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Spring 2010





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Updates from Grads by the Decades



*Mary Ann Lohrey, BS 1955,

retired from Dutchess County government in December 2008, after serving as a mental health educator and the communications director for the department of mental hygiene for 38 years. She is now a part–time consultant with the department. Lohrey resides in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

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J. Mason Davis Jr., JD 1959,

an attorney with the law firm of Sirote & Permutt, is included in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of commercial litigation and corporate law. Davis represents clients in business, antitrust, securities, product liability litigation, life, health, and surety company defense work and litigation. He also has extensive experience before insurance regulatory departments and commissions, and has participated in numerous trials in both state and federal courts, as well as in appellate practice before the Supreme Court of Alabama and the fifth and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeals. Davis, a 2004 recipient of the UB Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award, lives in Birmingham, Ala.

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Joseph Oppenheim, BA 1964,

recently published a memoir entitled “Joseph’s Almanac. ” He resides in San Diego, Calif.

*Donald A. Alessi, JD 1969,

is the chair of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, where he previously served as a board member. A past president of the Federation of Italian–American Societies of Western New York, he was named its person of the year in 2008. Alessi lives in Clarence, N.Y.


Nancy Henneberger, BA 1972,

executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA), was honored with a Nexus award for lifetime achievement at the 2009 HDMA annual leadership forum in Orlando, Fla. With more than 25 years of service to HDMA, she is widely credited for shaping the association’s role as the voice of primary health care distributors. Henneberger lives in Oakton, Va.

Samuel Palisano, JD 1972,

an attorney with Harter Secrest & Emery, was named one of Upstate New York's top attorneys of 2009 by Upstate New York’s Super Lawyers. He resides in East Amherst, N.Y.

Marybeth Priore, MA 1972,

is a shareholder with the firm Colucci and Gallaher, where she has worked as an attorney since 2003. Her practice is focused on the defense of product liability actions. She lives in East Amherst, NY.

*William Zimmerli, EdD 1973,

received the American Association for Health Education’s 2009 health education professional of the year administrative award at the group’s annual conference in Tampa, Fla. in April 2009. He is a tenured full professor of public health at Fort Valley State University, and celebrated 50 years of teaching in 2009. Zimmerli serves as chair of the finance committee and treasurer for the American School Health Association, and is also a life member of the UB Alumni Association. He resides in Kathleen, Ga.

Pamela Davis Heilman,

was named to the advisory board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Canada Institute, a forum for discussions about Canada–U.S. relations. Heilman lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

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William Savino, JD 1975,

was named one of upstate New York’s top attorneys of 2009 by Upstate New York Super Lawyers. He is a senior partner with Damon and Morey LLP and lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Carl Dyczek, BA 1976,

is the new administrative partner at Walter & Haverfield LLP in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a member of the firm’s business group, and focuses his practice on finance and lending transactions and commercial real estate. Dyczek is also a member of the Ohio State and Cleveland Metropolitan bar associations, the Greater Cleveland Mortgage Bankers Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers, and serves as a member of the board of trustees of the Arthritis Foundation, Northeast Ohio chapter. He resides in Avon Lake, Ohio.

*Robert J. Feldman, JD 1976,

an attorney with Gross Shuman Brizdle and Gilfillan, is included in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Beverly Wright, PhD 1977 & MA 1971,

received a 2009 Heinz Award for her work on behalf of communities, especially those in Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley. ” As head of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University in New Orleans, she has been tackling issues of environmental racism and working to raise the profile of environmental issues in poor and minority communities nationwide. Wright lives in New Orleans, La.

Jeffrey Human, JD 1978,

an attorney with Gross Shuman Brizdle and Gilfillan, is included in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He resides in Williamsville, N.Y.

Lynette Nieman, MD 1978,

received the 2009 distinguished physician award from the Endocrine Society. She heads the endocrine consult service at National Institutes of Health (NIH), and is the associate director of the NIH Inter–institute Endocrine Training Program. She has received several honors, including the NIH director’s award for her major contributions to understanding female reproductive biology, and development of clinical trials and training programs at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development branch of NIH. She has also been recognized as teacher of the year by NIH endocrine fellows, and received the NIH distinguished clinical teacher award. Nieman lives in Bethesda, Md.

*Vikki L. Pryor, JD 1978 & BA 1975,

chief executive at SBLI USA, was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York by Crain’s New York Business. She lives in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Timothy Block, PhD 1979 & BA 1975,

was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was honored for his discovery of molecular mechanisms of viral persistence and therapeutic strategies for hepatitis B virus and herpes simplex virus. Block is the cofounder and president of the Hepatitis B Foundation, and has been involved in chronic viral hepatitis research for more than 20 years. He lives in Doylestown, Pa.

*Christopher Burns, JD 1979,

received a superior rating from the Minority Bar Association of Western New York Inc. as a candidate seeking election to the New York State Supreme Court, 8th Judicial District. Burns resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Patrick McGreevy, MA 1979,

has assumed the position of dean of the American University of Beirut (AUB) faculty of arts and sciences. He is a professor in the department of history and archaeology, and joined AUB in 2004 as the director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Center for American Studies and Research. McGreevy lives in New York, N.Y.



Carl N. Reed III, PhD 1980 & MA 1974,

was inducted into the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association GIS Hall of Fame as a leader of the geospatial community. He is the chief technical officer at the Open Geospatial Consortium Inc. (OGC), and serves as the executive director for OGC’s Standards Program. With more than 20 years’ experience working on geospatial standards, Reed collaborates with organizations, including the National Emergency Number Association, Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, International Organization for Standardization, World Wide Web Consortium and the Internet Engineering Task Force. Reed resides in Fort Collins, Colo.

Thomas P. Stewart, PhD 1980,

was appointed by New York Gov. David Paterson to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute board of directors. He is the president and chief clinical officer at Gaymar Industries, where he has experience overseeing clinical research, and has also served as director of medical research. In 1981, Stewart founded the National Pressure Ulcer Panel, and was awarded a lifetime achievement award in 2008 from the World Union of Wound Healing Societies. He is a member of the board of directors for the Life Science Industry Council of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, of which he is also chair. Additionally, Stewart is a member of the board of trustees of Daemen College, vice chair of the board of Insyte Consulting and a member of the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council. He lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Eric Altstadter, BS 1981,

has been named partner–in–charge of the new Long Island office of Eisner LLP. He provides auditing, consulting and tax services to public and private firms across North America and internationally. Altstadter resides in Bellmore, N.Y.

Stanley Berke, MD 1981,

a partner at Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, N.Y., will participate in the Mission Cataract USA program, offering free cataract surgery to residents of Long Island who are unable to pay. Berke is an associate clinical professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Nassau Surgical Society and Nassau Academy of Medicine. He lives in Rockville Centre, N.Y.

Craig Dye, BA 1981,

is the director of investments for the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, where he will head the center’s Capital Access Network. Dye resides in Washington, D.C.

*Donald Hahn, BS 1981,

chief learning officer of Hahn Training LLC, has joined APA Solutions, Benefit Brokers of WNY, and Triple Track HR for H.I.R.E. to create a one–stop resource to manage human capital and form a seamless solution to human resource concerns. During his 30–year career in corporate development and training, Hahn has delivered marketing, training, recruiting and coaching solutions to thousands, and has trademarked powerful programs on corporate development and candidate selection such as “CHAMP ” and H.I.R.E., which are designed to improve corporate learning and development. He resides in East Amherst, N.Y.

Craig A. Slater, JD 1981 & BA 1978,

an attorney with Harter Secrest & Emery, was named in 2009’s Upstate New York Super Lawyers listing. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Shirley Troutman, BS 1982,

received a superior rating from the Minority Bar Association of Western New York Inc. as a candidate seeking election to the New York State Supreme Court, 8th Judicial District. Troutman resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Thomas Rechen, BA 1985,

is a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. He is a partner in the Hartford, Conn. office of McCarter & English, where his practice focuses on intellectual property, business tort, trade secret, restrictive covenant, trade regulation and unfair competition claims. Rechen has extensive experience in state and federal courts and arbitral forums, and is a seasoned appellate lawyer, having briefed and argued appeals before the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd, 5th and federal circuits. He lives in Simsbury, Conn.

