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

Air Force Reserve Airman Christina L. Miller is the daughter of Myrna Miller of Lockport and Russell Miller of East Amherst. She is a 2010 graduate of Williamsville North High School.

Air Force Airman Allyssa L. Opferbeck is the daughter of Jason Opferbeck and Suzie Visciano of Cattaraugus. She is a 2013 graduate of Cattaraugus-Little Valley High School.

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Kathryn C. Horvatits is the daughter of Kevin and Kathleen Horvatits of Lancaster. She is a 2011 graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Lancaster.


Read to Succeed Buffalo has appointed Frederick G. Attea, a partner with Phillips Lytle LLP, to its board of directors for a three-year term.

At Phillips Lytle, Attea is engaged in securities and corporate practice with emphasis on mergers and programs. He also concentrates in executive employment agreements and compensation plans. He advises not-for-profit corporations on governance, restructuring, legal compliance and bylaws.

Attea has authored numerous articles and lectured on a variety of nonprofit and business law topics.

Read to Succeed Buffalo began in 2007 in response to the literacy deficits among the citizens of Buffalo. The nonprofit organization works to develop models for improving literacy that create systemic change in how the Buffalo community prepares children for success in school and supports them once they enter public school.


Former Clarence resident Christopher Zampogna was installed as president of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia on June 13 at Washington’s Mayflower Hotel.

Prior to moving to Washington, he was an assistant district attorney in Erie County. Currently, he is manager of his own Washington, D.C., law firm, Zampogna P.C., and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

An editor-in-chief of the Law Journal of the D.C. Bar Association, Zampogna also is an adjunct professor of civil procedure at Georgetown University.


Howard Rich, vice president of corporate relations for Rich Products, was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors at Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo during the organuization’s annual meeting June 17.

Rich has worked for 33 years in several key positions at Rich Products, including president of the ingredients division, which he helped launch in 2009. An avid community volunteer, he is also co-founder of Churches in Action and has jointly led hands-on mission projects locally and to international locations, including Haiti and Mexico.

Other appointments were: chief volunteer officer, Thomas Rybarczyk, audit director, Deloitte; vice chief volunteer officer, Paul Lamparelli, president, Lamparelli Construction; secretary, Christopher Fiorello, president, Employee Benefit Concepts; and treasurer, Christie Nelson, director, division of real estate, City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning.

Patricia J. Zimmerman of Key Bank was reappointed to a second three-year term and chair of the audit committee.


West Seneca resident Joe Kessler, senior vice president for New York Power Authority, received the 2014 Professional Engineer in Government Award from New York State Society of Professional Engineers on June 5 at the society’s annual meeting held in Riverhead, L.I.

Kessler is responsible for oversight of the operation of NYPA’s 16 statewide electric power generating facilities including the Niagara Power Project and the St. Lawrence Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, a master of engineering degree in energy systems and a master in business administration degree from SUNY Buffalo.


Father Greg Jakubowicz has been named college chaplain at Hilbert College. He will assist in developing and ensuring the Catholic Franciscan identity and mission of Hilbert and coordinate the life of the church on campus. Jakubowicz will begin his role Aug. 1.

Former college chaplain at Siena College for five years, Father Jakubowicz will also be responsible for coordinating liturgical and sacramental life; encouraging individuals in the development of faith and spiritual growth; and guiding the campus community through pastoral counseling. He will teach Philosophy 218 – Moral Issues in Contemporary Society, and oversee the campus chapel.

In 1997, Jakubowicz joined the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province. He professed his first vows in 1999 and professed his solemn vows in 2003. A native of West Seneca, Father Jakubowicz earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure and his J.D. from the state University at Buffalo School of Law.


The following were elected members of the Gateway Longview Foundation board of directors for the 2014-15 term:

Chairman, Keith Waldron, Schwabel Fabricating Co.; secretary, Patrick Reilly, John W. Danforth Company; and treasurer, Gary Brost, Strategic Investments & Holdings.

Other members elected were: Carolyne DeFranco, president and CEO, Gateway-Longview Inc.; Scott Dempsey, M&T Bank; and Jeremy Hudson, Hudson Advisors.

Gateway-Longview is a not-for-profit child and family service agency established since 1890.


Two local veterans have been awarded scholarships through the Gary L. Valeri Scholarship Program by The Resource Training Center of Amherst and SERV Niagara.

Awarded 2014 scholarships are Army veteran Kevin Oliphant of Ransomville and Navy veteran Derek Roberts of Clarence. The scholarship will enable them to participate in an 11-month program that will qualify them to work with other veterans in a wide variety of settings including clinics, hospitals, veterans facilities, halfway houses and the court system.

“Both scholarship recipients have stated that they want to help fellow veterans who struggle with addiction, and getting the certification would help increase their chance of securing employment,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center.

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