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Commerce and Community: Oct. 31, 2013

Commerce and Community: Oct. 31, 2013

News and notes from the business community

St. Anne hires Malecki as chief financial officer

ALBANY — Diane Malecki has been named chief financial officer at St. Anne Institute, a residential treatment facility for girls in Albany.

Malecki has more than 30 years of experience in fiscal management and accounting and more than 15 years in the public school setting.

She started her career in the public sector at Capital Region BOCES as a financial software coordinator, and most recently she was employed as business administrator for the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District, overseeing a $41.7 million budget.

Malecki earned her master’s degree in education from the University at Albany. She also has a master’s in business administration from the Sage Graduate School and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.

Weidman chosen as St. Anne principal

ALBANY — Jefferson Weidman has been hired as the new principal at St. Anne Institute in Albany, a residential treatment facility and school for girls ages 12-18.

Weidman, an Albany native, is a graduate of Hudson Valley Community College with an associate’s degree in early childhood education and Sage Evening College with a teaching degree in English. He received his graduate degree in elementary education from Sage Graduate School and the College of St. Rose for school building leadership.

He began his career in 1994 at St. Coleman’s group home in Albany as a child care worker. In 1998 , he began teaching at the elementary level at Arbor Hill Elementary School.

He serves on the board of trustees for the LaSalle School for Boys and the Albany Fund for Education.

Weidman and his wife, McKinley Vannier-Weidman, are both certified therapeutic foster care parents through St. Catherine’s in Albany, fostering children in need for the last nine years. They currently have a 6-year-old foster daughter with plans for her adoption to be final in January.

Bouchey Financial adds Baecker

Victoria Baecker has been hired as the director of communications for Bouchey Financial and Bouchey & Clarke.

In this new role for the firm, which has offices in Troy and Saratoga Springs, Baecker’s responsibilities include coordinating and implementing the firm’s social media presence, marketing, public relations, coordinating special events, charitable giving and business development.

Baecker has a bachelor of arts degree in theatre from Russell Sage College and a master of science degree in organizational management from The Sage Colleges.

A 2012 graduate of the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute, she has been a board member and Program Committee chair for the Public Relations Society of America and Program Committee member for Women in Development and co-chaired the 2012 PRSA Northeast District Conference, held in Troy.

Baecker is also a member of the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador Committee and teaches Women Changing the World, a course for juniors and seniors at Russell Sage College.

Catalfimo continues as ALFN director

ALBANY — Michael J. Catalfimo was recently elected to his second term as a director of the American Legal and Financial Network.

Based in St. Louis, the ALFN is the nation’s largest network of law firms devoted to the representation of residential mortgage banking lenders and servicers.

Catalfimo was first elected to the ALFN Board of Directors in July 2011 and became chairman of the board in October 2012.

Catalfimo is a shareholder and managing director of Carter Conboy, a law firm in Albany.

In addition to his work with the ALFN, Catalfimo sits on the Steering Committee of the Business Litigation Practice Group of ALFA International,

The Global Legal Network is a network of more than 145 law firms in 65 countries throughout the world.

Catalfimo is active in numerous other professional associations. He is a frequent lecturer on topics related to real property litigation, creditors’ rights and ethics and is a past president of both the Federation of Bar Associations of the Fourth Judicial District and the Washington County Bar Association.

Yoquinto honored as top attorney

ALBANY — American Lawyer Media, a provider of news and information to the legal industry, and Martindale-Hubbell, have named William D. Yoquinto a Top-Rated Lawyer in health care law.

Yoquinto’s designation will be included in the November edition of The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazines.

William D. Yoquinto is a managing partner at law firm Carter Conboy in Albany.

Law firm opens Saratoga office

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Capital Region law firm Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany recently opened a new office in Saratoga Springs in the Granite Palace Building on Broadway.

As Saratoga County continues its rapid growth, the law firm determined Saratoga Springs was the right choice for expansion.

The firm specializes in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

Test drives earn money for school

BALLSTON SPA — Saratoga Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge, a local Chrysler Group dealership, helped raise $1,280 for Ballston Spa Middle School with Chrysler’s Drive for the Kids program.

The fundraising event was held Oct. 11 in conjunction with a school dance.

Participants earned a $10 contribution to the school on their behalf from Chrysler by taking a brief test drive in a Chrysler vehicle.

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