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Ivan Garcia, B.P.S. 1990, was named an associate at Fontanese, Folts, Aubrecht, Ernst, Bammel Architects PC. He resides in Buffalo, NY.

Michael F. Ickowski, M.B.A. 1990, has been named regional controller of Humility of Mary Health Partners in Youngstown, OH. He is responsible for financial and statistical reporting, budgeting and reimbursement and product line financial analysis. Ickowski is a certified public accountant and a member of Healthcare Financial Management Association. He, his wife, Catherine, and four children, have relocated to Youngstown.

James Sturm, Ed.M. 1990, has been appointed vice president for student life at Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY, where he will have overall responsibility for all student life programs, including student activities, residence life, counseling, career counseling, intercollegiate athletics, campus ministry and campus safety. He will also establish long-range plans for student life, oversee student club functions and Hilbert’s student government association, while ensuring compliance with regulatory policies and laws related to student life. He resides in Lake View, NY.

Joseph J. Abdallah, B.A. 1991, is deputy to the commissioner of the Erie County Youth Department. He lives in Buffalo, NY.

Joseph P. Armenia Jr., B.S. 1991, cofounder and managing partner of Morgan & Armenia, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, has earned the Certificate in Business Management and the Certified Business Manager (CBM) credentials. The CBM is the only generalists’ certification designed for all specialists in the business field. Armenia is a member of the AICPA, NYSSCPA and the IMA, as well as the treasurer of the Boys and Girls Club of the Northtowns of Western New York. He is on the advisory board of the YWCA of the Tonawandas, a certified docent for the Darwin D. Martin House Restoration Corporation, and adjunct faculty member in the Medaille College ACCEL Program and Canisius College Wehle School of Business. He resides in Tonawanda, NY, with his wife, Betty, and two sons.

Kevin B. Held, B.A. 1991, a senior actuarial analyst at AIG in New York, NY, has been named a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS). He was awarded the fellowship designation by successfully completing nine examinations that are administered by CAS twice a year. Each examination covers a specific topic to develop a comprehensive understanding of the business of property and casualty insurance, as well as expert knowledge of techniques to solve insurance problems. He also completed the required CAS Course on Professionalism, which presents real-world situations that contain ethical and professionalism issues for the actuary.

Charles A. Krotje, M.B.A. 1991, has been promoted to principal in the Assurance and Advisory Business Services practice at Ernst & Young LLP in Buffalo, NY. As a principal, he will be responsible for all merger and acquisition transaction support services in Upstate New York. Krotje and his wife, Carol, live in West Seneca, NY.

Tracy Sadeghian, B.A. 1991, the consumer/investigative reporter at WRDW-TV in Augusta, GA, won two journalism awards—one regional, one national—for an investigation, "Nursing Home Nightmare?" According to the station, the investigation uncovered shocking conditions at an Augusta nursing home and led to public hearings by a Georgia House of Representatives subcommittee. She resides in Augusta, GA.

Edwin C. Bailey, B.A. 1992, an Amherst (NY) police officer, won the Teacher of the Year Award from the Amherst Public Schools for his position as safety education officer for area schools. He lives in Amherst.

Mary Gresham, Ph.D. 1992, was named dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo. An adjunct assistant professor of both African American studies and counseling, school and educational psychology, she will continue to hold the title of vice president for public service and urban affairs. She resides in Buffalo, NY.

David J. Oestreicher, M.B.A. 1992, has joined L&M Financial Services in the newly created position of vice president of business development. He lives in Williamsville, NY.

Robert D. Olczak, Ed.D. 1992, has been hired by the Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES Board of Education as its new district superintendent and chief executive officer. He is an adjunct faculty member in the department of teacher education at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. He resides in Amherst, NY.

Steven Hayes, B.S. 1993, is attending the cross-continent M.B.A. program of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in Frankfurt, Germany. He was promoted to manager for industrial engineering for Walt Disney World and lives in Orlando, FL.

Ann Marie Will, M.B.A. 1993, joined Brisbane Consulting Group LLC, a business valuation and management consulting company, as a consultant. She resides in Amherst, NY.

