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Fall 2009





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Class Notes

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Updates from Grads by the Decades



Ken Jasnau, MSW 1955 & CERT 1954,

was named Volunteer Caregiver of the Year by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. He has served as volunteer director of Meals-on-Wheels in Baldwin County, GA, for the past 32 years. Jasnau lives in Eatonton, GA.

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*Jerry Selinger, BS 1969,

a partner at Patterson & Sheridan LLP, is responsible for the firm’s trial section at a new office in Dallas, TX. With 33 years’ experience, he is a renowned intellectual property litigator and has handled numerous high-profile patent lawsuits. Selinger resides in Dallas.


*Peter S. Gilfillan, JD 1971,

was named one of upstate New York’s top attorneys of 2008 by Upstate New York SuperLawyers. He specializes in real estate, business and corporate law at Gross Shuman Brizdle and Gilfillan, and is a member of the Erie County, New York State and American bar associations. He lives in East Amherst, NY.

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*Howard L. Pierce, BS 1971,

is a partner and chair of the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Practice Group at Pepe & Hazard LLP. He has more than 30 years’ experience in federal and insurance fraud investigations and litigations, and is recognized as one of Connecticut’s “SuperLawyers.” Howard is a member of the Anti- Defamation League’s Region Civil Rights Committee. In addition, he has been honored by the National Campaign for Tolerance. He resides in West Hartford, CT.

*Mark G. Farrell, JD 1972 & BA 1969,

received the 2008 Distinguished Service Award as the outgoing president of the New York State Magistrates. He is recognized as the founder of the suburban Drug Court in the United States, the first domestic violence court in Erie County and what is probably the only gambling treatment court in the world. Farrell lives in Amherst, NY.

Judith Kerman, MA 1972,

received the 2008 Earl L. Warrick Excellence in Research Award from Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) in honor of her artistic and scholarly achievements. A poet, artist and musician, Kerman is an English professor at SVSU. She also operates Mayapple Press. Kerman resides in Bay City, MI.

Alexander DuBrow, MBA 1973,

has been added to the Cambridge Who’s Who Registry in recognition of his dedication, leadership and excellence in all aspects of consulting in the fields of automated information technology, radio frequency identification and unique item identification. He specializes in providing managerial advice in the aerospace and defense industries, and has worked for various prominent companies for more than 25 years. He lives in Haymarket, VA.

*Leslie Mark Greenbaum, JD 1973,

was named one of upstate New York’s top attorneys of 2008 by Upstate New York SuperLawyers. He is with Gross Shuman Brizdle and Gilfillan, where his areas of practice include trademark, copyright and intellectual property, trade secrets, entertainment, art and sports law, Internet law, unfair competition, contracts and litigation. He is a member of the Erie County and New York State bar associations and resides in Buffalo, NY.

Dennis Timlin, BA 1974,

has been honored by the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) as a 2008 ASA Fellow. He is a soil scientist with the USDA-ARS Crop Systems and Global Change Lab at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, MD. Timlin is a member of the Biological Systems Simulation Group, 2009 chair for the A-3 Agroclimatology and Agronomic Modeling division of the ASA and past associate editor of the Agronomy Journal. He lives in Kensington, MD.

*Pamela Davis Heilman, JD 1975,

partner at Hodgson Russ, received the Woman of the Year Award from the Organization of Women in International Trade. The award recognizes her work to improve the status of women in international trade and business. Heilman resides in Buffalo, NY.

Gail Streete, MLS 1975, MA 1973 & BA 1971,

professor and chair of the Religious Studies Department at Rhodes College, received the 2008 Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service. In addition to her faculty role, Streete participates in diversity training and various forms of community engagement, including work in domestic violence awareness. She lives in Memphis, TN.

*Robert J. Feldman, JD 1976,

was named one of upstate New York’s top attorneys of 2008 by Upstate New York SuperLawyers. He is with Gross Shuman Brizdle and Gilfillan, where he specializes in education law, business law and litigation, business bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights. Feldman is a member and director of the Erie County Bar Association and a member of the American and New York State bar associations. He resides in Buffalo, NY.

*Cheryl Smith Fisher, JD 1976,

is included in the 2009 edition of the Best Lawyers in America, and the upstate New York edition of SuperLawyers. She is a partner of Magavern Magavern Grimm and lives in Buffalo, NY.

