Lori Childs was named assistant vice president, retail banking administrator and bank security officer at Ballston Spa National Bank (BSNB).
In this position, Childs will have direct oversight of branch staff, providing guidance and support in meeting their customer service and business development goals. She will also design and administer security programs at all bank offices.
Childs comes to BSNB with more than 25 years of experience in banking and management. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management and finance at The College of Saint Rose.
She is a former board member for the Homeless & Traveler’s Aid Society. She serves on the PTA for Shenendehowa Middle School.
Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP announced that associate attorney Cianna Freeman-Tolbert has been selected for the Albany Business Review’s 40 Under Forty for 2018.
Each year, the paper recognizes 40 young professionals and leaders under the age of forty who exemplify leadership in their business accomplishments and community involvement. Freeman-Tolbert was selected from over 400 nominations.
She joined Whiteman Osterman & Hanna in November of 2017, and is a member of the firm’s Immigration Practice Group. She focuses her practice on all aspects of immigration law, including family-based, employment based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa processing, and immigration litigation.
She specializes in removal/deportation defense and immigration litigation, and represents clients who have immigration enforcement-related issues, criminal issues, and previous immigration violations, before the Executive Office for Immigration Review and Board of Immigration Appeals.
Freeman-Tolbert also handles waivers of inadmissibility, family-based immigration petitions, and other individual cases, such as affirmative asylum, VAWA, and U-Visa applications.
She volunteers with the Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York representing incarcerated individuals in Immigration Court, and has also worked with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. volunteering for the National Pro Bono Project for unaccompanied immigrant children and the BIA Pro Bono Project. She is also active with the Capital Region Immigration Collaborative of The Legal Project, and the Bethlehem YMCA.
The Saratoga Builders Association, Inc. recognized three members of its board of directors who have now served for 25 years.
The honor went to Sonny Bonacio, president of Bonacio Construction; Mark Johnson, president of Degraff-Bloom Custom Builders; and John Witt, president of Witt Construction.
These award-winning builders were honored for their dedication and commitment to the organization at this year’s spring membership mixer recently held at the Saratoga Golf & Polo Club.
Dr. John O’Brien, DDS, is the newest member of Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Dentistry located at the Saratoga Community Health Center in Saratoga Springs.
O’Brien comes to Saratoga Hospital from Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin. A graduate of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, Dr. O’Brien earned his dental degree from University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.
Debra Schubert of Ballston Spa received a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service at the SUNY Empire State College commencement on June 3.
Five students and six faculty and staff recently received 2018 Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence, a system-level honor that marks the highest levels of leadership, engagement, professionalism and success.
Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP announced the hiring of a new associate, Michelle DeVito Marinello.
Marinello joins Whiteman Osterman & Hanna’s Business, Corporate and Commercial Practice Group.
Prior to joining the firm, he was an associate with global law firm Squire Patton Boggs in Cleveland, where her practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, general business and commercial matters, and U.S. public company corporate governance and securities. Her practice will continue to focus on mergers and acquisitions, general corporate matters and securities law.
Marinello received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and her B.A., in English, with a Minor in Italian, magna cum laude from Wake Forest University.
Ballston Spa National Bank (BSNB) announced that Jaime Griffen, training Coordinator, has received the 2018 SUMMIT Employee of the Year award.
Griffen was recognized for her dedication to educating new employees on BSNB’s customer service culture and working with current employees to help improve their customer service skills.
Griffen joined BSNB in 2015 as a relationship manager for the Malta office. A short time later, she moved to the Latham office. Griffen was then promoted to the human resources department as the company’s training coordinator.
The following monthly Summit Award winners were also recognized for their contributions and commitment to the bank’s customer service objectives: Laura Stewart, Nancy Koval, Tanya Baker, Jill Robbins, Nicole Frank, John Chandler, Ashlynn Dunham, Larry Hansen, Jack Mewhorter, Heather O’Shea, and June Lane.
The Patient Experience Project (PEP), a patient-centric marketing and communications agency in Saratoga Springs, announced the addition of Kelly Carpenter as a project manager.
Carpenter has experience developing multichannel plans, including product launches, brand campaigns, and digital programs, while managing teams and ensuring alignment of strategies.
Before joining PEP, she worked as a project manager and producer for Syneos Health, formerly inVentiv Health Managed Markets.
Carpenter earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland.