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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Penny M. Munschauer has been elected chairwoman of the Children's Guild Foundation, a philanthropic organization that funds health care, education, recreation and research programs and services for children with special needs and their families.

Other officers include the vice chairman, James A. Bourne; treasurer, Robert L. Lupica; and secretary, Wendy T. Stahlka.

Munschauer, John H. Edholm Sr., Keith W. Frome and Albert J. Wright III were re-elected to three-year terms as directors.

The foundation, which is governed by a board of 11 volunteer directors, contributed more than $600,000 in its last fiscal year to programs in Western New York. The organization is funded through contributions from the community.


J. Patrick Lennon of the Town of Tonawanda, a litigation associate at the Bouvier Partnership LLP, recently was elected secretary of the St. Thomas Moore Guild, an association of Catholic lawyers.

He also recently was appointed to the Catholic Central Schools Community Relations Board and teaches a course on public speaking to middle school pupils at St. Augustine's in Buffalo.


John Bartimole, chief executive officer of Southern Tier Health Care System, Olean, will replace Mary LaRowe as president of the Western New York Healthcare Association on Feb. 5.

LaRowe, who has served as president for two years, is leaving the post to become president of St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell.

Before joining Southern Tier Health Care System, Bartimole was interim dean of planning and continuous improvement at Jamestown Community College. He is an adjunct professor at St. Bonaventure University, Jamestown Community College and the University of Pittsburgh.


Joseph "Jerry" J. Castiglia has replaced Robert D. Gioia as chairman of the board of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. Gioia's term ended Dec. 31.

Gail Johnstone, president and CEO of the foundation, said other officers include the senior vice chairman, Charles Balbach; vice chairman for strategic plan, Reginald Melson; vice chairman for development and marketing, John "Jock" Mitchell; vice chairman for community impact, Andrew Rudnick; secretary, Gayle Eagan; and treasurer, Anthony Colucci.

The foundation was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in Western New York.


Peter Augustine, president of New Era Cap, and Rajat R. Shah, senior vice president of corporate development for Seneca Gaming Corp., have been appointed to the board of directors of the Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation.

Augustine has been president of New Era Cap since 2003. He also is a board member of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

Shah, who has been with the gaming corporation since 2005, came to Western New York from Washington, D.C., where he practiced corporate and securities law and was involved with the Children's National Medical Center.

The foundation provides funding for patient care, education and research at Women and Children's Hospital.


George Alexander, commissioner of the Erie County Probation Department and Youth Detention Services, and Robert E. Dando of Fredonia, a member of the board of directors of United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, recently were elected to the board of directors of the United Way of New York State.

They were among 12 new directors elected to the 35-member board.

Alexander has been a United Way volunteer since 1990 and is a member of the Medaille College Criminal Justice Advisory Board as well as similar advisory boards at Niagara University and Literacy Volunteers of America. He is host of a radio talk show, "The Community Hour," and an adjunct criminal-justice faculty member at Buffalo State College.

Dando is a volunteer for Boy Scouts of America, the Dunkirk Labor Council and Western New York Labor Federation.


Assistant District Attorney Candace Vogel has been honored as Prosecutor of the Year for New York State by the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators. The award was presented Jan. 18.


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