Barbara Trolley, PhD 1985 & MS 1981,

was promoted to full professor at St. Bonaventure University. She is the lead author of five books that relate to cyber–bullying, school counseling and special education. In addition, she wrote and received an autism grant and has been the coordinator of the autism program in the St. Bonaventure School of Education counseling clinic, which she cofounded. Trolley is also the editor of the New York State School Counseling Journal. She resides in Hamburg, N.Y.

John McGonegal, BA 1986,

is the managing director for Houlihan Smith & Co.’s New York City office, where he focuses on providing corporate finance and valuation services to publicly traded companies. He lives in Peapack, N.J.

Hugh C. Carlin, JD 1987,

is included in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He is an attorney with Gross Shuman Brizdle and Gillifan, and resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

David Rosenblum, MD 1987,

was named one of Connecticut’s top doctors by Connecticut Magazine. He is the medical director of the physical medicine and rehabilitation program at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, Conn., and is double board certified in physiatry and spinal cord injuries. Rosenblum lives in Woodbridge, Conn.

Matt Tryniski, BA 1988,

is assistant vice president at Syracuse Research Corporation (SRC), where he works with business development to create and execute strategic plans and business capture, and will be responsible for coordinating day–to–day activities between SRC and its high–tech manufacturing subsidiary, SRCTec. Tryniski resides in Cicero, N.Y.

*Russell Ippolito, Jr., JD 1989,

received a qualified rating from the Minority Bar Association of Western New York Inc. as a candidate seeking election to the New York State Supreme Court, 8th Judicial District. Ippolito lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Henry Nowak Jr., JD 1989,

received a well–qualified rating from the Minority Bar Association of Western New York Inc. as a candidate seeking election to the New York State Supreme Court, 8th Judicial District. Nowak resides in Buffalo, N.Y.



*John Dedie, MA 1990,

is a political science instructor at Community College of Baltimore County, School of Business, Social Science, Wellness and Education. He has more than 16 years’ experience teaching American government, introduction to political science and international relations, and will begin teaching constitutional law and campaigns and elections classes in 2010. Dedie lives in Pasadena, Md.

Charles Fulco Jr., BA 1990,

traveled to Shanghai, China, in 2009 to teach astronomy to Chinese and American students for one week in conjunction with the total solar eclipse. He plans to travel to Easter Island in 2010 for the same purpose. Fulco resides in Rye Brook, N.Y.

*Paul Kinmartin Jr., BS 1990,

has been appointed to the position of principal in charge of the Philadelphia region of Parente Randolph LLC. He will oversee offices in Philadelphia and Lehigh, Pa., Cherry Hill, N.J., and Wilmington, Del. Kinmartin lives in Chester Springs, Pa.

*Michael Weiner, MBA 1990, MS 1974 & BA 1972,

was appointed president and CEO of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. Weiner served as the commissioner of the Erie County Department of Social Services from 2004 until 2009 and is a member of the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board. He holds affiliation memberships with the United Way of America and the United Way of New York State. Weiner resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Mary Attracta Ibegbu, BS 1991,

is the director of pharmacy services at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. A former staff pharmacist and pharmacy manager at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital, Rite–Aid Pharmacy and Walgreens Pharmacy, she most recently served as director of pharmacy for the Medina Memorial Healthcare System in Orleans County. Ibegbu lives in Getzville, N.Y.

William C. Bergmann Jr., BS 1992,

is the vice president of finance for Starz Entertainment and Starz Media, where he is responsible for budgeting, planning and internal reporting activities across the family of Starz companies. He previously held the position of executive director of finance and planning, and has been a part of the company for more than 10 years. Bergmann resides in Castle Rock, Colo.

Fred Hazzan, BS 1993,

is controller at The Hamister Group Inc., where he oversees the accounting operation at the company’s corporate headquarters. He also plays a lead role in budgeting for the Hamister–managed properties. Hazzan lives in Getzville, N.Y.

Carol McNall, JD 1993,

has earned tenure from St. Bonaventure University, where she served as assistant professor in the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication for six years. She lives in Olean, N.Y.

