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Bruce Sanders (aka Odysseus), B.A. ’70 & B.A. ’70
Gail Dener, B.S. ’72
Carolyn Darch, ED.M. ’74
Ariel Shea, B.A. ’98
Meegan M. Michalek, M.A. ’01


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1990s Classnotes

Phillip Belgrader, Ph.D. 1990 & M.A. 1986, is a chief biologist at Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems’ Chemical Biology Defense Technology Center. He has several government contracts to work on next-generation air monitoring systems for bio-agent detection and has been involved in developing bio-detection instruments for almost 10 years. Belgrader lives in Severana Park, MD.

David DiLapi, B.S. 1990, has received a Hometown Hero Award from Intrepid and A&P Supermarkets. He owns a private CPA practice and is the vice president of the Putnam County chapter of Habitat for Humanity. DiLapi received the community service award for his work with Habitat for Humanity in the Putnam area. He resides in Putnam Valley, NY.

*Diane Wonch, Ed.D. 1990 & M.S. 1978, has been elected to the board of trustees for Trocaire College. She is the director of patient education at the VA Western New York Healthcare System and resides in Williamsville, NY.

Steven Diloia, B.S. 1991, has been named a manufacturing consultant at the Western New York Technology Development Center, a Buffalo-based consulting services provider. He previously served as a quality assurance manager with Enidine Inc. and a supplier quality engineer with Motorola. Diloia lives in Buffalo.

Pamela Geib, B.S. 1991, has been promoted to supervisor in the tax advisory group at the public accounting firm of Dopkins & Company. She joined the firm in 1995 and is a member of its medical advisory group. Geib lives in Clarence Center, NY.

Wenfan Yan, Ph.D. 1991 & M.A. 1989, has received a 2004–2005 Fulbright Scholar grant to teach graduate courses at the Southwest Normal University in Chongqing, China. He will teach courses for Chinese students who are majoring in education administration and will also advise Chinese colleagues on curriculum development for higher education administration programs, advise in doctoral dissertation writing and conduct workshops on large-scale policy analysis in higher education. Yan is a professional studies in education professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Indiana, PA.

*W. Michael Cassell, M.B.A. 1992, has joined the accounting firm of Noonan & Jewell as an associate. He is a former firm administrator with Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel and lives in North Tonawanda, NY.

Andrew Isenberg, J.D. 1992, has been selected the ranking non-judicial officer supervising the Buffalo-based Eighth Judicial District. He is a first assistant county attorney and part of county government’s legal department, a post he has held for the past five years. In his new position, he will oversee the fiscal, operational and human resource activities of the district, dealing with its 90 judges and 700 staff members. Isenberg resides in Williamsville, NY.

*Judith Abbott Shanley, J.D. 1992 & M.S. 1977, is the executive director of Southeast Works, a not-for-profit organization in Buffalo, NY. The organization builds small communities to support work, independent living and community inclusion by establishing multiple programs to help persons with the full range of developmental disabilities reach their desired potential. She is chair of the Buffalo Fire/EMS Implementation Task Force and lives in Buffalo.

George L. Snyder, J.D. 1992 & B.S. 1987, is an attorney in the intellectual property and technology practice group at Hodgson Russ. A registered patent attorney experienced in mechanical and optical technologies, he served on the faculty of the New York State Bar Association’s continuing legal education seminar entitled “Bridging the Gap: Intellectual Property” held in October 2004. The seminar offered an overview of issues often encountered in copyright, trademark and patent law, including specific challenges that arise in real-world intellectual property matters. At the seminar, Snyder presented “Patents: A Primer for Corporate Counsel and Business Lawyers on How to Avoid Common Pitfalls and the Forfeiture of Patent Rights.” He lives in Buffalo, NY.

Catherine Thomas, J.D. 1992, was chair and moderator of a continuing legal education (CLE) program entitled “Stalking: Preventing a Workplace Disaster.” She is a clinical instructor at the University at Buffalo’s Law School and at the University of Rochester’s Medical Center. The CLE program was sponsored by the Monroe County Bar Center for Education and the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys. Thomas resides in Rochester, NY.

