The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) announced that Georgeanna M. Nugent of Saratoga Springs was elected to serve as chairwoman of its board of directors. Nugent was appointed to the CDTA board in May 2009. In addition to being chairwoman, she is a member of the board’s Operations Committee and the Strategic and Operational...
Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP has hired Gabriella Levine as a new associate.
Levine graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. degree in political science from Union College, where she was inducted into the chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated summa cum laude from Albany Law School, where she was the executive editor for State Constitutional Commentary of the Albany Law Review.
Levine was a finalist in Albany Law School’s Domenick L. Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition and received awards for Best Oral Advocate and Best Brief, and was the winner of the Karen C. McGovern Senior Prize Trials Competition.
Roohan Realty announce its top Realtors for 2017. The top five agents, in order, are Valerie Thompson, Kate R. Naughton, Meg Minehan, Palma Pedrick and Christine Hogan Barton.
In addition, the Rookie of the Year award went to Neil Corkery and the top commercial Realtor was Amy Sutton.
In total, these accomplished Realtors achieved over $51.5 million in real estate property sales last year, the company said.
The Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau has hired Chloejean Tedford as its director of convention services. In this role, she will work directly with meeting and event planners to ensure their meeting, conference or convention is a truly memorable Saratoga experience.
Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte CPAs, PC, announced that Karen Foster, its manager of pension operations with over 30 years of experience in retirement plan management and client services administration, will lead the Retirement Plan Services division as the new director.
A former benefit plan consultant and record-keeper, she joined TBC in 2007. She is a graduate of University at Albany, holding both a master’s and a bachelor’s degrees in economics. She is an American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) credentialed Qualified 401(k) administrator.
She was formerly employed by an actuarial and benefit plan consulting firm, a bank trust department and an ERISA attorney. Her practice focuses on working with brokers and clients to determine the best type of plan for firms and maintaining contact with them to ensure that the plan continually meets their needs.
Taylor Herrick has been promoted to director of public safety at Saratoga Hospital, responsible for a team of 20 public safety officers.
DZ restaurants announced Carol Ippoliti as the company’s sales manager.
She will be responsible for all private event sales for Chianti Il Ristorante, Forno Bistro and Boca Bistro, all in Saratoga Springs.
Ippoliti began in the industry at Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia. She studied hospitality management at Schenectady County Community College. During this time, she also began her sales career with the Mallozzi Group. While there, she was promoted to sales manager and off-premise catering director. Most recently, she worked as a sales manager for Mazzone Hospitality.
Longtime Lake Theatre actor and director, Jarel Davidow has been named as the Lake Theatre’s new artistic director.
Davidow is familiar to Lake Theatre audiences for his onstage roles in “The Love List,” “Moonlight And Magnolias” and “The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged).” He also directed 2016’s “Almost Maine” and last season’s “The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis Mccauly Fishing Derby.”
Davidow has been a member of the Oberon Theatre Ensemble and Resonance Ensemble in New York City. His credits also include The Know Theatre in Binghamton; the Bickford Theatre in New Jersey; the New England Shakespeare Festival and The Great American Melodrama in California. He is a member of Actors’ Equity, the union of professional actors and stage managers.
Skidmore College has named Martin A. Mbugua vice president for communications and marketing.
In this newly established role, Mbugua will provide strategic leadership and direction for all aspects of the college’s communications and marketing efforts.
Mbugua will be the college’s chief communications officer, serving as a strategic advisor to the president and senior staff in the development and execution of communications and marketing plans to promote the college and its mission.
He brings more than 20 years of experience in journalism and higher education communications to Skidmore, most recently as assistant vice president for content and communications at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he led the university’s online news content, media relations, social media and internal communications teams. Previously, he was director of media relations and university spokesperson at Princeton University.
Mbugua was a reporter with the New York Daily News; U.S. correspondent for the Daily Nation and Standard newspapers in Nairobi, Kenya; and assistant editor at the Queens Chronicle in New York City. He also served as communications and marketing manager at the City University of New York’s Murphy Institute and senior news editor at the University of Delaware.
He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in government, politics and international relations from St. John’s University in New York City, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland, a 127-bed nursing facility that provides rehabilitation and nursing services to patients who require either short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization, has appointed James Connolly of Saratoga Springs administrator.
In his new position, Connolly, a licensed nursing home administrator, will be responsible for the direction, supervision, compliance and maintenance of the facility’s day-to-day operations, as well as its adherence to federal, state and local laws and regulations.
Connolly, who has more than 35 years of experience in the health care field and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, has been honored on numerous occasions for this contributions to healthcare and community service in the Capital Region.
He holds an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College and masters degrees in both business administration and public health from Columbia University.
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Daniel D. Bruno, co-owner of Bruno & Bruno Financial Services in Saratoga Springs, was named a member of the 2017 Chairman’s Council of New York Life.
Members of the Chairman’s Council rank in the top 3 percent of New York Life’s sales force of more than 12,000 licensed agents in sales achievement.
