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Winter 2009





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Edward C. Schwartz, BA 1944,

was inducted into the Niagara Frontier Aviation and Space Hall of Fame in May 2001. While at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (later Calspan), Schwartz contributed to the development of terrain-following control systems for military aircraft that enable their safe operation at very low altitudes, including flight over mountainous terrain to avoid radar detection. He also designed automatic control algorithms so aircraft can conduct timely maneuvers to achieve desired minimum clearance and a horizontal flight path over terrain peaks. Schwartz resides in Cheektowaga, NY.



Edwin M. Fava, BS 1952,

is principal of Sippican Elementary School in Marion, MA. He recently served as principal of the Pocasset Elementary School in Tiverton, RI, and has additional experience as a teacher, middle school principal and special education director. He lives in Fall River, MA.



Frances Kelly, PhD 1968 & BA 1953,

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has been inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, Class of 2008, at ceremonies in Budapest, Hungary. She is one of 20 international inductees, six of whom are American. Since her retirement as director of U.S. Navy education programs, Kelly has been an e-learning technology consultant and resides in Altoona, PA.

*James Horn, PhD 1969, MA 1965 & BA 1963,

was honored by Universidad Internacional, a private university in Cuernavaca, Mexico, as “Citizen of the World,” in recognition of 35 years spent leading student and tourist groups in Mexico and several other countries. He is an associate professor of history at SUNY College at Brockport in Brockport, NY, and president of Educational Travel Service Inc. Horn resides in Brockport.

Edward Ostrowski, BS 1969,

is chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Committee on Ethical Standards and Review. He also represents ASME on the executive board of the National Institute of Engineering Ethics, which develops engineering ethics training materials. Ostrowski is a senior process/specialty engineer for Fluor Enterprises, and has more than 38 years of experience in the design, construction and operation of power generating technology. He lives in Simpsonville, SC.

Carol J. Schrier-Polak, MSW 1969,

received the 2008 Family Law Service Award presented by the Virginia State Bar’s family law section, which recognizes people who have improved family, domestic relations or juvenile law in Virginia. A partner with the firm Bean, Kinney & Korman, she is a member of the Virginia Bar Association’s Joint Coalition on Family Law, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and Fairfax Law Foundation. Schrier-Polak resides in Falls Church, VA.



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Paula Allen-Meares, BS 1970,

is chancellor of the University of Illinois’ Chicago campus. Previously, Allen-Meares served as dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work and as professor and dean of the University of Illinois’ Urbana- Champaign Campus School of Social Work. She received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UB Alumni Association in 2004 and lives in Chicago, IL.

Stephen C. Edberg, PhD 1971,

received the 2008 American Society for Microbiology BD Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology, in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of research in this field. He is a professor in the department of laboratory medicine and internal medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and director of the Yale-New Haven Hospital Clinical Microbiology Laboratory. Edberg resides in Westbrook, CT.

Paul A. Battaglia, JD 1972,

has been named a Buffalo Law Review honoree in recognition of his outstanding service to the University at Buffalo Law School. He resides in Orchard Park, NY.

*Michael D. Jozwiak, BS 1973

has joined Gaines Kriner Elliott, a public accounting firm in Buffalo, NY. He has more than 30 years of accounting experience and lives in Cheektowaga, NY.

Sheryl Gordon McCloud, BA 1976,

received the 2008 William O. Douglas Award in recognition of extraordinary courage and dedication to the practice of criminal law. She is an adjunct professor in the Seattle University School of Law, cochair of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL) amicus committee and a member of WACDL’s board of governors. McCloud lives in Bainbridge Island, WA.

Loren Etengoff, BA 1977,

has been named governor of the third congressional district for the Washington State Bar Association. He is a personal injury lawyer with memberships in the American Association for Justice and the Clark County Bar Association. Etengoff lives in Vancouver, WA.

Kenneth A. Manning, JD 1977 & BS 1974,

received the New York State Bar Association’s 2008 President’s Pro Bono Service Award for his outstanding pro bono service, with an emphasis on helping to provide equal access to the justice system for all citizens of New York, irrespective of their financial standing. He received the Dr. Philip B. Wels Award from the UB Alumni Association in 2005 and resides in Kenmore, NY.

Vikki L. Pryor, JD 1978 & BA 1975,

received the 2008 Bronx Community College Presidential Medallion in recognition of her leadership, philanthropic efforts and commitment to higher education. She is president and CEO of SBLI USA and resides in New York, NY.

Nancy Carriuolo, PhD 1979,

is president of Rhode Island College and chief academic officer of the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education. Previously, Carriuolo worked as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Hotel and Restaurant Management and the Dietetics Administration of the University of New Haven, where she was also an English professor and assistant provost. She lives in Providence, RI.

