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1980s Classnotes

Joseph Lojacono, M.B.A. 1980 & B.S. 1979, has been promoted to senior vice president at the SKM Group, formerly Marketing Resources of New York. His responsibilities include providing strategic direction for key accounts, managing account relationships and developing new business for the advertising and marketing firm located in Williamsville, NY. He is a member of the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara, and Brainstorm, the Communicators Club of Buffalo. He and his family reside in Getzville, NY.

Stephen Silverstein, J.D. 1980, presented a lecture entitled "The Jewish Gangster," as part of the Wisdom of Jewish Buffalo series. He discussed Jewish involvement in organized crime in the U.S. from 1900 onward. He also presented overviews of the Jewish underworld in cities of the east and midwest, biographies of Jewish gangsters and discussions of famous trials. Further, he addressed how Jewish gangsters have been portrayed in films and fiction, and the development of Las Vegas. Silverstein is an attorney with the law firm of Siegel, Kelleher & Kahn, specializing in estate administration and disability planning. He resides in Williamsville, NY, with his wife, Susan, and their two children.

Betsy Broder, J.D. 1981, is assistant director for planning and identification at the Federal Trade Commission. She lives in Bethesda, MD.

Daniel Schaefer, M.D. 1981, lectured at the 104th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Inc. about instructional courses on the diagnosis and management of periocular and conjunctival malignancies, with special emphasis on the evaluation and treatment of sebaceous cell carcinoma and Merkel cell carcinoma. At that same meeting, he was invited to lecture as part of an instructional course on "The refinement in surgical techniques of ptosis, entropions and ectropions." At the 31st Annual Scientific Symposium of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Inc., Schaefer was invited to moderate the sections on aesthetics and orbital and socket reconstruction.

Irene Tannen, B.S. 1982, became partner in the intellectual property law firm of Pennie & Edmonds LLP in New York, NY. A resident of New York, she specializes in the areas of trademark and copyright law.

Joseph Angelone, B.A. 1983, is co-owner of Waste Dynamics, a small environmental contracting company started six years ago. He has two children and lives in Ringoes, NJ.

Michael Bader, M.B.A. 1983 & J.D. 1980, has been named senior manager of the personal financial counseling group for the Buffalo office of Ernst & Young's upstate New York practice. He will be responsible for estate and financial planning and function as a project manager working with Ernst & Young clients throughout upstate New York. Bader has 17 years of business experience, with a background in estate and financial planning. He resides with his family in Williamsville, NY.

Michael Curatolo, B.S. 1984, has been named a member of the 2000 Fidelity Advisor Council by Fidelity Investments, the third year he has been so recognized. An Amherst, NY, resident, he has been affiliated with Georgetown Capital since 1990.

Daniel Dintino Jr., B.S. 1984, has been elected to senior vice president and chief financial officer at First Niagara Bank and First Niagara Financial Group Inc. Dintino brings to the position more than 10 years' experience as a senior executive in finance, accounting, administration operations and business development. He is a member of both the American Institute of CPAs and the New York State Society of CPAs. He resides in Lake View, NY, with his wife, Marjorie, and their two children.

Rosemary Feal, Ph.D. 1984 & M.A. 1979, UB professor of Spanish and director of graduate studies in the department of modern languages and literatures, has been appointed to a three-year term as senior editor of the Latin American Literary Review. She has also been appointed to the advisory committee of PMLA. Feal, who specializes in Caribbean and Spanish-American literature, lives in Clarence, NY.

Wayne Harper, M.A. 1984 & B.S. 1981, is one of only four students in the Fall 2000 class to receive the John Marshall Distinguished Scholarship from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. The students were selected from more than 1,500 applicants based on academic record, law school admissions test results, personal statements and letters of recommendation. Harper worked briefly in medical research, and thereafter in information systems, as a programmer, database administrator, project manager and independent consultant. Currently, he is a systems analyst for the Board of Trade Clearing Corporation.

Tim Kennedy, M.A. 1984, who directed Puccini's Tosca, launched Buffalo Opera Unlimited in 1985 and has since staged a dozen productions. Kennedy has performed and taught music at all levels. He lives in Buffalo, NY.

Gayle L. Eagan, J.D. 1985, will be presented the M. Dolores Denman Lady Justice Award for Lifetime Achievement. Eagan is a partner in the law firm of Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel LLP in Buffalo, NY, specializing in estate planning, trusts and estate administration, surrogate's court practice and elder law, including guardianship proceedings. She is president of the board of directors of Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled and Disadvantaged of Western New York, and a Buffalo resident.

Patricia Group-Ryder, B.S. 1985, is currently a business analyst with Dupont. She resides in Grand Island, NY, with her husband, Richard.

