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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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1980s Classnotes

Barbara Howe, J.D. 1980, was recognized for distinguished service to the University at Buffalo Law School and Western New York at the 15th annual Law Review dinner held in March 2004 at the Hyatt Regency, Buffalo, NY. Since her election to the bench in 1987, Howe has retained appointments at UB as adjunct clinical professor of law and adjunct associate professor of sociology. The first woman to serve as Erie County Surrogate Judge, Howe is a former New York State Supreme Court justice. She is a member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women and the boards of the Erie County Bar Foundation Endowment Fund for Pro Bono Legal Services, as well as the St. Augustine Center. Howe is also the vice president of the boards of the Women Judges of the State of New York and the One Hundred Club of Buffalo and Western New York. She resides in Buffalo.

James P. Manzella, M.B.A. 1980, president and CEO of Manzella Marketing Group, has been reelected to a two-year term as chair of the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation in Cheektowaga, NY. The foundation supports the overall mission and ministry of the Cheektowaga-based St. Joseph Hospital. Manzella resides in Getzville, NY.

Kitty Pilarz, B.S. 1980, has been named chair of ASTM International’s Committee F15 on consumer products. The committee includes more than 700 members who develop voluntary consensus standards for a variety of consumer products, such as children’s toys, plastic lawn furniture and playground equipment. Pilarz is the director of worldwide product safety for Mattel/Fisher-Price in East Aurora, NY. She has been a member of ASTM since 1990 and is vice chair of the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association’s certification committee. She resides in Buffalo, NY.

Karen Kemp, M.B.A. 1982 & B.S. 1980, has been named chief financial officer for Delaware North Companies. She spent 10 years in executive-level positions with Mattel/Fisher Price in East Aurora, NY, and most recently was the senior vice president of human resources and administration with Gibson Greetings. Kemp has served as a director of the Gibson Foundation, Cincinnati Philharmonic Orchestra and the UB Executive M.B.A. Advisory Board. She resides in Orchard Park, NY.

Mark S. Klein, J.D. 1982 & B.S. 1978, was selected to serve as contributing editor of the 2004 Guidebook to New York Taxes. The 600-page guidebook offers concise explanations of current legislative, regulatory, judicial and administrative developments affecting New York State and New York City taxation. Klein is a partner at Hodgson Russ in the state and local tax practice group, focusing his practice on New York State and New York City tax matters. He resides in East Amherst, NY.

Jeffrey Kraut, B.S. 1982, has been promoted to assistant treasurer of Associated Textile Converters. He is the editorial advisor for the Journal of Accounting and lives in New York, NY.

Michael Modrzynski, B.P.S. 1982, president of Allied Mechanical, has been elected to a one-year term as vice chair of the Construction Exchange of Buffalo and Western New York. Modrzynski entered the construction services industry as a temperature and energy controls contractor. He formed Allied Controls in 1984, focusing on small- to medium-sized facilities, and in 1985 founded his current business, Allied Mechanical, a full-service mechanical services organization. Modrzynski lives in East Aurora, NY.

Denise O’Donnell, J.D. 1982 & M.S.W. 1973, a partner at Hodgson Russ, was a guest speaker at the Healthcare Financial Management Association seminar held in New York City in December 2003. She is a member of the business litigation practice group at the firm and concentrates her practice in government regulatory investigations and white-collar crime. She also places an emphasis on health-care law, civil fraud and false claims acts litigation. O’Donnell lives in Buffalo, NY.

Ronald J. Tanski, M.B.A. 1982 & B.A. 1974, has been elected treasurer and principal financial officer of National Fuel Gas Company. He has also been named treasurer of the company’s distribution corporation, as well as secretary and treasurer of the supply corporation. His new responsibilities include National Fuel’s investor relations, tax and finance and forecasting functions. Tanski resides in Kenmore, NY.

Anastasia Johnson, Ph.D. 1983 & M.A. 1972, is senior staff assistant in the department of anthropology at the University at Buffalo and editor of the Anthropology Alumni and Friends newsletter. A member of the UB Alumni Officers’ Committee and a UUP delegate, she is chair of education and equity and chair of college relations for the American Association of University Women’s Buffalo branch. She lives in Buffalo, NY.

Wesley L. Hicks Jr., M.D. 1984, an attending surgeon with the head and neck surgery and oncology department at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, has been named a board member for the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers. He is also a member of the UB Alumni Association board and serves on the board’s UB Partnerships Committee. He resides in Angola, NY.

