Kevin Barbour, BA 2000, received the Master of Divinity, a three-year graduate degree that is the basic professional degree for ministry, from Princeton Theological Seminary. He resides in Princeton, NJ.

Heather Barton, BA 2000, was selected as a Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) emerging leader. The CDF Emerging Leaders Project provides advocates for child care and is a critical part of the Leave No Child Behind Act. Barton is a mental health specialist in White Plains, NY, where she lives.

Rigoberto Martinez, BA 2000, has been hired as staff attorney at the New York City Housing Authority. He resides in Bronx, NY.

*Daniel P. Penberthy, EMBA 2000, is treasurer of the Rand Capital Corporation. Previously, he served as chief financial officer for the Greater Buffalo Partnership and the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Penberthy lives in East Amherst, NY.

Michael Boston, PhD 2001, was appointed as assistant professor for the Metropolitan State University College of Arts and Sciences. He will teach courses in ethnic and African American studies. Boston resides in Wooster, OH.

Peter Briechle, PhD 2001 & MA 1994, is senior director of research and prospect management at the University of Rochester. Previously, he served as director of research and data support at Cornell University. Briechle lives in Rochester, NY.

Marlene Moebs, BS 2001, has been named administrator at the Batavia Nursing Home. She has 22 years of nursing home experience and resides in Gasport, NY.

William Wlodarczyk, MBA 2001, was named senior manager at the accounting firm of Freed Maxick and Battaglia. He lives in Buffalo, NY.

Kathryn Bisland, BA 2002, was promoted to assistant director at Turning Pointe Academy of Dance in Toronto, ON. In this role, she will be responsible for comanaging the business and overseeing the dance education for more than 400 students. Bisland lives in Scarborough, ON.

Emily Dennis, BA 2002, has joined the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants in New York, NY. She resides in Woodside, NY.

Vincent Pallaci, BA 2002, is an associate for Kushnick & Associates PC in Melville, NY. He concentrates his practice in complex construction and commercial litigation and lives in Bay Shore, NY.

Charlotte Pressler, PhD 2002, has been appointed professor of English and philosophy, and director of the honors program at South Florida Community College. She resides in Sebring, FL.

Marc Spezzano, JD 2002, is associate attorney at Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP, where he concentrates his practice on general civil, business and employment litigation. Spezzano lives in Clarence Center, NY.

Christopher Yuskiw, BA 2002, has been appointed branch manager for KeyBank’s Webster, NY, branch. In this position, he will be responsible for business development, sales administration and ensuring the delivery of quality customer service. Yuskiw resides in Webster.

Andrew Cappello, BS 2003, has joined Lumsden & McCormick LLP as a staff accountant. He is completing his master’s of science degree in accounting and lives in Buffalo, NY.

*Mitch Flynn, CEL 2003, won the Platinum “Best of Show” Excalibur Award from the Buffalo Niagara chapter of the Public Relations Society of America for his special event programming on the 10th anniversary “Ride for Roswell.” Flynn is president and creative director of Flynn & Friends and resides in Buffalo, NY.

Patricia Knapp, BS 2003, was promoted to senior accountant in the audit department of Brock, Schechter and Polakoff. She lives in Buffalo, NY.

Steven Przybyl, MBA 2003 & BA 2003, was named financial analyst at Delaware North, a hospitality and food service provider. Previously, he was a financial analyst for Univera Healthcare. Przybyl resides in Cheektowaga, NY.

Anya Gorovets, BA 2004, interned this summer with the partner organizations of the Advocacy Project, a nonprofit organization established to serve the needs of a civil society. She worked with the Transnational AIDS Prevention Among Migrant Prostitutes in Europe Project. Gorovets is in the process of completing graduate school and lives in Huntington, NY.

*Jill Gregory, MBA 2004 & BA 1994, has joined Strauss Group, an executive search firm, as an associate account executive. She focuses her efforts on engineering and technology industries and resides in Concord, NY.

Heather Lindsay, BS 2004, is working for Purcell Miller Tritton LLP as an architectural historian in Norwich, England. She has written articles concerning those with disabilities and their access to historic buildings and lives in Norwich.

Naemah Sarmad-Frederick, BA 2004, is a residential project manager at La Casa de Don Pedro, a local community development corporation in Newark, NJ. She resides in New Brunswick, NJ.

*Graham Arndt, MA 2005, has been hired as director of investment research at Goldfarb & Associates. He resides in Amherst, NY.

*Ian Crosby, MSW 2005, is a social worker at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s “Strong Ties Community Supports Program.” He provides individual and group therapy to people who have mental illnesses and resides in Rochester, NY.

Elizabeth Curry, MLS 2005 & BA 2003, was promoted to information literacy coordinator/reference librarian at Hilbert College’s McGrath Library. She lives in Buffalo, NY.

Alfred L. Guiffrida, PhD 2005 & BS 1978, has been hired as assistant professor in the department of management and information systems in the graduate school of business at Kent State University in Kent, OH. He will teach and conduct research in supply chain and operations management. Guiffrida lives in Williamsville, NY.

Bryan Samuels, MA 2005 & MBA 2004, received a supervisor of the year award from the Frank L. Ciminelli Family Career Resource Center and the credit-bearing internship program in UB’s School of Management. He is strategy manager at M&T Bank and resides in Williamsville, NY.

*Clayton Westberg, MBA 2005 & BS 2003, has been named associate marketing manager at Ivoclar Vivadent, a manufacturer of materials used in dentistry. He lives in Amherst, NY.

Emily J. Westbrook, JD 2005, was hired as associate at Daniels and Porco LLP’s Carmel, NY, office. She practices in the areas of real estate and residential and commercial lending and resides in Poughkeepsie, NY.

*Brandy Wilson, EdM 2005 & BS 2003, was hired as a career counselor at Binghamton University in the career development center. She lives in Waverly, NY.

Zachary Brigati, BS 2006, has joined TFG CPA’s Syracuse, NY, office as a staff accountant, where he will prepare tax returns for clients. He resides in Syracuse.

Kelly Harris, BS 2006 & BA 2006, has joined the Peace Corps as a secondary school science education volunteer stationed in New Guinea. She will teach chemistry and physics in French, the local language of New Guinea, and will also pursue secondary projects on health-related topics such as HIV/AIDS. Harris resides in New Guinea.

Richard Randall, MA 2006, has been hired as associate director of business development and project management at Practis Inc. in Rochester, NY. He lives in Honeoye Falls, NY.

* An asterisk denotes a member of the UB Alumni Association.


The class note for Anthony J. Burgio, BS 2005, published in our last issue, contained incorrect degree information. Also in our fall 2006 issue, a photo cutline on page 24 misidentifies Zhen Yan, associate professor of physiology and biophysics in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. UB Today regrets these errors.

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