Thomas J. Sheeran, EdD 1977,

was appointed to a five-year term on the New York State Unified Court System’s advisory committee on judicial ethics. He is a Lewiston Town Justice, professor of education at Niagara University, and a member of the senior faculty of New York State’s Judicial Institute, where he teaches courses on judicial ethics. Sheeran resides in Lewiston, NY.

*Jeffrey A. Human, JD 1978,

was named one of upstate New York’s top attorneys of 2008 by Upstate New York SuperLawyers. He is with Gross Shuman Brizdle and Gilfillan, where he specializes in business counseling and corporate law, securities law, estates and trusts, taxation and wills. Human is a member of the Erie County and New York State bar associations and lives in Williamsville, NY.

Thomas M. Jung, BA 1978,

was honored by Healthcare Design Magazine as one of 20 top “changemakers” in health care. He currently serves the New York State Health Department as assistant director of health-care facilities planning and resides in Albany, NY.

Marc Shaw, MA 1978,

who has held key civic positions, was appointed by New York Governor David A. Paterson to a six-month term as senior adviser to the governor. He lives in Oakland Gardens, NY.

James J. Tyrpak, BA 1978,

is the 2008-2009 board president for the Foundation for Financial Service Professionals. He is president of Desmon, Kohnstamm & Tyrpak Inc., a wealth preservation and business continuity firm in Buffalo, NY. Tyrpak is an active community member and resides in Williamsville, NY.

James R. De Santis, EdM 1979,

is the national executive director and chief administrative officer of the National Italian American Foundation. For more than 24 years, he has been working with nonprofit organizations, most recently serving as executive director of the Florida Council on Economic Education in Tampa, FL. De Santis previously served as vice president of external affairs at the Florida Institute of Technology and as president of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation at the Kennedy Space Center. He lives in Tampa.



*John C. Moshides, BS 1980,

is the 2008-2009 president of the Buffalo Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. He resides in East Amherst, NY.

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J. Gary Rogers, BA 1980,

has been elected president of the board of directors for the Florida Redevelopment Association. He has almost 30 years’ experience in community planning and development, and currently serves as director of the Lauderdale Lakes Community Redevelopment Agency and chair of the Broward County Housing Authority’s land development committee. He lives in Margate, FL.

*Stephen L. Giroux, BS 1981,

served as the 2007-2008 president of the National Community Pharmacists Association. He is president and owner of Moden-Giroux Inc., which operates numerous medical supply stores. He is also president and coowner of Summit Park Pharmacy Inc., Rosenkrans Pharmacy Inc., Oakfield Family Pharmacy and Hilton Family Pharmacy. He resides in Gasport, NY.

Elizabeth J. Protas, PhD 1981, MLS 1971 & BS 1968,

is dean of the School of Health Professions at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). She began her work at UTMB in 2002 as chair of the physical therapy department, and has served in leadership positions for various scientific and professional organizations. Protas received the 2007 Herbert H. DeVries Award for Outstanding Research in Aging from the Council of Aging and Adult Development, American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness. Protas lives in League City, TX.

Mohammad Hassan, MS 1983,

is the 2008-2009 president for the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois, an organization that he has served in various positions since 1999. He is vice president of URS Corporation’s Chicago office, where he is responsible for the infrastructure sector of the company’s Illinois operations. Hassan resides in Bloomingdale, IL.

Vickie Mike, EdM 1983,

is the 2009 New York State Teacher of the Year. A teacher for more than 30 years, she taught Spanish at Horseheads High School for 28 years. Department chair for languages other than English in the Horseheads Central School District, she is actively involved in professional development and conducting workshops for educators. In 2007, she was an invited delegate to the World Language Educators Symposium in China. Mike lives in Elmira, NY.

Ronald L. Bornstein, BA 1984,

is a partner at Hodgson Russ LLP in the firm’s Florida family and marital practice group. He has more than 20 years’ experience and is a member of the Florida Supreme Court steering committee on privacy in the courts and the Florida Bar committee on family rules. Additionally, Bornstein is a founding member and vice president of the Collaborative Divorce Team. He resides in Greenacres, FL.