*Ann E. Evanko, JD 1979 & MA 1973,

is president of Hurwitz and Fine law firm, which she joined in 1979. She resides in Orchard Park, NY.

William E. Schutt, BA 1979,

president of William Schutt and Associates, Engineering and Land Surveying, has been elected president of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers. He lives in East Aurora, NY.



David J. Lipman, MD 1980,

received the 2008 American Society for Microbiology Promega Biotechnology Research Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the application of biotechnology through important microbiological research and development. His work has led to the creation of PubMed (which provides access to biomedical literature) and the maintenance of GenBank (an annotated collection of all publicly available DNA sequences). Lipman is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Medical informatics. He resides in Rockville, MD.

Jeff Markin, BS 1980,

is CEO and president of VirtualScopics Inc. He previously served as the company’s COO and spent 26 years at Eastman Kodak Company. Markin lives in Rochester, NY.

Alan D. Mathios, BA 1980,

has been appointed Rebecca Q. and James C. Morgan Dean of Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology after serving as interim dean of the college since 2007. He is a professor of policy analysis, coeditor of the Journal of Consumer Policy Management and project leader on the Consumers, Pharmaceutical Policy and Health program funded by the Merck Company Foundation. Additionally, Mathios serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Consumer Affairs and the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. He resides in Ithaca, NY.

Thomas Stewart, PhD 1980,

received the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Scientific Committee of the Third Congress of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies in recognition of his research in wound care and development of pressure-relieving solutions. Stewart is founder of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, an organization devoted to the prevention and management of pressure ulcers. He is president and chief clinical officer of Gaymar Industries, where he focuses on medical aspects of the development of treatment products. He resides in Orchard Park, NY.

James B. Bronk, MD 1981,

is a fellow of the American College of Radiology, a partner at Solano Imaging Medical Associates and chair of the radiology department at Northbay Medical Center. He serves on the California Medical Association board of trustees and is a member of both the American Roentgen Ray Society and the Radiological Society of North America. Bronk resides in Napa, CA.

Tim Forhan, MBA 1982,

has joined Sanctuary Wealth Management as a principal and senior vice president of systems development. He has previous experience serving in various executive positions at IBM. Forhan resides in Pocatello, ID.

Bruce Lieberthal, DDS 1983,

is vice president of product management and development at Henry Schein Practice Solutions, where he previously served as director of product management. He has also developed, built, supported and sold multiple software platforms relevant to dentistry and endodontistry. He has 14 years’ experience as a practicing dentist and lives in Wrentham, MA.

Richard L. Michel, MBA 1983 & BS 1977,

is vice chair and head of the commercial banking business unit of National City Corporation, where he is responsible for all aspects of commercial banking. He has more than 30 years of banking experience with Citigroup and recently served as group executive of the Global Industrials Group for Citigroup’s global corporate bank. Michel lives in Naperville, IL.

Ellen R. Pierino, MLS 1984 & BA 1972

is the 2008-2009 vice president of the UB Women’s Club. She is coordinator of documents and risk management for Damon & Morey LLP and is a member of multiple community organizations. She lives in Buffalo, NY.

*Paula M. Ciprich, JD 1985

is secretary and general counsel for National Fuel Gas Company, where she has served in a number of positions for 20 years. She is also treasurer of the University at Buffalo Law Alumni Association and a recipient of the 40 under Forty Award presented by Buffalo Business First. Ciprich resides in Amherst, NY.

David P. Chameli, BA 1986

is a member of the governing board for Rainbows, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families cope with loss and grief. He is associate general counsel for Sears Holdings Corporation and lives in Hoffman Estates, IL.

Lauren J. Fix, BS 1986,

is author of Lauren Fix’s Guide to Loving Your Car: Everything You Need to Know to Take Charge of Your Car and Get On with Your Life (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2008). She is a car technician, a former race car driver and race driving instructor, and current cohost of the DIY Network’s television show Talk 2 DIY Automotive. Fix has worked for Ford, BMW, Infiniti and the Be Car Care Aware consumer campaign. She lives in Williamsville, NY.

Ross P. Lanzafame, JD 1986,

is chair of the health law section of the New York State Bar Association. He is a partner at Harter Secrest & Emery and has served on the executive committee of the health law section since 1999. Lanzafame has additional experience before earning his law degree in the management of hospital surgical and neonatal intensive-care units. He lives in Rochester, NY.

