Trust Co. announced the hiring of
Christopher J. Rose
as vice president and
Rose joined the
Adirondack Trust Co.
in June and is responsible
for the portfolio
management of various
personal trusts, investment management,
employee benefit and institutional accounts.
Rose has more than 25 years of investment
management experience. He is a graduate of
St. Bonaventure University with a bachelor
of arts in history. He also received his M.B.A
in finance in 2002 at the College of St. Rose.
Mazzone Hospitality announced the promotion
of two employees and the addition of
a new marketing manager.
Tim Vennard, previously the general
manager for PRIME at the Empire State
Plaza, was named operations director for
PRIME business dining.
formerly chef d’cuisine at Glen Sanders Mansion,
was named executive chef of Mazzone
Suzanne Luraas has joined Mazzone
Hospitality as a senior marketing manager.
Vennard joined Mazzone Hospitality in
2009 as an executive chef/manager for Golub
corporate offices before a series of promotions
including General Manager stints at
the GlobalCafe at GlobalFoundries and most
recently at PRIME at Empire State Plaza. He
is a Schenectady County Community College
graduate with dual degrees in AOS culinary
arts and AAS hotel restaurant management.
He is a member of the American Culinary
Federation, SCCC Advisory Board, Chaine
Des Rotisseurs and a certified executive chef.
Lucas Meyers of Saratoga Springs was
appointed communications director at SUNY
Meyers most recently served as senior marketing
manager at McMurry/TMG, a content
marketing agency based in New York City,
with offices in Saratoga Springs.
Meyers earned a B.A. in communications
with a minor in graphic design from SUNY
Geneseo and was a member of the Lambda Pi
Eta Communications Honor Society.
Meyers’ new duties will include assisting
in the development and execution of
an integrated communications plan for the
college; overseeing internal and external
public relations; developing content for all
official college publications and web pages;
coordinating all online marketing initiatives,
including SUNY Adirondack’s social media
presence; updating and maintaining the
college’s website; and supporting the SUNY
Adirondack Foundation in the coordination
of marketing and public relations efforts for
friend- and fund-raising activities.
Rachel Wheatley, special events manager,
Saratoga Hospital Foundation, earned
a certificate in nonprofit management from
the Indiana University Lilly Family School
of Philanthropy. The certificate recognizes
and rewards a commitment to the highest
standards in professional fundraising and
Wheatley joined Saratoga Hospital Foundation
in 2006. She oversees the foundation’s
annual events, including the Cantina Kids
Fun Run for pediatric emergency services,
the Saratoga Hospital Golf Invitational for
nursing scholarships, the Run for the ROC
(radiation oncology center) and the Saratoga
Hospital Summer Gala.
Ryan to its business
and Angela Jenkins
to its operations team.
The company also
added Leslie Duell to
its people and culture
team and Amanda
McBrady to its operations
Ryan brings more than 15 years of marketing
and promotional experience to Fingerpaint’s
business development team.
Prior to joining Fingerpaint,
Ryan was senior
vice president for
account services at
for managing key
She also spent six
years as vice president
of account services,
where she led brand
development for Gilead Sciences.
Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in communications
from SUNY Oswego.
Jenkins is an administrative professional
with 25 years of experience. As senior executive
Jenkins provided support
for the company’s
top executives, legal
counsel and board of
Prior to that,
Jenkins managed capital
budgets and provided
assistance at International Paper Co.
Jenkins holds a
degree in accounting
Duell is responsible
for administering Fingerpaint’s
new talent, and
relations. She was interim director of human
resources at Keena HR Management,
responsible for more than 100 corporate and
individual clients. Prior to her role at Keena,
she was director of employment services at
Glens Falls Hospital, in charge of the facility’s
recruitment, interviewing, on-boarding, and
Duell holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology
and business from the University at Albany.
