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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Jack Connors will retain the role of chairman of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System board of trustees for this year. Connors, president and publisher of Business First of Buffalo and the Buffalo Law Journal, was re-elected for the second time to serve a one-year term. Theodore K. Johnson was re-elected vice chair for a one-year term. Johnson is president of Hadley Exhibits Inc. of Buffalo.

Officers elected for a one-year term are: treasurer, Wayne D. Wisbaum, attorney at Kavinoky Cook; and secretary, Kathleen Berens Bucki, librarian.

Other executive committee members are: Sheldon M. Berlow, associate broker, Pyramid Brokerage Inc.; Sharon M. Kelly, attorney, Hodgson Russ; and Elaine M. Panty, retired from the Buffalo Water Authority. As a past chair, Sharon A. Thomas also serves on the executive committee as an ex-officio member. Thomas is chief clerk for Buffalo City Court.

Additional trustees of the library system are: Michael Amodeo, attorney; Katie Burd, Kenmore village trustee; Frank Gist, retired Buffalo firefighter and owner of Greater Buffalo Bail Bonds Agency; Teresa Glanowski, product manager, Independent Health; Phyllis A. Horton, retired educator; Frank Housh, Housh Law Offices; and Rhonda A. Ricks, president/CEO, Inclusion Development Associates Inc.


Joey Szadek III, 14, attained the rank of Eagle Scout from Boy Scout Troop 457 in Williamsville. He is the son of Joseph Jr. and Nancy Szadek of Williamsville.

Joey, a ninth-grader at Clarence High School, completed his Eagle Project on Sept. 7, 2013, at the Clarence Town Park. His project entailed reshingling and painting a 26-foot-by-33-foot pavilion that was damaged during the October 2007 storm. With extra help from the community, the troop also cleaned up trash around the lake and pulled weeds out of the flowerbeds along Main Street in front of the park.


Nicholas Ader, a 2011 Clarence High School graduate and junior at Villanova University, has been honored with a 2014 Barry Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater is a merit-based national scholarship awarded to undergraduates who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. He was one of 19 recipients from New York and one of 283 recipients nationwide.” He is the son of Gail and Jerry Ader of Clarence Center.


Dr. Renee Andreeff, academic coordinator and clinical assistant professor in D’Youville’s Physician Assistant program, was recently recognized as a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. The award recognize members who have distinguished themselves by their service to the profession, their commitment to advancing health care for all people, and their exemplary personal and professional development.

Andreeff joined the college in 2002 and was a practitioner at Buffalo Medical Group and Lakeshore Primary Care Associates. She served as a moderator of the AAPA 41st annual physician assistant conference in 2013 and is a peer reviewer for the Journal of the AAPA.

She is a graduate of Gannon University, earned a master of physician assistant studies at the University of Nebraska, a master of education and doctorate of health education at D’Youville. She was named the PA Faculty Member of the Year in 2006-2007; 2012-2013 and is a member of Lambda Sigma Honor Society.


Two local men have been inducted in the Genesee Community College Hall of Fame, cited for their success after graduation in careers and community service.

Lawrence Supe, 1989 graduate, is a longtime officer in the New York Air National Guard about to be promoted to lieutenant colonel. Stephen Tarbell, a 1978 graduate, is completing a 23-year career as a Wyoming County deputy sheriff.

Their portraits are displayed on a wall in the Conable Technology Center on the Batavia campus, which honors a 20-year member of the House of Representatives who represented Genesee County.


Several military personnel have graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

Army National Guard Pvt. Robert N. Guenther is the son of Robert and Roberta Guenther of Freedom. He is a 2008 graduate of Pioneer Central High School, Yorkshire.

Army Guard Pfc. Jack J. Zhan is the son of James and Sam Zhan of Buffalo.

Army Pvt. Michael R. Kozub is the son of Michael R. Kozub of Lackawanna and Donna L. Liberatore of Depew.

Army National Guard Pvt. Joseph F. Ledwin Jr. is the son of Julie Ledwin of West Seneca. He is a 2012 graduate of St. Francis High School, Athol Springs.


St. Bonaventure University’s Mock Trial Team placed first at the American Mock Trial Association Buffalo Regional Tournament, marking the first time the university’s team has qualified for the national tournament since 1998.

The team of 10 students finished 7-1 against other local colleges at SUNY Buffalo State in February and went on to the opening round of the American Mock Trial Association’s national tournament at Miami University in Hamilton, Ohio. In addition to the first-place finish, members received individual awards for their performances.

Outstanding Witness Awards went to Nick Taylor, senior sociology major from Arcade and James Cook, freshman political science major from Brockport.

Dr. Steven Nuttall, professor of philosophy, is the team’s adviser.


Debra Stancliff, a civilian employee assigned as the education services officer for Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, was named the Coast Guard’s 2013 Full-Time Education Services Officer of the Year. She was given the award at the Council of Colleges and Military Education Symposium in Savannah, Ga., and later was formally recognized by Capt. Brian Roche, Sector Buffalo commander, during a ceremony at the sector.

Stancliff, a Tonawanda native, was selected for providing numerous educational opportunities and services to the sector and surrounding units.

She has been with the Coast Guard since 2008. She has a degree in psychology from Allegheny College in and a degree in counseling and human services from Canisius College. Before joining the Coast Guard, she served as the education service specialist at two Army military entrance processing stations.