Class Notes From 2013

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1960-1969 

’49 BS William T. Vaughan was the recipient of France’s highest decoration, the Legion of Honor, for his service as a medic during his tour of duty.

’60 BS John G. Michalovic, retired safety officer for Calspan Corporation, was elected to the Western New York Safety Conference’s Board of Directors.

’64 BA John J. Dumpert is a new certified docent at the Frank Lloyd Wright designed by Darwin Martin House in Buffalo. He previously served as a security bond broker at RJ Vanner and Associates.

’64 MA Sister Sally A. Maloney, mentor at Trocaire College, was elected secretary of the Nativity Miguel Middle School of Buffalo’s Board of Directors.

’65 BA Gerard A. Hauser, PhD, professor of distinction emeritus of communications at the University of Colorado Boulder, was the 2013 recipient of the James A. Winans and Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address for his most recent book, Prisoners of Conscience: Moral Vernaculars of Political Agency

1970-1979

’70 BA Joe G. Grifasi, New York city-based actor, is producing the new PBS production OnStage in America. The program is a joining of forces to put the best theatre productions from across America on prime-time national television in a fresh and exciting format.

’71 BA Joseph W. Helak, MD, is the new cardiologist at Appalachian Regional Health Care System in North Carolina. He previously served at the Sanger Clinic. 

’72 BA Catherine M. Burzik is the new general partner at Targeted Technology. She previously served as president and CEO at Kinetic Concepts Inc.

’72 BA Stanton H. Hudson Jr., executive director at Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, was elected to the Allentown Association Board of Directors.

’72 BA Kevin T. McNally retired from his position as executive assistant of health and senior service for the State of New Jersey after a 31-year career.

’72 BA Leonard J. Milioto is the new water treatment specialist at Nussbaumer & Clarke, Engineers and Surveyors. He previously served at Buffalo Water Authority for 30 years.

’72 BA John E. Schmidt, retired president of John Schmidt & Associates, is a new ambassador and volunteer for the New Hampshire Granite State Ambassadors.

’72 BS Rocco R. Termini, chief executive officer at Signature Developments LLC, was the keynote speaker of Medaille College’s Entrepreneurship Advisory Board Symposium entitled, “Ready, Willing and Able.”

’72 BA Gary G. Campbell retired from his position as insurance fund hearing representative at the New York State Insurance Department after 40 years of service. He has now joined the law firm of Lewis and Lewis representing injured workers compensation claimants.  

’73 BA Carmen J. Gentile, attorney for the City of Buffalo, was elected to the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association Board of Directors.

’73 BA Anthony A. Kubera, director of business development at Russel Bond & Co Inc., was elected to the Insurance Club of Buffalo Past Presidents’ Council and to the Professional Insurance Agents of New York State Board of Directors

’73 BA Christine M. (VanDooser) Miner, RN, retired from her position as registered nurse in high risk OB/GYN at the Women and Children’s Hospital after more than 20 years in the field.

’73 BA Patricia A. Poreda authored a historical romance novel entitled, By Love’s Honor Bound, under the pen name Patricia Bond.

’73 BS Michael J. Songin, owner of Michael J. Songin CPA, was elected to the WNY Collaborative Law Professionals Board of Directors.

’73 MS Paul T. Wietig, retired assistant superintendent at Amherst Central School and assistant VP of Interprofessional Education for Health Science at UB, was the recipient of the Amherst Central Alumni Foundation 2013 Distinguished Educator Emeritus Award.

’74 BA Christopher A. Head, legal and compliance director at Moog Inc., was elected to the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association Board of Directors.

’74 BS Robert R. Meiss, President and CEO at Beechwood Continuing Care, was named the 2013 Senior Community Leader by the Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation.

’75 MBA Christine F. Procknal was promoted to director of support and facility services at Meals on Wheels for western New York. She previously served as support services clerk.

’76 BS Archangel L. Muscato was appointed to the AARP National Chapter Advisory Team.

’76 BA Maria B. Scrivani, former reporter for the Buffalo News and contributing writer for Buffalo Spree magazine, joined the Torn Space Theater Board of Directors.

’77 MBA Richard R. Haynes, retired deputy business editor for the Buffalo News, was elected to the Allentown Association Board of Directors.

’77 MS Mary E. Mulvey, director of Medaille College’s community partnership program and overseer of its TRIO Student Support Services Program, was the recipient of the President’s Award for Leadership in WNY. 

