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Joseph W. Lipowski of Depew, a New York State mediator and arbitrator, was elected AMVETS national first vice commander at the organization's recent 56th national convention in Philadelphia.

He is a life member and past commander of AMVETS Post 45 in Buffalo. He has served as New York State department commander and for the past year as the AMVETS national second vice commander. He is a member of the board of directors of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.

In his new post, he will oversee the AMVETS' national membership program. Lipowski served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Los Angeles during the Korean War.

Alphonso O'Neil-White, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for HealthNow New York, has been appointed to the Buffalo State College Council by Gov. George E. Pataki.

He succeeds Dr. Walter B. Holland Jr., whose term on the College Council expired.

Before joining HealthNow, the parent company of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Western New York, O'Neil-White served as principal for a Silver Spring, Md., consulting firm, Managed Care Associates.

He previously was vice president, general counsel and secretary for the American Association of Health Plans in Washington, D.C. He has a law degree from Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in Kentucky and a bachelor of arts degree from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia.

O'Neil-White is a member of the health law section governing council of the American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association, National Bar Association, National Corporate Counsel Association and regional board of directors of the National Conference for Community and Justice. He is also on the board of directors of the Buffalo State College Foundation.

His term on the College Council will expire in 2006.

Patricia O'Mara Rehak, a graduate of Holy Angels Academy, is now chairwoman of the school's board of trustees.

Rehak, who was elected at a recent board meeting, noted that for almost 140 years, "Holy Angels Academy has provided the young women of Western New York with the finest in Catholic education and prepared them for the academic, social, spiritual and moral challenges in their futures.

"It is the board's challenge to ensure this mission is maintained while finding the means to retain our talented and dedicated faculty and improving our facilities to meet the needs of our students as they prepare for life and work in the 21st century," she said.

After graduating from Holy Angels Academy in 1958, Rehak received a bachelor of arts degree from D'Youville College. She then became active in the business life of the community for many years, eventually becoming executive vice president of Buffalo Niagara Partnership and executive vice president of Buffalo Niagara Enterprise.

Other officers include the vice chairwoman, Patricia U. Pitts; treasurer, Stephen J. Cavanaugh; and secretary, S. Virginia Parsons.

Trustees include Sisters Marian Adrian, Mary Lee Farrell, Patricia Eileen McKeon, Mary Brendan Connors, Mary Kathleen Duggan and Denise Roche; Anthony J. Bellia, Robert M. Greene, Marcia P. Molenda, Mary Beth Orrange, James M. Buckley, Michele O. Heffernan, Pamela Jacobs, Carl J. Montante (ex officio), Michael J. Pratt and Janice M. Rosa.

Holy Angels Academy, founded in 1861 by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, offers a student body of 320 the full range of Regents courses plus advanced college-level subjects in cooperation with Canisius College, D'Youville College and Niagara University.

Jeffrey M. Pagano of Amherst, former section manager and banking officer of consumer lending collections for M&T Bank of Buffalo, has been named director of financial aid at Daemen College.

Pagano, who has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Fredonia State College, will be responsible for operation of the Daemen financial aid office, including managing, coordinating and supervising the administration of all federal, state and institutional financial aid programs.

David O'Rourke, an English teacher at Silver Creek Junior-Senior High School, has been named a 2000 Coca-Cola Educator of Distinction. He is one of 252 educators across the country to receive the honor from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. He will receive a commemorative crystal Coca-Cola bottle and a plaque inscribed with a personal declaration the Coca-Cola Scholar who nominated him.

Nineteen Williamsville School District students have been selected to participate in the 2000 New York Conference All-State music performing ensembles.

The students will perform at the New York State School Music Association's Winter Conference in Rochester, Nov. 26 to 29.

Selected from East High School are Katherine Cich, who plays flute in the symphony orchestra; Shelley Irvin, a soprano in the mixed chorus; and Wind Ensemble members Dave DiGiacomo, who plays alto saxophone, and Josh Lawless, who plays bass clarinet.

Also selected from East are Victor Heinrich, who plays cello in the string orchestra;, Patti Luedka, who plays clarinet in the symphonic band, and Adam Same, who plays bass clarinet in the symphonic band. Selected as alternates in the symphonic band were Maria Ciocca on English horn, Eun-Ju Lee on flute and Katherine Cich on piccolo.

Chosen from North High School are mixed chorus members Colleen Domm, a soprano; Kristen Hill, a soprano; and Ryan Doyle, a tenor. Also selected was Amy Lee, a violin player in the string orchestra.

Selected from South High School are Mark Burley, a baritone horn player in the wind ensemble, and Justin Corp, a bass trombone player in the symphony orchestra.

Allison Dulanski, a cello player, was selected as an alternate to the symphony orchestra, and Lisa Morreli, a flute player, was selected as an alternate in the symphony band.

Also, original musical compositions by three Williamsville students were selected to be performed at this year's conference. Selected were works by Christopher Ziemba from Transit Middle School and Adam Same and Matthew Schwartz from East High School.

Jane Trybushyn of Batavia, a member of the Class of 2000 of the Daemen College nurse practitioner program, has been chosen student nurse practitioner of the year by the Nurse Practitioner Association of Western New York.

She is an adult primary care specialist with Genesee Cardiology Association in Batavia.

In October, she will receive the New York State Coalition of Nurse Practitioners' Arthur O. Eve Award at a state conference in the Adirondacks.

Trybushyn received a bachelor of science degree in nursing in 1992 from Daemen College.

State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-North Tonawanda, whose district includes Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties, was honored Monday when he received the Western Region of the State Adult Day Services Association's "Year 2000 Champion of Adult Day Services Award."

The presentation was made in DeGraff Adult Day Care in North Tonawanda in conjunction with the kickoff of National Adult Day Services Week.

Maziarz, chairman of the Senate Committee on Aging, was recognized "for his compassion and support for providing community-based choices to seniors and their families."

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