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1970s Classnotes

Carolyn Giambra, M.L.S. 1970 & B.A. 1968, an instructional specialist for libraries, business education and federal funding in the Williamsville Central School District, Williamsville, NY, has been voted president-elect of the New York Library Association (NYLA). Her term as president begins in 2002; she is currently treasurer on the NYLA Council. NYLA's mission is to lead in the development, promotion and improvement of library and infor-mation services and the profession of librarianship to enhance learning, quality of life and equal opportunity for all New Yorkers. Giambra lives in Buffalo, NY.

Paulette Marie Gillig, B.A. 1970, has been promoted to full professor in the School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. She has been included in the 2001 edition of Who's Who in America, and has earned special certification in geriatric psychiatry. She is the Ohio Department of Mental Health's professor of rural psychiatry, and the chief clinical officer of a multi-county mental health, drug and alcohol services board. The author or coauthor of more than 35 articles and textbooks, Gillig was recognized for her work in developing and implementing a 16-county council of governments of rural mental health boards. She and her husband, Douglas, reside in Lebanon, OH.

Steven Hoch, B.A. 1970, is heading the newly opened Los Angeles office of Hatch and Parent, a law firm based in Santa Barbara, CA. Hoch will continue to practice environmental law and litigation. He has almost 25 years of litigation experience before state and federal courts in the Los Angeles area, and has focused his entire career on environmental litigation and toxic torts.

Salvatore J. LaManna, B.S. 1970, became a partner of Withers, Mann & LaManna Certified Public Accountants, following a merger between LaManna & Associates, founded in 1970, and Withers & Mann, formed in 1998. Through the formation of the limited liability partnership, Withers, Mann & LaManna has more than 70 years of combined experience as full service accountants, auditors, and tax and estate planning financial advisors. The firm employs six professionals at its location in San Diego, CA, where LaManna resides.

Ernest J. Norman, J.D. 1970 & B.A. 1967, has been appointed director of investor relations and corporate communications and assistant secretary for Wilson Greatbatch Technologies Inc. He will be responsible for the development and delivery of corporate communications to the company's investors, shareholders and analysts, and will participate in the coordination of the annual shareholders' and board of directors' meetings. He will also be responsible for coordinating communications from the company to other internal and external groups, and assisting the company with legal and regulatory matters. He and his family live in Kenmore, NY.

James Beardi, M.B.A. 1971 & B.S. 1968, is president of M&T Mortgage Corporation and senior vice president with M&T Bank. He also serves on a number of boards including Consumer Credit Counseling, the Fannie Mae Advisory Council and Fannie Mae regional board. He resides in Clarence, NY, with his wife, Linda, and two children.

Lawrence A. Johansen, B.S. 1971, chief actuary for the New York State Teachers' Retirement System in Albany, is the 2000-2001 president of the American Academy of Actuaries (AAA). In addition to doing all actuarial work within the NYS Teachers' Retirement System, Johansen serves as liaison to its investment consultants. The AAA is the public policy and professional organization for the actuarial profession in the United States. He lives in Slingerlands, NY.

Peter Martinelli, B.S. 1971, a U.S. administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration, has been appointed office chief for the agency's Springfield, MA, hearing office. He resides in Springfield.

Patrick Stickney, B.F.A. 1971, had his paintings-inspired by Western New York-on display this past winter in the Agora Gallery, in New York's SoHo district. In addition to being a painter, he is coowner, with his longtime associate John Moore, of the advertising agency Moore Stickney Group. He lives in Lockport, NY, with his wife, Michele.

Charles Stuart, M.D. 1971 & B.S. 1967, an endocrinologist, has assumed the chairmanship of the department of internal medicine at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). As chair, Stuart will oversee all internal medicine outpatient clinics managed under the auspices of the ETSU Physicians and Associates Department of Internal Medicine, including the ETSU Cancer Center at Johnson City Medical Center, ETSU Heart and ETSU Physicians and Associates of Kingsport, TN. Stuart has been charged with selectively increasing the number of internal medicine faculty and improving the level of research funding for the department. He has authored more than 140 articles, abstracts and book chapters, and is an ad hoc grant application reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, Veterans Administration Research Grant Program and NASA. Stuart and his wife, Mary, live in Johnson City, TN, with their three children.

