Classnotes

Classnotes

90s

Mark Stebbins, BS 1990, has been promoted to tax director at Freed Maxick & Battaglia, PC. He resides in Orchard Park, NY.

David Szen, BS 1990, has been promoted to vice president of sales training and development at Cox Target Media. He led the expansion and enhancement of the companyís Valpak University training program. Szen lives in Palm Harbor, FL.

Steven Ginsberg, BS 1991 & BA 1990, was promoted to research director at HSBC Investments in New York, NY, where he will be leading the multi-manager research team. Ginsberg resides in East Brunswick, NJ.

Christopher Lewick, BA 1991, received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for New York State. The award recognizes highly qualified K-12 teachers for their contributions in the classroom and in their profession. Lewick lives in Pawling, NY.

Gary Smith, MBA 1991, was named associate vice president at Keuka College. He is also a professor in the collegeís division of business and management and is responsible for the Center for Professional Studies and International Programs. Smith resides in Penn Yan, NY.

*Steven J. Weiss, JD 1991 & MBA 1988, was cochair of the third annual Upstate Affordable Housing Conference in September 2006. He also served as moderator for a panel on housing for unique tenant populations. Weiss is a partner at Cannon, Heyman & Weiss and lives in Williamsville, NY.

Gregg S. Fisher, BS 1992, is president and chief investment officer of Gerstein Fisher, a financial advisory firm he founded in 1993. He also speaks on financial planning and investment topics and resides in New York, NY.

Beth Ann Bivona, BS 1993, has been named the 2006Ė2007 chair of the commercial and bankruptcy law committee for Damon & Morey LLP. The first woman to hold this position, Bivona is partner at Damon & Morey and lives in Clarence Center, NY.

Lynn Leek, BS 1993, has been promoted to senior manager at Freed Maxick & Battaglia PC. She resides in Buffalo, NY.

Michael A. Liotta, BA 1993, was appointed to assistant manager of legal affairs in the general counselís office of American Express Company in New York, NY. In this position, he will be responsible for drafting and negotiating merchant acquisition agreements in support of American Expressís establishment services group. Liotta lives in Marlboro, NJ.

Frank Polino, MBA 1993, was promoted to executive vice president for First Niagara Bank, where he will be responsible for technology and operations. Polino resides in Tonawanda, NY.

Thomas J. Yacovella, MD 1993 & BA 1988, received the 2006 national award for excellence in teaching from the Society of Hospital Medicine. He is chief resident at St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center in St. Paul, MN, where he has taught since 1998. Yacovella is also section head in the department of internal medicine at Regions Hospital in St. Paul and is a practicing hospitalist with HealthPartners Medical Group. He resides in St. Paul.

Aaron Zynczak, BA 1993, has been hired as director of international banking at Carolina First Bank in Columbia, SC, where he lives.

Rob Atzl, BS 1994, has been promoted to program manager for EBI Consultingís real estate due diligence services division. In this position, he will build the firmís staff, client base and services in New York. Atzl has more than 10 yearsí experience and resides in Penfield, NY.

Gregory Barwell, BA 1994, has been appointed master commissioner for the Ohio Court of Claims. In this position, he will hear appeals cases from the Ohio Attorney Generalís Office. Barwell resides in Columbus, OH.

Brian Radecki, BS 1994, was appointed vice president of research operations at CoStar Group Inc., a provider of information services to commercial real estate professionals. Radecki is responsible for CoStarís research processes and lives in Silver Spring, MD.

John Caracappa, BS 1995, has become partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in the firmís Washington, DC, intellectual property practice. Previously, he was a member of the intellectual property group of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Caracappa resides in Washington.

Greg Gibbs, PhD 1995, presented a paper entitled "Providing In-house Leadership Development" at the Academic Business World National Conference in Nashville, TN. He was also selected to present a think-tank seminar on alternative leadership at the annual National Phi Delta Kappa Conference in Washington, DC, in October 2006. Gibbs lives in Hamburg, NY.

Mark F. Domino, MBA 1996 & BS 1991, was named secretary for the Erie Niagara chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers. Domino resides in Lockport, NY.

Laurie A. Giordano, JD 1996 & BA 1993, is a partner in the Rochester, NY, litigation firm of Wolford & Leclair LLP. She was also acknowledged as an up-and-coming attorney for the Seventh Judicial District by The Daily Record of Rochester. Giordano lives in Webster, NY.

Meron Langsner, BA 1996, directed Tonya & Nancy: The Opera in May 2006 at the Zero Arrow Theatre in Cambridge, MA; the production received international media attention. Langsner resides in Somerville, MA.

Vern Wilkins, MLS 1996, has been promoted to head of library information technology at Indiana University. He previously served as senior technology specialist at the university and lives in Bloomington, IN.

*Scott H. Roth, BS 1997, was hired as senior project manager at Endeca Technologies in Cambridge, MA. He was previously manager with BearingPoint and resides in Brookline, MA.

Mark Weber, BA 1997, is the publicist for the Kingdom Bound festival and was interviewed on WROCís Wake Up Rochester. He is also a Christian music news correspondent for ThePraiseHouse.com and resides in East Amherst, NY.

David Dugan, MD 1999, DDS 1995 & BS 1991, has opened a new oral and maxillofacial surgery practice in Oneonta, NY. He lives in Morris, NY.

Julie M. Johnson, EdM 1999, has joined Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP as associate in the firmís litigation practice group. She was previously associate with Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, IL, and resides in Buffalo, NY.

Daniel J. Keefe, MArch 1999 & BPS 1997, has been named a project architect/project manager at Watts Engineering and Architecture. He lives in Buffalo, NY.

*Kenneth Kupfer, MArch 1999, has joined Harris-Kupfer Architects Inc. as owner/principal. He brings with him 13 years of experience and expertise in multifamily housing. Kupfer resides in Baltimore, MD.

Tracy Panzarella, MA 1999 & BA 1997, was promoted to director of clinical services at Autistic Services. She will manage the clinical staff for the organizationís day, school and residential programs. Panzarella lives in Amherst, NY.

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

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