January 2, 2013

Newsmakers: Dec. 27, 2012


---- — The SUNY Plattsburgh Alumni Association has named Michael and Selviana “Selvi” Bates, a husband and wife from the Class of 2002, recipients of the 2012 Off to a Good Start Award, and long-time accounting professor, Dr. Mohamed Gaber,  recipient of the 2012 Faculty/Staff Impact Award.

The Off to a Good Start Award is presented within the first 10 years after graduation to an alumnus or alumna who is off to a good start in his or her career, who demonstrates a sense of responsibility within the community and who continues to have a relationship with SUNY Plattsburgh. Michael is vice president, international government affairs, with Citi. He works closely with Citi’s Global Government Affairs staff and chief county officers, managing Citi’s relationships with relevant financial regulatory bodies and U.S. and foreign government officials in more than 100 countries around the world. In addition, he attends briefings with congressional staffers on the merits of legislation impacting international markets. Selvi is a paralegal specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice. She expects to graduate with a J.D. from the Charlotte School of Law, Charlotte, N.C., in 2016.

The Faculty/Staff Impact Award is presented to a faculty of staff member, current or retired, who has or had a major and lasting positive impact on the life of alumni. Gaber, chair of accounting in the School of Business and Economics, has a long history of mentoring accounting and business students, bringing them to financial institutions in Manhattan and Boston every year to network with business alumni and company executives. He has an extensive database of former students, keeping in touch with them throughout the years to help upcoming students and new graduates meet successful alumni in the field.

Adirondack Health in Saranac Lake has welcomed Greg Moore as its new chief financial officer. Moore began work as a member of Adirondack Health’s executive leadership team recently and has settled into the community with his wife and two children. His most recent position was as interim chief executive officer at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in California. Moore has 17 years of progressive responsibility in administration and finance for both nonprofit and for-profit health-care organizations. He values the leadership perspectives he has gained during his separate experiences as a CEO and CFO.

The Board of Trustees of North Country School and Camp Treetops has announced the unanimous election of Dennis Aftergut as new board chair. He replaces J. Matthew Davidson, who is stepping down as chair after 12 years but will continue his service on the board. Davidson requested the change to accommodate the growing demands of leading Xten Industries LLC, where he is chairman and CEO. In another change, David Damico has assumed the position of director of admissions for North Country School, replacing Christine LeFevre of Wilmington, who retired earlier this fall after 17 years directing admissions. Damico brings 20 years of leadership in independent schools to his new post. Most recently he served as the Upper School director of admissions at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School, a secondary boarding school in Kingston, Pa. Before that, Damico spent 15 years at the American School in Switzerland, where he served as dean of students, associate director of admissions and director of the Summer French Language Program.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County has honored two professors from SUNY Plattsburgh. Dr. Jonathan Slater and Colleen Lemza, from the Department of Journalism and Public Relations, were saluted at the agency’s annual Local Foods Dinner in November. Slater and Lemza were honored for providing public-relations students with service-learning opportunities that help the extension and give students valuable work experience.

Essex County Public Health Preventive Services nurse Gina Brandolino has received the New York State Public Health Works Honor Roll recognition. Brandolino, who serves as the Essex County Public Health HIV educator, has, during the past two years, added new community groups for presentations, HIV testing sites and locations where free condoms and education materials can be obtained in the community. Brandolino has expanded the school outreach program by five new schools, bringing the number served to 13 schools and more than 2,000 students. Classroom presentations cover topics of a comprehensive sex-education program including sexual health, relationships and decision making. She provides a secure atmosphere for discussion where students are actively engaged in her presentations, according to a news release. Supporting her collaborations, the Ryan White Foundation has provided additional funding for testing supplies and educational materials.

Marie Blatchley, a French teacher at Willsboro Central School, has earned the highest credential available to American educators by becoming a National Board Certified Teacher through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. National Board certification is recognized as the “gold standard” for teaching excellence. The National Board Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment of pedagogical skills and content knowledge. Certification traditionally takes one to three years, and Blatchley was able to achieve this distinction in her first year.

The Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine has announced that the ultrasound practice of Lake Champlain Ob/Gyn, P.C. has been awarded its fourth consecutive accreditation by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. A practice must re-apply for accreditation every three years. Lake Champlain Ob/Gyn, P.C. achieved this recognition by meeting rigorous voluntary guidelines set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession. All facets of the practice were assessed, including the training and qualifications of physicians and sonographers; ultrasound equipment maintenance; documentation, storage and record-keeping practices; policies and procedures to protect patients and staff; quality assurance methods; and the thoroughness, technical quality and interpretation of the sonograms the practice performs.

The American Red Cross North Country Chapter has named four new members to its board of directors for three-year terms: Richelle Beach of West Chazy, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center for the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office; Jamie Cross of Plattsburgh, business banking officer with NBT Bank; Peter J. Ensel III of Plattsburgh, chair of the Department of Communication Studies at SUNY Plattsburgh; and Susan Friedmann of Lake Placid, speaking professional, business coach and author.

Keri J. Rhebergen was elected Grand Matron of the Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star at its 143rd Grand session. She is a member of Fort Ticonderoga Chapter 263 and of Adirondack Star Chapter 677.