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Tim Kaltenbach, JD 1990, is the development director for St. Luke's Community House, a United Way-designated Family Resource Center in Old West Nashville, TN, that provides services to low-income families. He is responsible for resource development, public relations and the organization’s volunteer program and will also work with the board of directors on strategic planning for fund-raising and volunteer recruitment. Kaltenbach lives in Nashville.

Tracy Meyer, EdM 1990 & BS 1985, has been appointed director of human resources at Gateway-Longview of Williamsville, NY. She is a former senior human resources generalist/staffing and development specialist for Rich Products. Meyer resides in Buffalo, NY.

Anne Sherman, MSW 1990, has been appointed head of Western region services for the Hillside Children’s Center. In this position, she will be responsible for establishing relationships with regional funders and community organizations and expanding the base of services and partnerships to create a system for care. She will also ensure the quality of service delivery, provide leadership for staff and oversee day-to-day operations within the region. Sherman lives in Bergen, NY.

Thomas Billings, ME 1991 & BS 1990, has been named partner at Bridgepoint Partners, a Buffalo-based retail consulting firm offering custom software solutions. Billings has more than 15 years' experience in sales, marketing and strategic planning. He resides in Lancaster, NY.

Randy Callesto, BA 1991, was named direct marketing manager at Gelia Wells & Mohr, a marketing communications agency. He was previously a technical support supervisor for Adelphia Communications. Callesto lives in Williamsville, NY.

Allison Campbell, PhD 1991, senior manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been appointed director of the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL). EMSL is a Department of Energy scientific user facility dedicated to collaborative science and technology development aimed at solving significant environmental and health issues. Campbell is nationally recognized for her contributions in the field of biomaterials research and in 2003 was honored with the UB Alumni Association's George W. Thorn Award. She resides in Kennewick, WA.

John Carberry, BA 1991, has been appointed as opinion page editor for the Ithaca Journal. He comes to this position after spending three years as metro editor of the Journal, where he directed the newspaper’s local news reporting staff. Carberry lives in Ithaca, NY.

Robert P. Heary, JD 1991 & BS 1986, a partner with Hiscock & Barclay, has been elected to a three-year term as managing director of the firm’'s 47-lawyer Buffalo office. Heary focuses his practice on management-side labor and employment law. He is a member of the American, New York State and Erie County bar associations, as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He resides in Lancaster, NY.

Neil MacDonald, BPS 1991, has been named partner at the Setauket, NY, based architectural and engineering design firm William F. Collins. In this position, he is principal contact for clients KeySpan, T-Mobile, the U.S. Postal Service and Sprint PCS. MacDonald lives in Mount Sinai, NY.

Lauren Cabell, BA 1992, is an editor at the International Herald Tribune in Paris, France. Before joining the newspaper in 2004, she spent two years traveling through New Zealand and Australia after resigning as graphics editor at the Chicago Tribune. Cabell was previously also an editor for the Los Angeles Times. She resides in Paris.

Marni Chur, BS 1992, has joined the firm of John R. Wood Realtors in Naples, FL. She is a member of the Naples Area Board of Realtors and lives in Naples.

David Delorenzo, MBA 1992, has been named regional director of capacity planning for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Central New York. He resides in Syracuse, NY.

Darren Gress, BS 1992, was promoted to vice president of Greater Buffalo Savings Bank. He is the bank’s consumer lending manager and has extensive experience in automotive finance and leasing. Gress lives in Grand Island, NY.

Mark Janulewicz, BS 1992, has been named to the board of directors of Aspire of Western New York. He is a senior tax manager for Lumsden & McCormick of Buffalo, NY, where he is responsible for development and implementation of tax engagement strategies. Janulewicz specializes in international taxation issues and has more than 13 years' experience in tax planning for individuals, closely held businesses and commercial organizations. He resides in Buffalo.

*Kevin J. Miller, JD 1992 & MA 1990, has been named partner at the firm of Damon & Morey. He practices in the firm's trust and estate department and handles complex and basic estate administration, research and preparation of estate and gift tax returns and preparation of wills and health-care documents. Miller lives in Williamsville, NY.

*Gregory V. Pajak, JD 1992 & BA 1989, a partner at Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer, Monte & Pajak, has been elected deputy treasurer of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association. He resides in Buffalo, NY.

Julie Rosenberg, BS 1992, has been promoted to controller for Hodgson Russ of Buffalo, NY. She has worked with the law firm in its accounting department for more than 18 years and has served as financial analyst since 1991. Rosenberg lives in South Wales, NY.

George L. Snyder, JD 1992 & BS 1987, has been named partner at the Buffalo, NY, office of Hodgson Russ. He will represent individual, corporate and university clients in matters concerning counseling and opinions, preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications and intellectual property licensing. Snyder resides in Buffalo.