Les Hollander, B.A. 1985, has been named senior vice president/regional manager of Infinity Broadcasting in New York, NY. In this position, he has responsibility for operations in Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, West Palm Beach and Hartford. Hollander came to Infinity Broadcasting from Clear Channel, where he served as director of New York sales. In the past, he was director of sponsor sales for Tommy Hilfiger Jones Beach Amphitheater and also held several radio station management positions. He resides in Madison, NJ.

Gary Richmond, M.Arch. 1985, has been appointed associate vice president of Cannon Design in Grand Island, NY. He has more than 18 years’ experience in the health-care planning field and is currently working on Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s master facilities strategy. Richmond lives in Buffalo, NY.

David Spiro, B.A. 1985, is the director of public relations and development for Blackfriars Theatre, an independent professional theater in Rochester, NY. Spiro came to this position following a 22-year career in emergency medical services, most recently as an organ recovery/placement specialist at the University of Rochester. He resides in Rochester.

Cheryl L. Dinolfo, J.D. 1986, was named Monroe County clerk by New York State Governor George Pataki. Dinolfo, a Republican, will oversee the annual $6.5 million budget and the 140 full- and part-time employees at the county clerk’s office. She has specialized in civil tort litigation since 1987 at the Rochester, NY, law firm of Connors & Corcoran. Dinolfo lives in Rochester.

Neil Honschke, B.A. 1986, has been named a partner at Silvi & Fedele in Toms River, NJ, focusing his practice in personal injury and insurance litigation. Honschke is a member of the board of governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America–New Jersey and is a frequent lecturer and author on insurance coverage issues. He is a member of the board of directors for the little league association in Toms River, where he resides.

Terri Kothe, B.S. 1987, has been promoted to director of provider contracting at Univera Healthcare, for the HMO’s Western New York region. In this position, she will be responsible for leading all provider-contracting efforts, including hospital, independent practice associations, physician groups and ancillary provider contracting and health analysis. She resides in Getzville, NY.

Marc Wendell, M.A. 1987, has been named corporate director of safety, health and environmental at UNICCO, one of North America’s largest integrated facilities services outsourcing companies. He is the manager of a corporate-wide group that combines UNICCO’s division-level safety and loss prevention operations. Wendell is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Institute of Chemical Engineering. He resides in West Caldwell, NJ.

Michael E. Kilcoyne, J.D. 1988, was sworn in March 2, 2004, as a judge for the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA). As a member of the board, he will support important rights of veterans and their families, serving as the department’s final arbiter of claims for benefits. Kilcoyne started at BVA in 1990 as associate counsel and also served as senior counsel before his appointment as a veterans law judge. He lives in Springfield, VA.

Paul M. Percy, M.B.A. 1988, has been named vice president for academic affairs at King College in Bristol, TN, where he will serve as the college’s chief academic officer and represent the faculty, as well as the college’s five schools. Percy’s responsibilities include oversight of the academic programs, faculty appointments and development, the center for graduate and professional studies and the office of registration and records. He helped develop the master’s of business administration degree, which was the first nontraditional degree program at King College targeted to working adults. He lives in Bristol.

Raymond Yang, M.B.A. 1988, is the lead cost engineer with Hazen & Sawyer, which he joined in March 2003. In this position, he is responsible for managing “change orders” processing, which includes managing seven senior cost engineers, four major projects and 18 contracts. He has been a member of the American Association of Cost Engineers since 1992. Yang lives in New York, NY.

Karen R. Kaczmarski, J.D. 1989 & B.A. 1986, has been elected vice president and member of the board of directors for the Professional Business Women (PBW) of Polonia. The PBW promotes the image of Polish-American women regionally and raises money to provide scholarships to Polish-American women pursuing graduate degrees. Kaczmarski is an attorney and counsel with Harter, Secrest & Emery of Buffalo, NY, focusing her practice on preparing and trying complex commercial litigation cases throughout the U.S. She lives in Buffalo.

Christopher Kaszubski, B.A. 1989, is a senior nurse at the University of Miami. He is working toward his M.S.N. as a family nurse practitioner at Barry University in Miami, FL, and in November 2003 became an AIDS-certified registered nurse. Kaszubski resides in North Miami Beach.

Thomas S. Quealy Jr., B.A. 1989, has been promoted to president and chief operating officer at Elias Asset Management in Williamsville, NY. He joined the firm in 1989 and has served as vice president and portfolio manager. Quealy resides in Buffalo, NY.

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