Sunday, January 27, 2019

Mid-Hudson business people 'On the Move': Jan. 27, 2019 - The Daily Freeman

Marge Tobiassen of Catskill has been promoted to the new position of assistant vice president, IT application support officer at the Bank of Greene County.

Tobiassen has been with the bank for over 12 years in the IT department, overseeing the bank’s core processing system. Prior to that, she has had 20 years of experience working as an information technology officer in the financial industry.

Tobiassen holds a bachelor’s degree from Empire State College and an associate’s from SUNY Ulster. She is also a certified DNA creator, awarded from Fiserv. Her responsibilities include oversight of the bank’s core processing system as well as all the ancillary applications such as the loan origination systems, collection system, general ledger and investment systems, and online banking systems.

Rick Fernandez of Valatie in Columbia County has been promoted to the new position of information security officer at the Bank of Greene County.

Fernandez has over 35 years of experience with information systems and has been with the bank for 14 years. During his time with the bank, he has held the positions of manager of information systems and manager of application support. He has been responsible for the project management, administration, installation, upgrade, maintenance and transition for major banking software applications, including the bank’s loan origination, investment, collections and financial systems.

Fernandez’s new position within the BSA, Compliance & Operations Support Department will be focused on cybersecurity and information technology control monitoring.

Nicholas Frantjeskos of Greenville has been promoted to the new position of BSA & operational support officer at the Bank of Greene County.

Frantjeskos has worked with the bank for eight years, beginning his career in the branches, and has held a variety of positions of increased responsibility. He will be responsible for BSA implementation and monitoring, as well as additional management responsibilities within the department.

He holds a bachelor of science from the State University of New York at Albany and a master of business administration from Utica College, concentrating in economic crime and fraud management. He also has a certificate of Law and Banking through American Bankers Association and is a certified IRA specialist.


HYDE PARK, N.Y. — Beth Forrest, a professor of liberal arts at The Culinary Institute of America, has been elected the new president of the Association for the Study of Food and Society.

Forrest has been a member of the organization since 2005, and has served as secretary on the executive board for the past five years.

As a faculty member in the CIA's School of Liberal Arts and Food Studies, Forrest was instrumental in the launch of the college's Applied Food Studies major in 2015, the college said. She currently teaches Food History, The History & Cultures of Europe, and Introduction to Gastronomy at the CIA's New York campus.

Before joining the CIA faculty in 2009, Forrest was assistant director of the Programs in Food and Wine at Metropolitan College of Boston University. She was also a lecturer at Boston University and for online food-related courses at the Open University of Catalonia, based in Barcelona, Spain; and teaching assistant/teaching fellow in the History Department at Boston University.

Forrest holds her doctorate, master of arts, and bachelor of arts degrees from Boston University.


NEWBURGH, N.Y. — Heather Fitzsimmons, a career counselor with the Mount Saint Mary College Career Center, recently became the first Mount employee to attend the prestigious Leadership Dutchess program.

Leadership Dutchess is the signature program of The Chamber Foundation, Inc. and is dedicated to educating and motivating citizens to serve in leadership roles within the local community. It was designed to foster the development of a group of professionals who grow and learn together over a nine-month period.

The program is spearheaded by Mount alumnus Nicholas Shannon, the executive director of the Chamber Foundation.


POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. —  Alyssa M. Swan has been named associate clinical director at The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie.

Swan will work alongside current clinical director, David Crenshaw, to provide therapeutic services to children and their families at the Children's Home.

Swan is a licensed professional counselor, nationally certified counselor, and registered play therapist. Swan is also credentialed as a certified child-centered play therapist-supervisor and child-parent relationship therapist- supervisor. She completed her doctoral training in the Counseling Department at the University of North Texas.

Swan served over three years as the assistant director of the Center for Play Therapy (internationally recognized as the largest play therapy training site) in Texas. She worked as a counselor and psychological assessment clinician specializing in work with children, teens and families.  

Dr. Swan has relocated from the state of Illinois and now makes the Hudson Valley home.


NEWBURGH, N.Y. — "Disability and Aging: Learning from Both to Empower the Lives of Older Adults," by Jeffrey Kahana, associate professor of the Division of Social Sciences at Mount Saint Mary College, was recently named a 2018 Choice Outstanding Academic Title.

Each January, Choice magazine publishes its Outstanding Academic Titles list, which reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice during the previous calendar year. Out of the approximately 6,000 books reviewed by the magazine last year, only about 450 were named a 2018 Choice Outstanding Academic Title. "Disability and Aging" examines late life disability through the lens of advocates for the disabled and students of gerontology.


HOW TO SUBMIT “ON THE MOVE” NEWS: “On the Move” recognizes the professional achievements of local people. Submissions may be emailed with attached JPEG photos to or mailed with quality photo prints to On the Move, Daily Freeman, 79 Hurley Ave., Kingston, N.Y. 12401. Please be brief, include where the subject will be based, his or her place of residence (city, town or village) and a contact person’s name and telephone number.

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