Bruno has been a New York Life agent since 2007 and is associated with New York Life’s Albany General Office in Latham. Bruno and Bruno Financial Services is not owned or operated by New York Life or its affiliates.
He is a graduate of New York Life’s Advanced Planning Group’s Coaching Series, a client-centered planning process with the goal of helping clients crystalize their planning objectives and design appropriate solutions.
Bruno is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.
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Arrow Financial Corp. announced Edward J. Campanella joined the company as senior vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer for Arrow, and executive vice president and chief financial officer for the company’s lead subsidiary, Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co.
Arrow is the parent company of Saratoga National Bank and Trust Co. and Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co.,
Campanella will be responsible for planning and management of all finance, treasury and accounting functions for Arrow, which reached a record $2.7 billion in assets at the end of the second quarter, according to company officials. He will be based in Glens Falls and report to Arrow President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Murphy.
Campanella served as CFO of National Union Bank of Kinderhook. He brings 19 years of finance and banking experience to Arrow. Prior leadership roles include treasurer and director of finance at Opus Bank in Irving, Calif., and treasurer at Cambridge Savings Bank in Cambridge, Mass. He began his career in finance as an analyst for Darling Consulting Group.
Campanella earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Suffolk University in Boston. He succeeds Terry Goodemote, who in February announced his intent to retire as Arrow CFO after more than 20 years of service to the company, including more than 10 years as the chief financial officer.
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Roohan Realty in Saratoga Springs announce that Meghan McBride has joined the company as an accounting specialist.
The company also announce the promotion of Eli King to digital marketing manager. She has been with the company for three years.
McBride grew up in Mechanicville and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Siena College in 2013.
After school, she began her career in accounting.
McBride lives in Mechanicville.
The role of digital marketing manager was created to support the growth of the company’s in-house marketing department, which also added a professional graphic designer to the team last month. King will manage the firm’s digital marketing strategies including the website, search engine optimization, original content, Roohan Beat newsletter, social media and interactive technologies.
With over a decade of experience in real estate marketing and technology, King specializes in search engine optimization, content strategy and predictive analytics. She worked for a real estate firm in Lake George for several years before joining Roohan Realty in 2014. Eli, of Saratoga Springs, is a graduate of Manhattanville College.
The Wesley Community announced that Timothy Pehl was appointed to the board of directors of the Wesley Community in Saratoga Springs.
As a managing member at Luther Forest Wealth Advisors LLC and a senior partner at Kumlander, Donofrio, Hay & Pehl, CPAs, LLP, Pehl brings both comprehensive leadership and financial skills to the Wesley Community.
Pehl currently is a member of the board of directors and past president of Saratoga Springs Lions Club Foundation Inc., as well as a long-time member of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club.
He previously served as chairman of the board of directors of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and president of the board of directors of Transitional Services Association Inc., a Saratoga Springs-based nonprofit organization. He was treasurer and board member of the Saratoga Center for the Family. He is also the former treasurer of both the Gore Mountain Ski Club and Saratoga Springs Alpine Ski Team.
A native and current resident of Saratoga Springs, Pehl is a graduate of Clarkson University.
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.
Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs PC has hired Caitlin Newton as a senior pension specialist.
A graduate from The College of Saint Rose, Newton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in public communication with a concentration in public relations, advertising and marketing.
She has over six years of experience in 401(k) account management and client services administration.
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Phinney Design Group has hired three additional members to its team.
Brennan Drake was hired as the architect/design technology coordinator. As an architect, he will help the firm in designing and managing projects from inception to completion.
Having a history with BIM (Building Information Modeling), Drake will help develop the office’s digital graphic standards for both presentations and construction documentation.
Drake received his Master of Architecture degree from Boston Architectural College and Bachelor of Science in architectural technology at Alfred State College.
He is an active member of American Institute of Architects Eastern New York Chapter, and joined the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation as a board member.
Katelyn Mulry was hired as an architectural designer and sustainability coordinator. She will add to the firm’s experience in the architectural field with a focus on “green” building design strategies and environmentally sensitive construction methodologies.
Mulry received her Master of Environmental Building Design degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology.
She was previously employed as an intermediate architect at the Spector Group Architects in New York City. She has previously been involved in design renderings for a variety of projects, including Deutsch Inc., Vayner Media, Hudson Yards and a new Uber headquarters.
Ashley Pezze was hired as an interior designer. Pezze will help with both residential and commercial interior needs.
Pezze received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in interior design from Rochester Institute of Technology and an Associate of Science degree in liberal arts and sciences from Monroe Community College. She was previously employed at Vargas Associates as an interior designer and a relocation manager.
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Dr. Kyle Osborn has joined Saratoga Hospital Medical Group/Primary Care Milton.
Dr. Osborn has extensive experience as a primary care doctor, including four years as an active duty family physician in the U.S. Air Force. Most recently, he was in practice with Niskayuna Family Medicine.
A graduate of Colgate University, he earned a medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. He completed an internship and residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital Center, also in Syracuse. He is board certified in family medicine.