The Canisius College board of trustees appointed five new members to serve three-year terms, which began this month. The are:

John R. Connolly, ’72, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Tecomet Inc.; Rev. Rocco Danzi, campus ministry chaplain at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J.; Lenora B. Foote-Beavers ’92, support magistrate for Erie County Family Court; Dr. Richard M. Gilbert Jr. ’84, a board-certified urologic surgeon with Western New York Urology Associates; and Dennis F. Strigl ’74, retired president and chief operating officer of Verizon Communications and past chairman of the college’s board of trustees.

Officers for 2013-14 are: Edward Burke Carey, ’69, president and chief executive officer of Carey Realty Investments Inc.; vice chair,am, Ben K. Wells, ’82, retired chief financial officer at the Burger King Corp.; secretary, Erica C. Sammarco, ’00, assistant to the president of Canisius College; and treasurer, Patrick E. Richey, vice president for business and finance and treasurer at Canisius College.

Ann Woloszynski, ’90, MBA ’94, will serve as an ex-officio member of the board. She is the incoming president of the Canisius College Alumni Association and administrative vice president of model risk management at M&T Bank Corporation.


The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society announced the appointment of Peter Eliopoulos to a three-year term on the board of trustees, effective immediately, and elected Mark Collard chairman of the BPO Foundation, which manages the endowment of the orchestra.

Eliopoulos is a senior vice president and chief marketing officer of M&T Bank and Wilmington Trust. He began his banking career in 1988 as a management associate with Citibank. He joined M&T Bank in 2007 as chief marketing officer.

A musician himself, Eliopoulos joins the board of the BPO after nearly a year of providing hands-on assistance with marketing and fundraising for the orchestra’s May appearance at Spring For Music at Carnegie Hall.

Collard will become an ex-officio member of the BPO board of trustees. He is managing partner and co-founder of Amherst-based Landmark Wealth Management.

He is a member of Try-It Distributing Co. board of advisers. He also is on the boards of Goodwill Industries, and Hasek’s Heroes, and the advisory board for the University at Buffalo’s Terese Kelly Investment Group.


Rep. Brian Higgins welcomed Amherst Central High School student Nora Ramsey to Washington, D.C., where she attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Congressional Art Competition. Ramsey’s photograph, titled “Strength – The Tie That Binds” will hang in the halls to the U.S. Capitol along with other winning artwork from across the nation.

She was among 40 students in Higgins’ district from seven different high schools in Erie and Niagara counties entering artwork in the competition.


Emily Catherine Baer, 22, of North Collins, has been accepted into the Peace Corps. She departed July 10 for Cambodia to begin training.

During the first three months of her service, Baer will live with a host family in Cambodia to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. She then will be sworn into service and assigned to a community where she will live and work for two years with the local people.

Baer, the daughter of George and Barbara Baer, is a graduate of North Collins High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo.

Currently, 114 volunteers serve in Cambodia.


The James H. Cummings Foundation elected Amy Clifton to its board of directors. She is chief financial officer of LPCiminelli and also serves on the board of directors for Kaleida Health and Buffalo Prep.

Officers elected at the annual meeting were:

President, Charles F. Kreiner Jr., senior vice president at UBS Financial Services; vice president, Richard C. Bryan Jr., executive director of Bissnet; and treasurer, William L. Joyce, chairman of the board of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Christopher T. Greene, Robert J.A. Irwin and Dr. Theodore I. Putnam will continue as directors.

The foundation is a charitable not-for-profit corporation providing grants for the advancement of medical science, research, education and services for the underprivileged.


Two local residents have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Army Spec. Alexander J. Roth is the son of Thomas and Laurie Roth of Le Roy. He is a 2008 graduate of Le Roy High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from the Geneseo State College.

Army Reserve Spec. Eric J. Bartz is the son of Arnold and Brenda Bartz of Batavia. He is a 2006 graduate of Batavia High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2009 from Brockport State College.


The Buffalo History Museum has appointed Kimberly Luangpakdy director of resource development.

Luangpakdy’s professional work includes development coordinator for AIDS Community Services of Western New York and community engagement officer for Planned Parenthood of Western New York. She is currently a member of the planning council for Open Buffalo.

Luangpakdy, a native of Tonawanda, is a magna cum laude graduate of Fredonia State College.


Allstate Insurance agent Scott Sainsbury, whose office is at 3847 North Buffalo Road in Orchard Park, has received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to volunteering. The award includes a $1,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation for the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, where Sainsbury volunteers.

“Scott is an active and respected member of the business community, protecting people with insurance and financial services products,” said Linda Collora, New York regional sales leader at Allstate. “He also makes a point of getting involved personally by dedicating his time and efforts to making a difference in people’s lives.


The Western New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen elected Althea E. Luehrsen chairwoman of its board of directors.

Luehrsen, executive director of Leadership Buffalo Inc., was previously assistant vice president for corporate and foundation relations at the University at Buffalo. She is president and owner of Strategic Solutions Group and a graduate of Empire State College, where she teaches as adjunct faculty.

James J. Kincaid was elected vice chairman; he formerly served as treasurer of the organization. Kincaid is a certified public accountant and partner at Lougen, Valenti, Bookbinder & Weintraub.

Donna E. Perna was elected secretary/treasurer. She is vice president and general manager of Transit Lanes.

Also appointed to the board were: Dr. Ermelinda Bonaccio, director of mammography at Roswell Park Cancer Institute; Scott M. Philbin, litigation attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King; and Mary C. Szabat, consultant with Beltz Ianni & Associates.