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2017-04-19 / Education

St. Joe’s to induct alumni into Signum Fidei Society

The St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Alumni Association will present five alumni with the school’s highest honor at a celebration on Saturday, April 29, at Brookfield Country Club.

The individuals will be inducted into the St. Joe’s Signum Fidei Society, an honor bestowed upon those who have distinguished themselves both personally and professionally in their communities, according to a press release.

Tickets for the Signum Fidei induction ceremony are $90 each or $900 for a table of 10. For more information or to order tickets, contact Alexander Eadie at 270-4142 or aeadie@sjci.com.

Tickets can also be purchased at www.sjci.com/signum-fidei-society.

“Each year, the alumni we honor at this special event offer exemplary living witness to the Lasallian values and expectations we continue to instill in our students today,” said St. Joe’s president Robert T. Scott. “We are thankful to them and blessed to be able to celebrate their accomplishments.”

St. Joe’s has inducted alumni into the society dating back to the 1800s. The full membership list can be found on the school’s website at www.sjci.com.

The 2017 Signum Fidei inductees are:

Arthur L. Haberman Jr.


The late Arthur L. Haberman Jr. was a businessman and community service advocate who dedicated his life to helping others. He held a career with American Appraisal Associates, a national corporate merger and acquisition valuation firm, where he rose to senior vice president, and as director of corporate sales education. He was named Buffalo Business Man of the Year in 1989.

Along with his wife, Mary, Haberman was a pillar of leadership for Little Portion Friary, a homeless shelter in Buffalo established and guided by the principles of St. Francis. Haberman and his wife personally raised more than $100,000 for this ministry.

John P. O’Donnell, 1971

John P. O’Donnell was raised with six brothers and sisters in St. Joseph’s Parish in North Buffalo. bachelor’s degree in history from Fredonia State College and a master’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.

He worked for more than 20 years as a field examiner with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. After retiring in 2009, O’Donnell volunteers with an organization called Martha’s Table, providing food services to low-income residents of the D.C. area.

An avid distance runner dating back to his time at St. Joe’s, he also helps coach the Wilson High School boys cross country team. In 2009, O’Donnell took the lead in setting up a special fund to honor two deceased members of the Class of 1971. Additionally, several years ago, he took the bulk of an inheritance and gave it to St. Joe’s to endow the coaching position for track and cross country in the name of the late Bob Ivory, '47.

Gregory T. Ivancic


Gregory T. Ivancic is a local attorney with Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP. After graduating from St. Joe’s, he attended Notre Dame where he majored in accounting. After earning his certified public accountant credential, Ivancic entered law school at the University at Buffalo.

In 1982, he joined the firm of Cohen Swados Wright Hanifin Bradford & Brett. During his tenure, he worked extensively on matters for the Buffalo Sabres, including the formation of the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association. In 2000, Ivancic joined Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP. He has concentrated his practice in corporate law and is also a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, finishing his 28th year as adjunct professor at Canisius College in the Master of Business Administration program.

In addition to his legal and teaching positions, Ivancic has been active in the community. Some of his contributions include serving on the board of directors of Gateway Longview, the Notre Dame Club of Buffalo and the Cherry Hill Club, as director of the Town of Tonawanda Business Development Corporation and as a member of the St. Joe’s board of trustees.

Mark S. Zirnheld, 1978

Mark S. Zirnheld graduated from Canisius College and began his career in the family entertainment industry. In 1986, he returned home to take a position as a marketing manager for a major petroleum distributor.

In 1989, a family friend on the board of directors for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul asked for his help in the planning of a concept store for the charity because of his experience in marketing. Before the store opened, Zirnheld was approached to manage the project and a year later became the executive director for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a position he held until the fall of 2016, when he was named CEO.

His current duties include the management of the entire organization, which includes retail stores, a central warehouse, a dining room that is the largest single-meal provider in the County of Erie, and a children’s summer program. The St. Vincent de Paul Society has more than 1,100 active members.

Timothy P. Noonan


Timothy P. Noonan is an attorney with Hodgson Russ LLP. Tim focuses his practice in state and local taxes, and his work primarily involves New York State and New York City tax litigation and controversy.

Noonan heads the firm’s New York residency practice and is one of the leading practitioners in the state in this area of the law.

He is also a nationally recognized author and speaker on state tax issues. He has written more than 100 articles in state and local tax publications around the country and speaks on state tax issues an average of 25 times a year.

Also, as special legal adviser to a company called MONAEO, Noonan assisted in the creation of a GPS-powered smartphone application to help taxpayers track their time for tax purposes.

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