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Spring 2013





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Updates from Grads by the Decades



Mark Katz, BA 1971,

was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 for his outstanding work at Ulmer & Berne LLP. He lives in Kansas City, Mo.

*Howard Pierce, BS 1971,

founded Mueller Pierce LLC , a new law firm in West Hartford, Conn. He will focus his practice on cost containment matters for health care and property/ casualty industries. Pierce lives in West Hartford.

Joanne Erde, BA 1973,

was honored by Chambers USA for her legal work at Duane Morris LLP in the field of health care. She resides in Miami, Fla.

Tim Loftis, BA 1976,

has been appointed to a three-year term on the New York State Dormitory Authority Board by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. He lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

Mark Francis Schwab, BA 1976,

is author of various works of poetry and fiction, including the 2010 novel “The Spouse Stealer.” He resides in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

*Garry Graber, JD 1978 & BA 1975,

has been named to the Top 50 Upstate New York Super Lawyers List. Graber is a partner at Hodgson Russ, and leads the firm’s bankruptcy, restructuring and commercial litigation practice. He lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Kenneth “Biff” Henrich, MFA 1978,

coowner of IMG_INK, a printing facility that specializes in working with artists, has launched a website called IMG_INK Print Galleries. The site allows visitors to browse and purchase the works of notable artists in Western New York. Henrich is an adjunct professor in the visual studies department at UB. He resides in Buffalo.

Peter Hill, BA 1978,

has been appointed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to a working group on child-centered family laws. The group will review and recommend revisions to state laws to ensure that children’s rights are protected during and following court proceedings pertaining to parental responsibility and caretaking. Hill, who will represent the Fatherhood Coalition during meetings, resides in Weston, Mass.

Karl Havens, BA 1979,

is a professor of fisheries and aquatic sciences at the University of Florida and director of the Florida Sea Grant College Program. Havens has published more than 150 journal articles, book chapters and books on the aquatic sciences. He resides in Gainesville, Fla.

Paul M. Moskal, JD 1979 & BA 1976,

former special agent with the Buffalo division of the FBI, was honored with the Founders Award by the FBI Buffalo Citizens Academy Alumni Association. Moskal was one of the principal architects of the FBI’s Citizens Academy, and was instrumental in the creation of its alumni association. He lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.



Brian Schumacher, BA 1980,

was awarded the B. Charles Malloy Leadership Award by the ASTM International Waste Management Committee for his leadership and dedication to waste management standardization. He resides in Henderson, Nev.

* Kenneth Sniatecki, BS 1980,

has been elected to the board of directors of Summit Educational Resources, a not-for-profit organization that provides support services to children with developmental disabilities. He lives in Getzville, N.Y.

Sharon Sisti, MSW 1981,

has received her third faculty excellence award for her achievements at Hilbert College, where she is an assistant professor of human and rehabilitation services. She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

*Tanya Harvey, JD 1982,

accepted a position at Loeb & Loeb LLP, as senior counsel in the firm’s trusts and estates department. She has significant experience in special education law, and with providing estate planning counsel to non-traditional families and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. She lives in Arlington, Va.

Mark Klein, JD 1982 & BS 1978,

was reelected for a second term on the board of directors of Hodgson Russ LLP. A partner at the firm, Klein has more than 25 years of experience with tax law, and also does public speaking about taxes. He lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Eric Kramer, BS 1982,

has been appointed to a three-year term on the New York State Society of CPA s’ political action committee board of trustees. He resides in Dix Hills, N.Y.

*Daniel Oliverio, JD 1982 & MBA 1980,

gave a presentation on “Preventing and Responding to Cyber Attacks: The View of the Corporate Counsel” at a federal cybersecurity conference held by the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Oliverio lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Michelle Imbasciani, BA 1984,

has been promoted by Citibank to market president for New Jersey. She has 25 years of banking experience, and serves as the division director for Citi’s North America consumer bank for the tri-state area. Imbasciani resides in Highland Mills, N.Y.

Elaine Kleinberg, BA 1986 & BS 1986,

is a managing director in Manhattan Office Brokerage for CBRE Inc., a Los Angeles-based commercial real estate firm. Kleinberg, who will be located in the firm’s midtown Manhattan office, has more than 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate. She resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.

*Hugh Russ III, JD 1987,

has been named to the Top 50 Upstate New York Super Lawyers List for the third consecutive year. He lives in Snyder, N.Y.

Muffett Mauche George, BS 1988,

has accepted a position at Wendel’s Transportation Group as a project manager. She resides in Akron, N.Y.

Tom Ostrowski, BA 1989,

was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 for his outstanding work at Ulmer & Berne LLP. He lives in Strongsville, Ohio.



Michael Brodowski, PhD 1990,

has joined Burns & Levinson LLP, where he will contribute to the firm’s intellectual property practice. Before entering the legal profession, Brodowski was a project chemist in the toiletries technology laboratory at Gillette. He resides in Needham, Mass.

*Brian Kleiner, PhD 1990 & MS 1983,

director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction and professor of industrial and systems engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been reappointed the Ralph H. Bogle Professor Fellow in Industrial and Systems Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. Kleiner lives in Blacksburg, Va.

