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Commerce and Community: Sept. 14, 2013

Commerce and Community: Sept. 14, 2013

News and notes from around the business community

Saratoga Hospital adds new surgeon

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital recently welcomed Dr. Randall Kimball II to the Saratoga Center for General and Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Kimball received his medical degree from Albany Medical College. He completed both a residency and internship at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Pa., and a fellowship at St. Francis Hospital Medical Center in Hartford, Conn. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and will be in practice at One West Avenue, Saratoga Springs.

Three join full-time faculty at FMCC

JOHNSTOWN — FMCC has added three new full-time faculty members to its teaching roster: physics instructor Gilbert Ayuk, English instructor Tom Skowronek and accounting instructor Mark Swain.

• Gilbert Ayuk is teaching Physics I and Physics III. He earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Buea, Cameroon, and a second master’s degree from Wayne State University in Michigan. Before joining FMCC’s faculty, he worked at the University of Dschang, Cameroon; South Louisiana Community College; and Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

Ayuk resides in Amsterdam with his wife, Magdalene, and three children.

• Tom Skowronek has worked at FMCC for the past four years as both an adjunct instructor and a writing tutor for the TRiO program. Now a full-time English instructor, Skowronek teaches developmental writing, introduction to composition and introduction to literature.

Skowronek, who was born and raised in Amsterdam, earned his bachelor’s degree from Iona College in New Rochelle, where he was a double major in English and philosophy. He continued his education there to earn a master’s degree in English.

• Prior to joining FMCC’s full-time faculty, Mark Swain worked in business for the first 10 years of his career (after earning a bachelor’s degree), both in the U.K. and the U.S. After leaving the U.K. in 1995, he worked at General Electric as a corporate financial analyst for several years and moved on to become an associate director at MVP Health Care. Swain began teaching in 2003 at Schenectady County Community College as an adjunct professor and teaching business full-time at Galway High School.

As an accounting instructor, Swain teaches accounting, managerial accounting and quantitative business analysis. He is working with assistant professor Alex Henderson to create an entrepreneur class for spring 2014.

Swain earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Brunel University (England), a New York state teaching certificate from Siena College and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University at Albany. A resident of Burnt Hills, Swain is married with two children.

Doctor joins orthopedic staff

ALBANY — Dr. Michael A. Flaherty has joined Capital Region Orthopaedics.

Flaherty is a sports medicine specialist with concentrations in hip, knee, shoulder and elbow arthoscopy. The Boston native attended Georgetown University and was a member of the Hoya football team. He continued his studies at the University of Massachusetts, where he completed a sports medicine fellowship. Flaherty is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Flaherty resides in Saratoga Springs with his wife and two children.

Flaherty works at the Albany, Malta and Queensbury Capital Region Orthoapedics offices.

Bradley Agency adds assistant

ALBANY — The Bradley Agency has announced the addition of Jinette Mena of Schenectady as an administrative assistant/customer service representative.

Mena graduated from the State University of New York at Cobleskill with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, specializing in technology management. She interned with the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation and has volunteered with the City Mission.

The Bradley Agency provides health, life, property and casualty insurance for both commercial and personal lines.

Local man earns statewide award

ALBANY — Marc Smith, a porter with The Altamont Program Inc. in Schenectady — an affiliated program of Peter Young Housing, Industries and Treatment — has been named the 2013 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipient by New York State Industries for the Disabled Inc.

Smith, an Army veteran who works at the Corning Tower in Albany, was chosen from among 59 Joslin Award nominees statewide to receive the William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award. In its 10th year, NYSID’s Joslin Awards Program has recognized 475 Outstanding Performers and awarded 11 of those individuals with the final William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award.

NYSID’s annual Joslin Awards Program celebrates excellence in Preferred Source employment by New Yorkers with disabilities.

Established in 1975, NYSID is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit that creates employment opportunities for nearly 7,000 New Yorkers with disabilities annually.

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