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Class Notes
Headquarters of New York. Frank works di-
rectly under Maj. General Patrick A. Murphy,
the Adjutant General of New York. In this ca-
pacity, Frank is responsible
for leading and supervising
all military administrative
staff and actions within the
office, including the review
and recommendations on all
incoming packets, awards,
policy and other initiatives
prior to submission to the adjutant general
and the chief of staff.
2001 -- Maureen Henderson
was chosen
as one of Buffalo Business First's "40 Under
40" for the year 2014.
Peter Kendron
managing editor of the Press Enterprise
newspaper of Bloomsburg, Pa. He has been a
reporter at the paper since his graduation
from St. Bonaventure.
Lynn (Monteleone)
earned her doctorate of pharmacy
degree from the University at Buffalo in May
2007. Mincey relocated to Atlanta, Ga.,
after graduation and has been working as a
staff pharmacist for CVS since then.
was appointed administrative coordi-
nator for the Services Division of the Depart-
ment of Social Services for Erie County.
was promoted to director of market-
ing and communications at St. John Fisher
Kimberly Voss
, a Hammondsport
High School science teacher, completed the
Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship pro-
gram and earned the distinction as senior
fellow with the foundation. Voss began her
career as a research associate at Hauptman-
Woodward Medical Research Institute in
Buffalo and later worked as a research spe-
cialist and technical director of a research lab
at the University of Rochester.
2003 -- Renee Gordon
received her doctoral
degree in organizational learning and leader-
ship from Gannon University in December
2014. Her dissertation was a descriptive study
on the social and educational services avail-
able to refugees during resettlement. Gordon
is a high school principal in Erie, Pa., and an
adjunct professor at Gannon.
2005 -- Jim Miller
received two awards in
the New York State Associated Press Associ-
ation's 2014 contest. He earned second
place in the Continuing Coverage category
and first place in the Arts/Entertainment cat-
egory for his work at the Finger Lakes Times.
Patrick Noel
was named the varsity girls
basketball coach at South County High
School in Lorton, Va. Noel has served as a
boys basketball coach at South County for the
previous seven seasons, compiling a record of
55-22 over five years as the freshman and
junior varsity coach. He is also in his ninth year
of teaching K-6 physical education for Fairfax
County Public Schools.
Tera White
is a mar-
keting manager for the Mass Merchant, Spe-
cialty and Hardware channels at ClosetMaid, a
division of Emerson Electric in Ocala, Fla. Clos-
etMaid is the worldwide leader in home stor-
age and organization products.
2006 -- Greg Biryla
was named executive
director of Unshackle Upstate. Biryla, who
previously served as Unshackle Upstate's di-
rector of development, oversees the organi-
zation's extensive advocacy efforts, grows its
network of pro-business partners and raises
awareness about the challenges facing Up-
state New York taxpayers and employers.
Matthew Cressler
will join the faculty of
the College of Charleston in South Carolina
as an assistant professor of religious studies
in August.
Danielle Grobmyer
is assistant
director of development for the University of
Massachusetts Athletics Department.
2007 -- J.P. Butler
of the Olean Times Her-
ald received second place in the Sports cate-
gory in The New York State Associated Press
Association's 2014 Writing Contest.
2008 -- Catherine Donahue, D.O.,
Lansing, Mich., was named the 2015 Resi-
dent of the Year by the American Academy
of Osteopathy (AAO) on March 12 during its
annual convocation in Louisville, Ky. For
Donahue, the award capped off a year in
which she served as the first official resident
member on the AAO Board of Trustees and
in which she chaired the Postgraduate
American Academy of Osteopathy's Execu-
tive Council. Donahue is a resident in neuro-
musculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic
manipulative medicine (NMM-OMM) at the
Michigan State University College of Osteo-
pathic Medicine in East Lansing. She teaches
small groups and weekly didactic sessions,
serves as a preceptor at the college's student
OMM clinic, and lectures to more than 300
first- and second-year students studying os-
teopathic manipulative medicine.
was selected as the 2015 recipient of
the Paul C. Scott, Mary Cariola Children's
Center Employee of the Year
Award. Gould, a special edu-
cation teacher, has worked
at Mary Cariola since 2009.
She was nominated for the
award by her peers. The
Rochester Children's Center
provides education and life
skills development for chil-
dren and young adults with complex disabili-
Christopher Michel, '10,
took third
place in the New York State Associated Press
Association's 2014 Writing Contest's Busi-
ness/Finance category for his two-part story,
"The end of Bonaventure Square?" The
award is his third. Michel, a native of Wil-
son, N.Y., is the city editor at the Olean
Times Herald.
Lizz Schumer
was lauded by
Editor & Publisher and named among its 25
Under 35 for 2015. A story in E&P described
how the editor of The Sun in Hamburg, N.Y.,
revamped the paper's social media presence
and expanded its arts coverage.
Justin Wild
was promoted to manager at Chiampou
Travis Besaw & Kershner, LLP in Amherst. He
joined the firm in 2011.
2009 -- Colleen Beaudette Harnisch
is as-
sociate director of cause marketing at the
Alzheimer's Association. She works with large
corporations to build mutually beneficial
cause marketing platforms.
Amy Steger
the first teacher in her school district and one
of only 1,712 teachers in New York state to
Alumna finds `a life-changing
experience' in Georgia
Kim (Yaeckl) Dixon,'78, celebrated her first
anniversary as a Peace Corps volunteer in
the country of Georgia, a former Soviet
Union satellite. She lives in a refugee camp
with survivors from the Russian conflict of
2008 in big ex-Soviet barracks, converted
into small apartments. She writes, "I feel
fortunate to live among the most uplift-
ing, sharing, and loving people imagina-
ble. I am teaching employability skill
building and business development to help
the residents move on to new jobs after
their homes and livelihoods were de-
stroyed. The Peace Corps has been an in-
teresting and challenging experience. It
has been a life-changing experience." She
said the new language, food, living
arrangements and culture have been
tough, but the Peace Corps is supportive
with language, safety and cultural train-
ing. She invites alums to check out her
blog ( or
contact her via email at kydixon@earth-