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Eric Mower and Associates, an independent marketing communications agency, has promoted Doug Bean to chief operating officer. In the newly created position, Bean assumes agencywide management responsibility for the organization's seven offices. A managing partner since 1999, Bean will continue to serve as head of the firm's Buffalo office and a leader of the brand promotion group. He joined EMA in 1990, when EMA combined with Levy, King and White in Buffalo. A Kenyon College graduate, Bean has an MBA from the University at Buffalo and master's in liberal studies from Dartmouth College.

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The Buffalo-based law offices of Cohen and Lombardo named Amy J. Vigneron partner. Vigneron has been with the law firm for eight years and focuses her practice on corporate and business law. She earned her law degree from Syracuse University College of Law and graduated from Oswego State College.

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The Minority Bar Association of Western New York elected Joseph M. Hanna president for a one-year term. Hanna, a partner with Goldberg Segalla, previously served on the board of directors of the Minority Bar Association of WNY Foundation. Other officers: vice president, Jennifer Metzger, Housing Opportunities Made Equal; treasurer, Joseph S. Brown, Hodgson Russ; deputy treasurer, Lynette Nogueras Trummer, Nixon Peabody; recording secretary, Melissa Semidey, Phillips Lytle; corresponding secretary, Leah Bouquard, Watson Bennett. Directors: Gary Wilson, Buffalo Public Schools and Paul Dimoh, Nixon Peabody.

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Five Star Bank promoted Timothy D. Kwiatkowski to vice president, business banking officer. Kwiatkowski rejoined the bank as market manager for the Amherst market in January. He recently served as senior vice president, business banking, for Bank of America and vice president for Empire of America after serving for four years in various capacities at Five Star Bank. He graduated from Medaille College and Bryant and Stratton Business Institute.

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Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center in Lewiston appointed Andrea Gaudioso chief information officer and Laura Volz director of pharmacy. Gaudioso most recently served as the senior director of information technology operations at Columbia St. Mary's Health System in Milwaukee, where she worked since 1985. She is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University. Volz previously worked with the Wyoming County Community Hospital, DeGraff Memorial and Millard Fillmore. She is a graduate of Duquesne University, where she earned her doctorate.

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Merchants Insurance Group named Shad McKnight vice president of underwriting and product development. McKnight previously served as vice president of product management. He graduated from Montana State University and Devry Institute of Technology and holds a master's degree from Ohio State University.

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Western New York Lodging announced that James Burke Jr. has been named general manager of the Adam's Mark Hotel Buffalo-Niagara. Burke had been director of operations for Visions Hotels, the management company responsible for the day to day operations of the hotel. Burke has a masters degree from Buffalo State College.

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The law firm Hodgson Russ named Kathleen M. Kaczor senior associate in the Insurance and Reinsurance Practice Group. Kaczor previously was an attorney at Dewey Ballantine, now Dewey and LeBoeuf, in New York City. A graduate of the University of New York at New Paltz, she earned her J.D. at the University at Buffalo School of Law. Also, the firm named Marissa A. Coheley an associate in the Business Litigation Practice Group and Michael J. Hecker an associate in the Environment and Energy Practice Group. Coheley was an associate at another Buffalo-based law firm and a summer law clerk for U.S. District Judge John T. Curtin. She obtained both her undergraduate degree and J.D. from U.B. Hecker was an attorney at Schulte Roth and Zabel in New York City. He served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Richard J. Arcara in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York and for the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Western District of New York in its General Crimes/Affirmative Civil Enforcement Divisions. A Geneseo State College graduate, he earned his J.D. at UB.

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The W.C.A Foundation elected Patricia Phillips, Dr. Brian D. Meagher and Paul V. Webb III to its board of directors. The W.C.A. Foundation, created in 1981, is a supporting foundation to WCA Hospital of Jamestown.

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Bouvier Partnership named Melissa Hardy-Thore an associate in the Family Law Group. Thore was associated with the Miserendino Law Firm in Buffalo since 2000 where she practiced both family law and personal injury law. She graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Law.

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Professional Advantage president Scott Stockton earned an advanced coaching certification from Tools2Transform Inc., a Western New York performance coaching company. The certification is in xSAIL(R), a proprietary transformational coaching methodology. Professional Advantage is an Amherst coaching and training consulting group.

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Martucci, Calabrese and Associates, a lobbying firm located in Buffalo, named Patricia J. Paul an associate. Previously the manager of government and regulatory affairs for National Fuel Gas since 2001, Paul will focus on developing lobbying services and government affairs consulting for the energy sector.

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WCA Hospital, a regional healthcare facility, appointed Anna M. Dibble, director of quality at Cummins Inc., and Dr. Lyndon Gritters, a radiologist at the Jamestown hospital, to its board of directors.

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The Evans-Brant Chamber of Commerce elected Michelle Parker president of its board of directors for 2011-12. Parker is a partner with the law firm Anspach Meeks Ellenberger. Other officers: vice president, Cheri Hahn; secretary, Lisa Grimald, Potwora Agency; and treasurer, Nancy Furey, Lake Shore Federal Credit Union. Chairwoman of the Marketing Committee, Antoinette Forth, RT Enterprises.

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