Shelley C. Drake, BA 1970, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Catholic Health System in Buffalo, NY. She is a group manager and administrative vice president of M&T Bank and resides in Snyder, NY.
Barry Holtzclaw, BA 1970, has been named vice president and manager of corporate communications for the Western division of Comerica Bank, based in San Jose, CA. In this position, he will serve as the primary media contact for news and information about Comerica Bank and its 50 branches in California and Arizona. He will also be responsible for developing and implementing the Western division’s internal and external communications strategies. Holtzclaw lives in Ben Lomond, CA.
Michael O'Connor, BA 1970, has been named chair of the New York State Bar Association's (NYSBA) trusts and estates law section. A partner in the law firm of DeLaney & O'Connor, he is active in the NYSBA, serving as a member of the elder law section and cochairing the committee on mandatory continuing legal education. O'Connor serves as director of Syracuse University Tax Institute and is a past member of the NYSBA House of Delegates. He resides in Syracuse, NY.
*Jeffrey S. Ross, MD 1970, has been named medical director of BioGenex Laboratories, a technology leader in molecular pathology that provides systems for complete automation of cell and tissue testing. In this position, he will serve as a medical and scientific consultant in the areas of on-slide routine and molecular diagnostic testing. Ross will also conduct collaborative research for the discovery and development of new biomarkers for patients with cancer and allied diseases. He lives in Lebanon Springs, NY.
Michael Treble, MBA 1970, has been named chief executive officer of Isis Pharmaceuticals' Ibis program, headquartered in Carlsbad, CA. In this position, he will be responsible for spearheading the strategic direction and commercialization of the company’s TIGER (triangulation identification genetic evaluation of risks) biosensor technology. Treble resides in Minneapolis, MN.
Jeanmarie Gelinas, BA 1971, has joined HCI Direct as vice president and chief information officer. She has more than 20 years of experience in the direct marketing field and was previously a chief information officer at Rodale Inc. Gelinas lives in Clinton Township, NJ.
Howard Weintraub, PhD 1971, was appointed to the newly formed medical advisory board of VeriChip Corporation, a marketer of devices used in emergency identification, among other applications. The board's initial focus will be to advise the company on ways to increase the acceptance and expand the marketing of VeriChip to practitioners, hospitals, insurance companies and Medicaid/Medicare. It will also work closely with legislators and federal agencies to improve the quality of information technology in health care. Weintraub is a principal of the Landfall Therapeutic Consulting Group, which provides strategic and technical consulting in the pharmaceutical and medical device arenas. He resides in Princeton, NJ.
*Alan Cutler, BA 1972, has been named director of pharmaceutical development for ASCEND Therapeutics. In this position, he is responsible for directing chemistry, manufacturing and control activities related to U.S. Food and Drug Administration requirements for new drug applications to ensure successful commercialization of ASCEND's products. Cutler also is a member of the joint research and development team of ASCEND and its European partner to develop new transdermal products. He lives in Reston, VA.
Richard G. DeLisi, BA 1972 & BA 1972, has been appointed dean of the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. In this position, he will play a lead role in strengthening and coordinating the university's involvement with pre-K through 12th grade education in collaboration with local school districts throughout the state. DeLisi has served several terms as chair of the department of educational psychology at the university and was elected as the first graduate program director of the doctorate in education program. He resides in Basking Ridge, NJ.
Alan Zweibel, BA 1972, an original writer for Saturday Night Live, is now an author with Silly Robin Productions. He has written such children's books as Our Tree Named Steve, North and The Other Shulman: A Novel. Zweibel is also the author of the Broadway play Gilda Radner–Live from NY, and has provided additional material for the play 700 Sundays. He lives in Santa Monica, CA.
*Paul R. Comeau, JD 1973 & BA 1970, has been named in the 11th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He is a tax law attorney and chair of Hodgson Russ of Buffalo, NY. Comeau resides in Williamsville, NY.
William Susman, BA 1973, has been appointed dean of the newly established School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies at Springfield College in Springfield, MA. He was formerly associate dean for academic programs at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. Susman resides in Cross River, NY.
