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Commerce and Community: Sept. 11, 2013

Commerce and Community: Sept. 11, 2013

News and notes from around the business community.

Lenhardt remains in School Boards Association post

ALBANY — Lynne Lenhardt has been re-elected as Area 7 director of the New York State School Boards Association. She represents school districts in Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties.

Lenhardt is also the first vice president of the group, a member of the executive committee, chair of the Policy and Bylaws Committee and is a board liaison to the Resolutions Committee. In addition, she formerly chaired the Task Force on Raising the Graduation Rate.

Lenhardt was elected to the Bethlehem Central Board of Education in 1988 and has served as president and vice president. She has been a member of the Capital Region BOCES Board of Education since 1997, where she served as president and vice president. Since 2005, she has served on the Tech Valley High School Operating Board.

Lenhardt received a master’s degree from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and formerly taught high school social studies. She also served as an adjunct college instructor of mathematics and worked in the state Legislature. She is currently a substitute teacher and does private math tutoring.

MacFarlane tapped to head loan fund

ALBANY — The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region has announced the appointment of Linda MacFarlane as its new executive director. MacFarlane brings more than 25 years of financial and business leadership experience, most recently as president/CEO of Columbia-Greene Federal Credit Union. She replaces Bob Radliff, who stepped down after 17 years.

MacFarlane first became acquainted with the Community Loan Fund in 2002 when she volunteered to teach the banking portion of the eight-week business planning course that the Loan Fund offers in partnership with The College of Saint Rose. In addition to her professional experience, MacFarlane serves on the boards of ClearView Center/Equinox, the Mental Health Housing Project and St. Anne Institute.

Radliff will be assisting with the transition while beginning a new chapter in his career as the acting director of the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund.

Ellis Medicine welcomes Varga

SCHENECTADY — Ellis Medicine has added otolaryngologist Victoria E. Varga, M.D., to Ellis Medical Group. She joins Ellis Ear, Nose & Throat Care providing evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for adult and pediatric patients with diseases of the head and neck.

Varga earned her doctor of medicine at Albany Medical College in 2008. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Siena College in 2004. She completed her residency and internship at the University of Chicago Hospitals in Chicago.

arga is proficient in Spanish. Committed to serving her community, Varga has volunteered at Unity House in Troy and Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany, providing health care service to the uninsured.

BST announces five new hires

ALBANY — Financial and management consulting firm BST has announced the following hires:

• Kimberly Russ joins the firm as a senior tax associate. Russ most recently worked for the Ayco Corporation and is an IRS enrolled agent. She has her master’s in taxation from the University at Albany. Russ will serve BST’s Albany and New York City offices. She resides in Niskayuna.

• Maria Venetz joins the firm as a bookkeeper in the client accounting services department. Venetz is a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor instructor and previously held positions as a bookkeeper and office manager. She earned her associate degree from Bryant and Stratton College and is working towards her bachelor’s degree. She lives in Colonie.

• Jack Dwyer, CPA, joins the firm as tax manager. He previously served as a tax manager with UHY and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. He will serve commercial businesses, real estate and not-for-profit organizations. Dwyer earned his bachelor’s degree from Siena College and lives in Glenmont.

• Nia Forshee, CPA, joins the firm as a senior associate in the accounting and auditing department. She was previously employed with a Rochester-based CPA firm and earned her bachelor’s from the University of Buffalo. She will serve manufacturing, construction and real estate organizations. Forshee lives in Albany.

• Scott Loesch joins the firm as an analyst in the Valuation, Forensic and Litigation Support department. Scott graduated in May 2013 from UAlbany with a master’s in forensic accounting. Originally from York, Pa., Loesch lives in Albany.

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