Classnotes

UPDATES FROM GRADS BY THE DECADE

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Stephen C. Scheiber, MD 1964, will receive the Vestermark Award from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the National Institute of Mental Health at the APA’s annual meeting in May in San Diego, CA. The award honors his lifetime work in psychiatric education. In June 2006, he completed 20 years as chief executive officer of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and maintains appointments at Northwestern University Feinstein School of Medicine and at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He lives in Glenview, IL.

George Maringer, BA 1965, was hired as coordinator of computer resources for Florida Atlantic University’s School of Architecture. He resides in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

*John A. Cirando, JD 1966, was named to the New York State Law Revision Commission, which focuses on reforming law through legislation. He lives in Syracuse, NY.

John R. Fisk, MD 1966, is a national finalist for the 2006 Humanism in Medicine Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Finalists are chosen by students; awards are given to faculty physicians who are positive and caring role models. Fisk is a faculty member at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and resides in Springfield, IL.

Don Teig, BA 1966, was chosen for the Benedict Fellowship as distinguished visiting professor at the University of Houston for 2006–2007. In this position, he is presenting three lectures to the students and faculty of the university. Teig was also chosen to head a team of researchers and athletic trainers for the performance vision project. He will help develop a testing and training protocol and new technology for Olympic athletes in the area of visual performance. Teig lives in Ridgefield, CT.

David Dantzker, MD 1967, has joined the Neuro-Hitech board of directors. He is a general partner of Wheatley Partners in New York, NY, and also professor of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. Dantzker resides in New York.

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Jay Beder, MA 1971, was promoted to professor in the department of mathematical sciences at the University of Milwaukee. He has been on the faculty since 1982 and lives in Shorewood, WI.

*Mark G. Farrell, JD 1972 & BA 1969, was sworn in as president-elect of the New York State Magistrates Association and will take office in September 2007. The association maintains and supports quality local judiciary. Farrell has served as Amherst Town Justice since 1994 and resides in Williamsville, NY.

Sung-Mo Kang, MS 1972, received the Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award from the Asian Pacific Fund for his accomplishments and leadership qualities. The program supports the professional development and advancement of Asian American leaders in higher education. Kang is dean of the Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He lives in Santa Cruz.

James H. Ryan, PhD 1972 & EdM 1967, served on the jury for the Brock International Prize in Education, which recognizes innovation in education. He is vice president for outreach emeritus at Pennsylvania State University and resides in Laporte, PA.

Rosemary Conley, EdM 1973 & AAS 1967, has been appointed director of the Erie 1 BOCES Career Development Services division, where she most recently served as associate director. She has been with Erie 1 BOCES since 1989 and lives in East Amherst, NY.

*Glenn D. Gentzke, BS 1973, successfully completed the certified arborist examination administered through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the local chapter of the ISA. He resides in Tonawanda, NY.

Robert E. Pfeil, MS 1973 & BS 1972, has been named director of human resources at Niagara County Community College. He lives in Tonawanda, NY.

James A. Balukjian, DDS 1974, was named dental director at Delta Dental of Rhode Island, the state’s largest dental insurer. In this position, he will provide clinical expertise and oversight for the insurer’s programs and serve as the spokesperson for clinical and dental policy decisions. Balukjian has been a practicing dentist since 1977 and resides in Greenville, RI.

Phillip C. Dissek, BA 1975, received an award for excellence from the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board’s Buffalo district office, where he is district manager. The award was given in recognition of his contributions toward meeting the mission of the agency and for his public service. Dissek lives in Tonawanda, NY.

Maura Mottolese, BS 1975, was named president of the Switch Beverage Company in Stamford, CT. She recently served as senior vice president of marketing at Revlon and resides in New Canaan, CT.

Gary J. Jastrzab, BA 1976 & BA 1976, was named deputy executive director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. He is also a member of the American Planning Association and the Urban Land Institute. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.

James J. Sabo, BS 1976, has been named partner at the accounting firm of Brock, Schechter & Polakoff LLP. He specializes in auditing, tax planning and compliance engagements, and resides in Orchard Park, NY.

Beverly Wright, PhD 1977 & MA 1971, is recipient of the Special Gulf Coast Award presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program for outstanding leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She was honored for her health environmental work on behalf of displaced residents in New Orleans, LA, where she lives.

