UB Today Alumni Magazine Online - Fall 2004
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People of Note
Edward J. Willett, B.A. 1969
Kenneth M. Jones II, M.A. 1984
Lauren Fix, B.S. 1986
Daniel Karlson, B.A. 1997
Jason Gross, B.A. 1998




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2000s Classnotes

Justin Dockswell, Ed.M. 2000 & B.S. 1998, is working with Southwoods, a four-week camp for children ages 7-15 in the Adirondack Mountains. He helps to plan, organize and run Southwoods’ daily operations, responsibilities he has held since October 2003. Dockswell is a member of the American Camping Association and also helps recruit students to UB by working as an alumni ambassador. He lives in Nesconset, NY.

William C. Keeler III, M.L.S. 2000, divides his time as a part-time curator and librarian at the Landmark Society of Western New York, part-time librarian at the Rochester Historical Society and librarian, curator and archivist at the Perinton Historical Society. Keeler collaborated with eight other authors to write the local history pictorial book, Perinton and Fairport in the 20th Century (Arcadia Publishing, 2004). He resides in Fairport, NY.

Karianne Paolo, B.S. 2000, is pursuing her master’s in business administration degree at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She will graduate in 2005 and lives in Evanston, IL.

Joseph Ruffino, M.B.A. 2000, has been appointed company controller at Shuman Plastics in Depew, NY. In this position, he will be responsible for financial administration of the company, as well as the management of the benefits program and information technology operations. Ruffino resides in East Amherst, NY.

Charlynda Winkley, B.S. 2000, was honored with the “Digital Diva” award at the 2004 InfoTech Niagara Beta Awards. The award is given annually to a woman who possesses a combination of technology knowledge, commitment to the community and positive attitude, while serving as a leader in the Western New York region. Winkley is the assistant director of Web services for the division of enrollment and planning at UB. She lives in Kenmore, NY.

Kelly Gast, B.A. 2001, is the “Action 7” producer at WKBW-TV in Buffalo, NY. The Action 7 unit investigates and helps the public with consumer-related topics; Gast’s responsibilities include researching and writing consumer stories. Before coming to WKBW, she was a reporter and editor for Niagara Frontier Publications, the publisher of several small local newspapers in Niagara County, NY. She resides in Grand Island, NY.

Pradeep Gowda, M.S. 2001, is a senior engineer at Qualcomm Incorporated, where he works on system design and testing of the latest developments in the features of wireless phones. This includes everything apart from making calls, such as using the phone as a digital camera, camcorder, MP3 player and to play CMX audio files. Gowda was also a participant in the 49th Dave Freeman Open Badminton USA Badminton Classic Series Tournament. He resides in San Diego, CA.

Barbara E. Ochterski, Ph.D. 2001, has been named head of the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic all-girls high school in suburban Eggertsville, NY. Previously the school’s interim principal, she was chosen for her more than 25 years in educational administration, as well as for her success as interim principal. Ochterski’s appointment makes her the first layperson to lead the school in its 127-year history; a member of the Sisters of St. Francis has traditionally headed the academy. Ochterski resides in East Aurora, NY.

John W. Andrews, J.D. 2002 & B.A. 1999, was named an assistant district attorney for the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office. In the past, he has been a substitute teacher in special education classes and was a staff member at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. He lives in Grand Island, NY.

Jason Ascher, B.A. 2002, is the deputy finance director for Jeff Steinberg’s campaign for the U.S. Congress in the second congressional district in New Mexico. He was formerly the regional field director for the Joe Lieberman presidential campaign during the New Hampshire and Delaware primaries. Ascher resides in Staten Island, NY.

Phillip Dabney, J.D. 2002, was named an assistant district attorney for the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office. He has held past positions in real estate and as a part-time assistant professor at Erie Community College, teaching paralegal courses. He resides in Lockport, NY.

Stephanie L. Guerriero, J.D. 2003 & B.A. 2000, has joined the firm of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer, Monte & Pajak as an associate. She will be working with other members of the firm in handling litigation files, as well as other general practice matters. She will work at the firm’s downtown office, as well as at a branch office in Cheektowaga, NY. Guerriero resides in East Aurora, NY.

Meaghan Maul, B.A. 2003, is working in human resources for OSI Pharmaceuticals, a biotech company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of high-quality oncology products that will both extend and improve the quality of life for cancer patients. She is the coach of an Olympic Develop-ment soccer team and volunteers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and as a Relay for Life Midnight Madness committee member. Maul resides in Dix Hills, NY.

Cynthia Collado, B.S. 2004, is an engineer for Merck & Company’s manufacturing division, and is also a board member for the company’s Hispanic organization. She lives in Lansdale, PA.

Aimee Paolo, B.A. 2004, is the first Hudson Valley program coordinator for the National MS (multiple sclerosis) Society’s upstate New York chapter. In this position, she will be able to develop programs and activities to meet the needs of affected families residing in the Hudson Valley, while working in collaboration with community members. Paolo resides in Wallkill, NY.

Wendy Park, B.S. 2004, is attending the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse as a Ph.D. student in environmental physiology. She is focusing her research on Macrotermes michaelseni termites in Namibia, Africa. Park resides in Lewiston, NY.

Michael F. Ziolkowski, Ph.D. 2004, M.A. 1997 & B.A. 1991, is a program manager at Ingram Micro in Williamsville, NY, where he has worked since 1995. He resides in Grand Island, NY.




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