The Chamber of
as its membership
after a 36-year career
in banking. She will
be reaching out to
the region’s business
community to recruit members and strengthen
relationships to ensure members maximize the
value of their association with the chamber.
She is the president of the Twin Bridges Rotary
Club and is a Rotary District 7190 Foundation
committee member. McAlonie also serves as
a board member of the Ronald McDonald
House Charities of the Capital Region. She also
volunteers at the Ronald McDonald Family
Room at Albany Medical Center.
Towne, Ryan & Partners PC announced
that principals Claudia A. Ryan, Susan F.
Bartkowski and James T. Towne Jr. were
selected to the 2015 New York Super Lawyers
list as top attorneys in Upstate New York.
Towne (business litigation) has appeared
annually on the Upstate New York Super Lawyers
list since 2007. Ryan (employment and labor)
and Bartkowski (franchise and dealership) have
appeared annually on the list since 2010.
In addition to appearing on lists for their
respective practice areas, Ryan was also named
to the list of the “Top 25” Women Upstate New
York Super Lawyers for the sixth consecutive
year and Towne appeared on the “Top 25”
Hudson Valley Lawyers list for the second
Herzog Law Firm
the hiring of a new
Hentnik joined the
Herzog Law Firm as
an of counsel attorney
in August. She is the
lead attorney of the
firm’s Real Estate
Department for residential real estate, which
includes buyer, seller and lender representation.
She has over 13 years of experience in real
Hentnik received her J.D. from Albany Law
School and her B.S. in social welfare from
announced the hiring
of Erik Amaliksen as
its director of internet
brings 20 years of
to the company
management, and IT operations to the well known
He was most recently the technical project
manager for the Vermont Telecommunication
Authority. Previously, Amaliksen held the
position of network engineering manager for
the state of Vermont. He attended the business
management program at Salem State University,
is a U.S. Army veteran, and is a graduate of the
University of Vermont.
In the role of director of internet services,
Amaliksen will be responsible for managing
the day-to-day operation of the technical
team responsible for the provisioning and
maintenance of internet service, as well as the
oversight of the internal network infrastructure,
including tracking work orders, network
monitoring, and hardware upgrades.
advisory firm Teal,
Becker & Chiaramonte,
CPAs , P. C . (TBC)
has announced the
promotion of audit
manager Kelly Fedden,
CPA to partner. Fedden
joined the Firm in 1997.
Fedden, a graduate
of Siena College with a Bachelor of Business
Administration in Accounting, has supervised
all phases of audits ranging from not-for-profit
entities and commercial entities to
employee benefit plans. She is also experienced
in providing tax services for corporations,
partnerships, and not-for-profits.
In her new role she will be directly responsible
for client account management. Additionally,
she will continue to sit on the internal Employee
Benefit Plan Audit Committee which meets
monthly to stay abreast of changes within the
1st National Bank of Scotia announces the
addition of Genevieve M.J. Caputo of Clifton
Park as assistant vice president.
Caputo is currently assigned to the Saratoga
Office and will assist in its daily management.
She brings 16 years of banking experience,
with areas of expertise in banking operations,
team building and sales management. She was
formerly an area sales and service manager with
Sunmark Federal Credit Union.
In her past experience she has worked in
both rural and urban communities .
Caputo is active within the Clifton Park
sports community. She has previously served as
treasurer for both the Valley Stream Chamber of
Commerce and Nassau County Young Kiwanis
Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC was recognized
with 10 attorneys from its Albany office selected
by their peers for inclusion in ‘The Best Lawyers
in America 2016.’
The following were selected for inclusion:
John M. Bagyi, Gregory J. Champion,
Nicholas J. D’Ambrosio Jr., Robert H. Feller,
Hermes Fernandez, Amelia M. Klein, John A. Miller, William E. Reynolds, Carolyn Shearer and Arthur J. Siegel.
D’Ambrosio and Siegel were also named the
2016 Best Lawyers in America’s “Lawyer of the
Year” for their respective practice areas.
Only one lawyer in any practice area in a city
is honored as the Lawyer of the Year.
D’Ambrosio was named for labor law/
management and Siegel named for product
Clifton Park &
Corps. (CPHM EMS)
promotions as follows:
recently joined the
CPHM team as the
director of community
In her new
role she will manage CPHM’s public relations,
marketing and community partnerships.
She was previously the outreach coordinator
at Saratoga Center for the Family, prior to
that she developed her
marketing career and
experience with both
Palio and Fingerpaint.
Kevin Robert was
appointed as clinical
is responsible for
the assessment and monitoring of clinical quality.
Robert’s 20-year paramedic career covers
nearly 13 years in critical care flight with LifeNet
of NY as a critical care paramedic and certified
flight paramedic. He is also chairman of the
Regional EMS Council.
was promoted to
director of clinical
She brings a
myriad of clinical and
to this position where
she will monitor and
manage CPHM clinical
Stevens holds multiple undergraduate degrees
in as well as a Master of Science in nursing degree
and licensure as an advanced practice registered
nurse; nurse practitioner.
