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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Richanne C. Mankey, vice president for institutional advancement at Daemen College, received the 2014 Bernice Poss Award from the Western New York Network of Women in Higher Education at the organization’s spring conference held May 2 at the University at Buffalo’s Center for Tomorrow.

The annual award honors women in higher education who exemplify noteworthy involvement in organizing and planning activities for the advancement of women professionals, commitment to and participation in community services and programs for women, and shows support and compassion for colleagues in their daily conduct.

Mankey joined Daemen in 2003 as dean of students and two years was later named vice president for student affairs. Appointed to her current position as vice president for institutional advancement in 2013, she is also continuing to oversee student affairs in an interim capacity.

A senior student affairs officer since 1996, Mankey held various leadership positions during a 17-year tenure at Ohio Northern University, where she was named the youngest vice president at the institution.

Regionally, Mankey served on a steering committee that founded the Western New York College Connection’s Women’s Leadership Institute, which prepares mid-level women administrators for senior and executive leadership roles in higher education.

She serves on the YMCA Buffalo Niagara Board of Directors and for several years chaired the organization’s Strong Kids and Corporate campaigns and served on its Financial Development Committee.


Child Care Resource Network honored individuals and organizations for their dedication to improving the lives of children in Erie County at its annual awards dinner fundraiser held May 6 at Templeton Landing.

The award winners include: Lynn Pullano of United Way, Dorothy B. Millard Award; Explore & More Children’s Museum, Corporate Award; Wee Can Preschool and Child Care, Center Based Program Award; Nana’s Creative Development Center, Home Based Program Award; Northtowns Boys and Girls Club-Black Rock/Assumption Club, School Age Program Award; M&M Railroad Family Daycare, Child Care Business Award; Tricia Brinson, Peg Agnello-Kulu Scholarship Award; Tracey Banks of Early Childhood Direction Center, Quality Care Award; Patricia Miranto, Legally Exempt Child Care Award; and Country Bumpkins Daycare, Child and Adult Care Food Program Award.


Housing Opportunities Made Equal honored Gregory Raab with the Sarah G. Metzger Human Rights Award in recognition of his decades-long dedication to fair housing and distinguished career in public service. The ceremony was held April 25 at HOME’s 51st anniversary celebration at the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center.

“From his days as the first executive director of Westside Neighborhood Housing Services in Buffalo 35 years ago to his multiple leadership posts in Jamestown government today, Greg Raab has focused on improving lives and making communities better,“ said Executive Director Scott W. Gehl.

Raab is president of the Jamestown City Council and a professor of political science at Jamestown Community College.

Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) is a civil rights organization promoting equal opportunity to live in housing and the community of choice in the Buffalo-Niagara region. The award is named after Sarah Metzger, who for 35 years was a leader of the fair housing movement in Western New York and was often described as “HOME’s moral compass.”


The Erie County Medical Center Lifeline Foundation elected a new board chair and the addition of four new board members at its annual meeting.

The newly elected chair is Jonathan A. Dandes, president of Rich Baseball Operations, who had recently served the board as vice-chair. In addition to the Buffalo Bisons, Dandes is also responsible for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and the Jamestown Jammers, teams owned by Rich Products Corporation.

New board members elected include: Benjamin Obletz, president of First Amherst Development; Dr. Gil Farkash, chief of OB/GYN at Children’s Hospital; William Paladino, CEO of Ellicott Development; and Ronald Raccuia, president of AdPro Sports.

The Lifeline Foundation supports the work of ECMC with a number of programs. The Foundation most recently sponsored the ECMC Mammography Coach and operates a number of programs that benefit the hospital.


Two St. Bonaventure University juniors were inducted May 1 into Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society. The inductees are René Sandroni, a mathematics major and accounting minor from Seneca Falls and Steven Zimmer, a dual accounting and finance major and mathematics minor from Lancaster.

