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Lansky Sharpeners, a Tonawanda-based manufacturer of sharpening systems for knives and other tools, appointed Scott Glaser chief executive officer. Glaser, a CPA, was most recently a principal of Cost Segregation Partners, a unit of Freed Maxick & Battaglia.

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The Western New York Women's Fund, an organization committed to removing roadblocks and providing opportunities for all women and girls to thrive, appointed Heather Filipowicz executive director. Filipowicz most recently was senior director of advancement with the American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter. She is a Canisius College graduate.

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Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham and Coppola, a Buffalo-based law firm, named Michael C. Lancer a partner and Jamie J. Batt an associate. Lancer is the former managing partner of the Buffalo office of Cascone and Kluepfel. Lancer is a graduate of the University at Stony Brook and Fordham University School of Law. Batt received her J.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Law.

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Goldberg Segalla named Christopher Bopst a partner. Bopst, a Canisius College graduate, received a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School. Also, the law firm named Robert E. Gallagher Jr. special counsel, Kathleen J. Martin, special counsel, and Philip H. McIntyre, special counsel. Gallagher received a J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law and a bachelor's degree from Buffalo State College. Martin is a University at Buffalo graduate and received her J.D. from the UB School of Law. McIntyre, a Canisius College graduate, also received a J.D. from the UB School of Law.

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Hilbert College named Patrick Backman and Sister Emily Therese Bloom to three-year terms on its board of trustees. Backman is owner and president of Klass Ingredients, an Orchard Park-based international food ingredients brokerage firm. He earned a bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University. Sister Emily Therese of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph in Hamburg is ministry project director of the Learning for Life Program at Gerard Place HDFC in Buffalo. She received a master's degree from Canisius College, a master's degree from Niagara University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.

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Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute named Stephen Potter director of the Department of Information Technology. Potter will be responsible for supervision and direction of the Institute's technology services and be in charge of developing and managing the department's budget. Previously, he was the computer systems manager of the Protein Structure Initiative Projects at the Buffalo scientific research institute. Potter is a University at Buffalo graduate.

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KVS, an Amherst-headquartered provider of municipal software solutions, named Roger Barnard regional marketing manager. Barnard, a graduate of Fredonia State College, will be serving existing clients and building on the KVS client base in Kentucky, the capital region of New York, and eastern Pennsylvania.

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Phillips Lytle attorney Minryu Sarah Kim participated in the 2011 presentations of "Goldilocks on Trial" for fifth- and sixth-graders at Buffalo Public Schools No. 74--Hamlin Park School and No. 6--Buffalo Elementary School of Technology. The Recruitment and Retention Task Force of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, for which Kim serves as director, coordinated the presentations. "Goldilocks on Trial" introduces elementary school students to the profession in a kid-friendly and interactive program that includes law-student volunteers, elementary students, local minority attorneys and costumes.

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Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic Health Plan, promoted Kristen Frisina of the Western Regional Office, to enrollment associate. Frisina, who joined the company in 2009, most recently served as a file room associate.