William R. Calnon, DDS 1978, was installed as a trustee of the American Dental Association (ADA), where he will serve on the ADA board as the trustee from the second district (New York). Calnon practices general dentistry in Rochester, NY, and resides in Spencerport, NY.

Karen O’Connor, PhD 1979 & JD 1977, was named John N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science. She is professor of government and director of the Women and Politics Institute for American University’s School of Public Affairs. O’Connor lives in Washington, DC.

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James M. Culligan, BS 1981, has been appointed president of Kei Advisors, an investor relations and business advisory firm. Previously, he was director of business development and client relations at LaBranche and Co. He resides in Orchard Park, NY.

Jonathan P. Holden, BS 1981, was named principal in the tax department at the Amherst, NY, accounting firm of Tronconi Segarra & Associates. He was most recently with the Buffalo office of Ernst & Young and lives in Williamsville, NY.

David E. Prager, BA 1981, joined the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC as a partner in the firm’s labor and employment law practice. He brings 22 years’ experience to this position, most recently with Sills Cummis Epstein & Gross PC and Phillips Nizer LLP. Prager resides in New York, NY.

*Daniel Umlauf, BS 1981, was promoted to director at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Wichita, KS, where he lives.

Mark Bourdon, JD 1983 & BS 1980, has been hired as associate at Clawson & Staubes LLC, in Daniel Island, SC. He practices in the areas of insurance and personal injury litigation and resides in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Michael J. Skoney, JD 1984, joined the Niagara Falls, NY, firm of Viola, Cummings & Lindsay LLP. In this position, he will practice exclusively in the area of personal injury law. Skoney lives in Tonawanda, NY.

*Ken Africano, JD 1985, spoke about the federal rules for electronic discovery at the Erie Institute of Law luncheon in November 2006. He is a litigation partner in the Buffalo office of Harter Secrest & Emery LLP and resides in Snyder, NY.

Ann Schulte, BS 1986, has been hired as vice president and senior analyst at Cornerstone Capital Management in Minneapolis, MN. Previously, she was employed at FAF Advisors as senior equity analyst. Schulte resides in Plymouth, MN.

Kimberly Ward Burns, BA 1987, is partner at Thorp Reed & Armstrong LLP in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a member of the firm’s business practice group and lives in Upper St. Clair, PA.

Bonnie Cotter, MBA 1987, has been named the new headmaster of the Davidson School, an independent school in Davidson, NC, offering a college-preparatory curriculum from pre-kindergarten through high school. She previously served the school as assistant headmaster and director of advancement. Cotter resides in Charlotte, NC.

Philip Michael Gray, PhD 1987, was promoted to professor of sociology at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. He recently conducted extensive research on educational reform in post-Soviet Lithuania. Gray lives in Williamsville, NY.

Julius Adams, PhD 1988 & BA 1978, was named associate dean of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. School of Education at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. In this position, he is responsible for assisting the dean in carrying out the school’s mission and strategic goals. Adams resides in Buffalo, NY.

Michelle Anderson Lyn, MD 1988, was recognized by Texas Executive Women for her success in business and community service. She is an attending physician at Texas Children’s Hospital, assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and medical director of the pediatric emergency center at Ben Taub General Hospital. Lyn lives in Sugarland, TX.

Nancy Condren, BS 1989, joined Brisbane Consulting Group LLC, a valuation and management consulting firm, as an analyst. She previously worked at Brody, Weiss, Zucarelli & Urbanek and lives in East Amherst, NY.

Maura Flynn, BS 1989, was named to Hilbert College’s newly created position of director of human resources. She will be responsible for employee relations, performance management, employee recruitment and organizational policies and programs. Flynn resides in Orchard Park, NY.

*Karen R. Kaczmarski, JD 1989 & BA 1986, was appointed chair of the SPCA’s development committee. She is a litigation attorney in the Buffalo, NY, office of Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, and lives in Hamburg, NY.

Andrea Schultz, BS 1989, was named accountant at Insyte Consulting, a consulting services provider to manufacturing and technology-based companies. Schultz resides in Lockport, NY.

Ian Silver, MBA 1989 & BS 1988, joined Loeb & Loeb LLP’s real estate department in the New York, NY, office as an associate. He was previously with the law firm of Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner LLP and resides in Jersey City, NJ.

