Goodwill Industries of Western New York recently announced the addition of four new members to its 2013-14 board of trustees. The board provides leadership, guidance, support and assistance to Goodwill in its mission to provide job training and employment programs and services to people with disabilities and other vocational barriers.

New board members elected to serve three-year terms are: Charles Pezzino, senior manager of KPMG LLP; Donald Maulucci, general manager of Blackburn’s Physician Supply; Kathleen Nesper, assistant professor in the accounting and law department at the University at Buffalo; and Sandy Gingerich, senior partner at Eric Mower & Associates.

Newly elected officers are: chairman, Roger Hoffman, chief executive officer of Northeast Mechanical; vice chairman, Gregory Dann Stevens, consultant with Buffalo Green Energy; and secretary/treasurer, Michael Spychala, senior vice president and controller at M&T Bank.

Committee chairmen include: Ron Ferri, vice president of operations at Tops Markets; Juliana Janson, executive director of the Western New York affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure; Britta McKenna, partner at Hodgson Russ; and Joseph McNamara, president of Ttarp Co.


Maureen Millane, director of career services at Daemen College, has received the 2013 College Internship Program Outstanding Service Award. The program is a comprehensive post-secondary transition program for young adults on the autism spectrum and with learning differences.

In presenting the award, Mary Lawler, director of the internship program, emphasized Millane’s willingness to work with students individually and provide additional time to prepare them for internships and the transition to future career opportunities after college.


Army Pvt. Courtney L. Bush graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C., on June 20. During the nine weeks of training, she studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises. After graduation, Pvt. Bush was sent to AIT in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, for training, where she currently is studying. She is the daughter of Tim and Amy Bush of West Seneca and a 2011 graduate of West Seneca West High School.


D’Youville College has named five new members to its board of trustees, replacing members whose terms expired. The three-year appointments are effective immediately.

Named were Jodene Lynn Cunningham, Dr. Gil Michael Farkash, Barbara Rene Rhee, Timothy L. Kane and Gary D. Quenneville.

Cunningham is owner of Copper Bee Designs in South Wales, an event florist specializing in custom arrangements. A D’Youville alumna, she is president of the college’s Alumni Association Board.

Farkash, chief of service at Kaleida Health OB/GYN and site director of Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, is also on staff at Women First Healthcare of Western New York.

Rhee is a director of Patrick P. Lee Foundation of Amherst and a D’Youville alumna. She is president of Arlington County Medical Society Alliance in Falls Church, Va., where she resides.

Kane is a senior vice president and investment manager for Merrill Lynch in Williamsville. Quenneville is Western New York district president of KeyBank.


Child & Family Services has made a number of appointments to its 2013-14 board of directors and foundation board.

Tracy Heneghan was elected to the board of directors. She is a five-year member of the Junior Group at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and co-chairwoman of the annual Art Alive event.

Richard A. Wall was appointed to the foundation board. Wall is interim vice president for academic affairs and M&T Distinguished Professor of Economics and Finance at Canisius College.

David R. Barrett was appointed chairman. He is a director in the tax practice of Freed Maxick and has been associated with the firm for 37 years. Barrett has been on the agency’s board of directors since 2006 and previously served as vice chairman and treasurer.

Cheryl Duggan was named vice chairwoman. She is a partner and business manager at Eric Mower & Associates and has served on the agency’s board of directors since 2007, including a term as secretary.

Brendan M. Harrington was elected treasurer. He is a senior vice president and chief financial officer at Computer Task Group. He has served on the board since 2008.

Wendy W. Barth was selected secretary. She is a senior vice president of global marketing at Rich Products and has served on the board of directors since 2005.


XCEL Leadership Center recently recognized two students as the first recipients of its Outstanding Student Service Award. Belle Johnson and Diver Davis, of School 94, West Hertel Academy, were honored at the school’s Moving Up Ceremony in June.

The award was created in October 2012 to recognize students’ citizenship, exceptional personal character and commitment to serving the community. The recipients were nominated and recognized for their contributions to West Hertel Academy’s mentoring program as well as their leadership skills. Both received a $50 gift card, a three-book desk reference set and four Buffalo Bisons tickets.

XCEL is a faith-based leadership center seeking to develop a community of leaders.


Roger Ward, who works in Wyoming County, was recently named New York State environmental conservation officer of the year by the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association.

The association, which promotes rifle marksmanship and competition, gives the award to acknowledge the important role environmental conservation officers play in hunter education and safe firearms use.

Originally from Livingston County, Ward graduated with honors from Brockport State College. He worked in Nassau County for two years before transferring to Wyoming County.

Since 2005, he has been a certified general topic instructor, firearms instructor and emergency vehicle operation course instructor. He has served as the senior police firearms instructor for the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Region 9. He has received two Captain’s Commendations – one for outstanding investigative work on a deer-poaching case and the other for assisting with the manhunt for Ralph “Bucky” Phillips.


Michael F. Hayes Jr. is the new director of the Canisius College Office of Campus Ministry. He comes to Canisius College from the University at Buffalo, where he served as spiritual director and campus minister at St. Joseph University Parish, located on the South Campus.

Hayes launched a service program for athletes, established a new marriage ministry program for the University Parish, and developed a new community service outreach program, Help the Heights, which brings together the university’s Community Outreach Office, its campus living community and local community members to help revitalize the University Heights neighborhood.

Hayes is the author of “Googling God: The Religious Landscape of People in their 20s and 30s” and developed the GooglingGod blog, which serves as a thoughtful media outreach ministry. In 2010, the National Catholic Reporter named Hayes one of the “Best Progressively Minded Catholic Bloggers.”