UB Today Alumni Magazine Online - Fall 2004
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Cynthia Rauso, B.A. 1973
Patrick D. Sculley, D.D.S. 1973
Yvonne Villano-Hassett, B.F.A. 2001


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1980s Classnotes

Andrea Decapua, Ed.M. 1980 & B.A. 1975, is a professor at New York University’s Steinhart School of Education in the department of multicultural/multilingual studies. In 2004, she published Crossing Cultures in the Language Classroom (University of Michigan Press), which links theory with experiential activities that can be used in teacher training, as well as certification programs. Decapua lives in Old Tappan, NJ.

Alan Mathios, B.A. 1980, rode with two other UB graduates (G. Lawrence McNally, B.S. 1980 & Timothy McNally, B.A. 1984) on a 210-mile bicycle trip from New York City to Saratoga Springs on June 11–13, 2004, to raise awareness and funds for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, the United Ostomy Association and the IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) Quilt Project. He is a professor and associate chair and director of undergraduate studies in the department of policy analysis and management at Cornell University. Mathios lives in Ithaca, NY.

G. Lawrence McNally, B.S. 1980, is a clinical professor of pediatrics at the UB Medical School and a pediatrician at Suburban Pediatrics. He rode with two other UB graduates (Alan Mathios, B.A. 1980 & Timothy McNally, B.A. 1984) on a 210-mile bicycle trip from New York City to Saratoga Springs on June 11–13, 2004, to raise awareness and funds for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, the United Ostomy Association and the IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) Quilt Project. McNally resides in Williamsville, NY.

Ellen Tedaldi, M.D. 1980, received the 2004 exemplar of humanism in medicine award from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, PA. The award was established to reflect the College of Physicians’ commitment to improving the doctor-patient relationship by recognizing Philadelphia’s noteworthy physicians who practice humanism in medicine. Professor of medicine at Temple University and director of Temple’s comprehensive HIV program, Tedaldi serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Safe Families and the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Academy of HIV Medicine. She lives in Philadelphia.

Andrew Carle, B.S. 1981, was one of four individuals nationally to receive a 2004 Leaders in Aging Award from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. His specific Leaders In Aging Award, the Mentor Leadership Award, recognized his efforts to establish the nation’s first undergraduate and graduate curricula in the field of assisted living at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. The program has received national attention for its innovation, including its “student mystery shops” program, internships in hospitality services management at Walt Disney World Resorts and a private/public partnership with Sunrise Senior Living. Carle is an assistant professor at George Mason and the director of this program. He lives in Oak Hill, VA.

Mike Carroll, B.A. 1981, is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. In June 2004, he received a master of science degree in national resource management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and was recently assigned to the Department of Defense’s joint staff at the Pentagon. He resides in Alexandria, VA.

Marilyn J. Ciancio, Ed.M. 1982 & B.A. 1975, received a Telly Award at the 2004 national Telly Awards competition. The award is given to showcase and recognize outstanding non-national television programming. Ciancio is the producer and host of Artscope, a program that showcases Western New York’s artistic and cultural endeavors and events, as well as the region’s cultural treasures. She was recognized with a Telly Award in 2003 and an Artvoice Artie Awards Citation for Excellence in 2001. Ciancio resides in Eggertsville, NY.

Thomas Koestler, Ph.D. 1982, has been named vice president for worldwide regulatory affairs for the Schering-Plough Research Institute. In this position, he will focus his efforts on the globalization of regulatory affairs, supporting critical quality assurance activities within the company and strengthening the link between the company and the global pharmaceutical business. He will also assume leadership of the allergy/inflammation therapy team and continue to develop the strategies and direction of the key therapy area. He lives in Pittstown, NJ.

Rajeev Parikh, Ph.D. 1982, has been named provost and vice president of academic affairs at Delaware State University. In this position, he will be responsible for academic endeavors at the university, including planning, program, policy and faculty development and management and curriculum administration. Parikh was professor and chair of the business division at Wilmington College. He lives in New Castle, DE.

Clifford M. Sales, B.S. 1982, has been elected president of the Vascular Society of New Jersey. He is chief of vascular surgery at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ, a practicing vascular surgeon with Cardiovascular Care Group and an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. Sales resides in Short Hills, NJ.

Gary Klatsky, Ph.D. 1983, has been designated as director of the interdisciplinary master’s program in human computer interaction at SUNY Oswego in Oswego, NY. The program is a partnership among the departments of psychology, computer science and graphic design. Klatsky is associate professor at the college and resides in Liverpool, NY.

