Community Charter School named Catherine Kern chief information officer. Kern formerly served as the chief information officer at the Niagara Wheatfield Central School District and a computer applications specialist at Monroe 1 BOCES. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Medaille College. Also, the school appointed Kaitlin Sylvester an English language arts instructional coach, and Julie Hassett a numeracy instructional coach. Sylvester, who was a literacy coach in the Buffalo Public Schools, received her bachelor’s degree from Fredonia State College and her master’s degree from St. John Fisher College. Hassett is the liaison for the Huntington Learning Center tutoring program at the school. She received her bachelor’s degree from Daemen College and her master’s degree from St. Bonaventure University.


Chakra Communications, a data and graphic communications company, appointed Eric Putnam business development consultant. Putnam owns ESP Salons and Spa and Limitless Marketing Associates.


The New York State Sociological Association elected Timothy McCorry president for 2012-13. McCorry is an assistant professor of social sciences at Medaille College. As a result of his selection, Medaille will host the NYSSA annual meeting in October.

Company Connections

LongHorn Steakhouse will open its new Cheektowaga restaurant Monday at 2015 Walden Ave., near Walden Galleria. The restaurant will be led by managing partner Michelle Breheim. The 7,464-square-foot restaurant will seat more than 240 guests and will create 80 to 100 new jobs. LongHorn currently operates more than 400 restaurants in 37 states.


DIGITS LLC, digital forensic experts, opened offices in Rochester and Cleveland.


Title: Display packaging for reconfigurable product

No.: 8,348,059

Inventor: Rice, Brian M. (Tonawanda)

Assignee: Mattel Inc. (El Segundo, Calif.)

Date issued: Jan. 8, 2013


Title: Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip

No.: 8,348,123

Inventors: Demmy, Todd L. (East Amherst); Scirica, Paul A. (Huntington, Conn.); Olson, Lee Ann (Wallingford, Conn.)

Assignee: Covidien LP (Mansfield, Mass.)

Date issued: Jan. 8, 2013