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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Orchard Park resident Elyse NeMoyer has joined the Roswell Park Cancer Institute board of directors. She was appointed to a three-year term by State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Democratic conference leader for the Senate, based on the recommendation of State Sen. Timothy Kennedy.

NeMoyer is a staff occupational therapist with Aspire of Western New York. She has worked as a consultant for People Inc.’s Day Treatment Center and as coordinator of medical courses for the University at Buffalo School of Occupational Therapy. She served on the Erie County Medical Center board of nanagers from 1997 to 2001.

A two-time cancer survivor, NeMoyer has been treated at Roswell for both breast cancer and acute myeloid leukemia. “I think it’s important that I’ll be able to bring the patient’s and survivor’s perspective to my role on the board,” she noted.

A native of White Plains, she has been married for 36 years to State Supreme Court Justice Patrick NeMoyer.


James Domres, John Fago, Frederick Giese and Jason Luna have been named to three-year terms on the Hilbert College board of trustees.

Domres is senior vice president and chief executive officer at Digits LLC, a Western New York-based digital forensics and cyber security firm, which he co-founded in 2006. During his 34-year law enforcement career, Domres held a wide range of investigative and supervisory assignments, including assistant chief investigator for the New York State Attorney General.

He co-founded the Drug Interdiction Response Task Force to interrupt the narcotics pipeline from New York City to upstate New York. He also co-founded the Western New York Regional Computer Forensic Lab and sat on its executive board for almost 10 years. He was an adjunct professor at Hilbert, teaching computer investigations, computer security, and computer forensics.

Fago is currently the senior director for channel marketing and account management at Ingram Micro North America. Previously he was director of sales and responsible for developing Ingram Micro’s strategy and sales operations in the Midwest region.

A 16-year veteran of Ingram Micro, he has been honored with the Ingram Micro Award of Excellence, the VTN Partnership Award, President’s Club.

Giese is general manager of Noco Distribution, a division of Noco Energy Corp. He is a member of the National Lubricant Distributors Advisory Council and the Imperial Oil Branded Distributor Advisory Council. He is a member of the Niagara Frontier Boy Scouts Executive Board.

Luna is an alumnus of Hilbert College and an attorney. He founded Jason C. Luna PLLC, a personal injury firm, in 2005. He previously served as an assistant district attorney. He is an adjunct professor at Hilbert and has established the Jason C. Luna Endowment Scholarship. He was a board member of the Valley Community Association and the Hilbert College Alumni Association.


James J. Tyrpak, president of Tyrpak Financial Associates, has been installed as the 103rd president of the Rotary Club of Buffalo and will serve for 2013-14.

Other officers are: vice president, Laurie Albertsson, vice president of Fernwood Capital and Leasing; treasurer, William Larkin, account executive at M&T Insurance Agency; secretary, Stanley A. Wyner, chairman, Vistage International; president-elect, Robert J. Galdys, president of Smart Edge.

Directors are: Paul Hurley Jr., retired president of Trocaire College; Anne Martin, retired director of the Erie County Probation Department; Jack Pederson, bulk supply area manager of Linde LLC; Christine Schwinger, partner, Collins Advisors LLC; Richard Ridenour, financial adviser, Key Investment Services; and Michael J. Grimaldi, partner. Lumsden & McCormick LLP.


Paul R. Knight III, a University at Buffalo professor of anesthesiology, and Daniel J. Kosman, a UB professor of biochemistry, have been named Distinguished Professors in recognition of national or international prominence in their fields. Lynn Mather, professor of law, has been appointed a Distinguished Service Professor in recognition of extraordinary service.

Kosman studies how organisms acquire and metabolize iron and copper, toxic metals essential to cellular respiration and oxygen transport. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation since he joined the UB faculty in 1970. A former acting chairman and associate chairman of the Department of Biochemistry, he is currently writing a book on protein structure and function to be used by upper-level undergraduates and first-year graduate students.

Mather joined the UB faculty in 2002 as professor of law and political science and director of the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy. She previously held the Nelson A. Rockefeller Chair in Government at Dartmouth College and was a Dartmouth faculty member for more than 30 years. A former president of the International Law and Society Association, she has published extensively on legal issues.

YMCA Buffalo Niagara recently honored outstanding volunteers at its 161st annual meeting held at the Statler City Golden Ballroom.

Gold Key Award was presented to Jackie Otis, a longtime YMCA volunteer at the Ellicott-Masten Family YMCA. This award is given to an outstanding volunteer who has contributed many years of service and exemplifies the mission and values of the YMCA.

John Murray, outgoing president/CEO for YMCA Buffalo Niagara, received the Gold Key Award for his 25 years of service and 38 years with the YMCA organization.

Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District was honored with the Red Triangle Award. The Stewart Partnership Award, presented to an organization that goes above and beyond in support of YMCA programming initiatives, was given to Independent Health.


Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has been awarded a certificate of Merit for Security by the American Public Transportation Association for its policing initiatives as a part of the 2013 Rail Safety and Security Excellence awards. This recognition is the result of the authority’s commitment to increasing rail safety and security on its Metro Rail system.

The NFTA’s counter-terrorism unit, which includes a large K-9 force, conducts random Visible Intermodal Protect and Respond sweeps by screening individuals for explosive devices.