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D'Youville College named Edward A. Johnson vice president for financial affairs. Previously, Johnson was director of finance and operations for the Honeoye FallsLima Central School District and served as associate vice-president for administration and controller at the Geneseo State College. A graduate of Niagara University, he received his MBA from St. Bonaventure University and is a certified public accountant.

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The law firm Harris Beach named Judy N. Cuzzacrea Wagner a partner. Wagner is a member of the Life and Asset Planning Practice Group in the Buffalo office. She is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and obtained her J.D. from the UB School of Law.

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The law firm of Harter Secrest and Emery named Marc A. Romanowski a partner at its Buffalo office. Romanowski is a member of the firm's Environmental Practice, representing clients in development projects before federal, state and local agencies. A graduate from the University at Buffalo, he received his J.D from UB School of Law.

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The Buffalo-based law offices of Cohen Lombardo named Terrie Benson Murray a partner. Murray has been with the law firm for four years and concentrates her practice in the areas of estates and trusts, wills and estate planning. Previously, Murray was managing attorney with the United Auto Workers Legal Services Plan where she supervised two Buffalo-area offices. She earned her J.D. the UB School of Law and received her bachelor's degree from Fredonia State College.

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The Professional and Businessmen's Association, an organization dating back to 1903 when it was known as the Association of Polish Businessmen in Buffalo, named Greg Mazurowski president. Mazurowski is district sales coordinator of AFLAC in Western New York. Other officers: Vice president, Stanley Gajewski; treasurer, Michael Emser; secretary, Walter Stepien and financial secretary, Ralph Maraszak.

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Jaeckle Fleischmann and Mugel, a Buffalo law firm, named Jessica E. Lankford a partner. Lankford concentrates her practice on general corporate, corporate governance and corporate financing matters. She earned her J.D. from Syracuse University and her bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University.

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The Eighth District Dental Society elected Dr. Charles Travagliata president for 2011. Travagliata is a general dentist with a private practice in Hamburg. Other officers: President elect, Dr. Brendan P. Dowd; vice president, Dr. John Nasca; secretary, Dr. Joseph Modica; treasurer, and Dr. Ronald H. Jarvis.

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The Financial Planning Association of Western New York, a nonprofit membership organization for the financial planning community, elected Stanley Lichwala, of Wells Fargo Advisors, president of its board of directors for 2011. Other officers: President elect,Bruce Carrow, M&T Bank; past president and chair, Christopher Gibas, Literacy Volunteers of Buffalo and Erie County; secretary, Amy Jo Lauber, Lauber Financial Planning; and treasurer,Candace Kelley, Spectrum Wealth Management. Directors: Michael Birenbach, Orchestral Financial Group; Lawrence Pignataro, Pignataro Financial Group; Dirk Rabenold, Next Financial Group and Timothy Sobolewski, The Financial Planning Center.

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