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Richard Andolina, DDS 1980, has received the 2004 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the UB School of Dental Medicine. The award is given periodically to an alumnus who best exhibits "unselfishness, concern for others, high moral character, commitment to dentistry and who through their actions has distinguished [himself or herself] as a leader in their community." Andolina is in private practice in Hornell, NY, and has been a member of the New York State Dental Association board of governors since 2001. He lives in Arkport, NY.

Maureen Donley, DDS 1980, has been honored by the U.S. Department of Defense with a Patriot Award. The award recognizes her efforts in providing free dental care and supplies to soldiers in the 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion in the summer of 2002 before their assignment to Iraq. Donley, clinical associate professor of restorative dentistry at the University at Buffaloís School of Dental Medicine, resides in Elma, NY.

L. Jeffrey Markin, BS 1980, has been elected vice president of Eastman Kodak Company by the board of directors. Previously, he was general manager of regional operations for the Kodak Health Group and lives in Penfield, NY.

Richard Westfield, BS 1980, has been named chief information officer for the National Labor Relations Board. In this position, he will be the senior executive in charge of the development, implementation, application, acquisition, utilization and maintenance of IT systems and programs within the agency. He will also lead a team of 70 employees and contractors. Westfield resides in Hamburg, NY.

John Yurtchuk, MA 1980 & BA 1972, is president of Matrix Development Corporation, which has built a flight research center at the Niagara Falls International Airport. He is also senior vice president of Calspan in Cheektow-aga, NY. He lives in East Amherst, NY.

Michael Battle, JD 1981, the first African American to hold the post of U.S. attorney in Western New York, was appointed director of the executive office for U.S. Attorneys for the Department of Justice. In this position, he will serve as the liaison between Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and federal prosecutors across the U.S. Battle has been the U.S. Attorney in Western New York since 2002 and is widely known for his involvement in the investigations of the "Lackawanna Six" case, which was frequently cited by President George W. Bush as a successful strike against terrorists' recruiting efforts. He resides in Buffalo, NY.

*John Dunbar, MBA 1981 & BS 1980, has been named president of Strategic Investments and Holdings, a private investment firm based in Buffalo, NY. He is the chair of the firm's board of managers and an adjunct professor in corporate finance and managerial economics at the University at Buffalo. Dunbar is also a mentor in UBís Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. He lives in Clarence, NY.

Bruce D. Heine, BS 1981, has been named vice president of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation. In this position, he will be responsible for the utility's gas supply administration function, which includes negotiating gas purchases and ensuring that customers' gas supply needs are met. He will also oversee the utility's sales and marketing functions and the consumer business/customer service division. Heine joined National Fuel in 1981 and resides in Glenwood, NY.

*Brian P. Meath, JD 1981, has been named vice president and associate general counsel at Constellation Wines U.S., which comprises the Canandaigua Wine Company, Pacific Wine Partners and North Lake Wines. He lives in Canandaigua, NY.

Michael Wise, MSW 1981, has been named chief executive for the Canton Jewish Community Federation and the Canton Jewish Community Center. He is the CEO of the Jewish Community Board of Akron and resides in Akron, OH.

Pano Yeracarsis, MD 1981, was appointed vice president and chief medical officer at Network Health, a Cambridge-based Medicaid managed care organization serving Massachusetts residents. He lives in Brookline, MA.

Mark S. Klein, JD 1982 & BS 1978, has been named publisher of CCH Inc., a publisher of tax and business law information. He was also elected to serve as contributing editor of the 2005 Guidebook to New York Taxes. Klein is a tax and business law partner at Hodgson Russ in Buffalo, NY, and resides in East Amherst, NY.

Laurie M. Lambrix, BA 1982, is the 2005 recipient of the New York State Bar Association's Haywood Burns Memorial Award. She received the award for her work in fair housing law. Lambrix has been with the Monroe County Legal Assistance Center for the past 14 years, where she has served as staff attorney representing custodial parents in family court proceedings and low-income tenants in state and federal court proceedings. She lives in Rochester, NY.

*Michael Modrzynski, BPS 1982, has been elected to a second one-year term as vice chair of the Construction Exchange of Buffalo and Western New York. He is president of Allied Mechanical, a full-service mechanical services organization. Modrzynski resides in East Aurora, NY.

*Denise O'Donnell, JD 1982 & MSW 1973, is the 2005 recipient of the New York State Bar Associ-ationís Ruth G. Schapiro Memorial Award. The award is given annually to honor an association member who has made a noteworthy contribution to the concerns of women through pro bono work, service to bar associations or other community organizations, and writing or other related activities. She is a partner in the Buffalo, NY, office of Hodgson Russ, and from 1997 to 2001 served as U.S. Attorney for the Western district of New York, having been appointed by former President Bill Clinton, and was the first woman to hold this position in upstate New York. She is a founding member of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York and a member of the dean's council of the UB Law School. O'Donnell lives in Buffalo.

