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Niagara Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

William D. Frye, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management at Niagara University, is the recipient of the 2015 Anthony Marshall Award, presented by the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute. Frye was honored by the group at its Legislative Action Summit in Washington, D.C. He has been teaching hospitality operations and other associated topics and managing the school’s internship program for the past 10 years. He has also brought several certification programs to Niagara University, including Hotel Industry Analytics. Frye is the co-author of the textbook “Managing Housekeeping Operations” and often shares his expertise in hospitality publications, including a monthly column in Lodging Magazine, and in numerous journal articles.


James Mackey, a junior hospitality major at Niagara University, has been named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact for demonstrating outstanding leadership and civic engagement. Mackey was nominated by the Rev. James J. Maher, president of Niagara.

Mackey has been volunteering his time to help others since seventh grade, starting at a soup kitchen in Atlantic City. When he came to Niagara, he began volunteering at the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s soup kitchen in Niagara Falls. He eventually became the soup kitchen’s coordinator, handling everything from scheduling student teams to planning, shopping for and cooking the meals.

Mackey is also instrumental in obtaining funding for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, as he organizes concession stand sales at Niagara’s men’s basketball home games, the project’s primary source of funding.

The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education.


Recently, four Niagara County 4-H members participated in the 4-H Region 1 Communications event in Cuba.

The team of Ashley Randall, 14, of Lockport, and Madison Marchetti, 14, of Wilson, placed third in the Senior Team Category with their presentation comparing English Dressage Riding versus Western Reining. Randall and Marchetti have been invited to compete at the State 4-H Equine Communications event in May at Cornell University in Ithaca.

Cambria resident Melanie Morgan, 14, placed sixth in the 4-H event in the Senior Individual Category with her presentation titled “To Mini or not to Mini?” And, Ella Bramer, 8, of East Amherst, took seventh place in the Junior Individual Category with her explanation of an equine first aid kit.


The Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center board of directors named its 2015 officers and re-elected five incumbent board members to three-year terms at its annual meeting.

Reappointed as officers were chairman, James C. Roscetti, an attorney with the Niagara Falls law firm Roscetti & DeCastro; vice chairperson, Cynthia A. Bianco, superintendent of the Niagara Falls City School District; treasurer, Charles G. Rader, retired chief executive officer of IsleChem; and secretary Margaret M. Toohey, Lewiston Insurance Agency. Roscetti and Toohey were re-elected to three-year board terms.

Also re-elected to three-year terms on the board were Matthew Feldman, an attorney at Feldman Kieffer; Marnie LaVigne, president and chief executive officer of Launch New York Inc.; and Salvatore “Sam” Santarosa, president of Buffalo Fuel Corp.

Serving ex-officio is Dr. Vijay Bojedla, Memorial vice president and chief medical officer.


The Auxiliary of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical has awarded $750 Esther L. Werner and Helene Barter Scholarships to Diane Milbrand and Darren Vukovic.

Milbrand has been employed at Niagara Falls Memorial for 11 years as a nuclear medical technologist. She resides in North Tonawanda with her husband and four children.

Vukovic has been employed by the medical center for three years as an athletic trainer assigned to North Tonawanda High School. He lives in North Tonawanda with his wife and three children.

The will both complete their master’s degree this spring.

The scholarship is awarded annually to Memorial employees who are pursuing additional education in the health care field. It is named for Werner, Memorial’s first social work director, and her sister, a medical center volunteer. Both were longtime auxiliary members.