*Lawrence Benaquist, BA 1963, professor emeritus of film
studies at Keene State College, recently retired. The founder of
Keene’s film studies program, Benaquist is currently
producing a documentary on the collaborationist government in
Vichy, France, and the Jews. He resides in Keene, N.H.
*Louis Bertrand, BA 1965, is serving his second four-year
term as mayor of Hiram, Ohio. Prior to becoming mayor, Bertrand
worked as a trial attorney for 45 years. He lives in Ravenna,
Barbara Wiedemann, BA 1970, an English and philosophy
professor at Auburn University at Montgomery, published “The
Death of a Pope and Other Poems,” a collection of poetry on
life in Italy. She resides in Montgomery, Ala.
*Ira Kleinburd, BA 1972, retired after 40 years of
government service with the New York City Department of Correction.
He most recently served as assistant director of personnel. He
resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Thomas Lombardo, MD 1973, was elected president of the
Erie County Medical Society. Lombardo also is a practicing
orthopedic surgeon at Northtowns Orthopedics. He lives in East
Stephen Lazoritz, MD 1976 & BA 1972, joined Arbor
Health Plan as medical director. Lazoritz also is a clinical
professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Creighton University,
and is a speaker and advocate for the health and welfare of
children. He resides in Omaha, Neb.
Richard Cohen, BS 1977, joined Duff & Phelps
Corporation as managing director of its legal management consulting
division. Cohen previously served as president and vice chairman
for RenewData Corp. He lives in Weston, Fla.
Walter Polka, EdD 1977 & BA 1968, Niagara University
professor of professional programs and PhD program coordinator, was
presented with the 2013 University at Buffalo Graduate School of
Education alumni of distinction award. He resides in Lewiston,
John Polka, BS 1978, was promoted by National Fuel Gas
Company to assistant vice president of National Fuel Gas
Distribution Corporation. Polka first joined the company in 1978 as
a management trainee. He lives in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
*James Tyrpak, BA 1978, president of Tyrpak Financial
Associates, was named the 103rd president of the Rotary Club of
Buffalo. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y.
Richard Yarmel, BA 1979, joined Harter Secrest & Emery LLP as partner in its health care practice. Yarmel also was named one of the top attorneys of 2013 in health care law by the Best Lawyers in America. He resides in Penfield, N.Y.
R. Mark Evans, PhD 1980, was named medical director of
Diversified Business Communications Pri-Med LLC’s pmiCME
clinical editorial team. He lives in Hinsdale, Ill.
Lucy Candelario, BA 1982, was appointed executive
director of The Belle Center, a human services agency. Candelario
brings nearly 30 years of experience in the nonprofit industry to
the agency. She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.
Glenn Henricksen Jr., MBA 1982, was elected to Santa Fe
Gold Corporation’s board of directors. Henricksen has more
than 30 years of global experience as a senior Wall Street asset
manager and financial professional. He lives in Hong Kong.
Peter Pullano, BA 1983, accepted a position at law firm
Tully Rinckey PLLC as a partner. Pullano has practiced criminal
defense law for more than 20 years. He resides in Rochester,
Evan Wardner, MBA 1983 & BS 1981, joined Western New
York Asset Management LLC as a senior wealth manager. Wardner is a
member of the Financial Planning Association and has more than 30
years of experience in investment, banking and insurance. He lives
in Orchard Park, N.Y.
Benjamin Zuffranieri Jr., JD 1983, the head of Hodgson
Russ’s business litigation practice area, was inducted into
the Litigation Counsel of America. Zuffranieri’s experience
spans general business, construction and cross-border litigation.
He resides in Williamsville, N.Y.
Priscilla Coe, DDS 1984, became the Navy’s first
female rear admiral of the Dental Corps Reserves. She will serve as
Navy Medicine’s reserve component deputy chief of staff in
the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. She resides in
Michael Mazzeo, PhD 1984 & MA 1978, was appointed
dean of Oakland University’s School of Business
Administration. Before joining Oakland University, Mazzeo served at
Michigan State University as a professor and chair of the
department of finance. He lives in Okemos, Mich.
Patricia Podkulski, MS 1984 & BS 1981, was named the
program director of accountable care organization facilitation and
educational transformation at Catholic Medical Partners. She
resides in Buffalo, N.Y.
Jon Webster, JD 1984, joined law firm Harter Secrest
& Emery LLP as partner of the intellectual property practice
group. He lives in Penfield, N.Y.