Mark Beese, M.B.A. 1994 & B.S. 1987, is the director of firm marketing at Holland & Hart LLP, where his responsibilities include managing and directing all marketing, communications, and public relations efforts of the law firm, with 250 attorneys and offices throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Beese has been active with the United States Law Firm Group Marketing Committee and is a member of the Legal Marketing Association.

Thomas M. Burns, B.S. 1994 & A.A.S. 1992, was promoted to senior accountant in the CPA firm Lumsden & McCormick LLP. He resides in Lancaster, NY.

Timothy P. Daniels, B.A. 1994, was the only person to graduate with a doctoral degree from the Department of Anthropology in the May commencement of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. In addition, he is the only African American doctoral candidate to graduate from this department in more than 20 years, and only the second in the history of the university. He was recently appointed a visiting lecturer at the University of Illinois and mentored nearly 40 minority students chosen to participate in a summer research apprenticeship program. He and his wife live in Urbana.

William C. Dean, M.Arch. 1994 & B.P.S. 1991, is an assistant professor and architect with the department of computer imaging and architectural engineering technology at Alfred State College in Alfred, NY. He resides in Fairport, NY.

Karen Falkner, Ph.D. 1994 & M.S. 1977, was appointed program coordinator in the department of cancer prevention, epidemiology and biostatistics at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. She is also assistant research professor in the department of social and preventive medicine at UB’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and will assist Martin Mahoney, UB clinical associate professor of family medicine, in a study of childhood leukemia in Belarus. She lives in Orchard Park, NY.

Christopher D. Greene, B.A. 1994, has been named marketing manager of CS Direct, an Amherst, NY, supplier of business-to-business telemarketing and telesales services. He resides in Tonawanda, NY.

James P. Higgins, Ph.D. 1994 & B.A. 1975, a Jesuit priest and certified public accountant with a strong background in Jesuit secondary and higher education, has been named the 32nd president of Canisius High School in Buffalo, NY. As president, he will be responsible for the institution’s spiritual and financial well-being. He resides in Buffalo.

Donna M. Mancusi, B.A. 1994, has been honored by the University of Pennsylvania, from which she received the J.D., with a reception to dedicate a "Poetry Wall" that permanently displays 13 of her original poems. She lives in Boston, MA, where she manages LawSchool Connections.com, the law school admissions consulting firm she founded during her final year of law school.

Sharon Nosenchuck, J.D. 1994 & M.B.A. 1987, an attorney in the family unit of Neighborhood Legal Services Inc., was appointed to the board of directors of the GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Group of UB’s Law Alumni Association. She resides in Amherst, NY.

Andreas A. Polycarpou, Ph.D. 1994, M.S. 1992 & B.S. 1990, assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, was honored by ASME International (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers). He was recognized for pioneering contributions in modeling dry and lubricated dynamic friction contacts of thin-film disks and mechanical seals. He has received the society’s Burt L. Newkirk Award, established in 1976 to recognize an individual who has made a notable contribution in tribology research or development, as evidenced by important tribology publications before his or her 40th birthday. As assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Illinois, Polycarpou teaches and performs research in the general area of tribology and system dynamics.

Gretchen P. Aylward, J.D. 1995 & B.A. 1979, joined Hiscock & Barclay’s international business practice group, where she concentrates on immigration law for businesses and individuals. She has extensive experience advising Canadian, European and South American business clients on U.S. employment and family-based immigration matters, with a particular emphasis on health-care professionals and NAFTA-based business immigration.

Philip DiNicola, M.Arch. 1995 & B.P.S. 1991, was named associate at Fontanese, Folts, Aubrecht, Ernst, Bammel Architects PC. He resides in Amherst, NY.

Karen Downing, M.B.A. 1995, was promoted to area branch manager of the Buffalo and Williamsville, NY, offices of Dunhill Staffing Systems. She lives in Orchard Park, NY.

Bryan E. Miller, B.A. 1995, has joined Damon & Morey LLP, of Buffalo, NY, in the firm’s labor and employment law department. His responsibilities will include matters involving both public and private employers in labor relations and wage and hour issues, as well as employment discrimination issues. He received his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and is admitted to practice in both New York and New Jersey. A member of the New York State Bar Association, the Erie County Bar Association and the American Bar Association, he is a member of the New Millennium Group of Western New York. He resides in Kenmore, NY.

