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1950s

Dolores (Jarecke) Hinckley, BS 1952, is working as a mediator in Rochester, N.Y., specializing in divorce mediation. She lives in Pittsford, N.Y.

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1960s

David Schoales, BA 1969, was elected to represent the Windham County Region on the board of the Vermont School Boards Association. He resides in Brattleboro, Vt.

1970s

Kenneth Ettinger, BA 1974, was selected as a Top Doc for 2016 by Portland Monthly, the fifth time he has received that honor. He lives in Portland, Ore.

Christopher Greene, MBA 1975 & JD 1974, a partner at Barclay Damon LLP, was named chair of the Erie County Bar Foundation’s 2015 annual campaign. He resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Lawrence Katz, BA 1975, joined Hirschler Fleischer as a partner. Katz will lead the firm’s bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice. He lives in Springfield, Va.

Marc Shapiro, BS 1978, joined e-commerce company iHerb as vice president of human resources. He resides in Temecula, Calif.

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1980s

Arthur Finegold, MS 1981 & BA 1972, was honored as the Salvador Dali Museum’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year at its annual volunteer appreciation event. Finegold has been a docent at the museum since 2011 and regularly provides public, private, specialty and school tours. He lives in St. Petersburg, Fla.  

Jonathan Cox, BA 1984, an associate at Cohen & Lombardo Attorneys, was named a super lawyer in personal injury defense for Upstate New York by Super Lawyers magazine. He resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

David Evans, MBA 1984, accepted a position with MB Financial Bank as a senior loan officer. He lives in Hamburg, N.Y.

Shane Farolino, BA 1985, a partner at Roetzel & Andress, was named a 2016 Ohio Super Lawyer in the field of environmental law by Super Lawyers magazine. He resides in Canton, Ohio.

Daniel Southwick, BS 1986, joined Dewberry, a professional services firm, as senior vice president. He lives in Apex, N.C.

Mary Chapin, BA 1989, was named vice president and chief legal officer of the National Student Clearinghouse, a provider of higher education verifications and electronic education record exchanges. She resides in Herndon, Va.

1990s

Ricardo Herrera, MSW 1992, is executive director of the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers Inc. He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Michael Fallacaro, DNS 1993 & MS 1984, was chosen as a 2015 fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Fallacaro is a tenured professor and chair of the department of nurse anesthesia at the School of Allied Health Professions at Virginia Commonwealth University. He resides in Richmond, Va.

Michelle (Betha) Webb, BS 1996, was appointed director of the occupational therapy assistant program at South University in High Point, N.C. She lives in Cornelius, N.C.

Michael Waskiewicz, BA 1998, joined Burr & Forman as a partner and member of the firm’s creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practices. He resides in St. Johns, Fla.

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2000s

Victoria Jayes, BS 2003, joined The Martin Group as a senior brand manager. She lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Christopher Kicinski, BS 2003, a certified public accountant and certified financial planner, was named partner at Sandhill Investment Management. He resides in Clarence Center, N.Y.

Michelle O’Bar, MSW 2003, joined Novant Health Bariatric Solutions as a therapist. She lives in Greenville, N.C.

Laura Cooley, BS 2004, joined Brock Schechter & Polakoff LLP as a financial adviser. Cooley previously managed her own practices in Vermont and New York. She resides in West Seneca, N.Y.

Richard Filipink, PhD 2004, MA 1996 & BA 1992, was promoted to professor of history at Western Illinois University. He lives in Macomb, Ill.

James Youngs, BA 2004, was promoted to partner at Hancock Estabrook LLP. Youngs is a member of the firm’s litigation practice. He resides in Syracuse, N.Y.

Rachel Lerner, EdM 2005 & BA 2003, was named dean of student life and conduct at Bergen Community College. She lives in Pearl River, N.Y.

Christopher Poole, JD 2005, was recognized as a rising star for Upstate New York by Super Lawyers magazine. Poole is an associate at Cohen & Lombardo Attorneys. He resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Michelle Rainka, PharmD 2005, received the Stephen Kelly Award for Professionals on the Move from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Upstate New York Chapter at its annual Champions on the Move luncheon. Rainka is a clinical pharmacist at DENT Neurological Institute. She lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Robert Whitaker, JD 2005, a partner at Hancock Estabrook LLP, was selected as a rising star for Upstate New York by Super Lawyers magazine. He resides in Camilus, N.Y.

Lekisha Griffin, PharmD 2006, opened New Clinton Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy located in Rochester, N.Y. She lives in Pittsford, N.Y.

John Godwin, JD 2007 & BA 2004, was elected partner at Hodgson Russ. He resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

2010s

Kellie Barbato, MLS 2011, joined Roberts Wesleyan College as an outreach librarian. She lives in Rochester, N.Y.

Cameron Bernard, BS 2011, joined Bousquet Holstein PLLC as an associate attorney. Bernard previously served as a law student associate at the firm. He resides in Liverpool, N.Y.

Bianca (Acevedo) Shaw, MUP 2012, accepted a fellowship position with UB RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water) as a senior research support specialist. She lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Karrie HusVar, MSW 2013, is a counselor with Williamson County Adult Probation. She resides in Round Rock, Texas.

Brian Wilson, CAS 2013, EdM 2012 & BA 2011, joined the Lockport City School District as a school counselor. He lives in Lockport, N.Y.

Jennifer Ball, EMBA 2014, was appointed chief financial officer of Aspire WNY. She resides in Tonawanda, N.Y.

Emily Butler, BFA 2014, joined The Martin Group as a front-end Web developer. She lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Mark Kline, PhD 2014, a co-founder of X-Therma Inc., received the Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award, presented by the Los Angeles Business Journal, on behalf of the company. He resides in El Cerrito, Calif.

Michael Redfern, EMBA 2014 & EdM 2003, accepted a position as associate dean and chief operating officer of the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions. He lives in Grand Island, N.Y.

Xiaoxi Wei, PhD 2014, a co-founder of X-Therma Inc., received a Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award, presented by the Los Angeles Business Journal, on behalf of the company. She resides in El Cerrito, Calif.

Paula Cummings, MSW 2015, joined Hillside Children’s Center as a transition coordinator, working with adolescents in residential treatment. She lives in Rochester, N.Y.

Elizabeth Lakota, PharmD 2015 & MS 2015, took second place at the 2015 International Polymyxin Combinations Conference. She resides in Schenectady, N.Y.

Brigid Purcell, MS 2015 & BS 2014, joined Brock, Schechter & Polakoff LLP as an accountant. She lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

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