’79 BA Richard G. Battaglia, MD, director at PwC presented “Unique Challenges of Sector –Wide Health Planning in an Emerging Market” at the Healthcare Design Conference in Orlando, FL based on his work performed with the QATAR Supreme Council of Health.

1980-1989

’80 BA Paul F. Diehl, PhD, Henning Larsen Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois was chosen as president-elect of the International Studies Association.

’80 BS Michael J. Greenberg, managing partner at Greenberg Financial Service, recently celebrated Greenberg Financial Service’s 25th anniversary. Personally, he is also celebrating 36 years as a high school basketball referee, 26 years as a member of the Region 3 Junior College Basketball staff and 9 years as a member of the American Basketball Association referee staff.

’82 BS James J. Dickinson is the new director of business development at UB/MD Internal Medicine. He previously worked at Univera Healthcare.

’82 BA Mark A. Genovese is the new marketing coordinator for Trudeau Architects/Truarchs Online. He previously served as associate director of communications for the New York State Nurses Association.

’83 MBA Nancy M. Blaschak, regional chief executive officer for the WNY & Finger Lakes American Red Cross, was honored by Girl Scouts of WNY for her work in public service.

’83 BS Karl F. Krebs is the new executive VP, chief financial officer and treasurer of Chemung Canal Trust Company. He also is the new chief financial officer and treasurer of CCTC’s parent company, Chemung Financial Corporation. He previously served as executive VP & chief financial officer of Financial Institution Inc.

’84 BS Patrick L. Emmerling, partner at Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, was a presenter at the 60th Anniversary of the Institute on taxation offered by the UB School of Management.

’84 BA Richard T. Saraf, a partner at Kenney Shelton Liptak and Nowak LLP, was elected to the 2013-2014 Insurance Club of Buffalo’s Board of Directors.

’85 BA John P. Huber, Vice President/Regional Manager, of Lake Shore Savings, was elected treasurer of the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

’86 BA Suzanne L. Rattigan is the new art director at Universal Creative. She previously served as production designer and art director at IATSE Local 800.

’86 BS Celia Szczepura-McLean is the new director of administration for the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. She previously served as the administrative manager for the KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy and Sustainability.

’86 BA Kevin M. Carter, judge for the Erie County Family Court, joined the Daemen College Board of Trustees.

’87 BA Nadine M. Matala-Kowalski, was elected recording secretary to the Buffalo Seminary Alumnae Association’s Board of Directors.

’87 BA Michael J. Mitchell, general, vascular and laparoscopic surgeon at Michael Mitchell, MD, PLLC, was appointed medical director of The Wound Center of Niagara.

’87 BS Jeffrey M. Salerno Sr., science teacher at Lake Shore Central High School, was selected as a member of the inaugural group of educators in Gov. Andrew C. Cuomo’s Master Teacher Program. This program was set up to recognize and reward outstanding math and science teachers as the best in their subject areas.

’88 BA David E. Castro was promoted to administrator for Region 5 of the Montana Department of Corrections. He previously served as a community corrections supervisor. 

’88 BA James L. Lawicki II, spine consultant at Medtronic, was appointed to the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture Board of Directors at Canisius College. 

’88 MBA Mark J. Nigro is the new chief financial officer for Buffalo City Mission. He previously served as the executive pastor, chief operating officer and chief financial officer for Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church.

’88 BA Randy C. Rucinski, general counsel for National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation, was elected president of the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association Board of Directors.

’88 BS Diane C. Zarlock, legal counsel for GE Consumer Finance, was elected to the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association Board of Directors.

’89 BS Vincent L. Barrese was promoted to mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Director for Edwards Lifesciences in the Transcatheter Heart Valve Division. He previously served as territory manager for Upstate New York. 

’89 BS Russell Matuszak, legal counsel for HealthNow New York Inc., was elected to the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association Board of Directors.  

’89 BA Michael R. Mendola, senior counsel for HSBC Bank, was elected to the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association Board of Directors.

’89 BS Lynn M. Tytka, teacher at St. Mary High School, was named “Math Hero” by Raytheon Company for her effective, innovative methods to promote student enthusiasm and achievement.

’89 BS Joseph F. Volpe is the new chief financial officer of Freed Maxick CPAs. He previously served as director of accounting at Elderwood Senior Care. 

