The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America named John DellaContrada the 2013 president of its board of directors. DellaContrada is the assistant vice president at the University at Buffalo Office of Communications. Other officers: president-elect, Tony Astran, publicity manager, Seneca Gaming Corp.; secretary, Elizabeth Silverman, public relations specialist, Gateway-Longview; treasurer, Jacqueline Ghosen, assistant dean and director of communications, University at Buffalo School of Management; and immediate past president, Virginia McAuliffe, marketing and enrollment coordinator, Complete Senior Care. Directors-at-large: Olivia Belter, community affairs director, Univera Healthcare; Jennifer Gallardo, account coordinator-public relations, Independent Health; and Kevin Manne, assistant director of communications, University at Buffalo School of Management.

Assembly delegates: Kate LaBrake, director of marketing and communications, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, and Jessica Christensen, communications specialist II, Praxair.

Therese Hickok, senior marketing manager, Uniland Development Co., will serve as the chapter’s liaison to the Public Relations Student Society of America.


Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center appointed Dr. Joshua Malik to the faculty of the osteopathic family practice residency program and named him a member of Memorial’s outpatient primary care team at the Summit Healthplex. Malik is completing residency training in family medicine at the hospital, where he serves as chief resident. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Miami.


Schroeder, Braxton & Vogt’s Sean Janora, a financial planning and investment management coordinator, has passed the certified financial planner exam and has earned the CFP designation through the Financial Planning Association of Western New York.


Computer Plus Staffing Solutions appointed Barbra Girdlestone senior recruiter for the ComputerPeople Division. Girdlestone has been in the staffing industry in Buffalo and Denver for more than 10 years.

Company Connections

AT&T has expanded fast 4G speeds to Le Roy, including Route 5 between Le Roy and Stafford, and in Batavia, including Route 20 in southern Genesee County. The 4G expansion is part of AT&T’s continuing network investment to support the growing demand for mobile devices, apps and faster mobile Internet speeds.


Carleton Technologies, Orchard Park, was awarded a $531,825 federal contract for pneumatic accumulators by the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command, Philadelphia.


E.B. Galaxy Construction, West Seneca, was awarded a $112,500 federal contract for building-security improvements by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Bath Medical Center, Bath.


Tecmotiv USA, Niagara Falls, was awarded a $45,600 federal contract for piston ring sets by the Defense Logistics Agency’s Defense Supply Center, Columbus, Ohio.


Walsh Insurance is delivering meals to the homebound through Meals on Wheels’ “Adopt-A-Route” program. The value of Walsh’s volunteer assistance this year will be $2,900. The volunteers from Walsh coordinate weekly coverage among themselves, with two volunteers going to the site on the appointed day each week to pick up the meals and deliver them to up to 12 homebound community members.


Title: System, method and apparatus for the electronic operation, management, sponsorship, advertising, promotion, marketing and regulation of games of chance on a network

No.: 8,382,588

Inventors: Fotevski, David (Orchard Park)

Assignee: Nemisys Networks (Orchard Park)

Date issued: Feb. 26, 2013