UB Today Alumni Magazine Online - Fall 2002
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People of Note
Pamela S. Benson, B.A. 1976
Gary D. Lessord, M.F.A. 1979
Margaret I. Wooster, M.U.P. 1988 & Ph.D. 1978
Clotilde Dedecker, Ed.M. 2000


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1980s Classnotes

Barbara Howe, J.D. 1980, has received the 48th Annual Susan B. Anthony Award from the Interclub Council of Western New York. A former Buffalo City Court Judge, Howe was elected to the New York State Supreme Court in 1991. She is past president of Women Lawyers of Western New York, past secretary of the Erie County Bar Foundation and previous president of the UB Law Alumni Association. She is currently chair of the Erie County Executive’s alternative to incarceration advisory board, along with serving as an adjunct associate professor of sociology at UB. She resides in Buffalo, NY.

Joseph M. Baudo, Ed.D. 1982 & B.A. 1973, a music coordinator in the Sweet Home School District, has retired after 30 years of teaching. He began his career at Sweet Home in 1972 and has since been director of the school’s marching band, symphonic band, and wind and jazz ensembles. With the jazz ensemble, Baudo played for former Presidents Carter and Bush and Sen. Edward Kennedy. He also served as conductor of the Amherst Youth Board’s summer jazz studies program. In his retirement, he plans to pursue a professional music career. Baudo resides in North Tonawanda, NY.

Pamela J. Pawenski, M.B.A. 1982, has been named vice president of sales at Univera Healthcare. In this position, she will oversee all sales activities for Univera, a not-for-profit health maintenance organization whose mission is to improve the health and quality of life of its members and the communities it serves. Pawenski joined Univera as a sales representative in 1983. She has since served as the associate director of marketing and commercial sales and director of the Center for Better Health. Pawenski lives in Amherst, NY.

David Wachtel, Ph.D. 1983 & M.S. 1976, is chair of social sciences at Lexington Community College in Lexington, KY. He has held this position since fall 2001, when he was also promoted to the rank of full professor. Wachtel also leads yearly trips to China for interested faculty and others to teach a three-week conversational English course to high school English teachers. Wachtel lives in Lexington.

John J. Zendano, B.A. 1983, works at Lehman Brothers (investment banking) in Tokyo, Japan, where he resides. Zendano previously worked as director at Credit Suisse, also in Tokyo.

Howard R. Ressel, B.S. 1984, has been named Engineer of the Year by the New York State Association of Transportation Engineers, Section 4 in Rochester, NY. A project design engineer with the New York State Department of Transportation in Rochester, Ressel is also a finalist for the Statewide Engineer of the Year Award. He resides in Rochester.

Tearah G. Mullins, J.D. 1986 & B.A. 1983, is a candidate for Buffalo (NY) City Court Judge. Her career began in 1988 with Siegel, Kelleher & Kahn, where she worked exclusively on matrimonial and family law matters. Also in 1988, she was appointed court attorney to the Buffalo City Court Judges and in 1999 became supervising court attorney for the Buffalo City Court legal staff. Mullins is past president, vice president and treasurer of the Minority Bar Association and a former member of the board of directors of the Buffalo Urban League. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the Erie County Bar Association’s aid to indigent prisoners program and its appellate subcommittee. In addition, she is a life member of the NAACP, as well as a member of the Women’s Bar Association, the Women Lawyers of Western New York and the Buffalo Urban League. She resides in Buffalo.

Joseph E. Robinson, B.S. 1986, is owner and practicing physical therapist of Greater Buffalo Physical Therapy in Williamsville, NY. Robinson is a doctor of naturopathy, a licensed physical therapist and a certified athletic trainer. He lives in Williamsville.

Harold Kothe, B.S. 1987, was named large line marketer of the Lawley Service Insurance Group of Companies, which was ranked among the “Top 100 Insurance Brokers” in the United States. As large line marketer, Kothe will be responsible for the marketing and placement of large commercial construction accounts. He is a 10-year veteran of the insurance industry and resides in Getzville, NY.

Kevin D. Barclay, B.S. 1988, received certification in sports physical therapy from the American Physical Therapy Association’s board of specialties. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Spring Arbor University in the exercise science department. Barclay is currently coowner of Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists PC, a private physical therapy practice, and Optimal Performance Specialists LLC, which offers educational seminars and classes on enhancing performance. He became a certified athletic trainer in 1996 and resides in Spring Arbor, MI.

Reginald DeJean, B.A. 1988, has been named specialty lines marketer at the Lawley Service Insurance Group of Companies, the largest insurance agency in Western New York, providing commercial and personal insurance to its clients. In his new position, DeJean will be responsible for the marketing of specialty insurance coverage to new and existing clients. A 14-year veteran of the Western New York insurance industry, he is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. He is active as a coach and Boy Scout troop leader in Fairport, NY, where he resides.

Xingwu Wang, Ph.D. 1988, has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to participate in the Scientists Helping America Conference in Washington, DC. A professor of electrical engineering at Alfred University in Alfred, NY, Wang will be among the scientists exploring how science and technology can meet America’s national security needs in today’s strategic environment. He lives in Alfred.

Eunice A. Lewin, Ed.M. 1989 & M.A. 1978, will become the only minority member on the powerful, 11-member board of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Lewin previously worked for Catholic Charities in Buffalo’s Hispanic neighborhoods, as well as for Erie County’s child protection unit. She is currently a social worker for the Buffalo (NY) Board of Education’s committee on special education. She lives in Buffalo.

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