Class notes by the Decade

Person to Person


Jerry Hiller, BA 1969, received a lifetime achievement award from Financial Executives International and the Rochester Business Journal in May. He resides in Rushville, N.Y.


David Klein, BA 1971, was honored in June by the American Medical Association with the Jack B. McConnell MD award for Excellence in Volunteerism. An ophthalmologist who co-founded the Virginia B. Andes Community Clinic in Port Charlotte, Fla., Klein lives in Punta Gorda, Fla.

Clarence Sundram, JD 1972, received the President’s Award from the American Network of Community Options and Resources Foundation at its annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, in May. ANCOR is an organization serving more than 600,000 people with disabilities nationwide. Sundram resides in Delmar, N.Y.

Peter Kadzik, BA 1974, former assistant attorney general in the Office of Legislative Affairs in the Obama administration, joined Venable LLP as partner in the government division of its Washington, D.C., office. He resides in Washington, D.C.


Wayne Neu, PhD 1981, MS 1981 & BS 1977, associate professor of aerospace and ocean engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of associate professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. Neu lives in Blacksburg, Va.

Shane Farolino, BA 1985, was named a leading lawyer in the field of natural resources and environmental law by the Chambers USA guide to the legal profession. He lives in Canton, Ohio.

David Rose, BS 1985, was promoted to senior vice president at Marsh Risk Consulting, where he provides ergonomics and workplace safety consulting services to Fortune 500 clients. He resides in Holland, Pa.

Michael Mistriner, BPS 1986, a member of the American Institute of Architects, joined Clark Patterson Lee as principal and vice president. His primary focus will be on business development and growth of the higher education practice in the Buffalo Niagara region and across New York State. He resides in Youngstown, N.Y.

Virginia Vanderslice, PhD 1986, faculty member at the Center for Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania, was honored with the life service award from the Employee Stock Ownership Plan Association. She lives in Philadelphia, Pa.

Gregory Lisi, BA 1989, a partner with the Uniondale, N.Y., law firm of Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP, was recently selected as a Top Ten Legal Eagle by LI Pulse Magazine. The annual Legal Eagle issue highlights top-rated lawyers from Nassau and Suffolk counties. He resides in Uniondale, N.Y.

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Christopher B. Fisher, BA 1990, was appointed managing partner of Cuddy & Feder LLP. He is also chairman of the firm’s telecommunications group, a practice he founded. Fisher lives in Ridgefield, Conn.

Daniel M. Laufer, BS 1991, just completed a three-year term as head of the school of marketing and international business at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in that country. He resides in Wellington, New Zealand.

Mark Steiner, JD 1991, has received a lifetime achievement designation among America’s Top 100 Attorneys. He is founder of Law Offices of Mark F. Steiner LLC, and his practice focuses solely on injured workers at the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board. He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Leigh Feuerstein, BS 1994, has been elected to serve on the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Board of Directors. FARE is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization working on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies. Feuerstein resides in Manalapan, N.J.

William H. Dresnack, JD 1997, is serving a three-year term as a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants Board of Directors. Dresnack is an associate professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and he resides in Brockport, N.Y.

David Serra, MD 1998 & BS 1994, has been appointed associate medical director for Catholic Medical Partners. He is a founding partner of Buffalo-Niagara Hospitalists LLC and is in private practice as a hospitalist at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Serra lives in Clarence Center, N.Y.


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Derek Nichols, MUP 2010, BA 2007, featured in the summer issue of At Buffalo as the director of education and outreach for Grassroots Gardens WNY, has now rejoined the UB family as sustainability engagement coordinator. Nichols works with students, faculty and staff to reduce UB’s environmental footprint and enhance quality of life. He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Sherry DelleBovi, CEL 2001 & BS 1983, a partner with Lumsden McCormick CPA, received a distinguished service award from the Buffalo chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) at its annual dinner in April. She is a past president of the Buffalo chapter of NYSSCPA and also served at the state level. DelleBovi resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Janet O’Leary, BA 2001, a Realtor who specializes in second homes and condominiums, has joined the Sarasota office of RE/MAX Alliance Group. She was previously with Wagner Realty, where she earned a 2017 Rising Star award. She lives in Sarasota, Fla.

Jennifer Weidner, JD 2002, was sworn into admission to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Weidner is now eligible to legally represent cases that come before the Supreme Court and to attend oral arguments in other cases. She resides in Victor, N.Y.

Drew Willy, BA 2009, signed a one-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes to become their newest quarterback. Willy is a former UB quarterback playing his sixth season in the Canadian Football League. He lives in Tampa, Fla.


Padraic Walsh, JD.

Padraic Walsh, JD 2017, served as chair for the 2017 Continental Youth Championships Gaelic Games, held for the first time in Western New York. Walsh participated in securing Buffalo as the host of the 2017 Gaelic Games, as well as organizing, marketing and financing the event. The games brought in 3,000 athletes, an estimated 18,000 visitors and nearly $2 million in economic impact to the area. Walsh resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Edward A. Rick, PMBA 2012 & BS 2008, has been promoted to director, consumer and digital/interactive marketing for Tops Friendly Markets. Rick also will oversee all Tops sponsorships and sports marketing efforts. He resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Steven D. Briggs, EMBA 2014, was appointed vice president of sales for Dynabrade. Previously he served as the company’s territory manager, product manager, international sales director and global key accounts manager. Briggs lives in East Amherst, N.Y

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