’89 BA LTC Andrew J. Bauer, MD, retired from the US Army after 29 years of service including two combat tours in Iraq. He is also the new medical director of the Thyroid Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and associate professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

1990-1999

’90 BS, MBA ’95 Michael F. Newman, executive vice president at NOCO Energy Corporation was named chairman of the Business Council at Canisius College.

’91 BA Matthew J. Barr was sworn in as a member of the Illinois State Bar Association by Hon. Mary Grace Diehl ’74, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Georgia. As a candidate living outside Illinois, he was allowed the honor of having a federal judge swear him in.

’91 BA Jeanmarie O. Cieslica is the new director of development at the Immaculata Academy. She previously served as director of the Canisius Fund at Canisius College.

’91 BA Lynette Greene is the new LCWS Mental Health Coordinator at Nicholas Noyes Memorial Hospital.

’91 BA Jennifer A. Orlando is the new assistant director of development at the Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command.

’92 BA Amy R. Morris was promoted to director of visitation and court-related services at Catholic Charities of Buffalo. She previously served as program supervisor.

’93 BA Michelle S. Bullock, owner of the Law Office of Michelle Sardina Bullock, was elected to the WNY Collaborative Law Professionals Board of Directors.

’93 BA Lisa Mendoza-Mineo, family practitioner at Kenmore Family Medicine, was named Doctor of Distinction for 2013 by Kenmore Family Medicine.

’94 BA Jeffrey O. Burnett was promoted to director of the Osteopathic Family Practice Residency Program at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. He previously served as director-elect.

’94 BA Mark D. Notaro was promoted to senior buyer of the U.S.-Canada region at Rich Products Corporation. He previously served as a buyer.

’94 BA Todd J. Pignataro was promoted to environment reporter at The Buffalo News. He previously served as a news staff reporter.

’94 BS Heath J. Szymczak, attorney/partner at Jaeckle Fleischmann and Mugel LLP, was named one of the 100 Legal Elites of WNY.

’94 BS William L. Wlodarczyk was promoted to chief executive officer at Fox Run Orchard Park. He previously served as the chief financial officer.

’95 BA Darcie A. Falsioni, senior deputy counsel for Independent Health was elected to the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association Board of Directors.

‘95 BA Sharon L. Hanson, director of government relations at Time Warner Cable, was elected chair of the Trocaire College Board of Trustees.

’95 MBA James E. Iglewski is the new managing director and regional investment executive of institutional and philanthropic investments at the U.S. Trust. He previously served as managing director and regional investment executive.

’95 BS Jennifer L. Jurek, financial planner at Sgroi Financial LLC, was elected secretary to the WNY Collaborative Law Professionals Board of Directors.

‘95 BS Brian M. Murphy, partner at Lawley Services Inc., co-chaired the 7th annual Be-A-Friend Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County Fore the Children Golf Tournament which raised more than $55,000.

’95 BA Timothy J. Redmond, teacher at Williamsville East HS, was recognized by the C-Span Education Foundation as a fellow.

’95 BS James P. Schnell was promoted to partner at Mengel Metzger Barr and Co. He will lead the firm’s tax department.

’96 BA Therese J. Hickok is the new VP of marketing and engagement for Buffalo Niagara Partnership. She previously served as senior marketing manager for Uniland Development Company.

’96 BS Lisa M. Palladino was promoted to principal of small business administration at the Bonadio Group. She previously served as a manager.

’96 BA Joseph J. Parlato III, agent at Allstate Insurance, received the Agency Hands in the Community Award.

’96 BA Sean M. Croft, EdD, assistant superintendent at Starpoint Central Schools, earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University at Buffalo. 

’97 BA Vincent D. Clark, Vice President of developments and communications at Buffalo Urban League, was named to Buffalo’s Business First “40 Under 40” list.

’97 MSED Gerald J. Desiderio, co-owner of Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre and Lancaster Ale House, was honored for his contribution to the arts at the Distinguished Alumni Awards at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School.

’97 BS Lauren A. Doss, DDS, is the new chief of dental services at the VAMC of Canandaigua and the Rochester outpatient Clinic. She previously served as a dentist at the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

’97 BS Steven P. Pierpaoli, senior manager of IT security at HSBC Bank, was named to Buffalo’s Business First “40 Under 40” list.

’97 MBA Alexandra M. Wehr is the new senior relationship manager/vice president of corporate banking at First Niagara Financial Group. She previously served as a vice president of corporate banking at KeyBank.

