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Spring 2011




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Updates from Grads by the Decades



*Thomas J. Lawley, MD 1972,

dean and professor of dermatology at Emory University School of Medicine, was named chair-elect of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Lawley is president of Emory Medical Care Foundation and serves on the board of the Emory-Children’s Center. He lives in Atlanta, Ga.

Michael B. Berger, JD 1973, MSW 1971 & BA 1969,

has been included in Stanford Who’s Who for exceptional effort in the legal services industry. He has been an attorney and partner with Berger and Berger for the past 20 years. He resides in Williamsville, N.Y.

*Abbe Raven, BA 1974,

received a 2010 Muse Award given annually by New York Women in Film and Television, a nonprofit membership organization for professional women in film, television and digital media. Raven is president and CEO of Arts and Entertainment Television Networks.

Craig Blum, MD 1975,

was honored in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for his service as a surgeon to those in need. Blum and his colleagues donated more than 100 surgeries for people who could not afford health care services. He lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Joseph P. Esposito, BA 1975,

has been listed in the 2010 edition of Chambers USA in recognition of his litigation experience in Washington, D.C. He resides in Bethesda, Md.

Kenneth E. Kendall, PhD 1975 & MBA 1970,

has been named 2010 Educator of the Year by the Education Special Interest Group. A distinguished professor of management at Rutgers School of Business, Kendall was recognized for his efforts to lead the field of information systems education. He is a founder of the International Conference on Information Systems and a fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute. Kendall resides in Voorhees, N.J.

*James Newton, MS 1976, MS 1974 & BS 1971,

was named the 2010 Government Engineer of the Year by the Delaware Engineering Society. He lives in Milford, Del.

Daniel R. Schabert, MLS 1976 & BA 1975,

is director of the Lourdes Library at Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley, Pa. He lives in North Wales, Penn.

Edna Baehre, PhD 1977 & MA 1973,

is president of Napa Valley College in Napa, Calif. Previously, she served as the president of Harrisburg Area Community College in Harrisburg, Pa. Baehre is a member of the National Governors Association Academy and director of the National Institute for Leadership Development for women in community colleges. She lives in Napa.

Mark G. Pearce, JD 1978,

received the 2010 Trailblazer Award from the Minority Bar Association of Western New York for outstanding achievements and contributions to the Buffalo legal community as a labor attorney, mentor, adviser and champion of diversity, and in recognition of his appointment to serve in the Obama administration as a National Labor Relations Board member. He resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Vikki Pryor, JD 1978 & BA 1975,

is chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Greater New York. Previously, she served as chief executive officer of SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company in New York. She lives in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Timothy M. Block, PhD 1979 & BA 1975,

received the 2010 Philadelphia Business Journal Life Sciences Judges’ Choice Award. He is the cofounder, volunteer president and director of the Hepatitis B Foundation, Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center and Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research. Block serves as director of the Drexel Institute for Biotechnology and Virology Research and is professor of microbiology and immunology at Drexel University College of Medicine. He resides in Doylestown, Penn.

Susan C. Roney, BA 1979,

received the 2010 President’s Award from the Minority Bar Association of Western New York for demonstrating the highest standards of her profession through inspirational leadership, legal and community service, and commitment to diversity. She is office managing partner of Nixon Peabody in Buffalo, N.Y., where she lives.

*Mary St. Mary, BS 1979,

is a trade commissioner at the Canadian Consulate General in Buffalo, N.Y. She assists Canadian companies with information and communications technology, building infrastructure and green building sectors, and exporting their products and services to the United States. St. Mary resides in Lancaster, N.Y.

Ronald J. Tanski, JD 1979 & BA 1974,

has been named president and chief operating officer of National Fuel Gas Company. Formerly, he was treasurer and principal financial officer of the company, and president of National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation. Tanski lives in Kenmore, N.Y.



Stuart P. Gelberg, JD 1980,

was selected as one of Long Island’s “Top Legal Eagles” by Pulse Magazine in October 2010. He resides in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.

Barry H. Kohn, MD 1980,

is medical director of the Center for Health Education, Medicine and Dentistry in Lakewood, N.J. He lives in Lawrence, N.Y.

