Praxair Inc.’s community engagement leader, Tamara Brown, was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Heroes of the Fortune 500. Brown was recognized for founding Tech Savvy, a program that uses hands-on activities to get young girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math careers. She founded Tech Savvy, with support from Praxair, in 2006, while president of the American Association of University Women Buffalo chapter. Brown graduated from Vanderbilt University and completed a double major in biomedical engineering and chemical engineering. She received a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University at Buffalo, and an MBA from Canisius College.
Canisius College appointed Kathleen B. Davis vice president for enrollment management. Davis was dean of admissions at St. Joseph’s College. She holds an MBA from Clarkson University and a bachelor’s degree from Russell Sage College.
The law firm Webster Szanyi named Kevin T. O’Brien a partner. O’Brien joined the firm in 2010. He earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Boston University.
SUNY Fredonia named Elizabeth Praetorius vice president for finance and administration. Praetorius was chief operating officer and vice president for finance and administration at SUNY Maritime College. She holds a master’s degree from Rockefeller College, and a bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany.
Zdarsky, Sawicki & Agostinelli, Buffalo attorneys at law, named David E. Gutowski a partner. Gutowski is a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law.
Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and UB|MD Pediatrics appointed Dr. Omar Al-Ibrahim chief of the division of pediatric critical care and medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit. He received a bachelor of medicine and surgery diploma from Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan and is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric critical care.
Damon Morey named Kimberly E. Whistler special counsel in the firm’s Litigation Department. Whistler received her bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo and her JD from the UB School of Law.
The Girl Scouts of Western New York appointed Janine Tramont chief development officer. Tramont was investment manager for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. She received her bachelor’s degree from Canisius College.
People Inc. named Leslie Garrity director of public relations and marketing. Garrity was director of strategic marketing and communications for Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from SUNY Brockport.
Lumsden & McCormick named Aminatou Diallo and Brittany Smith staff accountants. Diallo, a CPA, earned her MBA from Niagara University and her undergraduate degree from Medaille College. Smith is a recent graduate from St. Bonaventure University.
KLW Appraisal Group named Michael Gagliano an associate commercial appraiser. Gagliano holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo State.
The U.S. Energy Development Corporation appointed Kevin Lahay operations and production manager. Lahay has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He graduated from the University of Missouri at Rolla, now known as the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
The Martin Group appointed Melissa Stevens production design manager, Andrew Ucci copywriter and Andrea Swierat senior art director. Stevens was with Caboodle Printing. She graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology. Ucci, previously with SKM Group, graduated from the University of Massachusetts. Swierat, who will work in TMG’s Rochester office, is a University at Buffalo graduate.
ABC-Amega, a global commercial receivable management firm, appointed Ed O’Keefe director of application development and Melinda Koop human relations generalist. O’Keefe was a development manager with Algonquin Studios. He graduated from SUNY Buffalo State. Koop, who was an administrative assistant with Acumed Technologies., is a University at Buffalo graduate.