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Fall 2012





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Updates from Grads by the Decades



*Maryann Saccomando Freedman, JD 1958,

has been appointed to the board of trustees for Cohen and Lombardo. She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

J. Mason Davis Jr., JD 1959,

who received a Distinguished Alumni from the UB Alumni Association in 2004, has been inducted into the inaugural class of fellows of the Birmingham (Ala.) bar foundation. He lives in Birmingham.



Steven A. Guttenberg, DDS 1969 & BA 1965,

has published a textbook, “Cosmesis of the Mouth, Face and Jaws” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). A senior attending surgeon at the Washington Hospital Center, Guttenberg is the chairman of its oral and its maxillofacial surgery training program, as well as the president of the Washington Institute for mouth, face, and jaw surgery in Washington, D.C. He resides in Bethesda, Md.

Lois Merriweather Moore, BA 1969 & AA 1967,

has been elected vice president of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates Millennium Scholars Alumni Association. Funded by a Gates Foundation grant, the program assists historically underrepresented scholars to serve as leaders for America’s future. The association has 9,500 members. Merriweather Moore lives in Novato, Calif.

Bruce S. Rabin, PhD 1969 & MD 1969,

professor of pathology and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, has been awarded the 2012 Abbott Award in clinical and diagnostic immunology. He is also medical director of the division of clinical immunopathology and the healthy lifestyle program for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Rabin resides in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Irvin Wright, EdB 1969,

a Bloomsburg University (Pa.) professor, was named an honorary alumnus by the Bloomsburg University Alumni Association. Wright lives in Bloomsburg.



Ann L. Swan, BS 1971,

has been re-elected chair of the Hilbert College board of trustees. She will also chair the board’s executive committee. She resides in Clarence, N.Y.

Bobby Previte, BA 1973,

has been named a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in music for his impressive past achievement and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. Previte, a drummer, composer and band leader, resides in New York, N.Y.

Frank Woodbeck, BS 1973,

was appointed director of the department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. In this position, Woodbeck is serving as a non-voting member of the newly revised Board of Economic Development, which he will serve as chairman. Woodbeck lives in Las Vegas, Nev.

Dennis M. Kelleher, BS 1978,

has been appointed president of H2M Water. Previously, he served as vice president of the company’s water resources division. Kelleher lives in Centereach, N.Y.

James J. Tyrpak, BA 1978,

was inducted into ING Financial Partners’ Century Club, honoring achievement in the financial services industry. He resides in Williamsville, N.Y.

Mark C. Weisbeck, BA 1979,

was commissioned by Archbishop Stephen Enea, ruling archbishop of the Italo-Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of the Americas and Canada, to create a sculpture in memory of 9/11, as well as four modern religious sculptures, for a multi-park complex in Utica, N.Y. Weisbeck lives in Honeoye, N.Y.



*Ronald Balter, BA 1980,

is a recipient of the 2012 Clara Lemlich Public Service Award presented annually by the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial. The award is given to individuals who work to protect injured workers in New York State. Balter is a member of the UB Alumni Association board of directors and resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Raymond R. Burke, BA 1981,

has been named co-leader of the U.S.-Canada region for Rich Products Corporation. Burke is president of Rich’s foodservice and in-store bakery divisions and will continue to lead these businesses, while also assuming oversight of the company’s ingredients division. He resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Michael L. Corp, JD 1981,

has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2012. Corp is a partner at Hancock Estabrook LLP and leads the firm’s trusts and estates practice. Corp resides in Jamesville, N.Y.

*Peter J. Grogan, BS 1981,

is managing director at United Capital Financial Advisors LLC in Buffalo, N.Y. He is a member of the UB Alumni Association board of directors and lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

Jonathan S. Malamud, JD 1982 & BA 1979,

is the chief legal officer of Prudential Holdings of Japan. He resides in Tokyo, Japan.

David Szczerbacki, PhD 1984,

has been selected to serve as the ninth president of the College of Saint Rose. Szczerbacki previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs, a position he has held since August 2004. He lives in Wellsville, N.Y.

Gregg R. Kam, BS 1985,

accepted a position at the Newark Group in Cranford, N.J. as vice president and chief financial officer. Kam resides in Short Hills, N.J.

*Thomas J. Lynch, MBA 1985 & BS 1976,

is president and chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries of Western New York. He lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Scott K. Mayer, BS 1985,

an engineer for the U.S. Navy and an amateur photographer, exhibited a collection of his photographs in January 2012 in the Hoxie Gallery in the Westerly (R.I.) Public Library. He resides in Hope Valley, R.I.

