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Herbert Lubick, BS 1958, retired from his career in pharmacy. He now volunteers with the San Diego Police Department, working with motorists involved in driving infractions. He lives in San Diego, Calif.


Albert Wertheimer, MBA 1967 & BS 1965, was elected a fellow of the International Pharmacy Federation. He resides in Blue Bell, Pa.

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Donald Rowe, PhD 1971 & BA 1966, was awarded the 2015 New York State Public Health Association Biggs Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in public health. Rowe serves as the director of the Office of Public Health Practice and the public health liaison for the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions. He lives in Churchville, N.Y.

Richard Glennon, PhD 1973, was inducted into the American Chemical Society’s 2014 Division of Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame. He also received the society’s fifth annual Philip S. Portoghese Medicinal Chemistry Lectureship Award. Glennon is a professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. He resides in Midlothian, Va.


Bruce Heine, BS 1981, was promoted to senior vice president of National Fuel Resources Inc., the energy marketing segment of National Fuel. He lives in Silver Creek, N.Y.

Scott Tromanhauser, BA 1981, was appointed to the board of directors of New England Baptist Hospital. In addition to serving on the board, Tromanhauser is the hospital’s chief medical quality officer. He resides in Belmont, Mass.

Paula Ciprich, JD 1985, was promoted to senior vice president of National Fuel. She will also continue in her role as general counsel and secretary for the company. Ciprich lives in Eggertsville, N.Y.

David Miranda, BA 1985, a partner at the Albany intellectual property law firm of Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti, was named the 118th president of the New York State Bar Association. He will serve a one-year term. Miranda resides in Voorheesville, N.Y.

Norma Nowak, PhD 1986 & MS 1980, received the Amherst Chamber of Commerce’s Sponsors Award. Nowak is executive director of UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and the founder and chief scientific officer of Empire Genomics. Nowak and her company were chosen for their outstanding contributions to the region. She lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

James A. O’Connor, BS 1986, was named vice president and senior relationship manager of commercial banking for KeyBank’s Central New York market. He resides in Clay, N.Y.


Kelly O’Neil, BA 1990, was promoted from executive assistant to communications and donor relations supervisor at the Food Bank of Western New York. She lives in Lancaster, N.Y.

John Craik, JD 1994, was named executive director of the P2 Collaborative of Western New York. Craik most recently worked as outreach coordinator for Fallon Health Weinberg. He resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Monique Drucker, EdM 1995, was promoted from associate vice president of student affairs to vice president and dean of students at Quinnipiac University. Drucker joined Quinnipiac in 1996 as the assistant director of student activities. She lives in Wallingford, Conn.

Paul Smokowski, MSW 1995, BA 1991 & BA 1990, was appointed dean of the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas. He resides in Lawrence, Kan.

Scott Lavis, MSW 1996, joined Kline Galland Community Based Services as a hospice and palliative care liaison. He lives in Seattle, Wash.

Andrew Hawkins, BA 1998, joined CNL Commercial Real Estate as senior vice president. He resides in Jacksonville, Fla.

Tracy Panzarella, MA 1999 & BA 1997, was honored by the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association with the Distinguished Service Award. Panzarella is the director of clinical services at Autism Services Inc. She lives in Amherst, N.Y

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Monique Stays, MSW 2001 & BA 1998, joined the Evergreen Association as a supportive counselor. She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Laurie Oltramari, MArch 2003, was named executive director of the Batavia Business Improvement District. She previously served as assistant director for the organization. Oltramari lives in Batavia, N.Y.

Kimberley Zittel-Palamara, PhD 2003 & MSW 1994, an associate professor in the SUNY Buffalo State Department of Social Work, was promoted to chair of the department. She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Leana Scibetta, MSW 2004, joined the Hawaii State Department of Education as a district social worker. She lives in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Zachary Benjamin, JD 2005, joined the law firm of Costello, Cooney & Fearon PLLC as a partner in the business law practice group. He resides in Skaneateles, N.Y.

Frank Conjerti, BA 2005, was promoted to creative director at Quinlan, a full-service advertising agency. He lives in Tonawanda, N.Y.

Jeremiah Yourth, BA 2005, was selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Yourth is an attorney at the law firm of Owen & Owens. He resides in Midlothian, Va.

Christina Barone, BS 2006, joined Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP as a tax manager. Barone also serves as the Buffalo chapter president of the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance. She lives in Lancaster, N.Y.

Scott Sobieraj, MD 2006 & BS 2002, joined the Cardiology Group of Western New York PC. Sobieraj is a cardiologist specializing in clinical diagnostic cardiology, cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. He resides in Clarence Center, N.Y.

Chrissy Casilio-Bluhm, BA 2008 & Cert 2008, owner of Casilio Communications, was elected president of the Clarence Rotary Club. She is the youngest person to hold the position in the 55-year history of the organization. Casilio-Bluhm lives in Williamsville, N.Y.


Lisa Petronio, BS 2010, joined Walsh Duffield Companies Inc. as vice president of retirement plan solutions. She resides in North Tonawanda, N.Y.

Kerry Atlas, EMBA 2011, was named vice president of finance and information technology at NetPlus Alliance, a buying group for industrial and contractor supplies distributors. She lives in Wilson, N.Y.

Kathleen Murphy, EdM 2011 & MBA 1993, service manager for network and classroom services at the University at Buffalo, was honored with the 2015 Emerging Leader Award from the Western New York Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education. She resides in Lancaster, N.Y.

Edward Wilczynski, MArch 2011 & BS 2008, received his professional license to practice architecture in Maryland. He works at Studio Z Design Concepts, an architectural firm that serves the D.C. metro area. He lives in Bethesda, Md.

Paula A. Madrigal, MSW 2012, joined SUNY Buffalo State’s Weigel Health Center as a wellness and prevention coordinator. Madrigal also serves as a national board representative for the National Association of Social Workers. She resides in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Bradley Loliger, JD 2013, MSW 2012 & BA 2009, is an attorney with Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled and Disadvantaged of Western New York. He previously worked for the organization as a social worker. He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Jill Baszczynski, MSW 2014, joined the New York State Child Welfare Court Improvement Project as a senior court analyst. She resides in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Gregory Koopman, PharmD 2014, was promoted to pharmacist-in-charge at CVS Pharmacy in Laurel, Md. He lives in Silver Spring, Md.

Andrew Couche, BS 2015, joined Foit-Albert Associates as a junior engineer. He resides in Williamsville, N.Y.

Sara Heron, MPH 2015 & MSW 2015, joined the University at Buffalo Department of Prospect Research as a research analyst. She lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

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