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Niagara Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour was elected as president of the board of directors of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association at its 81st annual winter training conference last month in Albany. He was sworn in by Thomas A. Beilein, chairman of the New York State Commission of Corrections and former Niagara County sheriff.

As president, Voutour will work with sheriffs across the state to enhance public safety through professional training and accreditation programs, public safety programs and advocacy.

Voutour, a 22-year member of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, is serving in his seventh year as sheriff. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from SUNY Brockport and a master’s in criminal justice administration from Niagara University.

The state association is a not-for-profit corporation, formed in 1934 to assist sheriffs in the efficient delivery of services to the public. It includes all of the elected and appointed sheriffs in the state.


Edward J. Brennan, Kathryn T. Hutchinson, and Cheryl A. Klass have been named to the board of trustees of Niagara University. Their election was announced by the Rev. James J. Maher, president of the university.

Brennan is the retired chairman of DFS Group and founder of Hand in Hand for Haiti. Hutchinson serves as the vice president for the division of student affairs at St. John’s University. Klass is senior vice president of operations for Kaleida Health and president of Buffalo General Medical Center.

Brennan spent almost 20 years in management with R.H. Macy and Co. after graduating from Niagara. He joined the DFS Group in 1997 as executive vice president merchandising and operation for Hawaii, before becoming president of DFS for North America and Hawaii. In 1999, he was named chief executive officer and, in 2001, was appointed chairman of the board. He retired in December 2012.

He sits on the boards of DFS Group, Hermes USA, Outrigger Hotels and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. He is also an executive committee member of Search Group, a Hong Kong-based alternative asset management firm.

At St. John’s, Hutchinson leads in the process of strategic planning, assessment and fiscal management. She has been appointed to serve on the University Personnel Committee, co-chair the President’s Multicultural Advisory Committee, the university’s Executive Planning Committee and the Student Affairs Committee of the board of trustees.

Hutchinson received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of St. Benedict and a master’s in school psychology from St. John’s. She earned a doctor of philosophy in school psychology with a specialty in clinical psychology from Columbia University.

Klass joined Kaleida Health in 2004 when she was named president of Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and vice president for Kaleida Health. In December 2011, she was appointed senior vice president of operations of Buffalo General Medical Center, which also includes the Gates Vascular Institute and HighPointe on Michigan.

She has a comprehensive background in both adult and pediatric health care operations. She began her career as a registered nurse at Children’s in 1977, but advanced into nursing leadership roles that included director of the hospital’s pediatric, surgical and critical care divisions. In 2000 she served as the chief operating officer of Mercy and Sisters hospitals, as well as vice president of women’s health for the Catholic Health System, before returning to Children’s in 2004. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Niagara University and her MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.


Air Force Airman Jordan J. Remick graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Remick is the son of Mary M. Kemp of Lockport, and James J. Remick of Fort Myers, Fla., and stepson of William H. Kemp of Lockport. He is a 2009 graduate of Lockport High School.