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Raghuram Balasubramanian, BA 1990 & BS 1990, has been hired at Primedia/Automotive-Digital in Irvine, CA, as chief technical officer. In this position, he develops systems for increasing online advertising and lead generation revenues. Balasubramanian lives in Irvine.

Catherine Fisher Collins, EdD 1990 & EdM 1979, has released the second edition of her book, African American Women’s Health and Social Issues. Another book she authored, Sources of Stress and Relief for African American Women, was featured in the November 2006 issue of Essence magazine. Collins is an associate professor at SUNY’s Empire State College and adjunct professor in the women’s studies department at UB. She resides in Buffalo, NY.

Janet R. Wojcik, BS 1990, has been hired as assistant professor at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. She lives in Charlotte, NC.

Daniel Degnan, BS 1991, was appointed information technology director at Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute In Buffalo, NY. He is also a clinical laboratory scientist at Kaleida Health’s Buffalo General Hospital. Degnan resides in Buffalo.

Alan Jaenecke, MBA 1991 & BS 1988, has been promoted to vice president of marketing for the materials test and measurement and press divisions of Taber Industries. He will be responsible for the coordination of global distributors and new product development. Jaenecke lives in Amherst, NY.

Daniel L. Petrocelli, BA 1991, joined Clark University as director of planned giving. In this position, he will be responsible for directing, managing and coordinating a comprehensive planned giving program for the university. Petrocelli previously served as director of planned giving for the American Heart Association. He resides in Holden, MA.

*David Roberts, MBA 1991 & MS 1983, was named senior manager of Calspan Corporation’s Transportation Science and Test Center. He has worked for Calspan for 22 years and oversees crash test, tire research and sled test facilities. Roberts lives in Getzville, NY.

*James Lux, MBA 1992 & BS 1990, has been hired as vice president of information technology at Unidine Corporation in Newton, MA. Previously, he served as vice president of information technology at Bertucci’s Corporation and resides in Sudbury, MA.

William L. Prenevau III, BA 1992, received the Fifth Principle Award for 2006 from News America Marketing, where he is regional market manager of operations. He resides in Getzville, NY.

Michael C. Stoner, BS 1992, has been hired as assistant professor of vascular surgery at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University (ECU). He also serves as the director of the vascular surgery fellowship program and as codirector of the aortic center at ECU. Stoner resides in Greenville, NC.

Dara Coope, BS 1993, was named vice president and general counsel of the Treeline Companies, a premier, full-service real estate ownership investment firm based in Garden City, NY. In this position, she is responsible for all aspects of Treeline’s legal department. Coope lives in New Hyde Park, NY.

Adam S. Edelson, BA 1993, was named vice president of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, where he focuses on strategic planning and physician recruitment. He most recently served as associate director at Cooper University Hospital and resides in Marlton, NJ.

Sharon Hilts, MBA 1993 & BS 1988, was named a consultant with Insyte Consulting. She was previously with Niagara Thermal Products and lives in Grand Island, NY.

Marya A. Myslinski, BA 1993, has opened a private practice in Falls Church, VA, treating adults in individual and couple’s psychotherapy. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and resides in Arlington, VA.

Antonino Borgese, MArch 1994 & BPS 1991, was promoted to associate vice president at Cannon Design. He is also an experienced designer and project manager based in the firm’s mid-Atlantic region. Borgese lives in Washington, DC.

David S. Fusani, PhD 1994 & MA 1980, has been awarded the 2006 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is professor of communication and English at Erie Community College and resides in Buffalo, NY.

Melissa Lin Klemens, JD 1994, has been named administrative law judge for the government of the District of Columbia, the department of employment services, the labor standards bureau, the office of hearings and adjudication and the administrative hearings division. Klemens lives in Gaithersburg, MD.

Marc I. Rosenthal, BA 1994, has been named a member of the 2006 Chairman’s Council of New York Life Insurance Company. Members of the chairman’s council rank in the top 4 percent of New York Life’s elite sales force. Rosenthal has been an agent with New York Life since 2001 and resides in Williamsville, NY.

John J. Flynn, JD 1995, was recently appointed town justice in the Town of Tonawanda, NY. He is also an attorney in private practice working at the Bouvier Partnership LLP in Buffalo, NY, and a lieutenant commander in the United States Naval Reserves. He lives in Tonawanda.

