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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1990s Classnotes

Jonathan Feldman, B.A. 1990, is director of professional services for Entre Solutions and a contributing editor for Network Computing, a technology journal. In December 2003, he received his master’s degree in management of technology from Georgia Technical Institute. Feldman lives in Savannah, GA.

Thomas Fronczak, M.S.W. 1990, has created the Gay Fathers of Rhode Island Support Network. He has his own private psychotherapy practice and is actively involved in the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual) community. Fronczak resides in Rumford, RI.

Charles N. Fulco Jr., B.A. 1990, is the space science coordinator and planetarium director for the Port Chester, NY, school district, teaching courses such as introduction to cosmology and basic astronomy. He also co-founded SELENE, a group concerned with raising awareness and reversing the existing problems of light pollution. He lives in Port Chester.

Matthew T. Genova, B.A. 1990, is vice president of advertising sales and sponsorships for ESPN Outdoors. He lives in Garden City, NY.

Jian-Ping Zheng, Ph.D. 1990, was promoted to full professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at Florida A&M University and Florida State University. Zheng is also the graduate program coordinator for the electrical and computer engineering department. He lives in Tallahassee, FL.

Diane Abernathy, Ed.M. 1991, is a fourth-grade teacher at Starpoint Intermediate School and a member of the school’s building team. She also teaches Sunday school to fifth- and sixth-graders at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. Abernathy lives in Lockport, NY.

Young-Cheol Ahn, Ph.D. 1991, is an associate professor in the chemical engineering department at Kyungnam University in Masan, Korea, where she resides.

Michael Miller, B.S. 1991, is a senior process engineer for Pall Corporation, where he has been working for 12 years. He was a member of the U.S. team in the World Puzzle Championship in Arnhem, the Netherlands, from October 14-19, 2003. Miller lives in Pensacola, FL.

Laura Moffitt, M.S.W. 1991, is the assistant director of graduate field education at the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany. In this position, which she has held since May 2003, she is responsible for providing ongoing liaison, assessment and intervention with graduate students and their field instructors, recruitment and training of field instructors and teaching graduate-level social welfare practice classes. She resides in Altamont, NY.

Adriana S. Prawak, B.A. 1991, has been named the new medical director of physical medicine and rehabilitation services at Phoenixville Hospital in Phoenixville, PA. She is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as the American College of Sports Medicine. Prawak lives in Wayne, PA.

Darren Gress, B.S. 1992, has been promoted to assistant vice president and consumer loan manager for Greater Buffalo Savings Bank. His responsibilities include indirect lending, customer service, dealership development and training, sales and marketing, financial analysis and review. He resides in Grand Island, NY.

Jeannette Abrahamson, B.A. 1993 & B.A. 1993, is working for Pepsico Beverages and Foods as a business development manager. She primarily deals with Tropicana brand products at convenience stores in the 11-state Southern region. She lives in Atlanta, GA.

Paul M. Kopfer, Ph.D. 1993, M.A. 1985 & M.S. 1976, is a licensed psychologist at the Western New York Developmental Disabilities Services office. He also practices psychology at the Aspire Health Care Center and is now on the staff of the East Amherst Psychology Group. Kopfer is a member of the American Psychological Association and resides in Buffalo, NY.

Carole B. McNall, J.D. 1993, has joined the staff of the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication at St. Bonaventure University as an assistant professor. She will teach classes in media law and resides in Olean, NY.

Douglas R. Bacon, M.A. 1994 & B.A. 1981, is a professor of anesthesiology and medical history at the Mayo Clinic; he was named to this position in July 2003. In October 2003, he received honorable mention in the David M. Little Prize, conferred by the Anesthesia History Association. He was honored for his paper, “Gaston Labat, John Lundy, Emery Rovenstine and the Mayo Clinic: The Spread of Regional Anesthesia Between the World Wars in America,” which was published in the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia in 2002. Bacon lives in Rochester, MN.

Vincent (Jim) Catalano, Ph.D. 1994, is director of leadership and organization development for Tiffany & Co. He resides in Westchester, NY.

Joel Levington, M.B.A. 1994, has been promoted to lead analyst of the general industrial fixed income team at Standard & Poor. In this position, he is responsible for annual management meetings, communicating with the media and acting as chair of rating committees. In 2002, he was named as one of Engineering News Record’s “50 Most Important People in Engineering” and was named “Analyst of the Year” in 2001. He resides in New York, NY.

