About

2020 Board of Directors

  • President Katherine McCarthy, APR, Senior Director, Communications, American Heart Association
  • President-Elect/WebmasterKimmy Venter, APR, Regional Chief Communications Officer, American Red Cross
  • Past PresidentMichael Mullaney, Manager, Technology Communications, GlobalFoundries
  • Treasurer – Michael Bohne, APR, Communications & Marketing Assistant, Capitalize Albany Corporation
  • SecretarySteven A. Smith, Jr., Public Information Officer, Chief’s Office, City of Albany Police Department
  • Accreditation Chair and Ethics Chair Jodie Orzechowski, APR, Communications Program Manager, Capital Region BOCES
  • Diversity & Inclusion ChairMartin Mbugua, MBA, APR, Vice President for Communications and Marketing, Skidmore College
  • Membership Chair – Heather Schechter, APR, Director of Marketing, Sunrise Management & Consulting
  • Programming Chair – John Mackowiak, Director, Public Relations and Public Affairs, The Martin Group
  • Assembly Delegate – Paul Larrabee, APR, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Corning Place Communications
  • Member at Large – Michael Eck, Brand Editor, Two Old Hippies Stringed Instruments
  • Member at Large – Alicia Jacobs, President/CEO, AJ Management
  • Member at LargeSteve Ammerman, APR, Manager of Public Affairs, New York Farm Bureau
  • Member at LargePaul Fahey, Chief Operating Officer, Overit
  • Member at Large – Darcy Wells, APR, Communications Director, New York State AFL-CIO

Past Chapter Presidents

2019: Michael Mullaney 2018: Heather Schechter, APR 2017: Joshua Poupore, APR 2016: Siobhan Kent, APR 2015: Paul Hook 2014: Jennifer Miller 2013: Mike Lesczinski 2012: Rob Puglisi 2011: Penny Vavura 2010: Andrea L. Colby 2009: Eric J. Wohlleber 2008: Tom Nardacci 2007: Kathleen Kirvin 2006: Bonny Betancourt 2005: Dan Curran 2004: Heidi M. Weber 2003: Dan Curran2002: Linda L. Scharf 2001: Richard Chady 2000: Jennifer T. Ginley, APR 1998-1999: Jo Ann LeSage Nelson, APR 1996-1997: Jonathan M. Pierce, APR