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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Amy J. Habib is the honorary chairwoman for the 2011 Canisius College Women's Leadership Conference. The theme of this year's event is "Creativity and Innovation."

Habib is a member of the Canisius College DiGamma Honor Society, composed of men and women who distinguish themselves by working for the advancement of the college and who provide exemplary service on behalf of students and alumni.

The Women's Leadership Conference will be held June 14 in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The event will include educational workshops, a panel discussion with top female leaders, networking opportunities, two guest speakers and a women's vendor marketplace.


The board of trustees of Goodwill Industries of Western New York announced additions to its membership and changes in leadership. Terrence Gilbride has been elected to replace Michael W. Laipple, whose term as chairman of the board ended today. Gilbride has been a Goodwill trustee since 2002 and served as vice chairman under Laipple, who will continue to support Goodwill as a trustee.

Gilbride will now look for a successor to longtime agency president and CEO Florence Conti, who retires at the end of March.

Roger Hoffman has been elected to replace Gilbride as vice chairman. Gregory Stevens will continue to serve as secretary and treasurer.

Goodwill also welcomed four new trustees: Donna Brown, Julianna Janson, Britta L. McKenna and Daniel Plis.


Susan Emhof has been installed as the 2011 chairwoman of the board of directors at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled.

Emhof is a past board member of the American Lung Association and St. Gregory the Great's Religious Education Program and is a volunteer with Girl Scouts. This will be her fifth year on the board.

Rebecca Boyle will begin her term as the vice chairwoman, moving from the position of board secretary. Boyle is a member of the William Smith College Alumni Advisory Board and the Orchard Park Chorale. This will be her third year on the board.

Michael Rivera was elected to serve as the board secretary. Rivera has been a member of the board for 11 years and is a board member of WNED-TV.

Re-elected to the board as treasurer was Daniel Weintraub, a member of the Construction Exchange of Buffalo and Western New York. This will be his third year on the board.

Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled is a local nonprofit agency that serves more than 1,500 Western New Yorkers.


The immediate past secretary general of Amnesty International will teach two specialized seminars in human rights this spring at the University at Buffalo Law School.

Irene Zubaida Khan, who led the 2.2 million-member rights organization for more than eight years, will conduct the seminars "Business and Human Rights" and "Poverty and Human Rights" for a select group of second- and third-year law students. She will come to UB Law as a visiting professor at the invitation of UB Law Dean Makau W. Mutua, a well-known figure on the international human rights stage.


A voice student from Lancaster will travel in March to Milwaukee to compete as a finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Senior Voice Competion.

Jena Abati, a freshman at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, became a finalist after winning the Senior Voice Eastern Division Competition. A coloratura, Abati, has been studying voice for nine years.

At age 5, she started singing in a children's choir at St. Mary's Elementary School in Lancaster. She began taking private voice lessons at age 9 at a local community school of music. Abati has sung for numerous organizations, including the Make A Wish Foundation, Lewiston Fine Arts Festival, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo Bisons and Buffalo Sabres, and at a benefit and Mass for victims of the Flight 3407 plane crash.

She is the daughter of Joseph and Pamela Abati of Lancaster.

The MTNA Senior Voice National Competition is set for March 27, 2011. The winner will receive a cash prize and perform in a Winners Concert during the MTNA conference.

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