John Shon, M.B.A. 1994 & B.S. 1994, is an assistant professor at Baruch College in the Stan Ross Department of Accountancy and the Zicklin School of Business. He joined the staff of Baruch in 2003 and lives in New York, NY.

Alecia Malin, M.S. 1995 & B.A. 1992, has been promoted to assistant professor of surgery at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. She received her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1999 and was named that university’s “Doctoral Student of the Year” in 2000. Malin is published in the International Journal of Cancer and has received federal funding to conduct research on insulin resistance, insulin-like growth factors and energy balance on the risk of breast cancer. She lives in Nashville.

Mark C. Somers, J.D. 1995, has been named a partner at Hamberger and Weiss, where he will concentrate his practice in the area of workers’ compensation insurance carriers and self-insured employers. Somers has been with the firm since 1996 and has been assigned to the Rochester, NY, office. He lives in Rochester.

Yu Xu, Ph.D. 1995, has been an assistant professor of nursing at the University of South Alabama’s College of Nursing since 1999. Xu lives in Daphne, AL.

Thomas J. Falbo, B.A. 1996, is a partner in Source 3 Solutions in Rochester, NY, a 20-employee consulting firm that manages the accounting and information technology functions for small- and mid-sized businesses in New York State. He resides in Rochester.

Kalinda L. Fisher, M.A. 1996 & B.A. 1993, has been a partner with Advocate Market Research Bureau since 1997. As a partner, Fisher focuses on qualitative and quantitative research, focus groups, intercept studies and telephone surveys. She resides in Hamburg, NY.

Evelyn S. Fuller, B.S. 1996, is a professional engineer/project manager with Piedmont Environmental Group in Skippack, PA. Her responsibilities include design of wastewater treatment facilities and project management of the company’s larger clients. Fuller resides in Harleysville, PA.

David Thompson, Ed.M. 1997 & B.A. 1994, will attend the Australian Graduate School of Management in pursuit of a master’s of business administration degree. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

LaVonne E. Ansari, A.T. 1998, was named vice president of operations at Niagara County Community College. In this position, she will be responsible for the department of community education, small business development center, international trade resource center and corporate training department. Most recently, she served as interim vice president of lifelong learning at the college. In 2003, the International League of Muslim Women recognized Ansari with an Interfaith Community Award. She was also the recipient of the Niagara Falls Black Achiever’s Award in 1997 and was among the recipients of the 1998 “40 Under Forty” Awards given by Business First. She resides in Buffalo, NY.

James Katancik, Ph.D. 1998, is the 2003 recipient of the Bud and Linda Tarrson Fellowship. The $30,000 career-development award for outstanding academic periodontists was created to encourage gifted periodontal clinicians with demonstrated teaching facility to pursue an academic career. Katancik is a professor in the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry’s department of periodontology. He lives in Bartlett, TN.

Alexandra Montante, Ed.M. 1998 & M.A. 1992, a part-time teacher in the Montessori Program at Nardin Academy in Buffalo, NY, has been elected to the Zoological Society of Buffalo’s board of directors. She is strategic planning chair for the board of directors of the Junior League of Buffalo and has coached Division IV soccer for the town of Clarence for two years. Montante resides in Clarence Center, NY.

Heath Szymczak, J.D. 1998, an associate in the litigation department at Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel in Buffalo, NY, received the Distinguished Service Award from the New York State Bar Association in October 2003. The award recognizes New York State teachers and lawyers who have made outstanding contributions to law-related education. He has been extensively involved in the Law Magnet Program at Bennett High School and has volunteered his time as an attorney advisor for the school’s mock trial team. He lives in Java Center, NY.

Michael J. Chmiel, J.D. 1999 & B.A. 1995, has joined the law firm of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer, Monte & Pajak as an associate. In this position, he will work with other members of the firm in handling litigation files, as well as matrimonial, criminal, trusts, wills and other general practice matters. He is a member of the Erie County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. Chmiel lives in Amherst, NY.

Jason Klein, B.A. 1999, has been elected as a board member for the Heritage-Oak Foundation. He is a vice president and financial advisor for McDonald Financial Group in the Western New York district, where he also serves on the advisory board for the McDonald Managed Assets Group. Klein is a cofounder of the Buffalo Wings roller hockey organization and is a member of the Western New York Venture Association. He lives in Pendleton, NY.

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