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NIAGARA HONOR ROLL

Mati Ortiz has been promoted to director of campus activities at Niagara University.

She had served as assistant director since 1999.

Formerly, she was director of student activities and coordinator of residence life at Medaille College in Buffalo, her undergraduate alma mater. In 1994, she helped establish and served as director of the school's campus center.

She received her master's degree in student personnel administration from Buffalo State College.

In 1996, she was named Medaille's Adviser of the Year and, in 1997, received a distinguished service award from the college.

Ortiz and her husband, Rich, live in Buffalo with their children, Nicholas and Gabriella.

Linus Ormsby, director of public relations at Niagara University, has been elected president of the board of associates of Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center in Lewiston.

The Lewiston resident also is president-elect of the Buffalo-Niagara Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, secretary of St. Peter's Holy Name Society, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, a member and past president of the First Friday Club of Niagara Falls and a member of the Consolidation Task Force for the Niagara Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

A graduate of Canisius College and Niagara University, he holds a postmaster's certificate in school counseling and has attained professional accreditation with the Public Relations Society of America.

Ormsby has served as an instructor for Niagara University's Freshman Symposium and has taught undergraduate courses in journalism and public relations.

Also serving as officers are vice president, David Bevaqua of S'dao Furniture; secretary, Terry Collesano; and treasurer, Donald Thurman. Jerry Tucker of the Lewiston-Porter School District is immediate past president.

The board of associates of Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center has named Robert L. Dotton of R.L. Dotton & Associates, John P. Barber of Niagara Mohawk and Thomas D. Minarcin Sr. as chairmen of the board's 36th annual Tom Hewitt Sports Award Dinner.

Two significant changes have been made to the dinner this year. Lockport Senior High School and North Tonawanda High School will join Grand Island, Lewiston-Porter, Niagara Catholic, Niagara Falls, Niagara Wheatfield, Starpoint and Wilson among the schools honored.

The scholarships awarded to the winning male and female student athletes have been increased to $2,000 each. The dinner will be held May 6 at Niagara County Community College.

Cynthia O'Keefe, a registered nurse, has been named director of the new patient advocacy program at Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center.

She has held a variety of nursing positions at the hospital for more than 20 years, most recently as nursing supervisor. She also leads the patient satisfaction team, a cross-functional team seeking to enhance the hospital's patient satisfaction efforts.

O'Keefe received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Niagara University and a master's degree in community health nursing from D'Youville College.

She is a member of District 1, New York State Professional Nurses Association, and Zeta Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.

O'Keefe and her family live in Ransomville.

Dennis W. Johnson, owner of Xact Tax & Financial Services, has been elected this year's chairman of the board of the Eastern Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

He is serving his fifth year on the board and his third year on the executive committee. He also served as treasurer in 1999.

Johnson has been a member of the board of directors of Niagara Business Services and chairman of the summer outing, long-range planning and community expo committees.

The following officers also have been elected: chairman-elect, Richard F. Gorko of the Small Business Development Center at Niagara County Community College; vice chairman, Ann Briody-Petock of Briody Health Care Facility; treasurer, Anna M. McCann of Merritt Plywood Machinery; and secretary, Peter J. Welsby of Wendel Duchscherer Architects and Engineers.

Dr. Dominic Falsetti, chief of surgery at Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center and a member of the hospital foundation's board of directors, has been named chairman of the foundation's annual Giving Campaign for this year.

Proceeds from the campaign, "Family to Family," will help to purchase advance technology for the outpatient physical therapy, diagnostic imaging and cardiopulmonary departments, which will move into Mount St. Mary's Hospital's new Outpatient Services Corridor.

The 17,000-square-foot facility will be attached to the hospital and will have state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, including new mammography scanners and a therapeutic pool. Plans also call for adding 150 parking spaces.

In addition to the corridor, a 37,000-square-foot medical office building is being privately developed, and work is expected to begin in the spring.

Also serving on the annual giving campaign committee are: co-chairman, Jerald I. Wolfgang; David DiCamillo, Alan Elia, Robert Minicucci and Dr. Mario Violante, as well as Lynn Catalano, the foundation's executive director.

The Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas has announced the appointment of three members to its board of directors to fill vacant and/or unexpired terms. The appointees are: R. Thomas Burgasser, who operates a private law practice; Richard Ellis, president of Complete Creative Marketing Services; and Walter Ludwig, vice president and chief operating officer of Kaleida/DeGraff Memorial Hospital.

Angela Thompson, a 10th-grade student, and Adrian Barrett, a ninth-grade student at Niagara Catholic Junior-Senior High School have been awarded scholarships to the Dale Carnegie program.

Dale Carnegie Training of Western New York, under the leadership of Andrew Terranova, recently launched a youth program to provide character development and success training to high school students throughout the area. The Youth Character Development Foundation was established to offer Dale Carnegie youth courses.

The program seeks to reinforce traditional values, while the foundation aims to reach the minds and hearts of young people at a critical stage in their development, replacing self-consciousness with self-confidence and developing young people of character.

In addition to Niagara Catholic, 18 other high schools and a total of 80 students will participate in this year's program.

Scholarships were made possible through the support of local businesses.

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