Class Notes

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Individuals are listed according to the year of their most recent School of Management degree.

1980s

Joseph Kuchera, BS/MBA ’81, was appointed vice president of product stewardship and compliance at Unifrax I LLC.

Richard Johnson, BS ’84, was promoted to senior vice president and chief risk officer at Bank of Akron.

Mark Stramaglia, MBA ’86, was promoted to director of process services and business development at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Debra Mason, BS ’87, was appointed chief financial officer of Questex LLC.

Yogi Shankar, MBA ’87, is the CEO of Prescriptive Insights Inc., a global big data analytics firm.

1990s

Maria Mendez, BS ’90, founded Stone Point Investment Group in 2016. She also published the books Get Out of Your Way! and 4 Step Flip, in 2017.

Roan Moncrieffe, BS ’90, was appointed insurance sales representative at AAA Western and Central New York.

John Spitzer, BS ’89, MBA ’90, CPA, was promoted to vice president of global tax at Rich Products.

Donna Doleman Dickerson, MBA ’93, was named chief marketing officer of GreenPath Financial Wellness.

Cristina Masucci, BS ’94, was appointed workforce development specialist for the American Apprenticeship Initiative at the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.

Robin Jubulis, MBA ’95, was appointed director of human resources and core services at Lactalis American Group.

Robert Liebler, MBA ’95, was promoted to vice president of research and development in Global Toppings, Creams and Culinary Solutions at Rich Products.

Lynne McFarland, EMBA ’97, was promoted to vice president of associate communication and engagement at Rich Products Corp.

Paul Cody, BS ’92, MBA ’98, was named chief executive officer of Counsel Financial.

Alumni Spotlight: Diane Gardner, BS ’92, MBA ’93, CPA

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In 2013, Diane Gardner was on the team that created Kodak Alaris after the bankruptcy of the Eastman Kodak Co. Kodak Alaris is a global technology company specializing in imaging science and information management.

She began as the company’s chief tax officer and, just last year, was promoted to vice president of tax and treasury. In her new role, she’s responsible for overseeing treasury and tax operations in more than 20 countries.

After graduation, Gardner entered public accounting, beginning in audit but quickly transferring into tax. Her first corporate job was as tax manager for a public biotechnology company, followed by her role as tax director at Eastman Kodak.

Gardner says the School of Management provided her with a well-rounded perspective for her career ahead.

“I’m not just a tax person, I’m a business person,” she says. “The group projects we worked on gave me experience working on cross-functional teams, organizations like Beta Alpha Psi taught me about professionalism, and most importantly, Professor Ann Cohen made our tax classes interesting and engaging — so much so that I chose it for my career.”

2000s

Thomas Barney, MBA ’00, was promoted to vice president and treasurer at Delaware North.

Marc J. Giampaola, BS ’00, was promoted to audit managing director at KPMG.

David Luzon, MBA ’01, joined Barclay Damon as a partner in the firm’s trusts and estates practice area.

Andrew Ryan, MBA ’01, was appointed business development manager at Ashton Potter.

Randolf Bianchi, EMBA ’02, was appointed managing partner at Lakelet Capital LLC.

Dave Wedekindt, PMBA ’02, was named to the MusicalFare Theatre board of directors.

Michael Cropp, EMBA ’03, was named the Lifetime Achievement honoree on the 2017 list of the Buffalo 612’ C-Level Executives.

Denis Mantsurov, BS ’03, was appointed director of information and analytical advancement at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.

Mark Rizzo, BS ’96, MBA ’03, was promoted to vice president and group manager of the commercial banking division at M&T Bank.

Jason Hussar, BS ’04, was promoted to cost segregation senior at MS Consultants.

Dionne Williamson, CEL ’04, was promoted to national sales director at Visit Buffalo Niagara.

Patrick Callocchia, BS ’03, MS ’05, was promoted to administrative vice president at M&T Bank. As asset liability data and systems manager in the company’s Treasury Division, he is responsible for application administration, database development, maintenance, data reconciliation and analytical reporting.

Adam Desmond, BS ’05, was appointed Buffalo regional market leader at Tompkins Bank of Castile.

Stephen Cross, PMBA ’06, was promoted to assistant vice president of technology at Merchants Insurance Group.

Andrew Lipp, MBA ’06, was promoted to director of membership operations at Independent Health.

Emily Miller, BS ’06, was appointed assistant chief financial officer at Heritage Centers.

Nicole Millich, MBA ’06, was named director of marketing at Bartercard Buffalo, a trade exchange.

Michael Regan, MBA ’06, was promoted to associate product manager at Curbell Medical.  

Julie Sheldon, PMBA ’06, was promoted to human resources manager at Rich Products.

Patrick Crist, BS ’07, was promoted to controller at Prolift Inc.

Christopher LaFleur, BS ’07, was named chief operating officer at ClearViewSocial.

