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1990s Classnotes

Renee Salvadore, Ed.M. 1990, has been appointed probationary assistant principal at Maryvale High School by the school's board. Salvadore is state-certified in school administration and supervision. She lives in Alden, NY.

William Sheridan, B.A. 1990, has been named electronic communications manager at the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. He will be responsible for developing and maintaining website content and electronic communications strategies. Sheridan has ten years' experience in electronic and print journalism. He resides in Anneslie, MD.

Evie Weinstein, Ed.M. 1990, has been named assistant director of the Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE). She is the coordinator of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, which this past year saw its enrollment increase dramatically. She directs the teacher resource center and supervises the bureau's community-wide programs with the BJE's new retreat coordinator. Weinstein's new duties include administrative tasks with the High School of Jewish Studies and outreach in the Buffalo community. A resident of Amherst, NY, she is also the director of children and youth services at the Jewish Community Center and the assistant director of Camp Lakeland.

Mark Cieslinski, B.A. 1991, has been promoted to director of sales, National Accounts-U.S. Sales Division at the Mentholatum Company Inc. in Orchard Park, NY, a division of Rohto Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. Headquartered in Osaka, Japan, Rohto conducts business in more than 150 countries worldwide marketing over-the-counter health-care products. In his new position, Cieslinski manages the business teams responsible for sales accounts in the mass merchandiser trade channel. Accounts in this trade channel include Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart. Cieslinski and his wife, Cindy, live in Hamburg, NY, with their two daughters.

Deborah Muhlbauer, J.D. 1991, has been installed as the 16th president of the Western New York chapter of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York. She is a principal of Bluestein & Muhlbauer PC in Williamsville, NY, where she specializes in federal and state tax practice and procedure and estate planning. She resides in Hamburg, NY.

Susan Gullo Brophy, B.A. 1992, received her master's of science degree in higher education administration from the University of Rochester, Margaret Warner School of Education and Human Development. Currently she is assistant director/coordinator of counseling services for Upward Bound, a program sponsored by the Monroe Community College department of education in Rochester. She was also appointed to the board of directors of the Junior League of Rochester. She resides in Henrietta, NY, with her husband, Christopher Brophy, B.A. 1992.

David Cristantello, Ph.D. 1992 & Ed.M. 1976, has been appointed vice president for external relations and development at Daemen College. In this position, he will be responsible for all operations at the college relating to external fund-raising. He lives in Amherst, NY.

Ira Levy, J.D. 1992 & M.B.A. 1992, has opened a law practice in White Plains, NY, which is focused exclusively on real property taxation and assessment issues. He is also tax certiorari counsel to Murphy, Stecich & Powell LLP, and to Snyder & Snyder, both in Tarrytown, NY. Between the two firms, Levy represents eight Westchester municipalities in real property taxation litigation. He and his wife, Maggie, are residents of White Plains.

Gregory Olma, J.D. 1992 & B.A. 1984, is currently an Erie County, NY, legislator. He is a Democrat who has represented the East Side of Buffalo in the legislature for nearly 10 years. He lives in Buffalo.

Hugh Russ, B.A. 1992 & J.D. 1987, a partner in the Buffalo, NY, general litigation firm Hodgson Russ, has been elected to serve on the board of directors of Homespace Corporation. He resides in Amherst, NY.

John Shea, B.A. 1992, and his wife, Marie Shea, B.A. 1992, are cofounders of the Shea Ministries Inc. (TSM), in Grand Island, NY. The Shea Ministries is a nonprofit corporation established in 1999 and registered in the State of New York. TSM is a conservative Judeo-Christian education movement that supports affiliated ministries. The Sheas live in Grand Island.

Martin Clarke, B.S. 1993, is assistant vice president at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, NY. He lives with his wife and son in Smithtown, NY.

Donald Cole, M.B.A. 1993 & B.S. 1992, graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in May 2000. He is working as an associate at the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, DC.

Claire Jones, M.B.A. 1993, has been named director of college relations for Buffalo State College. She will be responsible for the college's publications, web presence, internal communications, marketing and advertising.

Anne Marie Will, M.B.A. 1993, has joined the firm of Lumsden & McCormick LLP, certified public accountants and advisors, as an accountant in the auditing and accounting department. Will has successfully completed and passed all four parts of the Uniform Certified Public Accounting exam. She resides in Amherst, NY.

Robert Gerulat, B.A. 1994, has been appointed director of SUNY Empire State College's FORUM/West, a management education degree program. Gerulat has extensive information technology experience, having provided corporate-wide information management, sales management and technology leadership to both computer and insurance companies. He lives in Cheektowaga, NY.

