Jenks Family Insurance in Saratoga Springs announced that Kristen Jenks is the newest licensed agent for home, auto and business insurance.
Jenks, of Saratoga Springs, has worked at the agency for the past year, learning the business through a variety of tasks. She performed a variety of clerical work, all while studying for the state exam to be a licensed professional insurance agent which she passed to become a licensed professional insurance agent.
She will also be overseeing the marketing department.
The Chazen Companies announced that Elizabeth Bartosik and Johnathan A. Gell have received their engineer in training (EIT) designation.
EIT is a professional designation from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) to designate a person certified by the state as having completed a minimum of three years of post-secondary school with an accredited engineering program and has passed the NCEES six-hour Fundamentals of Engineering examination. Receiving an EIT designation is one step toward professional engineer licensure.
Bartosik works in Chazen’s Land Development group and has a broad background and experience, and supports a wide range of projects. Recently, she has been able to successfully complete applications for renewal of the Part 360 solid waste management facility permits for two transfer stations.
Gell started with Chazen directly out of graduating from Clarkson University and works in Chazen’s Structural Engineering Group. He works on public and private sector projects and is helping develop Chazen’s 3D modeling standards in Revit.
Dr. Rafael Medina, an ophthalmologist, recently joined Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Eye Care.
Also, Dr. Karen Krutchick has joined Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Women’s Primary Care.
Medina brings 25 years of experience to the growing practice.
Medina has special interests in cataract surgery, refractive surgery and advanced dry eye care and treatment. He earned a medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and completed an internship at the Marshfield Clinic, also in Wisconsin. He completed an internship and residency at the School of Medicine, SUNY Buffalo. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Medina is board certified in ophthalmology.
Dr. Krutchick comes to Saratoga Hospital from Belgrade Urgent Care in Montana. She is a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where she also completed an internship and residency. She is board certified in family medicine.
Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Women’s Primary Care provides routine physicals and other prevention and wellness services, care for minor illnesses and chronic conditions, patient education, breast exams and other screenings, well-woman gynecology services, family planning services, perimenopause and menopause care, and other services to help women stay healthy throughout their lives.
Brett I. Last, a human resources professional with a background in employment law and experience in higher education, has been named chief human resources officer at Skidmore College.
Last will begin his new role Feb. 25.
Last joins Skidmore from Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pa., where he served as executive director of human resources and interim Title IX coordinator. He formerly held several senior positions, including executive director of human resources at Olympus Corp. of the Americas in Center Valley, Pa. He also practiced employment and labor law in New Jersey.
At Northampton Community College, Last was involved in major human resources initiatives. He helped to improve human resources processes, implemented a leadership development pilot program and negotiated several labor agreements. He also taught the course Human Resources Management.
Last holds an undergraduate degree in political science from the College of New Jersey and completed his law degree at Rutgers University. He succeeds Barbara Beck, who retired in 2018 after serving the college for 21 years.
BST & Co. LLP announced that Katie E. Stott has been appointed partner at the Capital Region-based financial and management consulting firm. Stott formerly served as senior manager and has more than a decade of experience in finance and accounting.
As a partner with the firm’s valuation, forensic and litigation department, Stott conducts valuation studies of privately-held business enterprises, professional licenses, advanced academic degrees, stock options and professional practices for a variety of circumstances, including matrimonial proceedings and other litigation matters.
She has also been involved in numerous forensic accounting engagements for private companies, school districts and municipalities. Additionally, she is experienced in the areas of embezzlement, corporate and individual tax fraud, and cases involving the misappropriation of assets.
Stott earned both a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in taxation from SUNY Albany. She is a certified public accountant, accredited in business valuation. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Meredith Woolford has been named executive director of Saratoga Hospital Foundation, responsible for hospital fundraising and other development activities.
Woolford has more than a decade of experience in fundraising, community relations and marketing. She joined Saratoga Hospital in 2016 as manager of institutional development and, during her tenure, increased sponsorship revenue, launched a major new fundraising event, and nurtured key relationships with donors and other friends of the hospital.
Before joining Saratoga Hospital, Woolford held positions of increasing responsibility at Saks Fifth Avenue, advancing to senior manager of marketing operations, charitable giving and partnerships. She is a mentor for Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar and a board member of Beyond My Battle, a Saratoga Springs-based nonprofit. Woolford also has served on the board of Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation and as a member of New York Cares.
She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of New Hampshire. Woolford and her husband, Jim, live in Saratoga Springs with their two young daughters.
Bond, Schoeneck & King has elected Ryan P. Keleher from the firm’s Albany office as a member (partner) of the firm.
Keleher is a business and tort trial attorney who practices complex civil litigation in state and federal courts. He has tried both jury and non-jury trials, argued at the appellate level and represented clients during hearings, mediations and arbitration proceedings.
Fort Hudson Health System Inc. announced the appointment of J. Lawrence Paltrowitz, Sarah Wright and Dr. Suzanne Blood to its board of directors
Paltrowitz is the managing principal of Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart & Rhodes PC. His primary practice areas are labor law, education law, municipal law & finance, nonprofit law and corporate law. Paltrowitz provides legal services to numerous public and private sector employers, nonprofit corporations, including Community Action agencies and Head Start programs, and professional practices.
Wright CPA is the chief financial officer at Adirondack Health Institute, an independent, nonprofit organization supporting hospitals, physician practices, behavioral health providers, community-based organizations, patients and others in our region to transform health care and improve population health.
Blood is chief of geriatrics and palliative care at Hudson Headwaters Health Network. HHHN is a nonprofit system of 17 community health centers providing primary care to more than 5,600 square miles of the Adirondack North Country and Glens Falls region. The network serves all of Warren County and parts of Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Saratoga and Washington counties.
Blood earned her A.B. at Harvard-Radcliffe, M.D. from the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine, and a master’s degree in public health from Boston University School of Public Health.
Other members of the Fort Hudson board of directors include Dr. Dean Reali (president), Kevin Hayes (vice president), Gretchen Steffan (secretary), Robert Miles (treasurer), John Brodt, Carmen Della Bella, Joan Grishkot, Keith Laake, Chris Nelson and Tori Riley.