Pamela Menard, MS 1984,

was honored as a 2008 leader in disease management by Managed Healthcare Executive. She currently serves as vice president of health promotions and care management at Independent Health and lives in Buffalo, NY.

Joann Steinmetz, MBA 1985 & BA 1978,

is a senior program manager for Good Schools for All, an organization committed to improving student achievement in Buffalo (NY) Public Schools. She previously served as educational services manager for the Buffalo News. Steinmetz resides in Buffalo.

Marlaine Teahan, JD 1985,

has been elected to the Council of the State Bar of Michigan’s probate and estate planning section as liaison to the State Bar Court Rules and Forms Committee. She was also reelected to the Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council as secretary. She is an attorney with Foster Zack Little Pasteur & Manning PC and lives in Grand Ledge, MI.

Marc Edwards, BA 1986,

Charles Lunsford Professor of Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech (VT) and a 2007 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow, delivered the graduate school keynote address for VT’s fall 2008 commencement. An expert in water corrosion and contamination in urban water supplies, Edwards has won a number of awards for his research and professorial accomplishments. He resides in Blacksburg, VA.

Sherri Arnold, AAS 1988,

is director of the Small Business Development Center at Corning Community College. She is experienced in the banking industry and has written educational materials in this field. Arnold also owned a marketing research company and has worked as a construction manager and business consultant for Arnold Enterprises. She resides in Athens, PA.

*Paul F. Hammond, JD 1988,

was named one of Upstate New York’s top attorneys of 2008 by Upstate New York’s SuperLawyers. He is a partner at the Bouvier Partnership and lives in Buffalo, NY.

Peter C. Hafner, BA 1989,

founded Hafner Financial Services, a company specializing in investment management and retirement and estate planning. He has spent more than 15 years working in financial services, with previous experience as a financial consultant at A.G. Edwards and Sons. Hafner lives in Depew, NY.

James P. Klyczek, PhD 1989, MS 1984 & BS 1979

is a member of the board of directors of Health Management Group, Horizon Health Services Inc. He also serves as president and chair of Niagara County Community College. Klyczek lives in Clarence, NY.



Karen Hardick, BS 1990 & AAS 1988,

is chief financial officer of Summit Educational Resources and has more than 20 years’ experience in accounting and business management. Most recently, she served as chief financial officer of Lake Shore Behavioral Health Inc. Hardick resides in Amherst, NY.

John Simms, BS 1990,

is director of facilities at Syracuse Research Corporation. With more than 25 years’ experience in facilities operations, project engineering and construction management, Simms most recently worked as technical services site facilities/engineering group leader for Bristol Myers Squibb Corporation. He is a member of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering and previously served on the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers committee. Simms lives in Cazenovia, NY.

Pamela A. Geib, BS 1991,

is a manager at Dopkins and Company, certified public accountants and consultants, where she has worked since 1995. She resides in Clarence Center, NY.

Mark A. Smith, MLS 1992,

was chosen to serve on the advisory board for New Media Consortium’s Horizon Project. He will help guide the Horizon Project, which focuses on emerging technologies. He works at Alfred University’s Scholes Library of Ceramics and lives in Hornell, NY.

Michael Fallacaro, DNS 1993 & MS 1984,

received the 2008 Researcher of the Year Award from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation, in recognition of contributions to the practice of anesthesia through clinical research. He has dedicated more than half of his 27-year career to research and education and has contributed to numerous medical publications. Fallacaro currently works in Richmond, VA, as chair and tenured professor in the nurse anesthesia department at Virginia Commonwealth University, and as a staff nurse anesthetist at the Henrico Doctors Hospital Parham Campus. He resides in Richmond.

Richard Polvino, MArch 1994 & BPS 1988

is principal and studio leader at the Boston office of the S/L/A/M Collaborative architectural firm, where he has worked since 2005, previously serving as manager of various projects in Boston. Polvino lives in Belmont, MA. ID.

Donald J. Leo, PhD 1995 & MS 1992,

is special assistant to the vice president of research for energy initiatives at Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering, where he also serves as associate dean of research and graduate studies. He is an associate director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures. He resides in Blacksburg, VA.

Lori Overstreet, MBA 1995

is senior vice president of marketing and new product development at Ameritox, a pain prescription medication monitoring company. She has extensive experience in marketing to physicians and consumers, most recently with PinnacleCare Private Health Advisory, overseeing brand development, new product development, strategic planning and launching of advertisements, marketing and sales initiatives. Overstreet lives in Elkridge, MD.

