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Thomas D. Burns of Kenmore has been elected president of the Western New York Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association.

Other officers include: first vice president, William Rowe; second vice president, Clifford De Nagel; secretary, Wayne E. Newton; treasurer, Sherwood Littlewood; historian, James Osborne; MIA-POW officer, Lou Ganzman; judge advocate, Donald Burns, and chaplain, Gordon Steinagle.

James T. Clauss of Buffalo has been elected to a second one-year term as captain of Division III, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Ninth Coast Guard District, Eastern Region.

He commands the division's seven flotillas, which play an active role in the safety of recreational boating in Western New York.

David Metzger has been elected chief of the Clarence Fire Department for 1991. Other officers include: first assistant chief, Patrick Casilio; second assistant chief, David Baumler; third assistant chief, David Bissonette; fourth assistant chief, Timothy Blakely; truck captain, Doug Lash; first aid captain, Sandy Larkin, and fire police captain, Jack Chaffee.

Mark Heim was elected president of the Clarence volunteer company, and Mark Bronisz, vice president. Other administrative officers include: secretary, Judith Barillari; recording secretary, Roger Chaffee; treasurer, Al Getter, and directors, Doug Larkin, Mike Burkhardt and Scott Symington.

Daniel J. Inman of Getzville has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is professor and chairman of the department of mechanical engineering at the University at Buffalo. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Michigan State University in 1980.

Donald F. "Harry" Koch is the 1991 commander of the AMVETS Hank Nowak Post 45, 1210 Broadway. Other officers include: first vice commander, Edwin Kazmierski; second vice commander, Daniel Buczkowski; fourth vice commander, George Biclish; finance officer, Thomas O'Connell; adjutant, Richard Schuh; judge advocate, Francis Adams; provost marshal, Charles Sustakoski; chaplain, Walter Malinowski; PRO historian, Peter Linkowski; service officer, Aloysius Bartel; bingo chairman, Francis Adams; hospital chairman, David Buczkowski; blood chairman, Harry Peace, and newsletter editor, Thomas O'Connell.

Lori Ann Meli, former public relations manager at Medina Memorial Hospital, has been appointed manager of marketing and community relations at Olean General Hospital, where she will manage public relations activities, place advertisements, plan publicity and promotions, and write and edit internal and external communications.

She is a graduate of Fredonia State College.

Mwalimu J. Shujaa, assistant professor of education at the University at Buffalo, has been elected national executive officer of the Council of Independent Black Institutions for a two-year period. He has published and lectured widely on policy failure in urban schools and cultural influences on child development.

A founder of the Afrikan People's Action School in Trenton, N.J., he is actively involved with a group planning to establish an African-centered independent school in Buffalo.

Robert J. Stephen, assistant dean and director of lifelong learning at Buffalo State College, has been named Outstanding Continuing Educator for 1990 by the Continuing Education Association of New York. The honor was bestowed at the association's recent 27th annual conference at Ellenville, N.Y.

Marian C. Meyers of Hamburg, director of grants services at Canisius College, has been elected to a two-year term as chairwoman of the Conference of Coordinators of Research and Sponsored Programs, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

Dolores Rogers, an assistant professor at the College Learning Lab at Buffalo State College and an artist known for her paintings in oil and watercolors, was honored as State Art Educator of the Year by the New York State Art Teachers Association at a recent banquet in Monticello, N.Y.

She is a member of numerous organizations, including the Grand Island Art Society and Niagara Society of Artists, and is on the board of directors of the Tonawanda Council for the Arts. Her paintings have won many awards in shows since 1966.

Latarcia Kenner of Kerns Avenue in Buffalo has been awarded an $800 educational assistance grant from the Rev. A. Joseph Bissonette Memorial Foundation. Ms. Kenner is enrolled in her first year at Mount Saint Mary's Academy in the Town of Tonawanda. She and her two sisters were baptized by Father Bissonette. She assisted him as the first female altar server in the Diocese of Buffalo.

The award recognizes students with financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement and commitment to community services. Educational assistance is one of several programs conducted by the foundation to carry on and commemorate the work of the priest, who was murdered in the St. Bartholomew's rectory in February 1987.

Dr. Dorothy M. Baker, a member of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, is the new president of Nardin Academy. Her previous posts have included assistant director of Catholic social service in Lincoln, Neb., and director of the Maryvale Retreat and Renewal Center in St. Paul, Minn. She has a Ph.D. from Bombay University, India.

Dr. Baker succeeded Harriet M. Gilles, DHM, who has been presented the Ernestine Nardin Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to the advancement of Nardin Academy.

Board officers at Nardin include: chairman, Paul W. Sweet; vice chairman, Richard Neil; secretary, Martha Fellin, DHM, and president, Dr. Baker.

The school at 135 Cleveland Ave. offers Montessori and Grades 1 through 8 to boys and girls and a high school college preparatory program for young women.

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