UB Alumni Association elects new board members – UBNow: News and views for UB Faculty and Staff

Six UB alumni have been elected to serve two-year terms on the board of the UB Alumni Association, a group representing the interests of more than 280,000 alumni around the world.

Newly elected members for the 2022-24 term are:

Kirk Berry, BS ’21, of Philadelphia, Pa. Berry is the CEO and Founder of KB Foundation Inc., an organization dedicated to building the developmental and social skills of teenagers in the Philadelphia area through educational, recreational, and hands-on learning experiences. The program’s mentors offer activities that promote team building, healthy mind and body decision-making, community connection, conflict resolution, educational completion, and career exploration. Berry, a former UB Bulls football player, says the experience “has contributed to my success today, and I want other students to see their UB experience the same way: what they do on campus … contributes to their future success at.”

Deepa Nagarajan, MS ’09, from Bangalore, India, is a serial entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of OKR League, the consulting arm of Deepa Nagarajan LLP. It provides OKR (Objectives and Key Results) and strategy management solutions including Organization Performance Management, BSC, OGSM and other framework-based solutions for startups and large organizations. She also coaches several startups around the world. Nagarajan participates in UB alumni programs in India and has given several strategy related presentations to alumni around the world. “UB has such wonderful and talented alumni,” she says, “who have so much to offer to bring the community closer for enriching experiences.”

Henry Nowak, JD ’93, BA ’90, from Buffalo. Nowak is a New York Supreme Court Justice who presides over a myriad of cases, from personal injury lawsuits and foreclosures to requests for guardianship. His most recent focus is the negotiation of civil cases with a focus on medical liability. Nowak is an associate professor at UB Honors College, an associate professor at a law school clinic, and has served as an advisor to legal interns since 2010. The former board member of the UB Law Alumni Association says: “The size, quality of faculty, resources and commitment of the local community at UB combine to provide the perfect environment for our students to grow and the confidence to be at the forefront of their fields to become.”

Gary Winston, BA ’03 from New York, NY, is Finance Manager in the global financial planning and analysis organization of The Knot Worldwide, an American media and technology company that provides content, tools, products and services for couples planning weddings, celebrating a milestone or starting a family. Winston leads the annual budgeting process, the monthly forecasting cycle and prepares the company’s consolidated financial performance reporting for the Board of Directors. As a student he was active in numerous clubs and activities including Vice President of the Black Student Union, Advocate for Diversity in the Bureau of Multicultural Affairs, Member of the French and Geography Clubs and more. “UB gave me so much during my time there and I want to see that [it] continue to thrive and provide opportunity for others, as it has for me,” says Winston.

Paul Wittmann, BA ’80, from Jupiter, Florida. Wittman is President of luxury home builder Wittmann Building Corporation, where he oversees employees, meets with clients, visits construction sites, and reviews reports and data related to the company’s finances. “By participating in the UB Alumni Association, I want to say ‘thank you’ to UB for providing me and my family with an excellent education,” he says. “Giving back makes me happy because I know my contribution will help support the future generations of students at the university.”

Jen Wozniak, MBA ’96, BA ’92, from Denver, Colorado, is Chief Communications Officer at Stanley Consultants, where she is responsible for marketing, communications and business development, including strategic sales activities, offering development, website, social media, public relations, internal communications and digital marketing. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association from 1997 to 2005, including as President from 2003 to 2005; served on the inauguration committee of UB’s 14th President, John Simpson; and was one of the founders of the Denver Alumni Association chapter. “I believe in the quality of the education I received at UB and want to serve as a proud champion of UB wherever I live and work,” says Wozniak.

Thomas McArthur, associate vice president for alumni engagement and annual giving, says the university is grateful for the leadership that the new board members bring to the alumni association board. “Your dedication to UB, your service, your philanthropy and your dedication are critical to the success of UB and our global alumni network,” he says.