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Fall 2008





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Updates from Grads by the Decades

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Miles Bender, BA 1959

is a member of Pantera Petroleum’s board of advisers. President and chief executive officer and treasurer of Bridge Energy Inc., he was the founder of National Energy Group. Bender has been in the energy business for 24 years and lives in Dallas, TX.



Gary McGuire, EdM 1969 & BA 1967,

has retired following a career in higher education that spanned 41 years. He was dean of lifelong learning at Niagara County Community College for 14 years and served as provost of North Orange County Community College District’s School of Continuing Education for more than a decade. McGuire will spend his retirement in New York, North Carolina and Virginia.



Gordon Doody, BA 1970,

is a registered investment adviser at HD Vest, an investment and planning services company. Previously, he was a pilot for Northwest Airlines for 30 years. Doody resides in Saline, MI.

Rick Goerner, BS 1970,

is president and chief executive officer at Patriot Scientific, an intellectual property licensing company. Formerly, he served as president and chief operating officer of Texas Instruments’ storage products group and was president and chief executive officer at TransDimension Inc. Goerner lives in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

David Klein, BA 1971,

was commended by U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-FL) for playing a key role in the opening of the St. Vincent DePaul Community Health Clinic in Port Charlotte, FL. He resides in Punta Gorda, FL.

John Persons, BS 1971,

is senior vice president of operations for Tops Markets, where he has worked for more than 20 years. He lives in Williamsville, NY.

Robert Rondinelli, BA 1971,

is the editor of the sixth edition of the American Medical Association’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. He is the medical director of rehabilitation services at Iowa Health and resides in Urbandale, IA.

David Grossman, BA 1973,

is the director of ICMA International, a local government leadership and management organization. Before joining ICMA, he was a foreign service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and chief operating officer with USAID’s Global Bureau Environment Center and Office of Development Credit. Grossman has 30 years’ experience in international economic development and lives in Potomac, MD.

Carl Dyczek, BA 1976,

was selected as an “Ohio Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics magazine, Northern Ohio Live magazine and Cincinnati Magazine. An attorney at Roetzel & Andress, he resides in Akron, OH.

Matthew Leeds, JD 1977,

is a partner at Ganfer & Shore LLP’s real estate practice group. He is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School and lives in Chappaqua, NY.

Bob Martineck, BS 1978,

is senior vice president and principal at HKS Inc., an architectural firm in Dallas, TX. He specializes in health-care facilities and has more than 26 years’ experience. Martineck resides in Irving, TX.

Frank Sturniolo Jr., BPS 1978,

is associate vice president at Cannon Design, an architectural, engineering and planning firm. He has 30 years of industry experience and lives in Grand Island, NY.

Karl Havens, BA 1979,

is director of the Florida Sea Grant College Program at the University of Florida (UF), whose aim is to conserve and sustain coastal and marine resources. He joined UF in 2004 and is chair of the fisheries and aquatic sciences department. Previously, Havens was chief environmental scientist at the South Florida Water Management District, as well as a faculty member of Kent State University’s biological sciences department and its water resources research institute. He is a scientific advisory board member for the Korean Journal of Limnology and founding editor of Freshwater Systems. Havens resides in Gainesville, FL.



*René Lerer, MD 1980,

is president and chief executive officer of Magellan Health Services, where he previously served as chief operating officer. Cofounder and former president of Internet HealthCare Group, Lerer lives in Avon, CT.

Maria Lehman, BS 1981,

is vice president of the transportation business sector at Bergmann Associates. Previously, she was chief operating officer of the Chazen Companies and Erie County’s commissioner of public works. In 2005, Lehman received the President’s Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers. She has more than 27 years’ experience in corporate and public professional services management and resides in Orchard Park, NY.

Paul M. Wegman, MS 1982 & BS 1977,

is chair of the New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying. He is also principal engineer at Xerox Corporation and lives in Pittsford, NY.

Frank Genese, MArch 1983 & BPS 1981,

is vice president of the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, NY. He has more than 25 years’ experience in large-scale design and construction management and resides in Port Washington, NY. Lars Hafner, BA 1983, is president of Manatee Community College and provost of St. Petersburg College in Florida. He has 22 years’ experience in higher education, and served 12 years as a state representative for Pinellas County. Hafner lives in St. Petersburg.

