Advisors LLC, an independent
(RIA) and integrated
that Stephen M. Cutting-
Miller, CPA has
joined the firm as senior
vice president of
He will focus on providing targeted financial
planning services to individuals and company
Cutting-Miller has over 12 years of experience
in advanced operational, financial and tax
expertise. Before joining Continuum Wealth
Advisors, he was a director for Tag Associates,
LLC, a wealth management firm located
in New York City. He also worked as the principal
advisor for SMC Advisory LLC and as a
vice president/account manager for The Ayco
He graduated cum laude with a Bachelors
of Business Administration from Siena College
in Loudonville. In addition to being a CPA,
Cutting-Miller also holds a Financial Industry
Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 66 license.
He is also an active member of both the
Financial Planning Association and the New
York Society of CPAs.
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Towne, Ryan & Partners PC announced that
Mark T. Houston has joined the firm as an associate,
working in the firm’s corporate, commercial
and partnership law, environmental
law, estate planning, administration and litigation,
labor and employment law; litigation,
municipal law; and real estate law practice
Houston joins the team from Vaneria &
Spanos, a boutique general practice law firm in New York City, where he focused his practice on all aspects of civil litigation, both state and federal.
A 2005 graduate from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology/archaeology, Houston began his career as a project director for his alma mater’s Archaeological Survey. After seven years in the position, he went on to receive his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University where he served as vice president for the Pro Bono Society and the student co-editor-in-chief for the New York State Bar Association’s The New York Environmental Lawyer.
Houston is a member of the Albany County Bar Association, and the association’s Young Lawyers and General Practice Sections.
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Rueckert Advertising and Public Relations, Inc. announced that Edward Parham,
formerly director of public relations, was promoted to vice president of public relations.
The Clifton Park resident will continue to advise agency clients on all public relations matters, including counseling, targeted communications activities, crisis management,
and special event work.
Prior to his tenure at Rueckert Advertising, Parham served as director of community relations for the American Lung Association of Central New York. Before that, he was director of public relations for Major League Soccer’s bid committee in Boston, and assistant press officer for World Cup USA 1994/Boston venue, where he provided media relations support for hundreds of international media outlets. Parham began his career as a newspaper reporter before serving as staff writer at The College of St. Rose.
Parham’s work has been recognized on numerous occasions by the Public Relations Society of America (Capital Region Chapter) and the American Marketing Association (Capital Region Chapter). In 2013 he was recognized with the 2013 Outstanding Practitioner Award from the Public Relations Society of America (Capital Region Chapter).
He is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and holds a master’s degree in mass communication from Boston University.
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Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC announced that Kevin M. Bernstein was elected to chair the firm’s management committee. Bernstein is a member of the firm with more than 30 years of experience counseling clients in a range of areas that includes environmental and energy law, mining and property tax assessment matters.
Bernstein previously served as a member of the compensation committee, chairman of its property department, and chairman of its tax assessment, condemnation and property valuation practice.
Bernstein succeeds Richard D. Hole, who served two four-year terms as Bond’s management committee chair. Hole continues his practice in matters concerning business and corporate law, employee benefits and health law.
Bernstein received a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Brockport and graduated cum laude from the Vermont Law School. He serves on the board of directors of the Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation and the Northwest YMCA.
He also served on the Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education from 2000-2009. He is listed in Chambers USA 2015, Martindale-Hubbell,The Best Lawyers in America 2016 and New York Super Lawyers 2015.
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PrimeLink has hired Erik Amaliksen as director of internet service.
Amaliksen brings 20 years of experience to the company, including systems administration, project management, and IT operations. He was most recently the Technical Project Manager for the Vermont Telecommunication Authority (VTA). Previously, he held the position of network engineering manager for the state of Vermont.
He attended the business management program at Salem State University, is a US Army Veteran, and is a graduate of the University of Vermont. Amaliksen will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations 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.
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Evan VanDyk of Bodywork Professionals of Saratoga Springs and Latham has become a guild-certified Feldenkrais practitioner, following four years of monthly trips to New York City to study movement therapy.
She is now ready to help individuals reduce pain and discover improved coordination and grace by re-training their body’s movements.
Brought to the U.S. in the 1970s by Moshe Feldenkrais–a scientist, physicist and engineer who had studied movement, psychology, and many integrated subjects to cure himself of leg pain after a severe injury–the Feldenkrais Method is recognized for its ability to address minor aches and pains, as well as serious muscular-skeletal and neurological problems, chronic tension, and the developmental problems of children.