Thomas R. Pellitieri, B.A. 1983, is a database manager and systems administrator for Century Equipment, a Toro distributor serving Ohio and parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and West Virginia. He is a founding board member of the International U2 Users Group and resides in Toledo, OH.

Barbara Edberg Schirmer, Ed.D. 1983 & B.S. 1971, is the vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Detroit Mercy. She assumed the position on July 12, 2004 and lives in Novi, MI.

Timothy McNally, B.A. 1984, is a vice president at Merrill Lynch and rode with two other UB graduates (Alan Mathios, B.A. 1980 & G. Lawrence McNally, B.S. 1980) on a 210-mile bicycle trip from New York City to Saratoga Springs on June 11–13, 2004. The trip raised awareness and funds for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, the United Ostomy Association and the IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) Quilt Project. McNally resides in New York, NY.

Ellen Pierino, M.L.S. 1984 & B.A. 1972, has joined the advisory council for the UB Center for the Arts. She is the director of library services for Damon & Morey and is a member of the Erie County Cultural Resources Advisory Board. She has been a board member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society and has served in various positions on the orchestra’s women’s committee, including two terms as president. Pierino lives in Buffalo, NY.

David Szczerbacki, Ph.D. 1984, is provost and vice president of academic affairs at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY. Previously, he was with Alfred University for 22 years, advancing from professor in the college of business, to dean of the college and then provost of academic and statutory affairs. He lives in Wellsville, NY.

Osvaldo F. Torres, B.A. 1984, is a partner at Montello & Torres in Miami, FL. He focuses his practice on corporate law matters, representing many clients from Latin America. Torres is a former general counsel for HBO Latin America and lives in Weston, FL.

Kathleen Camelo, M.D. 1985, director of the Center for Student Health and Psychological Services at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, is the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. The award recognizes the outstanding performance of SUNY’s teaching faculty and staff. Camelo has written or coauthored two grants in the past two years—the healthy campus community project grant and a preventing violence against women grant obtained from the U.S. Department of Justice. She is a member of the New York State College Health Association and resides in Plattsburgh, NY.

Carolyn Cohen Halbert, M.A. 1985, received a second master’s degree in epidemiology from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2002 and is now an epidemiologist and clinical researcher for the state of Virginia. She lives in Glen Allen, VA.

Patricia Group Ryder, B.S. 1985, has been appointed accounting manager for the Tedlar plant in Buffalo, NY, and the Fluoroproducts plant in Louisville, KY. Both plants are part of DuPont, where Ryder has worked for 25 years. She resides in Grand Island, NY.

Randall P. Andreozzi, J.D. 1987, has been named a partner at the firm of Webster Szanyi in Buffalo, NY, focusing his practice on complex tax controversy and consulting matters. He is a former senior trial attorney and national industry counsel for the chief counsel’s office of the Internal Revenue Service. Andreozzi lives in East Amherst, NY.

Michael A. Benson, J.D. 1987, is a division chief for the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, a position he has held since 1998. He also serves as the chief of administrative services, building security and internal affairs at the sheriff’s office. Benson serves on the board of directors of Canisius College and the New York Special Olympics. He lives in Elma, NY.

Erwin H. Ford II, Ph.D. 1988, M.A. 1984 & B.A. 1974, is an associate professor of literature and the Bible at Albany State University in Albany, GA. Most recently, he was a trout habitat and environmental conservationist working in the Chattahoochee National Forest for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He lives in Newnan, GA.

James Hoefler, Ph.D. 1988 & M.A. 1988, professor of political science and coordinator of the policy studies program at Dickinson College, is the 2004 recipient of the Dickinson College Distinguished Teaching Award. This annual award, determined by the college’s faculty, recognizes outstanding teaching and is the highest honor given to a Dickinson faculty member. Hoefler specializes in American politics with particular emphasis on public policy analysis, state and local government and public administration. He is also the campus liaison for the “Dickinson semester,” allowing students to earn credits during a semester of experiential immersion through internship opportunities in the Washington, DC area. He is the author of Managing Death (Westview Press, 1997), which examines the medical, legal, ethical and clinical aspects of right- to-die issues, and lives in Carlisle, PA.

Alan F. Joslyn, Ph.D. 1988 & B.S. 1981, has joined Penwest Pharmaceuticals as senior vice president of research and development. In this position, he will be responsible for the company’s clinical operations, regulatory affairs, pharmaceutical development and technology research. He lives in Yardley, PA.

Karl F. Krebs, M.B.A. 1988, has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer of Wyoming County Bank in Warsaw, NY. He is a former senior vice president/chief financial officer and program director for HSBC Brokerage North America. Krebs lives in Clarence Center, NY.

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