William Kullback, MBA 1984,

is senior vice president and chief financial officer at Angeion Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of medical products. Previously, he was chief financial officer at Flex Fund Financial Services, IntriCon Corporation, MedSource Technologies and Pemstar. Kullback has 25 years of financial and management experience and resides in Plymouth, MD.

David Zahn, BA 1984,

is an adjunct professor at the University of New Haven’s graduate school for industrial/organizational psychology. He writes a weekly column for the Connecticut Post and is the coauthor, with Herman Holtz, of How to Succeed as an Independent Consultant, Fourth Edition (John Wiley & Sons, 2004); and the author of The Quintessential Guide to Using Consultants (HRD Press, 2004). Zahn lives in Wallingford, CT.

Shane Farolino, BA 1985,

has been selected as an “Ohio Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics magazine, Northern Ohio Live magazine and Cincinnati Magazine. He is an attorney at Roetzel & Andress’s Northeast Ohio office and resides in Canton, OH.

Richard E. Gottlieb, JD 1985,

is leader of Dykema’s financial institutions team and a member of the firm’s Chicago, IL, office management committee. He lives in Glencoe, IL.

Les Hollander, BA 1985,

is executive vice president of sales and marketing for BusRadio. Previously, he was senior vice president and regional manager at CBS Radio. Hollander resides in Madison, NJ.

*Adam Ashton, MD 1987 & MS 1983,

received the University at Buffalo’s Department of Psychiatry 2007 award “for outstanding contributions to medical student education.” He is a psychiatrist with Buffalo Medical Group and lives in East Amherst, NY.

Paula Sattelberg, MBA 1988 & BA 1979,

is the director of utilities for the City of Lockport, NY, where she lives.

*Forrest Strauss, JD 1988,

is presiding justice for the Village of Monroe Justice Court in Monroe, NY, where he resides.

Jie Li, MBA 1989,

is vice president of business development for Peabody China. He has more than 20 years’ experience managing international and energy generation plants in China, Southern Asia and the United States. Li also recently served as director of business development for the same company and resides in Ballwin, MO.

Daniel Rigney, BA 1989,

is director of resource development for Meals on Wheels Association of America in Alexandria, VA. He lives in Beacon, NY.

Ken Schaefer, BS 1989,

is the director of finance and budgets for Tops Markets, where he has worked for 18 years. He resides in Williamsville, NY.



Ted Melgar, BS 1990,

is a partner at Morgan & Finnegan LLP, an intellectual property law firm. He joined the firm in 1999 as an associate and lives in Garden City, NY.

Nicholas Capanna, JD 1991,

is a banking manager and branch manager at First Niagara Bank in Rochester, NY. He resides in Victor, NY.

Cheryl A. Green, BA 1991,

is Erie County’s first female county attorney. Before her appointment by Erie County Executive Chris Collins, she was a partner at Lustig & Brown and lives in East Amherst, NY.

*Susan Littler, MD 1991, PhD 1983 & BA 1977,

is chair of the Kauai Medical Clinic’s OB/ GYN department. She is also chair of the operating room steering committee of Wilcox Hospital and an assistant clinical instructor for the John Burns Medical School at the University of Hawaii. A practicing OB/ GYN physician, she lives in Kapaa, HI.

Mark Marshall, MA 1991 & BA 1988,

is the associate chief of staff at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, CT, where he has been a practicing physician since 1999. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and resides in Salisbury, CT.

Lizabeth Martin, JD 1991 & BA 1986,

is a partner at Hodgson Russ LLP and a member of the firm’s immigration practice group. Previously, she served as an examining attorney for the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Martin lives in Williamsville, NY.

Adam Perry, BA 1991,

is a partner in Hodgson & Russ’s business and employment litigation practice groups. He was also named a commissioner of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, where he will serve a five-year term on the governing board. Perry resides in Buffalo, NY.

Eric Schuster, BA 1991,

is vice president of operations at the Oncenter Complex in Syracuse, NY. He has been in the convention and public facilities business for more than 17 years and lives in Manlius, NY.

Jennifer Demert, JD 1993,

was named head of school at Sacred Heart Academy in Buffalo, NY. She has 15 years’ experience as an attorney and resides in Buffalo.

*Frank Housh, JD 1993,

is an associate at Cohen and Lombardo and lives in West Seneca, NY.

*John C. Senall, BA 1993,

is the director of development communications for the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. He resides in Amherst, NY.

Thomas Burns, BS 1994 & AAS 1992,

is a senior manager at Lumsden & McCormick LLP. He lives in Lancaster, NY.

