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Bruce Sanders (aka Odysseus), B.A. ’70 & B.A. ’70
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Carolyn Darch, ED.M. ’74
Ariel Shea, B.A. ’98
Meegan M. Michalek, M.A. ’01


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1970s Classnotes

*Thomas Brown, B.A. 1970, has been elected to the board of directors for Quidel, a leading provider of point-of-care rapid diagnostic tests. Before retiring in 2002, Brown served for 28 years as a medical diagnostics professional at Abbott Laboratories. He resides in Libertyville, IL.

Shelley Drake, B.A. 1970, is the administrative vice president of Western New York commercial banking for M&T Bank. She was included on Pacific Business News’ 2004 Women Who Mean Business list and lives in Snyder, NY.

*Patty L. Donegan, Ed.M. 1971, has been promoted to the post of literacy coach at MacFarland Middle School, part of the District of Columbia’s public school system. Before her promotion, she was a reading teacher. Donegan resides in Washington, DC.

Kenneth C. Drake, M.B.A. 1971, was named a cochair for the Hospice Foundation’s 2004 annual appeal by the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care. He will also cochair the 2004-2005 Signature Society, a volunteer fund-raising group of the Hospice Foundation, with his wife, Shelley. Drake resides in Snyder, NY.

Patricia D. Kroboth, B.S. 1971, has been named dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. She has served as interim dean since 2002 and has held leadership positions within the school since 1984. Kroboth’s career-long focus has been the relationship between concentrations and responses to drug use, or pharmacodynamic approaches. She lives in Pittsburgh.

Gregory Hudecki, D.D.S. 1972, has been appointed to a three-year term on the St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute’s board of directors. He has a private dentistry practice in Amherst, NY, and was inducted into the institute’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998 and received its Athletic Leadership Award the same year. He lives in Buffalo, NY.

Craig R. Smith, M.D. 1972, has joined the board of directors for La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company. He is the chair, president and chief executive officer of Guilford Pharmaceuticals, where he has worked since 1993. Before joining Guilford, Smith was senior vice president of business and market development at Centocor Inc. He serves on the boards of the Maryland chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Greater Baltimore (MD) Committee and the Greater Baltimore High Tech Council. He lives in Baltimore.

Marsha Henderson, B.A. 1973, president of KeyBank-Western New York, was named the 2004 Niagara Frontier Executive of the Year. She was recognized for her career success, civic leadership and professional integrity. Henderson chairs the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, and also serves on several local boards, including those of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency and the University at Buffalo Foundation. She received the award at the 55th annual UB School of Management Alumni Association Awards banquet in November 2004. She lives in Williamsville, NY.

Thomas Lombardo, M.D. 1973, was honored by the Kaleida Health Foundation during its “Excellence in Philanthropy” celebration for his work as chair of the physician division during the “Growing for our Community Campaign.” He is a physician at Meadowlands Professional Park and resides in East Aurora, NY.

*James S. Marks, M.D. 1973, has been named president and director of the health group at the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. He has been the acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Coordinating Center for Health Information and Service. Throughout his career at the CDC, he has developed and advanced systematic ways to address the nation’s growing epidemic of obesity, and to reduce tobacco use and prevent diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Marks lives in Princeton, NJ.

Louis B. Mendelsohn, M.S.W. 1973, is president and chief executive officer of Market Technologies, the leading provider of intermarket analysis futures trading software. The company was recently named to the prestigious “Inc. 500 List,” ranking 420 out of more than 500,000 companies that were considered. Inc. Magazine conducts the competition each year to rank the 500 fastest-growing private companies within the United States. Mendelsohn’s company earned its position because of an impressive four-year total growth of 359 percent in sales from 2000 to 2003. He lives in Wesley Chapel, FL.

Michele Miller, B.A. 1973, is the editor and publisher of Western New York Family Magazine. She founded the magazine in 1984 and has since helped it to become a trusted family resource in Western New York, reaching a monthly readership of 70,000. Miller was a 2003 Athena Award nominee and the 1995 recipient of the Buffalo Zoo’s Polar Bites Community Award. She resides in Tonawanda, NY.

James Sampson, B.S. 1973, has been named president and chief executive officer of Gateway–Longview, a private, not-for-profit human service organization. He is the former president and CEO of Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin, where he was an active leader in developing innovative services for Wisconsin’s children. Sampson lives in Buffalo, NY.

