NBT Bank announced that Matthew Easterly has been promoted to assistant vice president.
He is a financial consultant at NBT Financial Services, a division of NBT Wealth Management, and is based at NBT Bank’s office located at 295 Broadway in Saratoga Springs.
As financial consultant, Easterly assists clients with investments, insurance, retirement plans and the overall financial planning process. He provides customers in Saratoga, Warren, Fulton and Schenectady counties with access to financial and insurance products through LPL Financial.
A resident of Saratoga Springs, Easterly joined NBT in 2007. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business at SUNY Plattsburgh and holds state licenses in life, health and long term care insurance. He is FINRA Series 7 and 63 registered with LPL Financial.
Elizabeth B. Yoquinto, Esq. of Clifton Park, has joined the flaw firm of Maguire Cardona PC, a civil litigation and general practice firm in Albany.
Before joining Maguire Cardona, Yoquinto completed internships at the office of the state Attorney General, the Internal Revenue Service and with the Hon. Rachel Kretser in Albany City Court, Criminal Part. She also interned for the Third Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee, and she currently serves as counsel to the Gender Fairness Committee.
Throughout law school, Yoquinto worked at the Fordham University Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, where she provided pro bono legal services to low-income individuals and nonprofits. She was also an editor on the Corporate Law Journal and tutored students in civil procedure and federal income taxation.
Yoquinto holds a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and a juris doctor degree from Fordham Law School. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Connecticut College.
Yoquinto is a member of the New York Bar Association, the Albany County Bar Association, and the Capital District Women’s Bar Association.
Saratoga Independent School announced the hiring of Lisa Brown as interim head of school and Johanna Martin as business and operations manager.
Brown will serve in the capacity during the search process and until a permanent head of school is seated. Most recently, she served as the associate head of school and a teacher at Doane Stuart. Since 1993, she also served in various positions in Doane Stuart’s administration, including as the interim head of school.
Brown had been a trustee at Saratoga Independent School for the past two years and has chaired the strategic planning committee.
Martin is responsible for the business oversight of the school’s daily operations. She provides support to the administrative team, business planning, and human resources functions. She also oversees contract and vendor relationships and all physical assets of the campus.
Martin has experience with Project Lift, Score at the Top Learning Center, and she was most recently the director of school at Score Academy, a private K-12 school in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
DeCrescente Distributing Co. announced that employees Zeb Pagerie, MacKenzie Liptak and Ben Richards have earned the title of certified cicerone.
Pagerie, Liptak, and Richards bring the number of people who have successfully completed the beer-training program at DeCrescente Distributing Co. to a total of 15 certified cicerones..
In the beer industry, the cicerone certification program is a comprehensive testing curriculum that provides a measureable means of designating the expertise of an individual about every facet of beer. Certified cicerone is the second level of certification and many individuals spend one to two years preparing for this exam, the company said.
The exam tests knowledge of modern beers and styles, beer history and historical styles, identifying flawed beers, understanding beer ingredients, the brewing process and beer pairing principles.
Franklin Community Center has hired Mary Alice Cole as a food pantry assistant.
Cole has years of experience working with nonprofits with the Saratoga Springs City School District, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Cornell Cooperative Extension. She and her husband have also logged hours volunteering with organizations including Boys Scouts, Girls Scouts and the NENY Regional Food Bank.
She will help Julie Slovic, food pantry administrator, work toward the goal of increasing efficiency, promoting and providing healthy foods to those in need. She will oversee a large team of volunteers.