Dean Goodison, BS 1994,

is a project manager in Bergmann Associates’ Buffalo, NY, office, where he is responsible for managing civil works and transportation projects. He has 13 years’ experience as a practicing engineer and resides in East Aurora, NY.

Greg Colombo, BS 1995,

is a manager in Gaines Kriner Elliot LLP’s tax department. He lives in Williamsville, NY.

Gretchen Knapp, PhD 1995, MA 1991 & BA 1980,

is an adjunct professor in biological sciences and a research associate at Illinois State University’s Institute for Geospatial Analysis and Mapping. She resides in Normal, IL.

Ram Krishnamurthy, MS 1995,

is senior principal research engineer at Intel Corporation’s corporate technology group in Hillsboro, OR. He joined Intel in 1998 and has been an adjunct faculty member at Oregon State University’s electrical and computer engineering department since 1999. Krishnamurthy lives in Portland, OR. Elton Parker, BS 1995, is senior counsel at International Paper Company in Memphis, TN. He resides in Cordova, TN.

*Joseph A. Brennan, PhD ’96 & MA ’88,

has been named associate vice president for university communications at the University at Buffalo. Brennan is responsible for university-wide communications functions, overseeing a team of 35 professionals with the goal of enhancing UB’s reputation and visibility locally, nationally and internationally. Brennan has 20 years of communications and management experience in higher education. Prior to joining UB, he served as executive director of communications and marketing at Ohio University. Brennan lives in Clarence, NY.

Thomas Falbo, BS 1996,

is vice president of business risk and control at Citigroup. He lives in Rochester, NY.

John Sinatra Jr., JD 1996 & BA 1993,

is a partner in Hodgson Russ LLP’s business litigation practice group. Before joining the firm, he was an attorney for the general counsel’s office in the United States Department of Commerce. Sinatra resides in Amherst, NY.

Theresa Quinn, MusB 1997,

is a member of the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association’s board of trustees. She is an attorney at Magavern Magavern Grimm LLP and the music director for Lafayette Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, NY, where she resides.

Judith Epstein, MS 1998,

is director of grants and foundation giving for the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. Previously an assistant cancer center support grant administrator at Roswell Park, she lives in Amherst, NY.

Darcie A. Falsioni, JD 1998,

is a member of the employee benefits practice group at Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC. She resides in West Seneca, NY.

Eric Naegely, JD 1998 & BA 1992,

is a special counsel at Damon & Morey LLP. Previously, he was a program coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Western New York. In 1998, Naegely was awarded the Robert J. Connolly Award for excellence in trial advocacy. He lives in Amherst, NY.

Lori Rizzo, MBA 1998 & BS 1990,

is corporate accounting manager for Gibraltar Industries Inc. Previously, she was controller at the Greater Buffalo Savings Bank and corporate reporting manager and audit supervisor at M&T Bank Corporation. Rizzo resides in East Amherst, NY.



*Tom Barney, MBA 2000,

is director of strategic planning and development at Delaware North Companies, a Buffalo, NY-based hospitality and food service provider. He has been with the company for 16 years and was previously manager of strategic planning and development. Barney lives in Angola, NY.

Shannon Fie, PhD 2000 & MA 1990,

recently received tenure and is an associate professor of anthropology at Beloit College in Beloit, WI, where she has worked since 2002. She conducts fieldwork in northern Illinois and resides in Beloit.

*Jay Friedman, EdM 2000 & BA 1986,

is the senior associate director in the Office of Alumni Relations at the University at Buffalo. In this position, he is responsible for maintaining and building the alumni association membership program, volunteer management, event coordination and financial oversight. An employee of UB for 22 years, he most recently served as assistant director in UB’s Office of Special Events. Friedman lives in Amherst, NY.

*Alison Wagner, JD 2000,

is vice president of league development and legal affairs for the Arena Football League. She is a member of the UB Alumni Association board of directors and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

David Borden, MBA 2001 & BS 1997,

is a technical project manager at M&T Bank. He is also a member of Leadership Buffalo’s board of directors and resides in Buffalo, NY. Miche Needham, BS 2002, is a manger at Lumsden & McCormick LLP. She is also a member of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society’s board of directors and lives in Tonawanda, NY.

Laura Wagner, JD 2002,

is an assistant social services attorney in the Niagara County Department of Social Services, where she works in the child protective services unit. She is also counsel for the child support collection unit and assists with Niagara County’s child welfare appeals. Wagner resides in Lockport, NY.

