Zielinski Elected President of UB Alumni Association

By Barbara A. Byers

Release Date: June 5, 2009

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Larry Zielinski of Elma has been elected as president of the UB Alumni Association for 2009-11.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Larry Zielinski of Elma, who earned two degrees from the University at Buffalo, has been elected to serve a two-year term as president of the UB Alumni Association.

Zielinski, president of the Buffalo General Hospital and the Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York, received a master of business administration degree in 1977 and a bachelor of arts degree in sociology in 1975.

Other officers elected for the 2009-11 term are: Timothy P. Lafferty, B.S. '86, of East Aurora, regional sales manager, ModPac Corporation, first vice president and chair of the alumni association's communication-marketing committee and strategic planning committee; Thomas A. Palmer, J.D. '75, M.B.A. '71, of East Amherst, partner and vice chairman for Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP, chair, financial resource management committee; Peter J. Grogan, B.S. '81, of East Aurora, senior vice president, Harold C. Brown & Co., LLC, chair, audit committee; Kathleen Kaney, M.B.A. '96, B.A. '94, of Charlotte, N.C., vice president, Carolinas Health Care System, chair and chapter leader representative, chapter committee; Kimberly J. Pustulka, B.S. '97, of Lakewood, Ohio, associate at Jones Day in Cleveland, Ohio, vice chair, chapter committee; Nancy M. Battaglia, M.B.A. '96, B.S. '89, of West Seneca, director, human resources, University at Buffalo, chair, alumni programs and events committee; Carol A. Gloff, B.S. '75, of Natick, Mass., president, Carol Gloff & Associates, chair, development committee; Clifton M. Bergfeld, J.D. '08, B.A. '01, of Buffalo, associate, Watson Bennett Cooligan Johnson & Schechter, LLP, chair, government relations committee; Alison Wagner, J.D. '00, of Brooklyn, associate counsel, NHL Media, National Hockey League, chair, membership committee; and Kristin E.M. Riemer, M.A. '01, of Akron, paraplanner, Ameriprise Financial, chair, volunteer relations committee.

At-large members elected are: Joseph J. Abdallah, E.M.B.A. '07, B.A. '91, of Buffalo, executive director, Leadership Buffalo; Willie R. Evans, Ed.B. '60, of Buffalo, special advisor; James M. Militello, B.A. '79, of Gainesville, Va., sports broadcaster, Associated Press; and Mary Garlick Roll, M.S. '88, B.S. '84, of Williamsville, clinical science liaison, Celgene North East.

Newly elected members of the board of directors are Michael A. Anderson, B.S. '97, of Hamburg, associate vice president, sales manager, HSBC Center; Mariam Assefa, Ed.M. '79, of New York City, executive director and CEO, World Education Services, Inc.; George A. Cleary, M.A. '85, B.S. '84, of Orlando, Fla., managing director, Platinum Sports Management LLC; Eric Evans, Attended, of Washington, D.C., managing director, E-Squared Communications; Nicholas J. Fabozzi, B.S. '87, of Williamsville, partner, Tronconi Segarra & Associates; Paul R. Hammer, B.A. '78, of Williamsville, owner, Hammer Financial Group; Kenneth M. Jones, M.A. '84, of Perry Hall, Md., vice president, finance and administration, Annie E. Casey Foundation; Ruth Kleinman, B.A. '05, of Port Chester, N.Y., program director, Hillels of Westchester; Matthew E. LaSota, B.A. '04, of Buffalo, director, entertainment and promotions, Buffalo Bisons; Wayne M. Nelligan, Attended, of Cheektowaga, chief software architect, The PCA Group, Inc.; Melissa Palmucci, Ed.M. '04, B.A. '01, of Schenectady, director, campus MBA programs, University of Albany; and Charles A. Smilinich, Ed.M. '07, Ed.M. '03 and B.A. '01, of Tonawanda, administrative assistant, math specialists, Williamsville Central School District.

The UB Alumni Association is a volunteer-led international organization that provides ongoing service to alumni and a focus of alumni support for, and service to, UB, its students, faculty and staff. For more information, visit http://www.alumni.buffalo.edu.

The University at Buffalo, which has more than 200,000 alumni worldwide, is a premier research-intensive public university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.