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M&T Bank named Charles G. Humphrey vice president and manager of M&T's Employee Services Group. He will oversee M&T's institutional trust accounts, including employee benefit trust, preferred partner and multimanager solutions. Previously Humphrey spent 10 years practicing employee benefits law for his own firm.

Dunn Tire, a tire retailer with locations in New York and Pennsylvania, named Paul Pittner director of purchasing and product management.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, New York District Office, named Lackawanna native Edward Woyshner district director. The New York District of the USFDA is located in Jamaica, Queens, with an office in Buffalo as well as satellite offices in New York and New Jersey. Previously Woyshner served as the director of the Domestic Investigations Branch and has 37 years of service with FDA. He currently resides in Holmdel, N.J.

Carmina & Woods, a full service architecture, civil engineering and interior design company that specializes in commercial development, hired Joseph Palumbo as a civil engineer.

The National Academy of Arbitrators elected Buffalo native James J. Sherman president. The organization includes virtually all of the well-known arbitrators in the United States, Canada and most of the industrialized world. In addition to serving as president of the Academy, Sherman maintains an active arbitration practice.

FleetBoston Financial's Community Banking Group named Karla J.L. Gadley vice president, community development officer. She will focus attention on low and moderate income communities and women-owned and minority businesses in Erie and Niagara counties.

Crowley Webb and Associates's office manager, Debra Pollina, has been awarded a District Scholarship Award from Financial Women International. The $400 scholarship was awarded in recognition of her service to the organization and will fund her participation in the Financial Women International annual conference in Williamsburg, Va.

Paramax Corp. of Williamsville, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, named Julie L. Zeleski value enhancement director. She will be preparing business reviews used as the profile for presentation to potential buyers.

LiquidMatrix, an Internet software company headquartered in Orchard Park, named Carin A. Obad executive vice president. She will be responsible for managing new product development, product implementation and client support services.

Brock, Schechter & Polakoff, an the accounting firm, named John Walczak manager of its Buffalo office. Walczak, a certified public accountant, resides in West Seneca., a business to business to consumer real estate information provider company located in Cheektowaga, hired Bruce Schreiber as database manager. Schreiber is a certified Informix Database administrator. Also hired was Christine Martin as director of marketing.

Prudential Insurance Co. of America financial planner Thomas Topper has been selected to attend the company's Masters Conference in Vancouver, B.C. The Masters Conference recognizes outstanding sales achievement and excellence in customer service during the year 2000.

Evans Bancorp recently named James Biddle Jr. to its board of directors. Biddle is treasurer of Mader Construction, a commercial interior and exterior finish contractor in Elma.

Dopkins & Company, certified public accountants and consultants, named Steven J. Dall senior field examiner. Also, Stayce W. Morgan was named field examiner. Both will interpret and examine the collateral and internal controls of the firm's commercial finance clients' perspective and existing borrowers.

Ford Motor Co.'s new Blue Oval Certified national print campaign will feature "Thumbie" award nominee Jay Lucernoni of Towne Ford in Orchard Park, a Blue Oval Certified Dealership. The Thumbie thumbprint logo is a symbol of personal customer service excellence and commitment both in and out of the vehicle.

The Buffalo Chapter of the American Society of Women Accountants named Laura Lonie president for 2001-2002. Lonie is a senior staff accountant at Gould and Swanson. Other officers elected are: Christine Newhouse, The Amega Group, treasurer; Karen Spencer, D'Alba & Donovan, corresponding secretary; Pamela Brewer, Advantage Professionals, ex-officio. Elected directors are Judith Bioni, Christine Odvarka, Rebecca Baker, Lisa Ressman, Debi Rektorik, Michele Green, and Diane Zucarelli.

Buffalo Financial Associates, a marketer of financial services and products for middle- and high-tax-bracket individuals and corporations, hired Daniel E. Malcos as a financial associate.

North American Health Plans, administrators of health claims, has relocated Rob Ivie, senior vice president of sales, to its Amherst headquarters. Ivie was previously based in the Houston office. Also Cynthia A. Hammer was named senior vice president of client service. Hammer will oversee service personnel in Buffalo, Boston, Houston, Atlanta, Jefferson City, St. Louis and New Orleans.

The law firm Lipsitz, Green, Fahringer, Roll, Salisbury & Cambria named Michael S. Deal an associate. A member of the firm's criminal department, Deal focuses his practice in criminal defense and constitutional law.

The American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter, named five to its staff: Wil Lamarre was named case manager in emergency cases; Stephanie Malinenko, director of the LIFE Project; Louisa Perez, LIFE Project assistant; Christian Reitler, director of the chapter's ombudsman program; and Loren Smith was named the annual giving manager.

The American Lung Association of New York State, a not-for-profit, voluntary health agency, named Antonette J. Cleveland leader, succeeding Stanton Hudson Jr. Cleveland is president of Niagara County Community College.

First Niagara Bank named Kim Sardina-Smith banking officer. She joined the bank in 1998 as a generalist in the human resource department and progressed to human resources services manager in 2000.

Working For Downtown, an organization whose mission is to improve and foster interest in civic and downtown development and redevelopment, recently elected Maria Gambacorta president for the 2001-2002 year. Gambacorta is director of marketing for Lumsden & McCormick, certified public accountants. Also elected: Jill Benker-Beck, president elect; Mary Young, vice president for administration; Terry Kazmierczak, vice president for program; Mary Salm-Zerpa, secretary; Deborah A. DiMatteo, treasurer; Carolyn Harding, public relations; Kate Bukowski, membership/nominating committee; Amy Vigernon, bylaws; and Carolyn Murray, Buffalo Forum. Also introduced were the chairpersons of the committees that are appointed by the board of directors: Lynda Stephens, Waterfront; Laurie Dann and Donna Gonser, co-chairs of downtown neighborhoods; Elaine S. Feidhaber, Brag about Buffalo; Gloria Brennan, Bricks for Buffalo; and Joyce Jividan, historian.

The law firm Underberg & Kessler is expanding its Buffalo office with the addition of six attorneys from the corporate department of Cohen Swados Wright Hanifin Bradford & Brett. Joining Underberg & Kessler as partners are: Ian A. Bradford, Jane F. Clemens, Douglas G. Kirkpatrick, and Eugene A. Rudzinski. Also Kimberly W. Sayoc joins as an associate and Hilary P. Bradford as counsel.

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