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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Christine Rivera, agency programs manager at the Food Bank of Western New York, was recently presented with the Young Dietitian of the Year award by the Western New York Dietetic Association.

As a registered dietitian, Rivera translates the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. In her present role, she monitors existing programs and services and implements new ones for the nearly 400 member agencies served by the Food Bank.

At the Food Bank, she oversees healthy cooking classes, group education and sanitation inspections, including programs for children, such as "Banking On Wellness" and "BackPack."

Rivera is president-elect of the association's 2011-12 board operations council.

She received both her bachelor of science in food service and nutrition and a bachelor of science in health promotion from South Dakota State University.

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Carrie Boye, president, executive creative director and co-owner of Allstar Advertising, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of Kevin Guest House.

She has worked for various area companies and organizations and has experience in advertising, design, marketing and entrepreneurial leadership.

Boye graduated from the University at Buffalo with a bachelor's in fine arts and liberal arts. Boye and her brother have owned and operated Allstar Advertising since 1994.

Kevin Guest House, 782 Ellicott St., is the nation's first hospital hospitality house. It was founded in 1972 by Cyril and Claudia Garvey as a memorial to their son Kevin, who died of leukemia that year at age 13.

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Patrick Backman and Sister Emily Therese Bloom, have been named to three-year terms on the Hilbert College board of trustees.

Backman is owner and president of Klass Ingredients Inc., an Orchard Park-based international food ingredients brokerage firm. A certified professional manufacturers representative, Backman also has held management positions at Cargill Inc. and Texpar Energy Inc.

The Orchard Park resident earned bachelor's degrees in agricultural economics and mass communications 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 in Buffalo. She also served as the order's associate general minister.

She is past executive director of the Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse and Boys Hope of Florida and has served as intake counselor at the Wyoming County Chemical Abuse Treatment Program and the Wyoming County Jail. She has held various teaching positions at the elementary, high school and college levels, including at Hilbert.

Sister Emily Therese received a master's degree in counseling education from Canisius College, a master's in English from Niagara University, and a bachelor's in education from the University of Detroit Mercy.

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Mackenzie Ward, a graduate of Clarence High School, and Sarah Selk, a graduate of Lancaster High School, received merit-based engineering scholarships from Northrop Grumman for their academic achievements and community involvement. Both will attend the University at Buffalo in the fall.

The Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars program awards two $10,000 college scholarships payable in $2,500 installments over four years to high school students in Erie or Niagara counties interested in a career in engineering.

Northrop Grumman is a global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics and information systems to government and commercial customers worldwide. The company's Amherst Systems unit is involved in the design, development, manufacture and support of electronic warfare simulation, test and training systems.

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Dr. Alex A. Adjei, senior vice president of clinical research and chairman of cancer medicine at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, has been named to the board of directors of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. He will hold this position until 2015.

Adjei's term began at the conclusion of the 14th World Conference on Lung Cancer, held in July in Amsterdam. He joins members from 10 countries on the association board.

He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and received his board certification in medical oncology. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Ghana Medical School, and his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta.

The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer was founded in 1972 and has a membership of more than 3,000 lung cancer specialists in 80 countries.

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Hormoz Mansouri, Ph.D., has joined the board of directors of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He was appointed by State Senate Minority Leader John Sampson.

Mansouri is president and chief executive of EI Team, an architectural and engineering firm, and NPTS Inc., an engineering and consulting firm serving the power-generation industry. He also serves as chairman of the board of EPIC Inc., an engineering/construction firm specializing in providing services to the oil and natural gas, petrochemical and refinery industries.

Mansouri earned a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering from the University at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona.

An East Amherst resident, he is a member of the Dean's Council of UB's School of Engineering and has served as a trustee for Erie Community College and the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library.

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Nathan Mutka, a 10th-grader at Williamsville North High School, recently completed the two-week Future Leaders Program at Norwich University. The program consisted of classroom instruction in leadership skills, as well as drill, physical conditioning and a variety of wilderness survival field exercises. Norwich, located in Northfield, Vt., is the oldest military college in the United States and birthplace of the Reserve Officers Training Corps.

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