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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

John J. Cicchetti, director of the Niagara County Probation Department, received the 2015 Sara Tullar Fasoldt Leadership and Humanitarian Award for his contributions to the field of community corrections.

Under his leadership, the department implemented a variety of effective supervision strategies, including Alternatives to Incarceration, and other programs and services, including the Juvenile-Risk Intervention Services Coordination Program, Pre-Trial Release, and Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities, Offender Workforce Development, Alternatives to Jail Detention, and the Gun Involved Violence Elimination Initiative. Cicchetti also provided support for the state Probation Officers Association to convene their annual statewide conference in Niagara Falls in August 2014 for the first time. Cicchetti has been employed by the county department since October 1994 and became director in January 2011.


Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Dr. Willie Underwood III was honorary chairman for the first annual African-American Male Wellness Walk/Run which was held Saturday at the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center, Niagara Falls.

Underwood, a board-certified urologist, was appointed to the faculty at Roswell Park in 2008. He serves in the Department of Urologic Oncology, and in the Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research, where his academic efforts focus on methods to improve the early detection and treatment of prostate cancer.

He earned his medical degree in 1994 from the State University of New York at Syracuse, Upstate Medical University and completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program in 2002 at the University of Michigan. He earned a master’s degree in public health in 2004 from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Lockport-based nonprofit organization S.E.R.V. Niagara recently added four new board members. Joining the board are former Niagara County Sheriff Thomas Beilein, an Army veteran; Theodore “Ted” Zawada, a Marine Corps veteran and retired Veterans Administration counselor; Erin Cole, an Army veteran and president of World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara; and Brendan McIntyre, director of development for Niagara Hospice.

The board with S.E.R.V. Niagara staff and volunteers to provide temporary and permanent housing to homeless veterans, counseling services, and other resources to help empower our veterans.