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1980s Classnotes

JoAnn Niebel, M.S.W. 1980, has been appointed to the College Council of SUNY College at Fredonia by New York State Governor George Pataki. Since June 1996, she has served as a voluntary agency liaison for the Western New York Developmental Disabilities Services Office. Her responsibilities include providing technical assistance and programmatic support to community agencies and assisting agencies in the interpretation of her office's policies, procedures and regulations. She is also a social work consultant.

Perry Schonfeld, B.S. 1980, is the senior vice president of Layton-Belling, a real estate firm in Newport Beach, Calif.

Diane Bush, M.F.A. 1981, of Henderson, Nev., is a photography professor and an artist/educator with the Diane Bush Association.

William J. Ring, M.S. 1981, was appointed president of the Long Island Water Corporation. He joined the company in 1990 as manager-engineer and was promoted to vice president in 1994. Last year, he was named executive vice president. He previously held positions with the Fairfax County (Va.) Water Authority, the American Water Works Association and Malcolm Pirnie Inc., an environmental engineering firm. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Garden City, N.Y. with their two children.

Gary Steinkohl, M.B.A. 1981, B.A. & B.S. 1980, established his own corporate consulting business, Steinkohl Consulting, focusing on training needs analysis, curriculum development, and materials delivery for the enhancement of staff skills.

Revlon Williams, B.S. 1981, a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps, serves as chief medical physicist in the Radiation Oncology Division at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Calif. He completed his master's degree in nuclear engineering sciences at the University of Florida in 1993 and is listed in the third edition of Who's Who in Science and Engineering.

Herbert James Glose, J.D. 1982, a corporate lawyer, has joined Harris Beach & Wilcox, Rochester, as a partner in the firm's Buffalo office. He will continue to concentrate on business law for private and public companies, business succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, finance, and commercial and residential real estate development. He is chairman of the corporate law committee for the Bar Association of Erie County and a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Town of Amherst Chamber of Commerce. He holds an undergraduate degree from Notre Dame University.

Brian N. Lewandowski, J.D. 1982 & B.A. 1979, has been elected president of the Buffalo Audubon Society for a two-year term through May 1999. The Buffalo Audubon Society is a local affiliate chapter of the National Audubon Society and has approximately 3,000 members; it owns, operates and manages four nature preserves in Western New York, including the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center. A managing partner of the Williamsville, N.Y., law firm of Lewandowski & Besanceney, he practices primarily in the area of corporate and business law.

Steven B. Nisberg, B.S. 1982, has been promoted to director of human resources and management at Whitehall-Robins Healthcare, makers of Advil, Robitussin and Centrum Vitamins and a division of the American Home Products Corporation, based in Madison, N.J. Nisberg was also appointed chief financial officer of District Two of the American Advertising Federation, which is based in Washington, D.C.

Bryan Banas, B.A. 1983, a former U.S. Navy pilot, is now vice president of Banas Mortgage Co. Ltd., Western New York's largest independent mortgage broker.

Bill Saunders, B.S. 1983, is the new test manager for Vela Research Inc., in St. Petersburg, Fla. His current projects include the testing and certification of Vela's new Argus 3.0 and Centaur 6.0 MPEG-2 digital video compression encoders, used in a wide variety of digital video applications, such as digital video disks and direct broadcasting satellites.

Rami S. Hanash, B.A. 1984, of Cocoa Beach, Fla., is currently employed as senior environmental attorney for the John F. Kennedy Space Center.

Michael T. O'Connor, B.A. 1984, joined Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., as director of admissions. His responsibilities will include developing, managing and evaluating the annual recruitment plan for domestic undergraduate freshman and transfer students. Previously, he served as associate director of admissions at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. He and his wife, Kathleen, have a son, Sean (5) and a daughter, Erin (3).

John Ramsay, Ph.D. 1984, was promoted to professor of educational studies by the board of trustees at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. He holds lifetime teaching licenses in both English and social studies in New York State and spent the last year observing the reading habits of third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students enrolled in the Minneapolis Public School System. He is currently writing a book about that experience.

Richard E. Gottlieb, J.D. 1985, joined the law firm of Lovell, White & Durrant in Chicago, Ill., as counsel.

Angus E. Crane, J.D. 1986, of Gaithersburg, Md., has been appointed general counsel and secretary for the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association. He will represent the association before federal and state government agencies, as well as industry allies and other organizations.

Margaret Decker, B.A. 1986, is activities director for Baird Nursing Home in Rochester, N.Y. She received a B.S. degree in therapeutic recreation from SUNY at Brockport in 1994.