Scott Socha, MBA 1995,

is the vice president of new business development at Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts. He is in charge of directing the company’s efforts to seek out profitable business opportunities and grow its industry presence. He lives in South Wales, N.Y.

Raffi Bagdasarian, BA 1997,

was recently promoted to vice president of product development and operations at Sony Pictures Television Inc. located in Culver City, Calif. He resides in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Mimi Haskins, MS 1998,

serves on the board of directors of the medical–surgical nursing certification board at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She is a member of the nursing staff development department, and as a board member, will help establish credentials for validating proficiency in medical–surgical nursing. Haskins is a member of the Academy of Medical–Surgical Nurses, District 1–New York State Nurses Association, Staff Development Educators of Western New York, National Nursing Staff Development Organization and Oncology Nursing Society. She lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Rachel Sparacio–Foster, BA 1999,

won second place in the “Business–to–Business Rising Star” copywriting competition. She launched her company, Fresh Perspective Copywriting, in April 2009, for which she provides freelance copywriting services for green technology companies, advertising agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Sparacio–Foster lives in Toronto, Ontario.



Jeffrey Fick, BS 2001,

an associate at Trautman Associates, recently passed the examination administered by the U.S. Green Building Council and achieved LEED accredited professional designation. He lives in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Angela Fraas, MusB 2001,

is teaching voice and choir at Antalya State Conservatory, part of Akdeniz University in Antalya, Turkey. Fraas resides in Antalya.

Audrey Seeley, JD 2001,

has been promoted to member at Hurwitz & Fine P.C., where she has served as an associate since 2001. Seeley focuses her practice in insurance coverage, no–fault coverage, municipal and environmental counseling, and government liability. She is the leader of the firm’s no–fault practice group and authors a biweekly column on recent developments in no–fault law for the firm’s electronic newsletter. Seeley resides in West Valley, N.Y.

Joan Graci, CEL 2002,

president of APA Solutions, has joined Hahn Training LLC, Benefit Brokers of WNY, and Triple Track HR for H.I.R.E. to create a one–stop human resource company. She began her career as an executive recruiter at APA Solutions more than 20 years ago, and obtained sole ownership of it nine years ago. In 2005, Graci formed a second company called Career Savers. She resides in East Amherst, N.Y.

Adam Storch, BS 2002,

is the managing executive of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s division of enforcement. He is the enforcement division’s first chief operating officer, and is responsible for project management and workflow for various infrastructure and operational aspects of the division. Storch also oversees the workflow and process associated with the collection and distribution of fair funds to harmed investors, and assists in supervising the office of market intelligence. He lives in New York, N.Y.

Cheryl A. Aloi, JD 2003 & BA 2000,

is an associate at Hogan Willig, where she focuses her practice in the firm’s matrimonial and family department. Previously, she was an associate at Offermann, Cassano, Greco, Slisz, and Adams. Aloi resides in Williamsville, N.Y.

Pascal Cohen, MBA 2003 & BS 2003,

airport terminal superintendent at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, has been awarded the distinction of accredited airport executive by the American Association of Airport Executives. Cohen lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Ryan J. Mills, JD 2003 & BPS 2000,

is a partner at Brown & Kelly, where he was formerly an intern, law clerk and associate. He concentrates his practice in litigation, corporate and real estate matters, and is a member of the firm’s asbestos defense department. Mills resides in Williamsville, N.Y.

Philip Yizhao Zhang, MBA 2003,

is the chief financial officer for Universal Travel Group in Shenzhen, China. He has more than 10 years’ experience in portfolio investment, corporate finance and accounting. Zhang is a certified public accountant of Delaware, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He lives in Guangzhou, China.

Thomas Cox, PhD 2004 & MA 1998,

has recently completed a monograph entitled “Gibbons v. Ogden, Law, and Society in the Early Republic.” He is on temporary leave from his position as an assistant history professor at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, to serve as Fulbright Teaching Professor of American History at Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China, for the 2009–2010 academic year. When he completes his Fulbright, Cox will return to his home in Shreveport, La.

