Board Officers

Board Chair: John D. Bennett, MD., Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan

Past Chair: Thomas L. Amell, Pioneer Bank

Treasurer: James W. Drislane, CPA, Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte

Secretary: Patricia A. Fusco, Fusco Personnel

President & CEO: Andrew S. Kennedy, Center for Economic Growth

Executive Committee Members

  • James J. Barba
    President & CEO, Albany Medical Center
  • David M. Buicko
    Chief Operating Officer, Galesi Group
  • Michael Castellana
    President & CEO, SEFCU
  • J. Gregory Connors
    U.S. Government Affairs, GLOBALFOUNDRIES
  • Chris Del Vecchio
    President & COO, MVP Health Care
  • George R. Hearst, III
    Publisher, Times Union
  • Richard J. Hendrick
    General Manager, Port of Albany
  • Ruth Mahoney
    Market President, KeyBank
  • Justin Moore
    Vice President & 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
  • Gregory Stephan
    VP, Finance & General Manager, nfrastructure
  • Havidan Rodriguez, Ph.D.
    President, University at Albany
  • John Tattersall
    President, Frank Murken Products

Board Members

  • Brian Akley
    Sr. Business Development Manager, Gilbane Building Company
  • Cindy Applebaum
    Market President & Publisher, Albany Business Review
  • Carm Basile
    Executive Director, CDTA
  • Robert E. Blackman
    Vice President, Howard Hanna Realty
  • Tracey Brooks
    Partner, Shenker Russo & Clark, LLP
  • Bryant Cassella
    Regional Vice President & Market Leader, Wells Fargo
  • Antonio Civitella
    President & CEO, Transfinder
  • John DeAugustine
    President & Publisher, Schenectady Gazette
  • David S. DeMarco
    President, Saratoga National Bank
  • J. Tyler Desmond
    General Manager, The Desmond
  • Keith Dolan
    VP, Regional Executive, BlueShield of Northeastern New York
  • Christopher Dowd
    President & CEO, Ballston Spa National Bank
  • Paul Fahey
    COO, Overit
  • Daniel Fariello
    Senior Vice President, Capital Bank
  • Ray Gillen
    Chair, Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority
  • James Harris, Jr.
    President & CEO, Janitronics
  • John S. Harris, Esq.
    Partner, Brown & Weinraub, PLLC
  • Michael Hickey
    Executive Director, Stack Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Siena College
  • David Horan
    Market Executive, Hudson Valley Commercial Banking, JP Morgan Chase
  • Scott Houghtaling
    Senior Vice President, Commercial Leader, Berkshire Bank
  • Josh Kowalski
    Project Manager, Carver Companies
  • Kevin Lanahan
    Vice President, External Affairs, New York Independent System Operator (NYISO)
  • 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
  • Chris McKenna
    President & CEO, CAPCOM Federal Credit Union
  • John McManus
    Managing Partner, Harris Beach, PLLC
  • Matthew Millea
    Business Development Manager, C&S Companies
  • Paul A. Milton
    President & CEO, Ellis Medicine
  • Thomas O’Connor III
    VP, Channel Management, Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc.
  • Diana Ostroff
    Lobbyist, Ostroff & Associates
  • Michael Paparian
    Senior VP, Middle Market Banking, Citizens Commercial Banking
  • Roger A. Ramsammy, Ph.D.
    President, Hudson Valley Community College
  • Justin Riccio
    Senior VP, Alliant Americas
  • Joe Rigabar
    Executive Vice President, AYCO
  • Andrew C. Rose. Esq.
    Office Managing Partner, Nixon Peabody, LLP
  • Raymond L. Rudolph, P.E.
    Executive Vice President, John W. Danforth Company
  • Peter D. Semenza
    Vice President, Philanthropy, St. Peter’s Health Partners
  • 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
  • Richard Straut, P.E.
    Senior Vice President, Barton & Loguidice
  • Michael J. Uccellini
    President, United Group of Companies
  • Nick Viggiani
    Assistant Vice President for Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Dan White
    Partner, KPMG Audit
  • OF COUNSEL: Gregory J. Champion, Esq.
    Managing Member, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Funding Partners