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Preservation Buffalo Niagara named Catherine Schweitzer chairwoman of its board of directors. Other officers: vice chairs, Marla Bujnicki, Terry Robinson, Eric Stenclik; secretary, Patrick Brown; and treasurer, Peter Flynn. Directors: Marjorie Gillies, Greg Lodinsky, Thomas Knab, Barbara Marchelos, Blythe Merrill, Laura Monte, Monica Pellegrino Faix, Elizabeth Robinson and Ramona Whitaker. Life trustees: Richard Baer, R. Maura Cohen and Peter Filim.

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Fundraising software developer SofTrek promoted Tracy M. Pericozzi to manager, professional services. Pericozzi joined the company as a software engineer and most recently was business intelligence team leader.

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Meals on Wheels for WNY Director of Nutrition Services Peg Fitkowski has received the 2014 Excellence in Food Service Management Award from the Western New York Dietetics Association. Fitkowski has been with the agency in this role since 1990.

Company Connections

Explore & More Children’s Museum has received three major awards for the organization’s work with children and families in the Western New York community: Barbara Leggett, executive director, 2014 Achievement Award, American Association of University Women, Buffalo branch; Hannah Spalding, AmeriCorps VISTA member, Outstanding Service Member award from Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown; and the 2014 Corporate Award, Child Care Resource Network. In addition, Explore & More was selected to present at the Association for Children’s Museums national conference on best practices in museum planning, for the museum’s detailed work in master planning for the expansion and relocation to Canalside.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has cited the University at Buffalo as a national best practice for its community outreach efforts in neighborhoods around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in an article that appears on HUD USER, an informational website for housing and community development researchers, academics, policymakers and the public published by HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research.

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Seneca Mortgage Servicing, formerly known as AMS Servicing, a national servicer of residential and small balance commercial mortgages headquartered in Depew, has achieved average special mortgage loan servicer ranking by Standard and Poor’s for the first time.

Patents

Title: Production of hydrogen, liquid fuels, and chemicals from catalytic processing of bio-oils

No.: 8,741,258

Inventors: Huber, George W. (Belchertown, Mass.); Vispute, Tushar P. (Tonawanda); Routray, Kamalakanta (Paducah, Ky.)

Assignee: University of Massachusetts (Boston)

Date issued: June 3, 2014