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Paul A. Lafornara, Ph.D., former principal at City Honors School, is the new president of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, 601 McKinley Parkway.

He became president Sept. 4 after completing his tenure at City Honors School, where he was principal for six years. Previous to City Honors, he was a principal for more than 20 years in the Buffalo school system.

Lafornara received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Canisius College and a master's degree in elementary education from Buffalo State College. He received his doctorate in educational administration from the University at Buffalo.

In his new position, Lafornara will oversee the entire operation of the school. He replaces the Rev. Joel Campbell, OFM, who completed his term as president.

"I am proud to pass the torch on to an accomplished educator who will bring Timon to even greater heights," Campbell said.

Robert M. Zak, president and CEO of Merchants Insurance Group, has been named chairman of the board of trustees of Canisius High School.

Zak, a 1975 graduate of the school, is the father of Michael Zak, a sophomore, and Daniel Zak, a member of the Class of 2001. He also is a member of the Canisius College Board of Regents and the boards of the Millard Fillmore Health, Education and Research Foundation and National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

He received a bachelor of science degree and an MBA in accounting from the University at Buffalo.

The appointments of four new trustees were announced. They include:

Hugh B. Scott, U.S. Magistrate Judge for New York's Western District; Anthony DiMichele, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Fisher-Price in East Aurora; Lawrence J. Vilardo, a partner in the law firm of Connors & Vilardo, and Carmelo A. Scaccia, retired department store executive.

Laura Maggiotto, a graduate of Holy Angels High School and Ithaca College Roy Park School of Communications, has been named director of annual giving in the Institutional Advancement Office at D'Youville College.

She will be responsible for the college's annual giving program for alumni, parents, friends and corporations, donor research, research, fund raising strategies and directing the annual fund raising phone-a-thon.

The Buffalo native was an assistant agent in the Celebrity Endorsement Department of International Creative Management in New York prior to joining D'Youville. She also had been employed at Special Artists Agency and was an assistant in the Alumni Relations Office at Ithaca College.

She also interned on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Sunset Beach" and was a research assistant at Homes for the Homeless in New York.

Army Maj. Mark F. Fassl, a 1980 graduate of Williamsville East High School, has graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Course at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

The son of Lee F. and Maureen Fassl of East Amherst, he received a bachelor's degree in 1985 and a master's degree in 1987 from Canisius College. The 10-month training completed by Fassl is the Army's senior tactical course that prepares mid-career military officers to serve as commanders and principal staff officers in large military units. Fassl is an aviation officer in the Army.

Four people have been recognized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with employee of the year awards.

Jerome Bower of Williamsville was named employee of the year of the Buffalo District's Support Division. The Buffalo State College graduate was cited for his "outstanding" performance during an audit. He has been employed by the Corps for more than 27 years.

William Kowalewski of Hamburg was named the Engineering Division's employee of the year for his efforts as a project manager supporting the District's Onondaga Lake Partnership. He has a degree in civil engineering from Clarkson University and a master of science degree in environmental engineering from the University of Alaska. He has been with the Corps for two years.

Kathleen Ryan of Lancaster was named employee of the year of the Construction Operations Division for her implementation skills during the new nationwide permits program. She has bachelor and master's degrees from Buffalo State College. She is a biologist and has been employed by the Corps for 10 years.

Scott Sawyer of Armonk was recognized as the Buffalo District's student aide of the year. He was cited for his performance in the launching of district's review checking system known as Dr. Checks. He was instrumental in getting it on the district's Intranet Web site. He has a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University at Buffalo and is pursuing a master's degree in environmental engineering.

Monsignor William J. Gallagher, pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Orchard Park, has announced that the parish school has established an alumni association and that Marc J. Honan of West Seneca, a member of the Class of 1984, is the association's first president.

Honan, a graduate of West Seneca West High School, is director of marketing communications for the Buffalo Bills. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Canisius College.

Kevin A. Reynolds, a 1989 graduate of Niagara Falls High School and a 1997 graduate of Central Texas College at Killeen, has graduated from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga., and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Reynolds, son of John J. and Pamela L. Maikranz of Niagara Falls, is assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 11th Infantry, at Fort Benning.

Sharon Smith, an attorney with Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine and Huber, has been elected to a two-year term as chairwoman of the board of directors of Literacy Volunteers of America/Buffalo and Erie County.

Other members of the board include Jamir Floyd, Kevin Peinkofer, David Price, Laura Roberts, Heather Rose, Amy White and Mark Wisz.

Andrew Kiener, program coordinator for the AIDS Network of Western New York, has been elected community co-chairman of the New York State HIV Prevention Planning Group for 2001-2002.

He also is a faculty member of the Erie County Department of Health's AIDS Education Program and is a member of the HIV Regional Community Educators Committee. He is an adviser of the Grand Island High School HIV Peer Education Program and an assistant trainer for the New York State Department of Health-AIDS Institute Leadership Training Program.

Sarah Llinas of Williamsville, retired treasurer and chief financial officer of Power Funding Group of Amherst, has been named this year's "Woman of the Year" by the Amherst Business and Professional Women's Club.

The accountant and grandmother of five is involved with a number of civic organizations, including the Women's Club of the University at Buffalo, the Women's Committee of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Women's Club of the Studio Arena Theatre. She is an active member of St. Gregory the Great Church.

Llinas, who has many years of experience in banking and mortgage related financial procedures and operations, joined the Amherst BPW in 1994 and has served as the club's treasurer since 1996. She has attended the BPW's state and national conferences.

She will be honored at a dinner next month.

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