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The New York State Small Business Development Center has elected Jan A. Pisanczyn "Small Business Adviser of the Year." The award recognizes his "outstanding service to the Western New York business community." He has been with the Buffalo Small Business Development Center since 1986 and has served as senior adviser for the past two years.

Goldome has named Robert B. Rakoczy regional vice president of its consumer bank. He joined the bank in 1978 as director of marketing research and new product development. He subsequently worked as director of corporate planning, vice president and director of corporate sales and marketing, and director of product management and marketing development. Rakoczy holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University at Buffalo. He lives in Clarence.

The National Federation of Paralegal Associations has elected Beverly A. Woolson secretary of its board of directors. She is a paralegal in the office of John G. Dowd, a Niagara Falls attorney. Ms. Woolson also serves on the board of directors of the Western New York Paralegal Association. She lives in Wilson.

Norstar Bank has promoted Marilyn M. English to assistant vice president and manager of financial systems in its Financial Division. She previously was an assistant financial systems officer. She is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and is a resident of Cheektowaga.

Carmina Silvestri Architects, 4564 Bailey Ave., Suite 200, Amherst, has appointed Karin Kaus-Rogers director of interior planning and design. She is the former director of interior design at Kideney Architects.

Urbach Kahn & Werlin, a certified public accounting firm, has elected Thomas A. Robson an audit principal. He is responsible for the planning, supervision and review of audit engagements as well as for training and staff development. He works extensively in the areas of banking, government, manufacturing, business and financial planning, and mergers and acquisitions. Robson is a graduate of Niagara University. He lives in Lockport.

Krehbiel Associates Inc., an architectural firm at 1870 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda, has named Russell J. Stoll a project manager for civil engineering projects. He is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and is a licensed architect in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The Life Transitions Center Inc., 3580 Harlem Road, West Seneca, has appointed Dr. Barbara Trolley director of the Ravlin program, a program for helping individuals and their families cope with life-threatening illnesses. She holds a bachelor's degree from St. John Fisher College and a master's degree and PhD from the University at Buffalo.

The organization also named Phyllis Howe director of education. She earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a master's degree from Eastern Michigan University.

The American Lung Association of Western New York has elected William E. Swan chairman of its President's Council. He is president and chief executive officer of the Lockport Savings Bank.

Butler Medical Search Inc., formerly J.P. Butler and Associates Inc., 160 Holtz Drive, has appointed Jeff Dick an assistant sales director. The company also named Betsy Toenniessen, Suzanne Scott and Kathryn Janik recruiters.

Marsh & McLennan, an insurance brokerage firm, has named Joseph M. Borzelliere a senior claims representative. He will work out of the company's Buffalo and Rochester offices. He had been an assistant manager in the liability and workers compensation area of the claims department for Travelers Insurance Inc. Borzelliere is a graduate of Brockport State College and is a resident of East Amherst.

The Commercial-Investment Real Estate Council, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, has awarded V. Jeffrey LiPluma the Certified Commercial-Investment Member designation. He is an associate with Comvest Consulting Inc. and is a member of the Greater Buffalo Board of Realtors and the NAR.

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