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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Anne E. Meyer of Eggertsville was elected chairwoman of the Council of Societies of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering at its recent annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Meyer is research associate professor in the department of oral diagnostic sciences in the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and director of the UB site of the National Science Foundation-designated Industry/University Center for Biosurfaces.

The Council of Societies coordinates interaction among 16 scientific organizations in medical and biological engineering and represents approximately 50,000 scientists, engineers and medical professionals.

Myer is past president of the U.S. Society for Biomaterials, a scientific research society. Prior to joining the UB research staff in 1986, she was head of the Surface Science Section of Calspan Corp.


Andrea Pope of Cheektowaga has been installed as president of OperaBuffs of Western New York, which was organized 20 years ago and is now the largest opera club in the area.

Other officers include the first vice president, Irving Rubin; second vice president, Al Benz; treasurer, Helen Walczak; and secretary, Diane Rubin.

Board members at large are Lee Cohen, Laurie Foster, Sam Loliger, Tim Maggio, Maria Moffat, Ayah Setel, Rosalie Sotile, Sylvia Volk and Josephine Wise.

Soprano Mary Beth Wrobel sang at the installation brunch March 25 in Fanny's restaurant.


Katie Donahue of Buffalo has been appointed assistant library director and information literacy coordinator at Hilbert College's McGrath Library. She was a library media specialist at Kenmore East High School.

Prior to that, she was a research assistant in the UB communications department and the library and information studies department.

She is publicity chairwoman of the School Librarians Association of Western New York and secretary of the Buffalo Junior Chamber of Commerce.


Dennis Williams will emcee Challenge 2007, Southeast Foundation Inc.'s annual dinner and auction, scheduled for Sept. 20 in Salvatore's Italian Gardens, Lancaster.

Southeast Works, a non-profit facility that serves more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities, is a major employer in the Depew and Lancaster area.

The organization provides vocational support, life skills training, residential services and social/recreational programs.


Mary Jo Penizotto, a licensed psychologist, and Thomas Giancarlo, a licensed social worker, have been elected to the board of directors of the Behavioral Healthcare Network, a professional association of psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists.

Penizotto has practiced in the Buffalo area since 1992. She has a doctorate from Syracuse University.

Giancarlo has more than 25 years' experience counseling adults, couples and families. He received his degree from UB.


John "JJ" Juszkiewicz, first vice president of the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association from 1988 until his retirement from the Buffalo Police Department on Jan. 31, was honored March 22 in Lucarelli's Banquet Center, Lackawanna.

He was cited for 26 years of "dedicated and meritorious service to the citizens of Buffalo and his fellow police officers."

Juszkiewicz joined the Police Department in 1971 and served in the old Precinct 12 (Genesee Station), Precinct 4 (Michigan Station), Precinct 17 (Colvin Station) and the Traffic Bureau. In 1984, he was elected a delegate to the PBA and served on its board of directors.


D'Youville College's Students in Free Enterprise team has earned a spot in the national competition May 6-8 in Dallas.

This will be the third consecutive year the D'Youville team will compete in the finals. In 2006, the team finished in the top 20.

The D'Youville team of 14 students finished near the top in the recent regional competition in Chicago to qualify for the finals. The team was cited for 24 projects it conducted to benefit the community.

The international nonprofit organization is active on more than 1,800 college and university campuses in more than 40 countries.

The units create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that teach economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial skills and business ethics.


Karen Hull Sienk of Colden is a semifinalist for the 23rd annual American Quilter's Society Quilt Show & Contest April 25-28 in Paducah, Ky.

Sienk joins 412 others in the annual contest in which more than $130,000 in prize money has been posted.

Her quilt, "Chip-n-Dale's Delight," was chosen from a field of 742 quilts.


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