’98 BA Christopher J. Duquin, owner and operator of Stevens Driving School, was named to Buffalo’s Business First “40 Under 40” list.

’98 MBA Christopher J. Guck, branch manager at M&T Bank Corp., was elected to the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

’99 BS Blazenka Hadrovic Zakic is the new assistant professor of economics at Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek in Croatia.

2000-2009

’00 BA Sarah E. Gilson is the new executive director of the Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness at the UB School of Managements. She previously served as vice president for organizational development at First Niagara.

’00 BA, MSED ’01, MS ’06 Robert I. Haley EdD, teacher at Cleveland Hill School District, earned his Doctorate of Education in Teacher Leadership from Walden University in October 2013.

’00 BA Jarod T. Haslinger, administrative VP at M&T Bank Corp., was named to Buffalo’s Business First “40 Under 40” list.

’00 BA, MSED ’05, MS ’06 Mark D. Mambretti, principal at East Aurora Middle School, was honored as the 2013 New York States Middle School Principal of the Year and he was also named to Buffalo’s Business First “40 Under 40” list.

’00 BA Jennifer L. Pitz-Jones was promoted to assistant principle for academics at Mount St. Mary Academy. She has been a member of the faculty since 2002.

’01 BS Kari A. Brossard Stoos is the new assistant professor of health promotion and physical education at Ithaca College.

’01 MS Jaimie L. Falzarano was promoted to senior associate director of graduate programs and the University at Buffalo School of Management. She previously served as interim director.

’01 MSED Joanne G. Vile is the new lead teacher for the introductory kindergarten program at Nardin Academy. She has been a member of the faculty for twelve years.

’01 MBA Carrie A. Cariello, former marketing manager at Lenign Construction Group Inc., authored the book “What Color is Monday?” It is a story of how Autism has changed her family for the better.

’01 MS Lisa M. Roy is the new vice president of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as director of investor relations at the Buffalo Museum of Science.

’02 BA Jennifer L. Leonardi was promoted to partner at Damon Morey. She previously served as a senior associate in the litigations department.

’02 BA Kathleen F. Martoche is the new director of Career Development and Service Learning at Hilbert College. She recently served as assistant director of campus program and leadership development at Canisius College.

’02 MS, MBAPA ’08 Brian M. Moran was promoted to tax supervising senior at Lougen Valenti Bookbinder and Weintraub LLP. He previously served as tax senior.

’02 BS, MS ’04 Scott N. Teeter, head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Canisius College, was named Team Canada Under-19 head Women’s Lacrosse Coach for the 2015 Women’s Field National Team.

’02 BA Julia M. Foy Hilliker, JD, was promoted to partner of business litigations at Hodgson Russ LLP. She previously served as an attorney.  

’03 MSED Kelly M. Benkleman is a new literacy intervention specialist at Read to Succeed Buffalo.

’03 BA Gary A. Bostwick, co-owner of Sunshine Beverages, LLC recently launched a new naturally flavored functional beverage, Buck O’Hairen’s Legendary Sunshine.

’03 BA Leah A. Bouquard, attorney at Watson Bennett Colligan Johnson and Schechter, was the recipient of the 2013 Legal Service Award.

’03 MS Robert S. McDow, director of financial and plant services at Sweet Home Central School District, was elected treasurer of the Trocaire College Board of Trustees.

’03 BA, MSED ’05 Shannon M. Brown is the new academic advisor for the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

’03 BS, MSED ’06 Susan P. Burzynski, clinical hygienist at James A. Hoddick, DDS, was the recipient of the Dental Hygienists’ Association of the State of New York Excellence in Dental Hygiene Award for Mentoring.

’03 MS Robert S. McDow, director of financial and plant services at Sweet Home Central School District, was elected treasurer of the Trocaire College Board of Trustees.

’03 BS Theresa L. Miyashita, PhD, is the new program director for the Athletic Training Education Program at Sacred Heart University.

’03 MSED Scott R. Zipp was promoted to principal for Cheektowaga Central HS. He previously served as assistant principal.

’03 BA Todd M. Hurtubise is the new co-founder and co-portfolio manager at Proteus Global Partners, an alternative asset management company focused on global equity markets. He previously served as vice president of enhanced index and structured product at BlackRock.

’04 BS Maggie D. Bland was promoted to assistant professor of physical therapy, neurology and occupational therapy at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. She previously served as instructor of physical therapy and neurology.

