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Carl "Sandy" Behrend, director of guidance at Orchard Park High School, is president-elect of the 7,500-member National Association for College Admission Counseling.

He was elected to the post -- to include a year as president-elect, a year as president and a year as past president -- during the association's recent 57th National Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

A counselor as well as director of guidance at Orchard Park High School since 1977, Behrend is also an adjunct professor in graduate counselor education at the University at Buffalo.

Behrend has a bachelor's degree in education from Wittenberg University in Ohio, a master's degree in education from Fordham University in New York City and a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from Niagara University.

He has also completed additional course work, in special education, at Buffalo State College.

Mark D. Thrasher, an adjunct instructor in Hilbert College's accounting department since 1995, has been appointed chairman of the department and an assistant professor of accounting at Hilbert.

He will continue as partner in the Buffalo accounting firm of Lucernoni, Schulz and Co., where he supervises forensic auditing, tax and management advisory services for a number of businesses and organizations.

He is a CPA in California as well as New York State and a diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Accounting. He has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Fredonia State College.

Thomas P. McNulty, president of Success Stories, in Orchard Park, and host of the "McNulty Business Hour," has received the President's Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Buffalo and Erie County.

He has been involved in the behavioral health field for more than 22 years and is former vice president of corporate development and planning at BryLin Hospitals. He is host of "Mind Matters" -- a weekly behavioral health talk radio program on WHTT-FM.

McNulty is a member of the Leadership Buffalo Class of 2001.

Kevin R. Buggs, 16, of the Town of Tonawanda, a senior at Canisius High School, recently was honored by St. Amelia Church and Boy Scout Troop for earning the rank of Eagle Scout.

He has been active in the scouting program for 10 years, starting with Cub Scout Pack 202 as a Tiger Cub. He has participated in many camping, hiking and other activities, including his troop's annual Thanksgiving drive. He recently went to Camden, N.J., with a group of Canisius High School students to work for a week with inner-city poor people.

For his Eagle project, he was involved in the planning, organizing, staffing and coordinating of activities for parish youth of all ages and the annual parish picnic for two years.

He is captain of his school's varsity volleyball team and a member of the swim and track teams. He is involved in the Big Brother program and is yearbook photographer. In addition, he has participated in the Eden Volleyball Club for three years and was involved in Junior Nationals competition in New Orleans, Reno and Phoenix. He also works for Rizzo's Restaurant in Tonawanda.

After graduation in June, he intends to attend college to pursue a career in math education.

Carl and Carol Montante of Clarence have been named Western New York Philanthropists of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

They will be honored at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the National Philanthropy Day celebration in the Grand Ballroom of the Adam's Mark Hotel.

David Pietrowski of Orchard Park will be honored as Western New York Volunteer Fund Raiser of the Year, and Carly Cattone of Amherst will receive the Outstanding Youth Award.

Cash Auctions of Williamsville will be recognized as the Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business.

Montante, a graduate of Canisius High School, Canisius College and the University at Buffalo Law School, founded Uniland Development in 1976 and built it into one of the area's top development companies. He and his wife have been actively involved as benefactors and in leadership roles with Canisius High School, Canisius College, Holy Angels Academy, Sisters Hospital, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the United Way, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Bison Fund.

Pietrowski, a partner and vice president of LoVullo Associates, has raised tens of thousands of dollars for numerous projects, including Camp Good Days and special Times.

Carly Cattone, 9, lost both her parents to cancer and in 1999 was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. When the community learned of her story, an outpouring of support began. Carly suggested the money be used to prevent other kids from having to battle brain cancer.

As a result, an organization called Carly's Club was born and has raised more than $100,000 for pediatric cancer research.

Cash Auctions, named for Cash Cunningham, and associates will be honored for volunteering to call bids for hundreds of live auctions for nonprofit organizations during the past 15 years.

The associates include his late son, Tom, and Bob Brittain.

John J. Schmidt Jr. has been elected chairman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western New York.

Other officers include the vice chairman, Jerry N. Mominee; treasurer, Patrick M. Tronconi; and secretary, Michael J. Verostko.

Board members include Gregory M. Gill, Kenneth M. Gossel, Maureen A. Hammond, Paul Kieffer, Steve Nichols, William Saurer, Linda Rehrauer, Patrick J. DiLaura and Louis J. Billittier Jr.

The foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. The area chapter serves 17 counties and includes Buffalo, Rochester, Corning and the Southern Tier.

Philip A. and Donna N. Perna of Clarence will be the honorees at the Barnabite Fathers Annual Ball at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Radisson.

Perna is president and chief executive officer of Supermarket Management, a franchise of Tops Market. SMI owns and operates three Tops Markets and one B-Kwik Market in Western New York.

He previously was vice president and associate counsel for M&T Bank for six years. He is a member of the Volunteer Lawyers Project and a board member of the Sisters Hospital Foundation.

Donna Perna is chief accountant and office manager of Transit Lanes. She is a religion instruction teacher at St. Gregory the Great Parish.

James Mikoll and Charles D. Clark Jr. have been elected to two-year terms on the Junior Achievement of Western New York board of directors.

Mikoll, a local customer operations manager of Verizon, will serve on the program committee.

Clark, vice president of marketing and public relations at First Niagara Bank, will serve as chairman of the marketing committee.

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