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Steven R. Keeler, B.A. 1977
Malcolm L. Kushner, B.A. 1974
Amy Williams, Ph.D. 1999 & M.M. 1996
Shaheer H. Khan, Ph.D. 1990


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1980s Classnotes

Deborah S. Kenn, J.D. 1980, associate professor at Syracuse University's College of Law, has been promoted to the rank of full professor. As director of the community development law clinic, she demonstrates her expertise in affordable housing development, community economic development and public interest law. Kenn is a member of the American Bar Association's forum on affordable housing, as well as the American Association of Law Schools' section on clinical legal education. She lives in Syracuse, NY.

Louise L. Oxhorn, B.A. 1980, along with Lynn Oxhorn-Ringwood and Marjorie Krausz, has developed the Co-Mamas Association. This organization was formed to teach stepmothers, second wives, former spouses and their families how to develop cooperative and respectful relationships, so they can get along for the sake of their children. Oxhorn, Oxhorn-Ringwood and Krausz cowrote the 2002 book, Step-Wives: 10 Steps to Help Ex-Wives and Step-Mothers End the Struggle and Put the Kids First. She lives in Cardiff, CA.

Mel E. Passarelli, M.B.A. 1980 & B.A. 1978, has been appointed executive vice president of Create!form International, a leading global provider of software products that streamline and enable electronic output, formatting and delivery of business documents. In his new position, he will be responsible for worldwide sales, marketing, support and professional services. Passarelli formerly worked as vice president of worldwide sales for the Omtool Corporation. He resides in Nashua, NH.

Daniel P. Forsyth, J.D. 1981, is an attorney who represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board and in labor arbitration, collective bargaining, union organizing campaigns and labor proceedings before various state and federal agencies. His practice also focuses on litigation at all levels of state and federal courts involving employment claims and wrongful discharge, along with injunctions and employment discrimination. A lawyer with Bond, Schoeneck & King in Buffalo, NY, Forsyth has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America and lives in Lewiston, NY.

Sharon D. Randaccio, M.B.A. 1981 & B.S. 1976, president and founder of Performance Management Partners, a Williamsville, NY-based staffing, human resource and career-coaching company, has been appointed to the board of directors for the First Niagara Financial Group and First Niagara Bank. She specializes in areas of strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, business development, human resources, sales and marketing and retail banking. Additionally, Randaccio serves on the Erie County Cultural Advisory Board, the YMCA board, and is a board member and secretary for the Sisters Hospital Foundation. She is president of the Goldome Foundation and has been the recipient of Business First's "Forty Under Forty" Award, as well as the Distinguished Alumni Award from UB. Randaccio lives in Buffalo, NY.

Marc A. Adler, M.A. 1983, M.B.A. 1982 & B.A. 1979, director of client services for Flynn & Friends Advertising, has received the Cecilia Evans Taylor Award from the Buffalo Zoo. The award honors volunteers who have served the zoo for at least 10 years, demonstrated themselves to be leaders, and displayed a high level of interest and concern for the zoo. Vice chair of the marketing committee and a member of the zoo's board of directors for the past three years, Adler has participated in and chaired a wide variety of zoo events. He also serves on UB's Intercollegiate Athletics Board and has made frequent presentations on marketing to students in UB's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. He is an active member and past president of the University at Buffalo's Blue & White Club, serves as chair of the communication/marketing committee for the UB Alumni Association board of directors and teaches "UB 101" and assorted marketing courses as a UB adjunct professor. He is also involved with Jewish Federation Housing and Temple Beth Am. He lives in Williamsville, NY.

Robert W. Patterson, J.D. 1983 & B.A. 1981, is a lawyer at Bond, Shoeneck & King in Buffalo, NY, where he focuses his practice on employee benefits law, health-care law and business law. In the past, he has counseled business entities, as well as nursing homes, hospitals and other nonprofit employers in all areas of employee benefits law. These areas include the design, operation and termination of tax-qualified retirement plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, executive compensation arrangements, health plans and other welfare benefit plans. He resides in Orchard Park, NY.

Thomas M. Rizzo, J.D. 1983 & B.A. 1948, was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame on September 26, 2002, at the Tralf in Buffalo, NY. He performs music from the 1940s in a jazz-oriented fashion; his newest CD, Then & Now, released in 1998, features his son, Tom Jr. Rizzo works as a lawyer at the law office of Thomas Rizzo in Kenmore, NY, where he also resides.

Robert W. Romeo, B.A. 1983, has joined Fleet Bank's Private Clients Group as vice president and client advisor. In this position, he will assemble a team of technical specialists who will deliver a plan designed to manage the wealth of high net-worth individuals and business owners based on the client's unique combination of financial objectives, risk profiles and liquidity needs. Before joining Fleet, Romeo had 12 years of banking experience as vice president of M&T Bank's trust and investment division. He is active with Medaille College as an adjunct faculty member and serves on the college's financial services advisory board and capital campaign committee. He is also a member of the Estate Analysts of Western New York and the Financial Planning Association. Additionally, Romeo serves as a professional advisor to the UB School of Management's family business center and the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo. He lives in Amherst, NY.

Cordell Schachter, B.A. 1983, has been elected president of one of the largest school districts in New York State, the Community School Board 10 in the Bronx, which educates 40,000 students in 50 schools. A certified project management professional, Schachter also serves as group manager of Siemens Enterprise Networks Northeast Project Management Office, where he oversees the planning and implementation of converged data and voice networking solutions. He lives in New York, NY.

Barbara A. Campagna, B.P.S. 1984, has formed Campagna & Easton Architects of New York, NY, an architectural partnership that specializes in historic preservation, planning and adaptive reuse. The group is currently engaged in many projects, including churches, universities and museums. Campagna received the 2002 Young Architects Award from the American Institute of Architects. She resides in New York.