Kalpana Yalamanchili, BA 1980,

has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Nettie Cronise Lutes Award. Yalamanchili is a trustee of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and was instrumental in securing funding for the newly established Law and Leadership Institute. She resides in Hilliard, Ohio.

Craig Dye, BA 1981,

is director of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute’s VentureAccelerator Program in College Park, Md. He has more than 15 years’ experience building and mentoring start-up companies. Dye lives in Washington, D.C.

Pano M. Yecaris, MD 1981,

received the 2010 Health Champion Award from the Whittier Street Health Center’s men’s health collaborative for his leadership in promoting men’s health and securing healthier futures for Massachusetts residents. He resides in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

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Steven P. Greiner, BS 1982,

is director of portfolio risk research at FactSet Research Systems Inc. Greiner focuses on the strategy and development of FactSet’s multi-asset class risk offerings. He lives in Forest Park, Ill.

Norman E. Levine, BA 1982,

is a training manager for FJC Security Services in New York, N.Y. He resides in Roseland, N.J.

*Marc Adler, MA 1983, MBA 1982 & BA 1979,

is director of marketing for Katz Americas in Sanborn, N.Y. Adler also teaches several courses at UB that focus on marketing, advertising and social media. He is immediate past president of the UB Alumni Association and serves on the School of Management Alumni Association board of directors. Adler lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Ellen P. Fink-Samnick, MSW 1983 & BA 1982,

president of EFS Supervision Strategies LLC and adjunct faculty member of George Mason University, has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in clinical social work, case management across the health and mental health continuum, professional resilience, and transdisciplinary ethics for health and human service professionals. She resides in Burke, Va.

Robert W. Fishback, MBA 1983,

is chief financial officer of Torvec Inc. in Rochester, N.Y. His responsibilities include business and financial system implementation, financial and public company controls and reporting, and assisting management in developing and implementing business strategies. Fishback lives in Penfield, N.Y.

Joel D. Mayersohn, JD 1983 & BA 1981,

has been appointed copractice group manager of corporate and business services for the law firm of Roetzel & Andress LPA in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Mayersohn resides in Weston, Fla.

Mark D. Rasch, JD 1983,

is the director of cyber-security and privacy consulting for Computer Sciences Corporation’s North American public sector business unit. He lives in Bethesda, Md.

Robert Smolinski, MD 1983,

was honored in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for his service as a surgeon to those in need. Smolinski and his colleagues donated more than 100 surgeries for people who could not afford health care services. He resides in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Michael Hanuszczak, JD 1984,

was reelected to a second term as an Onondaga County Family Court Judge. He resides in Syracuse, N.Y.

Daniel P. Joyce, JD 1984,

is a partner at Hodgson Russ in the firm’s immigration and international and cross–border practice groups. He has more than 20 years’ experience advising U.S. and Canadian companies on cross-border transactions. Joyce lives in Hamburg, N.Y.

James M. Lienert, MBA 1984 & BS 1974,

is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, where he has held a series of increasingly senior positions since 1974. Lienert resides in Plano, Texas.

Robert T. Durkin, BA 1985,

was awarded the Legion of Merit and relinquished command of the 25th U.S. Marine Regiment in July 2010. He lives in Windham, N.H.

Gene D. Emmer, PhD 1985,

founded Med Services Europe, a Europe-based designer and distributor of wheelchair accessories, marketed under the brand name RehaDesign. He resides in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Gary R. Larsen, BS 1985,

is senior vice president, finance and chief financial officer for Power-One Inc. in Camarillo, Calif. He has more than 20 years’ experience in various financial positions with publicly traded companies. Larson lives in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Lawrence A. Tabak, PMCert 1985 & PhD 1981,

is principal deputy director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has served as the director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research since 2000. Tabak is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He resides in Bethesda, Md.

Gagan Bhalla, DDS 1986,

was presented with the Humanitarian of the Year award by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce for his efforts to make Canada a healthier nation through the practice of yoga. He is vice president of Pantanjali Yog Peeth, Canada. Bhalla lives in Mississauga, Ont.

Ross P. Lanzafame, JD 1986,

chair of the American Lung Association of New York Inc., is speaker of the association’s nationwide assembly. He is a member of the American Lung Association’s national board of directors, and resides in Rochester, N.Y.

