Lisa M. Licata with Sterling Homes Inc. has been awarded the Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) designation, a premier brokerage management credential in the industry.
There are 48 individuals in New York state with the designation and Licata is the third in the Capital District area. She is also a part of the Broker/Owner/Manager Council of the Greater Capital Association of Realtors.
The CRB title is conferred by the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI) and is an official designation of the National Association of Realtors. All recipients were required to complete a comprehensive program combining experience with management education and subscribe to the Realtor Code of Ethics.
Licata was hired as the director of sales and marketing for Sterling Homes in February of 2019. She adds the CRB designation to her title, in addition to her certified buyer representative and seller representative specialist designations.
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Saratoga Hospital has appointed three new board members: David J. Collins of D.A. Collins Construction Co., Kari Cushing of Franklin Community Center and Elizabeth Wood of Shenendehowa Central School District.
Collins, of Greenfield, is president and CEO of D.A. Collins Construction Co. He chairs the board of trustees of Rebuild New York Now and serves on the boards of Associated General Contractors, Empire State Highway Contractors Association and the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation board and the advisory board of Leadership Saratoga.
Cushing, of Ballston Spa, is executive director of Franklin Community Center. During her tenure, the center has added and expanded programs and tripled the number of people served. A graduate of Leadership Saratoga, Cushing has been recognized for her community service by the Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation. She serves on the supervisory committee of Saratoga’s Community Federal Credit Union.
Wood, of Ballston Spa, is deputy superintendent of Shenendehowa Central School District. She has more than two decades of experience as an educator and administrator. Wood holds leadership roles in the state Association of Women in Administration and served on the board of the Chamber of Southern County.
She is the 2019 recipient of the Excellence in District Administrative Leadership Award from Capital Area School Development Association. She has a doctorate in education leadership from Sage Graduate College.
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Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP announced that Barbara C. Brenner has been named partner.
Brenner practices with the firm’s Immigration Group. She represents clients in a broad range of immigration matters, focusing on complex family- and employment-based petitions and applications, employer compliance and I-9 employment eligibility verification, waivers of inadmissibility and removability, and naturalization and citizenship cases.
She was previously a partner in the law firm of Copland and Brenner and has limited her practice to U.S. immigration and nationality laws since 1990.
Brenner is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, the Albany County Bar Association and the Albany County Women’s Bar Association, and was appointed to serve as a member of the Committee on Character and Fitness of the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department, for a five-year term commencing in November 2018. She is admitted to practice in New York state and Massachusetts.
She earned her Juris Doctor degree as a cum laude graduate of SUNY Buffalo School of Law in 1989. She graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Geneseo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
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Roohan Realty announced that Carol Raike of Malta has joined the company as a licensed associate broker.
Raike has been in the real estate industry for the past 17 years. Her honors include being recognized by The Women’s Council of Realtors as a top producer. In addition, she is trained in relocation practices and ethical standards.
She is a member of the Greater Capital District Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.
Raike is a board member for Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren & Washington Counties. She is also a dedicated volunteer for The Lucky Puppy Dog and Rescue Kennel in Argyle, New York.
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Saratoga Bridges has hired Tracy Stadel as its human relations director.
Stadel will guide and manage the overall provision of human resources services, policies, and programs for the organization. This includes, but is not limited to, recruiting and staffing, performance management consultation, compliance with employment laws and regulatory requirements, employee orientation, development and training, policy development, employee relations, compensation and benefits administration and succession planning.
She is replacing John Herrick who retired on Jan. 10 after 31 years of service to the agency.
Stadel has many years of experience. Most recently, she was senior manager human capital at Maximus in Albany. She was an HR business partner at the State Farm Insurance operation center in Malta.
She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute and Senior Certified Professional by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP).
Stadel received her bachelor’s degree from Wells College and master’s degree from The College of St. Rose.
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Dr. Lee Ruotsi recently joined Saratoga Hospital as medical director of the hospital’s new wound healing program.
Ruotsi has more than 30 years of experience, most recently as medical director of Catholic Health Centers for Advanced Wound Healing in Western New York. He also served as a wound care and hyperbaric medicine consultant for Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, taught in several residency programs and was program director of the Wound Care Fellowship at Catholic Health System of Buffalo.
Ruotsi is board certified in wound care by the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery and in undersea and hyperbaric medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He also is certified as a wound specialist by the American Board of Wound Management.
He serves on the board of directors of the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery and the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel. He is a member of the Wound Healing Society and the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. He also lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to wound care and hyperbaric medicine.
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Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP announced that Robert T. Schofield has been appointed as co-managing partner of the firm and William S. Nolan has been added as a member of the Executive Committee.
Schofield replaces Norma Meacham, who stepped down as co-managing partner after 17 years of leadership with the firm. Meacham will continue practicing law as a partner in the firm concentrating on labor, employment and education law.
Schofield joined Whiteman Osterman & Hanna as an associate in 2000 and was named partner in 2008. He is a member of the Labor and Employment, Education, and Litigation and Appeals Practice Groups. His areas of focus include public and private sector labor and employment issues, education law, and general litigation.
A member of the Litigation and Appeals Practice Group, Nolan has been with the firm since 2001 being named partner in 2012.
He has extensive courtroom experience, having tried numerous cases in State and federal courts. He routinely handles toxic tort, property damage, and construction-related lawsuits, as well as business disputes, including dissolution proceedings, shareholder derivative actions, and breach of contract litigation arising from sales, licensing, distribution, franchise, joint venture, and non-compete agreements.
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Saratoga Shakespeare Company announced two new executive hires
As its 20th Anniversary season approaches, the company hired managing director Emma Halpern and director of education Tracy Liz Miller. They will be working with executive and artistic director Marcus Dean Fuller to support the company’s plans for growth.
Halpern is the former co-artistic director of New York City Children’s Theater, where for the last 10 years she served as a producer and dramaturg on over 20 off-Broadway productions, including 17 world premieres. As an arts journalist, Halpern has contributed regularly to American Theatre magazine, where she has published over 30 articles. She holds a B.A. in English from Rutgers University and a M.F.A. in dramaturgy from Brooklyn College, where she has taught as an adjunct lecturer in the M.F.A. Performing Arts Management Program.
Miller comes to SSC with extensive experience as an actor, producer, director and educator. She is the co-founder of Pawling Theatre Exchange and co-founding producing artistic director of The Bridge Initiative: Women in Theatre.
She serves on the theatre faculty of Western Connecticut State University, and is the former Director of Theatre Arts at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Arizona. She has received the KCACTF/ATHE Innovative Teaching Award, a professional development grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and an emerging director scholarship from the Celebration Barn in Maine. She holds a B.F.A. in music theatre performance from Western Michigan University and a M.F.A. in acting from Alabama Shakespeare Festival/University of Alabama.