Raffaella M. Borasi, PhD 1986 & EdM 1982,

was appointed to a third term as dean of the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. Borasi lives in Rochester, N.Y.

Richard A. Grimm III, JD 1987,

is the chairman of the board of directors of Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS). He has served on the UNYTS board since 1999 and resides in Amherst, N.Y.

Stewart C. Haney, BS 1987,

is vice president facilities at Wendel, an architectural and engineering firm headquartered in Amherst, N.Y. He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Luisa Marengo-Heifner, BA 1987,

has been promoted to director of human resources at Scioto Downs Casino & Racetrack in Columbus, Ohio. Marengo-Heifner resides in Grove City, Ohio.

Cora A. Alsante, JD 1988,

has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for 2012. She is the leader of Hancock Estabrook LLP’s elder law and special needs practice, and focuses her practice on estate planning, trusts, planning for the elderly and disabled, and estate and trust administration. Alsante lives in Jamesville, N.Y.

Andrew M. Roth, BA 1988,

is partner at Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker law firm. Roth concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in actions, and proceedings and appeals in New York State and federal courts. He resides in Bellmore, N.Y.

Roberta L. Bemiller, MBA 1989,

was appointed a leadership development consultant and coach by Career Partners International Buffalo/ Niagara. A certified career coach, Bemiller has more than 20 years’ experience in talent acquisition and assessment, and leadership development. She lives in Hamburg, N.Y.

Douglas P. Sosnowski, BS 1989,

is a partner at Brisbane Consulting Group LLC, where he provides business valuation, forensic accounting and litigation support services. He lives in Eggertsville, N.Y.



Mary F. Kiener, MBA 1990,

is vice president of finance, business development, for Rich Products Corporation. Kiener is responsible for financial forecasting, benchmarking, acquisitions modeling, and business integration planning and execution. She has been with the company since 1990 and will continue to support the introduction of business intelligence tools on a world-wide basis. She will also serve as leader of Rich’s planning and developing team. Kiener lives in Clarence Center, N.Y.

Richard J. Ruh, MD 1990,

has been named to a three-year term on the Hilbert College board of trustees, and is senior vice president of service lines for Catholic Health System of Buffalo. Ruh resides in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Suaad H. Sait, BS 1990,

is chief marketing officer for Rackspace Hosting, a cloud computing service. before joining Rackspace, Sait was founder and chief executive officer of Reachforce, a venture-backed B2B marketing-data services startup, for which he continues to serve as chairman of the board. He lives in Austin, Texas.

David Crosby, MBA 1992,

has been named managing director of UHealth Solutions inc., an affiliate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and its health care consulting division, Commonwealth Medicine. He is responsible for providing oversight for corporate functions, including technology solutions, business strategy and development, and guidance for administration and operations.

Lisa Benincosa, PhD 1993,

Roche vice president for drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics in non-clinical safety, received a 2012 TWIN (Tribute to Women in Industry) award for her achievements in the pharmaceutical industry. TWIN is an international program sponsored by the YWCA of Bergen County. Benincosa resides in Ivoryton, Conn.

Adam S. Edelson, BA 1993,

has been named vice president, business strategy and development, for Temple University Health System in Philadelphia, Pa. Edelson lives in Marlton, N.J.

Martin A. Krebs, BS 1993,

is chief information officer for Fidelis Care, a Catholic health insurance plan for New York State. He resides in Springville, N.Y.

Roger D. Duryea Jr., MBA 1994,

has been promoted to vice president, planning and business development, at Catholic Health System in Buffalo. He is responsible for developing collaborative relationships and programs to improve access to quality health care services throughout Western New York. Duryea lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Douglas J. Sylvester, JD 1994,

has been named dean of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where he was previously associate dean for faculty research and development. Sylvester resides in Chandler, Ariz.

Ram Kumar Krishnamurthy, MS 1995,

has been appointed a fellow of the IEEE. A senior principal engineer and director of high performance circuits research at Intel Corporation’s Intel Labs, Krishnamurthy received the distinguished technical paper award at the 2012 International Solid State Circuits Conference. He lives in Portland, Ore.

Scott P. Socha, MBA 1995,

has been named vice president-treasurer for Delaware North Companies. Previously, he was the company’s vice president of business development. Socha resides in South Wales, N.Y.

Thomas M. Mercure, JD 1996,

has been named to the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40. Mercure is a senior partner in Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria’s personal injury department and serves as a member of the firm’s management committee. He lives in Snyder, N.Y.