Pi Mu Epsilon is dedicated both to promoting scholarly activity in mathematics and to recognizing mathematical achievement among students at academic institutions. Election into PME is based on mathematical achievement and overall scholarship. This year marks the centennial of Pi Mu Epsilon.


The National Association of Social Workers, New York State Chapter, has chosen Sister Janet DiPasquale, as 2014 Social Worker of the Year.

Sister Janet, a sister of St. Joseph who has been engaged in social work for more than 30 years, is executive director of the TRY (Teaching and Restoring Youth) Program in Buffalo. TRY provides transitional housing and access to education, counseling, health care and job training for young women (ages 16-24) who are homeless or trauma victims.

Sister Janet most recently was involved in the establishment of an eight-unit apartment building, known as TRY Level 2, which offers independent living opportunities for women affiliated with the TRY Program.

A graduate of Medaille College, Sister Janet has a master’s degree in counseling from Canisius College and a master’s degree in social work from State University at Buffalo.


Environmentalist Frederick Stoss, associate librarian and subject specialist for biological and environmental sciences and mathematics at the University at Buffalo, has received the first Friend of the Biblioteca Nacional Aruba Award for his work with the BNA in green education programming and for helping to create the library’s Caribbean Energy, Environmental, and Sustainability Program. The award was presented at the third annual Green Education Symposium Aruba, which was held April 7-11 at Cas di Cultura in Oranjestad, Aruba.

Stoss has been an environmental researcher and advocate since his student days. He holds degrees in biology, zoology and information studies, has conducted a decade of research in toxicology and environmental health, and has dedicated his professional life to sustainability research and environmental advocacy.

As a graduate student, he built the first national acid rain database from the ground up. That project led to his work as a co-editor for “Trends: A Compendium of Data on Global Change,” the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s award-winning comprehensive global climate change reference work, where he worked while conducting research with the University of Tennessee.

Stoss has served on the editorial and advisory boards of the Book Industry Environmental Council, Blackwell’s Abstracts on Hygiene and Communicable Diseases, and Electronic Green Journal. He has been cited as a climate leader in the United States by the Climate Reality Project, which is dedicated to unleashing a global cultural movement demanding action on the climate crisis.


Two University at Buffalo sophomores majoring in physics received the Barry Goldwater Scholarship. Sean Rhett-Burke Bearden, a UB physics and applied mathematics student from the Town of Tonawanda, and Nigel Stephen Michki, a UB computational physics student from Grand Island, are among 283 undergraduates to receive the award this year from a pool of 1,166 applicants. Both want to use their knowledge to pursue research that improves society, advancing technologies in industries such as computing and medicine.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, established by Congress in 1986 in honor of Sen. Barry Goldwater, provides up to $7,500 per year to cover educational expenses of outstanding students pursuing careers in math, the natural sciences and engineering.

Universities may nominate up to four undergraduates each year, and each of UB’s four 2014 nominees — all UB Honors Scholars — received recognition. Sophomores Stephanie Kong, a chemical engineering student, and Kristina Monakhova, an electrical engineering student, earned honorable mentions.


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

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Charles A. Grosofsky is the son of Georgina and Lester Grosofsky of Williamsville. He is a 2012 graduate of Williamsville South High School.

Air Force Reserve Airman Michael J. Shul is the son of Michele Kmitch of Blasdell and nephew of Maureen Zawadzki of Lackawanna. He is a 2012 graduate of Orchard Park High School.

Air Force Airman Daniel S. Olszewski is the son of Kathleen and Stephen Olszewski of Grand Island. He is a 2011 graduate of Grand Island Senior High School.

Air Force Reserve Airman Bryanna E. Palmercacio is the daughter of Margaret Cacio of Meriden, Conn., and Scott Palmer of Woodbury, Conn. She is a 2012 graduate of Dunkirk High School.

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Kyle C. Druzbik is the son of Chris and Maureen Druzbik of Orchard Park. He is a 2013 graduate of Orchard Park High School.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

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