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Alan Ehrlich, BA 1963, accepted an of counsel position at Stein, McEwen & Bui, a patent law firm in Washington, DC. In 2004, he retired from his position of patent counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency. Ehrlich lives in Bethesda, MD. Bill Berger, BA 1965 & BS 1965, was appointed to the board of trustees at Palm Beach Community College in Florida. He is senior partner at Greenspoon Marder and has been practicing law for more than 35 years. Berger resides in Boca Raton, FL.

Richard J. Ablin, PhD 1967, interim director of the immunobiology graduate program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, has coedited the book Metastasis of Prostate Cancer (Springer, 2007). It is volume 10 in a series called Cancer Metastasis—Biology and Treatment. Ablin lives in Tucson, AZ.

*Andrew Feldman, JD 1968 & BA 1965, received the American Podiatric Medical Association’s 2007 President’s Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the profession of podiatry and to association members. General counsel to the New York State Podiatric Medical Association for more than 20 years, Feldman is founding partner of Feldman, Kiefer & Herman LLP. He resides in Buffalo, NY.

Roger H. Siegrist, BS 1969, was accepted into the Peace Corps as a community business development volunteer in Armenia, where his work includes acting as a business adviser to governors, mayors and directors of organizations, as well as teaching and assisting in community development. Siegrist’s stateside home is Mentor, OH.

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Juan C. Zamora, PhD 1971 & MA 1966, retired in the fall of 2006 as professor emeritus from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he taught Spanish and Portuguese. He resides in Amherst, MA.

Maria Schiff, BA 1973, was appointed director of commonwealth care at Network Health, a Cambridge, MA-based health plan. Before joining Network Health, she was director of the health systems analysis group at the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy. Schiff lives in Auburndale, MA.

Clark Manus, BA 1974, was elected to a two-year vice presidential term with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), where he is a senior board member and serves on the AIA150 Blueprint for America committee. Manus is also chief executive officer and design principal at Heller Manus Architects in San Francisco, CA. He resides in Oakland, CA.

Leslie Newman, EdM 1974 & EdB 1972, was named executive director at Children & Families First in Wilmington, DE, where she was previously director of development. She is president of the board of directors at the Milton and Hattie Kutz Foundation, executive committee member for the Jewish Community Center, adviser for the youth philanthropy board of the Delaware Community Foundation and member of the advisory boards at both the Fund for Women and the Carl M. Freeman Foundation. Newman lives in Wilmington, DE.

Kenneth E. Kendall, PhD 1975 & MBA 1970, was promoted to professor of management at Rutgers University School of Business in Camden, NJ, where he teaches courses in emerging information technologies and ecommerce project management. Kendall was also elected president of the Decision Sciences Institute and serves on the review board for Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education. He resides in Voorhees, NJ.

David Glogower, BS 1977, was promoted to director of treasury at Simon & Schuster Inc., where he has worked for 15 years. He lives in Monroe, NY.

Jeffrey D. Palumbo, BS 1977, joined Damon & Morey LLP as special counsel in the real estate department, and serves as chair in the firm’s zoning and land use practice group. He resides in Clarence, NY.

Mark Patters, PhD 1977, was appointed interim dean for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Dentistry, where he was named associate dean for academic affairs in 2003. He joined UTHSC in 1988 as professor and chair of periodontology, remaining in that post for 15 years. Patters was also director of graduate education and programs for the College of Dentistry for 10 years. He lives in Lakeland, TN.

Ronald C. Kraemer, BS 1978, was named assistant vice president at National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation, the pipeline and storage segment of National Fuel Gas Company. As assistant vice president, he is responsible for marketing activities and business and project development. Kraemer joined National Fuel in 1978 and was named vice president of Empire Pipeline, a National Fuel company, in 2003. He resides in Getzville, NY.

*Jean Powers, JD 1979, is president of the Buffalo Niagara chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She is also a partner at Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel LLP’s real estate practice group and formerly served on the University at Buffalo Alumni Association board of directors. Powers lives in Williamsville, NY.

Tina Wells, BA 1979, was named head of early childhood education at the Cooke Center for Learning and Development in New York, NY, where her responsibilities include increasing screenings of preschool children who are at risk for learning delays. Previously, Wells was a special education supervisor and preschool special education teacher. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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David G. Hangauer, PhD 1980, was awarded first place in the health sciences category of the Western New York Inventor of the Year Awards. He is an associate professor of chemistry at the University at Buffalo and senior vice president for research development at Kinex Pharmaceuticals LLP in Buffalo, NY. Hangauer lives in East Amherst, NY.