Bradford P. Anderson, JD 1987,

is associate dean for the Orfalea College of Business at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He lives in Pismo Beach, Calif.

Curt D. Sigmund, PhD 1987, MS 1984 & BS 1982,

is professor and head of the department of pharmacology in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. He is also chair of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s program project review committee. Sigmund resides in Coralville, Iowa.

Karyn Z. Sproles, PhD 1987 & MA 1985,

is dean of Carlow University’s College of Arts and Sciences. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Mark J. Anders, Attended 1988,

was honored in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for his service as a surgeon to those in need. Anders, who received his MD from the University of Wisconsin Medical School, and his colleagues donated more than 100 surgeries for those who could not afford health care services. He resides in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Nancy L. Boye, BS 1988 & BA 1979,

is vice president of MJ Mechanical Services in Tonawanda, N.Y., where she has worked since 1979. Boye resides in East Amherst, N.Y.

Andrew Cappuccino, MD 1988,

is a member of the board of trustees at D’Youville College in Buffalo, N.Y. A nationally known orthopedic surgeon and spine specialist, Cappuccino lives in Lockport, N.Y.



Brian M. Kleiner, PhD 1990 & MS 1983,

professor of industrial and systems engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named the Ralph H. Bogle Professor Fellow in Industrial and Systems Engineering. He lives in Blacksburg, Va.

Glenn Leonardi, MBS 1990 & JD 1989,

is general manager of aviation for Asia Pacific and Latin America at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio. He resides in Medina, Ohio.

Tina M. Stanford, JD 1990,

was appointed director of the New York State Office of Victim Services by then Gov. David A. Paterson in July 2010. Previously, she was an Erie County assistant district attorney for 14 years. Stanford lives in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

William M. Viscardo Jr., MD 1990 & BA 1986,

an internal medicine physician and chief medical officer for the Adirondack Medical Center (AMC) in Saranac Lake, N.Y., is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is also medical director for critical care and health centers at AMC. Viscardo resides in Bloomingdale, N.Y.

Robert Saeli, MBA 1991,

is president of Independent Health’s pharmacy benefit dimensions division in Buffalo, N.Y., where he is responsible for the oversight and direction of the business strategy, business plans and operational performance. Saeli serves on the board of directors for Meals on Wheels. He lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Laurie F. Garrison, PhD 1992 & BA 1984,

is executive director of the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Eatontown, N.J. She resides in Oceanport, N.J.

Mark A. Smith, MLS 1992,

is director of Scholes Library of Ceramics and associate dean of libraries at Alfred University. He lives in Hornell, N.Y.

Joseph W. Belluck, JD 1994,

was appointed to the SUNY Board of Trustees by then Gov. David A. Paterson. A founding partner of Belluck & Fox LLP in New York, N.Y., Belluck is a member of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct. He resides in Woodstock, N.Y.

Anthony P. Foti, BA 1994,

chaired the congressional campaign of Matthew A. Doheny for the 23rd District of New York State. Previously, Foti led a 600-member transition advisory team for the George H.W. Bush administration, and was director of external relations for the Republican National Convention in 2008. He lives in Watertown, N.Y.

Kathryn E. Seweryniak, MS 1994,

is director of veterinary technology at Genesee Community College. She resides in Batavia, N.Y.

David R. Adams, JD 1995,

is a member of the law firm of Hurwitz & Fine P.C. in Buffalo, N.Y. He has extensive experience in many areas of complex injury litigation, and is past president of the Western New York Defense Trial Lawyers Association. He lives in Buffalo.

Tracie L. DiMarco, MD 1995,

has established a full-time family practice at the Elizabethtown Community Health Center in Elizabethtown, N.Y. She lives in Keene, N.Y.

John J. Flynn Jr., JD 1995,

commander, U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal Gold Star in Lieu of Third Award for meritorious achievement while serving in his Naval Reserve unit since finishing active duty in June 2001. In addition to being a Town of Tonawanda (N.Y) Town Justice, Flynn is an appellate lawyer for the Navy Reserve, lawyer at O’Brien Boyd PC, professor at Buffalo State College and a Buffalo City Court judge. He resides in Tonawanda.

