Dr. Jerome Kassirer M.D. ’50
Well-known national crusader on ethical issues in medicine in the United States, as well as the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine for many years.
Lucille Clifton ’53
Distinguished American poet who was a 1988 finalist for the Pulitzer prize, was awarded the national Book Award in 2000, and was the first African-American Woman to ever with the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a $100,000 award that is one of American poetry’s signal honors. The Poetry Society of America posthumously awarded her its highest honor, The Robert Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in American poetry.
Edith Johnson-Miller '63
Winner of five National Women's Bicycle Championships and three national spped-skating championships. Her first win was in 1960 while she was a student at Fosdick-Masten Park. During the winter, she competed in speed-skating. Her times made her eligible for the 1960 U.S Olympic women’s speed-skating team, but she did not have the financial support to travel to the 1960 Games in Rome. She was the youngest female competitor to win a title in both sports. After winning her second national cycling title in 1961, she was featured in Sports Illustrated as a 15-year-old speed-skater with Olympic potential and received the key to the city from Buffalo mayor Frank Sedita.
Crystalea Burns-Pelletier ’78
First female Deputy Commissioner of the Buffalo Police Department.
Connie Porter ’78
Author of the Addy book series of the American Girls Collection for young readers, which has sold more than three million copies as well as All-Bright Court, selected by the American Library Association as one of the Best Books of 1991 and by the New York Times as one of its Notable Books of 1991. Also the author of Imani All Mine.
Curtis Williams ’80
Musician and writer with Kool and the Gang. Co-author of the City Honors School alma mater.
Leecia Eve ’82
A Harvard Law School graduate who ran for NYS lieutenant governor in 2006. She was also a Senior Policy advisor to U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton during her 2008 primary campaign for President, and her Maryland political director.
Dexter Johnson Ph.D. '82
Chief of the Structural Systems Dynamics Branch at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York and is the author of numerous professional papers and publications.
Michelle Leftwich '82
Joined the NBA league office in 1996 and was vice president and assistant general counsel. Joined the NBA's Atlanta Hawks in Fall 2017 as vice president of salary cap administration. She received her B.S. from Canisius College, obtained her CPA credentials in 1992, and her J.D. from New York University in 1993.
Megan Smith ’82
Founder and current CEO of shift7, Smith was named Chief Technology Officer of the United States of America in September 2014. Smith is co-founder of the Malala Fund. Before her tenure as CTO of the USA, she was Vice President, New Business Development, Google.com; General Manager, Google.org. She joined Google in 2003 and led several of the company's acquisitions, including Keyhole (Google Earth), Where2Tech (Google Maps), and Picasa. She also co-led the company's early work with publishers for Google Book Search. Previously, Smith was the CEO and COO of PlanetOut. Smith holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she now serves on the board.
Lisa Graziano Ph.D. '83
Lisa is the co-owner and Managing Editor of Leapfrog Press. She spent ten years as a professor of oceanography at Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA before turning to a full-time writing career. She is the co-author of the 2008 book, Cretaceous Dawn along with her brother Michael ’85.
Louis Petrucci ’83
Member of the Buffalo Board of Education from 2007-2013 and 2018-2022. He was President of the Board for the 2011-12 school year and again in the 2021-22 school year.
John Licata ’83
Member of the Buffalo Board of Education from 2009-2014. John was elected to serve on the New York State Supreme Court in November 2021 and began his 14 year term in January 2022.
Mylous Hairston ’83
Local media icon and news anchor for WIVB-TV in Buffalo, NY from 1990-2011. Current President of the Hairston Communications Group.
Micah Fink '84
Micah is the founder of Common Good Productions and is an award-winning producer, director and writer specializing in international affairs, public health, and environmental issues. Over the last fifteen years, he has worked on more than three dozen films for clients including PBS Wide Angle, National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Wild, PBS Frontline, The Teaching Channel, and ABC News.
Michael Graziano Ph.D. '85
Michael is co-owner of Leapfrog Press,alongside his sister Lisa ’83, and is a Professor of Psychology at Princeton University. He is the author of several books including, The Divine Farce and God, Soul, Mind, Brain: A Neuroscientist's Reflections on the Spirit of the World.
Adam Martin ’85
Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder of Dave & Adam’s Card World, the third largest seller of trading card products in the world, behind only Wal-Mart and Target. The company also deals in sports memorabilia, holding exclusive contracts with numerous well-known professional athletes.
Jeff Schulman '85
Director of Athletics at the University of Vermont. He played for the University of Vermont's men's hockey team and graduated in 1989. He served as UVM's assistant director of athletics from 1993-2002, became the senior associate athletic director in 2002, and was promoted in 2016 to his current position.
Lisa Bell Wilson '87
Editorial Director at The Athletic. Formerly senior editor for sports at ESPN's The Undefeated and the executive sports editor of the Buffalo News from 2011-2017. Was the first (and to this day the only) African-American woman to run a sports department at a major metropolitan newspaper.