Mary Beth Dunn, PMCRT 1993 & D.D.S. 1990, is a private practicing pediatric dentist and a pediatric attending dentist in the operating room at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, NY. She also serves as a clinical pediatric dental instructor at the University at Buffalo’s School of Dental Medicine. Dunn was the 1998 recipient of the American Dental Association’s Golden Apple Award, given annually to a young dentist in the United States. She has been inducted into the Dental Honor Society and the American and International Colleges of Dentists, an honor bestowed on only three percent of all dentists. She lives in East Amherst, NY.

Myron Glick, M.D. 1993, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award at Houghton College’s 2004 Founder’s Day Convocation. He was recognized for his commitment to service, humility and willingness to help those in need. Glick is the founding physician and CEO of Jericho Road Family Practice in Buffalo, NY, where he resides.

Jon Helmin, B.A. 1993, has been named manager of human resources at the Olmsted Center for the Visually Impaired. He has more than nine years’ experience in human resources and is the current president-elect for his local SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) chapter. He lives in Kenmore, NY.

Wendy Montante, J.D. 1993, has been appointed a director for the 2005 season of Artpark and Company. She is the co-owner of J.W. Daigler, a Snyder, NY business that offers original designs for announcements, invitations, calling cards, labels and personalized note cards. Montante lives in Clarence Center, NY.

*Lora Warkentin, D.N.S. 1993, was selected by the Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Buffalo to received the 2004 Woman of the Year Award. She has been the director of Cornerstone Manor, the Buffalo City Mission’s shelter for women and children, since 1994, and a BPW member since 1997. Warkentin is also an active member of the New York State Nurses Association, the Erie County Commission for Homelessness and the Cornell University Extension Board. She lives in Amherst, NY.

Timothy Wrotny, B.A. 1993, has been named a loan officer in the West Seneca and Jamestown, NY markets for 1st Priority Mortgage. He has more than seven years’ experience in the mortgage and banking field and resides in Lancaster, NY.

Mary Wydysh, J.D. 1993 & B.A. 1991, has been named a partner in the firm of Goldberg Segalla. She will concentrate her practice in the areas of construction litigation, product liability and labor and employment discrimination law. Wydysh is president of the Defense Trial Lawyers Association of Western New York and serves on the board of directors of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association. She lives in Buffalo, NY.

Martha Buyer, J.D. 1994, was named vice president of the board of directors for the Society of Telecommunications Consultants, an international organization of independent telecommunications consultants based in Fall River Mills, CA. She runs a private law practice with offices in Boulder, CO and East Aurora, NY, where she resides.

Deborah Gagnon, Ph.D. 1994 & M.A. 1989, has joined the faculty of Wells College as a visiting assistant professor of psychology. She previously taught at Temple University, Widener University and UB. Gagnon has also served as a technical consultant for the Armstrong Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. She lives in Ithaca, NY.

Kevin Hanrahan, M.B.A. 1994 & B.S. 1992, has been named vice president of Harold C. Brown & Co. He joined the firm in 2003 and serves as a senior research analyst. He lives in Williamsville, NY.

Michael Reilly, M.B.A. 1994 & B.S. 1993, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of trustees of Trocaire College in Buffalo, NY. He is president of HealthTrac and lives in Hamburg, NY.

Bruce Reinoso, J.D. 1994, has received the Dr. Evan Calkins Meritorious Service Award from the Network in Aging of Western New York. He is a partner in the Buffalo, NY, law firm of Magavern, Magavern & Grimm, concentrating his practice in the areas of health and elder law. Reinoso lives in Buffalo.

Thaddeus Szarzanowicz, M.D. 1994, a member of the Amherst Orthopedic Group, has been invited to practice at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville, NY. He is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and resides in Hamburg, NY.

