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People of Note
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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1990s Classnotes

Paul R. Heist, B.S. 1990, has been named senior civil engineer of transportation for Erdman Anthony, an employee-owned, multifaceted firm headquartered in Rochester, NY. Heist has more than 12 years of civil engineering experience and resides in Lancaster, NY.

Kay J. Johnson-Gentile, Ph.D. 1990 & Ed.M. 1988, associate professor of elementary education and reading at Buffalo State College, has received a 2002 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; she was honored at the college’s September 2002 academic convocation. Johnson-Gentile, who joined the Buffalo State College faculty in 1990, has helped to create professional development schools, which have benefited regional elementary school students, as well as aspiring teachers, in Buffalo State’s education programs. She is also the leader of the conflict resolution curriculum, which is supported by the Penfold Grant and is offered several times a year in many schools in Western New York. This program demonstrates a classic example of how Johnson-Gentile integrates music and song into the social studies curriculum as a way to focus on diversity and peace. She lives in Amherst, NY.

Michael Schaffstall, B.S. 1990, has been promoted to senior manager in the State and Local Tax (SALT) practice at Ernst & Young in Buffalo, NY. Schaffstall, who joined the tax firm in 1997 as a senior tax advisor, will continue to provide state and local tax advisory services to his upstate New York manufacturing, technology, retail and service clients. Schaffstall is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He lives in West Seneca, NY.

Scott J. Brennan, B.S. 1991, vice president of partnership development for GE Financial, has published The Clunie Inheritance. The book is a work of fiction set on the south side of Chicago and tells the tale of a terminally ill accountant’s vendetta against a street gang. Brennan lives in Wayne, IL.

Michael F. Cucinotta, M.B.A. 1991, has been elected to the board of directors of the Heritage Centers, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Cucinotta is director of accounting services for Praxair Inc. and serves on the council on accountancy at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. He is a Buffalo resident.

Joseph T. Klein, B.A. 1991, is the new principal of the Faith Christian School in Roseto, PA. Before joining the Faith Christian School staff, Klein was a social studies teacher at the South Shore Christian School in Levittown, NY. He resides in Jonas, PA.

Abdolrahim Navehebrahim, Ph.D. 1991 & Ed.M. 1990, has been the president of Damghan University of Sciences in Tehran, Iran, since 1996. Following his appointment as director of the Center for Statistics and Educational Planning at the Ministry of Culture and Higher Education, Navehebrahim was also an assistant professor of educational administration, educational finance and economics of education at the Tehran Teachers Training University. He lives in Tehran.

Douglas J. Weyand, B.A. 1991, has found great success in the Buffalo, NY theater world. As an actor, he has performed at Artpark in Lewiston in its production of West Side Story and has appeared on every major stage in the Buffalo region, including Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Studio Arena Theatre, Kleinhans Music Hall and the MusicalFare Theatre. For the 2002 season, he was nominated for two Artvoice theater awards—one for direction of a musical and the other for choreography. In 2001, he received a record four nominations in individual categories. Weyand has worked as a teacher and choreographer with the Orchard Park, Buffalo, Amherst, Sweet Home and Iroquois Central School Districts, and is currently a teaching artist with the Arts in Education Institute of Western New York. He will direct the April/May 2003 production of the award-winning pilot program The Stories of Life, based on the lives of elderly Americans living in Western New York. Weyand is a Buffalo resident.

Michael R. Bascobert, B.S. 1992, has joined Rader, Fishman & Grauer in Bloomfield Hills, MI, a leading national intellectual property law firm, as an associate. He will work in all phases of patent prosecution, specializing in mechanical, electrical, software, semiconductor and optical and business method patents. Before beginning a legal career, Bascobert worked as a project coordinator with Emerson Electric in Maysville, KY, and as a manufacturing engineer with General Motors in Buffalo, NY. He began his law career in Michigan, where he was an associate with an intellectual property law firm; he furthered his practice when he worked as a U.S. patent attorney in Japan. Bascobert is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is also an inventor who has filed two U.S. patent applications. He resides in Clarkston, MI.