Richard Orlan, BS 1981, was named associate medical director for long-term care at the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast in Clearwater, FL. He is president of the Comprehensive Geriatric Care Center in Pinellas County, FL, and is board-certified in hospice and palliative care medicine, as well as in internal medicine and geriatrics. Orlan resides in St. Petersburg, FL.

Donna DeCarolis, MBA 1983 & BS 1981, was named president and member of the board of directors at Horizon Power Inc. and Horizon LFG Inc., subsidiaries of National Fuel Gas Company. As president, she is responsible for National Fuel’s landfill gas operations, independent power production and electric generation operations. DeCarolis has worked at National Fuel since 1983 and was named president of National Fuel Resources Inc. in 2005. She lives in Buffalo, NY.

Martin J. Belscher, EdD 1984 & BA 1967, is vice president and chief information officer at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA. Previously, he was vice president at First Consulting Group, and has more than 25 years of information technology leadership experience. Belscher lives in Andover, MA.

Jonathan D. Cox, BA 1984, is a member of the board of directors at the Buffalo Arts Studio. He is an associate at Cohen & Lombardo, where his practice focuses on insurance defense and civil litigation. Cox resides in Buffalo, NY.

*June Hoeflich, BS 1984, was named president and chief executive officer at Sheehan Memorial Hospital in Buffalo, NY. She was previously senior vice president at HSBC Bank USA, and lives in Williamsville, NY.

Thomas Petrocelli, BA 1984, is senior vice president of enterprise software at IP.com, an Amherst, NY, company that provides software and services to help businesses manage their intellectual property assets. He lives in Williamsville, NY.

John Rodgers, MBA 1984 & BS 1983, was named 2007 Pharmacist of the Year by the Pharmacists’ Association of Western New York. Vice president of pharmacy services at Independent Health, he is an adjunct professor in the University at Buffalo’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He lives in East Aurora, NY.

*Jill Bond, JD 1985, was promoted to senior vice president and general counsel at Rich Products Corp., where she has been a member of the legal team since 1988. She has legal responsibility for all divisions of Rich’s North American business group and oversees the legal strategies for the Rich International Group. Bond resides in Williamsville, NY.

Debra A. Neiman, BS 1985, was selected by Jewish Women International and Jewish Woman magazine as a 2007 “Women to Watch” nominee for her contributions to the financial field. Neiman is a certified financial planner, principal of Neiman & Associates Financial Services LLC and cofounder of PridePlanners, an organization of financial planners who serve nontraditional couples and families. Coauthor of Money Without Matrimony: The Unmarried Couples’ Guide to Financial Security (Kaplan, 2005), Neiman lives in Watertown, MA.

*Thomas J. Rechen, BA 1985, was appointed to the Public Defender Services Commission of the State of Connecticut, where his responsibilities include appointing public defenders to the judicial districts in the state. He is also partner at Pepe & Hazard LLP, where he practices in the litigation, intellectual property and real estate groups. Rechen resides in Simsbury, CT.

Mary Farruggio, MS 1986, was selected for the third cohort of the Community Health Foundation’s health leadership fellows program. She lives in Depew, NY.

Mark Shapses, BS 1986, was elected president of the Metropolitan Business Network, where he previously served a two-year term as co-vice president. He is senior managing director at Studley, a commercial real estate firm, where he has worked since 1991. Shapses resides in Plainview, NY.

Donna L. Burden, JD 1987, with two other trial attorneys, has formed the law firm of Burden, Gulisano & Hickey LLC, which concentrates on defending personal injury cases across New York State. She has 20 years’ experience as a trucking law trial attorney and is chair of the DRI Trucking Law Committee. Burden is a member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association and lives in Williamsville, NY.

Gustavo Lima, MArch 1988, was appointed principal at Cannon Design, an architectural, engineering and planning firm. He has more than 26 years’ experience in architecture and construction management and resides in Williamsville, NY.

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Sandra Becker, BA 1990, is one of only eight housing counseling professionals in New York State certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to advise homeowners on home equity conversion mortgages. She is housing programs manager at Belmont Shelter Corp., where she oversees a team of housing professionals who expand housing opportunities and provide housing-related counseling and education throughout Western New York. Becker joined Belmont in 1993 and lives in East Aurora, NY.