Jeanette Rice, PhD 1995, is owner/president of Above the Rest Luxury Cabins in Morganton, GA, where she manages 40 luxury mountain vacation homes. Previously, she was associate professor at Georgia Southern University before making the transition to her present career. Rice lives in Morganton.

Parry Shen, BS 1995, starred in an episode of CW’s Veronica Mars in October 2006, and plays a role in the horror film Hatchet, which opened earlier this year. He also appeared in the feature film The Gene Generation. Shen tours colleges across the country, speaking about the acting business, and resides in Simi Valley, CA.

Mitchell Weiss, BS 1995, was named adjunct professor at Raritan Valley Community College in North Branch, NJ, where he teaches plumbing engineering and is designing a new construction management certificate program. Weiss is the senior plumbing/fire protection engineer at ICOR Associates in Iselin, NJ, and lives in Dunellen, NJ.

Amy Bolton, BA 1996, was hired as the public information officer for the City of Avondale, AZ. Previously, she served as a political adviser to elected officials in the cities of Glendale and Peoria, AZ. Bolton resides in Litchfield Park, AZ.

Kristen Christian, MD 1996, is working with the pediatric practice at Perinton Health Center. She has been with Lifetime Health Medical Group at Chili Pediatrics since 1999. Christian lives in Pittsford, NY.

*Christina Denniston, BS 1996, was promoted to director of pharmacy at Cortland Regional Medical Center. In this position, she will supervise the daily operations of the department to ensure and promote safe medication use within the medical center. Denniston resides in Virgil, NY.

James M. Feeney, BA 1996, BA 1996 & BA 1996, has been appointed assistant professor of surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He was also named to the medical staff of Froedtert Hospital, a major teaching affiliate. He lives in Shorewood, WI.

*Julian Willock, MA 1996 & BA 1993, was appointed director of the Water and Sewage Department by the government of the British Virgin Islands. In this position, he manages the day-to-day operations of all water and sewerage matters and will serve as the chief adviser to the government. Willock resides in Tortola, BVI.

Sanjeeve K. DeSoyza, BA 1997, joined the Albany law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC as associate. Previously, he worked with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP. DeSoyza lives in Niskayuna, NY.

Jennifer L. Strong, JD 1997 & BA 1994, is town attorney for the town of Alden, NY, town prosecutor for the town of Marilla and vice president of the Alden Chamber of Commerce. Strong is a partner at Neill & Strong PLLC and resides in Alden.

*Nancy Vargo, BA 1997, has joined Eric Mower and Associates’s public relations and public affairs practice as account supervisor in its Buffalo, NY, office. Previously, she worked for the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau as communications manager. Vargo lives in Buffalo.

*Shawn Degnan, BS 1998, was promoted to senior manager at Ernst & Young in the U.S. Capital Markets Center in Frankfurt, Germany, where he resides.

Terry Shamblin, BA 1998, has been recognized by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development for her outstanding service to Monroe Community College (MCC), where she has worked for six years. She is assistant professor in transitional studies at MCC and helps underprepared MCC students hone their reading and writing skills. Shamblin lives in Oakfield, NY.

Richard Whitver, BS 1999, is managing pharmacist at the Heritage Group, where he oversees the pharmacy and its staff at the Heritage Village Retirement Campus in Gerry, NY. Whitver resides in Fredonia, NY.

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Jennifer Insalaco, BS 2000, was named senior accountant at the Buffalo, NY, certified public accounting firm of Brock, Schechter & Polakoff. She has more than six years’ accounting experience and resides in Buffalo.

Jeannette Wolf, BA 2000, was designated certified meeting professional by the Convention Industry Council. She is owner and event specialist for Event Elements, a meeting and planning company. Wolf lives in Tonawanda, NY.

*Catherine Grantier Cooley, JD 2001, was appointed to the New York Bar Association’s committee on New York civil practice law and rules. She is an attorney in Hodgson Russ LLP’s business litigation practice group and resides in Hamburg, NY.

Jeffrey M. Fick, BS 2001, passed the principles and practice of engineering exam and is now a licensed professional engineer in New York State. He is a structural/civil engineer at Trautman Associates and lives in Cheektowaga, NY.