Olga Tschernenko, BS 1982, has been promoted to vice president of administration and finance at Fenton, Weber & Jones Packaging Company, an Amherst, NY-based plastic packaging developer. She resides in Buffalo, NY.

Susan G. Arbuck, MS 1983, has been appointed vice president of oncology and global clinical development for the Schering-Plough Research Institute, a global science-based health-care company with leading prescription, consumer and animal health products. In her position, Arbuck is responsible for the global clinical development of oncology products and represents the global clinical development group on an internal product development committee. She lives in Kenilworth, NJ.

Donna DeCarolis, MBA 1983 & BS 1981, was promoted to president of National Fuel Resources. Most recently, she held the post of vice president with the company, which she joined in 1983 as a supervisor in the research and statistical services department. DeCarolis resides in Buffalo, NY.

Melinda A. Janik, MBA 1983 & BA 1978, has been named vice president and controller at Paychex Inc. She has also been appointed an officer of the company by the board of directors. Janik is a financial executive with more than 20 years' experience in public accounting and private industry. Most recently, she was senior vice president and chief financial officer for Glimcher Realty Trust and lives in Rochester, NY.

*Diane LaVallee, JD 1983 & BA 1980, has been named of counsel at the Buffalo, NY, law firm of Cohen & Lombardo, where she will practice immigration law, white-collar crime defense and civil litigation. She was most recently supervising attorney in the criminal prosecution unit of the Buffalo office of the New York State Attorney General. LaVallee resides in Buffalo.

*Margaret McGlynn, MBA 1983 & BS 1982, has been appointed to the board of directors of Air Products. She is president, U.S. human health, for Merck & Company, where she is responsible for Merck's specialty and infectious disease medicines, managed care marketing and sales for Merck's full product line, and marketing planning for drugs in late-stage development. McGlynn is also a member of Merck's management committee, which formulates global business strategies, operations management and the development and implementation of corporate policies. She lives in Flourtown, PA.

Wilson Prout, MLS 1983 & BA 1973, was appointed director of McGrath Library by Hilbert College. Previously, he was the budget and facilities officer and assistant to the director at the University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library. Prout resides in Snyder, NY.

*Cynthia Shore, MBA 1983 & BS 1981, has been named assistant dean of corporate and community relations at the University at Buffalo's School of Management. Most recently, she was director of graduate student recruitment services and is the former assistant dean and director of the School of Management resource center. Shore lives in Kenmore, NY.

Michael Berg, JD 1984, has joined the Westfield, NJ, intellectual property law firm of Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik. He focuses his practice on intellectual property counseling, procurement and litigation in the pharmaceutical, medical device, chemical and mechanical fields. Berg resides in New York, NY.

*Teresa Majors, MBA 1984, has been promoted to director of the tax advisory group for Dopkins & Company. She joined the company in 2003 and lives in Williamsville, NY.

Todd Rubin, JD 1984, has joined the firm of Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein in its Raleigh, NC, office as special counsel. He will be a member of the firmís immigration team and concentrate his practice in the areas of business visas and employment-based immigration for multinational corporations, business entities, universities and nonprofit organizations. Rubin brings more than 20 years of experience in immigration law to the firm and resides in Raleigh.

Matthew G. Shaw, JD 1984, has been named a partner at Neville Peterson LLP, a law firm in New York City and Washington DC concentrating in international and domestic trade regulation matters. He has also has co-authored The Import Handbook, published by John Wiley & Sons; Latin American Development
Strategies: Opportunities for U.S. Exports, and has been published in the National Law Journal. Shaw lives in Scarsdale, NY.

Carl Boykin, EdM 1985, has joined the staff of the U.S. Attorneyís Office as an assistant U.S. attorney. Most recently, he served as chief of the appeals bureau for Oneida County as well as an assistant district attorney for the county. Boykin resides in Utica, NY.

Ellen Schulmeister, BS 1985 & AAS 1979, is the executive director of the Delonis Center, a homeless shelter in Ann Arbor, MI. She lives in Ann Arbor.

Catherine Tufariello, BA 1985, was selected as one of five finalists for the 2004 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the category of poetry for her book Keeping My Name (Texas Tech University Press, 2004). The book was the 2004 winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in poetry and was named a Booklist Editors' "Choice" title for 2004. Aside from writing, Tufariello has taught literature and writing courses at Cornell University, the College of Charleston and the University of Miami. She resides in Valparaiso, IN. See book description in Read and Listen On!, online edition.

Mark Boyle, BS 1986, has been named senior vice president of Turner Casualty and Surety in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. He lives in Nanuet, NY.

Dominick Colangelo, BS 1986, has been named senior vice president for corporate development and operations at Oscient Pharmaceuticals Corporation. He will join the corporationís executive leadership team and lead Oscientís licensing, partnering, merger and acquisition and strategic planning activities. Colangelo will also be responsible for the corporate, quality and compliance, intellectual property and legal teams. He lives in Indianapolis, IN.