David Tonucci, Ph.D. 1994, has been appointed adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Pharmacy. He is a project leader at Kendle International, which is part of a collaborative effort to create a new master’s program at the university in global drug development. The master’s program began in September 2004 and is one of only a few worldwide to focus on clinical development. It was designed to fulfill the growing need of biopharmaceutical companies and clinical research organizations for employees with cross-disciplinary training in scientific and regulatory aspects of global drug development. Tonucci lives in Cincinnati, OH.

Greg K. Gibbs, Ph.D. 1995, has accepted a position as assistant professor in educational leadership at St. Bonaventure University. He is the past director of instruction at Hamburg Central Schools in Hamburg, NY, where he resides.

Marguerite Hambleton, Ph.D. 1995 & B.A. 1981, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Catholic Health System. She is the president and CEO of AAA Western and Central New York. Since she assumed this position in 1985, she has helped the organization to become the 12th largest AAA club in the nation. In the past, she has served on numerous boards, including the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Canisius College, the SPCA and AAA National. Hambleton lives in Williamsville, NY.

Michael J. Johnson, B.A. 1996, has been promoted to assistant professor in student services at the Damon City Campus of Monroe Community College. He joined the college in 1999 and lives in Rochester, NY.

*Kathleen Kaney, M.B.A. 1996 & B.A. 1994, is the vice president of the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. She is president of the Charlotte chapter of the UB Alumni Association and serves on Leadership Charlotte’s annual awards celebration committee. Kaney was noted in the 40 Under 40 edition of Charlotte Business First. She resides in Charlotte.

Laurie Menzies, J.D. 1996, has joined UB graduate David Pfalzgraf (J.D. 1968) and Charles Beinhauer to open the law firm of Pfalzgraf, Beinhauer & Menzies, located in Cheektowaga, NY. The partnership has 60 years’ combined experience in elder law and estate planning and administration. She serves on the education committee for Network in Aging and the executive committee of the New York State Bar Association’s elder law section. Menzies lives in Williamsville, NY.

Amy Spina, B.A. 1996, was named as a council assistant for three council districts at Peoria (AZ) City Hall. She will work to resolve the concerns of residents in the Acacia, Mesquite and Willow council districts. Spina was formerly in the private sector performing marketing and communications tasks for the city. She lives in Avondale, AZ.

*Lynn Wolfgang Catalano, J.D. 1997, was recognized for her record of professional success and community involvement by Buffalo Business First at its 13th Annual 40 Under 40 luncheon held in October 2004. She is the executive director of Mount St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, a position she has held since 2000. Catalano lives in Lewiston, NY.

Paul Cordasco, B.A. 1997, has joined the firm of Starkman & Associates, a full-service public and investor relations firm. He is the former news editor and columnist for PRWeek Magazine, where he coordinated coverage of industry news and wrote a weekly column that explored the business issues facing North American public relations firms. Cordasco resides in Bronx, NY.

Elizabeth Wright, M.S.W. 1997 & J.D. 1997, has been named chair of the 2004–2005 board of directors of Parent Network of Western New York. She is a senior associate at the law firm of Bouvier Partnership, where she concentrates her practice in special education law and estate planning for persons with disabilities. Wright lives in Grand Island, NY.

Sara Bossert, B.A. 1998, has been named vice president at Marsh of Buffalo, an office of the leading insurance brokerage and risk advisement company. In this position, she will plan and implement sales and marketing plans for all Upstate New York offices located in Albany, Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse. Her responsibilities range from marketing, advertising, public relations and special event management to client/prospect research and database maintenance. Bossert lives in Amherst, NY.

Dennis Burke, M.B.A. 1998, the human resources and Canadian sales manager for Liberty Pumps, has been named Leadership Genesee’s 2004 Outstanding Alumnus. Leadership Genesee, a program of Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, honors an individual who is active in the program and fosters its mission by making Genesee County a better place to live. Burke is chair of Leadership Genesee’s steering committee and has been involved in facilitating the opening retreat for incoming Leadership Genesee classes. He is also vice chair for the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce and has served on its search committee. He lives in Bergen, NY.

