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Bank of Akron recently promoted Jon A. Little to senior vice president/chief operating officer. Little was senior vice president/retail banking and sales. He is a graduate of SUNY Alfred and the Advanced Commercial Lending Program at the University at Buffalo.

D’Youville College named Meg Rittling Richardson director of alumni relations. Previously, Richardson was director of alumnae relations at Holy Angels Academy in Buffalo. She has an associate degree from Hilbert College and holds a degree in history from Canisius College.

The law firm of Connors & Vilardo elected Joseph D. Morath Jr. partner. Morath, who joined the firm in August 2005, earned his undergraduate degree at SUNY Buffalo State College and graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Law. The firm also named Patrick D. McNally an associate. McNally graduated from Harvard Law School and Canisius College.

Hurwitz and Fine promoted Steven E. Peiper to member of the firm, having served as an associate of the firm since 2007. Peiper graduated from Shippensburg University and earned his JD from the University at Buffalo School of Law.

Northtowns Boys and Girls Clubs appointed Alexandra Murello director of development and Bridgette Hine director of finance. Murello, a graduate of Canisius College, was senior development coordinator at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and campaign coordinator at Leukemia and Lymphoma. Hine, a CPA, graduated from Ithaca College. Also, the club named Yvette Holston assistant director of development. Holston has an MBA from Canisius College and has a bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo.

The University at Buffalo Humanities Institute appointed Elizabeth Otto executive director, effective July 1. Otto, who is associate professor of visual studies at UB and a scholar of European and American art and visual culture from the 19th century onward, is well recognized at UB and in her field for her collaborative, interdisciplinary work. She earned her PhD from the University of Michigan.

The law firm of Phillips Lytle named Kimberly R. Barnashuk and Myriah V. Jaworski associates. Barnashuk received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from George Washington University. Jaworski received her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, a master’s degree from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and her bachelor’s degree from George Washington University.

The Buffalo and Western New York Chapter of CSI, Construction Specifications Institute, appointed Anthony Gorski regional director in the Northeast region. Gorski, a project manager at Kideney Architects, is also a member of the Town of Lancaster Planning Board and a former member of the Village of Depew Planning Board. Gorski has also been a CSI member throughout much of his career.

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport was recognized by the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives with the Balchen/Post Award for Outstanding Achievement in the medium commercial airport category for its snow removal team at the recent annual International Aviation Snow Symposium. This is the seventh time the BNIA has been honored with the award, the last time being for the 2010-11 winter.

Yancey’s Fancy, an artisan cheese manufacturer in Corfu, will be one of the sponsors for the 2013 San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival in November. It is the festival’s 10th anniversary, which is noted as one of the largest wine and food festivals in the nation with over 9,000 attendees, winemakers, brewmasters, gourmet food producers, authors, media personalities, and celebrity chefs.