Deborah Stein, B.A. 1973, has been named director of senior adult and family services, a newly created position at Manchester Senior Center in Manchester, CT. She has served as a case management supervisor in the Town of Manchester since 1987, working in the elderly and family services division of the human services department. Stein resides in Glastonbury, CT.

Ellen Stern, B.A. 1973, is a mixed media artist specializing in mosaic tile. She was one of 40 Michigan artists, age 40 or older, whose self-portrait was featured in an exhibit at Detroit’s Gem Theatre. The exhibit was held in connection with the open-ended run of Menopause: The Musical, which celebrates the joys and challenges that women encounter as they age. She lives in Farmington Hills, MI.

Diana M. Bonta, B.S. 1974, has assumed the newly created position of vice president of public affairs for Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California region. In this position, she will direct Kaiser Permanente’s public policy agenda for Southern California and hold responsibilities that include community benefit, community relations, government relations and multimedia activities. Bonta is the former director of the California Department of Health Services, and also designed California’s anti-fraud initiative, which is now nationally replicated. She also established the nation’s first hospital nurse-patient ratios. Bonta resides in Los Angeles.

Frank Giblin, Ph.D. 1974, has been named director of the Eye Research Institute at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. He has authored more than 84 publications in journals and has presented lectures nationally and at international scientific forums. Previously the institute’s interim director, Giblin focuses his research on the formation of cataracts. He lives in Rochester Hills, MI.

Michael Holtz, M.Arch. 1974, president of Architectural Energy Corporation, has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Fellows have made notable and significant contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture; they are selected annually and represent the highest membership honor given to an architect. Holtz was recognized for his more than 30 years of energy and environmental research and design, and was nominated by the Northern Colorado chapter of the AIA. He lives in Boulder, CO.

James McLeod, J.D. 1974, has joined the board of the Western New York Foundation. He is a Buffalo City Court Judge and a former hearing examiner for Erie County Family Court. McLeod is a founding member of the Black Leadership Forum and resides in Buffalo.

*Mary Wagner, Ed.M.1974, is vice president and long-term care administrator at Kaleida Health. She is a national lecturer, past president of the American College of Health Care Administrators for New York State and a Fulbright Rhodes Scholar, having studied at the University of Gujarat in Ahmedabad, India. Wagner also serves as an adjunct faculty member at D’Youville College’s department of health services administration, and is a preceptor for the New York State Department of Health for training nursing home administrators. She resides in Kenmore, NY.

*Arthur A. Herdzik, J.D. 1975 & B.A. 1972, a partner of the Buffalo, NY law firm of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer, Monte & Pajak, was selected by the American Board of Trial Advocates to demonstrate trial methods in a continuing legal education program entitled “Masters in Trial,” held in December 2004 in Henrietta, NY. Herdzik served as a member of the defense team during a mock trial held before a panel of jurors. He lives in Lancaster, NY.

Craig Johnston, Ph.D. 1975 & M.A. 1971, was elected as a director for the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara. He is a director in the international division at Columbus McKinnon and resides in Buffalo, NY.

Fred Kubus, B.A. 1975, a combat engineer for the National Guard, is on active duty and has reported to Iraq to help rebuild the nation. As an engineer brigade commander of the 42nd Infantry Division, he has helped in several other crises, including the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Kubus has been in the Army National Guard for almost 35 years. He lives in Tonawanda, NY.

Art Mann, B.S. 1975, has joined Silicon Mechanics as vice president of sales. In this position, he will oversee all sales force strategies for the three-year-old company. He brings senior-level IT infrastructure product and sales experience to the job, having served as global account sales executive at Compaq, where he oversaw such accounts as Amazon.com and Walt Disney Internet Group. Mann is also a past assistant dean of Babson College, as well as a guest lecturer at the University of Washington Business School. He lives in Bainbridge Island, WA.

*Terrence McKelvey, J.D. 1975, and his wife, *Rubie, M.A. 1998 & B.S. 1975, were honored with the Family Life Award by the Buffalo Urban League. They were recognized for their assistance to urban youth through sponsorship of enrichment programs, college tours and ski instruction sessions. He is an attorney at the law office of Terrence McKelvey. She is a school psychologist for the Buffalo Public School System. They reside in Amherst, NY.

