presidents at Ecology and Environment. He is the senior attorney and regulatory specialist at the firm and is a member of the American Bar Associationís section of environment and energy resources. Rusk is also cochair of the New York State Bar Associationís corporate counsel committee and is an active member in the environmental section of the Erie County Bar Association. He lives in Snyder, NY.

Richard Simon, B.A. 1977, is president of M. Simon & Associates Architects, Engineers and Interior Designs, a 12-person firm in Ft.Lauderdale, FL. He is also the president of Plan Art Associates, General Contractors, a design-build firm. Simon lives in Ft. Lauderdale.

William B. Cole, B.S. 1978, is the founder and CEO of Procoach Systems, which offers instruction on how to create peak performance within a given corporation. He was the winner of the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award/Wall of Fame Award as a graduate of the Williamsville Central School District. In 1987, he received the UB Alumni Associationís Clifford R. Furnas Award for his achievements as a scholar-athlete. Cole has been a peak performance mind coach for the highest levels of major league sports, big-time college athletics and corporate America. He resides in San Jose, CA.

Isaiah D. Cooper, B.F.A. 1978, is an entrepreneurial business attorney at Gregory and Adams in Wilton, CT. In this position, he works with corporate transactions and a variety of investors, lenders, issuers, buyers and sellers. He lives in Hamden, CT.

Gary Lewis, B.S. 1978, has joined the firm of Amper, Politziner & Mattia as a manager in the tax department. He has more than 15 yearsí experience in all phases of tax compliance and is primarily responsible for the review of corporate, partnership and individual tax returns; and federal, state and local tax research and planning techniques. Lewis resides in New York, NY.

Ronald J. Terry, B.S. 1978, has been named a first vice president and deputy treasurer at New York Life Insurance Company. In this position, he is responsible for several elements of the treasury departmentís operation, as well as for certain real estate projects, peer company research and corporate and subsidiary compensation plans. He also serves as corporate liaison with the companyís rating agencies. Terry lives in Dix Hills, NY.

James C. Viggiani, Ed.D. 1978, will represent Virginia in a three-on-three basketball, tennis and volleyball competition at the 2004 Senior Olympics. He is a part-time teacher at Old Dominion University, as well as a student-teacher supervisor at the school. Viggiani retired from teaching full time in May 2003 after 40 years in education. He lives in Manassas, VA.

Clement Adegoke, Ph.D. 1979, is the founder of PFS Engineering and Environmental, a geo-environmental consulting firm in Dallas, TX. Before returning to the U.S. in 2001, Adegoke was founder of a geo-environmental consulting firm in Nigeria, which he established in 1982. He resides in Dallas.

Nancy Aungst, B.A. 1979, was appointed vice president at Ecology and Environment. She has been with the firm since 1980 and has managed numerous consulting contracts with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Navy. Aungst lives in East Aurora, NY.

Timothy Grady, B.S. 1979, was named vice president at Ecology and Environment. He has been a professional engineer with the firm for 16 years, directing its programs with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District and the U.S. Air Force Reserve Command at Niagara Falls Air Force Reserve Base. Grady lives in Amherst, NY.

Kenneth B. Zierler, B.F.A. 1979, is group art supervisor at Integrated Communications Corporation, a health-care advertising and promotional marketing provider in Parsippany, NJ. He lives in Westfield, NJ.

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