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Honor Roll: Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Dr. Michael Brogan, Daemen College vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, has been selected for the Fulbright Specialist Program, which connects U.S. scholars and professionals with counterparts at overseas institutions.

Brogan will travel this fall to Beijing University of Chinese Medicine where he will engage in a project on Western learning theories and the teaching and learning process for the health professions.

Brogan’s affiliation with Daemen started as a student, having earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and later returned to the college to receive a doctor of physical therapy. He also received a doctorate in educational administration and a master’s degree in health science education and evaluation, both from the University at Buffalo.


Christian P. Mckernon has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army after successfully completing the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps program and graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University.

The new officer will be assigned to a corps in the Army to serve on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserve.

Mckernon, the son of Madonna P. Mckernon of West Seneca, is a 2010 graduate of Canisius High School, Buffalo.


SUNY Buffalo State senior Josh Terhaar, who is majoring in mathematics and philosophy, accepted the Best Student Paper Award at the Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic in May. The paper, which he wrote with fellow award winners Sean Kafer and Matthew Szczepankiewicz, University at Buffalo undergraduates, and Valentin Brimkov, professor of mathematics at Buffalo State, was presented at the International Workshop on Combinatorial Image Analysis. The work was supported by an URGE to Compute grant from the National Science Foundation, a collaborative grant between Buffalo State and UB. Terhaar is also a recipient of the Muriel A. Howard Honors Scholarship at Buffalo State.


Rep. Brian Higgins presented three local students with the Congressional Award Medal. Marin and Luka Jankovic and Jonathan Kim have been honored for service and achievements in their communities with emphasis on voluntary public service, physical fitness, personal development and expedition or exploration.

Marin and Luka volunteered in the community through the Amherst Youth Engaged in Services (YES) program and participated in a state business competition. The two also researched and planned a trip to Croatia where they discovered more about their family history.

Kim received the bronze medal, which requires 100 hours of voluntary public service, 50 hours of personal development, 50 hours of physical fitness and one overnight expedition.

He volunteered under the direction of Amherst Youth Consortium, assisted with planning a literacy event at a local library, volunteered at a local food pantry, and helped clean up the Amherst Park Garden. Jonathan is a member of Williamsville North High School tennis team, participated in the New York State School Music Association and planned a two-day expedition to Blue Mountain Camp in the Adirondacks.


Great Lakes Orthodontics Ltd. announced th first recipients of the Peter R. Breads Memorial Scholarship Program. Receiving $2,000 academic scholarships for 2014-2015 are:

Katherine Hayes, a sophomore at John Carroll University majoring in East Asian studies; Stephen Hermann, a freshman at SUNY Oswego majoring in marketing; Matthew Hudson, a freshman at Clarkson University majoring in mechanical engineering; Danielle Kendall, a junior at SUNY Fredonia State majoring in music education; Andrew Reidy, a third-year resident in the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy; and Catherine Woloszyn, who is attending Niagara County Community College, majoring in horticulture.

The program was established in 2013 in honor of Peter R. Breads, co-founder and retired president of Great Lakes Orthodontics, to enable company employees and/or their children to apply for grant funds to continue their education.


Evolution Dental Science, at its annual community meeting, recognized Dr. Ronald Jarvis of Amherst, a prosthodontist, for his commitment to excellence in dentistry with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Jarvis was recognized for his commitment to digital dentistry, the advancement of CAD/CAM dentistry and better patient care.

“I spent my entire career trying to make it easier for those with dentures.” said Jarvis. Andy Jakson, chief executive officer and president of Evolution Dental and a Polish immigrant, said, “Without the clinical support of Dr. Jarvis, AvaDent digital dentures would not have happened.”

This annual award for excellence in dentistry will in the future be called the Ronald Jarvis DDS Excellence in Dentistry Award.


LeadingAge Western New York recently honored 53 employees and volunteers who have shown exemplary work in the senior care and geriatrics profession at an event at Samuel’s Grande Manor.

Five scholarship awards were presented to employees of LeadingAge member facilities. The stipends are given to help employees continue education in the field of long-term health care and geriatrics.

Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C. awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Julia Kochmanski, a dietary aide at GreenField Health & Rehabilitation Center, Lancaster. Kochmanski is enrolled in the Erie 1 BOCES LPN program and plans to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing in the future.