Angie Kleeh, CEL 2004,

CEO of Triple Track HR for H.I.R.E., has joined APA Solutions, Hahn Training LLC and Benefit Brokers of WNY to create a one–stop human resources company. During her entrepreneurial career, she has developed human service businesses, a management and consulting firm, and a human resources and work–life benefits company. Kleeh has extensive experience in collaborations with non–profits and union–management partnerships to provide work–life benefits. She resides in East Amherst, N.Y.

*Scott J. Bizub, JD 2006,

is an associate at Siegel, Kelleher and Kahn. Previously, he was the vice president and director of government relations for Chwat & Company in Alexandria, VA. He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

*Christian Lovelace, JD 2006,

is an associate at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, where he focuses his practice on corporate law and financial transactions. He resides in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Tracy A. Hinman, BA 2007 & CERT 2007,

is a marketing assistant at the Accreditation Commission for Health Care Inc. in Raleigh, N.C. She is responsible for creating all marketing materials, advertisements and press releases, media planning and buying, social media marketing and exhibiting at trade shows across the nation. She resides in Raleigh.

Jessica Markarian, MSW 2007,

is the project lead for the Infant Adoption Awareness Training Project, housed at Adoption STAR. She lives in Tonawanda, N.Y.

Bo Gyung Kim, JD 2008,

is an associate at Kloss, Stenger & LoTempio, where she concentrates her practice in business and corporate law, contracts, product liability, civil litigation and business immigration law. Kim lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

James Loree, MLS 2008, JD 1983 & BA 1980,

was inducted into Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information studies honor society, in October 2009. He resides in Williamsville, N.Y.

*CaTyra Polland, BA 2008,

recently completed a summer internship at Monroe County Office of Probation Community Corrections in Rochester, N.Y., and is pursuing a master of arts degree in criminal justice. She lives in Rochester.

*Michelle Schwach, JD 2008 & BA 2005,

is an associate at Cohen & Lombardo P.C., where she concentrates her practice in matrimonial and family law. She is a member of the Bar Association of Erie County, and the family law and young lawyers sections of the New York State Bar Association. Schwach resides in Amherst, N.Y.

Douglas Smith, JD 2008 & PhD 2004,

is an associate at Kloss, Stenger & LoTempio, where he concentrates his practice on intellectual property matters including patent, trademark, copyright prosecution and infringement litigation. Smith is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He lives in Rochester, N.Y.

Jeffrey Goldberg, MBA 2009 & DDS 2003,

has opened a dental practice in the Amherst–Clarence area of Western New York. His new office will feature four operatories and a staff of six. Goldberg will focus on treating the entire family, with a particular interest in those individuals with sleep apnea or diabetes, as well as patients over 55. He is the executive vice president of the Mentor Café LLC and serves as a senior docent for the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo. Goldberg lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Erin Graff, BS 2009,

has been hired as a staff accountant for Brock, Schechter & Polakoff LLP, where she previously worked as a tax intern for the firm. Graff belongs to both Alpha Kappa Psi coed business fraternity and the University at Buffalo Accounting Association. She will work on a variety of accounting and taxation engagements including the preparation of corporate, individual and estate income tax returns. Graff resides in Batavia, N.Y.

Trisha Miazga, BS 2009,

an employee at Trautman Associates, recently passed the examination administered by the U.S. Green Building Council and achieved LEED accredited professional designation. She lives in Saskatoon, Ontario.

Holly West, BS 2009,

has been welcomed as a new staff accountant at Brock, Schechter & Polakoff LLP. Her job duties will include a variety of accounting and taxation engagements, including the preparation of corporate, individual, and estate income tax returns. West resides in Cheektowaga, N.Y

UB in the News

UB professor discusses how to avoid identity theft and fraud

An article in WalletHub concerning which states are most vulnerable to identity theft and fraud, and how to avoid being hacked, quotes UB computer science professor Shambhu Upadhyaya.

UB medical school's move downtown and its potential to improve health care in the city

In a segment on Capitol Pressroom , Michael Cain, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, was interviewed about the construction of the school?s new building downtown and the 25 percent increase in enrollment in the school this year to help address the regional and national physician shortage.

Residents and fellows among bright spots in dynamic WNY health care

An article in the Buffalo News titled "Doctor Reinforcements" provides an in-depth look at how UB's medical residents and fellows boost health care in Western New York.

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