Michael Garz, B.A. 1972, was recently promoted to senior vice president of STV Incorporated, an STV Group engineering, architectural, planning, environmental and construction management firm. Bringing more than 25 years' experience in operations management to his new position, Garz now manages operations in STV's Central Region, one of the firm's largest geographic operating divisions. The Douglassville, PA-based Central Region includes that office's facilities, transportation and defense systems groups, as well as offices in Pittsburgh, PA; Jackson and Trenton, NJ; and California, MD. He resides in Philadelphia, PA, with his wife, Sandra, and their two children.

Richard Goldberg, B.A. 1972, has his own practice as a physician/psychiatrist in Forest Park, IL. He lives in River Forest, IL.

Mark Huddleston, B.A. 1972, has been named associate provost for international programs and special sessions (IPSS) at the University of Delaware (UD). In this position, he will be responsible for overall direction of five operations grouped in IPSS: the English Language Institute, summer and winter sessions, study abroad programs, foreign student and scholar services, and overseas contracts and grants. He will also serve as an advisor on other international issues that affect UD. Huddleston's academic specialty is public administration, a field in which he has published widely, focusing on the senior federal career service and a variety of international issues.

Richard Mandziak, B.A. 1972, is manager of the College Store in Amherst, NY. He resides in Orchard Park, NY, with his wife and daughter.

Daniel Ward, J.D. 1972, is an Amherst (NY) Town Board member and former town supervisor. He ran for New York State Assembly in the November 2000 election. A resident of Amherst, he is also an attorney for the Erie County Legislature.

Neil Goldberg, J.D. 1973, a partner at Saperston & Day, has been elected president of the Defense Research Institute. He becomes the first local lawyer to lead the Chicago-based institute that represents 22,000 of the nation's civil defense attorneys. Goldberg specializes in product liability law; his Buffalo, NY, firm has built a national practice representing General Motors, General Electric, Fisher-Price and other major clients. He is a resident of Eden, NY.

Bernard Tolbert, M.S.W. 1973 & B.S. 1971, is head of corporate security for Coca-Cola in Atlanta, GA, having recently left his duties as special agent in charge of the Buffalo office of the FBI. A Buffalo native, he held FBI posts in Washington, Philadelphia and Buffalo, before being named to head the Buffalo operation in 1998. He is a member of the Cradle Beach board of trustees and a board member of the United Way, the UB Alumni Association, the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association and the One Hundred Club.

David Weiss-Horowitz, B.A. 1973, has now joined Quartararo & Associates, the leading provider of real estate project management services based in New York, NY. He is managing director of t2, the Q&A division responsible for project management services to clients requiring implementation of mission-critical technology and telecommunication projects. He resides in Long Island, NY, with his wife and two children.

Doris Cultraro, Ed.M. 1974 & B.A. 1973, is vice president of administration at Comedy Central. In this position, Cultraro will have overall responsibility for managing all of Comedy Central's facilities and space requirements in New York and other regions. She will also oversee the acquisition of additional space necessary to the network's future growth. In addition, she will oversee office services, telecommunications and centralized purchasing of equipment and supplies, and the managing of Comedy Central's many vendor relationships.

Jonathan Dandes, B.S. 1974, has been elected chair of the board of directors of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau, Erie County's designated tourism and convention marketing organization. Dandes is executive vice president for Rich Entertainment Group/Rich Products Corporation, and a resident of East Amherst, NY.

Barbara Friedman, B.A. 1974, is assistant vice president at Saint Peters University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. She resides in Forest Hills, NY.

Raymond Multerer, Ph.D. 1974 & Ed.M. 1964, was named principal of the Florida-based broker-dealer Waterford Investor Services, which specializes in retirement planning. He also serves as secretary of the firm's board of directors. He lives in Clearwater, FL.

