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Seneca Nation of Indians treasurer Brad John was selected as a member of the Federal Communications Commission's Native Nations Broadband Task Force. The FCC task force is designed to guide improvements and increased access to broadband communications service in Native American territories nationwide, and is comprised of 19 elected and appointed leaders from across the Native Nations and 11 senior staff and decision-makers from the commission. John was elected Seneca Nation treasurer in November.

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The Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association appointed Lesley Kennedy as program director. Kennedy will manage the programs and services staff and also aid in developing, implementing and evaluating programs and services throughout the eight counties the chapter serves. Kennedy had been a rehabilitation liaison at the Health South Rehabilitation Hospital in Erie, Pa. Kennedy is a licensed practical nurse and has a master's degree from the University at Buffalo.

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Tapestry Charter School appointed Eric Klapper chief operations officer for its facilities, including its new K-12 campus at 65 Great Arrow Avenue, Buffalo. Klapper is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and the University of Dublin's Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. He formerly served as the director of development for the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless in New York City.

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Buffalo Lodging Associates appointed Felix Ramos general manager at the Courtyard by Marriott Buffalo Airport hotel, scheduled to open in late-June. The 5-story, 139-room hotel is located at 4243 Genesee Street in Cheektowaga. Ramos joined Buffalo Lodging Associates from the E.J. Del Monte Corp., where he was a regional general manager based out of the company's Courtyard by Marriott Albany Airport location.

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Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, a corporate law firm, named Nicholas J. Hoffman an associate in the firm's Business & Corporate Practice Group. Hoffman, a Geneseo State College graduate, earned his J.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Law. He previously served as a law clerk at the Buffalo Office of the New York State Attorney General.

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Phillips Lytle attorneys Sharon Prise Azurin, Brendan J. Rich and Glenn J. Bobeck recently provided an overview of setup procedures and legal structure options for small businesses, including sole proprietorship, partnership and corporation in a session they conducted for the City of Niagara Falls Entrepreneurial Training Program titled, "Legal Aspects of Starting a Business." The Entrepreneurial Training Program is coordinated by the City of Niagara Falls and the D'Youville College Students in Free Enterprise team.

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The Buffalo Pro Zoo Board elected Pauline C. Will, a partner with Watson Bennett Colligan & Schechter, vice president.

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