Steven B. Raines, BA 1996,

co-founder of Algonquin Studios, a technology services and design firm, was named its chief executive officer. Previously, he was a senior programmer analyst at SOFTBANK Services Group, now known as Client Logic. Raines resides in Snyder, N.Y.

Andrea B. Shaw, MSW 1997,

was named 2012 Social Worker of the Year for the National Association of Social Workers’ Illinois Chapter, Northeastern District, for her contributions to the social work profession, as well as to the lives of those whom social workers serve. She lives in Troy, Ill.

Eileen H. Trigoboff, DNS 1997, MS 1983 & BS 1977,

has released her eighth book, “Contemporary Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing” (Prentice Hall, 2012). This is the book’s third edition and is written with co-author and former UB faculty member, Carol Ren Kneisl, BS ’62. Trigoboff resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Timothy G. Walck, ME 1997 & BS 1991,

is chief operations officer of Wendel, an architectural and engineering firm headquartered in Amherst, N.Y. Walck lives in Sanborn, N.Y.

James R. Deuschle, EMBA 1998,

executive vice president and chief financial officer for Rich Products Corporation, has assumed responsibility for oversight of global procurement. He resides in Orchard Park, N.Y.

John J. Koeppel, JD 1998, MBA 1995 & BS 1995,

has been recognized in “Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business.” Koeppel is chair of Nixon Peabody’s private equity and investment funds practice. He lives in Hamburg, N.Y.

*Daniel J. Sucato, MS 1998 & MD 1991,

has been named chief of staff for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas, where he also resides.

Daniel J. Suttell, BS 1998,

is senior accountant at the certified public accounting firm Brock, Schechter & Polakoff LLP. He lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

*Donna M. Banach, BA 1999 & AAS 1994,

received a master’s degree cum laude in integrated marketing communications from St. Bonaventure University. She is a marketing and alumni officer for UB’s College of Arts and Sciences, and resides in Hamburg, N.Y.

Karen Swallow Prior, PhD 1999 & MA 1992,

was named to a 13-member Faith Advisory Council, recently formed by the Humane Society of the United States. She will provide moral and spiritual guidance for the organization and its leadership. She lives in Amherst, Va.



Bradley J. Nowak, BS 2000,

has been elected partner at Williams Mullen and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Nowak resides in Arlington, Va.

*Sheldon K. Smith, JD 2001 & BA 1996,

has been elected to Nixon Peabody LLP’s partnership for commercial litigation in the firm’s Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y., offices. Smith is an active leader in and past president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York and the Rochester Black Bar Association. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association, House of Delegates; UB Law School Alumni Association board of directors; and a past board vice chair of Meals on Wheels for Western New York Inc. He lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Daniel Trudeau, MA 2001,

associate professor of geography at Macalester College, has been granted tenure status. Trudeau is an urban social geographer and resides in Saint Paul, Minn.

Michael P. Joy, PhD 2002, JD 2002, MA 1997 & BA 1994,

is partner in Reed Smith LLP’s energy and natural resources group in Pittsburgh, Pa. Joy is one of the nation’s top experts on the Marcellus and Utica shale fields. He lives in Wexford, Pa.

Kerri A. Katz, BA 2002,

is director of licensing, strategic partner relations, for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind “Sesame Street.” Before joining the workshop, Katz served as marketing manager for Nars Cosmetics and Del Laboratories in New York. She resides in Manhattan, N.Y.

*Ryan A. McPherson, JD 2002,

was named UB’s chief sustainability officer, a newly created position to assist the university in achieving climate neutrality by 2030. McPherson lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

Miche C. Needham, BS 2002,

was elected the 2012 chair of the board of directors of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., and to her second term on the board. She resides in Tonawanda, N.Y.

Jeff Toczek, MS 2002,

has been named administrator at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton, N.Y. He previously was employed in a similar capacity with the Loretto organization in Syracuse, where he functioned as administrator for the Nottingham RHCF. Toczek lives in Liverpool, N.Y.

S. Phillip Unwin, JD 2002,

is special counsel member at Goldberg Segalla LLP’s Rochester, N.Y. office. Unwin lives in Rochester.

Melanie May Wojcik, JD 2002 & BA 1997,

has been named partner in the Buffalo office of Hamberger and Weiss. She resides in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Margo K. Benoit, MD 2003,

is assistant professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s department of otolaryngology. A specialist in all aspects of pediatric otolaryngology, Benoit is one of only two pediatric otolaryngologists in the Rochester area. She lives in Fairport, N.Y.

Jacqueline Rivera, BA 2003,

started her own company, Pawfect Day Inc., in 2008 in New York City. The pet care service has been featured in a number of metro New York publications. Rivera resides in New York, N.Y.

