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Robert Friedman, BA 1975, joined the board of directors for Hearts and Hands, a nonprofit that pairs volunteers with older and physically challenged adults for assistance and caregiving. Friedman is partner at the law firm of Friedman & Ranzenhofer. He lives in Corfu, N.Y.

Alan Snitzer, BA 1975, was named a top lawyer for 2015 by California’s Super Lawyers. Snitzer, who has been practicing law for more than 35 years, was recently designated as a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law by the State Bar of California. He resides in Pasadena, Calif.

Louis DiLorenzo, JD 1976, was included in the Chambers & Partners USA [Lawyers] Guide for 2015. DiLorenzo is a managing member of Bond, Shoeneck & King PLLC’s New York City office. He lives in Romulus, N.Y.

Yitzhak Mendelson, MS 1976 & BS 1975, was promoted to full professor of biomedical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Mendelson also serves as the interim head of the university’s biomedical engineering department. He resides in Worcester, Mass.

Janet Linn, JD 1977 & BA 1972, joined Bleakley Platt & Schmidt LLP as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property litigation practice group. She lives in Scarsdale, N.Y.

Keith Itzler, BS 1979, was promoted to vice president of Dewberry’s New York City office. He previously held the position of assistant branch manager at the design firm. He resides in Commack, N.Y.


Michael Corp, JD 1981, was selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for 2015. Corp is partner and chair of the elder law and special needs, tax and trusts, and estates practices at Hancock Estabrook LLP. He lives in Cicero, N.Y.

Peter Pullano, BA 1983, was named managing partner of Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Rochester office. He resides in Rochester, N.Y.

Eugene Fahey, JD 1984 & BA 1974, was confirmed as associate judge of the New York State Court of Appeals. He previously served as a judge within Buffalo City Court and the New York State Supreme Court. He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Cora Alsante, JD 1988, a partner in the elder law and special needs, tax and trusts, and estates practices at Hancock Estabrook LLP, was included in the Best Lawyers in America for 2015. She resides in Jamesville, N.Y.

Kara Kelly, MD 1989, was named the James A. Wolff Professor in Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). Kelly also serves as director of CUMC’s integrative therapies program for children with cancer and the leukemia and lymphoma program. She lives in New York, N.Y.


Janet Wojcik, BS 1990, associate professor of exercise science at Winthrop University, was awarded the Bank of America Endowed Professorship for the Richard W. Riley College of Education. She resides in Charlotte, N.C.

Nicholas Strauss, BA 1991, was appointed vice president of digital strategy at Theorem, a digital marketing company. He lives in Madison, N.J.

Marc Bruffett, BA 1992, was promoted to principal of Gensler’s New York office. Bruffett guides the design firm’s analysts in Boston, New York and Toronto. He resides in Fairfield, Conn.

Sanjay Putrevu, PhD 1992, was appointed dean of the University of Wyoming’s College of Business. Putrevu was previously a professor of marketing and associate dean of University at Albany’s School of Business. He lives in Laramie, Wyo.

Timothy Trifilo, BS 1992, joined CohnReznick LLP as lead tax partner for the firm’s national commercial real estate injury practice. He resides in Washington, D.C.

Kelly Julius, BS 1994 & AAS 1988, was named vice president of human resources at Merchants Insurance Group. She lives in Grand Island, N.Y.

Kenya Hobbs, BA 1996, was promoted to assistant vice president and community engagement specialist at M&T Bank. He resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Joseph Chow, MD 1997 & BA 1993, was appointed president of TeamHealth’s Urgent Care service line. Chow joined TeamHealth in 2007 and previously worked as a medical director for two of the company’s urgent care centers. He lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Mary Beth Pasquale, BA 1997, was named managing partner of Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Buffalo office. She resides in North Tonawanda, N.Y.

Thomas Kerr, BS 1998, was chosen as the Paul Kroegel Refuge Manager of the Year for 2015 by the National Wildlife Refuge Association. Kerr is the manager of the St. Croix Wetland Management District and the Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge, both located in Wisconsin. He lives in Inver Grove Heights, Minn.


Jennifer Johengen-Vogel, MS 2000 & BS 1994, was promoted to senior director of health management at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. Johengen-Vogel also serves on the board of the Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network. She resides in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Eric Ginsburg, BPS 2001, was promoted to principal at Gensler, a global design firm. He previously held the position of office director at the firm’s Toronto office. He lives in New York, N.Y.

Stephen Pezzino, BS 2002, was appointed regional sales manager of First Niagara Financial Group’s mortgage division. He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Christopher Schenk, MBA 2002 & BS 1995, was appointed chief legal officer of Curbell Inc. He resides in Kenmore, N.Y

Max Humann, JD 2004 & BA 2001, was named junior partner at the law firm of Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria. He resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Joshua Lynch, BS 2004, was promoted to vice president of medical operations at MercyFlight Inc. Lynch previously served as medical director for the organization. He lives in Clarence Center, N.Y.

Elizabeth Perry, JD 2004, joined Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP as a partner in the trusts and estates practice group. She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Jonathan Roller, MS 2004 & BS 2003, was promoted to principal at Lumsden McCormick LLP. He lives in North Tonawanda, N.Y.

Douglas Muth, MBA 2005 & BS 2005, was named principal in the auditing and accounting department at Lumsden McCormick LLP. He resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Magdalena Jaworska, MS 2006, was promoted from assistant portfolio manager to portfolio manager at Arbor Capital Management. She lives in Rochester, N.Y.

Missy Stolfi, EdM 2006, joined the American Cancer Society as community manager for Relay For Life. She resides in East Amherst, N.Y.

Mark Kransler, BA 2007, joined Brock, Schechter & Polakoff LLP as a staff accountant. He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Jordan Marks, JD 2009, joined the California Board of Equalization as a tax attorney. He resides in San Diego, Calif.


Ren LaForme, BA 2010, was named interactive learning producer at The Poynter Institute. LaForme joined Poynter in 2013 as an interactive learning fellow. He lives in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Keeley Sheehan, BA 2010, joined the Florida Holocaust Museum as a marketing and communications specialist. Prior to joining the museum, Sheehan was a staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times. She resides in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Drew Brigham, BS 2011, joined Campus Labs as a Web developer. He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Krista Grow, BS 2011, was appointed project manager at Eric Mower + Associates. She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Jessica Balke, BS 2012 & BA 2012, joined WNED-WBFO as a corporate development sales representative. Previously, Balke served as an account executive for WKBW-TV. Balke lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Christine Kemp, MPH 2012, was named administrative director of the Safety Net Association of Primary Care Affiliated Providers of Western New York. A 2014 Buffalo Business First 30 Under 30 awardee, Kemp resides in Tonawanda, N.Y.

Megan Dressel, BA 2013, accepted an internship at Upstate Medical University Hospital in speech language pathology for summer 2015. She lives in Syracuse, N.Y.

Joshua Bach, BA 2014 & BS 2014, joined DigitalOcean as a recruitment coordinator. He resides in New York, N.Y.

Marissa Slevar, MPH 2014 & BS 2012, joined P2 Collaborative of Western New York as population health coordinator. She lives in North Tonawanda, N.Y

Sarah Warner, MS 2014 & BS 2013, was named a staff accountant at the certified public accounting firm of Tronconi Segarra and Associates. Warner resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

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