David Lazerson, PhD 1986 & BA 1973,

is a 2008 inductee to the National Teachers Hall of Fame and recipient of the 2007 “Arts Teacher of the Year Award” for Broward County (FL) Public Schools. He teaches special education at the Quest Center in Hollywood, FL and has spent more than 30 years as an author, musician and teacher, in addition to working as a conflict resolution specialist. Lazerson received the Dr. Richard T. Sarkin Award from the UB Alumni Association in 2007 and resides in North Miami Beach, FL. NY.

Karen Maricle, MS 1988 & BA 1972,

received the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University at Buffalo School of Nursing in recognition of her outstanding work and service. She is an adjunct assistant professor at UB and senior vice president of operations at the Erie County Medical Center, where she has worked in a number of capacities since 1973. She resides in West Seneca, NY.

Kevin M. O’Beirne, BS 1988,

is an associate of the national environmental engineering and consulting firm Malcolm Pirnie Inc., managing a corporate system of standard construction projects nationwide. He has more than 20 years’ experience designing water supply and wastewater treatment facilities. Recently, he contributed to the development of new wastewater sludge dewatering systems and wastewater treatment plants. O’Beirne resides in Hamburg, NY.

Michael W. Wymer, BS 1988,

is an associate of Malcolm Pirnie Inc., a national environmental engineering and consulting firm. He has worked on a number of water systems across the world, assisting with operational, design and sustainability issues. Wymer has served as municipal engineer for the Village of Blasdell, NY, for 15 years and lives in East Aurora, NY.

Kenya S. Mann, JD 1989,

received the inaugural Juvenile Law Center Pro Bono Award. She is a partner in the litigation department of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll LLP, where she is a member of the firm’s government relations and regulatory affairs group and the white-collar litigation group. Before joining the firm, she served the Eastern District of Pennsylvania as an assistant U.S. attorney of the criminal division. Mann lives in Ambler, PA.



Elizabeth Bauman, MBA 1990,

is senior vice president of human resources at First Niagara Financial Group Inc. In this position, she oversees learning and development, recruitment, employee relations, compensation, benefits and payroll. She resides in Lancaster, NY.

Kevin S. Neumaier, MS 1992

is president and chief executive officer of Ecology and Environment Inc., an international environmental consulting firm. He previously served the company as senior vice president of environmental sustainability and chief information officer. Neumaier also received the 2008 Executive of the Year Award from InfoTech Niagara. He resides in Lancaster, NY.

Bob Burger, BA 1993,

is is an investment adviser for Perspective Financial Services LLC. Previously, he worked for Keats, Connelly & Associates, Miller/ Russell & Associates and Charles Schwab, and owned his own firm, Disciplined Investments LLC. Burger resides in Phoenix, AZ.

Lancelot Fitzgerald James, PhD 1993 & BA 1989,

was named fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) for his dedicated service to IMS, contributions to Bayesian nonparametric statistics, and the development of Poisson partition calculus for Lévy processes. James is a visiting associate professor of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His permanent residence is in Baltimore, MD.

Matthew J. Marko, BS 1994,

was appointed to the board of trustees for the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry by New York Governor David Paterson. In this role, Marko will provide development, support and oversight of the college. He resides in Syracuse, NY.

Gregg McDonald, BS 1994,

is business development director of the automotive industry division of PolyOne Corp. Previously, he held various positions with different automotive industry businesses, including Carborundum, Ford Motor Company and, most recently, SABIC Innovative Plastics. McDonald lives in Plymouth, MI.

Nancy J. Sheehan, JD 1994,

is vice president of legal services for the Catholic Health System (CHS). In this position, she is responsible for the overall management of legal services, including risk management, provider contracts, corporate compliance and services provided by outside legal counsel for all CHS entities. Sheehan lives in Buffalo, NY.

William Minnich, EdM 1996 & BA 1993,

is center dean of the Daly City, CA, location of DeVry University. In this position, he supervises enrollment, academics, marketing and operations. He has worked with several institutions of higher education and recently served as campus director for InsideTrack Inc. Minnich resides in San Francisco, CA.

Holly Beecher, JD 1997 & MSW 1991,

is a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP. She works primarily in the areas of estate and trust planning and estate and trust administration. Beecher is a member of Women Lawyers of Western New York and Estate Analysts Western New York, and serves as treasurer of the Crisis Services Foundation. She lives in Buffalo, NY.

Thomas R. Elmer Jr., MD 1997,

is partner at Fichte, Endl and Elmer Eyecare. He has extensive experience working for Mercy Ships, a global charity involving volunteers from around the world in the operation of a fleet of hospital ships. Elmer resides in Grand Island, NY.

Michael J. Morris, BS 1997,

received the Professional Excellence and Innovation Award Corporate Fortune X presented by the Network Professional Association, an association for professionals in network computing. The award is in honor of recent work on network architecture standards, templates and MPLS design. Morris lives in Cary, NC.

