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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Catholic Charities of Buffalo officials announced that Gretchen Fierle has been elected as the newest member of its board of trustees.

Fierle is vice president and chief communications officer for HealthNow New York Inc., a position she has held since 2010.

In her role, Fierle provides executive oversight to the communications function through the development of messaging strategies, brand positioning, advertising, public relations, community relations, government relations and sponsorships.

She previously served in a similar capacity for three years for Independent Health. Other positions Fierle has held include interim director of P2 Collaborative of Western New York, partner of Invisionit, LLC and executive director of the Research Center for Stroke and Heart Disease.

She is a member of the board of directors for Buffalo State College Foundation, Horizon Management Group and the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, and serves as chairwoman of Invisionit, LLC. She is a past member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s board of trustees.


The Western New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen has elected Althea E. Luehrsen, as chairwoman of its board of directors. Luehrsen is the executive director of Leadership Buffalo and was previously assistant vice president of corporate and foundation relations at the University at Buffalo. She is a graduate of Empire State College, where she is an adjunct faculty member.

Luehrsen resides in Williamsville and is also the president and owner of Strategic Solutions Group.

Other officers are: vice chairman, James J. Kincaid; secretary/treasurer, Donna E. Perna; and directors, Dr. Ermelinda Bonaccio, Scott M. Philbin and Mary C. Szabat.


Jaekyung Lee, dean of the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education, has appointed four new associate deans: Greg Dimitriadis, associate dean for academic affairs; Xiufeng Liu, associate dean for interdisciplinary research; Randy Yerrick, associate dean for inter-professional education and engagement; and Jennifer Lawrence, associate dean for student affairs and administration.

The four associate deans represent a range of expertise that will help the school move toward those four goals: Dimitriadis has expertise in academic and faculty matters; Liu has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on large national research grants; Yerrick has expertise in educational technology applications (Apple Educator), as well as working with local schools and educators; and Lawrence has administrative experience in student and alumni matters, and student counseling.


Vein Treatment Centers of Williamsville and Clarence announced a scholarship for Emily Geiger, a sophomore at Orchard Park High School for 10 days in Zambia in South Africa to work with HIV/AIDS prevention.


Alexander Elia has been selected for a 2013 Stant Corp. Scholarship from the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium Inc., the University of the Aftermarket Foundation and other donors and organizations. She was selected from more than 500 applicants at a recent meeting of the scholarship selection committee.

Alexander plans to attend Alfred State College to study Diesel & Heavy Equipment.


Cpl. Timothy Liberatore was named Florida Sheriff’s Association Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Liberatore is a Iroquois High School and Canisius College graduate.

Last year, Liberatore made 260 arrests, resulting in 115 felony and 167 misdemeanor charges.


The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and its Taste of Olean Event Committee have announced its seventh class of inductees to the Taste of Olean Hospitality Wall of Fame Awards program. Honorees are: Jackie Attard, John Malara, Richard Marcus and Louis V. “Little Louie” Marra.

The Hospitality Wall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution and given exceptional service to the food service/hospitality industry in the past and who may continue to do so. All have succeeded in excelling at all the most important elements of a great restaurant: inviting atmosphere, friendly staff and impeccable food in its stylish artistic presentation and its innovative flavor combination..


Dom Cardino, a West Seneca businessman and sign language instructor, received the “Friends of Education Award” from the West Seneca Teachers Association.

Cardino has assisted in the professional development of educators in the district. He has taught sign language courses to certification teachers and support staff for the Teachers’ Center.

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