Timothy J. Altieri, BA 2004,

is assistant state attorney with Florida’s Office of the State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit. Altieri lives in Naples, Fla.

Sandra K. Blackman, MLS 2004 & BS 1991,

has been named senior librarian for the Orleans Correctional Facility in Albion, N.Y. She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Jennifer Gurske-dePerio, MD 2005,

has been appointed foot and ankle surgeon for UB Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Evan M. Halstead, BA 2005 & BS 2005,

is visiting instructor of physics and astronomy at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. Halstead lives in Clifton Park, N.Y.

John Jakovenko, MBA 2005,

is director of human resources for Morris, Manning & Martin. He resides in Smyrna, Ga.

Nicole R. Ozminkowski, BA 2005,

is an associate at Harris Beach in the firm’s health care industry team. Before joining Harris Beach, Ozminkowski was counsel at Health Care Navigator LLC in White Plains, N.Y. She lives in Webster, N.Y.

Brian D. Rubenstein, JD 2005,

has been named a partner at the Florida civil defense law firm of Cole, Scott & Kissane P.A. He lives in Tampa, Fla.

Kimberly Marie Colaiacovo, JD 2006 & BA 2002,

is an associate for Hiscock & Barclay LLP in the firm’s Buffalo, N.Y., office. She was also awarded the American Bar Association and the Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in the study of labor and employment law. Colaiacovo resides in East Amherst, N.Y.

Melissa A. Stolfi, EdM 2006,

is student activities and leadership director in Immaculata University’s office of student development and engagement. She lives in Philadelphia, Pa.

Jerilyn J. Hickey, EMBA 2007,

is senior director of the Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross. Hickey resides in Amherst, N.Y.

*Joshua E. Dubs, JD 2008,

has been named an associate by Friedman & Ranzenhofer PC Attorneys in Akron, N.Y. Dubs resides in North Tonawanda, N.Y.

Eileen M. Falkenberg, BA 2008,

is vice president of sales and marketing for interactive defense in Alpharetta, Ga. Falkenberg has also been named as executive director of marketing for the NobleHeroes Foundation, which provides financial and social aid to severely injured or disabled first responders nationwide. She lives in Alpharetta.

Patrick J. Hines, BA 2008,

is an attorney handling torts, insurance and products liability for Hodgson Russ. Hines focuses his practice on personal injury and business litigation matters, including toxic torts, bad-faith, employment and labor law. He resides in Penfield, N.Y.

Daniel Leo, BS 2008,

has joined Testone, Marshall & Discenza LLP as a senior accountant in the TRAC department. He lives in Cicero, N.Y.

Brent M. Zimmerman, BA 2008,

is owner and creative director at Lilypad Wedding and Events in Amherst, N.Y. Zimmerman lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Kristy Marie Goodman, BS 2009,

has received her master’s of public health degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She resides in Wolcott, N.Y.



Matthew T. Brown, PMCRT 2010,

is residence hall director for Alfred State College. Before joining Alfred State, he worked as a substitute teacher. Brown lives in Livonia, N.Y.

Ryan F. Cupello, BFA 2010,

appeared in the summer 2012 production of “My Fair Lady” mounted by the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. Cupello resides in Rochester, N.Y.

Steven D. Szubinski, EMBA 2010,

has been awarded a 2012 volunteer recognition award by Lupus Alliance of America, Upstate New York affiliate. He lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Rachel L. Vertino, BA 2010,

has been accepted as an education volunteer for the Peace Corps. She is serving a two-year assignment to teach English in Indonesia, as well as to develop educational materials and facilitate after-school clubs and programs. She resides in Indonesia.

*Michael J. Fuchs, EMBA 2011,

has been appointed director of finance for Rich Product Corporation’s Global Supply Chain. The 15-year veteran of Rich’s will have chief responsibility for driving productivity and financial stability throughout the company’s global supply chain net- work. Fuchs resides in Clarence, N.Y.

Alexa Rae Godwin, BA 2011,

has been promoted to assistant media planner and buyer at Crowley Webb, an advertising agency in Buffalo, N.Y. Godwin, who began her tenure at Crowley Webb as an intern through UB, is responsible for planning and strategy for print plans and online media. She lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Jay M. Jerose, BA 2011,

has joined Testone, Marshall & Discenza LLP, as staff accountant in the firm’s audit department. He lives in Liverpool, N.Y.

Alexa Manuel, BA 2012,

has been named sales and marketing coordinator for the PCA Group, a leading technology company serving both Western and Central New York. She resides in Williamsville, N.Y.

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