The Institute for
of the U.S. Chamber
of Commerce Foundation,
of the Saratoga
County Chamber of
Commerce, has graduated from the program
and has received the recognition of IOM.
Awarded to all graduates of the Institute
program, the IOM recognition signifies the
individual’s completion of 96 hours of course
instruction in nonprofit management.
participants can earn credit hours toward
the certified chamber executive (CCE) or
certified association executive (CAE) certifications.
Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute
Towne, Ryan & Partners PC announced that,
for the fifth year in a row, five attorneys at the
firm have been recognized in the 2014 New York
Super Lawyers Magazine, a Thomson Reuters
publication, as being in the top 5 percent of
attorneys in Upstate New York.
Firm principals Claudia A. Ryan (employment
and labor), Susan F. Bartkowski
(franchise/dealership), Elena DeFio Kean
James T. Towne Jr. (business litigation), and
one attorney of counsel to the firm, John F.
Moore (employment litigation defense), were
named to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers
list as top attorneys in Upstate New York.
In addition, Ryan and DeFio Kean were
named to the list of the Top 25 Women Lawyers
in the 2013 New York Super Lawyers. They,
along with Towne, appear on the list of the Top
25 Hudson Valley Lawyers in the same edition.
It is the third consecutive year Ryan has appeared
on these lists, the second consecutive
year on these lists for DeFio Kean, and Towne’s
first appearance on the Top 25 Hudson Valley
Towne has appeared annually on the Upstate
New York Super Lawyers list since 2007;
DeFio Kean annually since 2009; and Ryan,
Bartkowski and Moore have appeared annually
on the list since 2010.
Associates of Glens Falls Insurance recently
hired Amanda L. Crozier of Saratoga Springs
as new marketing executive.
She began with the company at the beginning
of July and will handle new business marketing
and renewals for AOGF. Crozier has been
in the insurance industry for five years and was
previously employed with Cool Insuring Agency.
A native of Ballston Spa, she is a graduate of
Emmanuel College in Boston with a Bachelor
of Arts in sociology/philosophy and a graduate
of the Hartford School of Insurance. She
completed the New York State Department
of Financial Services’ licensing course for
insurance brokers and holds CISR (certified
insurance service representative), CRIS (construction
risk and insurance specialist) and
CLCS (commercial lines coverage specialist)
Crozier is an active volunteer with Big Brothers/
The Law Firm of McNamee, Lochner, Titus &
Williams PC announced that Dana P. Stanton
has joined the firm as an associate, working in
the environmental law, land use law, energy
law, commercial litigation and criminal defense
Stanton received her J.D. degree, summa
cum laude, from Albany Law School of Union
University in 2013. She was an associate editor
of the Albany Law Review.
During law school, Stanton interned with
Albany Law School’s Domestic Violence Prosecution
Hybrid Clinic, the Family Violence
Litigation Clinic, the Immigration Project, the
United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern
District of New York, and the state Office of the
Attorney General’s Environmental Protection
She received her B.S. degree in chemical
engineering from RPI in 2007. Prior to attending
law school, she worked as an engineer
for General Electric, and graduated from the
Operations Management Leadership Program.
Stanton is a member of the New York State
Bar Association, the Albany County Bar Association,
and the Capital District Women’s
Roohan Realty announced
Rockwood and Frances
Ryan joined the
company as real estate
After attending Bryant
College in Rhode
moved to Boston to
work in the financial
district. After returning to Malta and purchasing
a home, she began working in real estate
as a property manager for a few family-owned
In 2012, she opened BodyWise Fitness
Studio in Malta and recently added Island
Mist Tanning. For the past two years they
have participated in
the Saratoga Tour de
Cure, a cycling event,
raising money for the
American Diabetes Association.
Ryan has over 20
years’ experience as a
Realtor, having owned
a residential real estate
firm on the North
Shore of Boston, in the
Cape Ann area of Massachusetts, serving the
communities of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex,
Manchester and Beverly.
After selling her real estate firm, she relocated
to Colorado for five years, where she was
a licensed real estate broker and worked in the
vacation rental area of real estate.
Saratoga Hospital welcomed pulmonary
medicine physician Dr. Anthony Iannuccillo
to the medical staff and to Saratoga Center
for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, a
member of the hospital’s Saratoga Regional
Iannuccillo earned his medical degree from
Sackler School of Medicine in New York City.
He completed a residency and a fellowship in
pulmonary medicine, both at Albany Medical
Center. He is board certified in internal medicine
with subspecialty certification in pulmonary
Couch White LLP, a law firm with an office
in Saratoga Springs, announces that Patrick
J. Higgins has joined the firm as a partner.
Higgins comes to Couch White with more
than 29 years of practice in civil litigation. He
was a partner at Powers & Santola in Albany.
Over the past 29 years, Higgins has prepared
and tried to verdict numerous cases in state
and federal courts. He has defended claims
against architects and engineers, and represented
clients in Superfund and navigation law
actions. Higgins also has represented clients in
numerous civil actions, including a variety of
complex personal injury matters.
He has been recognized by the New York
State Bar Association as a distinguished author
and editor in the field of trial practice.
