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Evans Bank appointed Valerie A. Muka vice president of cash management services. Muka, most recently vice president of cash management sales at HSBC, has more than 21 years of banking experience, specifically in cash management and merchant sales. Muka, with dual bachelor's degrees from the University at Buffalo, earned an MBA from St. Bonaventure University.

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D'Youville College named Arup K. Sen vice president for academic affairs. Sen, who joined the college in 2002 as a faculty member, previously served as chairman of the Business Department and director of graduate business and "Advance," an adult learning program, and interim vice president for academic affairs. A graduate of the University of Calcutta, India, and Hampton University, he received his master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo.

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Wyoming County Community Health Systems' board of managers appointed Dr. Leon Kuczmarski chief executive officer recently. Kuczmarski has served WCCHS since 1993, most recently as chief of support services, which oversaw the activities of pharmacy, dietary, housekeeping, and other departments. He received his doctorate in pharmacy from the University at Buffalo.

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National Fuel Gas Co. announced that James D. Ramsdell has been promoted to senior vice president with responsibility for leading the company's initiatives for safety. He most recently served as the senior vice president of operations in the utility subsidiary. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University.

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Lawley Benefits Group in Buffalo appointed Tracy Johnson associate partner. Johnson is responsible for new business acquisition and supporting the Underwriting and Report Team. Johnson, a certified health consultant, has more than 25 years of experience. Most recently, she worked as the chief underwriting officer for Brown and Brown of New York in Buffalo. She is a graduate of the University of Buffalo.

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LPCiminelli, an area commercial construction firm, named Kirsti Hunt vice president of human resources. Most recently, Hunt served as chief human resources officer at the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County.

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VoIP Supply, a supplier of VoIP equipment and complete solutions, promoted Garrett Smith to chief marketing officer to oversee the company's business development and marketing departments. Smith started with the company in 2003. He is a graduate of Canisius College.

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The law firm Bond, Schoeneck & King named Stephen A. Sharkey partner in its Buffalo office. Sharkey is a trial attorney with experience representing financial institutions, businesses, insurance companies and individuals in federal and state courts. He is a graduate of Geneseo State College and the University at Buffalo School of Law.

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M&T Bank promoted Rajiv Ranjan and Eric S. Lancaster to administrative vice president. Ranjan joined the bank in 2004. He holds a master's degree from Darden School of Business, University of Virginia and a bachelor's degree from Birla Institute of Technology in Ranchi, India. Lancaster joined the bank in 2009 and holds a bachelor's degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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The law firm Damon Morey, with offices in Buffalo, Clarence and Rochester, named Karen Cook Serotte special counsel practicing in the firm's Real Estate Department and the Estates and Trusts Department and Jeffrey P. Gleason associate practicing in the firm's Business and Corporate Department. Cook Serotte graduated from the School of Management at Boston College and received her J.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Law. Gleason is a University of South Carolina graduate and received his J.D. from the UB School of Law.

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Biel's Document Management appointed Robert F. Dimmer marketing manager. Dimmer was marketing manager at The Colad Group, a custom presentation and promotional packaging company in Buffalo. He is a Canisius College graduate.

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