’04 MBA Sean Doyle, senior property manager at McGuire Development Company, received designation of Real Property Administrator from the Building Owners and Managers Institute.

’04 BS Angelo S. Gambino is a new associate at the Law Firm of Brown Chiari. He previously served as an attorney at Gibson McAskill and Crosby LLP.

’04 BA Jessica A. Kalbarczyk is the new web content and social media communications strategist at Furman University’s office of Marketing and Public Relations. She previously served as social media analyst at Samsung Electronics.

’04 BA Adam O. Zyglis, editorial cartoonist at The Buffalo News, was the recipient of the 2013 Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award, which is given by the National Press Foundation.

’05 BA Daniel J. Leonard is the new director of regional development at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. He previously served as urban planner at Peter J. Smith & Company.

’05 MSED Danielle N. Vallas was promoted to mental health counselor at Nichols School. She previously served as a physical education faculty member, coach and wellness teacher.

’05 BS, MBAACC ’06 Jamie L. Lotz was promoted to auditing manager at the Bonadio Group. She previously served as a senior on the audit team.

’06 MS Tiffany C. Benning, development manager for Empire Merchants North, was honored at the 41st Annual Black Achievers Awards Banquet for her contributions and achievements to the African-American community.

’06 MBA Timothy J. Bohen, clinical specialist at Genetech Corporation, was featured by the Western New York Pen Women for his book “Against the Grain: The History of Buffalo’s Old First Ward.”

’07 BS Christin M. LoFaso is the new director of IPA/navigation at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. She previously served as employer clinical consultant, account management associate and pharmacy benefits specialist at HealthNow New York.

’07 BS Matthew B. Millanti is a new chiropractor at All Natural Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression.

’07 BA Janna M. Reilly is the new procurement assistant at Harvard Medical School. She previously served as a laboratory animal technician at Boston University.

’07 BS Bernard J. Switzer, president at Precision Manufacturing Group, was named to Buffalo’s Business First “40 under 40” list.

’08 BS, MBAACC ’09 Alex M. Brehm was promoted to senior staff accountant at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner. He previously served as a staff accountant.

’08 BS Daniel R. Paradise was promoted to vice president at AXA Advisors. He previously served as financial advisor.

’08 MSED Lisa Salsman earned the degree of doctor of education in educational leadership from Argosy University in San Francisco, California.

’09 BS Ryan E. Najmulski is the new senior associate in the talent acquisition department at Makosi Consulting.  

2010-2019

’10 BS Richard Brennan was promoted to manager of internal audit at Rich Products Corp. He recently served as senior internal auditor.

’10 BA Stephanie Majercik is the new marketing manager of Semester Online, an online undergraduate education program through the education company 2U.

’10 BA, ’11 MBA Joseph E. Robinson is the new vice president of corporate development at Colocrossing. He previously served in finance and corporate development at Toyota Material Handling North America.

’11 BA Alexander J. Eadie is the new program coordinator for the new Youth and Young Adult Ministry program at the Diocese of Buffalo.

’11 MBAACC Neil A. Giunta was promoted to In Charge Accountant on the team at the Bonadio Group. He previously served as Experienced Assistant. 

’12 BA Julia B. Dahlkemper is the new immigration paralegal for Harter Secrest & Emery LLP.

’12 BA, ’13 MS Victoria A. Rebmann was promoted to merchandise coordinator for the Buffalo Bisons. She previously served as a ticket sales representative. 

’12 BS, MBAACC ’13 Christine D. Roemer is the new staff accountant for Dopkins and Company.

’12 MBAACC Andrew R. Borowski was promoted to In Charge Accountant on the Small Business Administration Team at the Bonadio Group. He previously served as an Experienced Assistant.

’12 BS, MBAACC ’13 Jeremy R. Chopra is a new staff accountant at Chiampou Travis Besaw and Kershner LLP.

’12 BS, MBAACC ’13 Zachery D. Shroyer is a new staff accountant at Chiampou Travis Besaw and Kershner LLP.

’12 BS Megan R. Tafelski is the new brand coordinator at The Martin Group. She previously served as a receptionist at Capello Salon.

’13 MSED Marissa A. Dauria is the new assistant principal for student life at Mount St. Mary Academy. She also serves as varsity head coach of Women’s lacrosse.

’13 BS, MS ’13 Robert E. Novak is the new business assistant for athletics and recreation at American University.

’13 MBA Taylor R. Gahagen is the new digital and promotions coordinator at the Harbour Center.