McBrady was operations and human
resource manager for Select Sotheby’s
International Realty in Saratoga Springs,
where she was responsible for implementing
and executing processes and procedures
to streamline business operations.
served in administrative roles for the Make-
A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York
and the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New
York. At Fingerpaint, McBrady will provide
administrative support and welcome the
agency’s guests and callers.
McBrady earned her bachelor’s degree in
sociology from the University at Albany.
Tressie LaFay of
Saratoga Springs was
appointed assistant to
the president at SUNY
LaFay most recently
served as assistant
of the Program in
for Columbia University’s
College of Physicians & Surgeons in New
York City. She earned an M.S. in narrative
medicine from Columbia University and a B.A.
in English from the University of Vermont.
LaFay’s new duties include serving on the
president’s senior leadership team; acting
as Title IX compliance officer and coordinator
of FOIL requests; acting as a liaison to
the President’s Office to both internal and
external constituents; providing executive
level administrative support to the president;
drafting, preparing, proofreading and editing
documents and correspondence; managing
the president’s office calendar schedule; and
representing the president at meetings and
events when requested.
Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, PC
announced that five accountants were selected
to assume new positions of managers,
supervisors and senior accountant.
They are Michael D. Cesternino, Ryan
McEvoy, Kristi Mason, Mark J. Sagan,
and AJ Zarrelli, all of whom are CPAs.
Both Cesternino and McEvoy were named
audit managers after previously holding positions
as audit supervisors for the firm. They
will now manage all phases of audit, review,
and compilation engagements for the firm’s
A member of the American Institute of
Certified Public Accountants (AICPA),
Cesternino received his bachelor of Science
in accounting from SUNY Oneonta and then
received his master of science in taxation
from the University at Albany.
Cesternino has worked with many automotive
dealerships, which led to his appointment
to the internal auto committee. In
addition, he works with a wide range of other
commercial entities, nonprofit organizations,
and government units including colleges.
McEvoy, who joined TBC in 2009, received
his bachelor of business administration
in accounting from Siena College. He is a
member of the firm’s internal manufacturing
committee and his professional membership
includes the AICPA. His experience includes
a diverse client base consisting of companies
in the technology, distribution, construction,
renewable energy, and healthcare industries.
Receiving promotions to audit supervisor
this year were Mason and Sagan. Both served
in the capacities of senior accountants prior
to the announcement.
Mason, who has been an accountant at TBC
for nine years, is a graduate of the College
of Saint Rose with a bachelor of science in
business administration with a dual concentration
in accounting and taxation. She sits
on the firm’s internal real estate committee
and the education committee. In addition to
being a member of the AICPA, Mason also
serves as an executive board member to the
Twin Town Little League.
Joining the Firm in 2008, Sagan has a
bachelor of science in accounting from Siena
College. He is a member of the AICPA
and is on the firm’s internal committees for
automotive dealerships and employee benefit
Zarrelli was promoted to senior accountant.
Joining TBC in 2013, he is a graduate of
the University at Albany; earning a bachelor
of science in accounting (2010) and a master
of science in professional Accountancy
(2011). He a member of the AICPA and is on
the Membership & Marketing Committee at
Pinehaven Country Club.
Two hires were announced at Albany-based
accounting and advisory firm Teal, Becker &
Chiaramonte, CPAs, PC. The newest members
of the staff are in the Valuation, Forensic &
Advisory Services division.
The firm’s newest Analyst, Shawn Barhorst holds a Bachelor of Arts in political
science from the Ohio State University and
a Masters of Business Administration in accounting
from Lincoln Memorial University.
He has spent the last four years working in
various accounting roles. Prior to that he
served in the U.S. Navy.
Katerina Hines joins the firm as an administrative
assistant and has an extensive
background as a paralegal. Hines will be an
additional support to the valuation, forensic
and advisory team as they perform a variety
of services, including valuation of closely held
businesses, and professional practices,
litigation support and forensic accounting.