Bank and Trust Co.
hired Allison Holland
as vice president and
regional manager of its
She assumes the role
from Belinda Cross
Kucharski, who was
Holland will oversee branch operations and
staff. She comes to Saratoga National with over
25 years of banking experience, having served
most recently as vice president and financial
center manager at Bank of America.
She has an associate’s
degree in business
College. Active in the
community, she has
been a volunteer for the
Salvation Army and
Shelters of Saratoga.
Cross Kucharski will lead the bank’s overall
business development efforts. She joined
Saratoga National in 2013 as a vice president
and branch manager and has over 25 years of
banking experience in the Capital Region and
Cross Kucharski holds an associate’s degree
in business administration from Clinton
She is active in the
community as a member of the CAPTAIN
Youth and Family Services’ executive board,
the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County’s Education and Business Committee, vice
president of the Chamber’s Angels board and a
member of the Chamber’s Ambassador program.
Cassandra Hope and David Wilber have
become the newest additions to the ever growing
workforce at Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs,
P.C., one of the Capital Region’s largest CPA firms.
The announcement was made by James Drislane,
the Firm’s managing partner.
Hope and Wilber both earned their respective
Bachelor of Science in Accounting degrees from
Siena College. Hope graduated in May of 2015
with her Masters of Accounting degree from
Siena as well.
Attorney Edward V. Wilcenski was named to
the New York Super Lawyers list as one of the top
Elder Law Attorneys in New York state for 2015.
Super Lawyers selects no more than 5 percent
of the lawyers in the state for this designation.
This is the fifth year Wilcenski received this
Attorneys Tara Ann Pleat and Michael
D. Dezik were named to the New York Super
Lawyers Rising Star list as two of the top Elder
Law attorneys in New York state under the age
of 40 for the year 2015. Super Lawyers selects
no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in New
York State for this designation. This is the third
consecutive year that Pleat has received the
honor and the second consecutive year for Dezik.
Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters business,
is a rating service of outstanding attorneys for
more than 70 practice areas who have received a
high degree of peer recognition and professional
National Bank recently
welcomed the arrival of
two student interns at
its corporate offices in
of Moravia will be
interning with the
credit department. A
senior at The College
of Saint Rose, she plans to graduate in May
with a bachelor’s degree in financial planning.
She is looking to take the certified financial
planner certification examination. Hatfield will
spend her time at BSNB completing financial
statement analyses, performing vendor analyses,
preparing annual reviews, and participating in loan requests and joint customer site visits.
of Kings Park will be
interning with the
Going into her senior
year at SUNY Albany,
Duffel plans to graduate
in May with a bachelor’s
degree in business
marketing and management. She plans to prepare
for the GMAT to obtain her MBA.
complete market research, draft social media and
website content, create digital signage and assist
with BSNB events, sponsorships and promotions.
The year-round paid internship program has
been active at BSNB since 2013. Positions are open
to undergraduate students entering their junior or
senior year, and are pursuing degrees in marketing,
business or finance.
Fingerpaint, a marketing agency based in
Saratoga Springs, added MacKenzie Jones to its
new business team. Jones will be based in the
agency’s Saratoga Springs office.
Jones, a former Fingerpaint intern and recent
graduate of George Mason University, works across
all agency disciplines as she strategically targets new
business opportunities where Fingerpaint has the
ability to lend expertise from a creative, branding,
PR or social media standpoint.
Jones played lacrosse at George Mason
University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree
State Sen. Hugh T. Farley of Schenectady,
who represents portions of Saratoga and Warren
counties, vice president pro tempore of the state
Senate, received the W. Paul White Regional
Leadership Award during the 55th Council of State
Governments Eastern Regional Conference (CSG/
ERC) annual meeting and Regional Policy Forum
held in Wilmington, Del., August 16-19.
The meeting is the largest meeting of state
government officials in the Northeast.
The W. Paul White Regional Leadership Award
is CSG/ERC’s most prestigious award and is given
annually to a legislator who it deems has made
outstanding and lasting contributions to public
service in his state as well as to the Council of State
Governments and its Eastern Regional Conference.
In addition to recognizing his contributions
to CSG/ERC, White noted Farley’s long record of
service to the 49th Senatorial District. Farley was
first elected to the Senate in 1976 and has been
re-elected subsequently every two years. He is the
longest serving member of the State Senate.
Teal, Becker &
P.C. (TBC), one of the
and advisory firms in
the Capital Region,
announced the hiring
of Tim Spadaro as
a Senior Valuation
a licensed Certified
Public Accountant with both a Masters and
Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bentley
University. He has experience in business
valuations and is working towards attaining the
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential, as
he has passed Levels I and II of the CFA exam.
Spadaro’s work experience includes valuation
roles as a Valuation Analyst at a hedge fund and
private equity investment firm in Greenwich, CT,
as well as working in the Alternative Investments
Funds division at a Big Four accounting firm in
New York City.