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HealthNow New York promoted Dr. Raghu Ram to vice president and chief medical officer. Dr. Ram had served as senior medical director at the health care plan company. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and medical degree, from the University at Buffalo. Dr. Ram is board certified in family medicine and will continue as a physician partner at Primary Care of Western New York.

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McGuire Development Company appointed Marietta Cimato Zygaj director of business development. Cimato Zygaj was a senior sales associate for Patrick Custom Homes for 11 years. She holds a bachelor's degree from St. Bonaventure University and is a New York State licensed real estate salesperson.

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Independent Health appointed Dr. J. Brian Same medical director. Dr. Same was associate medical director at Independent Health. He earned his bachelor's degree from St. John Fisher College and his medical degree from the University at Buffalo.

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M&T Bank named Joanne Hernandez senior private client adviser for the Western New York market. Hernandez, with more than 20 years of experience with the bank, obtained her bachelor's and MBA from the University at Buffalo.

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The New York State Restaurant Association elected Dan Garvey its vice chairman. Garvey is director of food and beverage for the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora. He is also an adjunct professor of hospitality at Erie Community College. He was the founding partner and general manager for Garvey's Restaurant in Buffalo for a decade. He earned his bachelor's degree from Canisius College.

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Merrill Lynch promoted Bob Jellinick to first vice president in its Williamsville office. Jellinick is a graduate of Niagara University.

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The Evans Agency appointed Kathleen Armstrong employee benefits manager. Armstrong was the senior managing producer of the Buffalo office of Bene-Care Agency. She has a master's degree from St. Bonaventure University and holds a New York State Life, Accident, and Health license.

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M&T Bank promoted Louis A. Maiolo to administrative vice president. Maiolo, who joined the bank in 1978, serves as a representative for the bank on The Federal Reserve Bank--Wire Operations Committee and The Society of Worldwide InterBank Financial Telecommunications. Also, the bank promoted Kelley A. Attig to group vice president. Attig joined M&T Bank in 1992. She holds a bachelor degree from Buffalo State College.

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WILLCARE, a home healthcare provider, promoted Lisa Leber to branch administrator for its operations in Western New York. Leber, a registered nurse, joined the company as a clinical supervisor for the Jamestown branch in 2002.

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Merchants Insurance Group promoted Robert Perno to assistant regional manager for Michigan and Ohio. Perno, a Niagara University graduate, served as coordinator for the company's producer training school.

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LVD Strippit, a maker of sheet metal/plate working machine tools and software solutions, named Daniel Stall applications engineer -- laser products. Stall, a graduate of Oswego State College, previously worked as a technology teacher in the New York State school system.