Paul Villanueva, BA 1992, has opened Villanueva & Villanueva law firm, with offices in New York City and Westchester, NY. He will be the firm's senior litigation attorney, handling civil rights, personal injury, criminal defense, real estate and family court matters. In the past, he has served as assistant corporation counsel for the City of New York, where he served as both a federal litigator and as a juvenile prosecutor. Villanueva lives in New York, NY.

Margaret Gray-Vickrey, DNS 1993, has been named associate vice president of curriculum and instruction at Florida Gulf Coast University. In this position, and with the establishment of an office of curriculum and instruction, she will be responsible for general education, convocation and curriculum systems, as well as the Learning Academy, the honors program and the Center for Academic Assistance. Gray-Vickrey is a founding faculty member at the university and a professor in the School of Nursing. She resides in Fort Myers, FL.

Thomas Kraus, BA 1993, has been named president and CEO of Niagara USA Chamber of Sanborn, NY. He was formerly on the staff of Assemblyman Charles Nesbitt (R-139th District), for whom he served as director of field operations. Kraus resides in Buffalo, NY.

David J. Pontrello, MBA 1993, was named chief information officer and vice president of finance for the We Care Group. He was previously a consultant at Dopkins & Company and resides in Grand Island, NY.

Joseph Jansen, BS 1994 & AAS 1992, has been named assistant vice president and deposit product manager of First Niagara Bank. He joined the bank in 2000 as a market research and database manager and lives in Kenmore, NY.

Richard Weber, BA 1994 & BA 1994, has been elected to the board of directors of the Hiawatha Seaway Council, an organization that provides scouting and other opportunities to youth in Central and Northern New York State. Weber is an attorney with the firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King of Syracuse, NY. He resides in Liverpool, NY.

Gina Casey, BS 1995, has been named pharmacy manager at Franciscan Pharmacy, an affiliate of the St. Joseph's Hospital Network in Syracuse, NY. She has 10 years of experience as a pharmacist and lives in Fayetteville, NY.

Greg Colombo, BS 1995, has been named tax supervisor at Gaines Kriner Elliott, a Buffalo, NY, certified public accounting and consulting firm. He resides in Williamsville, NY.

Michael J. Gasiewicz, MBA 1995, has joined the firm of Lumsden & McCormick as a staff accountant. In this position, he will be responsible for auditing, accounting and tax services to commercial businesses, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities and individ-uals. Gasiewicz lives in Buffalo, NY.

Cynthia Hoover, PhD 1995, has been named director of the electronics and analytical research and development group for Praxair's technology center in Tonawanda, NY. She joined the industrial gases company in 1997 and most recently served as manager of organometallics research and development. Hoover resides in Grand Island, NY.

Leslie Kellogg, JD 1995, has been elected president of Church Mission of Help Counseling, an 82-year-old, nonprofit member agency of Episcopal Community Services. Kellogg is an attorney with the law firm Hodgson Russ and lives in Buffalo, NY.

Jane Fischman, PhD 1996 & EdM 1965, has been honored by the Western New York Region of the National Conference for Community and Justice for her service to others in the Buffalo area. She is president of the Holocaust Resource Center and chair of the local chapter of the Jewish Coalition for Literacy. Fischman resides in Buffalo, NY.

Jonathan J. Kelly, MBA 1996 & JD 1996, is an attorney at the New York office of Dewey Ballantine. He joined the firm in 1996 and practices in the firm's insurance group. Kelly lives in Scarsdale, NY.

Joseph Kolly, PhD 1996, has been named deputy director in the office of research and engineering for the National Transportation Safety Board's management team. He has been with the Safety Board since 1998 after spending 10 years as a research scientist for Calspan/UB Research Center in Buffalo, NY. Kolly resides in Woodbridge, VA.

Robert Marsters, MA 1996, has been named director of homeland security at GeoDecisions, a leader in the information technology industry that specializes in geospatial solutions. He coordinates the firm's efforts to bring geographic information systems applications for homeland security to the government, military and transportation sectors. He will also continue to serve GeoDecisions as a senior project manager in the military group. Marsters lives in Camp Hill, PA.

Nancy Mautone-Smith, MSW 1996, is the regional program consultant in the Office of Population Affairs/Office of Family Planning for the United States Public Health Service. In this position, she is responsible for the administration of the Title X family planning grants in the states of California, Arizona, Nevada and the Pacific jurisdictions of American Samoa, Guam Common-wealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Mautone-Smith resides in Concord, CA.

Michael Rivera, MS 1996, is the senior career and planning development director at the University at Buffalo and has been elected to the board of directors of Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled. Rivera lives in Buffalo, NY.