Donald J. Kolva, B.S. 1985 & P.E. 1985, was named CEO of Accelerated Technology Laboratories Inc. in West End, NC. The company focuses on the manufacture and sale of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) for analytical and clinical testing laboratories. The company, which also provides consulting and instrument integration services, was founded in California's Silicon Valley; it recently relocated to North Carolina and also opened a second office in Reno, NV.

Christine Paszko, B.S. 1985, has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing at Accelerated Technology Laboratories Inc., a firm that specializes in laboratory automation and offers a variety of data management software solutions to analytical and clinical laboratories. She received her B.S. in medical technology, and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Maryland. She resides in Seven Lakes, NC.

Sarlyn Tate, M.S.W. 1985, has been appointed executive director of Mid-Erie Counseling and Treatment Services by its board of directors. Mid-Erie provides an array of mental health and chemical dependency treatment, education and support services, and offers a continuum of community-based services for children, adults and their families. Tate currently serves as secretary for the Erie County Child Mental Health Consortium, treasurer of the University at Buffalo Social Work Alumni Association, and member of the board of directors of Camp Fire Boys and Girls of Buffalo and Erie County. She is a New York State certified social worker and a Buffalo resident.

Robert Bornstein, Ph.D. 1986, a professor of psychology at Gettysburg College, has been elected by his peers as a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) for 2001. APA fellows are selected for their exceptional and outstanding contributions to the research, teaching or practice of psychology. Fellows must also demonstrate the national impact of their work, such as numerous research-based publications, leadership roles within psychology, or community service in their clinical practice.

Diane Devlin, J.D. 1986 & B.A. 1982, who had been appointed in January 2000 to fill a vacancy, was elected to a full 10-year term as a Buffalo, NY, City Court Judge. She will continue to work with all segments of the community to improve the city's aging housing stock. She resides in Buffalo.

Rita Hubbard-Robinson, J.D. 1986, has been named executive director of the new Buffalo Commission on Citizen Rights and Community Relations. Hubbard-Robinson has an extensive background in community service and youth education programs. In addition to promoting racial and ethnic harmony in the city, the commission will be responsible for overseeing the training and discipline of police officers.

Lisa Pawlowski, B.S. 1986, has been elected president of the Institute of Management Accountants' Buffalo chapter. She is a financial analyst at Comtek Federal Systems and a resident of Williamsville, NY.

Christopher Van Vessem, B.A. 1986, is director of annual giving at Elmira (NY) College's Office of Development and Alumni Relations. He is responsible for the college's $1,000,000+ annual fund and will be assisting with its next capital campaign, celebrating Elmira College's sesquicentennial. He lives in Elmira.

Paul Wright, B.F.A. 1986, president of Lighthouse Music Group, recently announced the formation and launch of Lighthouse Records as part of Zomba Recording Company's family of labels. Lighthouse Records will be dedicated to releasing "Praise & Worship" and other inspirational concept projects. Wright will continue to maintain his relationship with Verity Records as an A&R consultant working with Verity's roster of artists. He resides in Williamsville, NY.

Gil Adams, B.S. 1988, is a physician assistant practicing primary care medicine. He specializes in HIV and is conducting research on a first phase III HIV vaccine in a nationwide program. He works at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, NY, and lives in Amherst, NY.

John Febbo, B.A. 1988, is a senior airport planner at Sacramento (CA) International Airport, specializing in design review, capital improvement projects, surrounding land use issues and other aspects of airport planning. He is also an appointed member of the City of Sacramento's Design Review and Preservation Board, reviewing new development projects in the central city and preservation areas. Febbo lives in Sacramento.

James Morrell, M.U.P. 1988 & B.A. 1986, superintendent of route planning with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, plans Metro Bus routes in Erie and Niagara Counties and oversees bus service for the Buffalo Board of Education. He is also a member of the Buffalo (NY) Planning Board, a part-time instructor in UB's School of Architecture and Planning and a board member of "A Taste of Buffalo." He resides in Buffalo.

Penny Munschauer, J.D. 1988, was cochair of the Buffalo (NY) Seminary's 150th anniversary inaugural event and had a major role in organizing the 2000 lecture in Buffalo by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anna Quindlen. She lives in Buffalo with her husband, Richard, and their daughter.

Suoying Feng, M.B.A. 1989, is financial controller at Honestwin Limited in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, where he resides.

James LoVallo, B.A. 1989, has been named vice president of sales and marketing for Battistoni Products Co. Inc., an Italian specialty meat manufacturer. He lives in East Amherst, NY.

Tim Teicher, B.A. 1989, has been promoted to west region manager at Jacuzzi Whirlpool Bath, where he will manage the sales operations of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Mexico. He resides in Houston, TX.

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