First Niagara Financial Group, appointed Liam Brickley chief credit officer. Brickley most recently served as chief credit officer at Citizens Financial Group. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University, and his MBA from Drexel University.

The law firm of Harter Secrest & Emery elected Amy L. Hemenway and Gregory J. Coughlin partners of the firm. Hemenway is a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law and earned his bachelor’s degree from Geneseo State College. Coughlin graduated from Brockport State College and earned his J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center appointed Vicki Landes director of the medical center’s new health home. Landes served as director of clinical service at Fidelis Care New York. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Brockport State College.

The Bank of Akron named Patricia Ball vice president and residential mortgage sales manager based at its Clarence location. Ball has more than 20 years of experience managing all aspects of mortgage sales and operations. Also, the bank named Stephen Mulé assistant vice president and branch manager at its Clarence Center location. Mulé attended Buffalo State College and most recently held positions at Bank of America.

CP&I, a print marketing firm, promoted Zachary J. Polvino to production coordinator. Polvino has worked at the company since 2008 in various positions, most recently as a sales representative. He is a graduate of Buffalo State College.

D’Youville College named Kathleen M. Christy vice president of institutional advancement. Christy was the executive director of the BISON Scholarship Fund, a tuition assistance program for low-income children. She is a graduate of the College of Saint Rose in Albany.

Amherst accounting firm Lougen, Valenti, Bookbinder & Weintraub named Sean K. Umlauft a staff accountant with the firm. Umlauft a graduate of the University at Buffalo.

The law firm of Magavern Magavern Grimm named Thomas J. Lang an associate. A graduate of Fredonia State College, Lang received an MBA from the University at Buffalo and his J.D. from the UB School of Law.

DIGITS LLC’s marketing coordinator, Kelly Merz, was unanimously voted to the board of directors of InfoTech Niagara, the trade association of Western New York’s information technology industry. Merz holds a master’s degree from St. Bonaventure University.

The Eighth District Dental Society named Chris Klimecko executive director. Klimecko served as a United Methodist pastor in Northern Kentucky and Northeast Pennsylvania. Klimecko holds degrees from the Community College of the Air Force, Empire State College Buffalo, and United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

The Epilepsy Association of Western New York appointed Jeffrey A. Irwin executive director of the Western New York nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those with epilepsy and seizure disorders. Irwin comes has more than 18 years of experience in the field of developmental and other disabilities. He holds a master’s degree from Canisius College and is currently a doctoral candidate with Niagara University.

SLR Contracting and Service Company president and CEO Sundra Ryce was featured in the February 2013 issues of Essence Magazine in “The Work and Wealth: Your 2013 Financial Plan.”

The Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation elected Casteel Schoenborn principal Lynn Casteel and RealtyUSA’s Miriam Treger Honig to three-year terms on its board of directors. ASCF is a non-for-profit organization committed to raising and distributing funds to support services and activities that promote the welfare and vitality of senior citizens in the town of Amherst.