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Class Notes
achieve National Board Certification.
Only about 3 percent of teachers na-
tionwide hold this certification. The
process is rigorous and performance-
based, Steger says. It is voluntary and
based on National Teaching Standards,
which outline what accomplished
teachers should know and do to ad-
vance student learning. Achieving Na-
tional Board Certification is seen as the
"gold standard for accomplished teach-
2010 -- Michael Post
has accepted
the regional sales position covering the
entire Midwest from the John Morrell
Food Group. Post is in charge of driving
sales for the Eckrich and Armour prod-
uct lines and supporting the Direct
Store Delivery Team.
Robert Torella
was promoted to manager of Lumsden
& McCormick, LLP's auditing and ac-
counting department. Torella primarily
works with exempt organizations,
specifically nonprofit
organizations and ed-
ucational institutions,
as well as employee
benefit plans, auto
dealerships and other
commercial entities.
Torella joined Lumsden
McCormick in July
2010 as a staff accountant after com-
pleting a summer internship with the
firm in 2009.
2011 -- Samantha House
and her
team at The Citizen, Auburn, received
first place in the Depth Reporting cate-
gory in the New York State Associated
Press Association's 2014 contest.
a State University of New York
at Buffalo Law School graduate, was
sworn in as an attorney at the Appel-
late Division, Fourth Department's bar
admission ceremony held in Rochester.
After joining the New York State Bar,
Sonner is now an associate at Damon
Morey, LLP. Sonner practices in the
firm's commercial and general litigation
departments focusing on general negli-
gence and casualty as well as construc-
tion litigation.
Sam Saeli
from the Illinois College of Optometry
in May 16 and began his residency at
the Cincinnati VA Medical Center in
2012 -- Kyle Croker
Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, P.C. as
a staff accountant in the Olean office.
As a staff accountant, Croker is involved
in preparing financial statements related
to compilations, re-
views and audits. In
addition, she is re-
sponsible for prepar-
ing tax returns for a
variety of individual
and business clients.
Chris Graham
is editor of The Orchard
Park Bee, the local newspaper of the
Buffalo suburb Orchard Park.
of Randolph joined
Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, P.C. in
its Jamestown office location as a staff
accountant. Shevlin
has also earned the
designation of certified
public accountant in
the state of New York.
Shevlin is involved in
preparing financial
statements related to
compilations, reviews
and audits, in addition to preparing tax
returns for individual and business
2013 -- Thomas "Robbie" Chulick
relocated to the Syracuse area, where
he accepted a position
in the Office of Cam-
pus Life and Leader-
ship at Le Moyne
College. As an area di-
rector he coordinates
student leadership de-
velopment and other
campus programming.
Aleda (Leis)
accepted a job as a re-
search analyst for the University of
Michigan Department of Anesthesiol-
2014 -- Fred Alvarez
of Syracuse was
named associate producer at WCNY
Public Media, a member-supported af-
filiate of the Public
Broadcasting Service.
Dominic Matacale
joined Buffamante
Whipple Buttafaro as a
staff accountant.
accepted a full-
time communications
assistant position with
the Pottstown (Pa.) Area Health & Well-
ness Foundation upon graduating from
SBU's Integrated Marketing Communi-
cations 4+1 graduate program in May.
2015 -- Caitlin Brown
is enrolled at
Michigan State College of Law.
was accepted into St. Bonaven-
ture's English master's degree program
for fall 2015.
Business students network in Charlotte
The BIS (Business Information Systems) Club traveled
to Charlotte, N.C., and met with several alumni on
April 17. Pictured from left are BIS Club adviser Dr.
Carl Case, '80, 82; Gina Synder, '15; James Srutowksi,
'15; Mark Evers, '01, '06, Capital Markets Director at
Wells Fargo Securities; David Culligan, '15; Adam
Ditcher, '17; and Andrew Culligan, '15.
Former Bona swimmers meet at
Masters Swimming Championships
Former Bona swim team co-captain Kevin Culhane,
and former captain Nate Destree, '13, met at
the 2015 Colonies (Maine to Virginia) Masters Short
Course Yards Swim Championships. The champi-
onships were held at George Mason University from
April 10-12 with more than 580 swimmers of all ages
competing. Both former Bona swimmers had great
days in the pool with Culhane competing in the 65-
69 age group and Destree in the 18-24 age group.
Culhane swam four events and finished with a first,
two seconds and a third in the 50-yard events of
each stroke. Destree was a star with five first-place
finishes including three short-course records and
two meet records, highlighted by a smoking 49.92 in
the 100-yard fly. Culhane and Destree shared many
tales of Bona swimming both present and past: Cul-
hane was the first swimmer in the then-brand new
Reilly Center pool (1967) and Destree led the Bon-
nies to an Atlantic 10 Championship in 2013. De-
stree is a graduate assistant coach at West Virginia
University and Culhane is retired and living in North-
ern Virginia.