Donald Bain, PhD 1974 & BA 1969, is the new interim president of St. John Fisher College In Rochester, NY. He is a specialist in 20th century American national security, has been a visiting scholar at the Defense Intelligence Agency and has held a senior appointment in the military strategy division of the Department of Defense in Washington, DC. Bain also serves as a town justice in Williamson, NY, where he is responsible for both criminal and civil law trials. He lives in Marion, NY.
Anthony Bivona, BA 1974, has been appointed superintendent of the Regional School District 6 in Litchfield, CT. A 22-year educational veteran, he will oversee the upcoming budget changes and other administrative duties for the district. Bivona lives in West Hartford, CT.
Glenn LeFebvre, JD 1974, has been named chief lobbyist for the New York State Bar Association. He has 22 years of experience drafting and promoting legislation for the New York State Department of Health and resides in Cohoes, NY.
Lynne M. Shuster, MA 1974 & MA 1973, has received the 2005 Health Care Hero Award from Business First of Buffalo. She received the award in honor of her 20 years of service to families with mentally ill loved ones as founding president of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Buffalo and Erie County. The award also recognized her 15 years as the organization's volunteer executive director. Shuster lives in Snyder, NY.
*Robert A. Doren, JD 1975 & BS 1972, has been named in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the management labor and employment law category. He is a partner at the Buffalo, NY, firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King and a member of its labor and employment law department. He has been listed among the "Best Lawyers" since 1998 and lives in Williamsville, NY.
Carol Gloff, BS 1975, has won a position on the Board of Selectmen, the executive branch of the town government of Natick, MA. She is the third woman ever to serve on the board. Gloff is president of Carol Gloff & Associates, a pharmaceutical consulting firm, and resides in Natick.
*Pamela Heilman, JD 1975, has been inducted into the Western New York Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a partner at the law firm Hodgson Russ and vice president of the business division at the firm. Heilman was also the first woman to serve as chair of the board of directors of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. She lives in Buffalo, NY.
*Donald McMahon, BS 1975, was named president of the Engineering Society of Buffalo for the 2004-2005 administrative year. He is principal at McMahon and Mann Consulting Engineers and resides in Tonawanda, NY.
James Morrison, EdM 1975, chief executive officer of United Way of North Carolina, was appointed to a three-year term on the North Carolina Partnership for Children's board of directors. In this post, he will serve with 24 other members of the board to ensure that all children have access to high-quality early childhood education and development services. Morrison lives in Apex, NC.
Thomas Rosenthal, MD 1975, was elected president of the Pursuing Perfection Collaborative of Western New York, established in 2002 to improve the health of Western New Yorkers. Rosenthal is a professor and chair of the University at Buffalo's department of family medicine, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He resides in Orchard Park, NY.
Robert Shorr, BA 1975, was appointed to the board of directors for BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, an emerging company in stem cell therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases. Shorr is currently president of Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals and has published more than 100 scientific and technical articles and has more than 100 inventions, many of which are commercialized. He resides in Buffalo, NY.
Howard J. Smith, EdM 1975 & BA 1972, has been named chair of the board of the Ventura County Economic Development Association. He is a vice president and financial advisor in Ventura County, CA, with Morgan Stanley and specializes in asset management for high net worth individuals, foundations and nonprofit organizations. He resides in Ojai, CA.
Kannankote Govindaraj, PhD 1976 & MS 1974, was promoted to vice president of technical operations by Calspan Corp., a Cheek-towaga, NY, technology company. He was previously technical director. Govindaraj resides in Williamsville, NY.
Sebastian Ciancio, DDS 1977 & Jude Fabiano, DDS 1977, have been honored with a Patriot Award by the Department of Defense for their efforts in the summer of 2002 providing free dental care and dental products to the 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion prior to their assignment to Iraq. The award recognizes significant contributions to national security and protecting liberty and freedom. Ciancio is a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and chair of the department of periodontics and endodontics at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He lives in Eggerstville, NY. Fabiano is a clinical professor of restorative dentistry at UB and lives in Snyder, NY.
John Faller, EdM 1977, BS 1971 & EdB 1971, was inducted along with seven others into the Western New York chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He has been the Section VI lacrosse chair since 1980 and teaches physical education in the Sweet Home School District. Faller resides in Williamsville, NY.
