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Honor Roll: Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Gail Mitchell, assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York, has been named to the Daemen College board of trustees.

A former assistant attorney general for New York State, Mitchell has served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for nearly 20 years. Before coming to Western New York, she was assistant city solicitor in Philadelphia.

Mitchell is a member of the Erie County Bar Association and the Minority Bar Association of Western New York. She has served as a tutor and mentor in the Bar Association’s Lawyers for Learning Program since 1999, and held a similar role at the Buffalo Public School 6 (formerly Academic Challenge Center).

Currently, Mitchell is on the boards of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Elmwood Franklin School, and is a member of the Brown University Alumni Schools Committee. Prior to this, she served for a decade on the board of Buffalo Prep.

Mitchell earned a law degree from Columbia University School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Brown University.


The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York has named its 2014 class of Health Leadership Fellows, recognizing 42 diverse, skilled, leaders from health-related and safety net organizations across Western and Central New York.

The 2014-2015 Western New York fellows are: James Bender, executive director, Health & Hands Faith in Action; Jorien Brock, senior director, Pride Center Western New York; Monica Brown, program officer, Health Foundation for Western and Central New York; Ruth Camann, director of patient services, People Inc. Home Health; Marie Cannon, deputy commissioner, Erie County Department of Social Services; Mindy Cervoni, vice president, administrative services, Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled; Lesley Gooch-Christman, deputy executive director, ACCORD Corp.; Margaret Cosentino, director, Western New York HealtheLink; Annie Deaver-Dabney, community health worker supervisor, UB Emergency Medical Services; LaTonya Diggs, community health worker supervisor, UB Emergency Medical Services; Tara Ellis, executive director, Meals on Wheels; Helen Evans, associate executive director, Allegany/Western Steuben Rural Health Network; Ann Feightner, program officer, Total Senior Care; Susan Green, clinical associate professor, UB Graduate School Social Work; Crystal Jackson-Cheek, director of mental health programs, WNY Independent Living Center; Elizabeth Woike-Ganga, vice president of clinical operations, Lake Shore Behavioral Health; Randall Hoak, commissioner, Erie County Senior Services; Donna Kahm, executive director, Southern Tier Health Care System; Kimberly Lee, director of operations, Neighborhood Health Care Centers; David Mann, lieutenant, S.O.S. Unit, Buffalo Police Department; Isiah Marshall, director, MSW Program, Daemen College; Carol Murphy, executive director, New Hope Education Center (Harvest House); Tracey Olson, chief nursing officer, WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center; Jessica Pirro, associate executive director, Crisis Services; Lynn Pullano, program director, education, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County; Nick Randell, program officer, The Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation; Laurie Reger, executive director, Hemophilia Center WNY; Rebecca Schaeffer, child psychiatrist, clinical associate professor of psychiatry, Buffalo Psychiatric Center, UB School of Medicine; Christine Schaller, administrator, Genesee County Nursing Home; Lynn Siradas, director of therapeutic foster care, New Directions Family Services; Stephanie Smith, senior director, Jericho Road Community Health Center; and Kelly Swan, director, Women, Infants, Children (WIC) nutrition program, Catholic Charities.


East Aurora native Sarah Markle was recently hired by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as a section cellist. One of 70 cellists auditioning for the position, Markle will join the orchestra in September 2014 for the start of their concert season.

A 2006 graduate of East Aurora High School and 2002 graduate of Aurora Waldorf School, she received her introduction to the instrument from local cellist David Meyer of the Celtic group Kindred, and later studied extensively with Roman Mekinulov, principal cellist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and her master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, under the tutelage of Alan Stepansky, former associate principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic. Upon graduating she received the Pablo Casals Award for musical accomplishment and human endeavor.


Marc C. Collins, recreation supervisor for the Town of Hamburg Department of Youth, Recreation and Senior Services, has earned certification from the National Alliance for Youth Sports Academy for youth sports administrators as a Certified Youth Sports Administrator.

Those with the designation have access to numerous sports and youth-related training sessions to earn continuing education/professional development in the field of youth sports and extending the credential beyond the initial two-year period.

Collins is a Hamburg High School graduate and holds a master’s degree in education with literacy emphasis from the University at Buffalo. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from East Carolina University.


Wheels With Wings Foundation has appointed Kevin J. English chairman of its board of directors. English is a partner with Phillips Lytle LLP.

Natalie Barnhard,Wheels With Wings founder and president, said, “Kevin has been instrumental with directing the future of Wheels With Wings. He is an exceptional attorney and I am sincerely grateful for his service and leadership.”

Wheels With Wings Foundation, established in 2008 in Buffalo, became a vision and personal goal for Barnhard after she suffered a spinal cord injury from an accident in 2004. Barnhard was faced with ongoing challenges to obtain essential items for quality-of-life needs. The foundation serves as the Western New York Chapter for the National Spinal Cord Injury Association providing advocacy, education and awareness to individuals with spinal cord injuries and disease.


Several military personnel have graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

Air Force Reserve Airman Nicholas G. Magdic is the son of Holly Magdic of Barker. He is a 2013 graduate of Lockport High School.

Air Force Reserve Airman Alexander A. Achenbach is the son of Aaron Achenbach of Williamsville and Karin Achenbach of Colden. He is a 2013 graduate of Williamsville South High School.

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class John D. Ribaudo is the son of John and Tina Ribaudo of Randolph. He is a 2013 graduate of Randolph Central School.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Brandon M. DiBerardino is the son of Cynthia DiBerardino of Williamsville and Michael DiBerardino of Amherst. He is a 2008 graduate of Clarence High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from Fredonia State College.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Joseph P. Smith is the son of Dana Smith of Blasdell. He is a 2009 graduate of Frontier High School, Hamburg.

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Courtney L. Myers is the daughter of Julie Tartaglia of Akron. She is a 2010 graduate of Clarence High School.

Air Force Airman Dylan J.J. Eckert is the son of Darlene and David Eckert of Strykersville. He is a 2013 graduate of Pioneer High School, Yorkshire.

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Thomas R. Reed is the son of Cheryl and Thomas Reed of North Tonawanda. He is a 2002 graduate of North Tonawanda High School. He earned an associate degree in 2004 from Alfred State University.

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