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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

The Western New York & Finger Lakes Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will present its 2007 Service to Mankind Award to William Huntress of Williamsville, during the 15th annual Diamond Ball in Feb. 24 in Samuel's Grande Manor, Clarence.

Huntress, president and CEO of Acquest Development, is being honored for "his tireless dedication and commitment to the society's mission to cure blood cancers."

Huntress, a graduate of the University at Buffalo, served on the area chapter's board of trustees from 1994 to 2005 and has been a national representative for the chapter.

For information about the Diamond Ball, visit the Web site or call 834-2578.


David R. Pendergast of Hamburg, professor of physiology and biophysics and adjunct professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UB, is the new director of the Center for Research and Education in Special Environment in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

On Jan. 1, he succeeded Dr. Claes E. Lundgren, who directed the center since its inception in 1985. Lundgren relinquished the position to concentrate on his research projects, several of them in collaboration with Pendergast. He will remain involved at the center as associate director.

Pendergast, a UB faculty member since 1973, became the center's associate director in 1991. He received the Albert R. Behnke Award from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society in June in recognition of his scientific contributions to advances in the undersea hyperbaric (high atmospheric pressure) biomedical field.


Paula Witherell of West Seneca, Hilbert College's public relations director, will receive a 2007 bronze Accolade Award from District II, Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

The award in the Excellence in News Writing-General News Writing category will be presented at the District II annual conference next month in New York City.

Witherell has also received several Excalibur awards from Niagara Chapter, Public Relations Society of America, including 2006 awards in media relations and for the college's alumni magazine and a presidential profile publication.

She has a bachelor's degree in communications/broadcasting and a graduate certificate in public relations strategic management, both from Buffalo State College.


Southeast Works, a non-profit facility helping more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities, has announced its board members and officers for 2007 as well as board members and officers for the Southeast Foundation.

Officers for the Depew facility include the president, Diana C. Augspurger, CEO of Creative Storage Systems; vice president, Diane Tiveron, attorney, Hogan & Willig; treasurer, Homer Wilde, retired engineering consultant; and secretary, Anne LaVigne, director, System Configuration.

Directors include Proves Banks, Frederick Henssler, Edward Kosmoski, Randy Muenzner, Rosemarie Rubin, Robert Sendziak, William Stachura, Karen Tussing and John Visone.

Foundation officers include the president, Ralph J. Vanner Jr.; vice president, Judith A. Shanley; treasurer, Wilde; and secretary, LaVigne.

Directors include Augpurger, Henssler, Brian Hutton, Brian Lewandowski, Denise Mlynarick, John Schober and Michelle Worthington.


Thomas Varano has been installed as president of the Main-Transit Fire Department Exempt Association for 2007.

Other officers include the vice president, Thomas Hurley Sr.; secretary, Gary Stillman; and treasurer, Douglas Roba. The association of former firefighters exempt from responding to fire and emergency medical calls supports the active at many functions.


Nelson E. Schule Jr. of East Amherst, a partner with Kenney, Shelton, Liptak, Nowak LLP, has been appointed director of the Western New York Defense Trial Lawyers Association.

Schule, who concentrates his practice in litigation and the defense of civil cases, recently conducted a seminar on lead paint litigation. The seminar was sponsored by the National Business Institute.


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