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Business People for the week of June 26

Kissing Bridge Corp. appointed Richard Fanelli president. Fanelli, with the organization for 27years, was named vice president in 1997. He attended the University at Buffalo.

VA Western New York Healthcare System named Dr. Grace L. Stringfellow chief of staff. Stringfellow was the chief of staff at the Nebraska Western Iowa VA Medical Center. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and completed her residency in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Kentucky.

Merchants Insurance Group promoted Gregory Robinson to regional vice president, Western Regional Office. Robinson, with Merchants since 2013, holds an associate degree from Erie Community College.

Health Foundation for Western and Central New York promoted Carol Quarantillo to vice president of finance and administration and named Kara Williams interim vice president of programs. Quarantillo earned an MBA from Medaille College and a bachelor’s degree from D’Youville College. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and a master’s degree from San Diego State University.

D’Youville College named Rev. Dr. Father Robert J. Perelli vice president for mission integration. Perelli, a member of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudist Fathers), is the founder and president of The Center for Family Systems Theory of Western New York.

HealthNow New York appointed Robert Ruocco vice president, chief technology officer. Ruocco earned a master’s degree from the Stevens Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree from William Paterson University of New Jersey.

The Buffalo Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International appointed Teresa O. Bianchi executive director. Bianchi was director of development and communications at Flower City Habitat in Rochester. She is an Ithaca College graduate.

Independent Health named Matt Burke director, network contract management. Burke was a policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo and a master’s degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

M&T Bank promoted Kathryn R. Smith to administrative vice president. Smith, with the bank for 13 years, has a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College and an MBA from the University at Buffalo.

American Medical Response appointed Tom Maxian regional director in Western New York. Maxian was regional director of AMR in Seattle. He holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Buffalo State and is a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law. He also earned his MBA from UB School of Management.

Kadimah Academy appointed Marci Wiseman director of community relations and engagement. Wiseman was a southeast/seaboard community relationship manager with United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. She holds a master’s degree from Siegal College and a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Buffalo State.

Phillips Lytle named Jon Pierowicz an associate. Pierowicz received his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and his J.D. from UCLA School of Law. Prior to law school, he served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Nussbaumer & Clarke, Consulting Engineers and Surveyors, promoted Noelle Miller to engineer level 2. Miller has a bachelor’s degree from Clarkson University.

Bennett Schechter Arcuri & Will named Peter D. Cantone an associate attorney. Cantone graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Law.

Read to Succeed Buffalo named Elizabeth Wilk an early literacy intervention specialist. She holds a master’s degree from the University at Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo.

43North promoted Brian Straka communications manager. Straka earned a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College.

Wendel named Michael Astrella structural engineer. Astrella is a licensed professional engineer in New York State and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University at Buffalo.