Daniel Rechen, BS 1986, received the Northrop Grumman
Aerospace Systems president’s award for program excellence
for his design work on the MQ-4C Triton, an unmanned surveillance
aircraft. He resides in Encinitas, Calif.
Kristen Pope, BS 1987, was promoted from accountant to
finance and development director of Just Buffalo Literary Center.
She lives in Buffalo, N.Y.
Pratap Subrahmanyam, MS 1987, was appointed a VMware
fellow at VMware Inc., a provider of cloud and virtualization
software and services. As a new fellow, he will be honored with an
endowment in his name of $800,000 to Stanford University. He lives
in Saratoga, Calif.
Gina Lee-Glauser, MS 1988 & BS 1982, vice president
of research and research professor of mechanical and aerospace
engineering at Syracuse University, was named a fellow of the
American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She resides in Manlius,
Lynn Puerner, BS 1988, associate principal of Cannon Design, was elected to the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Western New York. She lives in Lancaster, N.Y.
Thomas Turnbull, MBA 1990, publisher at the Batavia Daily
News, was named the president of the Genesee County Chamber of
Commerce. He lives in Batavia, N.Y.
Mark Paradowski, BS 1991, was appointed vice president of
information services at Columbus McKinnon Corporation, a designer
and manufacturer of material handling products. He resides in
Joseph Sarkis, PhD 1992 & MBA 1986, joined Worcester
Polytechnic Institute as professor in the school of business and
head of the department of management. Sarkis is internationally
recognized for his research in green supply chain management and
operations sustainability. He lives in North Grafton, Mass.
Sally Crowley, BA 1994, accepted a position at the John
R. Oishei Foundation as communications director. Prior to her new
position, Crowley provided communications consulting through her
company Sally Crowley Marketing. She resides in Orchard Park,
Michael Kawochka, BA 1994 & BA 1991, joined Warren
Lewis Sotheby’s International Realty as a licensed real
estate agent. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Hilary Banker, JD 1996, partner at law firm Burgio Kita
Curvin & Banker, was named one of upstate New York’s top
attorneys of 2013 by Super Lawyers. She resides in Buffalo,
Jeffrey Kerl, BS 1996, was promoted to assistant vice
president of Middlesex Savings Bank’s commercial real estate
lending division. He lives in Marlborough, Mass.
Olena Bodnarskyj, BFA 1997, joined Nichols School as a
middle school art teacher. She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.
Brigid Maloney, JD 1998, was named partner of law firm
Harris Beach’s statewide health care industry team. Maloney
previously served as general counsel for UBMD physicians group. She
lives in Buffalo, N.Y.
Jeremy Walczak, BS 1999, was promoted to director of the
information risk office at Independent Health. He resides in
Brian Wolf, BS 1999, was hired as executive director of retail financial services for Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Wolf brings more than 15 years of experience in investment banking, business lending and retail branch operations. He lives in Anchorage, Alaska.
*Stephanie Argentine, MBA 2000, JD 1993 & BA 1989,
was promoted from director to vice president of talent management
and organizational development at Rich Products. She resides in
Juan Gonzalez, BS 2000, is special adviser to Vice
President Joseph Biden on U.S. policy toward the Western
Hemisphere. He lives in Silver Spring, Md.
Karen Larsen, MBA 2000, was promoted to partner at
ParenteBeard, an accounting and business advisory firm. She resides
in Coudersport, Pa.
James Moore, BA 2000, was promoted to director of
production and facilities at William S. Hein & Co., a legal
documents digital publishing company. He lives in Amherst,
Todd Vogt, MA 2000 & BS 1996, joined the University
of Wisconsin lightweight women’s rowing team as an assistant
coach. Vogt comes to the Badgers from the University of Portland,
where he also served as an assistant rowing coach. He resides in
*Valerie Czamara, BS 2004, joined Gelia, an integrated
marketing communications agency, as an online media specialist.
Before joining Gelia, Czamara worked at Eric Mower and Associates.
She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.
Erin Robinson, PhD 2004, an associate professor of
sociology and director of environmental studies at Canisius
College, is part of a research team awarded a three-year, $796,000
grant from the National Science Foundation INSPIRE program to study
the removal of pollution from groundwater. She lives in North
Mark Collard, EMBA 2005, is chair of the Buffalo
Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation. Collard is also the managing
partner and co-founder of Amherst-based Landmark Wealth Management.
He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.
Frank Conjerti, BA 2005, digital creative director at
Quinlan & Co., was elected to the 2013-14 board of directors of
the Advertising Club of Buffalo. He resides in Buffalo, N.Y.