Eugene Shkurko, ME 1990 & BS 1989,

has joined Hiscock & Barclay’s Rochester, N.Y., office as a member of the firm’s patents and prosecution practice. He brings nearly 20 years’ experience in handling corporate intellectual property matters. He resides in Fairport, N.Y.

*Mary Young, BA 1990,

was appointed to the board of directors of Lumsden & McCormick LLP. She lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Tracy Sadeghian, BA 1991,

founded Media Masters Group Inc., a public relations firm based in Jacksonville, Fla., specializing in earned media, media relations and reputation management. She resides in Ponte Vedra, Fla.

Paul Vallone, MBA 1991,

a partner at Hodgson Russ LLP, has been elected to the law firm’s board of directors. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

*Elizabeth Savino, JD 1992,

has been named vice president of human resources at CTG , an information technology solutions and services company. She resides in Amherst, N.Y.

Ed Herman, BA 1994,

was named a partner at Brown & Crouppen, a St. Louis-based personal injury law firm. He and a colleague are the first new partners since the firm’s founding in 1979. Herman resides in St. Louis, Mo.

Corey Hewitt, BS 1994,

has joined Frontier Communications as general manager for the East Rochester market. Hewitt brings more than 15 years’ experience in business development and operations to the company. He lives in Ontario, N.Y.

Karen Russ, MLS 1994,

was promoted to associate professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Russ also serves as the government information librarian for the university’s Ottenheimer Library. She resides in Little Rock.

*Frank Bacelli, BA 1995,

accepted a position at Stradley Ronon as head of the law firm’s private equity practice. Bacelli lives in Washington, D.C.

William Karn, JD 1995 & BA 1992,

was promoted to the rank of captain and made head of the detective bureau at the Lancaster (N.Y.) Police Department after 16 years of service. He resides in Lancaster.

Peter Nieves, BS 1995,

was honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the 2012 New Hampshire and New England small business champion. Nieves mentors several minority-owned small businesses and business owners. He lives in Dunbarton, N.H.

Barry Spiegel, MLS 1995,

has joined Blue Cross Blue Shield as a business analyst. Spiegel is also entering his eighth and final year as a member of the advisory board for the Peoria (Ariz.) Public Library. He resides in Peoria.

Michael Ayalon, BS 1997,

is executive director of Sigma Pi fraternity. He is only the seventh person to hold the position in the fraternity’s history. Ayalon lives in Brentwood, Tenn.

Michelle Hare, MS 1999 & BA 1998,

has been recognized by The Network Journal as one of its annual 40 Under 40 award winners for her multicultural business development work at State Farm Insurance Co. Hare manages community sponsorships, branding and recruiting in the minority markets of New York and New Jersey. She resides in Forest Hills, N.Y.



Kristen Chapman, MS 2005 & BS 2004,

was appointed to the board of directors of Lumsden & McCormick LLP. She lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Brittany Finnegan-Zandi, BA 2005,

was promoted to director of institutional advancement at Mount Mercy Academy in Buffalo. She resides in Amherst, N.Y.

Joseph Hanna, JD 2005 & BA 2002

, partner with Goldberg Segalla LLP and chair of its diversity task force, accepted the George B. Vashon Innovator Award from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association in the category of pipeline initiatives. The award recognized Hanna and the firm’s diversity-focused internship program, a collaboration with the University at Buffalo Law School and the Minority Bar Association of Western New York. He lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Bethany Hills Trachtenberg, MPH 2005 & JD 2004,

is the new chair of the food, drug and cosmetic law section of the New York State Bar Association. She resides in New York, N.Y.

Lisa Diaz-Ordaz, BA 2007,

has joined Goldberg Segalla LLP as an associate in its Buffalo office. She resides in Clarence, N.Y.

Richard Gonzalez, PhD 2007 & MS 2003,

has been appointed to the founding faculty of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. As an assistant professor of medical sciences, he teaches human gross anatomy and medical anthropology-related topics. Gonzalez lives in North Haven, Conn.

*Rachel Elzufon, BA 2008,

accepted a position at WKBW Channel 7 Eyewitness News in Buffalo as a multimedia journalist. Elzufon was nominated for Associated Press Reporter of the Year in 2012. She lives in Williamsville, N.Y.



*Deborah Bauer, EMBA 2010,

has joined Buffalo Medical Group as chief financial officer. Bauer previously served as the chief executive officer of Olean Medical Group LLP, and she resides in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Ryan Cupello, BFA 2010,

was one of the actors cast in “My Fair Lady,” a production in the 2012 Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. He lives in Rochester, N.Y.

Laura McFeely, BA 2010,

accepted a position as an assistant account executive at Crowley Webb, a marketing communications agency in Buffalo, N.Y. She resides in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Bethany Doohaluk, BS 2011,

has joined Lumsden & McCormick LLP. She lives in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Jennifer Early, JD 2011,

accepted a position at Berardi Immigration Law as an associate attorney. She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Vanria DeMay, JD 2012,

has joined Hiscock & Barclay LLP as an associate in the firm’s Rochester, N.Y., office. She lives in Rochester.

Nathan LaFrance, EdM 2012 & BA 2010,

has been named assistant director of alumni & parent engagement at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn. He previously served as graduate assistant for the UB Office of Alumni Relations.

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