Class notes by the Decade

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Joseph P. Esposito, BA 1975, partner at Hunton & Williams LLP, was elected to the board of directors of the Student Press Law Center. Esposito is a UB College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council member. He resides in Bethesda, Md.

Tony Formato, BS 1979, joined Marketing Technologies of Western New York LLC (Marketing Tech) as an account director. Previously, Formato was responsible for international business development at Speed Global Services. He lives in Getzville, N.Y.


Mark McAnany, BS 1983, was elected chair of the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York. He resides in Spencerport, N.Y.

Ira Goldstein, BA 1985, was honored by the Simon Wiesenthal Center at its 9/11 Commemoration Honoring Heroes for Tolerance. Goldstein is the executive director of The Black Car Fund, a workers’ compensation fund for more than 19,000 independent contractor black car and limousine drivers in the New York metropolitan area. He lives in Bayside, N.Y.

James Kennedy, JD 1988, was named acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York. He previously served as first assistant U.S. attorney. He resides in Grand Island, N.Y. 

James Pownall, BA 1988, was awarded a doctoral degree in applied linguistics from the University of Barcelona. He is a professor of English as a second language at Universitat Ramon Llull. He lives in Barcelona, Spain.

John Rougas, BS 1988, was promoted to assistant vice president of information services at Albany Medical Center. He resides in Loudonville, N.Y.

Thomas Ostrowski, BA 1989, was recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2017. Ostrowski is a partner at Tucker Ellis LLP. He lives in Strongsville, Ohio.

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Todd Wegerski, BS 1990, was named clinic director for six offices of The Joint Chiropractic in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. He resides in Cary, N.C.

Laura Colca, JD 1993 & BA 1990, was named to the Kenmore Mercy Foundation Board of Trustees. Colca is special counsel at Goldberg Segalla and a member of the Erie County Bar Association, American Business Women’s Association and Western New York Chapter of Business Network International. She lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Elizabeth Adelman, MLS 1994 & BA 1992, was elected to the American Association of Law Libraries Executive Board. Adelman works at the Charles B. Sears Law Library at the University at Buffalo School of Law. She resides in Getzville, N.Y. 

David Bomzer, BS 1994, joined Cantor Colburn LLP as counsel in the firm’s Hartford office. He lives in West Hartford, Conn.

Molly Harrington, BA 1995, accepted a position with Vatica Health as a clinician. Harrington is also an adjunct professor of psychology at Erie Community College and serves as new member adviser for the UB chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau-Epsilon Mu. She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Jon Stauff, PhD 1995 & MA 1990, was appointed vice provost for global education at Monmouth University. Before entering college administration, Stauff was a professor of history at St. Ambrose University. He lives in Toms River, N.J.

Laura Sulem, BA 1995, was named director of litigation at Practical Law, a Thomson Reuters company that provides legal resources to practicing attorneys. She resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.

William Boltrek III, BA 1997, was elected a stockholder at the law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt PA. Boltrek joined the practice as an attorney in 2013. He lives in Fort Myers, Fla.

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Jehan Joonoos, BS 2003, was promoted to senior project manager in the arts and culture division of E.W. Howell Construction Group. He has worked on a variety of projects with the company, including the New York Botanical Garden, Century Association, Brooklyn Museum and Waldorf Astoria. He lives in Staten Island, N.Y.


Jennifer Insalaco, BS 2000, was named partner at the accounting firm Brock, Schechter & Polakoff LLP. Insalaco has 16 years of experience in public accounting and has worked with the firm for 10 years. She resides in Amherst, N.Y.

Kevin Majchrowicz, BS 2002, was named partner at the accounting firm Brock, Schechter & Polakoff LLP. He is the assistant treasurer of the Lancaster-Depew Baseball League and a past board member of the Family Justice Center of Erie County. He lives in Lancaster, N.Y.

Jessica Wolfrum, BA 2002, starred as the Lady in Green and Olga Mara in Marriott Theatre’s production of “Singin’ in the Rain.” She resides in Chicago, Ill.

Dan Weinstein, BA 2003, was promoted to director, strategy and competitive intelligence, at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. Most recently, Weinstein served as manager, competitive intelligence. He resides in Amherst, N.Y.

Joel Thompson, BA 2004, was named director of budget and operations at Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts. He lives in Kingwood, Texas.

Shafiq Jalal, MBA 2005, was promoted to senior manager at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP. He lives in Clarence Center, N.Y.

Susan Mund, MBA 2005, joined Hamister Group LLC as SharePoint administrator. She resides in Williamsville, N.Y.

Meagan Fitzgerald, BS 2006, was promoted to senior manager at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP. She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Peter Ruocco, MBA 2009 & MS 2009, principal at the accounting firm Brock, Schechter & Polakoff LLP, was named a board member and treasurer of the Buffalo Shamrocks Hockey Club Board of Directors. He lives in Buffalo, NY. 


Andrea Patterson, BA 2011 & BS 2011, was honored as a distinguished alumni member by the Niagara Falls City School District. A cancer researcher, Patterson is pursuing her doctoral degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology at The Ohio State University. She resides in Columbus, Ohio. 

Jennifer Eldridge, MLS 2013, was promoted from youth services supervisor to director at Longview Public Library. She lives in Tatum, Texas. 

Joseph Elhage, MS 2013 & BS 2012, joined Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP as a senior accountant. He resides in Amherst, N.Y.

Adam Cardinal, MS 2014 & BS 2013, was promoted to senior accountant at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP. He lives in Lockport, N.Y.

Augustina Droze, MFA 2015, joined BoxHeart Gallery’s presentation “Emergent Patterns,” an art exhibition that celebrates the concept of wise conservation, in particular, the impact of the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act. She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

David Harary, BA 2015, founder and executive director of the Center for Development and Strategy, was named a Top 30 Under 30 Leader in Sustainability by Corporate Knights, a Canadian magazine and company. Harary is working toward a master’s of science in sustainability management at the University of Toronto. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Kylie Arcara, MS 2016 & BS 2015, joined Brock, Schechter & Polakoff LLP as a staff accountant. Arcara will work on accounting and taxation engagements. She resides in Amherst, N.Y.

Diana Emran, BS 2016, joined Schunk, Wilson & Co. Certified Public Accountants PC as a staff accountant. She lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Zhi Ting Phua, BA 2016, was hired by the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy as a marketing and communications coordinator. She resides in Amherst, N.Y.

Aimee Plante, MArch 2016, joined the Phinney Design Group, a multidisciplinary architecture, interior design, green building consulting and construction management firm. She lives in Watertown, N.Y.

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