Advisory Councils


2013-2014 Business Advisory Council

John DeMelis
Business Advisory Council Member John DeMelis, partner with Ernst and Young, guest lectures on corporate social responsibility.

Scott SalmirsScott Salmirs
Chief Executive Officer
ABM Industries, Inc.

Jason HechtJason Hecht
Professor of Finance
Ramapo College of New Jersey

Rebecca Porter-O'DonnellRebecca Porter-O'Donnell

College Accountant
SUNY Oneonta

Evan SchieleEvan Schiele

Project Implementation Manager
SAP America

Grace Ts'ao
Emeritus Faculty
School of Economics and Business
SUNY Oneonta

Mitch AvnetMitch Avnet
Senior Vice President 
Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer
Lincoln Financial Group

Cees LantingCees Lanting
Senior Mktg Manager
Mktg & Bus Develop
CSEM SA (Swiss Ctr of Electr & Microtech)

Jamie ReynoldsJamie Reynolds
Senior Vice President
Regional Executive
NBT Bank

Michelle CatanMichelle Catan
Certified Business Advisor
NYS Small Bus Dev Ctr

Margaret MaguireMatthew Betzenhauser
Assistant Director of Research
Masonic Medical Research Laboratory

Johna PeachinJohna Peachin
Peachin & Associates


Darryl LincolnDarryl Lincoln
Plant Manager
Corning Life Sciences-Oneonta

John LambrechJohn Lambrech
Administrative Officer
W Capital Group

Scott Salmirs Zel Bianco

Interactive Edge

John DeMelisJohn DeMelis
Ernst & Young LLP

John Doherty John Doherty
Ernst & Young

Calvin NeiderCalvin Neider
Managing Partner
Clearview Capital, LLC


Albert  J. MarchettiAlbert J. Marchetti
Vice President
International and Federal Relations
Hess Corporation

Michael KolesarMichael Kolesar
Vice President, Instl Sales
Portfolio Mgmt Group
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.

Rasmus NielsenRasmus Nielsen
Principal Architect
Cisco Systems


Jianlin Song Jianlin Song       
Executive Director           
Sagamore Investment Management     

Scott Salmirs Andrew Schwenk

Executive Director
JP Morgan


Michael Pentaris Michael Pentaris
Custom Electronics


Aimee Vogel Aimee Vogel
Ioxus, Inc.


Kenneth Yamashita Kenneth Yamashita
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals


Kenneth Yamashita Chuck Bogosta
UPMC International & Commercial Services Division; Cancer Center

Kenneth Yamashita Wayne Mickiewicz
Retired Sr. Executive


Kenneth Yamashita Thomas Kane
Executive VP
Chief HR Officer
Constellation Brands


BAC Meeting Notes

 December 6, 2014
 April 26, 2014
 December 7, 2013


2013-2014 Student Advisory Council

Daniel Lounsbury (Chair) a 4th year Professional Accounting Major with a Minor in Economics. His hometown is Rocky Point, Long Island and his interests include reading books, physical fitness, intramural sports, cooking, fishing, and snowboarding. His career objectives include becoming a Certified Public Accountant to jump start a career in Auditing Services at an accounting firm in New York City.


Natalia PoljakNatalia Poljak (Vice Chair) is in her fourth year, majoring in professional accounting. She is originally from Brewster New York. After she graduates, she hopes to obtain her CPA license and work for an accounting firm in New York City. Her hobby is playing Volleyball on the Oneonta State volleyball team.


Marena VigilanteAbby Renneman (Vice Chair), originally from Red Hook, NY, is in her fourth year as a professional accounting major. While attending SUNY Oneonta, she remains heavily involved in community service and leadership activities as she serves on the SUNY Habitat for Humanity e-board as the affiliate liaison and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society e-board as the treasurer. After graduation she plans on obtaining her CPA and eventually working in financial consulting.

Erin Ruth is from Kingston, New York and is a junior at Oneonta, studying Business Economics with a minor in Gender and Women's Studies. She is a member of various clubs, such as Alpha Phi Omega (community service fraternity), and is highly involved in the Political Science Club. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing the piano.


Nick Moore is a Professional Accounting major in his junior year. He is from Monroe-Woodbury New York. Some of his interests include skiing, mountain biking, music, and coffee. His career objective is to obtain a job with one of the big four accounting firms after graduating. As well as being interested in music, he currently has a radio show on which he plays live electronic music mixes.


Marlaena LeMaitre is a junior Business Economics major with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Apparel and Textiles. She is from West Islip, Long Island and her interests include snowboarding and sailing. Marlaena currently runs for the Oneonta Cross Country and Track teams. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school and eventually have a career in the finance field.


Kyle Sisco is a junior Economics major with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Business Communication. He is from a town called Hartford, north of Albany. Kyle is in two student acts on campus, Somewhere Up There (SUNY Music Madness Champions) and Bray (Red Dragon Records’ Recording Artist). He recently hiked and camped around Colorado this past summer and hopes to do the same in Spain after graduating. Kyle hopes to have a career in an analytical field within economics after graduating.

Jeff SchnorbusRyan Dragunat is in his fourth year, majoring in professional accounting. He was born and raised in Smithtown, NY. After graduation he hopes to obtain his CPA license and work for a public accounting firm. His interests include watching and playing sports, Pilates, reading, and hanging out with friends.


Marena VigilanteMarena Vigilante is a senior at SUNY Oneonta. She is currently in her 4th year as a Professional Accounting major. Her hometown is Yorktown Heights, NY. Some of her interests include playing soccer, hiking, cooking and reading.



Marena VigilanteCharlene Nelson is a senior in the Professional Accounting Major.  She is from the Oneonta area and enjoys riding horses, hiking, geocaching, and reading.  She hopes to take two legs of the CPA exam this summer and secure an internship as well.  Her plan after graduation is to acquire a position with a medium size CPA firm.

Marena VigilanteMariel Doyle is a junior from Bethlehem, New York who is majoring in Economics and Mathematics. Mariel currently runs for the Oneonta Cross Country and Track teams and in her free time enjoys snowboarding. After graduation she plans to continue her education in the economics field.


Marena VigilanteKelly Van Deusen is a junior from Bethlehem, New York. She is majoring in Business Economics with a concentration in Marketing and Mass Communications with a concentration in Media Studies. Upon graduation, she hopes to get a job in the social-media marketing field and may pursue an MBA degree.


Marena VigilanteJennifer Rushlow is in her second year at Oneonta; she is majoring in Economics and Environmental Science. She is from Gasport, a small town in Western NY. After she graduates, Jennifer plans to attend graduate school to earn her PhD in Economics. Jennifer enjoys playing in Oneonta music groups including Concert Band, Chamber Orchestra, and Pit Orchestra.


Emeritus SAC Members

Philip Chieco '14
Angelica Aldana '14
Christopher Rollo '14
Jessica Silsbe '14
David Stanton '13
Julia Fremante '13
Jeff Schnorbus '13
Katie Tighe '13