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*Philip Morey, MD 1962, received the Individual Supporter Award from the Town of Amherst Arts and Culture in Public Places Board. Morey is a retired cardiologist who served with the Buffalo Medical Group for 30 years. He resides in Williamsville, N.Y.

Aleksandra Gruzinska, MA 1966, professor of French at Arizona State University’s School of International Letters and Cultures, was inducted by the French government into the Ordre des Palmes Académiques at the grade of Chevalier. She lives in Mesa, Ariz.

Neil Grossman, BA 1969, was awarded lifetime membership in the New Jersey Dental Association after practicing dentistry for more than 41 years. He resides in Cherry Hill, N.J.


Leonard Gaby, MBA 1971 & BS 1967, co-founder and former chief executive officer of Sleep America, was appointed to O’Connor House’s board of directors. He lives in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

*Alan More, MA 1971, an adjunct professor of intelligence studies at George Mason University, was awarded the school’s 2014 Teaching Excellence Award for Adjunct Faculty. He resides in McLean, Va.

Alexander DuBrow, MBA 1973, founded Avonis Inc., a boutique consulting firm in Orlando, Fla. He lives in Deland, Fla.

*Gary Jastrzab, BA 1976 & BA 1976, executive director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, was awarded the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence. He resides in Philadelphia, Pa.

Barry Mukamal, MBA 1977 & BS 1976, co-managing partner of KapilaMukamal, was designated a certified insolvency and restructuring advisor by the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors. He lives in Hollywood, Fla.

*Steven Ascher, PhD 1978, MS 1976, BA 1974 & BA 1974, was elected president of the New Jersey chapter of the American Statistical Association. He resides in New Britain, Pa.


Siamak Moini, BS 1980, joined ARCADIS as a program manager to support urban planning projects in Los Angeles, Calif. He lives in Los Angeles.

Thomas Hill, BA 1981, retired as a school psychologist after working for 30 years in various public schools. He resides in Elmira, N.Y.

Michael McCall, BA 1981, was named director of Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business. He was previously a professor and chair of Ithaca College’s Department of Marketing and Law. He lives in Holt, Mich.

Robert Black, BS 1982, a senior adviser for Boston Consulting Group, joined Annie’s Homegrown’s board of directors as chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee. He resides in Dallas, Texas.

*Marilyn Ciancio, EdM 1982 & BA 1975, was a 2014 Amherst Awards for the Arts recipient in the category of Behind the Scenes Individual. She lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Eric Kramer, BS 1982, an attorney for Farrell Fritz, was selected to the 2014 New York Super Lawyers list. He resides in Dix Hills, N.Y.

Gerard Sentz, MS 1982 & BS 1981, joined Foit-Albert Associates as vice president of engineering. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

James Weidner, BA 1982, partner and managing member of Oliver & Weidner, was reappointed to the Georgia Superior Court Clerks Cooperative Authority. He resides in Clarkesville, Ga.

Mitchell Brew, BS 1985, was named director of logistics for the U.S. Army Medical Command in the Office of the Surgeon General. He lives in Vienna, Va.

Joseph Coulson, PhD 1985 & MA 1982, was appointed president of the Great Books Foundation. He resides in Cambridge, Mass.

James M. Daly, MBA 1985 & BS 1984, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Incyte Corporation, joined Chimerix’s board of directors. He lives in Raleigh, N.C.

Barbara Nevergold, PhD 1986 & EdM 1974, former Buffalo School Board president, was appointed chairwoman of the state’s Conference of Big 5 School Districts. She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Margaret Gehring, BS 1987, was named head coach of Macalester College’s men’s and women’s track and field programs. She lives in Saint Paul, Minn.

Thomas Ostrowski, BA 1989, a banking and finance law attorney for Tucker Ellis, was selected to the Best Lawyers in America list for 2015. He resides in Strongsville, Ohio.


Gregory Jakubowicz, JD 1990, was named college chaplain at Hilbert College. He previously served as college chaplain at Siena College. He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Edward Zelmanow, BA 1991, joined Clark & Howell as the attorney leading the creditor’s rights department. He resides in Gorham, Maine.

Joseph Bracci, PhD 1992, MS 1989 & BS 1987, was appointed chair of the ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council. Bracci is the A.P. and Florence Wiley Professor II in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University. He lives in The Woodlands, Texas.

Sandra Cross, BA 1992, was promoted to senior director of diversity and inclusion by the Professional Golfers Association of America. Before her promotion, Cross served as director of women’s and new market initiatives. She resides in Pembroke Pines, Fla.