John O'Mara, M.B.A. 1974 & B.A. 1967, has recently been promoted to vice president of financial management and risk analysis at First Niagara Bank, where he was a key contributor in the development and delivery of financial management initiatives. O'Mara currently serves on the board of directors of CASA-Voices of Children Inc., an advocate group for children in the court system. He resides in East Amherst, NY, with his wife, Kathleen.

Michael Ring, M.A. 1974 & B.S. 1970, is a geophysicist at Chroma Energy; he is an interpreter using fractal-based patterns. The technology comes from the medical and defense industries and is being applied to large databases. He resides in Houston, TX.

Raymond Schroer, B.A. 1974, is vice president and general manager at Racal Recorders Inc. In this position, he is responsible for all North American operations and reports directly to the parent company in England. He currently resides in Shelby Township, MI.

Dennis Ward, J.D. 1976 & B.A. 1973, is the chair of the Amherst, NY, Democratic Party. He is a private attorney and an election law expert. He lives in Amherst.

Edna Baehre, Ph.D. 1977 & M.A. 1973, president of Harrisburg (PA) Area Community College (HACC), was presented with the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) during the group's annual awards and scholarship dinner. Baehre was recognized for her work and commitment to diversity and providing educational opportunities to underrepresented groups. She has implemented HACC's master plan for promotion of student achievement, multicultural inclusion and student understanding of diversity. She has also initiated the male mentoring program for HACC students, and the opening of a community center for technology and arts. She resides in Harrisburg.

Raul Figueroa, J.D. 1977, the state's first elected Hispanic judge outside of New York, NY, plans to step down from his position as Buffalo, NY, City Court Judge by the middle of 2001 to accompany his wife, Linda, to her new job with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in Georgia. Currently, Figueroa is serving his second full, 10-year elected term.

Robert Greene, B.S. 1977, has established three accounting offices in the New York, NY, area: Staatsburg, Madison Avenue and Garden City. He is a tax specialist who provides IRS representation, business valuation and financial planning services-including investments and insurance-to individuals and closely held businesses. He leads a team that includes two former senior IRS agents and has become a leader in the field of tax-free fringe benefits available to business owners and their spouses. Greene's career has been highlighted in Business Week, Worth Magazine and other well-known business publications. He and his wife, Nancy, reside in Staatsburg.

Nedra Harrison, M.D. 1977, a physician for more than 20 years, is a general surgeon with the Delaware Surgical Group. She is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and lives in Scottsdale, AZ.

Steven Keeler, B.A. 1977, director and president of Cayuga Community College's (CCC) telecommunications program, recently received the Society of Broadcast Engineers' (SBE) "National Educator of the Year" award. He was cited for his efforts to develop and foster a strong relationship between the SBE and CCC, and for maintaining professional relationships within the local engineering community. Keeler has been instrumental in the successful placement of all program graduates in broadcast engineering positions, as well as the transfer of students to upper-division collegiate programs. Additionally, he has created courses and curricula for engineering students that ensure their development as preprofessionals, and has worked with the local SBE chapter to create SBE scholarships for deserving Cayuga students. He has been responsible for coordinating, redesigning and improving the college's telecommunications degree programs and managing the college's radio, television and multi-track recording facilities. In 2000, he received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

John Joseph Naples, B.F.A. 1977, is director of music at the Mission of San Luis Rey in Oceanside, CA. He recently married Cathy Li; they reside in Oceanside.

Barbara Blaszak, Ph.D. 1978 & M.A. 1976, professor and head of the history department at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY, has written The Matriarchs of England's Cooperative Movement: A Study in Gender Politics and Female Leadership, 1882-1921 (Greenwood Press, 1999), a case study of the failure of difference-based feminism. The book is the completion of a study of female leadership styles in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Peter Hill, B.A. 1978, has been named "Chiropractor of the Year" for 2000 by the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society (MCS) at the organization's annual convention in Sturbridge, MA. The Boston Tab Readers also voted him the "Honorable Mention Chiropractor" for 2000. Hill is vice president of the MCS and also serves on the organization's board of directors. He has a private practice in Boston's South End, and resides in Weston, MA, with his wife, Barbara, and their two daughters.