Zohra Aziz, B.A. 1996, is an assistant district attorney in the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office in Northampton, MA. She resides in Malden, MA.

Janet Zandy, Ph.D. 1996, was promoted to professor in the department of language and literature, College of Liberal Arts, at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. Her most recent book, What We Hold in Common, was published in 2001 by Feminist Press.

Jason A. Botticelli, J.D. 1997, has joined the Buffalo, NY, law firm Damon & Morey LLP, where he will practice in the firm’s litigation department, focusing on legal and medical malpractice defense, as well as municipal liability defense. Before joining Damon & Morey, Botticelli was associated with law firms in Buffalo and Rochester, NY.

Andrew M. Eszak, M.U.P. 1997, will direct operations at the Center for Regional Cooperation and Collaboration. Eszak works in Erie County’s environment and planning department, where he is director of regional initiatives. In his new position, he will be working closely with local municipalities and school districts on a range of regional projects. He is a resident of Buffalo, NY.

Phyliss A. Hafner, J.D. 1997 & B.S. 1994, has been named associate in the litigation department at Hurwitz & Fine PC, a Buffalo, NY law firm. She focuses her practice on insurance defense. She resides in Amherst, NY.

David R. Koepsell, Ph.D. 1997, J.D. 1995 & B.A. 1990, an associate of the Buffalo, NY, law firm Damon & Morey LLP, is the author of The Ontology of Cyberspace: Law, Philosophy and the Future of Intellectual Property (Chicago: Open Court Publishing Company, 2000). Terence P. Ross, writing in Green Bag Law Journal, called Koepsell’s book "a noteworthy contribution to the development of cyberlaw." The author participated in a book signing at Waldenbooks in October.

Jeff B. Levy, B.S. 1997, is employed at Computer Task Group as a project manager and has recently received his M.B.A. from St. Bonaventure University near Olean, NY. He resides in Buffalo, NY.

Heidi Buchinger, M.B.A. 1998, was promoted to senior accountant at Freed, Maxick & Battaglia PC, CPAs. She resides in Batavia, NY.

Wendy Chang, Ph.D. 1998, has been named program director of information technology at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, where she will be responsible for developing and directing all information technology programs. She lives in Amherst, NY.

Ryan L. Everhart, J.D. 1998 & B.A. 1994, has been appointed a consumer attorney for Heritage Centers’ legal and advocacy services department. In this position, he will provide legal representation to children and adults with developmental disabilities in a variety of areas, including public benefits, guardianship, medical assistance and discrimination/civil rights.

Susan M. Osinski, M.S. 1998, a certified rehabilitation counselor and a certified New York State school counselor, has been appointed information officer for the Buffalo office of the Mental Hygiene Legal Service for the Fourth Judicial Department. The auxiliary agency of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court is responsible for protecting and advocating the rights of mentally disabled people in facilities, and as otherwise provided by law. The Buffalo office oversees the agency’s affairs in the eight counties of Western New York. Osinski resides in Buffalo, NY.

Kathleen A. Consler, B.A. 1999, has returned to academia, heading up the U.S. office of TIGER–Transformation, Integration and Globalization Economic Research, an economic think-tank headquartered at a private university in Warsaw, Poland. She is the development director at TIGER and lives in Rochester, NY.

Lisa Johnson, J.D. 1999 & B.A. 1996, joined the Buffalo, NY, law firm Magavern, Magavern & Grimm LLP as an associate attorney. She will concentrate her practice in the areas of immigration law and business transactions. Johnson resides in Williamsville, NY.

Ronald Maggioli, M.B.A. 1999, has been named controller at the legal publisher William S. Hein & Co. Inc. He lives in Tonawanda, NY.

Joseph L. Mutidjo, B.A. 1999, joined the Artpark & Company Inc. staff as a public relations and marketing assistant.

Anthony J. Pawlowski, B.S. 1999, joined the accounting and auditing department at RSM McGladrey. He resides in Depew, NY.

David Reed, J.D. 1999 & B.A. 1994, joined the Buffalo, NY, law firm Hodgson Russ LLP as an associate in the corporate and securities law tax group. He lives in Williamsville, NY.

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