Adam Perry, BA 1991, was nominated to the board of directors of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. He is a partner in Hodgson Russ LLP’s business litigation practice group and a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Perry resides in Buffalo, NY.

Steven I. Rubinstein, JD 1991 & EdM 1983, was named to the advisory board at Dopkins & Company, where he proposes ways the firm can help redevelop the Western New York community. He is a partner at Damon & Morey LLP’s business and corporate department, and a member of the firm’s health-care practice group. A fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association, Rubinstein maintained a private practice in psychotherapy before entering the legal field. He lives in Buffalo, NY.

*Steven J. Weiss, JD 1991, MBA 1988 & BS 1987, was appointed cochair of the Low Income & Affordable Housing Committee, a subcommittee of the New York State Bar Association’s real estate committee. As cochair, he coordinates—for attorneys throughout New York State—the legal issues surrounding affordable housing. He also manages tasks associated with the Upstate Affordable Housing Conference. Weiss is partner at Cannon Heyman & Weiss LLP, where he concentrates his practice in affordable housing and community development transactions. He resides in Williamsville, NY.

Michael Degnan, PhD 1992, MA 1988 & BA 1973, received a 2007 Excellence in Scholarship Award from Hilbert College, where he has been a professor of English for more than 30 years. He is also director of the college’s Center for Excellence in Learning, and previously served as chair of Hilbert’s English department. Degnan lives in Buffalo, NY.

David Wroblewski, BA 1992, joined NCAComp as an underwriting manager, where he assists in the administration of individual self-insurance plans and self-insured trust funds. He resides in Buffalo, NY.

Beth Ann Bivona, BS 1993, was selected by Rochester, NY’s Daily Record as one of Western New York’s up-and-coming attorneys. A partner at Damon & Morey LLP, where she practices business litigation and insolvency, Bivona was the first female chair of the Erie County Bar Association’s commercial and bankruptcy law committee. She lives in Clarence Center, NY.

Doreen M. Blandino, PhD 1993 & MA 1986, was named full professor at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, where she is a member of the modern and classical languages department. She began teaching at Saint Vincent in 1986 and became chair of the modern classical languages department in 1992. Blandino received the Student Government Association Faculty Award in 1993 and 2003, and in 2006 received the Boniface Wimmer Faculty Award for significant contributions to Saint Vincent and its work with students. She resides in Greensburg, PA.

*Michelle Parker, JD 1993, was appointed chair of the Erie County Bar Foundation’s 2007 campaign, which provides confidential assistance to attorneys in crisis. She is a partner at Anspach Meeks Ellenberger LLP, vice president of the Defense Trial Lawyers of Western New York and a director of the Evans-Brant Chamber of Commerce. Parker lives in Evans, NY.

Brian J. Radecki, BS 1994, is chief financial officer at CoStar Group Inc., an information services provider in Bethesda, MD. He was previously vice president of research operations at CoStar, and resides in Silver Spring, MD.

Christine Ambrosone, PhD 1995, MS 1992 & BA 1990, received the Thomas B. Tomasi Achievement Award from the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. She is chair of the department of cancer prevention and control at Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s division of cancer prevention and population sciences. Ambrosone also serves as chair of the molecular epidemiology group of the American Association for Cancer Research. At Roswell, she leads the development of one of the nation’s most comprehensive research data banks and repositories. She lives in Orchard Park, NY.

Harvey Arbesman, MS 1995, MD 1980 & BA 1975, won one of five monetary awards in Prize4Life’s Biomarker Prize competition, an international competition to find the best ideas for discovering biomarkers for Lou Gehrig’s disease. Clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, he is also clinical associate professor at UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions. Arbesman is a board-certified dermatologist and vice president at ArbesIdeas Inc., a health-related research and development company in Williamsville, NY, where he resides.

*Robert J. Drago, MBA 1995, was named vice president for eDiets Inc.’s meal delivery division, based in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Drago has 17 years’ experience in food marketing, operations and general management, and lives in Weston, FL.

*Ernest J. Kiefer, BA 1995, was promoted to director of conferences and special events at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. He resides in White River Junction, VT.

*Joseph N. Del Vecchio, JD 1996, MS 1990 & BS 1988, was named assistant vice president at National Fuel Gas Company’s energy marketing segment, National Fuel Resources Inc., where he is responsible for the company’s day-to-day management. Del Vecchio joined the company in 1995 and was named deputy general counsel of the risk management department in 2004. He lives in East Aurora, NY.