Peter Sauer, BS 1996, has been appointed as corporate controller at Curbell Inc., a distributor of plastics, adhesives, sealants and a manufacturer of health-care communication accessory products. He resides in Orchard Park, NY.

Torris Smith, MSW 1996 & BA 1994, is the branch manager for the consortium contractor management staff in the San Francisco, CA, regional office of the United States Public Health Service. He lives in Concord, CA.

Barbara Abad, BA 1997, is the 2005 recipient of the Walter J. Jensen Fellowship for French Language, Literature and Culture. This $10,000 scholarship is intended to support a young American educator and scholar in French language and literature for six months in France. From 2001-2003, Abad was a French instructor at New York University's College of Arts and Sciences, where she supervised graduate assistants and served as a resource for undergraduate teachers. In 2003, she received the university's outstanding teacher award. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Marshall Bendelac, BS 1997, is the general publications editor for external deliverables for HVS Capital Corporation of Denver, CO. He also works with institutional debt placements and hotel management contract transactions at the firm. Bendelac lives in Denver.

Romolo Canzano, BA 1997, has joined the Syracuse, NY, firm of Pinsky & Skandalis. Most recently, he was a prosecutor with the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office. He resides in Cicero, NY.

Meena Chainani, MBA 1997 & BS 1979, has received the National Conference for Comm-unity and Justice's Brotherhood Sisterhood Special Award for her involvement with Amherst Community Diversity Coalition (ACDC). ACDC promotes diversity through education, events and seminars. Chainani is vice president of the UB Women's Club and the Women's Interclub Council. She lives in Williamsville, NY.

Keith Gifford, MS 1997 & BS 1995, is town manager of Knightdale, NC. The position was created to help manage future construction projects and the town’s planned merger with Raleigh’s utility systems. Gifford resides in Clayton, NC.

Andrea Silverman Glaser, BA 1997, has joined the firm of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus as an associate in the litigation department. In the past, she has served as a law clerk to the Hon. Alan Kay, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Glaser lives in Maplewood, NJ.

Lindsey H. Hazelton, JD 1997, is a partner at the Syracuse, NY, law firm of Hancock & Estabrook. She focuses her practice on labor and employment law and resides in Manlius, NY.

Andrew Sperazza, BS 1997 & BA 1996, has joined Engagement Systems as chief technology officer. In this position, he will be responsible for technological product development. Sperazza most recently served as principal and chief information officer at Predictive Motion Inc. He lives in New York, NY.

Mark Weber, BA 1997, has opened a press release creation and distribution company and has released a new book, Contemporary Christian Music Makers (Trade Paperback, 2005). His article, "Hymns Are Hot," appeared in the April 11, 2005 issue of Christian Radio & Retail Weekly. He attended Gospel Music Week in Nashville, TN, where he interviewed 50 artists for his Web site/ezine, ChristianMusicMonthly.com. Weber resides in East Amherst, NY.

*Betty Calvo-Torres, JD 1998, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo for a five-year term. She is an attorney with a private practice in criminal defense, family law and immigration law and is president of the Hispanic Women's League of Western New York. She also serves on the bilingual education advisory committee for the Buffalo Board of Education. Calvo-Torres lives in Buffalo, NY.

Julie M. Grogan, JD 1998, has joined the Buffalo, NY firm of Wilder & Linneball as an associate. She most recently served as an associate with Phillips Lytle and was formerly a court attorney with the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court. Grogan resides in Clarence Center, NY.

David Montesanti, MD 1998 & BS 1987, has been appointed to the board of directors of Upstate New York Transplant Services. He is an ophthalmologist at Eye Care and Vision Associates and lives in East Amherst, NY.

Heidi Parker, MBA 1998, has been named Batavia, NY, city clerk/treasurer. She most recently served as an accountant at the Buffalo, NY, office of Freed, Maxick & Battaglia. Parker resides in Batavia.

Elaine Spaull, JD 1998 & PhD 1986, executive director of the Center for Youth Services, received the 2005 "W" Award from the Rochester Women's Network. The annual award recognizes a local woman who serves as a role model to other women. Spaull lives in Rochester, NY.

Eric Wemitt, BS 1998, is a marketing director for Aldi Foods. He resides in Wexford, PA.

Daniel R. Connors, JD 1999, has been named partner at the Buffalo, NY, firm of Cohen & Lombardo. He will practice in the firm’s civil litigation department and lives in Buffalo.

Paul Gennari, JD 1999, has joined the Washington, DC firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld as an associate. He will work in the firm's intellectual property litigation prac-tice and resides in Arlington, VA.

Kimberly Richards, BA 1999, is the archivist at the Chemung County Historical Society's Booth Library. She previously worked on an exhibition for the Montgomery County Historical Society that celebrated the Wright Brothers' first flight in 1903. Richards lives in Elmira, NY.

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