Board Officers

Chair of the Board

Thomas L. Amell

President and CEO • Pioneer Bank
Executive Vice Chair

Christine A. Horne

Manager, Communications and Public Affairs • GE Energy

James W. Drislane, CPA

Managing Shareholder • Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte

Patricia A. Fusco

President & CEO • Fusco Personnel, Inc.
Past Chair

Laura Schweitzer, Ph.D.

Vice President for Health Sciences & Biomedical Initiatives • University at Albany
President and CEO

Andrew Kennedy

President and CEO • Center for Economic Growth

Executive Committee Members

  • Gary L. Balfour 
    President, Solid Sealing Technology Inc.
  • James J. Barba
    President & CEO, Albany Medical Center
  • John D. Bennett, MD
    CEO, Capital District Physician’s Health Plan
  • David M. Buicko
    Chief Operating Officer, Galesi Group
  • Michael Castellana
    President & CEO, SEFCU
  • J. Gregory Connors
    U.S. Government Affairs, GLOBALFOUNDRIES
  • Peter K. Cosgrove
    Senior Vice President, KeyBank
  • Ray Gillen
    Chair, Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority
  • Denise V. Gonick, Esq.
    President & CEO, MVP Health Care
  • George R. Hearst, III
    Publisher, Times Union
  • Richard J. Hendrick
    General Manager, Port of Albany
  • Justin Moore
    Assistant General Manager, Rivers Casino & Resort
  • John J. Nigro 
    President, Nigro Companies
  • Stephen Obermayer
    Chief Financial Officer, BBL Construction Services
  • Robert Pasinella
    President, Rensselaer County IDA
  • Laurie Poltynski
    Manager – Regional Account Specialist, National Grid
  • Martin Vanags
    President, Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership

Board Members

  • Cindy Applebaum
    Market President & Publisher, Albany Business Review
  • Carm Basile
    Executive Director, CDTA
  • Robert E. Blackman
    Vice President, Howard Hanna Realty
  • Joe Blair
    Plant Manager, Owens Corning
  • Antonio Civitella
    President & CEO, Transfinder
  • David S. DeMarco
    President, Saratoga National Bank
  • J. Tyler Desmond
    General Manager, The Desmond
  • Dan Dinsmore
    Founder & CEO, OverIt Multimedia, Inc.
  • Jonathan S. Dordick, PhD
    Vice President for Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Christopher Dowd
    President & CEO, Ballston Spa National Bank
  • Miriam Dushane
    Managing Director, Upstate New York for the Recruiting Division, Linium
  • Diana Ehrlich
    Lobbyist, Ostroff & Associates
  • Daniel Fariello
    Senior Vice President, Capital Bank
  • Thomas F. Flynn, CLU, ChFC
    President, Jaeger & Flynn
  • James Harris, Jr.
    President & CEO, Janitronics
  • John S. Harris, Esq.
    Partner, Brown & Weinraub, PLLC
  • David Horan
    Market Executive, Hudson Valley Commercial Banking, JP Morgan Chase
  • Scott Houghtaling
    Senior Vice President, Commercial Leader, Berkshire Bank
  • John F. LaRow
    VP, District Manager, Gilbane Building Company
  • Richard Lauricella
    Chief Operating Officer, Shenker, Russo & Clark
  • Richard E. Leckerling, Esq.
    Co-Managing Partner, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna
  • Jennifer L. MacPhee
    Managing Director, NY Capital Central Complex, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Bank of America Corporation
  • Andrew Marsh
    President & CEO, Plug Power
  • Angelo M. Mazzone
    President & CEO, Mazzone Management Group
  • George McHugh
    General Counsel, Carver Companies/Port of Coeymans
  • Paul A. Milton
    President & CEO, Ellis Medicine
  • Tim O’Hara
    President & CEO, AYCO
  • Michael A. Poveda
    Managing Partner, Grant Thornton
  • Nicholas Preddice
    Behavioral Finance Coach, The Affinity Group, LLC
  • James K. Reed, MD
    President & CEO, St. Peter’s Health Partners
  • Andrew C. Rose. Esq.
    Office Managing Partner, Nixon Peabody, LLP
  • Hon. Kathy Sheehan
    Mayor, City of Albany
  • Richard P. Sleasman, SIOR
    President & Managing Director, CBRE Albany
  • Carolyn Stefanco, PhD President, The College of Saint Rose
  • Carl E. Stewart, III
    Vice President and General Manager, Turner Construction
  • Paula Stopera
    President & CEO, CAPCOM Federal Credit Union
  • Richard Straut, P.E.
    Senior Vice President, Barton & Loguidice
  • Paul Taffe
    President – New York, Citizens Bank
  • Michael J. Uccellini
    President, United Group of Companies
  • Susan Walden
    Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Momentive Performance Materials
  • Renee Walrath
    President, Walrath Recruiting
  • Dan White
    Partner, KPMG Audit
  • OF COUNSEL: Gregory J. Champion, Esq.
    Managing Member, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Funding Partners