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Please note: Individuals are listed in Class Notes according to the year of their most recent School of Management degree.


David F. Simon '74 was appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett to be chairman of the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority, which strives to improve health care delivery and outcomes by enabling the secure electronic exchange of health information.

Nancy Blaschak '76, regional chief executive officer for the American Red Cross, was honored by the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York for her work in social services.

Tim Noe '76 was named manufacturing director of Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America's manufacturing plant in Tonawanda, New York.

Jeffery A. Hunter, MBA '78, is a public health advisor for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Thomas A. Meyers, MBA '78, CPA, was promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer at Merchants Insurance Group.


Robert Zak, BS/MBA '80, president and CEO of Merchants Insurance Group, received the Business Executive of the Year Award from the Richard J. Wehle School of Business at Canisius College.

Jim Toellner '81, president and general manager of WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, was awarded GM of the Year in markets 51-100 by Broadcasting & Cable magazine.

Gerald Reger '83 was named chief financial officer and chief administrative officer at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

Timothy Lafferty '86 joined JBM Computer Consultants Inc. as vice president of sales and marketing.

Ann Baumer Schulte '86 was named senior director, global intelligence market at St. Jude Medical Inc., a global medical device manufacturer.

George E. Barthel '87 is a sales assistant at Capstone Financial, a MassMutual general agency in Atlanta.

Lori Craig '87 was promoted to executive administrator at Adoption STAR, a nonprofit adoption agency.

Mary L. Hoffman, MBA '87, was appointed senior vice president of operations at Erie County Medical Center Corp.

Murray S. "Skip" Marsh Jr. '85, MBA '87, is vice president and chief financial officer at Randolph Hospital in Asheboro, North Carolina.


Joanne Bender '89, MBA '90, CPA, was appointed a senior tax manager at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP.

Jeffrey Werdein '89, MBA '90, was promoted to senior vice president and leader of the commercial lending team at Evans Bank.

Cheryl Jankowski '91, CPA, became a partner at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP.

Francis M. Conway, MBA '92, was promoted to group vice president and senior manager for commercial service management at M&T Bank.

Julie McGuire, MBA '92, was promoted to administrative vice president and systems manager in the corporate services division at M&T Bank.

Sean Flowers '93, CPA, was promoted to principal at the Bonadio Group.

David Mansour, MBA '93, was named controller at EnergyMark LLC, a natural gas and electricity supplier.

Mark Beese '87, MBA '94, president of Leadership for Lawyers LLC, was inducted into the Legal Marketing Association Hall of Fame.

Rachel Lunney, MBA '94, is director of the Economic Development District at the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments.

Ralph Pallante '85, MBA '94, was promoted to administrative vice president and telephone banking support manager at M&T Bank.

Paul McGrath '96 was promoted to senior vendor business manager at Ingram Micro Inc.

Ann Marie Odrobina '96 was promoted to group vice president and employee benefits manager in the human resources division at M&T Bank.

Jenifer Barr, MBA '97, was appointed human resources business partner and director of regulatory administration by Independent Health.

Kevin Connor, EMBA '97, was named managing director at Prism Healthcare Partners Ltd.

Rebecca Raczkowski, MBA '97, CIA, was appointed manager of the enterprise risk management department at the Buffalo office of Freed Maxick CPAs.

Kathleen M. Flynn, MBA '98, financial advisor at New York Life Insurance Co., was appointed board chairperson for Hearts and Hands, a Western New York nonprofit.

Keith Stolzenburg '81, MBA '87, CEL '99, CPA, was appointed managing partner for the Buffalo office of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

David Tier '99 is a major in the U.S. Army stationed in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He published an article on national security titled "The Waning Grand Strategy of Democratization" in the Spring 2014 edition of Connections: The Quarterly Journal.


Hector P. Garrido, MArch/MBA '00, was named an associate at architectural and engineering firm Trautman Associates.

Paul S. Kinsella '86, EMBA '00, was named president and chief operating officer of Exocor Ltd.

Samantha Clark '01 was promoted to senior vice president of career development at Alliance Advisory Group.

Andrea Ruta Kozlowski, JD/MBA '01, was promoted to administrative vice president and manager of compensation and incentive plan governance at M&T Bank.

Jamie C. Shrock, MBA '01, was appointed vice president and director of organization development at CannonDesign.

William Wlodarczyk, MBA '01, CPA, was promoted to chief executive officer at Fox Run Orchard Park, a senior living community.

