Saratoga National Bank and Trust Co. announced
the promotion of corporate banking
officer Billie Marie Taft-Sitler to assistant
Taft-Sitler joined the bank in July 2010 as
a commercial credit analyst and has received
several promotions, including being named
corporate banking officer in 2013.
She graduated summa cum laude from
Skidmore College in 2008 with a bachelor’s
degree in business and economics. She is a
recipient of the bank’s Shining Star Award and
a member of the bank’s High Performance Club.
Active in the community, Taft-Sitler serves
on the Transitional Service Association board
and is an equestrian volunteer for Special
Olympics New York. She is also a 2010 graduate
of Leadership Saratoga.
Diane Jorgensen was named senior vice
president for Sutton and Tarantino Insurance
Agency in Saratoga Springs.
In her new role, Jorgensen will be responsible
for overseeing the development, marketing
and sales of the company’s employee
Jorgensen has nearly 20 years of experience
in the health insurance industry with Excellus
BlueCross BlueShield, where she held sales
and marketing leadership positions.
Jorgensen is a graduate of Hartwick College
where she earned a business degree. Upon
completion of her undergraduate degree she
was accepted into two professional management
programs, in Utica for Fleet Bank, and
Philadelphia for First Union Bank in the commercial
lending industry. She is a licensed broker
in life, accident and health and certified on
the NYS SHOP exchange for small businesses
as governed by the Affordable Care Act.
Shannon Kerber, LMT at Saratoga Sports Massage in Saratoga Springs, received certification in lymphatic facilitation massage from Dale Perry LMT at the Red Pines Training Center in Albany.
Kerber graduated from the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage in Albany. Lymphatic facilitation massage will now be offered at Saratoga Sports Massage through Kerber. It is a massage technique that uses light, slow rhythms to jump-start the body’s lymphatic system, which controls the balance of bodily fluids in the blood stream.
Hudson River Community Credit Union
(HRCCU) named Megan A. Houlihan as
vice president of operations and card services. In her new role, Houlihan will manage all
electronic funds transfer delivery channels/
services and oversee deposit operations and
marketing communications staff.
Houlihan was recently a senior consultant
to KeyBank in Cleveland, Ohio, for trust and
She graduated from Fordham University
with bachelor of arts and master’s degrees in
economics. A veteran of finance and business
development, she brings extensive experience
from Wachovia/Wells Fargo where she served
for 11 years as vice president of risk management
in trust operations and four years as a senior
business analyst with Wilmington Trust in
the trust and custody operations department.
Laramie had previously worked at Best Kitchens in South Glens Falls, where he was the senior designer responsible for professional and retail kitchen sales. During his tenure at Curtis Lumber, Laramie has designed numerous kitchens and has been featured in the company’s various television commercials.
In 2012, Laramie was nominated in the “best medium kitchen over 150 square feet” category by the local chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
Subsidium Technologies Inc. in Clifton
Park, a provider of class communication network
solutions for businesses across a variety
of sectors, announced its COO and co-founder
Ed Degenhart was recently appointed for a
second year to serve on CenturyLink’s national
advisory council for 2014.
The council is comprised of a select group of
elite partners from around the country. CenturyLink
is a national provider of data, television,
voice and managed services to residential and
commercial clients in local, national and select
officer for First New York Federal Credit.
Milanese joined the credit union in December
1999 as the director of management
information systems and was later promoted
to vice president of information technology.
Before joining First New York Federal Credit
Union, Milanese was employed at Ballston
Spa National Bank for nearly 20 years. While
there he held positions of facilities supervisor,
director of facilities and communications
and vice president of technical support. Prior
Ballston Spa National Bank, Milanese was
self-employed as a partner in Milanese & Sons
KeyBank announced that Kate Otis was
named vice president and director, community
relations, for the Capital Region. Otis is responsible for managing charitable
giving and working with local nonprofit organizations
and community groups to increase the
community’s awareness of Key’s strategic focus
and expand the visibility of Key’s commitment
to the community. She is based in Albany.
manager for BlueShield of Northeastern
New York. She has also worked for Fidelis
Care as an outreach specialist, Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation as director of special events; and
Schenectady County Community College.
Otis earned her bachelor’s degree in English
from Union College. She lives in Albany and
is an active member of the community, she
serves as co-secretary, board of directors, Seton
Health Foundation, St. Peter’s Health Partners,
as well as a member of its Communications
Committee and member of its Capital Campaign
Advisory Committee; and chairperson,
Hopscotch and Slide Event Committee to
benefit Seton Health.
Enlighten Power Solutions of Ballston Spa added David Delozier to its staff to assist with sales and marketing efforts.
Delozier was the creator and publisher of the Eco-Local magazine over the past five years, an advocacy publication for renewable energy and green lifestyles in the greater Saratoga region. He will lead business development and new marketing channels for Enlighten’s solar electric services. He also serves on the board of the Regional Farm & Food Project, a local food access advocacy group.
Delozier earned a B.S. from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in environmental and resource engineering.
The Albany office of Barton & Loguidice
announced promotions that included local
Stephen B. Le Fevre, PG, of Saratoga
Springs, was promoted to senior managing
hydrogeologist. He has 28 years of experience
with Phase I and Phase II environmental
site assessments; USEPA-funded Brownfields
assessment and cleanup projects;
landfill closure and transfer station design;
environmental permitting; Environmental
Impact Statements; hazardous waste investigations;
groundwater supply development
and aquifer analysis; SEQRA consulting;
and mining permit applications and mined
land use plans.
Le Fevre obtained his master’s in geology
from Baylor University and his B.S. in Geology
from Hope College.
Robert J. Murphy Jr. of Mechanicville,
was promoted to land use planner II. An urban
planner, he focuses on grant writing,
research, and economic analysis. He has an
M.A. in urban and regional planning from the
University of Florida and a B.S. in management
Leandra J. Keefe of Rexford was promoted
to hydrogeologist II in the firm’s environmental
services group. She is a graduate of
Also promoted were:
Kate L. Komorowski, IE, of Latham,
to engineer II. An engineer with the firm’s
water/wastewater group, she graduated from
Rochester Institute of Technology.
Christopher M. Hannett, IE, of Albany,
to engineer II in the firm’s transportation
group. He graduated from Clarkson
Robert J. Sipzner, PE, of Guilderland, to
vice president. Sipzner manages transportation
planning and engineering projects for
the firm’s Albany, Newburgh, and Ellenville
offices. He has 32 years of experience with
the planning, investigation, analysis, design,
layout, and construction support of transportation
systems. Sipzner is a graduate of