He has lectured at bar association seminars
across the state on civil procedure and trial
tactics. His articles have appeared in national
trial magazines and the New York State Bar
Association Journal. In the fall of 2013, he
created and chaired a six-city seminar on Trial
Preparation for the New York State Academy
of Trial Lawyers which received the Academy’s
2014 President’s Award.
He is also a past president of the Albany
County Bar Association, and a past member
of the New York State Bar Association’s House
of Delegates. A graduate of SUNY Buffalo Law
School, with a J.D., Higgins is admitted to
practice in New York.
Daniel Sullivan has joined the law firm of
Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC to work in its Medicaid
Sullivan brings years of experience to the
position, having worked in both government
and private institutional settings before joining
Arthur J. Siegel of
the Bond, Schoeneck
& King PLLC law firm
was named the Best
Lawyers’ 2015 Albany
Personal Injury Litigation
“Lawyer of the Year.”
Siegel is the deputy
managing member and
head of the litigation practice for the office.
He is a trial lawyer in the state and federal
courts and has successfully defended Fortune
50 companies in multi-million dollar product
liability, environmental, commercial and premises
liability claims, and represented numerous
school districts, corporations and individuals
in complex construction, business and other
Only a single lawyer in each practice area
in any community is honored as the “Lawyer
of the Year.”
The company also had three attorneys from
the firm’s Albany office are listed in the 2014
New York Super Lawyers Upstate Edition.
Nicholas J. D’Ambrosio is listed in the
field of employment and labor; and Stuart F.
Klein and Arthur J. Siegel are listed in the
field of business litigation.
The firm also said two attorneys are included
in the 2014 New York Super Lawyers Upstate
Rising Stars list. Michael D. Billok is listed
in the field of employment and labor and
Matthew A. Young is listed in the field of
health care. These attorneys were selected by
their peers from among the top up-and-coming
lawyers, defined as 40 years of age and younger,
or in the practice of law for less than 10 years.
Saratoga Hospital welcomed hematologist/
oncologist Dr. John P. Mongan to its medical
staff and to Saratoga Hematology/Oncology, a
member of the hospital’s Saratoga Regional
Prior to joining Saratoga Hospital, he worked
at York Hospital in York Maine.
Mongan earned his medical degree from
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
in Philadelphia. He completed an internship/
residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical
Center in Lebanon, N.H. and a hematology/
oncology fellowship at Strong Memorial Hospital
affiliated with the University of Rochester
Mongan is board certified in hematology and
McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, PC
said 10 of its attorneys were named to the
Upstate New York Super Lawyers list as top
attorneys for 2014.
They include Glen P. Doherty, employment
and labor; Kevin Laurilliard, construction
and surety; Christopher Massaroni, business
litigation; Amy S. O’Connor, elder law;
Peter A. Pastore, bankruptcy and creditor/
debtor rights; Scott C. Paton, business litigation;
John J. Privitera; environmental litigation,
environmental, land use/zoning; Timothy
B. Thornton, estate planning and probate;
Bruce J. Wagner, family law; and David J.
Wukitsch, business litigation.
Also, firm shareholders Mathew P. Barry,
April M. Dalbec and Jeremy H. Speich are
listed as 2014 Upstate New York Rising Stars by
Super Lawyers magazine. The list is comprised
of no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in the
state, under age 40 or practicing law for 10
years or less. Barry was recognized in the business
litigation practice area, Dalbec in family
law, and Speich for corporate and business law.
Berkshire Bank has created a small business
banking team as part of its services and hired
people to fill roles on the team.
Joining Berkshire are Karen Zalewski-
Wildzunas, vice president, business banking
team leader; Tracey Costanza, vice president,
business banking officer; Eric Navarra, vice
president, business banking officer; Gregory
Novitsky, vice president, business banking
officer; and Michael Stefanik, vice president,
business banking officer. The new team’s market
footprint in New York includes the following
counties: Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer,
Saratoga, Columbia, Greene, Fulton and
The new Small Business Banking team,
previously with First Niagara Financial Group,
will be based out of Berkshire’s regional headquarters
at 41 State St., Albany.
The team will be responsible for managing
and developing Berkshire’s small business
accounts and lending portfolio in the Capital
District New York region, working closely with
the New York Business Development Corporation
(NYBDC) and the Small Business Administration
Leonard D’Arrigo, a partner with Whiteman
Osterman & Hanna, was recently named
one of Super Lawyers’ New York Rising Stars.
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding
lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who
have attained a high-degree of peer recognition
and professional achievement.
He specializes in corporate and professional
immigration involving employment-based immigrant
and nonimmigrant petitions, labor
certification, and family-based immigration.
Inc. added Jessica L.
Wright to its Pre- and
As an investigative
coordinator, she conducts
and federal background investigation
searches on applicants. Wright schedules
applicant drug screenings and conducts
employment, education and reference
verifications, ensuring compliance with all
legal mandates including the Fair Credit
Reporting Act. In addition, she serves as a
liaison between employers, service providers
and court systems, gathering information
and verifying accuracy during the applicant
Wright served in the 1018th Quartermaster
Company of the U.S. Army Reserves as a
unit supply specialist. Her training included
accredited course work in marksmanship,
military science, computer applications and
inventory management and control.
Wright recently received a bachelor of science
degree in criminal justice from SUNY
Plattsburgh, where she was a member of the
Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society and a liberal
arts degree from Hudson Valley Community
College with a focus in Criminal Justice
where she graduated with academic honors.