Joseph W. Pizzurro, BS 1995,

is director of transit and rail engineering for T.Y. Lin International in New York, N.Y., where he is responsible for leading projects for various transit and rail agencies. He has more than 15 years’ experience with in-depth structural, track and civil engineering and has extensive rail-related design expertise. Pizzurro is a member of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, the Metropolitan Railway Club of New York and Heavy Movable Structures Inc. He lives in Larchmont, N.Y.

M. Shakil Rahman, JD 1995,

is senior vice president and general counsel at Solar Power Partners Inc. (SPP) in Mill Valley, Calif. He has more than 20 years’ experience as both in-house and external counsel, specializing in project finance and energy, as leader of SPP’s legal, commercial and regulatory affairs. Rahman resides in Santa Monica, Calif.

*Jeffrey Raugh, BS 1995,

is a solution engineer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services in Herndon, Va. He works remotely from his home in Williamsville, N.Y.

Marshann Y. Thomas, EdM 1995,

is director of the polysomnographic technology program at Genesee Community College. She has more than 20 years’ experience in respiratory care. Thomas resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Timothy M. Rider, BPS 1996,

is a principal of the architectural firm Trautman Associates in Buffalo, N.Y. He lives in North Tonawanda, N.Y.

Crain A. Soudien, PhD 1996 & EdM 1994,

was appointed vice chancellor at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He is responsible for activities related to supporting the university’s transformation strategy, which deals with social justice issues. Soudien, a Fulbright Scholar, resides in Cape Town.

Hratch Karamanoukian, Attended 1997,

was honored in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for his services as a surgeon to those in need. Karamanoukian, who received his MD from the University of Southern California, and his colleagues donated more than 100 surgeries for people who could not afford health care services. He resides in Elma, N.Y.

Scott A. Bylewski, JD 1998, MBA 1995 & BS 1995,

received the Bar Association of Erie County’s 2010 Award of Merit for outstanding conduct for his actions after the crash of Continental Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, N.Y. in February 2009. As Clarence Town supervisor, he coordinated the countless local, state and federal agencies that responded to the tragedy. Bylewski lives in Clarence Center.

Leanne G. Lapp, JD 1998, BA 1995 & BA 1994,

first assistant public defender for the Ontario County Office of the Public Defender, has been named recipient of the 2010 Kevin M. Andersen Memorial Award. The award is presented annually to a New York attorney who has practiced in the area of indigent defense for fewer than 15 years and exemplifies Andersen’s own sense of justice, determination and compassion. Andersen was a longtime public defender who died in 2004. Lapp resides in Farmington, N.Y.

Robert L. LeHane, JD 1998,

is a partner of the firm of Kelley Drye & Warren in New York, N.Y. He is a member of the firm’s bankruptcy department and focuses his practice on corporate restructuring and landlord creditors’ rights. LeHane lives in Pearl River, N.Y.

Michael J. Kuchera, MArch 1999,

is an architect at BBH Design, where he is responsible for on-site construction administration at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center East in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was a guest speaker at the May 2010 American Institute of Architects “Build Pittsburgh” Conference held in Pittsburgh, where he lives.



Ifeoma J. Igboeli, BS 2000,

is a surgeon at Windber Medical Center in Windber, Pa., where she specializes in weight–loss surgery. Igboeli is a resident member of the American College of Surgeons and the National Medical Association. She resides in Windber.

*Rafael Alicea-Maldonado, PhD 2001,

professor of chemistry at Genesee Community College, was named the college’s employee of the month for April 2010. He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Jeffrey M. Fick, BS 2001,

is a principal of the architectural and engineering firm Trautman Associates in Buffalo, N.Y. He has been a structural engineer for the firm since 2003. Fick lives in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Serafina M. Mitri, JD 2001, MBA 2001 & BA 1996,

serves as special counsel of real estate and banking practices for the law firm of Damon Morey in Buffalo, N.Y. She resides in Williamsville, N.Y.

Thomas E. Popek, JD 2002, ME 1997 & BS 1996,

is an associate attorney at Phillips Lytle in Buffalo, N.Y., where he focuses his practice on intellectual property, corporate and international practices. He lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Melissa A. Foti, JD 2003 & BA 1996,

is the 26th president of the Western New York chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of New York State. She is a member of the New York State and Erie County bar associations and serves as co-chair for the Young Lawyers Committee, Erie County Bar Association. She resides in Amherst, N.Y.