Hines received a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary
Studies in legal studies from Virginia
DeCrescente Distributing Co. announced
that employees Erik Budrakey, Joel Jaffe,
Rich Hayes, and Kevin McClurken have
earned the title of certified cicerone.
According to the company, the designation
comes from a comprehensive testing curriculum
that provides a measurable means
of designating the expertise of an individual
in regards to every facet of beer. The first
level of certification is certified beer server.
The second level of certification is certified
cicerone and the third and final level of certification
is master cicerone.
The testing process consists of a written
exam including several essays, a tasting portion
that tests the candidate’s palate for discerning
styles of beer and off-flavors that can
appear in beers, and a video demonstration
involving the proper process of beer service.
DeCrescente said currently, there are only
1,312 certified cicerones in the world.
Dr. Todd Duthaler was named to the new
position of chief medical informatics officer
at Saratoga Hospital. He has been on staff
as an emergency medicine physician at the
hospital since 1999.
Duthaler has extensive experience with
computerized physician order entry. He was
involved in the original design of the CPOE
system for Saratoga Hospital’s Alfred Z. Solomon
Emergency Center. He served as medical
director of the Emergency Care Center at
Nathan Littauer Hospital during its CPOE
implementation and as a member of that hospital’s
Physician Advisory Committee for EMR
and CPOE. He has shared his knowledge of
CPOE as a presenter and panelist at a Medical
Users Software Exchange conference.
A board-certified emergency medicine
physician, Duthaler earned his doctor of
osteopathic medicine degree from the University
of New England College of Osteopathic
Medicine and completed a residency at Delaware
Valley Medical Center. He currently is
enrolled in the American College of Physician
Executives Health Information Technology
Leadership Certificate Program.
Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co.
appointed Wilton resident Michael Mihaly
to vice president and investment officer.
Mihaly will serve as a portfolio manager for
individual and corporate retirement plans,
personal trust, investment management
accounts, foundations and not-for-profit relationships.
He joins the bank with more than
15 years of investment and portfolio management
experience in the Capital Region.
He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial
and commercial accounting from St. John
Fisher College. He earned an accredited
fiduciary investment manager certification
from the Cannon Investment School and has
taken certified financial planner classes, as
well as American Banker Institute and New
York State Bankers Association courses.
Mihaly is board president for the Children’s
Museum of Saratoga, a member of the Domestic
Violence Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga
County Board, and a softball coach for the
Old Saratoga Athletic Association (OSAA).
Bond, Schoeneck &
King announced that
John M. Bagyi was
named one of 40 Up-and-
Comers, in the
Nation’s Most Powerful
in the June edition
of Human Resource Executive.
An attorney and certified senior professional
in human resources (SPHR), Bagyi
counsels and represents employers on labor
and employment issues helping them achieve
and maintain legal compliance, while improving
employee engagement and workplace
The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment
Attorneys is a joint project produced by Human
Resource Executive and Lawdragon.
Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte CPAs, PC
(TBC) announced that Robert L. Kind,
CPA was appointed to the shareholder
Joining the firm in 1998, Kind had previously
served as a partner for the last six
years. Kind, 38, is now the youngest owner.
Kind is a graduate of Wagner College of
Staten Island with a degree in business
administration. After graduating from college,
he chose to return to the Albany area
to pursue a career in public accounting
at TBC and follow in the footsteps of his
father, Robert H. Kind. The senior Kind
was the firm’s prior managing partner and
he continues to be active in the business.
Kind currently manages three core areas
of the firm: accounting and auditing services,
management advisory services, and
tax services. In addition, he is responsible
for several key client relationships in the
construction contracting and real estate
development industries. As shareholder,
he will now also lead the construction
Kind is currently on the board of the
Northeastern Subcontractors Association
(NESCA) and has been an integral part of
forming a Young Professionals group for the
organization. Kind’s professional memberships
also include the Eastern Contractors
Association and the American Institute of
Certified Public Accountants.