WNED appointed John D. Craig director of education and outreach. Craig previously directed Niagara County's state-funded Career Pathways/Tech-Prep Education project, linking high school students to college-level learning and career opportunities in high-demand fields. He holds his bachelor's and master's from Niagara University and obtained a doctorate in higher education administration from the University at Buffalo.
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center appointed Dr. Svetlana Kovtunova head of its Division of Hospitalist Services. Dr. Kovtunova, who earned her medical degree at the Vinnytsia National Pirogov Memorial Medical University in Vinnytsya, Ukraine, is a graduate of Memorial's Dr. Melvin B. Dyster Family Medicine Residency Program and is board certified in family medicine.
The University at Buffalo School of Management and its Alumni Association will honor Francine Brooks, president of FB Displays and Designs, for her contributions to entrepreneurship; David T. Hore, co-president PCB Group, for his community service and Jay J. Schwartzkopf, president of Apex Management Group, for his service to the school. The awards will be presented at the 59th Annual School of Management Awards Banquet at the Millennium Hotel and Resorts on Oct. 28.
Everywoman Opportunity Center named Audrey J. Czesak president of its board of directors. Czesak is president and CEO of Trinity Title and Abstract Corp. Other officers: Vice president, Sheri L. Mooney, partner, Damon and Morey; treasurer, Margaret P. King, CFO, Buffalo Hospital Supply; and secretary, Michael Henry, retired facilitator of the Closing the Gap Program for Buffalo Public School #53. New directors: Helen Tederous, First Niagara Bank and Margaret P. King, Buffalo Hospital Supply. Continuing directors: John Christopher, Hodgson Russ; Vanita Evans, F.B.I. Buffalo Field Office; Marie E. Hare, KeyBank; and Brenda McDuffie, Buffalo Urban League. The agency provides employment related services to women to help them achieve personal and economic independence.
Robitaille Real Estate named George Drescher a licensed agent with the corporation. Drescher was formerly a superintendent of schools for a number of local districts and also owned a travel agency. The real estate agency is located in the Village of Williamsville.
The law firm of Hiscock and Barclay opened a new office in New York City and added seven attorneys. The new office is located at Seven Times Square. The firm previously maintained a small presence in lower Manhattan.
Inspire Dental Group, the dental practice of Drs. Ronald Sadler, Gary Haraszthy, Gregory Abbott, and Bom Dokko, recently opened a second office at 4330 Maple Road. The Amherst office follows the July opening of the West Seneca office at 3030 Orchard Park Road.
Village Glen Tennis Club and South Towns Tennis Club recently launched a new Web site designed to lend tennis players quick and convenient access to Western New York's most popular tennis clubs. The Web site, located at www.wnytennis.com, was developed by Buffalo-based Escapewire Solutions.
Birdair Inc., a Buffalo-based specialty contractor of lightweight long-span roofing systems and tensile structures, was awarded three of the four primary 2010 Federation Internationale de Football Association World Cup stadium projects in South Africa, including Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, Durban Stadium in Durban and Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. To date, Birdair has completed work on 65 sports facilities globally, incorporating tensile architecture into a variety of single-sport and multi-purpose stadiums and arenas.
Carr Marketing Communications in Amherst recently created a graphic identity for the Western New York Falls Prevention Initiative, a community-wide effort to improve the quality of life and limit the loss of independence in seniors, and facilitated group sessions with the WNY Falls Prevention Consortium to develop the slogan "Step Up To Stop Falls."
Meals on Wheels honored The PCA Group, Moog Inc., and St. Matthias Church of East Aurora for their generosity at its annual fundraising event, Plate Expectations. The PCA Group's employees donate their lunch hour to deliver meals to homebound seniors and have provided computer support and services for the past 18 years. Moog Inc. has been a dedicated donor and volunteer for several years as well as supporting several local charities. St. Matthias Church has served as the location for the East Aurora meal delivery site for 23 years, providing office space, water, heat and electric and parking.
Title: "Shoulder tread for a tire"
Inventors: Klein, Geoffrey Harold (Niagara Falls)
Assignee: The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. (Akron, Ohio)
Date issued: Sept. 30, 2008
Title: "Vaccine for nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae infection"
Inventors: Hiltke, Thomas (New Market, MD); Murphy, Timothy F. (East Amherst); Sethi, Sanjay (East Amherst)
Assignee: The Research Foundation of University at Buffalo (Amherst)
Date issued: Sept. 30, 2008