Jared Sedor, BS ’07, was promoted to bank officer in the commercial lending department at Evans Bank.

William Wells, BS ’07, was promoted to manager in the Health Care/Tax Exempt division at The Bonadio Group.

Jeremy Blecha, BS ’08, CPA, was promoted to senior accounting manager and auditing manager at Tronconi Segarra & Associates LLP.

Justin Bonk, BS ’08, was promoted to senior marketing manager at Freed Maxick CPAs.

Gregg Eagan, EMBA ’08, was promoted to vice president of integrated supply chain and business excellence for Niacet Corp.

Thomas Insalaco, BS ’08, CFA, CVA, was promoted to manager at Freed Maxick CPAs.

Andrew Pitt, BS ’08, was promoted to senior manager at Szymkowiak & Associates CPAs.

Stephen Turner, BS ’08, was promoted to principal in the commercial division at The Bonadio Group.

Timothy Moriarty, BS ’09, was promoted to director of business development at McGuire Development Co.

Adam Ohar, BS ’09, CPA, was promoted to tax manager at Tronconi Segarra & Associates LLP.

David Stinner, CEL ’09, opened his third business, Inception Buffalo, a housing co-work incubation space for telecommuters and startups.

2010s

Michael Borowiak, CEL ’10, assumed ownership of Nussbaumer & Clarke Inc., along with partner Michael Marino.

William Lechowicz, BS ’10, CPA, was promoted to accounting and audit manager at Tronconi Segarra & Associates LLP.

Scott Donnelly, BS ’10, MS ’11, CPA, was promoted to manager in the commercial division at The Bonadio Group.

Steven Cardarelli, BS ’12, CPA, was promoted to supervisor at Freed Maxick CPAs.

Michael Lyons, MS ’12, CPA, was promoted to manager at Freed Maxick CPAs.

Brian Mills, PMBA ’12, was promoted to group vice president at M&T Bank. As assistant general auditor, he is responsible for the establishment and development of internal audit strategies for risk-based capital adequacy.

Patrick Murray, MS ’12, was promoted to senior accountant at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP.

Edward Rick, BS ’08, PMBA ’12, was promoted to director of consumer marketing and digital at Tops Friendly Markets.

Alan Rosenhoch, PMBA ’12, was promoted to director of business development at Invest Buffalo Niagara.

Katherine Salisbury, BS ’12, MS ’13, CPA, was promoted to supervisor at Freed Maxick CPAs.

Grace Walker, BS ’13, CPA, was promoted to senior accountant in the health care/tax exempt division at The Bonadio Group.

Angelo Argentieri, BS ’14, was promoted to managing director of the RPO division at RevTalent.

Steven Briggs, EMBA ’14, was named vice president of sales for Dynabrade Inc.

Eric Felder, EMBA ’14, was appointed materials manager for perioperative services at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Jacqueline Krajacic, BS ’13, MS ’14, CPA, was promoted to tax senior accountant at Tronconi Segarra & Associates LLP.

Nicole Lauricella, BS ’13, MS ’14, CPA, was promoted to senior accountant at Freed Maxick CPAs.

Marissa Pace, EMBA ’14, was appointed director of human resources at Daemen College.

Dominic Sellitto, BS ’13, MS ’14, was appointed as a consultant at Loptr LLC.

Jillian Sirica, BS ’14, was promoted to manager of digital marketing at Tops Markets.

William Mistretta, BS ’14, MS ’15, CPA, was appointed a certified public accountant and investment administrator at Spectrum Wealth Management.

Charles Schutt II, BS ’14, MS ’15, CPA, was promoted to senior accountant at Freed Maxick CPAs.

Lindsay Baer, BS ’16, was appointed search consultant in the RPO division at StraussGroup.

Trevor DeVantier, BS ’16, was appointed assistant accountant in the tax division at The Bonadio Group.

Shawn Hawke, BS ’16, joined AXA Advisors as a financial professional.

Divyesh Jani, MS ’16, created MathMan Speaks, a website dedicated to science and math.

Andrew Dole, MBA ’17, was appointed staff accountant at Schunk, Wilson & Co. CPAs.

Patrick Gagnon, MBA ’17, was promoted to senior enterprise systems support analyst at Millennium Collaborative Care PPS.

Melissa Obenshain, BS ’17, was named operations coordinator at NetPlus Alliance.

Raymond Siminski, PMBA ’17, was appointed senior mortgage pricing analyst at HSBC.

Joseph Smidt, MBA ’17, was promoted to manager at Freed Maxick CPAs.

Eitan Stant, MBA ’17, was named a systems consultant for the Westminster Economic Development Initiative.

Jashonda Williams, BS ’17, was appointed business development coordinator at Eric Mower + Associates.

Nicholas Young, BS ’17, was appointed staff accountant at Schunk, Wilson & Co. CPAs.