Paul Cody, M.B.A. 1998 & B.S. 1992, has been named general partner and chief financial officer at Seed Capital Partners and JoRon Management LLC. He joined Seed Capital in 2000 and serves as the vice chair of Meals on Wheels of Buffalo and Erie County. Cody lives in Clarence, NY.

Michael R. Dimino Sr., B.A. 1998, is an assistant professor at the Widener School of Law in Harrisburg, PA. He joined the Widener faculty in July 2004 and teaches in the areas of constitutional law, election law and constitutional criminal procedure. Dimino is admitted to practice in New York, Pennsylvania and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He resides in Mechanicsburg, PA.

Ryan Everhart, J.D. 1998 & B.A. 1994, has received the Guardianship Volunteer Award from the Erie County Volunteer Lawyers Project. The award recognizes his efforts to help develop a pro bono project that enables families to obtain guardianship rights for relatives with mental retardation or other developmental disabilities when they reach the majority age of 18. Everhart is an attorney at the Buffalo, NY law firm of Hodgson Russ, practicing in the areas of education law and focusing on special education and developmental disabilities law. He provides legal representation and consultation to a number of school districts across Western New York. He lives in East Aurora, NY.

Kevin Greiner, J.D. 1998, M.Arch. 1988 & B.A. 1984, has been named senior project manager of Ciminelli Development Company, a commercial real estate, development and investment company in Williamsville, NY. He was most recently CEO and founding principal of Renewable Technologies LOC of Buffalo, NY, where he resides.

Joseph Reynolds, J.D. 1998, has joined the law firm of Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel of Buffalo, NY, as an associate. He is a member of the firm’s real estate practice group in the Buffalo and Amherst offices and concentrates his practice on commercial and residential real estate. Reynolds lives in Buffalo.

Sandra Valentin, B.A. 1998 & B.A. 1995, has been awarded the third annual “Marie Nesbitt Promise Prize” by the SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company. A second-year law student at the UB Law School, she received the award at the Minority Bar Association of Western New York’s Annual Scholarship dinner held in October 2004. The $5,000 prize award is given annually to a student of African descent who has shown academic achievement and professional promise during the first year of law school at UB. Valentin lives in Glenwood, NY.

Andra Ackerman, J.D. 1999, is the second assistant district attorney to Warren County’s District Attorney Kate Hogan. She previously spent nearly four years with outgoing district attorney Paul Clyne, focusing mostly on domestic violence and sex crimes. She lives in Cohoes, NY.

Jennifer Dolan, B.S. 1999, has been named manager of the audit and accounting department at Tronconi, Segarra & Hore of Williamsville, NY. She lives in Buffalo, NY.

Bin Guo, Ph.D. 1999, has received a $105,750 competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Breast Cancer Research Program to fund his efforts to develop a “smart drug” that will seek out and kill breast cancer cells without attacking normal human tissue. Guo, an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at North Dakota State University, hopes that the drug will help reduce the severe toxicity associated with current chemotherapy treatments. He lives in Fargo, ND.

Stephanie Miner, J.D. 1999, is an attorney with the law firm Blitman & King in Syracuse, NY, focusing her practice on labor law. In January 2002, she was elected council-at-large for the City of Syracuse Common Council. Since taking office, she has worked on such issues as the living wage and the fiscal accountability of the Syracuse City School District. Most recently, Miner staged a two-session series on the ineffectiveness of the war on drugs, combining speakers of U.S. and Canadian prominence to discuss alternatives to the current strategies. She resides in Syracuse.

Patrick Radel, B.A. 1999, has joined the litigation department of Getnick, Livingston, Atkinson, Gigliotti & Priore. He recently completed a two-year term as a law clerk to the Hon. William M. Skretny, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of New York. Radel is a member of the Oneida and Herkimer County Bar Associations and resides in West Winfield, NY.

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