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. ’91 & M.A. ’89


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1980s Classnotes

Marcia F. Feuerstein, M.Arch. 1981, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure at the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Feuerstein works specifically for the School of Architecture and Design. She lives in Blacksburg, VA.

Richard Kopley, Ph.D. 1982, is head of the division of English at Pennsylvania State University’s Commonwealth College and coeditor of the journal Resources for American Literary Study. In 2003, he published The Threads of “The Scarlet Letter” (University of Delaware Press), which offers new discoveries concerning Hawthorne’s reading of key literary passages and his transformation of them for his masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter. Kopley resides in State College, PA.

Burt W. Erickson Nelson, M.A. 1982 & M.A. 1982, is copy editor for the Buffalo News and editor/publisher of the German-American bimonthly Der Volksfreund (People’s Friend) publication. He lives in Hamburg, NY.

Gary A. Baldauf, B.A. 1983, was named head of the Buffalo regional office of the state Medicaid Fraud Bureau. He is the former assistant Erie County district attorney and has worked in the Medicaid Fraud Bureau for 10 years. Baldauf lives in West Falls, NY.

John S. Watts, M.B.A. 1983 & B.S. 1981, is a global managing director with Opinion Research Corporation. He resides in Barrington, IL.

Yu-Fei Wu, M.D. 1983, is a pediatrician at Whittier Pediatricians in Whittier, CA. She resides in Rowland Heights, CA.

Doug Brush, B.S. 1984, is an engineer/manager at the research-based, health-care company Pfizer, where he is responsible for the implementation of energy conservation projects. Brush is also chair of the Norwich Inland Wetland Commission. He resides in Norwich, NY.

Richard E. Gottlieb, J.D. 1985, a partner at Dykema Gossett, has been named the leader of the firm’s consumer financial services practice. The practice provides ongoing counseling and litigation representation to a wide variety of major financial institutions. Gottlieb lives in Glencoe, IL.

Steven Laut, B.A. 1985, is an associate with Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zafman in West Los Angeles, CA. He focuses his practice in domestic and international intellectual property law. Before earning his law degree from the California Western School of Law, Laut spent 10 years as a software simulation lead engineer with Northrop-Grumman. He lives in Norco, CA.

Ronald E. Perison, B.S. 1986, has been promoted to systems assurance manager for NASA’s Explorers Satellite Program at Goddard Space Flight Center. Before his promotion, he was the systems assurance manager for NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope Project. Perison lives in Westminster, MD.

Abhay Saxena, M.S. 1986, is a director of software development at the Indian Development Center of Parametric Technology Corporation. In this position, he manages the development of data management solutions for the company. Saxena resides in Pune, India.

John R. Saylor, B.S. 1986, is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. He is a former member of the scientific staff at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. Saylor lives in Seneca, SC.

William Giroux, J.D. 1987, has been named principal for H.R. Advisors, a human resources and benefits consulting firm in Colden, NY. He previously worked for Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel. Giroux resides in Eden, NY.

Rajini Srikanth, Ph.D. 1987, is an associate professor of English and Asian American studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He lives in Lexington, MA.

Russell A. Vacante, Ph.D. 1987, M.A. 1977 & B.A. 1971, was elected president of SOLE (International Society of Logistics) on August 11, 2003. Vacante is director of sector leadership and a strategic planner for Defense Acquisition University (DAU), where he provides DAU’s president with strategic guidance on the achievement of the university’s goals, objectives and organization. Vacante resides in Woodbridge, VA.

Cheryl L. Canfield, M.S. 1988 & B.A. 1983, is a compliance and privacy officer for Independent Health in Williamsville, NY. In 2003, she was nominated as a candidate for, and will be published in, the Marquis Who’s Who in America. Before joining Independent Health in 1995, Canfield held positions with the University at Buffalo’s department of family medicine and with the Lancaster, NY, firm of Ecology and Environment. She resides in Buffalo, NY.

Kevin A. Jones, B.A. 1988, has joined the law firm of Barney, Grossman, Dubow & Marcus as an associate. He brings 11 years’ experience in commercial and personal injury litigation and is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Jones lives in Ithaca, NY.

Michael C. Sheldon, Ed.D. 1988, is an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida’s Sarasota campus. He retired from his position as principal of Fletcher Elementary School after 33 years in education. Sheldon lives in Sarasota.

John Alden, M.Arch. 1989, has been named a partner at Scott & Partners in Burlington, VT. He specializes in municipal, educational and health-care law and is now licensed to practice in Vermont, New York and Massachusetts. Alden lives in Essex Junction, VT.

Paul C. Allen, B.A. 1989, was awarded a $23,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant in 2003 for “Engaging the Teaching and Learning of Humanities at Salt Lake Community College,” a presentation that supports conducting seminars and bringing in renowned guest speakers. Allen is an assistant professor of humanities, a tenure-track position he obtained in 2002. He lives in Salt Lake City, UT.

John R. Berst, B.A. 1989, is an instructor of theater at the University of Southern Indiana. He received the 1998 Purdue University School of Liberal Arts’ Excellence in Teaching Award for his work as a graduate student instructor, coauthor and coeditor of theater department study guides and as a visiting artist/guest director. Berst is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and lives in Evansville, IN.

Susan A. Goss, Ed.M. 1989 & B.A. 1976, is an English language teacher in the Philadelphia public school system. She uses her bilingual skills in Spanish to teach English to new students from Spanish-speaking countries. She lives in Philadelphia, PA.

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