Class notes by the Decade

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Susan Lederer, BS 1971, is an orientation and mobility specialist with the New York State Commission for the Blind. She lives in Rochester, N.Y.

David Brick, BA 1974, is safety manager for DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management. He resides in Covington, Ga.

Robert Doren, JD 1975 & BS 1972, was included in Buffalo Business First and Buffalo Law Journal’s 2015 Legal Elite. Doren is a labor and employment law attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC. He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Dennis Kelleher, BS 1978, was presented with the 2015 Engineer of the Year award by the New York State Society of Professional Engineers. Kelleher is the president of H2M architects + engineers. He resides in Centereach, N.Y.

Leonard Feld, MD 1979 & PhD 1976, was appointed president of Pediatric Specialists of America, which represents the more than 200 employed physicians of Miami Children’s Health System. He lives in Miami, Fla. 

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Leonard Dinder, BA 1980, retired from his position as a cartographer for the Federal Aviation Administration. He resides in Silver Spring, Md.

Eric Kramer, BS 1982, a partner at the law firm of Farrell Fritz, was selected to the 2015 New York Super Lawyers and New York Metro Rising Stars lists for estate and probate law. He resides in Dix Hills, N.Y.

Richard Dye, MBA 1985 & BS 1978, joined Kei Advisors, a Buffalo-based investor relations and business advisory consulting firm, as vice president. He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.


Gail Orffeo, BS 1990, created and developed Face Fun, a kit for video chatting with infants and toddlers. Orffeo resides in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Timothy Lambrecht, BA 1991, was named to the 2015 New York Super Lawyers list for environmental litigation. Lambrecht is an attorney at Wladis Law Firm. He lives in Syracuse, N.Y.

Howard Podolsky, MD 1991, is chief executive of Cambridge Medical & Rehabilitation Center, which operates two health care centers in Abu Dhabi. He resides in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Timothy Robertson, MA 1991, was named director of the Royal Society of Literature, a British charity organization that supports authors. He lives in London, England.

Mark Smith, MLS 1992, associate dean of libraries and director of Scholes Library at Alfred University, was named chairman-elect of the State University of New York Council of Library Directors. He resides in Hornell, N.Y.

John Senall, BA 1993, is the principal and founder of Mobile First Media LLC and Digital Healthcom Group, its health care division. He lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Ram Kumar Krishnamurthy, MS 1995, was appointed as 2015-16 distinguished lecturer of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Solid-State Circuits Society. Krishnamurthy is a senior principal engineer at Intel Labs, directing the high-performance and low-voltage circuits research group. He lives in Portland, Ore.

Craig Forgette, MS 1996 & BS 1992, was named chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Buffalo District Planning Management Team. He resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Sarah Viana, BA 1998, joined Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP as the director of organizational development. She lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

David Schwartz, PhD 1999, MS 1994 & BS 1990, was named director of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Interactive Games and Media. He previously served as assistant professor, associate professor and undergraduate program coordinator for the school. He resides in Rochester, N.Y.

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Melissa Franckowiak, MD 2003, BA 1999 & BS 1998, was awarded a $7,500 National Grid grant and a $40,000 University at Buffalo Center for Advanced Biomedical and Bioengineering Technology grant to develop PneumaGlide, her patented invention that assists in intubation. Franckowiak is a partner of Anesthesia Consultant Associates in Kenmore, N.Y. She resides in Grand Island, N.Y.

Kevin Lopez, MA 2006 & BA 2002, is founder and executive producer at LPZ Media. Lopez is currently producing his second feature film, “The Hudson Tribes.” He lives in Spring Valley, N.Y.

Cuong Nguyen, BA 2006, is an objects conservator at the Henry Ford Museum. He received his master of arts in principles of conservation and a master of science in conservation for archaeology and museums through the University College London Institute of Archaeology. Nguyen resides in Dearborn, Mich.

Rodney Haring, PhD 2007 & MSW 2002, was appointed as an at-large delegate to the American Indian and Alaska Native Health Research Advisory Council. An assistant professor at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in the Cancer Prevention and Populations Sciences Division, Haring is also adjunct faculty at the Native American Research and Training Center at the University of Arizona. He lives in Gowanda, N.Y.

Matthew Burwick, BS 2008, a financial adviser with L&M Financial, received his Series 7 license, also known as the general securities representative license. He resides in East Amherst, N.Y.

W. Seth Calleri, BA 2008, joined Hodgson Russ as an associate attorney in the Buffalo office. Calleri was previously a law clerk in the narcotics and violent crimes division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York and for New York State Supreme Court Justice Paula L. Feroleto. He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Melissa Doyle, BS 2008, was promoted to in-charge senior at the accounting firm of Brock, Schechter & Polakoff LLP. She specializes in nonprofit auditing and tax preparation. Doyle resides in West Seneca, N.Y.

Gregory Stein, MBA 2008 & JD 2008, an intellectual property lawyer at Ulmer & Berne, was elected to the board of directors for the Thea Bowman Center, which serves the Mt. Pleasant community of Cleveland. He lives in Moreland Hills, Ohio.

Victor Vacanti, MD 2008, MA 2004 & BA 2002, joined Buffalo Medical Group’s Cardiology Department as a clinical and noninvasive cardiologist. He resides in Clarence Center, N.Y.

Jennifer Carroll, MSW 2009, recently opened a private clinical therapy practice. She previously worked as a mental health therapist in an outpatient clinic. Carroll lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Teresa Lawrence, PhD 2009, Cert 2003, EdM 1993 & BA 1991, was named one of Buffalo Business First’s 2015 Women of Influence. Lawrence is superintendent of the Grand Island Central School District. She resides in Clarence Center, N.Y.


Deepak Janardhanan Nair, MS 2011, joined digital analytics company Nabler as a Web strategist. He lives in Bangalore, India.

Patrick Murray, MS 2012, joined Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP as a staff accountant. He resides in Hamburg, N.Y.

Lauren Paone, MS 2012 & BS 2011, was promoted to audit senior at Dannible & McKee LLP. She lives in Baldwinsville, N.Y.

Scott Archambault, MArch 2014 & BS 2011, joined Foit-Albert Associates as an architectural technician. Archambault resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

Graham Lyon, BA 2015, was named a Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellow by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. He will attend Purdue University. Lyon lives in West Lafayette, Ind.

Brian Orzechowski, BS 2015, joined Gelia, a marketing communications agency, as an account service coordinator. He resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

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