The board of the Project Management Institute’s Buffalo Chapter named Mark Kwandrans president for the 2012-2013 term. Other officers: vice president, membership, JoAnn Boehm; vice president, finance, Patrick Walsh; vice president, outreach, Karen Rybak; vice president, technology and business, Jeffrey Manhardt; vice president, professional development, Tom Wojcik; and Mary Harris, vice president marketing and communications. David Lynch will serve as trustee. Directors: Mary Bagley, Lynn Maher, Carrie Myers, Bob Smering, Cheryl Canfield, Phil Vechhione, Chris Reed, Tasha Holland, Shelly Bush, Nicole Tubiolo, Janine Aquilina, Katie Manetta and Joanne Wurst.

AP Professionals of WNY promoted Danielle Monty to technical placement manager of its AP Tech Search Division, which places engineering and CAD candidates. Monty is a Brockport State College graduate.

Damon Morey partner Gregory Zini taught a course in commercial litigation at the University of Arkansas School of Law. The course included all aspects of handling a commercial case, including pleading and discovery strategies, deposition practices and oral argument.

Company Connections

Blackdog, a Buffalo-based strategy and brand firm, was the major sponsor at the National Coalition for Girls Schools annual conference in Dallas recently. BlackDog provides girls school brand research through its not-for-profit, Serious Play for Serious Girls.

Olean General Hospital has expanded its therapy dog program to patients and their families receiving treatment at the Mildred Milliman Radiation Medicine Center. The dogs are certified through Therapy Dog International and Therapy Dogs Inc.

360 Professional Services Group launched new, updated web sites for St. Christopher Parish in the Town of Tonawanda ( and Healthy Options (, a program created by Independent Health Foundation to help the community make informed nutritional decisions.


The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York has awarded new grants to the following organizations: Kaleida Health Foundation, the Erie County Department of Senior Services and the State University of New York, $21,970; Harder + Co., San Francisco, $68,500 to evaluate a learning initiative partnership between the Health Foundation and the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation; P2 Collaborative of Western New York, Williamsville, $3,500; American Red Cross Serving Buffalo and Niagara Counties, Buffalo, $255,000; Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo, $124,850; HEALTHeLINK, Buffalo, $40,000; New York Association of Counties, Albany, $12,500 for a feasibility assessment for the “No Wrong Door” pilot project in Chautauqua County; and the United Way of the Southern Tier, Corning, $63,250.


Title: Fluid distribution to parallel flow vapor-liquid contacting trays
No.: 8,235,362
Inventor: Xu, Zhanping (East Amherst)
Assignee: UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.)
Date issued: Aug. 7, 2012