Brian B. Hurlbut, B.A. 1992, a freelance writer specializing in travel and adventure sports, has coauthored the third edition of The Insider’s Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (Globe-Pequot Press). Hurlbut is the former editor of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and has written for Fodor’s Skiing USA and Carve: Southwest Montana’s Guide to Skiing and Snowboarding. He is currently a contributing editor for the Yellowstone and Teton Country Magazine and resides in Big Sky, MT.

Marion P. Olivieri, Ph.D. 1992, professor of chemistry and biology at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, has been awarded $245,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue her research in tissue adhesion and its medical, dental and commercial applications. Her research will hopefully lead to implants that may help human tissue heal, prevent plaque from sticking to teeth and also prevent zebra mussels from sticking to marine equipment and vessels. Her research, "Proteinaceous Bioadhesive Structure Elucidation," is in its ninth year and has received five additional years of support with this award. Olivieri received a $154,000 NSF career award in 1996, as well as a $55,000 grant from the NSF in 1993 to initiate the project. She lives in Williamsville, NY.

Karlene J. Robinson, B.A. 1992, joined the Counseling Center at Syracuse University as a staff therapist in August 2002. Before joining Syracuse University, she worked from 1997-2001 as a senior counselor at the University of Wisconsin’s counseling and consultation services. Robinson lives in Syracuse, NY.

Thomas E. Wegman, B.A. 1992, is associate director of contract management at Medpace, a pharmaceutical contract research organization in Cincinnati, OH, where Wegman also resides.

Theresa R. DiPasquale, Ed.M. 1993, a teacher at PS #79 Elementary School in Buffalo, NY, attended NASA’s urban and rural community enrichment program/summer teacher workshop, July 14-27, 2002, at Oklahoma State University. Joining 40 other K–12 teachers from around the country, in addition to Puerto Rico and Guam, DiPasquale received training in various activities and teaching strategies that can be integrated into the mathematics, science, geography and language arts curricula at PS #79. She is a Buffalo resident.

Kimberly A. Ferri, M.B.A. 1993 & B.S. 1990, is a financial manager with the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, NY. Before joining the church in March 2002, she was a project manager for the West Valley Demonstration Project. Ferri lives in Hamburg.

Douglas W. Frankenthaler, B.A. 1993, has joined Cozen O’Connor, a full-service law firm in Cherry Hill, NJ, as an associate. He will concentrate his practice in environmental litigation and counseling. Before joining Cozen O’Connor—ranked among the 100 largest law firms in the United States—Frankenthaler practiced with Montgomery, McCracken, Walker and Rhoads. He also served as a law clerk and student-lawyer for the Earthjustice Defense Fund, and as a student lawyer for the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic. Additionally, Frankenthaler has practiced with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, handling judicial and administrative litigation under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, the Compensation and Liability Act, the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. He resides in Jenkintown, PA.

Vincent M. Montavon, M.B.A. 1993, is regional vice president at MFS Investment Management in Chicago, IL, where he resides.

David J. Pontrello, M.B.A. 1993, has been named director of the business development group for Dopkins & Company, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants. In this position, he will create business solutions for clients with a focus on profit improvement initiatives, programs and measurements. Pontrello was previously a total quality management task force leader, as well as a financial analyst, in the accounting department of the Marriott Corporation. He lives in Grand Island, NY.

James P. Calamita, M.A. 1994 & B.S. 1992, was one of two researchers sent from the Xerox Corporation to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s prestigious "Frontiers of Engineering" symposium for the nation’s top young engineers. The symposium had 84 engineers from industry, academia and government discussing leading-edge research in various fields and industry sectors. Calamita, who joined Xerox in 1998, is a research and technology engineer in Xerox’s Printing Platforms and Systems Engineering group, part of the Xerox Innovation Group. He lives in Spencerport, NY.