Sheldon Smith, JD 2001, joined Nixon Peabody LLP’s Buffalo office as associate on the business litigation team. He resides in Buffalo, NY.

Daniel Trudeau, MA 2001, joined the geography department of Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, as assistant professor. During the 2006-2007 academic year, he is teaching qualitative methods for geographers and political geography. Trudeau lives in St. Paul.

Russell Burr, BS 2002, was named supervising senior accountant with Tronconi, Segarra & Associates, an Amherst, NY, accounting firm. He resides in Grand Island, NY.

Nicole Lee, JD 2002 & BA 2000, has been appointed executive director of TransAfrica Forum, the oldest Africa-American human rights advocacy organization promoting justice and progress for the African world. She is the first female leader of the organization and is responsible for overseeing the human rights and advocacy work with civil society in Africa and the diaspora. She is also responsible for the administration, fund-raising and financial management of the organization. Lee lives in Washington, DC.

*Patricia Maloney, PhD 2002 & BA 1973, was appointed coordinating director of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative, a voluntary partnership of postsecondary institutions, associations, government agencies and organizations. In this position, she will oversee a variety of activities. Maloney resides in Potomac, MD.

Kris Sielski, ME 2002 & BS 1997, has started her own consulting business, PnP3 Electronics, which specializes in digital design, FPGA design and embedded programming. Sielski previously worked at Northrop Grumman and lives in Lockport, NY.

Lesley Weitz, BS 2002, received a 2006 Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant for her project focusing on aviation/aerospace. She resides in College Station, TX.

Emily Williams, MD 2002, was appointed to Lifetime Health Medical Group’s obstetrics and gynecology staff. She lives in Buffalo, NY.

Lisa Cox, BA 2003, has been hired as associate in the Cleveland, OH, office of Baker & Hostetler LLP. She resides in Cleveland.

*Timothy Lukasiewicz, EMBA 2003, BS 1998 & AAS 1997, was named vice president and membership coordinator of the Infragard Buffalo Members Alliance, a Federal Bureau of Investigation program. He is director of information technology at the Williamsville Central School District and lives in Buffalo, NY.

April Orlowski, JD 2003 & BA 2000, has joined the Buffalo, NY, office of Hiscock & Barclay LLP as an associate. Previously, she worked with Gibson, McAskill & Crosby LLP, and resides in North Tonawanda, NY.

Valerie Bergeman, BS 2004, was promoted to senior media buyer at Eric Mower and Associates’s Buffalo, NY, office. She will be responsible for television and radio buying across key accounts. Bergeman lives in Buffalo.

Amanda Cryan, DDS 2004, was named to the pediatric services staff at Barzman, Kasimov & Vieth, a Buffalo, NY, dental firm. She was founder and copresident of Buffalo Outreach to Central America, where she offered care to underserved populations in the U.S. and Central America. Cryan resides in Buffalo.

John Giardino, BA 2005, has been hired as a catastrophe specialist for Farmers Insurance, where he will analyze and handle property and casualty claims. He splits his time between the Farmers Insurance National Catastrophe Center in Olathe, KS, and Austin, TX, where he lives.

*Bethany Gilbert, MPH 2005 & JD 2004, was accepted to the Rising Leaders Program, which brings together up-and-coming leaders and prepares them for leadership. Gilbert is an attorney in the health law and corporate and securities practice groups at Hodgson Russ and resides in Buffalo, NY.

Margaret Hamilton, BA 2005, has joined the Stahlka Agency, a member of the EMS Group, as a financial services account manager for the Stahlka Agency, and as the financial services bookkeeper for the EMS Group. Hamilton lives in Lancaster, NY.

Brian J. Sindelar, JD 2005, has joined Seeley, Savidge & Ebert Co. LPA as an associate and will concentrate on business law and related litigation. He resides in Lakewood, OH.

Jason Rogers, BS 2006, has been hired as staff accountant at the certified public accounting firm of Brock, Schechter & Polakoff. He will work on accounting and taxation engagements and resides in Kenmore, NY.

Jason R. Womer, JD 2006 & BS 2001, joined the intellectual property and technology practice group of Hiscock & Barclay LLP of Buffalo, NY, as attorney. He lives in Elmira, NY.

* An asterisk denotes UB Alumni Association members