Christopher Kicinski, BS 2003,

is a manager at Lumsden & McCormick LLP. He lives in Clarence Center, NY.

Prasanna Parthasarathy, MS 2003,

is a design engineer at Hindustan Motors Limited in Chennai, India, where she lives.

Denise Wohlfeil, BS 2003,

is a senior accountant at Gaines Kriner Elliott LLP and recently passed all parts of the New York State Certified Public Accountant exam. She resides in West Seneca, NY.

John Godwin, BA 2004,

is an associate in Hodgson Russ LLP’s labor and employment practice group. He was recently admitted to the New York State Bar and lives in Buffalo, NY.

Richard Marinaccio, BA 2004,

has been admitted to the New York State Bar. He is an associate at Hodgson Russ LLP and resides in Sloan, NY.

*Connie Vari, EMBA 2004, MS 1997 & BS 1994,

is chief operating officer at Kaleida Health, where she has more than 30 years’ experience. She lives in Williamsville, NY.

*Bethany Gilbert, MPH 2005 & JD 2004,

was named to the editorial advisory board of Medical Devices Law & Industry Report. An attorney at Hodgson Russ LLP, she resides in Buffalo, NY.

Shafiq Jalal, MBA 2005,

is a senior analyst at Brisbane Consulting Group, a management consulting and business valuation firm. He lives in Williamsville, NY.

Jennifer Levy, JD 2005,

is assistant dean for judicial affairs at Columbia University. Previously, she was assistant director for judicial affairs at New York University and resides in Leonia, NY.

Wendy Connolly, BA 2006,

is a laboratory assistant at Pathway Diagnostics in Malibu, CA. She lives in Ventura, CA.

*William Grieshober Jr., MBA 2006 & JD 1988,

is vice president and deputy counsel at Rich Products Corp., where he has worked since 1992. He resides in East Amherst, NY.

Kimberly Johnson, BS 2006,

is a senior accountant at Lumsden & McCormick LLP. She lives in Williamsville, NY.

Colleen Allen, JD 2007,

is an associate at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP. She resides in Buffalo, NY.

Geanne Blazkow, JD 2007,

was admitted to the New York State Bar and is an attorney at Hodgson Russ LLP. She lives in Buffalo, NY.

Alfonzo Cutaia, JD 2007,

is an attorney at Hodgson Russ LLP. Recently admitted to the New York State Bar, he resides in Clarence Center, NY.

Michelle Daubert, JD 2007,

was recently admitted to the New York State Bar. She is an associate at Hodgson Russ LLP and lives in East Amherst, NY.

*Chris Gallant, MFA 2007,

won a New York Emmy Award in the best News Special 2007 category for directing and editing the news documentary They Made a Mistake: the Anthony Capozzi Story. He resides in Buffalo, NY.

Mollie Godzich, BS 2007,

is a senior accountant at Lumsden & McCormick LLP. She lives in Cheektowaga, NY.

Joshua Lawrence, JD 2007,

is an associate in Hodgson Russ LLP’s state and local tax practice group. He was recently admitted to the New York State Bar and resides in Kingston, NY.

Christopher Majewski, BS 2007,

is a staff accountant at Lumsden & McCormick LLP. He lives in Kenmore, NY.

Jennifer Mucha, JD 2007

& BS 1999, was recently admitted to the New York State Bar. She is an attorney at Hodgson Russ LLP and resides in Lewiston, NY.

Michael Nisengard, JD 2007,

is an associate at Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, and lives in Buffalo, NY.

Paul Roman, JD 2007 & PhD 1997,

is an attorney at Hodgson Russ LLP and was recently admitted to the New York State Bar. Previously, he was a researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s department of chemical engineering. Roman resides in North Tonawanda, NY.

UB in the News

Can we treat schizophrenia in the womb?

A Newsweek article reports on a study led by Michal Stachowiak , a professor in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, that uses cerebral organoids, or mini brains, to understand the cause of schizophrenia.

Should mass shooting videos be public?

NPR?s The Takeaway talks to Matthew Grizzard , assistant professor of communication, about the debate over whether the public should have access to footage of mass shootings.

Are face scans leading to bad science?

An article in The Atlantic about artificial intelligence and the potential to use facial scans to infer personality traits and behaviors interviews Mark Frank , professor of communication, about this controversial area of research.

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