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The U.S. Air Force has promoted Brian Parmerter to the rank of master sergeant. He is a noncommissioned officer-in-charge (NCOIC) with 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, S.C., and has served in the military for 11 years.

Parmerter, the son of Marilyn and Jeff Parmerter of Gainesville, is a 2004 graduate of Warsaw Central High School.


Batavia Business Improvement District, sponsor of the Centennial Arts, an outdoor arts display held in June, named Susan Hoak of Batavia the winner of the People’s Choice Award for her upcycled furniture that was considered unique and creative by several customers. Artists set up their works of art for display and for sale in Jackson Square, and attendees voted for their favorite artist or display.


D’Youville College has named Gretchen Fierle, Sister Jean Marie Liston, Sister Mary T. McCarrick, Stephen M. Mercurio, and Sam Pascia to three-year terms on its board of trustees, replacing members whose terms have expired.

Fierle, senior vice president of marketing and communications at HealthNow New York, formerly was vice president of communication and community relations at Independent Health. She is a graduate of Bard College.

Liston, a Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart and former superior general/president of the order, also was principal of St. Rose of Lima School. Prior to her retirement, she was director of pastoral services at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Newtown, Pa. A graduate of D’Youville, she has a master’s degree in mathematics education from the University at Buffalo.

McCarrick is diocesan director for Catholic Charities of Buffalo and has been a sister of St. Francis for more than 40 years. She is the first woman religious to serve in her present position and is responsible for the annual appeal, mission integration, board development and social policy advocacy. She graduated from Rosary Hill (Daemen) College and holds a master’s degree in Franciscan Studies from St. Bonaventure and the Worden School of Social Work in Texas.

Mercurio is president of the McGuire Group, where he was vice president from 1992 to 2013. Before that, he was assistant long-term care program director at the state Department of Health. A nursing graduate of D’Youville, he holds a master’s degree in health care administration from the University at Buffalo.

Pascia, global purchasing director for Vesuvius Refractories Canada in Welland, Ont., is the chair of the Committee of Adjustments for the Town of Fort Erie and attended Humber College and Brock University.

Current trustee John P. Amershadian, president, CEO and partner at Hodgson Russ, was named chairman. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, he was named to the board in 2012.


The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy has named Yves-Richard Blanc, Montique Williams and Mark Zeis trustees. Blanc is the founder and CEO of YR Blanc & Co., a health care consulting firm, and Renovatio Medical & Surgical Supplies. He lives in Amherst.

Williams is director of financial services for Catholic Health’s Cardiovascular Service Line and Mercy Hospital. He received Business First’s “40 under 40” award for his professional success and community involvement, as well as the Twenty-Five Achievers in Industry Award from M&T Bank and 1490 Enterprises. He resides in Getzville.

A resident of Williamsville, Zeis is a senior vice president, commercial executive for HSBC Commercial Bank. He has been a member of the finance committee since September.


Franciscan Institute Publications released “Franciscans and their Finances: Economics in a Disenchanted World” by David B. Couturier, OFM.

The book, which deals with topics that range from an increasingly consumerist culture’s effects on young people’s spiritual identity, to a Franciscan response to the Great Recession, to an examination of how financial scandals develop within nonprofit and profit communities, was written in response to a charge from three African friars that the Franciscan Order was not listening to the cries of the poor in Africa.

Couturier, dean of the School of Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University, teaches at the Pontifical Antonianum University in Rome and is the Dean R. Hoge Professor of Pastoral Planning and Church Management at the Graduate Theological Foundation in Mishawaka, Ind.


Rotary Club of Hamburg recently inducted Maria Guizzotti as president. Other officers are president-elect, Barbara Stanley; treasurer, Eloise Zoyhofski; and secretary, Dina Liberta. Presiding over the induction were special guests, Rotary District 7090 Gov. Jack Amico and Assistant District Gov. Elaine James of the Orchard Park Rotary Club, who were concluding their terms of office.

Rotarian Earl Knauss was recognized for 40 years of membership and service to the club. Also honored were Jim Holland and Jeff Kusche, for 25 years of service, and Eileen Hotho, for 21 years. The Rotary Club of Hamburg was founded in 1942 and has endowed the Hamburg community with many gifts to agencies including Hamburg Fire Department, Hamburg Counseling Service (which Rotary helped to found), Hamburg schools (scholarships and driver education simulators), Village of Hamburg Parks and Recreation Department (clock in Memorial Park and recreation equipment) and has assisted many other projects and beneficiaries.


The Burt Scholarship Fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation recently awarded scholarships totaling $4,000 to Ryanne Cousins of Hinsdale Central School, who will major in nursing at JCC in Olean; Kay Fiske of Allegany-Limestone High School, who will pursue biochemistry at Chatham University; Brittany Williams of Portville Central School, who will pursue pharmaceutical sciences at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; and Keefer Williams of Olean High School, who will major in humanities at Gannon University. The awards, $1,000 award for each student, were established by the First Presbyterian Church of Olean’s Burt Committee in memory of Dr. Rudy Burt, and are based on a student’s financial need.