Timothy Piotrowski, ME 1996,

is an assistant professor in the civil engineering department of Alfred State College in the School of Management and Engineering Technology. He has previous experience serving as project manager and director of facility planning for various businesses in Western New York, most recently as project architect and director of business development at Habiterra Architects. He resides in Jamestown, NY.

Gergely Makara, PhD 1997,

is director of chemistry for the European operations of Albany Molecular Research Inc. (AMRI). In this role, he is responsible for all European chemistry products and services, including custom synthesis, medicinal chemistry, analytical services, library design and production. Makara has more than 10 years’ experience in the development of compound libraries and lead optimization at various drug discovery companies, most recently working for the Merck target validation chemistry group and Neogenesis Pharmaceuticals Inc. He lives in Monroe Township, NJ.

Cindy Coleman, MS 1999,

is a clinical instructor in the Alfred State College Department of Nursing. She previously served as a family nurse practitioner at St. James Mercy Health in Hornell, NY. Coleman resides in Almond, NY.

Edward Kim, MD 1999,

is a physician of internal medicine at Aspire Health Center in Cheektowaga, NY, where he is responsible for the primary care of adults with developmental disabilities. He previously worked as a physician of internal medicine at Lifetime Health Medical Group. Kim lives in Getzville, NY.



Timothy P. Frier, BS 2000,

is a certified public senior accountant at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP. He resides in Cheektowaga, NY.

Tim Curci, MS 2003,

is a network engineer on the professional service team at IPLogic Inc., a Buffalo/ Rochester-based communications technology solution provider. He has significant experience working with the architecture, design and installation of computer security software, and previously worked for CXTEC for six years. Curci lives in East Amherst, NY.

Aaron Stanley, MBA 2003 & BS 2001,

is an associate broker at Robitaille Relocation and Real Estate. He is also president of the Eggertsville Community Organization and a member of the Town of Amherst’s energy conservation citizens advisory committee. He resides in Buffalo, NY.

Timothy J. Altieri, BA 2004,

is an associate at Cohen & Lombardo PC, where he focuses on criminal and real estate law. He previously served as an elected judge on the University at Buffalo’s judicial branch of student government. Altieri is a member of the Erie County and New York State bar associations; the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and New York State Defender’s Association; and the Erie County Bar Association’s criminal law, negligence and real estate committees. He lives in Wheatfield, NY.

Corine Kaufman, MD 2004,

has joined the medical staff at Buffalo Spine and Sports Institute, where she has been recognized for her “superior clinical knowledge and her innate patient skills.” She has received the Resident Physician Award from the Medical Society of Erie County and the Evidence Based Medicine Quality Improvement Award from UB. She resides in Williamsville, NY.

Nicole Schuman, MA 2006,

is a content publisher for Synacor, a Buffalo-based Internet tools and portals builder. She has previous experience as a marketing communications strategist with VoIP Supply/Sayers Technology Holdings. Schuman lives in Buffalo, NY.

David Zeitlin, DDS 2006,

is a practicing dentist at Barotz Dental in Denver, CO. He resides in Thornton, CO.

*Jeremy Blecha, BS 2008,

is a staff accountant at Tronconi Segarra and Associates, a public accounting and business consulting firm. He lives in Machias, NY.

Jennifer Nichols Castaldo, JD 2008 & BA 1999,

is an associate at Hiscock & Barclay LLP, where she focuses on commercial litigation. She has previously served as vice president of the University at Buffalo Law Association for Alternative Dispute Resolution and executive business editor of the Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal. Castaldo resides in Amherst, NY.

Melissa Doyle, BS 2008,

is a staff accountant at Brock, Schechter and Polakoff in Buffalo. She lives in West Seneca, NY.

Kristina M. Hellman, JD 2008 & PhD 2006

is an associate at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC. She has previous experience assisting with commercialization, licensing and patenting efforts of university technologies at the University at Buffalo Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach. Hellman resides in Arlington, VA.

UB in the News

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.

Adversity increases our resilience

An article in The Wall Street Journal about resilience and what it takes to overcome a difficult childhood quotes Mark Seery , associate professor of psychology.

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