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Verizon Communications named Wajeeha H. Aziz of Williamsville its director of operations for the Western New York region. She is responsible for maintenance of customer lines and installation of new telecommunications services.

Dennis W. Johnson was elected chairman of the board of the Eastern Niagara Chamber of Commerce for 2001. He is owner of Xact Tax & Financial Services. Others elected: chairman-elect, Richard F. Gorko, Small Business Development Center at Niagara County Community College; vice chairman, Ann Briody-Petock, Briody Health Care Facility; treasurer, Anna M. McCann, Merritt Plywood Machinery; and secretary, Peter J. Welsby, Wendel Duchscherer Architects and Engineers.

Jill Bronsky, wellness coordinator for Western New York Physical & Occupational Therapy Group, was certified as a Senior Fitness Instructor through the American Senior Fitness Association.

Best Way Travel in Williamsville hired RoseAnn Saeva as a senior travel consultant. She is a destination specialist.

URS Corp. in Buffalo, a multidisciplined engineering firm, named Michael Turri of Williamsville its upstate facilities design manager. The company also hired Robert Gallucci of Youngstown a senior project manager and municipal department head.

The DeSpirt Mosaic & Marble Co. in Buffalo has promoted Mustafa Syed of Kenmore to vice president. He also retains the position of chief estimator.

Lumsden & McCormick, a local certified public accounting and adviser company, hired Virginia M. Chiasera of Grand Island as a staff accountant in the tax department.

Prentice Office Environments in Buffalo hired Jay Newman for its sales staff.

The Buffalo law firm of Watson, Bennett, Colligan, Johnson & Schechter named Christopher B. Reich an associate at the firm. He will concentrate his practice on representing businesses, their owners and executives.

The law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King announced that Richard C. Heffern, Jeremy V. Cohen, Joseph L. Randazzo, Robert A. Doren and Daniel P. Forsyth were included in the ninth edition of the Best Lawyers in America list that is published biennially by Woodward/White. They practice management-side labor and employment law in the Buffalo office.

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