Joann Reville, B.A. 1978, is management representative of airport operations at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport. She lives in Buffalo, NY.

Christopher J. Scolese, B.S. 1978, associate director of flight projects for Earth Observing System (EOS) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, received a presidential rank award as meritorious executive. No more than five percent of the federal government's senior executive service employees may receive the meritorious executive rank each year. Scolese is responsible for the development of Goddard's EOS missions, the data and information system, and the operation of earth observation satellites. He and his wife, Dianne, live in Springfield, VA, with their four children.

James J. Tyrpak, B.A. 1978, a registered representative with the Buffalo office of Locust Street Securities Inc., has been named to the All-American Team of the American Funds Group of mutual funds. He was cited for outstanding service to investors in the Buffalo area, as well as for his financial expertise and dedication to principles of sound mutual fund and variable annuity investing. He lives in Williamsville, NY, with his wife, Donna, and their two children.

Ellen Grant Bishop, Ph.D. 1979 & M.S.W. 1974, owner and president of First Advantage Consulting, is an executive coach and human service consultant. As such, she not only helps people identify their strengths and weaknesses, but also helps them select a professional area for which they might be well suited. In addition, Bishop provides support and consultation for life and career change, as well as helping teach managers how to get their management skills up to speed. In 1995, she wrote Managing in Black and White: A Guide for the Professional Woman of Color, which has since been rereleased in three revisions. The Buffalo resident is currently working on a second book about management skills among women.

Christopher Burns, J.D. 1979, New York State Supreme Court Justice, will fill a year-long vacancy on the Fourth Department Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court in Rochester. Burns immediately assumed his new job on the mid-level appellate tribunal, which oversees all courts in the western part of the state. On the Rochester appellate court, Burns will maintain law chambers at that court's facilities in the Buffalo City Court Building. He resides in Buffalo.

George Carlo, Ed.M. 1979 & B.A. 1975, is coauthor of a book, Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age, which takes issue with the cell phone industry and the government. Carlo raises questions about cell phone safety and also about the phone industry, and the government's role in protecting consumers. Proceeds from book sales will go to Hope for Tomorrow and Children of Choice, both Western New York charities.

William Dratler, B.S. 1979, has been awarded the designation "Certified Fraud Examiner" (CFE) by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. The association's board of regents awards this designation exclusively to select professionals who meet a stringent set of requirements and exemplify high moral and ethical standards. CFEs obtain evidence, take statements and write reports, testify to findings, and assist in all aspects of detecting and preventing white-collar crime. Dratler resides in Springfield, VA.

Christ Gaetanos, J.D. 1979 & B.A. 1975, has become a partner at Amigone, Sanchez, Mattrey & Marshall LLP. This past October, he addressed the tax and future of the lawyer sections of the International Association of Lawyers at its annual conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also submitted a paper entitled The Taxation of Magic (Redux), concerning the international income and sales taxation of e-commerce transactions. He resides in Buffalo, NY.

David Seitelman, B.S. 1979, has been appointed to the new position of vice president of sales and marketing for Efoora, a developer of rapid diagnostic tests for a variety of medical conditions, and its subsidiary, Virotek. In this position, he will develop and lead initiatives to best structure and position the sales force for growth, and work to design and develop products and programs that allow Efoora to develop leading edge products and services for its clients. Seitelman has 20 years' experience in the medical device and diagnostic industry; he brings particular strengths to the company in sales, marketing and distribution of diagnostic products and medical devices. He lives in Highland Park, IL, with his wife, Lori.

Charles Tresca, M.B.A. 1979, a broker, has been hired by the Private Client Group office in New York of CIBC Oppenheimer, a provider of sophisticated investment strategies of high net worth clients. CIBC Oppenheimer is the U.S. private client division of CIBC World Markets Corp., a subsidiary of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and one of North America's largest banks. Tresca has 20 years' experience in the investment business. He and his wife, Rosanna, live in Randolph, NJ.

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