Steven M. Rapp, B.A. 1975, has been named general counsel of the PepsiCo Bottling Group. He is an 18-year veteran of the Pepsi system, having joined PepsiCo as a lawyer in 1986, and has since led the legal work for the company in areas that include acquisitions, financings and public company requirements. Rapp lives in Waccabuc, NY.

Richard Welke, Ph.D. 1975 & M.B.A. 1970, is a professor of computer information systems and director for the Center for Process Innovation at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. He is the 2005 recipient of the Cor Wit chair at Delft University of Technology, a position awarded annually to an internationally renowned researcher in the field of telecommunications and informatics. He resides in Roswell, GA.

Timothy Noe, B.S. 1976, has been appointed production manager of Goodyear Dunlop Tires’ Buffalo manufacturing facility. He lives in Buffalo, NY.

Audrey Siegel-Mevorah, B.A. 1976, has received the Working Mother of the Year Award from the Advertising Women of New York and Working Mother Magazine. She is the cofounder and director of client services at TargetCast, a new media agency that focuses on providing top research and tools, plus a strong management team, to leading advertisers who are looking for personalized services. Siegel-Mevorah lives in West Hempstead, NY.

Neil Beneck, M.D. 1977, has been appointed to the Lahey Clinic’s Arlington Pediatrics Practice in Arlington, MA. He comes to Lahey after more than 20 years with the South Boston Community Health Center. Beneck lives in Cambridge, MA.

*Vincent Agnello, J.D. 1978 & B.A. 1975, has been appointed as a director of Artpark and Company for the 2005 season. He is an assistant law professor at Niagara University’s College of Business Administration and lives in Youngstown, NY.

Jane Green, Ph.D. 1978, has been named vice president of corporate communications for Dynavax Technologies. In this position, she will be responsible for the company’s external and internal communications programs, including investor, public and media relations, as well as communications strategies. She resides in San Francisco, CA.

Peter Hill, B.A. 1978, owner and chiropractor at Boston Copley Square Chiropractic Office, held a seminar entitled “Tips on Feeling Younger” in October at Fruitlands Museum and Tea Room in Harvard, MA. The seminar addressed chiropractic care and discussed how to lead a young and healthy lifestyle throughout the years. Hill was voted Chiropractor of the Year by the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society in 2000. He lives in Weston, MA.

*Vikki Pryor, J.D. 1978 & B.A. 1975, was honored by the Minority Bar Association of Western New York with the President’s Award at the organization’s 22nd annual Scholarship Dinner held in Buffalo. Pryor, president and CEO of SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance, was honored for her creation of the “Promise Prize,” a $5,000 award bestowed annually on a student of African descent who has shown academic achievement and professional promise during the first year at the University at Buffalo’s Law School. (See profile of Pryor in UB Today, Winter 2005.) She lives in New Rochelle, NY.

Sundar (“Sandy”) Raman, M.B.A. 1978, , has been named vice president of resource development at Johnson & Johnson. In this position, he is responsible for global resourcing of all information management- and business process-related activities. He will also be a member of the corporate executive committee. Before joining Johnson & Johnson in 2001, Raman worked in marketing, finance and information systems at ExxonMobil Corporation. He lives in Chester, NJ.

Kevin Seitz, M.B.A. 1978 & B.S. 1971, is the new vice chancellor for administration and finance at East Carolina University. In this position, he will oversee the university’s budgets, human resources and campus operations, including facilities and university police. Seitz was previously vice president for university services at UB. He joined the East Carolina University staff in February 2005, and lives in Greenville, NC.

Lisa Bender, Ph.D. 1979, is a vice president at the MITRE Corporation, located in Bedford, MA, which advises the federal government on applied systems engineering and research and development issues. Since joining MITRE eight years ago, she has helped restructure its human resources department and improve systems of organization for employees. Bender lives in Harvard, MA.

Robert Fritzinger, Ed.M. 1979 & B.A. 1976, is the chief executive officer at Zenhire, a New Hampshire firm that provides automated hiring solutions using technology reengineered from his other company, Microlanguage. In November 2004, Fritzinger and Zenhire officially launched its Zensuite Applicant Triage technology, which automatically scans documents such as resumes, applications and job postings, for relevance to job requirements. This technology will reduce the number of unqualified applicants considered by human resource professionals. It will be targeted at mid-level companies that rely on services that handle millions of resumes, such as Monster.com or Hotjobs. Fritzinger lives in Buffalo, NY.

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