Jordana Gottlieb-Weiss, B.A. 1994, was promoted to assistant director of planning and agency relations at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, where she has worked for four years. Her responsibilities include allocating funds and evaluating the delivery of services in the area of formal Jewish education throughout metro Detroit. She serves as the staff person for the Max M. Fisher Jewish Community Foundation that provides start-up grants for innovative programs in the Jewish community. She lives in Southfield, MI, with her husband, David, and their two children.

Roshelle L. Lewis, M.S.W. 1994 & B.A. 1977, child protection coordinator in the Erie County Department of Social Services, the highest-ranking post held there by an African American, began with the department as a welfare examiner in 1979. She is financial secretary in the Buffalo chapter of the Links and for the past two years has cochaired the group's annual walk-a-thon to benefit hungry and homeless people.

Debra L. Smith, B.S. 1994 & B.A. 1993, has graduated from the New York Institute of Massage as a massage therapist. She resides in Chandler, AZ, with her husband, Michael T. Smith, B.A. 1994 & B.S. 1994, who has begun a four-year program for naturopathic medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Tempe, AZ. A naturopathic doctor has a similar educational background to that of a medical doctor, but takes a more holistic approach to medicine.

Cynthia Van Ness, M.L.S. 1994, a local history librarian at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, has written a book and maintains a website on all things Buffalo. The book, Victorian Buffalo, is a compilation of old steel engravings, wood cuts and lithographs. (See description in "Read On!" Spring/Summer 2000 issue of UB Today.) The website "Off the Beaten Cyber Path: Unexpected Buffalo Websites," is filled with information and offbeat bits about Buffalo, where she also resides.

Kathleen Heckman, M.B.A. 1995 & B.A. 1992, has been promoted to associate director of alumni relations in UB's Office of Alumni Relations. In her new role, she will be responsible for developing and enhancing membership, affinity marketing and sponsorship programs. In addition, Heckman will be responsible for the internal operations of the alumni office, where she has worked since 1996. In her previous role, she was alumni news director for UB Today. She resides in Williamsville, NY, with her husband, Andrew.

Keith J. Parwulski, A.A.S. 1995, has been promoted to assistant vice president/retail sales manager at First Niagara Bank, where he will oversee the sales activities of 22 branches, a telephone service center and a life insurance and annuity program. Parwulski is a member of the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara County Inc. He lives in Clarence, NY, with his wife, Celia, and their two children.

Meron Langsner, B.A. 1996, graduated with an M.A. in performance studies from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He was honored as the banner bearer of his department at the Tisch Graduate Salute.

Nancy A. Cunningham, M.L.S. 1997, Ph.D. 1980, M.A. 1977 & B.S. 1969, has been appointed medical library administrator in the department of educational affairs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She will supervise and direct personnel, fiscal and budgetary planning and operations of the Dr. Edwin A. Mirand Library, which has one of the largest collections of cancer-related materials in New York State, with more than 95,000 volumes of journals, serials, monographs and audiovisual materials.

Melissa Morgano, B.P.S. 1997, has joined the structural engineering group at Trautman Associates, a Western New York architectural, engineering, planning and interior design firm.

Darren Ascone, B.S. 1998, is the chief executive officer of the two-year-old company Chek.com, a company that provides electronic communications infrastructure to more than four million users. He resides in Voorheesville, NY.

Richard L. Stark, J.D. 1998, M.S. 1994 & B.A. 1992, has joined the Buffalo, NY, law firm of Damon & Morey LLP as an associate attorney practicing in the litigation department, where he will handle matters involving the defense of professional negligence cases against hospitals and physicians, as well as municipal liability matters. He is a member of the Erie County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association and lives in Williamsville, NY.

Cindy Coleman, M.S. 1999, has been hired as nurse practitioner for the School of Vocational Technology campus of Alfred State College in Wellsville, NY. In this capacity, Coleman provides health services to the students enrolled on the Vocational Technology campus, provides appropriate references for student needs, and follows established policies and procedures regarding student health services. She lives in Almond, NY, with her husband, Paul, and four children.

Thomas LaFleur, B.A. 1999, has been named director of the annual fund at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. His new duties will include execution of the annual fund drive, management of fund-raising efforts in eight divisions and responsibility for developing an annual giving plan, which addresses the college's needs. He resides in Buffalo.

Patrick Stafford, J.D. 1999, inspector at the Buffalo Police Department, is the new commander of the force's professional standards division. Stafford wants to build bridges of trust so that if individuals file complaints of police misconduct, they can leave his office feeling confident that their matter will be thoroughly investigated. He lives in West Seneca, NY.

Daniel Thayne, B.S. 1999, has joined the structural engineering group at Trautman Associates, a Western New York architectural, engineering, planning and interior design firm. Thayne is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers and the National Association of Corrosion Engineers.

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