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1970s Classnotes

Kenneth Bork, B.S. 1971, has been named assistant vice president of commercial lending at First Niagara Bank. He lives in Tonawanda, NY.

Valerie J. Rosenhoch, B.A. 1971, has been named vice president of legislative and regulatory policy for Univera Healthcare, an HMO in Western New York. In this position, she will be responsible for identifying, analyzing, communicating and implementing key legislative and regulatory policy issues affecting the company. Rosenhoch lives in Buffalo, NY.

Mark W. Huddleston, B.A. 1972, was elected the 15th president of Ohio Wesleyan University. He has been dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware since 2001 and lives in Delaware, OH.

Robin Kessler, B.A. 1972, is a founding partner of Arch Financial Group, a financial management corporation with offices in Boca Raton, FL, Boynton Beach, FL and New York, NY. As a fee-based financial planner, Kessler provides clients with a roadmap of how to achieve retirement with the lifestyle they desire. She also recently completed the examination and requirements to earn her certified financial planner designation. Kessler resides in Boca Raton.

Anthony Latona, J.D. 1972, has been appointed to the Amherst redevelopment committee of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency and will serve as the sole legal counsel to the committee. Latona is a partner at Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel, where he focuses his practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, business disputes, contract litigation and construction litigation. He lives in East Amherst, NY.

John I. Salomon, B.S. 1972, has joined LECG (Law and Economic Consulting Group) as the managing director of the national forensic accounting practice and as a member of the management advisory committee. In this position, he will consult and review expert testimony in the areas of forensic accounting and damages, partnership and shareholder disputes, post- acquisition disputes and insurance losses. Salomon has been a frequent lecturer for the New York State Bar Association, the Risk and Insurance Management Society and the New York State Office of Court Administration. He has also been included in The Best Lawyers in America: Directory of Experts. Salomon resides in McLean, VA.

Craig R. Smith, M.D. 1972, president and chief executive officer of Guilford Pharmaceuticals, has agreed to serve on Depomed’s board of directors. He was also named a nominee in Depomed’s proxy statement for its 2004 annual meeting of shareholders. Smith resides in Baltimore, MD.

Mark D. Weiner, B.A. 1972, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Council for Jewish Elderly (CJE), a Chicago-based provider of services for older adults. CJE’s range of services extends from assisting those who live in their own homes but need occasional physical or psychological support, to those who need protection and care in a long-term facility. Weiner comes to CJE with more than 25 years of senior health-care management experience. He lives in Wilmette, IL.

Jim Walsh, J.D. 1973, has been named senior vice president and general counsel for America West Airlines. In this position, he will oversee all legal affairs for the Phoenix-based airline. Walsh lives in San Antonio, TX.

Bob Gorsky, B.A. 1974, is a partner at Lyon, Gorsky, Baskett, Haring, Gilbert & Cates in Dallas, TX. He focuses his practice in the areas of labor, employment and personal injury with an emphasis on representation of law enforcement and firefighter labor organizations in the Dallas area. He lives in Plano, TX.

Norman J. Sfeir, M.S. 1974, has been named chair of the department of medicine at Sisters Hospital in Buffalo, NY. He is a managing partner at the Pulmonary Group of Western New York and lives in East Amherst, NY.

Pamela D. Heilman, J.D. 1975, has received the Athena Award, which honors an individual who “has attained the highest level of professional excellence, demonstrates dedication to leadership opportunities for women professionals and provides significant assistance on their behalf.” Heilman is vice president of the business division at Hodgson Russ and is also a member of the firm’s corporate and securities and international/cross-border practice groups. She lives in Buffalo, NY.

Charles G. Humphrey, J.D. 1975, spoke on the topic of “ERISA Fiduciary Issues: Post-Enron” at the Framingham, MA and White Plains, NY sessions of the annual Northeast Area Employee Benefits Conference held June 10–11, 2004. He is the director of ERISA Technical Services for M&T Trust Company. Humphrey resides in Williamsville, NY.

Pam Neely, B.S. 1975, is an assistant professor in the school of business at the Rochester Institute of Technology, teaching in the management information systems department. Neely practiced as a certified public accountant for 20 years and resides in Fairport, NY.

Edward Kelly, J.D. 1976 & B.A. 1973, legal counsel to East Tennessee State University and the Quillen College of Medicine, was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach law in Kiev, Ukraine, in the spring semester of 2005. He will teach in the areas of civil rights and disability law. Kelly is a faculty member in the educational leadership and professional development department at East Tennessee State and resides in Jonesborough, TN.

Richard King, Ph.D. 1976, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research and lecture at the National Chengchi University in Taiwan for the 2004–2005 academic year. He is one of approximately 800 professionals who annually travel abroad to some 140 countries through the Fulbright Scholar program. Professor and director of the division of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Northern Colorado, King recently served as the interim vice president for research and graduate studies, as well as the dean of the graduate school there. He lives in Fort Collins, CO.

Gary Muldoon, J.D. 1976, received the Raymond J. Pauley Award from the Monroe County Bar Association for his contributions to legal education. A frequent speaker on such topics as legal writing, criminal law and appellate practice, he resides in Fairport, NY.

Lawrence B. Schlachter, M.D. 1976 & D.D.S. 1973, has graduated from the John Marshall School of Law in Atlanta, GA. He is a board-certified neurological surgeon, and plans to continue his medical practice while practicing law related to health issues after passing the bar exam. Schlachter lives in Roswell, GA.

Daniel W. Chan, Ph.D. 1977, has received the inaugural Morton K. Schwartz Award for significant contributions in cancer research diagnostics. Chan is a professor of pathology, oncology, radiology and urology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, director of the clinical chemistry division and codirector of the pathology core lab at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He resides in Clarksville, MD.

John MacDonald, B.A. 1977, has been elected president of the Washington State Association of School Psychologists. A school psychologist for the Seattle Public School District, he resides in Poulsbo, WA.

Scott D. Goldstein, M.D. 1978, has been named director of colon and rectal surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He is also an assistant professor of surgery at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Goldstein resides in Bryn Mawr, PA.

James Tyrpak, B.A. 1978, has been selected for the American Funds All-American Team, based on his support for the American Funds ideal of sound investment advice and for helping his clients reach their financial goals. President of Desmon, Kohnstamm & Tyrpak, he has been in the financial field for 25 years. He lives in Williamsville, NY.

Carol Buer, M.S. 1979, is vice president of professional services at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago, IL. Since 2001, she has led the hospital’s “culture of excellence” initiative, guiding 11 action teams to help Saint Joseph become the hospital of choice on Chicago’s lakefront. Buer lives in Oak Park, IL.

Keith Itzler, B.S. 1979, senior associate and assistant branch manager of Dewberry’s New York, NY office, has been awarded first prize in the American Institute of Steel Construction’s (AISC) multi-story residential design competition. Itzler won for his proposal to develop a composite floor system that incorporates structural steel and autoclaved aerated concrete, an innovation that could yield significant construction savings. The competition drew entries from architects, students, builders, inventors and engineers. Evaluation criteria included economic viability, contribution in terms of useful span and system depth, constructability, serviceability and durability. Itzler has been with Dewberry since 1992 and lives in Commack, NY.

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