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The McGuire Group, operator of eight health-care facilities in New York, appointed Terry M. Collins of Snyder, health-care services director for its Western New York facilities and Christie A. Blank of Lakeview, health-care services director for its Harris Hill Nursing facility in Williamsville. They will coordinate and evaluate services provided. McGuire also named Laura Cooley of East Aurora director of nursing at its Seneca Health Care Center in West Seneca.

Ronald J. O'Mara, a professional design firm headquartered in Williamsville, announced several appointments: Anthony Cooper, principal process engineer; Bruce Thompson, senior project manager; John Berwick, senior mechanical engineer; and Matthew Klinczar, mechanical engineer.

Warren-Hoffman & Associates, a subsidiary of First Niagara Bank, appointed Christine C. Georger of Eggertsville to long term care specialist. She will be responsible for the sales and marketing of long term care insurance.

Questra Corp., a software and services firm specializing in A2B solutions, named Alan Marder vice president of Strategic Alliances. He will direct the company's Strategic Alliances group in identifying and building key partnerships that will drive Questra's A2B solutions.

Univera Healthcare appointed Caroline Crispin to social worker for Buffalo Community Health. She will work with the Maternal Child Management Program.

Tanning Bed promoted three store managers to district managers: Lori Schmidt, southern Buffalo region; Debbi Purpura, northern Buffalo; and Kim Ciccolone, Rochester and Auburn.

KeyBank named Amanda Marshall of Williamsville managing director and senior vice president in the Private Banking and Investing Group for the Western New York District. A chartered financial consultant, she is responsible for managing the growth and delivery of financial services to the high net worth marketplace.

The Home Inspection Institute of America renewed the designation of senior certified home inspector for Daniel Schaedler of East Aurora. He works at Professional Opinion Inspection Service in East Aurora.

BuffaloAtHome.com, a new media company, hired Dick Holden of Dallas, Texas, as chief technology officer. A member of the management team, he will direct the company's daily activities and growth.

Carol E. Heckman, a partner in the Buffalo law office of Harter, Secrest & Emery, recently addressed the New York State Bar Association in New York City on three topics: legal ethics and the Internet, legal education and "A View from the Bench."

Ivoclar North America, an Amherst dental manufacturer, hired Mike Kirkpatrick of Snyder as marketing manager, and Zig Kurpiewski of Grand Island as credit manager.

The Chautauqua County Department of Economic Development's Small Business Advisory Board has been reactivated. Members are: chairman, Gary Damico, Gina Kron and Sham Bahgat of Fredonia; Gail Black of Westfield; John Cayer of Jamestown; Peter Johnson of Falconer; and Michael Wellman of Lakewood. Lee Harkness of Kennedy is working with the group in the department's reorganization process.

The accounting firm of Brock, Schechter & Polakoff in Buffalo promoted John Walczak of West Seneca to account manager, and Lisa Szalkowski of Tonawanda to senior accountant.

Tanglewood Manor in Jamestown named Cynthia Nannen executive director for its new initiative, Memory Care Gardens, which is designed for those with Alzheimer's Disease and related forms of memory loss.

Stovroff Realty named Patricia Flowers its "Top Sales -- REO Specialist for 2000. A member of the Hamburg office, she sold 142 REO properties. Flowers also was honored for placing in the "Best of the Best" -- the top sales agents from Stovroff.

The Buffalo office of the accounting firm of RSM McGladrey announced several hires and their departments: Tiffany M. Patti, Nicole M. Rothenberger, Keith M. Hausrath, Tony J. Pawlowski, and Dave G. Geiser, accounting and auditing; Michael C. Biondo and Yvonne Greenberg, tax.

Weinberg Campus in Getzville named Dr. Allyn M. Norman medical director of the Rosa Coplon Living Center, its skilled nursing facility and rehabilitation program.

Russell J. Gullo was appointed president of the Buffalo Chapter of the American Society of Exchangors. He is president of R.J. Gullo & Co.

The law firm of Hodgson Russ in Buffalo named Joseph P. Galda a partner in the firm's General Business Law Practice Group. His practice, national and international in scope, concentrates on emerging growth and high technology businesses, principally in the information technology and biotechnology industries. The firm also hired Claire Turcotte as a member of the Health Law Practice Group in its Business Division. she concentrates her practice in health and hospital law. The firm also announced that Stephen M. Newman, a partner, was elected to a one-year term as chairman of the New York State Bar Association's Trusts and Estates Law Section.

South Street Seaport Museum appointed Michael P. Castine to its Board of Trustees. A Buffalo native, he is managing director of TMP Worldwide.

Ciminelli Development Corp., a commercial real estate developing firm, named Scott Castilone director of construction.

The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management named Jennifer Buehler winner of its President's Award. The area sales manager for HR Works in Buffalo, she was recognized for her volunteer work to the chapter.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. awarded its annual Chairman's Award to Gary Ternullo, a senior financial analyst in its Division of Insurance, in Washington. He is a native of Buffalo.

Hatch Leonard Naples, an independent insurance broker, hired Michael R. Bonetto as senior vice president and team leader for its Buffalo office. He is responsible for new business production and management of the Buffalo sales team.

Buffalo Engineering, a mechanical and engineering firm, named Flora A. Garrett director of marketing.

The New York State Bar Association recently announced the winners of its Criminal Justice Section awards. Categories and local winners are: criminal law education, Charles P. Ewing of the University at Buffalo Law School; and Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award (outstanding practitioner), Herbert L. Greenman of Buffalo.

Marsh Inc., a professional insurance services firm, named David J. Darnley of Lancaster a vice president in its Buffalo office. A specialist in the areas of occupational safety and health compliance and ergonomics, his responsibilities include consultation on safety and risk management.

Lowe Grob Health & Science in Cambridge, Mass., a communications management firm, appointed Peter M. Gallagher revenue accountant. He formerly worked at Alcor Envelope Co. in Hamburg.

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