John Ferrari, BA 1996, was promoted to vice president of finance at MWW Group, a public relations firm with headquarters in East Rutherford, NJ, where he helps manage financial operations and the financial relations board. He joined MWW Group in 2000 as controller and resides in Smithtown, NY.

Anita Costello, JD 1997, was elected president of the board of directors at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, NY. She is a partner at Hodgson Russ LLP and lives in Amherst, NY.

Carlo Figliomeni, MBA 1997 & BS 1995, was named chief operating officer at Hospice and Palliative Care Group, where he has worked since 2005. Before working for Hospice, Figliomeni was corporate controller at AP Wagner Inc. He resides in Wheatfield, NY.

Sriram Handur-Kulkarni, EMBA 1997 & MS 1990, is director at Technochem Agencies, a company that imports, exports and manufactures chemicals. He lives in Mumbai, India.

Craig A. Leslie, JD 1997, was named special counsel at Phillips Lytle LLP’s Buffalo, NY, office. He resides in Getzville, NY.

Mary C. Raymond, JD 1997, was named one of Western New York’s up-and-coming attorneys by Rochester, NY’s Daily Record. Chair of the board of directors of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, she is also a member of the United Memorial Medical Center Foundation’s board of directors. Raymond lives in Batavia, NY.

Jianguo Zhong, PhD 1997, is executive vice president at Washington Mutual Card Services in San Francisco, CA. He was senior vice president at Providian Financial Corporation in 2002, and later became executive vice president. Zhong resides in San Ramon, CA.

Sissy Nikolaou, PhD 1998 & MS 1995, was named one of the winners of Building Design & Construction magazine’s 2007 “40 Under 40” competition. Winners were chosen for excellence in their professional roles and contributions to their communities and professional societies. Nikolaou is an associate at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, where she directs the geoseismic department. She lives in New York, NY.

Joel Deichmann, PhD 1999, received a 2007–2008 Fulbright Scholar grant, which he is using to research foreign direct investment in Eastern Europe and teach international studies courses at Smolny College in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is also an assistant professor of international studies at Bentley College in Waltham, MA. When in the U.S., Deichmann resides in Nashua, NH.

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Steven R. Smyth, BS 2000, is manager at Lougen, Valenti, Bookbinder & Weintraub LLP in Amherst, NY. He has worked at the firm since 2000 and lives in Buffalo, NY.

Danielle DelDuce, BS 2001, was promoted to banking officer at First Niagara Bank, where she is responsible for the development and application of training programs for the bank’s employees. She joined First Niagara in 1999 as a sales specialist. DelDuce resides in Buffalo, NY.

Jeffrey Fick, BS 2001, is an associate at Trautman Associates, an architectural and engineering firm in Buffalo, NY. He lives in Cheektowaga, NY.

*Jonathan S. Hickey, JD 2001, with two other trial attorneys, has formed the Burden, Gulisano & Hickey LLC law firm, where he concentrates his practice on defending personal injury cases across New York State. He resides in Williamsville, NY.

Raymond A. Murphy, MBA 2001, MArch 2001 & BPS 1998, was appointed associate at Fontanese Folts Aubrecht Ernst Bammel Architects PC of East Aurora, NY, which he joined in 2001. Murphy is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and lives in Cheektowaga, NY.

Frank V. Balon, JD 2002 & BA 1999, joined Hiscock & Barclay LLP as an associate in the firm’s general litigation department. Baylon resides in West Seneca, NY.

*Tammie Lee Demler, PharmD 2002 & BS 1992, was named one of Business First’s “40 Under Forty” honorees for her professional success and involvement in the Western New York community. President of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, she is also director of the University at Buffalo’s pharmacy residency program. Demler lives in Wheatfield, NY.

Emily Dennis, BA 2002, is a marketing specialist for TNS Media Intelligence. She previously worked at the Buffalo Zoo as special events coordinator and at the New York State Society of CPAs as a public relations associate. Dennis resides in Woodside, NY.

Andrew Ferrara, BS 2002, was elected assistant treasurer for the Adirondack Trust Company, where he has worked since 2002. He is on the board of directors at the Franklin Community Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, where he lives.

*Jeffrey Kingsley, JD 2002, joined Goldberg Segalla LLP as an associate. His practice concentrates on commercial litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, as well as extra-contractual liability litigation and insurance coverage. He resides in Williamsville, NY.

*Kevin J. Kruppa, JD 2002, is an associate at Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham & Coppola LLC. He lives in Buffalo, NY.