Elizabeth Heavy, PhD 2006, associate professor of nursing
at SUNY Brockport, was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award
for Excellence in Teaching. She resides in Rochester, N.Y.
Frank Bartela, BA 2007, joined Dworken & Bernstein
Co. LPA’s class action department, where he will practice
litigation and appeals. He lives in Brocton, N.Y.
Brian Knapp, BA 2007, was named SUNY Buffalo State
women’s soccer lead assistant coach. He resides in Warners,
Gareth Lema, PhD 2007 & MD 2007, accepted a position
at the Ross Eye Institute as a retina specialist. He lives in
Stephanie Soehnlein, MD 2007 & MBA 2007, was
appointed to the radiology staff of Southtowns Radiology. She
resides in Orchard Park, N.Y.
James Zolnowski, BS 2007, was named nurse manager of the
intensive care unit at Advocate South Suburban Hospital. He lives
in Hazel Crest, Ill.
Ronald George, BS 2008, accepted a position as a gas
compression engineer at Wasco Energy’s Oil Field Supply
Center. He resides in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
*Kevin Habberfield, JD 2008, was selected by Super
Lawyers as a Rising Star of 2013. He lives in Allegany, N.Y.
Christopher Reisch, PhD 2008, EdM 1998, BA 1994 & BA
1994, was promoted to full professor at Jamestown Community
College. Reisch teaches mathematics and computer science, and is
director of mathematics courses at the North County Center in
Dunkirk, N.Y. He resides in West Seneca, N.Y.
Edward Tierney, CEL 2008, partner at BlackDog Strategy
and Brand, was awarded an alumni achievement award from the UB
School of Management Alumni Association. He lives in Hamburg,
Melinda Cruz, PhD 2009 & BA 2003, was appointed
supervisor of student services for the Stafford County School
Board. Cruz also is a lead psychologist for the school division.
She resides in Glen, Va.
Kristin Kowalski, BS 2009, was promoted to human
resources administrator at Niagara Cerebral Palsy. She lives in
Michael Maley, MS 2009, was promoted to senior auditor at
Lougen, Valenti, Bookbinder & Weintraub, a public accounting
firm. He resides in East Amherst, N.Y.
*Kenneth Manning, MS 2009, JD 1977 & BS 1974, a
partner of Phillips Lytle LLP, was reelected to the board of
directors of Suneel’s Light, a foundation dedicated to
raising awareness and funding to cure Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
He lives in Williamsville, N.Y.
William Sherlock, JD 2009 & BA 2006, was named associate at law firm Kenny Shelton Liptak Nowak, where he will practice in workers’ compensation. He resides in Buffalo, N.Y.
Joshua Gordon, MLS 2010, joined the Springville Journal
as a reporter. Previously, he worked as an assistant librarian in
the University at Buffalo Poetry Collection. He lives in Buffalo,
*Christopher Conrad, MLS 2011 & BA 2007, is a member
of the information technology and library departments at Nichols
School. He resides in Tonawanda, N.Y.
*Brittany Klotzbach, BA 2011, was promoted to traffic
manager at the Martin Group, a Buffalo branding, marketing and
advertising firm. Klotzbach joined the Martin Group as an
accounting intern in 2010. She lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.
Luisa Whittaker-Brooks, PhD 2011 & MA 2009, was
awarded a $60,000 grant by the L’Oréal USA Fellowships
for Women in Science. She is completing her postdoctoral research
in nanotechnology at Princeton University. She resides in
Robert Bartlett, JD 2012 & BS 2006, a law associate
at Otis Coan and Peters, was appointed to BASE Camp
Children’s Cancer Foundation’s board of directors. He
lives in Fort Collins, Colo.
Claire Fortin, JD 2012, joined law firm Hiscock &
Barclay as an associate. She resides in Amherst, N.Y.
Jennifer Murphy, CEL 2012, was named the president of
NetPlus Alliance. Murphy is the fifth generation to guide the
family-owned company. She lives in Lockport, N.Y.
Chad Woods, BS 2012, joined GYMO Architecture,
Engineering and Land Surveying as a design engineer. He resides in
Emily Zimmermann, BA 2012, was appointed executive
assistant to the president at the United Way of Buffalo and Erie
County. She lives in South Wales, N.Y.
Jennifer Warren, MLS 2013, accepted a position at Longview Public Library as youth services supervisor. She resides in Longview, Texas.