Thomas A. Garigen, MA 2004,

is a sales associate at Algonquin Studios in Buffalo, N.Y., where he focuses on promoting the company’s content management system, QuantumCMS, and its related services to companies in the legal industry. Garigen lives in Lockport, N.Y.

Meghan L. Malone, MD 2004,

has joined the medical staff in gastroenterology at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Horry County, S.C. She resides in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Kelly C. Stets, MD 2004,

is on the staff at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in New Windsor, N.Y., where she focuses her practice on orthopedics and sports medicine. She lives in New York, N.Y.

Eric Walker, BA 2004,

received the 2010 Community Service Award from the Minority Bar Association of Western New York for outstanding service and achievement impacting the minority community. The award also recognizes his inspirational neighborhood revitalization efforts on Buffalo’s West Side launched through ABC’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition.” Walker resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Rachel B. Lerner, EdM 2005 & BA 2003,

is assistant dean for student development at Dominican College in Orangeburg, N.Y. She lives in Woodstock, N.Y.

*Clayton Westberg, MBA 2005 & BS 2003,

is a marketing manager at Ivoclar Vivadent, a global manufacturer of dental materials in Amherst, N.Y., where he resides.

*Amber Zito, MSW 2005,

is a home care social worker for Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. She serves on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and lives in Lakewood, Ohio.

Meagan E. Baco, BA 2006,

is a historic preservation project assistant for Clinton Brown Company Architecture P.C. in Buffalo, N.Y. She is also co-founder of, an online job board for young professionals seeking unique opportunities in historic preservation and related fields. Baco resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Sonya N. Ephraim, MD 2006,

is an obstetrician–gynecologist for the SwedishAmerican Health System in Rockford, Ill. She focuses her practice on contraception, pelvic pain and minimally invasive surgical procedures. Ephraim lives in Loves Park, Ill.

Kathryn A. Lisandrelli, JD 2006 & BA 2003,

is an associate attorney at the law firm of Colucci & Gallaher in Buffalo, N.Y., where she resides.

Brittany J. Frey, BA 2007,

is an account manager in the investor relations group of Travers Collins & Company, a marketing communications firm in Buffalo, N.Y. She lives in Fredonia, N.Y.

Wendi R. Kinney, EdM 2007,

coordinator of Greek affairs and off-campus living at SUNY Geneseo, is executive director of the Northeast Greek Leadership Association. She resides in Avon, N.Y.

Maria G. Pinzone, BS 2007,

is a staff accountant for Freed Maxick & Battaglia in Buffalo, N.Y., where she lives.

*Caroline M. Szydlo, MBA 2007,

director of human resources for Brock, Schechter & Polakoff in Buffalo, N.Y., has earned certification as a senior professional in human resources. She resides in Amherst, N.Y.

*Meredith S. Beck- Joslyn, PhD 2008 & BA 2003,

opened her own practice as a licensed psychologist in Buffalo, N.Y., where she lives.

Jonathan R. Davis, MBA 2008,

is an analyst with Brisbane Consulting Group, a subsidiary of Lumsden & McCormick LLP in Buffalo, N.Y. In addition, he recently passed all four parts of the Uniform CPA exam. Davis resides in Kenmore, N.Y.

Nicholas Zieziula, EdM 2008 & BA 2005,

is head coach of the men’s tennis program at Georgia Southern University. He lives in Statesboro, Ga.

Justin R. Hartman, JD 2009,

is an associate with Brown and Kelly in Buffalo, N. Y. He resides in Alden, N.Y.

Cheryl A. Sucharski, BA 2009 & AAS 1999,

is client services coordinator for Flynn & Friends Inc., a marketing, advertising and public relations agency in Buffalo, N.Y. She lives in Clarence, N.Y.



Brady Cotton, BS 2010,

is a project monitor and air sampling technician in the environmental department of Watts Architecture and Engineering in Buffalo, N.Y. He resides in Victor, N.Y.

Kelsey M. Frank, BS 2010,

is associate account executive for Mirror Show Management in Webster, N.Y., where she lives.

Marshall A. Kelly, JD 2010,

is the third assistant district attorney for Wyoming County, N.Y. He resides in Williamsville, N.Y.

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