Campaign Leadership

The campaign volunteer team includes alumni, faculty, staff and friends from throughout the UB community. By sharing their practical experience and diverse expertise, these leaders help ensure that the campaign will succeed.

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Honorary Campaign Co-Chairs

Margaret and Jeremy Jacobs.

Jeremy M. Jacobs, AAS ’60, LHD ’96, and Margaret D. Jacobs

The University at Buffalo in 2015 honored the service and philanthropy of Jeremy M. Jacobs, his wife, Margaret, and their family to UB with a new name for its medical school: the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The Jacobs family made a historic gift of $30 million to the school as it began plans to move to its new home in downtown Buffalo to better pursue innovative medical education, research and patient care. Jacobs is chairman of global hospitality and food service company Delaware North. He has served as chairman of the UB Council since 1998 and has provided invaluable service to the university over three decades. Jacobs also is owner and governor of the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League.

Campaign Co-Chairs

Dan and Gail Alexander.

Daniel Alexander, MD ’99, BA ’95, and Gail Alexander, BS ‘87

Daniel and Gail Alexander are owners of Finger Lakes Bone and Joint Center, which serves the Rochester, NY, and the Finger Lakes region. A Buffalo native and a former lieutenant in the Buffalo Fire Department, Alexander received his medical degree from the University at Buffalo, and completed his orthopedic training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich.  He specializes in orthopedic sports surgery, including arthroscopy of the shoulder and knee, as well as rotator cuff repair, joint replacement and orthopedic trauma. He provides both emergency care and elective surgery at Newark Wayne Community Hospital and Clifton Springs Hospital. Gail Alexander serves as the practice administrator of the Finger Lakes Bone and Joint Center. They have four children.

Honorary Committee

Thomas E. Black Jr., JD ’79

Kenneth B. Forrest, JD ’76

Francis M. Letro, JD ’79

Nancy H. Nielsen, MD ’76

In memoriam, Robert G. Wilmers

Margaret Wong, JD ’76

Steering Committee

Beverly Foit Albert-Cox, MArch ’75

School of Architecture and Planning
President of Albert Architecture and Design DPC in Buffalo, N.Y., Beverly has been an associate professor of architecture at the University at Buffalo since 1970 and is a trustee of the UB Foundation Board. She receive a UB distinguished alumni award in 1992.

Joanne Bauer, BS ’82 and Gregory Bauer, BS ’82

UB Foundation Board of Directors
Gregory is a graduate of the School of Management, is cofounder and president of Employer Services Corp. in Amherst, N.Y., and serves as the chair of the UB Foundation board. Joanne is also a graduate of the School of Management, and is co-founder and executive vice president of Employer Services Corp. Greg and Joanne served as co-chairs of the 2014 UB Scholarship Gala and they reside in Clarence, NY.

Carol Gloff, BS ’75

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Carol has been president of Carol Gloff and Associates, Natick, Mass., since 1996, after a long career as a pharmaceutical/biotechnology corporate executive. She was president of the UB Alumni Association board from 2013 to 2015, and in 2013 she received the Willis G. Gregory memorial award from the School of Pharmacy.

 

Steven A. Guttenberg, DDS ’69, BA ’65 and Diana Winters Guttenberg

School of Dental Medicine
Steven, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, is medical director of the Washington Institute for Mouth, Face and Jaw Surgery, in Washington, D.C. In 2015, he received the Samuel P. Capen Award, one of UB’s most prestigious awards. Diana is a former attorney who worked for the Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C.

 

Kathie Keller

UB Foundation Board of Directors
Kathie is treasurer of the Keller Technology Corp. in Tonawanda, N.Y., and serves as a trustee of the UB Foundation board. She also chairs the gift stewardship committee of the UB Foundation Board.

Thomas Nochajski, PhD ’90, BA ’82

School of Social Work
Thomas is a research professor in the UB School of Social Work, co-directs the school’s Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care, and serves as an associate research scientist at the Research Institute of Addiction. In 2016, he received the Richard T. Sarkin Award, an alumni achievement award that recognizes excellence in teaching.