Deborah Puckhaber, MD 1986, has joined the staff of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, NH, as a hospitalist. In this position, she will work closely with primary care physicians to care for hospitalized patients. Puckhaber is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and lives in Barnstead, NH.

*Oliver Young, MA 1986 & JD 1980, has joined the New York State Bar Association's House of Delegates, where he will participate in policymaking. Young is a principal court attorney for the New York State Supreme Court, Eighth Judicial District. He resides in Williamsville, NY.

Jonathan Bernstein, BA 1987, has joined Gentle Dentistry of East Aurora as an associate on the dental staff. For the past six years, he was a general associate in Western New York and Chicago, IL, dental practices. Bernstein lives in Williamsville, NY.

*Marylou Borowiak, BS 1987, has been promoted to executive vice president for Greater Buffalo Savings Bank in Buffalo, NY. She has been vice president and chief credit officer since the bankís inception in 1999, and is a member of the UB Alumni Association board of directors. She resides in Elma, NY.

Robert Gengelbach, BS 1987, has joined the consulting engineering firm of Bryce & Associates as general manager of the Grand Rapids, MI, office. He specializes in heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) and plumbing de-sign as well as HVAC commissioning for health care, institutional, educational, industrial and commercial projects. Gengelbach serves as a leadership in energy and environmental design certified designer and is responsible for client development. He lives in Grand Rapids.

*John Michalski, JD 1987, has been named the 2004 prosecutor of the year by the Prosecutors' Association of Western New York. He received the award for his professionalism and compassion, as well as his abilities and experience with litigation, vehicle and traffic law, and housing violations. Michalski is a prosecutor for the Town of Amherst and resides in Williamsville, NY.

Clay Opara, BA 1987, is serving as the Maryland Association of Mortgage Brokers' General Assembly lobbyist for the 2005 term. In this position, he represents the association in its push to license mortgage originators in the state. Opara lives in Baltimore, MD.

Cheryl Carncross, BS 1988, has joined Master, Sidlow & Associates of Wilmington, DE, as a supervisor within the firm's tax division. In this position, she provides individual and corporate income tax planning for her clients. Carncross is a member of the American Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Delaware Society of Certified Public Accountants and Wilmington Women in Business. She resides in Wilmington.

Pamela Baker, PhD 1989 & MA 1978, is the recipient of one of three Phillips Fellowships awarded by Bates College, where she is professor of biology. The fellowship supports a year's leave at full pay for the pursuit of significant scholarship, new research, or the development of new courses and pedagogical approaches. Baker has been invited by the Maulana Azad Dental College in India to work with its faculty on incorporating student research into the basic science curriculum. While in India, she will also study strategies from Indian public health education that can help her integrate a health literacy perspective into her teaching at Bates. Baker lives in Auburn, ME.

Michael Colson, MBA 1989, has been appointed senior vice president of solutions development for CTG, an international information technology solutions and staffing company. He will be responsible for developing new service offerings to augment the firmís expanding solutions business. Colson is the former CEO of Manning and Napier Information Services, a software and venture capital firm. He resides in East Amherst, NY.

Bruce Fisher, JD 1989, was named deputy county executive for Erie County. He is the policy chief for the county and lives in Buffalo, NY.

Karen R. Kaczmarski, JD 1989 & BA 1986, chair of the SPCA's development committee, was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors for the SPCA serving Erie County, the areaís preeminent animal welfare organization. She is of counsel with the Buffalo, NY, firm of Harter, Secrest & Emery and resides in Hamburg, NY.

Douglas Levere, BA 1989, gave a presentation on his monumental project rephotographing more than 100 of Berenice Abbott's views of New York City, September 13 at the Museum of the City of New York. An exhibition of these photographs, subject of Levere's book New York Changing (Princeton Architectural Press, 2004), is on view at the museum through November 26.

Eric Schnell, MLS 1989, has been named by Library Journal to receive the publicationís annual Movers & Shakers Award. Honorees were selected from among 150,000 librarians in the U.S. and Canada and were cited for their innovative, often unheralded, achievements advancing library services to a broader public. Schnell is an associate professor and head of information technology at Prior Health Sciences Library at Ohio State University. He lives in New Albany, OH.

Donald Smith, BS 1989, is the senior vice president of operations for Omega Pultrusions and Carsonite International, sub-companies of Omega Polymer Technologies, located in Aurora, OH. He has more than 14 years of experience in the auto industry, including five years with Robert Bosch, where he served as director of manufacturing. He resides in Hudson, OH.

Douglas P. Sosnowski, BS 1989, has joined Brisbane Consulting Group, a business and management-consulting firm, as director. In this position, he will be responsible for matrimonial dissolutions, the valuation of closely held businesses, professional licenses and degrees, and forensic accounting. He lives in Buffalo, NY.

Mary Jo Miller Yaksich, MBA 1989, has been named a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch in its Buffalo, NY, office. She has more than 30 years of financial planning experience and resides in Grand Island, NY.

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