David Keenan '02 was promoted to administrative vice president, senior manager in the internal audit department at M&T Bank.

Kevin Majchrowicz '02, CPA, CVA, CITP, was promoted to principal at Brock, Schechter & Polakoff LLC.

Stephen Federico, MBA '03, joined Calspan Corp. as director of facilities and construction.

Joyce Markiewicz, EMBA '03, was appointed president and CEO of home and community-based care at Catholic Health.

Brooke Cianfichi, BS/MBA '04, was promoted to group manager, administrative vice president for New York City commercial real estate at M&T Bank.

Jill M. Gregory, PMBA '04, was appointed executive director for recruitment and admissions by the Medaille College School of Adult and Graduate Education.

Seth Hennard '03, MS '04, CPA, was promoted to principal at Lumsden & McCormick LLP.

Andrea Tomczyk '04, CFE, was promoted to manager, enterprise risk management at Independent Health.

Jaime J. Batt, JD/MBA '05, was named partner at the law firm Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham & Coppola LLC.

Kurt Kiener, BS/MBA '05, was promoted to administrative vice president and manager in the commercial planning and analysis department at M&T Bank.

Sean McPhee '00, JD/MBA '05, was elected partner at Phillips Lytle LLP.

Terry Rice, MBA '05, was appointed client solutions manager in the Global Marketing Solutions unit at Facebook.

Brian Sauers, PMBA '05, was promoted to business development manager at Curbell Plastics Inc.

Wesley R. Voit, MBA '05, was promoted to vice president of Shaflucas Architects.

Jason Avdenko '06, CPA, CFA, joined Millennium Partners, a New York-based hedge fund, as operations control specialist.

Trevor M. Torcello, JD/MBA '07, was promoted to shareholder at Gross, Shuman, Brizdle & Gilfillan PC.

Andrew Aul '08, CPA, was promoted to audit manager at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP.

Brian Herrmann '08, CPA, was promoted to audit manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Scott Kukelka '08, CPA, was promoted to manager, internal audit at Delaware North Cos.

Angelica Marlatt '08 was promoted to banking officer and business and planning analyst at M&T Bank.

Joseph Pizzutelli '06, MBA '08, was promoted to vice president, relationship manager for New York City commercial real estate at M&T Bank.

Joel Terragnoli '08, an associate at Goldberg Segalla, was admitted to the New York State Bar.

John Taylor, MD/MBA '09, is an attending psychiatrist, assistant training director for the McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency program and project manager in population health management at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He completed a residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at MGH.

Alexander Topolski '09 was named program manager for Google Shopping.

Zachary Wagner '09, CPA, was promoted to audit manager at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP.


Nick Jones, MS '10, joined the Williamsville office of Paramax Corp. as an associate.

Stephanie Stoll '03, PMBA '10, was appointed director of strategic partnerships at PLS 3rd Learning, a Buffalo-based education technology company.

Steve Szubinski, EMBA '10, was named president of PCA Technology Group, where he has been a founding partner since 1989.

Ashley Westfield '10 was named audit senior at Freed Maxick CPAs.

Lauren Dixon '11 was appointed community manager at Crowley Webb, an advertising agency in Buffalo.

Eric Marks, PMBA '11, was promoted to administrative vice president and manager of consumer deposits pricing and analytics at M&T Bank.

Amanda Dean Singleton, PMBA '11, was promoted to technical inside sales manager at Ivoclar Vivadent.

Rafael F. Pignataro, JD/MBA '13, an associate in the real estate and finance practice group at Hodgson Russ, was admitted to the New York State Bar.

Tariq Qasas '12, MS '13, was appointed a staff accountant at Brock, Schechter & Polakoff LLP.

Alumni Spotlight: Jody L. Lomeo '91

With his recent appointment to president and CEO of Great Lakes Health System and Kaleida Health, Jody L. Lomeo '91 took charge of the largest health care provider and private employer in Western New York.

Kaleida Health is a $1.2 billion entity made up of four hospitals, two long-term care facilities, Gates Vascular Institute, the Visiting Nurses Association of Western New York and dozens of outpatient, specialty care and laboratory centers.

Great Lakes Health encompasses Kaleida and the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), which includes a hospital, nursing home and more than 30 outpatient centers.

A Buffalo native, Lomeo now leads more than 13,000 employees to coordinate care across all of these sites.