Michael Noe, MD

School of Public Health and Health Professions
Michael, of Clarence, N.Y., is a clinical professor emeritus of the School of Public Health and Health Professions, and is a member of the school’s Dean’s Community Advisory Council. He received the dean’s award from the School of Public Health and Health Professions in 2005. 

Paul Nussbaum, BA ’67

College of Arts and Sciences
Paul, of Bonita Springs, Florida, is chairman and CEO of Waramaug Hospitality, is past chair of the College of Arts and Sciences dean’s advisory committee and received a UB distinguished alumni award in 2015.

Steven Shepsman, BS ’75

School of Management
Steven, executive managing director and founder of New World Realty Advisors LLC, in Great Neck, N.Y., is a member of the School of Management’s dean’s advisory council and is a trustee of the UB Foundation board. He was the 2014 recipient of the Philip B. Wels Outstanding Service Alumni Achievement Award and in 1999, and the School of Management awarded him with the Industry Leadership in Real Estate Award.

Daniel Sperazza, BS ’88 and Karen Sperazza

UB Athletics
Daniel, an honors graduate of the School of Management, is managing partner of the HighTower LakeWater investment firm in Buffalo, N.Y., and a trustee of the UB Foundation board. Karen is a member of the Junior League of Buffalo and serves on the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra board. They live in East Amherst, N.Y.

Joseph Stefko, PhD ’03, MA ’99, BA ’97

UB Alumni Association Board of Directors
Joseph, a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in political science, is president and CEO of CGR Inc., the Rochester, NY-based nonprofit management consultancy overseeing strategy for the nonprofit management consultancy. He is a member of the UB Alumni Association board of directors. In 2016, he received a distinguished alumni award from the Rochester Alumni Chapter.

Coleen Stevens, BS ’79 and Scott Stevens, BS ’79

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Scott, a graduate of the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is president of Dimension Fabricators, Inc. in Scotia, NY. He is an emeritus member of the school’s Deans Advisory Council and he was honored with the Philip B. Wells Alumni Achievement Award in 2015, the Dean’s Award in 2011, and the school’s Engineer of the Year award in 2010. Coleen is a physical therapy graduate of the School of Public Health and Health Professions. She enjoyed a long career as a physical therapist in adult rehabilitation and community based health. She is a board member of Dimension Fabricators, Inc. in Scotia, NY. Together, Scott and Coleen received the school’s Delta Award in 2016.

 

Connie Vari, RN, PhD, EMBA ’04, MS ’97, BS ’94

School of Nursing
Connie, from Williamsville, N.Y., is a graduate of the Schools of Nursing and Management. She is the former chief operating officer of Kaleida Health, where she worked for more than 35 years. She is a past chair of the School of Nursing’s dean’s advisory council and she is the recipient of the Patricia H. Garman Excellence in Service award in 2014, a UB Distinguished Alumni award in 2009, and a Distinguished Nursing Alumni award in 2007.

School and Unit Committee Members

  • Kenneth Barna, BS ’69 
    School of Management
  • Marilyn Ciancio, EdM ’82, BA ’75 and Sebastian Ciancio, DDS ’61
    School of Dental Medicine
  • Edward Dong, MBA ’91
    School of Management
  • Richard Ferranti, EMBA ’97
    School of Management
  • Richard Robert Floersch, MBA ’80, BS ’80
    School of Management
  • James Gerace Jr., BA '86
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Barry Goldstein, MBA ’80, BA ’75
    School of Management
  • Jason Havens, BS ’05
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Genevieve Losonsky, MD ’77, and Patrick Murphy, MD
    Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Norman McCombs, BS ‘68
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Murray Rosenthal, DDS ’63
    School of Dental Medicine
  • Kenneth Roth, MD ’83
    Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Anne Savarino, BA ’90, and Samuel Savarino, BA ’85
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • David Simon, Esq., BS ’74
    School of Management
  • Roberta Stevens, MLS '74, BA '70, and George Stevens
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Stephen Still, BS ’76
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • A. Scott Weber, PhD, and Jo Ann Weber
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Marjorie Winkler, PhD ’80, BS ’75, and Paul Hohenschuh
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mark Zmijewski, PhD ’83, MBA ’81, BS ’76
    School of Management