Class notes by the Decade

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Roy Clare, EdD 1971, retired from his position as a middle school music teacher after 57 years in the Williamsville school district. He lives in Getzville, N.Y.

Linda Fischer Saker, BA 1971, was appointed to the board of the Hadassah Foundation, which invests in social change to support women and girls in Israel and members of the American Jewish community. She lives in Brookline, Mass.

Mark Farrell, JD 1972 & BA 1969, was awarded the Thomas N. Cummings Leadership Award from the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling for his work in the criminal justice system on problem gambling. A retired justice of Amherst Town Court, Farrell now works as a mediator, arbitrator and court consultant. He also is a member of the UB Alumni Association board of directors. Farrell resides in Williamsville, N.Y.

Anthony Conte, MBA 1974, received the Tim Russert Award and was inducted into the Buffalo Ambassador Hall of Fame by Visit Buffalo Niagara. He also was awarded the Joan K. Bozer Award from Working For Downtown. Conte served as president of Shea’s Performing Arts Center from 2001 until retiring at the end of the 2015-16 season. He lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Lawrence Katz, BA 1975, a partner at Hirschler Fleischer, was recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in the field of bankruptcy and restructuring for 2016. He resides in Springfield, Va.

Raymond Link, BS 1975, was appointed to the boards of directors for Electro Scientific Industries and FormFactor Inc. He most recently served as chief financial officer for FEI Company before retiring. He lives in Montecito, Calif.

Russell D’Alba, BS 1976, president and founder of Paramax Corporation, was elected to a two-year term as president of Globalscope Partners Ltd., an international mergers and acquisitions network. He resides in Williamsville, N.Y.

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Chris Lyons' Forever Stamps

Chris Lyons, BFA 1981, has designed four Forever stamps for the U.S. Postal Service, each depicting a classic American pickup. Lyons’ illustrations have appeared in At Buffalo along with many other publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. An adjunct faculty member at Rochester Institute of Technology, he lives in Pittsford, N.Y.


Daniel Schaefer, MD 1981, an eye physician and surgeon, joined Atwal Eye Care as an associate. He lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Ellen Fink-Samnick, MSW 1983 & BA 1982, was the 2016 recipient of the Award of Service Excellence from the Case Management Society of America. Principal of EFS Supervision Strategies LLC, Fink-Samnick is the first social worker to receive the award. She resides in Burke, Va.

Gagan Bhalla, DDS 1986, was recognized in the 2016 issue of The A-List, a publication that highlights the services of Indo-Canadians from the Indian diaspora. He was selected for his work as an orthodontist and yoga teacher. Bhalla lives in Mississauga, Ontario.

Gerry Klopfer, BA 1987, was promoted to vice president, chief actuary, at HealthNow New York Inc. Klopfer previously served as executive director, chief actuary, for the company. He resides in Orchard Park, N.Y.


Sandy Frinton, BA 1990, was named assistant director of donor relations at Vassar College. Frinton also is the editor-in-chief of PULSE, a professional association magazine. She lives in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Charles Fulco, BA 1990, was appointed education chair of the American Astronomical Society’s 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Task Force. This position oversees national public and educational outreach incentives in anticipation of next year’s total solar eclipse. He resides in Otis, Mass.

Yue Matthew Ma, MS 1991, joined Fox Rothschild LLP as an intellectual property associate and patent attorney. He previously served as a director of intellectual property and IP analyst for several technology companies. Ma lives in Princeton, N.J.

Mary Jo Gervase, MSW 1993, joined Western New York Psychotherapy Services as a psychotherapist. She also is a school social worker with Buffalo Public Schools. Gervase resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

David Milling, MD 1993 & BS 1985, senior associate dean for student and academic affairs in the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, was elected secretary of the board of directors for Kaleida Health. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

William Dean, MArch 1994 & BPS 1991, was appointed to the Community Design Center of Rochester’s board of directors. Dean, a registered architect, is a faculty member at Alfred State College. He resides in Avon, N.Y.

Diane Bush, MFA 1981

Diane Bush, MFA 1981, a Las Vegas-based artist, is wrapping up a 10-month political satire project composed of monthly exhibits and events surrounding the presidential election. The October event, to take place during the candidates’ final debate in Las Vegas, will be a “patriotic art carnival” at which the public will be invited to smash artist-designed commemorative plates.

Jason Vigneri-Beane, BPS 1994, an adjunct associate professor of graduate architecture and urban design at Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture, received the institute’s 2016-17 Distinguished Teacher Award. The award recognizes exceptional dedication to Pratt’s mission and the recipient’s career accomplishments. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Nicole Gasparini, BA 1995 & BS 1995, published a study on the evolution of landforms in the journal Nature. Gasparini is an associate professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Tulane University. She resides in New Orleans, La.