Judith Lampasso, PhD 2002, MS 1996 & DDS 1993, opened Lampasso Bevilacqua Orthodontics with Ryann Bevilacqua. She is an assistant professor of orthodontics at the University at Buffalo and resides in Buffalo, NY.

Mark Giordano, BS 2003, was appointed financial adviser at Ameriprise Financial. He lives in Fishkill, NY.

*Veronica Ikeshoji-Orlati, BA 2003, joined the O’Keefe Shaw & Co. investment firm as receptionist. She is also responsible for providing support to the firm’s financial consultants. She resides in Amherst, NY.

Marc J. Krawiec, BA 2003, is an associate at Damon & Morey LLP’s business and corporate department. Before joining the firm, he served as articles editor for the Boston University International Law Journal. Krawiec lives in Hamburg, NY.

Meetu Dhar, BA 2004, was awarded Roger Williams University School of Law’s John Birnberg Memorial Prize, which honors a student who demonstrates determination, perseverance and dedication to succeed throughout his or her law school career at Roger Williams. She has served as a legal intern to both the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, RI, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Dhar resides in Pleasantville, NY.

*Steven J. McCann, JD 2004 & BA 1998, is an associate at Damon & Morey LLP’s real estate and banking department. Before joining the firm, he was a corporate compliance specialist at M&T Bank and an associate at Byrne, Costello & Pickard PC. McCann lives in Buffalo, NY.

Sarah K. Ranni, JD 2004, joined Phillips Lytle LLP as an associate. She resides in Buffalo, NY.

Yahaira Botello, BS 2005, joined Clifton Gunderson as an associate in the firm’s commercial practice. She lives in Raleigh, NC.

*Danton Cardoso, EdM 2005, is an academic adviser for the residential college program at Truman State University. He resides in Kirksville, MO.

Dane Danielson, BS 2005, joined RMJM Hillier as an intern architect. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.

Brad J. Davidzik, JD 2005, is an associate in the real estate department at Damon & Morey LLP, where he is also a member of the construction and environmental practice groups. He resides in Lancaster, NY.

*Melinda L. Grabowski, JD 2005, was made an associate at Damon & Morey LLP’s general litigation department. Before joining the firm, she served as the publications editor for the Buffalo Law Review and worked as an associate at Ziller, Marsh & Lang LLP. Grabowski lives in Hamburg, NY.

Kathleen Hennessey, BA 2005, is executive assistant to U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL). In 2004, she worked for the National Republican Congressional Committee and as an intern in Washington, DC. Hennessey resides in Arlington, VA.

*Kara Kane, MA 2005, was promoted to assistant director of communications at Medaille College, where she manages the college’s Web site and promotes campus events and student and faculty achievements. Kane lives in Glenwood, NY.

*Meghann N. Carroll, JD 2006, joined Damon & Morey LLP as an associate in the firm’s general litigation department. Before joining Damon & Morey, she worked as an associate at Block Colucci Notaro & Laing PC. Carroll resides in Buffalo, NY.

Carrie A. Christy, JD 2006 & BS 1996, is an associate at Phillips Lytle LLP’s commercial practice, where she focuses on general commercial law. She lives in Williamsville, NY.

Molly K. Donnelly, JD 2006, is an associate at Damon & Morey LLP’s real estate, banking and probate trust departments. She resides in Orchard Park, NY.

Ryan K. Micklus, JD 2006, is an associate in the business litigation and insolvency department at Damon & Morey LLP. He lives in Amherst, NY.

Richard J. Randall, MA 2006, is business development and sales manager at Bio-Optronics Inc. He resides in Honeoye Falls, NY.

*Amber E. Storr, JD 2006, is an associate at Damon & Morey LLP’s business litigation and insolvency department. She lives in North Tonawanda, NY.

Austin Wheelock, MUP 2006, was appointed to the Heritage Foundation of Oswego’s board of directors. He is an economic development specialist at Operation Oswego County Inc., and resides in Oswego, NY.

Theresa Zabawa, BA 2006, joined Resetarits Construction Corporation as receptionist and administrative project assistant. She lives in Buffalo, NY.

Ryann Bevilacqua, MS 2007 & DDS 2004, opened Lampasso Bevilacqua Orthodontics along with Judith Lampasso. She resides in Getzville, NY.

*Vinayagam Gunasekaran, BS 2007, joined Jeffrey M. Goldfarb & Associates as an associate analyst. He lives in Buffalo, NY.