Michael A. Dorfman, B.S. 1986, is the branch manager of the Stamford, Conn., branch office of Interim Technologies, which employs computer consultants for both short- and long-term assignments.

James J. Gerace Jr., B.A. 1986, is vice president for public relations at Bell Atlantic Mobile in Bedminster, N.J.

Paul J. Tronolone, B.A. 1986, is a lead environmental planner for the Buffalo office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, an international engineering and construction management company. He was previously a chief planner with Ecology & Environment Inc. His paper, "Keeping Everyone Talking: An Approach to National Environmental Policy Act Documentation for Military Base Redevelopment Projects," was published in the Federal Facilities Environmental Journal.

Felice Zoota, B.S. 1986, is quality assurance manager at Health Care Microsystems Inc. in El Segundo, Calif.

Douglas P. Carlson, B.S. 1987, is an engineer for Newport News Ship Building in Newport News, Va.

Muchlis Dasuki, Ed.M. 1987, is director of Indonesia's Bureau of International Cooperation, where he oversees the work of education and cultural attachés at embassies and consulates overseas.

Barbara Mezaki, Ed.M. 1987 & B.A. 1985, of Alta Loma, Calif., received her J.D. degree from the Southwestern University School of Law through the law school's evening program. She is currently a teacher at Mt. San Antonio College.

Jeanne Ortiz, Ph.D. 1987, is dean of students at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, located in Baltimore. She was previously dean of student life at Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas.

Timothy J. Santelli, B.A. 1987, recently graduated cum laude from the John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Ga., where he served as an associate editor for the law review. In July 1997, he celebrated his 11th anniversary with his employer, Jonap & Associates P.C. He was also appointed to the board of directors for his condominium association and will concurrently serve as a member of the association's community affairs and building and grounds committees.

Manjeet Singh, Ed.M. 1987 & 1985, B.A. 1983, is a lecturer in English as a second language at the National University of Singapore.

Ken "Buck" Wolf, B.A. 1987, earned master's degrees in journalism and international politics at Columbia University in 1989 and 1993, respectively. After two years as a business writer for a trade magazine, he covered the O.J. Simpson trial for Court TV, where he advanced to the position of managing editor of new media in three years. He joined ABC News in March 1997 as an Internet producer for its Web site www.ABCNEWS.com and recently spent nine weeks in Denver covering the Oklahoma City bombing trial.

Susan R. Bernis, J.D. 1988, a litigation consultant with the Connecticut Specialty Insurance Group of Farmington, Conn., has been elected chair of the New York State Bar Association's 1,500-member young lawyers section. She is the first woman to chair that section.

Donald K. Kintner Jr., B.A. 1988, has been named manager of media communications at Dresser-Rand Turbo Products Division in Olean, N.Y. He will be responsible for all advertising and public relations for the company, a manufacturer of centrifugal compressors, gas turbines and packages, control systems and related turbo-machinery. Since joining the company two years ago, he has been responsible for the successful promotion of two new product lines: the DATUM centrifugal compressor line and the VECTRA power turbine. He has also worked to develop TurboVisions, the company's quarterly customer magazine.

John A. "Jay" Mills, Ph.D. 1988, has been promoted to the rank of professor at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has served as department chair of the Counseling and Student Development Center since 1992, and has earned the Diplomate in Counseling Psychology designation from the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Joan R. Robertson DeYoung, M.L.S. 1989, recently ended her seven-year career as a cataloger with the H.W. Wilson Publishing Co. in the Bronx and moved to Wyoming, Mich., where she married Kevin DeYoung, a machinist at Custom Gears, on July 5, 1997.

Timothy W. Kneeland, M.A. 1989 & B.A. 1987, earned a doctoral degree in intellectual history from the University of Oklahoma in July 1996. He recently accepted a position as assistant professor of history and political science at Greenville College in Greenville, Ill.

Maria T. Kurzawski-Goodrich, M.M. 1989 & B.F.A. 1986, a voice teacher for the Community Music School of Buffalo, will be one of the anthem singers for the Buffalo Sabres and Big 4 Basketball. She resides in Lockport, N.Y., with her husband, Dave; their son, Matthew; and their two dogs.

Thomas W. Ostrowski, B.A. 1989, has joined the Cleveland, Ohio, office of the law firm of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP as an associate in the corporate and securities practice group. He will focus his practice on commercial loan and financing transactions, corporate finance, and bank and lender representation. He received his law degree in 1993 from Cleveland State University.

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