Andrew M. Knoll, M.D. 1984, a second-year law student at Syracuse University, has taken top honors in the American Health Lawyers Association's 20012002 writing competition for his paper "Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa: A Call for Privilege for Self-Disclosure of Error in the Setting of Primary Medical Education." The winning paper was published in the Journal of Health Law; Knoll received a $500 first-place cash prize and an all-expense-paid trip to the Health Lawyers' annual meeting July 1-3, 2002, in San Francisco, CA. Before enrolling in law school, Knoll served as chief resident in internal medicine at University Hospital in Syracuse, NY, and was attending physician at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center from 1999-2000. Assistant professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University from 1992-1997, he has been a clinical associate professor of medicine at that institution since 1997. After graduating from law school, Knoll plans to practice health law. He resides in Syracuse, NY.

David P. Miranda, B.A. 1985, a member of the New York State Bar Association's (NYSBA) Young Lawyers Section's House of Delegates since 1998, has been elected NYSBA chair. As an attorney with Heslin, Rothenberg, Farley & Mesiti in Albany, NY, he focuses his practice on litigation of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret matters, with an emphasis on Internet-related issues. Along with playing an integral role in the recent redesign of the NYSBA's website, Miranda is chair of the American Bar Association's intellectual property law section's subcommittee on trademarks and metatags on the Internet. Additionally, he serves on the Albany County Bar Association's board of directors, and in 2001 was the recipient of the Business Review's "Forty Under Forty" award for professional achievement and community service. Miranda resides in Voorheesville, NY.

Stephen M. Waldow, Ph.D. 1985, has been promoted to vice president of academic affairs at Salem Community College in Carneys Point, NJ. Having held the position of dean of academic affairs at the school since February 2001, he is now responsible for the overall leadership of the full-time and adjunct faculty. Waldow, who joined the Salem Community College staff in 1997, worked for two years as an associate professor of radiation biology and chief of the cancer biology laboratory at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He was also director of radiation research at Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center in Camden, NJ. He resides in Quinton, NJ.

David B. Broad, Ph.D. 1986, has been named dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Alfred State College. As dean, he will be responsible for the organization, coordination and administration of the school and will provide educational leadership and support for all academic programs. Broad was previously dean of the liberal arts and sciences division at Elgin Community College in Elgin, IL; professor and chair of the department of sociology at Tennessee State University and professor of sociology at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, IA. Widely published in his field, he is active in the Boy Scouts of America, the Western New York track and field team at the Empire State Games, the Buffalo Philharmonic Athletic Club and Alpha Kappa Delta, among other civic interests and responsibilities. He was named teacher of the year at Tennessee State University in Nashville in 1997 and won a gold medal in the marathon at the Empire State Games in 1987. He resides in Alfred Station, NY.

Pablo M. Buitron, M.B.A. 1986, was named general director of the Cuernavaca Campus of Monterrey Tech in Cuernavaca, Mexico in April 2001. Cuernavaca Campus offers two high school programs, ten undergraduate majors, two master's programs and one Ph.D. program in computer science. The school serves 1,800 students each year. Buitron lives in Morelos, Mexico.

Shari J. Reich, J.D. 1986, received the Everywoman Opportunity Center Award of Excellence in May 2002. She is secretary to the board of directors of the YWCA of Western New York and teaches at the UB Law School, from which she received the Regan Award for Proficiency in Estates and Surrogate's Law and the Order of the Barrister. She resides in Buffalo, NY.

Michael J. Blemel, B.S. 1987, has been promoted to senior vice president at Warren-Hoffman & Associates, a member of First Niagara Financial Group (FNFG). In this position, he will serve as director of finance and administration for three subsidiaries of the FNFG: Warren-Hoffman, Allied Claim Services and NOVA Healthcare Administrators. Blemel joined Warren-Hoffman in 1991 as director of finance and by 1999 had progressed to the post of vice president, treasurer and director of finance for these subsidiaries. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Blemel lives in Clarence, NY.

Donna L. Burden, J.D. 1987, has been reelected to the board of directors of Heritage Centers of Buffalo. Formerly known as the Erie County Association for Retarded Children, Heritage Centers was founded in 1951 by parents in the community and is dedicated to creating opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. A partner with Hurwitz & Fine, Burden has served on the Heritage Centers board for the past two years. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped (SABAH) and the Buffalo Hearing and Speech Foundation, as well as a former member of the board of directors of the Center for Handicapped Children. She is also vice president of membership for the Williamsville Central School District's special education parent teacher association and lives in Williamsville, NY.

John R. Condren, B.A. 1988, senior associate at the law firm of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer, Monte & Pajak, in July taught a seminar entitled "Computer Assisted Legal Research for New York Paralegals," sponsored by the Institute for Paralegal Education. In addition to his legal work, Condren teaches paralegal courses at Bryant & Stratton Business Institute (where he is an adjunct faculty member) and Villa Maria College, both in Buffalo, NY. He is a member of the New York State and Erie County Bar Associations, as well as the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Condren resides in East Amherst, NY.

Paul C. Allen, B.A. 1989, has been named assistant professor of humanities at Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, UT, where he resides. In this position, he will coordinate the introduction to humanities and western civilization and culture courses, while teaching classes in his areas of expertise.

Edward W. Felong, B.S. 1989, has joined the staff of Fidelis Care, a Catholic-sponsored health-care plan, as a senior programmer/analyst in the company's Amherst, NY, office. In this position, he will be responsible for implementing Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) applications and supporting EDI systems. Before joining Fidelis Care, Felong was a programmer for Perry's Ice Cream in Akron, NY, as well as a programmer for WebMD in Amherst, where he was awarded the 2000 WebMD Star Award for quality client services. Felong resides in Buffalo, NY.

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