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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1990s Classnotes

David N. Cohen, Mus.B. 1990 & B.A. 1977, is an organist and assistant music director for the United Hebrew Congregation in Chesterfield, MO. He is a board member of the St. Louis Circle of Jewish Music and a member of the Guild of Temple Musicians. Cohen lives in Maryland Heights, MO.

Mary Pat Seurkamp, Ph.D. 1990, president of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, has been elected chair of the Council of Independent College’s (CIC) board of directors. During her term, which ends in January 2006, she will hold such responsibilities as presiding at meetings of the board and of CIC, representing the organization and appointing committees and commissions with the advice of the board. Seurkamp lives in Baltimore, MD.

Jian-ping Zheng, Ph.D. 1990 & M.S. 1986, has been promoted to full professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at Florida A&M University. He also serves as the graduate program coordinator for that department. Zheng lives in Tallahassee, FL.

Young-Cheol Ahn, Ph.D. 1991, is an associate professor in the chemical engineering department of Kyungnam University in Kyungnam, Korea. Ahn has been a professor at the university since March 1994 and resides in Changwon, Kyungnam Province, Korea.

John Chew, B.A. 1991, is a fourth-grade teacher at C.E.S. 90 Elementary School in the Bronx, NY. He is a member of the New York City Teaching Fellows, an alternative certification program for professionals interested in teaching in public schools in New York City. Teaching fellows attend graduate school at night to earn their master’s of education degrees. Chew is attending Fordham University’s graduate school of business. He resides in New York, NY.

Daniel Laufer, B.S. 1991, assistant professor of marketing at the University of Cincinnati, was quoted in a January 21, 2004 Wall Street Journal article on consumer reaction to mad cow disease. Laufer is an expert on consumer reaction to product harm crises and has conducted research in both the U.S. and overseas. He resides in Cincinnati, OH.

Christopher Mullery, B.A. 1991, is vice president at Smith Barney in Los Angeles, CA. He joined the national brokerage firm in 1990 and in 1997 created a regional planning center that focuses on comprehensive wealth planning for the high net worth marketplace. Mullery is a little league soccer coach and resides with his family in Mission Viejo, CA.

Walter J. Young, M.A. 1991, is manager of clinical contracts and outsourcing for Wyeth Research. Previously, he worked in the United Kingdom as the international manager of proposals and contracts for Omnicare Clinical Research. He resides in Wayne, PA.

Edward Zelmanow, B.A. 1991, joined the Portland, ME law firm of Greenberg & Greenberg, where he specializes in disability insurance law, contracts and estate planning. He lives in Gorham, ME.

Felicia Iggulden, B.A. 1992, was named media traffic coordinator for Crowley Webb and Associates, a Buffalo, NY-based marketing communications agency. She resides in Hamburg, NY.

Lorna A. Malcolm, B.A. 1992, is the director of development and alumni relations for Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus. She is a board member of the New York City chapter of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the fund-raising consultant to the Fort Lee, NJ, Community Fund board of directors. Malcolm was recently featured on the Black Enter-prise Television program BET Report, in a segment on salary negotiations. She resides in Fort Lee.

Suzanne Abair, J.D. 1993, has joined Northland Investment Corporation, a leading privately held real estate investment development company, as vice president and general counsel. In this new position, she will oversee all the firm’s legal matters, including transaction structuring, capital formation, execution of financing transactions and acquisition due diligence. Abair resides in Boston, MA.

Jeannette Abrahamson, B.A. 1993 & B.A. 1993, is business development manager of the Tropicana Juice business for all convenience stores in the southeast and southwest regions of the United States. In this position, she manages sales and promotional dollars for the Tropicana business. Abrahamson resides in Alpharetta, GA.

Jeanette Altavela, Pharm.D. 1993 & B.S. 1987, received the Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award at the June conference of the Pharmacy Society of the State of New York in Lake Placid, NY. A clinical consulting pharmacist with the Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association (GRIPA), Altavela was nominated for her work with more than 50 primary care physicians in Rochester and surrounding communities. At GRIPA, Altavela works as part of the geriatric assessment team and also as part of a disease management team for chronic heart failure. She resides in Webster, NY.

Yvonne Downes, Ph.D. 1994, M.A. 1991 & B.A. 1986, has been named the 2004 “Outstanding Educator” by the Buffalo State College criminal justice A1 chapter. She received the award at the alumni chapter banquet held in March. Downes is a professor at Hilbert College, teaching primarily in the areas of family violence, women and criminal justice, criminology and diversity issues. In 2001, she received the Hilbert Excellence in Teaching Award for her superior teaching, classroom innovations and curricular development. Downes resides in Eden, NY.

Frederick M. Kincheloe, B.S. 1994, has received the Young Engineer of the Year Award from the Westchester/Putnam chapter of the New York State Society of Engineers. He is a managing engineer at Savin Engineers in Pleasantville, NY. Kincheloe resides in White Plains, NY.