Richard Cieri, BA 1978, has been named a partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis. He will be a member of the firm's restructuring, insolvency, workout and bankruptcy practice. He focuses on representing debtors, creditors' committees and secured creditors in restructurings and bankruptcies, as well as financial advisement. In 2000, The American Lawyer named Cieri among its "Dealmakers of the Year," the first time the publication ever named a restructuring lawyer to the prestigious list. He resides in Shaker Heights, OH.
*Garry M. Graber, JD 1978 & BA 1975, has been named in the 11th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He is a partner and bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights attorney at Hodgson Russ of Buffalo, NY. Graber lives in Orchard Park, NY.
Martin I. Klauber, BA 1978, has been promoted to managing director for the PrivateBank and Trust Company in Chicago, IL. As managing director, he will be responsible for commercial banking relationships in the bank's Lake Forest office. Klauber resides in Grayslake, IL.
Donna Lucki, EdM 1978, has been named president of Houghton Mifflin School Division. In this position, she will oversee the publishing, marketing and sales operations of Houghton Mifflin's pre-K through grade 6 basal textbook division. With more than 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, Lucki most recently served as senior vice president and publisher of the Houghton Mifflin School Division, where she led the division’s product development activities. She lives in Boston, MA.
Cynthia Howard Peterson, JD 1978, has been appointed to general counsel for Lake Shore Savings. In the past she worked with Bush Industries and was a partner in the Jamestown, NY, law firm of Wright, Wright & Hampton. Peterson resides in Lakewood, NY.
*David Smith, JD 1978, has been elected president of National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation, an interstate pipeline and storage company, and of Empire State Pipeline, an intrastate pipeline company in New York. Smith joined the company in 1978 and lives in Clarence, NY.
David Spacone, BS 1978, president and owner of SofTreck Corp. in Amherst, NY, has developed a database program called "PledgeMaker," which helps nonprofits track donations from different offices, subscriptions, fund-raising events and the Internet. He resides in Lewiston, NY.
James Tyrpak, BA 1978, president of Desmon, Kohnstamm & Tyrpak, has achieved membership in the Million Dollar Round Table's (MDRT) Top of the Table. MDRT is an international, independent association composed of less than 1 percent of the world’s best life insurance and financial services professionals. He has achieved this status due to his exceptional product knowledge and client service. Tyrpak has been accepted as a qualified member of the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting and lives in Williamsville, NY.
Margaret Burt, JD 1979, was awarded the Stephanie Kupferman Juvenile Justice Award, given each year to a member of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York who has shown outstanding achievement for three or more years in legal matters involving juveniles. Burt is in private practice in Pittsford, NY, where she lives.
Lawrence Cohen, JD 1979, has been named special counsel at the Princeton, NJ, office of Fox Rothschild. He concentrates his practice on securities transactional and regulatory matters, general business and franchising/distributing relationships. Cohen resides in Plainsboro, NJ.
Kathleen M. Giacomini, PhD 1979, has been appointed to the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council. The council meets three times a year; its members are leaders in biological and medical sciences, education, health care and public affairs. Giacomini is chair and professor in the department of biopharmaceutical sciences at the University of California's San Francisco School of Pharmacy. She lives in Atherton, CA.
*Brad Grey, BA 1979, was named chair and chief executive officer of Viacom Incorporated's Paramount Pictures. He is also chairman and CEO of Brillstein-Grey Entertainment and runs Plan B, a movie production company. Grey resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Harry Klodowski, JD 1979 & BA 1976, has been elected to the Southwest Pennsylvania Air Quality Partnership's (SWPAQP) 2005 board of directors. SWPAQP is a nonprofit charitable coalition of more than 100 businesses, industries, individuals, and health and environmental organizations that work to educate the public on the causes and effects of air pollution. Klodowski is an environmental lawyer in private practice and lives in Valencia, PA.
*Barry Wolfman, BS 1979, has been named senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente's metropolitan Los Angeles service area. In this position, he will oversee and lead the company's Los Angeles Medical Center and the West Los Angeles Medical Center. Wolfman is a former senior vice president of operations at Tenet Healthcare and resides in Laguna Hills, CA.
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