James F. Craig, B.S. 1994, a project engineer in the Highway/Bridge Service Group at C&S, was featured as a speaker at the 2002 International Bridge Conference, June 10-12, in Pittsburgh, PA. The special interest session focused on the use of Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composite materials for bridge construction. It also reviewed the installation of the first five-inch thick Martin Marietta FRP deck in the United States, built in Lewis County, NY, in 2001. At the conference, Craig was responsible for the bridge rehabilitation design that included a diagnostic load test to determine the final load rating of the finished bridge; he has designed and managed two bridge rehabilitation projects using these FRP decks in New York State. Craig resides in Fulton, NY.

Andrew A. Ray, Ph.D. 1994 & Ed.M. 1982, was recognized by the Rochester (NY) City School District’s advisory council for his service and support of parent and community issues. He received this award at the district’s annual parent conference held in May 2002. Ray lives in Rochester.

Richard A. Braden, J.D. 1995, is an attorney with Bond, Schoeneck & King in Buffalo, NY. He represents employers in employment discrimination actions in federal and state courts, as well as in labor arbitration and administrative proceedings conducted by federal and state agencies. Braden is also an advisor for clients on a wide range of labor and employment law matters, including disability, wage and hour issues, unemployment insurance and worker safety issues. He resides in Buffalo.

Charles Marino, B.S. 1995, is vice president of commercial real estate operations for M&T Bank in Buffalo, NY. He lives in Lancaster, NY.

Thomas J. Falbo, B.S. 1996, is principal and chief financial officer at New York Solutions Group, a business and IT consulting firm in Rochester, NY. Previously, he held a management position with Automatic Data Processing (ADP), a financial services firm. Falbo resides in Rochester.

Marybeth DePasquale, B.A. 1997, works as a lawyer with Bond, Schoeneck & King in Buffalo, NY, where her practice focuses on employment discrimination, labor and employment law and employer counseling. She resides in Tonawanda, NY.

Mark A. Maddalina, M.Arch. 1997, an architectural designer with Sear-Brown, has recently completed work on the design of a compelling September 11 memorial for Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. In the past, he has been involved with projects ranging from conceptual design and development through construction documentation and construction supervision of his designs. Maddalina specializes in computer design and visualization and is credited with the redesign of the Sear-Brown corporate logo. He is a member of Associate AIA (American Institute of Architects), Digital Rochester and the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture. He has done projects for the Ernie Davis Family Center in Elmira, NY, the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, and the George Eastman House, also in Rochester. Maddalina lives in Fairport, NY.

Joel A. Segal, B.A. 1997, has been promoted to IT manager for the business law firm of Piper Rudnick, one of the largest law firms in the world with 900 attorneys and offices in 12 cities. His main responsibilities lie in managing the IT operations for the New York, NY, Edison, NJ and Philadelphia, PA offices. Segal resides in New York.

Allison F. Stravino, J.D. 1997, assistant executive editor of the Buffalo Law Review from 1996-1997, is a lawyer with the Bond, Schoeneck & King law firm. She focuses her practice on labor and employment law litigation matters on behalf of management. This includes employment discrimination, sexual harassment, employee discipline and general labor law. Stravino lives in Buffalo, NY.

Deborah E. Conroe, M.B.A. 1998 & B.S. 1997, has been promoted to supervisor at Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro (BWB), CPA and business advisors, in Jamestown, NY. In this position, she will be involved in accounting and auditing work in the manufacturing, health-care and non-profit industries, as well as advising her clients on all corporate and individual tax matters. Conroe has worked for BWB since 1997; with this new appointment she will gain increased supervision over various levels of staff at the corporation. She resides in Jamestown, NY.

William E. Finn, M.B.A. 1998, has been named president and CEO of the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in Buffalo, NY, where he was previously executive vice president and chief operating officer. Finn, who has been in the field of hospice and palliative care for more than 20 years, is past president of the New York State Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. He serves on the home health board of the Catholic Health System of Western New York and the board of trustees of the Mid-Erie Counseling Center. A member of Leadership Buffalo and a board member of the Amherst Senior Foundation, Finn resides with his wife, Rachel, and their two sons in Amherst, NY.

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