Lidia Snyder, MSW 1995 & BA 1992, completed a 300-hour certification program on the treatment of complex trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute. Snyder teaches trauma-sensitive yoga in various settings and also is an adjunct instructor in the University at Buffalo’s School of Social Work. She lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Mary Kay Diakite, MSW 1996 & BA 1990, joined Family Services of Chemung County as a mental health therapist. She resides in Horseheads, N.Y.

Sven Hida, BS 1997, joined Albany Medical Center’s Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology as a gastroenterologist. He also serves as Albany Medical’s director of endoscopy services and head of interventional endoscopy for its Digestive Disease Center. He lives in Hopewell Junction, N.Y.

Miguel Juárez, MLS 1998, received the 2016 Presidents’ Travel Fund for Emerging Historians grant from the Organization of American Historians. Juárez is a graduate student at the University of Texas at El Paso and expects to receive his PhD in 2017. He resides in El Paso, Texas.

Bridget Niland, JD 1998, EdM 1998 & BA 1995, was honored with the 2016 Athena Young Professional Leadership Award presented by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. Niland is director of athletics at Daemen College. She lives in Amherst, N.Y.


Jordan Lateiner, BS 2000, was named senior director of research and design project management for Allergan PLC, a global pharmaceutical company. He resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sarah Scarpace, PharmD 2002, was elected president of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association for the 2016-17 term. Scarpace is an associate professor at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She lives in Clifton Park, N.Y.

Walter Iwanenko, PhD 2003, was named vice president for academic affairs at Gannon University. Previously, Iwanenko served as dean of adult and graduate studies and professor of public administration at Hilbert College. He resides in Hamburg, N.Y.

Timothy Altieri, BA 2004, was selected as a 2016 Florida Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine. Altieri owns his own law firm and previously served as an assistant state attorney for Florida’s 20th Judicial Circuit. He lives in Cape Coral, Fla.

Amy Nash, PharmD 2005, was promoted from vice president of operations and clinical services to president at Reliance Rx. She resides in Tonawanda, N.Y.

Timothy Giles, BS 2006, was a recipient of the Harris Corporation’s 10 Under 10 award. Giles designs receiver circuitry for portable radios at Harris and also holds two patents. He lives in Brockport, N.Y.

Andrea Voelker, BA 2006, joined Blank Rome LLP as an associate in the firm’s consumer finance litigation group. She resides in Los Angeles, Calif.

Paul J. Roman Jr., JD 2007 & PhD 1997, was elected partner at Hodgson Russ. Roman is a member of the firm’s intellectual property and technology practice. He lives in North Tonawanda, N.Y.

Jeffrey Kruszka, BS 2008, was promoted to partner at Schunk, Wilson & Co. Certified Public Accountants PC. Kruszka works in the firm’s tax and assurance practice groups. He resides in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Christopher Zera, JD 2009, BS 2003 & MBA 2003, was promoted to manager at R.A. Mercer & Co. PC, a public accounting firm. He lives in West Seneca, N.Y.

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Roderick Salisbury, PhD 2010 & MA 2004, joined the Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology as a researcher. Salisbury also is a researcher for the Austrian Academy of Sciences and an adjunct lecturer in the Institute for Prehistory and Historical Archaeology at the University of Vienna. He resides in Vienna, Austria.

Mike DiSanto, MS 2011 & BS 2009, was a recipient of the Harris Corporation’s 10 Under 10 award. DiSanto works at Harris as a senior RF design engineer. He lives in Rochester, N.Y.

Jessie Gregorio, JD 2011, joined the law firm of Underberg & Kessler LLP as an associate. Gregorio will focus her practice in the areas of civil litigation, medical malpractice defense and health care law. She resides in Victor, N.Y.

Thomas Grace, MSW 2013, joined Erie Community College as an adjunct professor of history. He lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Oliver Hays, PMBA 2013, joined Phillips Lytle LLP as communications and proposal manager. Previously, Hays was senior public relations manager at The Martin Group. He resides in Amherst, N.Y.

Kayla Andrews, PharmD 2014, joined Simulations Plus Inc. as assistant director, global health initiative. She lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Emma Fabian, MSW 2014, was named director of behavioral health at Evergreen Health Services. She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Chanell McCain, MSW 2015, was appointed director of community engagement for the Alzheimer Association’s Western New York Chapter. She lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Whitney Mendel, PhD 2015, MSW 2002 & BA 1999, joined Daemen College as an assistant professor of public health, specializing in community public health. She resides in Amherst, N.Y.

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