Angela Zwirecki Miller, JD 1998, MBA 1990 & BA 1987,

is a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP, specializing in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. She is a member of the American, New York and Erie County bar associations and serves on the Town of Orchard Park ethics board. Miller resides in Orchard Park, NY.

Bob Clerici, ME 1999,

is a member of the Hilbert College board of trustees. He is vice president and cofounder of the Inergex Inc., a professional information technology services company. He has previous experience serving in various positions for such companies as Inacom Information Systems, AOP Solutions and CH Heist Corp. Clerici lives in Orchard Park, NY.



Thomas J. Sheehan, JD 2000,

is a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP, specializing in pharmaceutical and biologic products liability litigation. He is a member of the American and New York bar associations and resides in Buffalo, NY.

Mark Bevington, BFA 2001

serves on the board of directors of Adoption Rhode Island. He is also the president and executive creative director of Ninedot, a design agency. Bevington lives in Pawcatuck, CT.

Sheri Crosby, JD 2002,

received 2008 Outstanding Young Lawyer awards from the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and the Texas Young Lawyers Association, in addition to the 2007 Outstanding Minority Attorney Award from the Law in the Schools Committee of the Dallas Bar Association, a group she cochairs. She is an associate at Taber Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC and resides in Mesquite, TX.

Jill M. Schaefer, MBA 2002 & BS 2002,

received the 2008 member of the Year Award from the Western New York chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association in recognition of her time and dedication to the organization over the past four years. She was also named the 2008-2009 president of the organization. An audit manager with Lumsden & McCormick LLP, Schaefer lives in Cheektowaga, NY.

*Eileen M. Connor-Costilow, MBA 2003,

received the 2007-2008 Recruiter of the Year Award presented by the University at Buffalo School of Management. She is director of human resources at Lumsden & McCormick LLP and lives in Williamsville, NY.

Ann-Marie Caruso, BA 2004,

received the Buffalo Drug Treatment Court’s Outstanding Service Award in recognition of her dedication to facilitating recovery and empowering the patients of Horizon Village’s residential drug treatment program, where she works as an admissions counselor. She resides in Eggertsville, NY.

Douglas Bishop, BS 2005,

is a senior accountant at Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates CPA, where he previously served as a semi-senior accountant. Bishop resides in Baltimore, MD.

Gregory Witul, BA 2005,

is a trustee of the North Tonawanda History Museum’s governance committee. He is chair of the economic development committee for the Town of Wheatfield and has served on its planning board for two years. Witul lives in Niagara Falls, NY.

Marlene G. Potter, PMCRT 2006 & BA 2000,

is the director of marketing at Lipsitz & Ponterio LLC. In this position, she is responsible for marketing and communications strategies to support the firm’s objectives, while overseeing brand management and public and client relations. Potter also supervises marketing communications collateral and Web site design. She lives in Buffalo, NY.

Steven P. Smith, PhD 2006, EdM 2000 & BA 1997,

is director of undergraduate admissions at D’Youville College, where he assists in policy development and planning, and oversees recruitment and all other operations of the admissions office. Previously, he served as a career counselor for the University of Rochester and as senior admissions adviser and assistant director of the office of admissions at the University at Buffalo. Smith lives in Amherst,

*Thomas R. Ulbrich, MBA 2006,

is director of the University at Buffalo School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. He is also president and chief executive officer of Ulbrich’s Garden Center and Mow More Supplies. Ulbrich resides in Alden, NY.

Leah Angelita Bouquard, JD 2007 & MSW 2007,

is an associate attorney at Watson, Bennett, Colligan, Johnson and Schechter LLP. She lives in Buffalo, NY.

Jamey Richard, BS 2008,

has been drafted by the Indianapolis Colts as an offensive guard. He resides in Indianapolis, IN.

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An article in Newsweek about the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History, and the controversy over plans by President Trump to attend the ceremony, interviews Victoria Wolcott, professor and chair of history, who said Trump?s presence is problematic given his inability to denounce white supremacists in the wake of Charlottesville.

New downtown home for Jacobs School opens

The Buffalo News quoted UB President Satish K. Tripathi on the opening of the new Jacobs School building. "The world-class design was a sight to behold. But to gaze upon the magnificent finished product is to fully appreciate it for the breathtaking building it is."

Gum infections may increase risk for digestive tract sores

A Reuters article about a study that showed that gum infections may increase people?s risk for sores in the digestive tract that can lead to stomach cancer quotes Jean Wactawski-Wende , dean of the School of Public Health and Health Professions.

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