Press Release - Staff Changes July 2019

ACEC New York Announces Staff Promotions, New Hire

ALBANY, July 2, 2019 — ACEC New York is pleased to announce several staff promotions:

Hannah O’Grady has been promoted to Senior Vice President. She will take on additional strategic planning initiatives in this role.

Gina Potfora, CMP has been promoted to Vice President of Member Services. She will have an expanded leadership role in membership-related programs and will retain her meetings and programs responsibilities.

Natasha Burns has been promoted to Chief Communications Officer and will have expanded oversight and responsibility in the digital and communications areas.

Erica Lavigne has been promoted to Director of Member Services and will be expanding her responsibilities in membership and education.

Additionally, ACEC New York is proud to announce that Jennifer Waterbury will be officially joining the Albany office on July 9 as Member Services Associate. Jennifer graduated from Siena College in 2017 with a degree in English. She brings excellent writing and customer service skills to ACEC New York from her previous role at East Greenbush Chiropractic.

“This is a great leadership and support team we have at ACEC New York, and these changes will allow us to be a better association for the industry,” said ACEC New York President & CEO Jay Simson upon announcing these promotions.

Through these promotions and adjustments in responsibilities, ACEC New York is adapting to changing member firm needs to ensure that vital support services are being provided to the industry.

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