*Chad Goodwin, BA 1993, joined AmeriHealth Caritas as vice president and chief procurement officer. He lives in West Chester, Pa.

Denise Juron-Borgese, BA 1994 & BPS 1993, was promoted from director to vice president of development and planning at Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation. She resides in Tonawanda, N.Y.

John Ernst, PhD 1995 & MA 1993, an adjunct professor of psychology at Thomas More College, was named director of the Thomas More College Success Center. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Gwen Howard, MArch 1995, was appointed vice president of architecture at Foit-Albert Associates. Howard, who has worked for Foit-Albert for 15 years, was previously senior project manager of architecture. She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

*Kristen Murphy, BA 1996, assistant director of membership and alumni engagement at the University at Buffalo, was named vice president of the Council of Alumni Marketing and Membership Professionals. She lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Shawn Farrell, MLS 1998, joined the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County as an ILS analyst. Farrell previously worked at the New York Public Library as a circulation implementation coordinator. He resides in Park Hills, Ky.

Bridget Niland, JD 1998, EdM 1998 & BA 1995, was appointed athletic director of Daemen College, where she is also an associate professor of business administration. Niland previously served as Daemen’s faculty athletic representative. She lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Kelly Carrigg, MA 1999, a French teacher at St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, N.Y., was named Veteran of the Month by New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti, a member of the New York State Senate’s Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee. She resides in Hamburg, N.Y.

Tracy Conhiser-Uy, MArch 1999 & BPS 1997, joined Wendel’s architectural group. She lives in Buffalo, N.Y.


Nicholaus Baker, BA 2001, was named assistant crew coach at Drexel University. Baker was previously head coach of the University of Pennsylvania’s lightweight rowing program. He resides in Philadelphia, Pa.

Albert Bitterman, MArch 2002, was appointed associate professor of architecture and design at Alfred State College. He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Brian Goldwater, BS 2002, was promoted to administrative vice president and senior audit manager at M&T Bank. He resides in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Jamie Karek, MA 2002, partner at Commonwealth Law Group, was selected to the Super Lawyers’ 2014 Rising Stars list. Karek was also named one of the top 100 injured workers’ attorneys in the country by the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group. She lives in Richmond, Va.

Betty Lim, MD 2003, joined Summit Medical Group Geriatric Services and Palliative Care as a physician. Lim is also assistant professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She resides in Edgewater, N.J.

Joseph McCabe, MArch 2003 & BPS 2001, was appointed vice president of The Woda Group. McCabe was previously employed at The NRP Group as a senior project manager. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Michael Brogan, PhD 2005 & MS 1989, Daemen College dean and vice president for academic affairs, was selected for the Fulbright Specialist Program. He resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Richard Taczkowski, MUP 2006, founder and president of Friends of Schoolhouse #8, accepted a Restoration and Community Engagement Award from Preservation Buffalo Niagara. He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

James Maynard, PhD 2007, associate curator of the Poetry Collection at UB, was awarded the inaugural Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism from the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation for editing “Robert Duncan: Collected Essays and Other Prose” (University of California Press, 2014). He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Sherri vonHahmann, EMBA 2007, was appointed east coast sales executive at Bell Flavors and Fragrances. She resides in Medford, N.J.

*John Cope, MD 2008, joined SVMC General Surgery and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians Group. He previously practiced as a surgical critical care fellow at Hartford Hospital. He lives in Bennington, Vt.

Amy Zieziula, EdM 2008, was appointed assistant dean of student integrity at Armstrong State University. Zieziula previously worked as interim associate dean for student conduct at Georgia Southern University. She resides in Statesboro, Ga.

Jeremy Olson, PhD 2009, was named head of the Chemistry Department at Judson College. Olson was previously an adjunct professor of chemistry at Essex County College. He lives in Marion, Ala.


Vinayak Kane, MS 2010, was promoted to software development lead at Freeform Technologies. He resides in Ichalkaranji, India.

*Michael Cefalu, BS 2011, joined Altria Group Distribution Company as a territory sales manager. He lives in Westbrook, Maine.

Michael Zimmerman, MUP 2011 & BA 2008, executive director of Lumber City Development Corporation, was named community development director for the City of North Tonawanda. He resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Edward Hutton, MS 2012, an assistant professor of finance at Niagara University, received the school’s 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award. He lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

Madeleine Fincham, MUP 2014 & BA 2012, joined Michael Baker International as a planning associate. She lives in Washington, Pa.

Brooke Grant, PhD 2014 & EdM 2005, was named an assistant professor of social studies education at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She resides in Superior.

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