The Janet Engasser $1,000 scholarship was given to Eric Mobley, a certified nurse aide at Beechwood Homes, Getzville. He attends the Erie 1 BOCES LPN program, and also plans to become a registered nurse.

Additional scholarships were presented to:

Mary Michalski, a personal care aide at Bristol Village, Clarence Center. She is a student at D’Youville College and expects to graduate with a bachelor of science/master of science in nursing degree next year.

Emily Mroz, a dining server at Blocher Homes, Williamsville. She is studying psychology and gerontology at the University at Buffalo.

Samantha Chamberland, a personal care aide at Bristol Village, Clarence Center. She is majoring in social work and gerontology at Niagara University.

The Special Program Award was given to the New York State Veterans’ Home at Batavia, for its “Theme Dances and Karaoke Nights” series.


Ryan McGillicuddy has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for academic merit in the fields of mathematics, science and engineering. McGillicuddy was recommended by members of the University of Chicago faculty as one of the top students in the country in chemistry and mathematics. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields, and will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to $7,500 per year. A total of 283 students from colleges and universities nationwide were awarded Goldwater Scholarships this year.

McGillicuddy, a 2011 graduate of Hamburg High School, and is currently a junior at the University of Chicago, majoring in chemistry. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry and conduct research in physical chemistry. He is also a violinist in the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

He is the son of Daniel and Jacquelyn McGillicuddy of Hamburg.


D’Youville College was one of five colleges and universities recently singled out for their excellent military-friendly veterans’ programs. D’Youville was recognized for the number of programs and policies dedicated to serving the military veteran populations.

The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities noted D’Youville was recently ranked No. 1 by Military Times in its “Best for Vets Colleges 2014” and is listed on the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list.

D’Youville created its Office of Veterans Affairs in spring of 2009 and today has more than 400 veterans and military dependents enrolled.


Several military personnel have graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Christian E. Mercado is the son of Luis Mercado and Ivonne Irizarry of Alden. He is a 2008 graduate of Escuela Luis Munoz Marin, Barranquitas, Puerto Rico.

Air Force Airman Cyle A. Alcorn is the son of Randall and stepson of Carol Alcorn, and son of Kelly M. Alcorn, all of Grand Island. He is a 2013 graduate of Grand Island High School.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Eric J. Scibetta is the son of John and Mary Ann Scibetta of Buffalo. He is a 2009 graduate of Hutch Technical High School.

Air Force Reserve Airman Alexander J. Coppola is the son of Marc A. and Denise M. Coppola of the Town of Tonawanda. He is a 2011 graduate of Kenmore East High School.

Air Force Airman Dillon T. Farrell is the son of Sean and Kellie Farrrell of Orchard Park. He is a 2014 graduate of Orchard Park High School.

Air Force Reserve Airman Samantha J. Negron is the daughter of Joy Jermain of West Seneca and Ernesto Negron of Hamburg.

Air Force Airman Tyler G. Mondoux is the son of Nicole M. and Joseph A. Mondoux, and grandson of John Mondoux and Debbie Mondoux, and Barbara Gannon, all of Grand Island. He is a 2013 graduate of Grand Island Senior High School.

Air Force Airman Eric E. Czuprynski is the son of Diane and Larry Czuprynski of Alden. He is a 2012 graduate of Alden High School.

Air Force Reserve Airman Elyssa P. Brege is the daughter of Linda M. Potts of East Amherst and Vincent E. Brege of Medina, and step-daughter of Jeffery L. Potts of Lockport. She is a 2012 graduate of Akron High School.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Victor J. Hallett is the son of Sandra and Shawn Hallett of Jamestown. He is a 2010 graduate of Southwestern High School, Jamestown.

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Keith D. Suarez is the son of Jasmine Bosque of Buffalo. He is a 2010 graduate of Hutchinson Central Technical High School.

Air Force Airman Daniel R. Wenke is the son of Michele Hartburg and Dan Wenke, both of Olean. He is a 2013 graduate of Portville Central School.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Patrick B. Chuba is the son of Paula A. Herzing and Brian J. Chuba, both of Hamburg. The airman is a 2008 graduate of Hamburg High School. He earned an associate degree in 2013 from Erie Community College, Orchard Park. Chuba earned distinction as an honor graduate.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Kevin L. Hendershott Jr. is the son of Barbara and Kevin Hendershott Sr. of Oakfield. The airman is a 2007 graduate of Oakfield-Alabama Central School. Hendershott earned distinction as an honor graduate.