Bodywork Professionals, owned by Nick Pavoldi, has provided licensed massage therapy and bodywork services to clients in the Capital Region since 2005. Its Saratoga Springs location at 11 Spring St. opened earlier this year.
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Adirondack Trust Co. announced a hiring and two promotions.
Justin R. Riccio was hired as a vice president with Amsure, a Division of Adirondack Trust
Co. Financial Services Inc.
Prior to joining Adirondack Trust, Riccio was area executive vice president with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. from 2008-2015. He also worked as an insurance broker with Ten Eyck Group from 2005-2008.
Riccio began his career in the claims and underwriting divisions of AIG and ACE USA from 2001-2005.
Zuzana Kaplan was promoted from assistant manager of the Malta office to assistant treasurer and Wilton office manager.
Kaplan joined The Adirondack Trust Co. in 2005 and has over 10 years of banking experience. She holds a master of science in education from Constantine the Philosopher University, Nitra, Slovakia. She earned advanced financial services and consumer lending diplomas from the Center for Financial Training. Kaplan currently serves on the board of directors for the Malta Business and Professional Association and volunteers on the Ballston Spa Film Festival committee. She is also an active volunteer at the Saratoga County Animal Shelter.
Beth Hull was promoted from assistant branch manager, Exit 15 branch to assistant
reasurer/branch manager of that branch.
Hull joined Adirondack Trust Co. in 2000 and has over 15 years of banking experience. She has earned a general financial services diploma and financial service certificate from the Center for Financial Training.
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The Wesley Community announced that Sharon Gerasia was appointed to the board of directors of the Wesley Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Wesley Community.
An employee of Price Chopper Supermarkets/Golub Corp. since 1984, Gerasia has held various roles in management and human resources during her tenure. In her current position as director of teammate relations and talent, she oversees human resources for the company’s main office, distribution center and 132 retail units.
Gerasia graduated from Empire State College with a degree in business concentrated on human resources. She is also a graduate of Hudson Valley Community College and is certified by the Society for Human Resources Management. Gerasia previously served as a board member and president of the board of directors for SOLA Inc.
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Michael D. Billok, a partner at Bond Schoeneck & King in Albany, was chosen to co-chair the law firm’s new cybersecurity and data privacy practice.
Bond created its cybersecurity and data privacy practice to advise clients on data privacy matters concerning such areas as business transactions, compliance, information management, governance, human resources, intellectual property, litigation and technology. The team also helps clients navigate cyber threats by assessing their vulnerabilities and risks; advising them of state and federal accountability laws and potential security failures; and evaluating their existing incident-response plans and recommending improvements.
Billok, a labor and employment attorney, is a 1996 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy where he served as a submarine officer until 2004. After receiving his law degree from Georgetown University in 2006, Billok was an associate at the multinational law firm of Gibson and Dunn. He joined Bond’s labor and employment practice in 2010.
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KeyBank announced the addition of two professionals to its Capital Region headquarters.
Adam Lawrence and Jennifer Chatt were named human resources business partners.
Lawrence returns to KeyBank after a brief stay at American National Insurance Co., where he was a senior strategic human resources business partner. He will lead the human resources duties for Key’s Commercial Bank and Key Private Bank throughout New York state and New England.
Lawrence performed as a strategist and consultant to assigned Key Community Bank client groups leveraging business and industry insights to manage the design, development and delivery of human resources programs in concert with the goals of the business. Before that he was a human resource leader at Blue Slate Solutions in Albany, a human resources manager at Bollam, Sheedy and Torani in Albany, and director of human resources at NFM, Inc., in Baltimore, Md.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and his Master of Science in industrial/organizational psychology from University of Baltimore.
Chatt will lead the human resources area for Key’s consumer and retail as well as small business banking divisions throughout New York state and New England.
Chatt comes to Key after spending three years as vice president for human resources at the New York Independent System Operator in Rensselaer. Prior to that, she was vice president for human resources at Northeast Parent and Child Society in Schenectady and before that was vice president for global human resources at Angiodynamics in Latham.
Chatt received her Bachelor of Science in business administration and human resources from the SUNY Geneseo and her MBA from SUNY Albany.