Ota J. Ulc, M.Arch. 1994 & B.P.S. 1992, has been promoted to associate principal with the Thomas Group of Ithaca, NY. Ulc is also the manager of the Thomas Imaging Group, where he oversees architectural imaging and visualization services. He has been with the firm since 1996 and resides in Vestal, NY.

Luke Bellocchi, J.D. 1995, has been named counsel for the United States House of Representatives’ committee on the judiciary. Before this appointment, Bellocchi served at the U.S. State Department as an attorney for consular issues. Additionally, he is a lifetime member of Mensa, an organization of individuals whose IQ is in the top 2 percent of the population. Bellocchi resides in Bethesda, MD.

James E. Resetar, M.B.A. 1995 & B.S. 1989, has been named a corporate controller at Eastman Machine Company. He is a certified public accountant and resides in Buffalo, NY.

Scott Socha, M.B.A. 1995, has been promoted to the newly created position of assistant controller for Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, a division of Delaware North Companies, headquartered in Buffalo, NY. In this position, he will continue his responsibilities as financial analyst for the division, and will assume such additional roles as overseeing the finance function for the company’s operations. He lives in South Wales, NY.

Donna Cioppa, M.S.W. 1996, is in private practice as a child and family therapist at Mid-Coast Mental Health Center in Rockland, ME. She also works as a therapist for Miller Elementary School and A.D. Gray Middle School, both in Waldoboro, ME. Cioppa resides in Hallowell, ME.

Vincent Dunleavy, B.A. 1996, has been promoted to marketing director at NBC studios in New York, NY. In this position, he is responsible for development of the network’s sales marketing material and client sponsorship opportunities for Telemundo, the fastest growing Hispanic television network in the United States. Dunleavy lives in New York.

Anthony Fernando, B.S. 1996, was named “Pharmacy Director of the Year” by Cardinal Health at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ annual conference in New Orleans in December 2003. Fernando, director of pharmacy at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, NY, was recognized for his professional contributions, dedication to and advancement of the profession, and clinical, financial and operational excellence. He resides in East Amherst, NY.

Michael Ball, M.U.P. 1997, has accepted a position with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in Buffalo, NY, as a project manager. In this position, he will manage the Active Living Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and assist with planning efforts, landscape architecture and beautification projects throughout the medical campus. He will also administer federal and state appropriations dollars obtained for infrastructure projects. Ball resides in Buffalo.

Andrea S. Glaser, B.A. 1997, has joined the law firm of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith, Ravin, Davis & Himmel as an associate. She will work in the litigation department at the firm’s Roseland, NJ, office. In the past, Glaser served as a law clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Kay, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, Washington, DC. She lives in Milburn, NJ.

Scott R. Orndoff, B.A. 1997, has joined the firm of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer, Monte & Pajak as an associate. He will be working with the other members of the firm in handling litigation files, as well as other general practice matters. Orndoff also coaches a junior football team in Amherst, NY. He resides in Buffalo, NY.

Matthew Rider, B.S. 1997, was selected to receive technical honors in the 2003 technical honors program from the Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. Honorees for this award are chosen through a peer-based selection process involving online rating by individual technical contributors, as well as evaluation and selection by a committee of representatives from various engineering disciplines. Rider is a senior electrical engineer at Raytheon Company and resides in Berlin, MA.

Ann M. Brosnan, B.S. 1998, is a supplier quality engineer with General Electric in Erie, PA. In this position, she is responsible for the quality of purchased parts that go into the main cab and final assembly of locomotives. Brosnan lives in Erie.

Tiffany Mathews, B.S. 1998, is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University in December 2003. Mathews lives in Winston-Salem, NC.

Michael Walline, B.A. 1998, is a financial analyst at Forge Consulting in Buffalo, NY. He is a seven-time Buffalo Theatre Award (Artie) nominee in the areas of direction, choreography and acting, winning in 2001 for outstanding choreography of a musical for Pippin. Additionally, Walline has been commissioned to write a musical on the life of Louis Prima, entitled Zooma Zooma: The Essence of Prima. He resides in Buffalo.

Matthew S. Balling, M.U.P. 1999, is a senior planner for the Genesee County (NY) department of planning. In this position, he is in charge of implementing public policy on land use and zoning. He received certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2002. Balling is a member of the Town of Clarence’s municipal review committee, as well as president of Adironmaps, a cartographic company that produces custom adventure mapping for backpackers and snowmobilers in New York State. He resides in Williamsville, NY.

Barbara Porter, Ph.D. 1999 & B.A. 1974, has been named associate dean of arts and sciences at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. A member of the Canisius faculty since 1982, she served most recently as associate director of the college’s career center. Porter has also taught in the departments of English, academic development and women’s studies. She resides in Kenmore.

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