Craig Hannah '88
Buffalo City Court Chief Judge. Judge Hannah has been serving as a City Court Judge since January 2006. In May 2019 he was appointed Chief Judge of the Buffalo City Court and Supervising Judge for the 11 City Courts within the Eight Judicial District. He has risen to national fame as the presiding judge of the first opioid intervention court in the United States, established in May 2017. He has been featured by such major publications as the New York Times and NBC News.
Joe Murphy '89
Founder/Owner of web development company Ingenious, Inc. Responsible for creating this website.
Michael LoCurto '89
Councilman, City of Buffalo, 2006-2015. A survivor and force for progress in our City, LoCurto was a heart transplant recipient in his teens and kidney transplant recipient in his '30's. He was the first recipient of the City Honors Foundation Alumni Award.
Peter Sauer '91
President and CEO of Calspan Holdings. In April 2021 the former Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Calspan Aerospace and Transportation Research/Development Corporation was named to this position, giving him leadership and strategic responsibility for the Calspan family of companies.
Dominic Verni '91
Vice President of Hospitality at Pegula Sports and Entertainment.
Bridget Finn '92
Competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia for USA synchronized swim team and was an alternate for the 1996 USA Gold Medal Olympic team.
Alan Evans ‘92 and Neal Evans ’94
Founding musicians of the band Soulive. Soulive’s sound is a blend of soul, jazz, and hiphop that has opened new frontiers in music. The band has opened for the Rolling Stones tours and gained an international following.
Aaron Bartley '93
Co-founder of the Harvard Living Wage Campaign, which advocated on behalf of more than 2,000 of the university’s service workers. The campaign resulted in $10 million in annual wage and benefit increases for the workers it represented. Former executive director and co-founder of PUSH Buffalo which aggressively helped to stabilize and revitalize housing and neighborhoods in Buffalo.
Jake Halpern '93
Noted author and regular contributor to the New Yorker, Outside, The New York Times, The New Republic, Boston Magazine Online, and NPR’s All Things Considered. In April 2018, Halpern was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning for a series he and cartoonist Michael Sloan created. It chronicled a Syrian refugee family as they adjusted to their new life in the United States and ran in the New York Times from January to September 2017.
John Pfaff Ph.D., J.D. '93 is a Professor of Law where he teaches criminal law, sentencing law, and law and economics. Before coming to Fordham, he was the John M. Olin Fellow at the Northwestern University School of Law and clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. His 2017 book, Locked In, has received wide acclaim and was featured in 2018 on a segment of John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight."
Shaun Nelms Ed.D. '94
Associate Professor at the University of Rochester and Superintendent of Schools: Educational Partnership Organization at the University at Rochester in Rochester, NY. In April 2018, he received the State University of New York Educational Opportunity Program's 50th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni Award.
Malia Somerville '94
Following in the steps of former General Curators like Marlin Perkins, Malia Somerville became the General Curator of the Buffalo Zoo in fall 2013. She is responsible for managing the Zoo's entire animal collection.
Bill Burton '95
President Barack Obama's Press Secretary for the 2008 election campaign and was a Deputy White House Press Secretary for the Obama administration from February 2009 until March 2011. He was the California Managing Director for SKDKnickerbocker from January 2015 until December 2018. In December 2018 he joined Bryson Gillette, LLC as a Political and Communications Specialist.
Gregory Halpern '95
Photojournalist, RIT professor and author of Harvard Works Because We Do.
Ben Toth '95
Musical director, film & theater composer, musical director, and vocal coach. He has written scores for both feature independent films and has served as musical director/vocal coach for some of the most popular actor/singers currently working on the stage, including Mandy Patinkin. On November 18th, 2011, Ben made his Carnegie Hall debut, serving as Musical Director/Pianist/Arranger/Backup-singer for Cheyenne Jackson’s sold-out concert performance.
Susie Bartley '96
Winner of the 2014 OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education. In 2013, she was awarded the NEA’s H. Councill Trenholm Human & Civil Rights award for her commitment to creating greater equity in public education. She teaches in the public school system of Portland, Oregon.
Steve Mesler '96
First Western New York Athlete to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. Member of the 2006 and 2010 United States Olympic Bobsled Team; 2009, 2010 United States World Cup Championship teams. Holds several University of Florida/South East Conference decathlon records. Co-founder and President/CEO of Classroom Champions.
Lenika Vazquez '96
Head Coach of Northeastern University's Women's Volleyball team. She was the head coach of Canisius College's Division I volleyball program from 2016-2020. She graduated in 2001 from Southern Illinois. She became an assistant coach at Southern Illinois in 2002, went on to be head coach at Chicago State University and South Suburban College before becoming an assistant coach at Butler University in 2012.
Marcena Lozano '98
Marcena was born with a congenital heart defect and had her first operation when she was only a day old. Her first open heart surgery when she was six months old. She was 13 when she had her first heart transplant. In 1996, she won four medals at the US Transplant Games in Salt Lake City. She graduated with her class and received a second heart transplant in 2003. She went on to major in Social Work at Buffalo State College. She died in August 2005 and her memory is kept alive with the Marcena Lozano Donate Life Scholarship Fund and massive annual ‘Elephant Run’ held each year in Buffalo.