Board of Directors

The Center for Economic Growth’s board of directors is comprised of business, government, education, and community leaders. This group is instrumental to the success of the organization and ultimately sets the agenda to execute organizational vision, initiatives, and goals needed to stimulate regional growth. CEG thanks them for their committed, ongoing support.

Board Officers

Laura Schweitzer, PhD

VP for Health Sciences and Biomedical Initiatives, University at Albany

Executive Vice Chair
Thomas L. Amell
President & CEO, Pioneer Bank

Past Chair
Michael J. Hickey

Vice President & Chief of Staff, Siena College

James W. Drislane, CPA

Managing Shareholder, Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte

Christine A. Horne

Manager, Communications & Public Affairs, GE

President & CEO
Andrew Kennedy

President and CEO, Center for Economic Growth

Executive Committee

Gary L. Balfour
President, Solid Sealing Technology Inc.

John D. Bennett, MD
CEO, Capital District Physician’s Health Plan

Robert E. Blackman
Vice President, RealtyUSA

David M. Buicko
Chief Operating Officer, Galesi Group

Charles F. Carletta, J.D.
Senior Associate Counsel, Albany Medical Center

Peter K. Cosgrove
Senior Vice President, KeyBank

Patricia A. Fusco
President, Fusco Personnel, Inc.

George R. Hearst, III
Publisher, Times Union

Hon. Kathleen M. Jimino
County Executive, County of Rensselaer

John F. LaRow
VP, District Manager, Gilbane Building Company

John J. Nigro
President, Nigro Companies

James K. Reed, MD
President & CEO, St. Peter’s Health Partners

Jeffrey D. Stone
Senior Vice President, Kinderhook Bank


Carm Basile

Matthew Bette
President, Bette & Cring Construction

Stephen L. Bills
Vice President, LeChase Construction Services, LLC

Nancy E. Carey-Cassidy
Executive Vice President & COO, Picotte Companies

Bryant Cassella
Regional Vice President and Market Leader, Wells Fargo

Michael Castellana
President & CEO, SEFCU

Antonio Civitella
President & CEO, Transfinder

David S. DeMarco
President, Saratoga National Bank

Tyler Desmond
General Manager, The Desmond

Dan Dinsmore
Founder & CEO, OverIt Multimedia, Inc.

Chris Dowd
Ballston Spa National Bank

Miriam Dushane
Managing Director, Upstate New York for the Recruiting Division, Linium

Diana Ehrlich
Lobbyist, Ostroff & Associates

Susan E. Farley, Esq.
Shareholder, Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC

Denise V. Gonick, Esq.
President & CEO, MVP Health Care

John S. Harris, Esq.
Partner, Brown & Weinraub, PLLC

Joan R. Hayner, CPA, CMPE
CEO, CapitalCare Medical Group

Scott Houghtaling
Senior Vice President, Commercial Leader, Berkshire Bank

Amy M. Johnson
President, Capstone, Inc.

David Krupski
Regional President, NBT Bank Capital Region–East

Richard E. Leckerling, Esq.
Co-Managing Partner, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna

Jennifer L. MacPhee
Regional Market President, Bank of America

Shaun P. Mahoney
President and CEO, NextRidge, Inc.

Andrew J. Matonak, EdD
President, Hudson Valley Community College

Robert J. May, Esq.
Member, Lemery Greisler, LLC

Angelo M. Mazzone
President & CEO, Mazzone Management Group

Tracy L. Metzger
Principal Broker, TL Metzger

Paul A. Milton
President & CEO, Ellis Medicine

Stephen Obermayer
Chief Financial Officer, BBL Construction Services

Lauren Payne
Managing Partner, Spiral Design

Nicholas Preddice
Behavioral Finance Coach, The Affinity Group, LLC

Andrew C. Rose. Esq.
Office Managing Partner, Nixon Peabody, LLP

Pamela Sawchuk Brown
Vice President of Community Development, Albany Medical Center

Susan C. Scrimshaw, PhD
President, Sage Colleges

Hon. Kathy Sheehan
Mayor, City of Albany

Richard P. Sleasman, SIOR
President & Managing Director, CBRE Albany

Charles P. Steiner
President, Capital Region Chamber

Carl E. Stewart, III
Vice President and General Manager, Turner Construction

Michael J. Uccellini
President, United Group of Companies

Omar Usmani
Executive Partner, Aeon Nexus Corporation

Dan White
Partner, KPMG Audit

Michael Yevoli
Regional Director, Empire State Development Corporation


Gregory J. Champion, Esq.
Managing Member, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC