Advisory Councils


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

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

Scott SalmirsChristine Amos

Vice President
Bank of Cooperstown

Scott SalmirsDimitri Grivas

ARMA International, LLC

Scott SalmirsCraig Rosenberg

Senior Vice President
Wealth Management
Merrill Lynch

Scott SalmirsChris Riggio

Chief Revenue Officer

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 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

Scott Salmirs Mike Perrino

First Senior VP
Product Management
NYCM Insurance

Scott Salmirs James McAteer

Vice President
Sr Client Relation Specialist
Capital Group

Scott Salmirs Kent Newhart

ATA Financial Group, LLC

Scott Salmirs Robert Gallagher

Chief Information Officer
Dell Services




BAC Meeting Notes

 May 7, 2016
 December 5, 2015
 May 2, 2015
 December 6, 2014
 April 26, 2014
 December 7, 2013


Student Advisory Council

SAC Bylaws


Marena VigilanteMichelle Nguyen (President), from Weedsport, NY, is a professional accounting major with a concentration in finance. She is a member of various clubs and is on the e-board for OnMark, the Finance Club, and the Accounting Society. Michelle also serves as a director on the Student Association. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, cooking, and spending time with loved ones. After graduation she hopes to obtain her CPA and work in an accounting firm in a big city.


Marena VigilanteSamantha Wilks (Vice President) is a Professional Accounting Major with a minor in Gender Studies from Endwell, NY. She is a member of the Oneonta Cross Country and Track team and is the treasurer of the GSA. After graduation she hopes to obtain her CPA license and work at an accounting firm in Chicago, and one day become a CFO.


Marena VigilanteAnna Lin (Vice President) is a Professional Accounting major with a concentration in finance. She is from Plainview, New York. While not in the classroom, Anna serves as a Peer Tutor in PreCalculus and Business courses, a Peer Mentor for first-year students and participates in many organizations such as Accounting Club and Finance Club. In her free time, you may find Anna skiing down a mountain, creating elegant fashion sketches, or even photographing landscapes in a remote national park. After graduation, Anna plans on obtaining her CPA license and working for a top 10 accounting firm.

Marena VigilanteAndrew Jensen (Treasurer) is from Sandy Hook, CT. He is a Business Economics major with a Finance concentration. He serves on the e-boards for the Newman Club and the Jazz Appreciation Society. This past fall he participated in the Fed Challenge. After graduation, he is considering a career in either finance/investment banking or in economics.


Marena VigilanteAmanda Barcia is a Business Economics major with a concentration in finance. She is from Westchester, New York. Some of her interests include club and intramural sports, snowboarding, and four-wheeling. Upon graduation Amanda’s plan is to pursue a career in the finance industry.


Marena VigilanteLaura Dailey is double majoring in Business Economics and International Development Studies with a minor in Business Communications. She is from a small town called Marcellus near Syracuse, New York. Laura is a player on the Oneonta Women’s Rugby club team and various intramural sport teams. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in fields related to International Business.


Marena VigilanteConnor Day is a Professional Accounting major with a concentration in finance and a minor in mathematics. Originally is from Bellmore, NY Connor is involved in many clubs as he is the President of the Finance Club, Vice president of the Accounting club as well as the Treasurer of the Economic Club. Connor serves as the campus ambassador for the Becker, which is a CPA review provider. He also serves on the Student Association as a senator and is in Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society. Upon graduation he plans to obtain his CPA and work for one of the big four accounting firms in New York City.


Marena VigilanteJessica Dominianni is a Business Economics major with a minor in Business Communications. She is from Rockland County, NY. She is a sister of Sigma Sigma Sigma, President of the Inter-Greek Council Executive Board, and President of Order of Omega. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in finance.


Marena VigilanteSabina Ruggles is a Business Economics and Communications double major. She has been an active member of many clubs and organizations on campus including the Student Association Senate, the Oneonta Chapter of the American Advertising Federation, OnMark, Mentor Community, and a variety of campus committees. Aside from her busy class and extracurricular schedule, she is a musician, playing piano and singing for almost all of her life. After graduation, she plans on obtaining an MBA, and hopefully obtaining a career in the New York City area.


Marena VigilanteKevin Stearns is majoring in Economics with minors in Political Science and Audio Production Arts. Originally from Schenectady, NY he is Community Service Chair for the Ultimate Frisbee Association and a peer tutor at CADE. After graduation, he plans to work in the field of economics or law.



New Members (Spring 2016)

Elizabeth Benedict is majoring in Professional Accounting. She is from Schenectady, NY and is an Accounting tutor at CADE on campus. She also participated in the College Fed Challenge this year. After graduating, she plans to take the CPA exam and join a public accounting firm in Upstate New York.


Sara Stathopoulos is majoring in Business-Economics with a concentration in Finance. Originally from Albany, New York, she also works as a note taker for the Student's with Disabilities Services office and as a barista at the coffee shop on campus, as well as volunteers throughout the community. Her interests include running, reading, and traveling. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a career working in finance.

Connor Killane is from Clifton Park, NY. He is majoring in Business Economics with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Communication Studies. He is also a member of the Oneonta Swimming and Diving team and is part of the SUNYAC All-Acadmemic Team. Upon graduation Connor plans on pursuing a career in finance.


John Danielo is majoring in Business-Economics with a concentration in Finance. He is from Plainedge, New York and is currently involved in Economics, Finance, and Befit Clubs. He is a former athlete at SUNY Oneonta and when he is not doing work he enjoys being active with friends and family. He hopes to one day work in finance somewhere in New York City.


James Garzia is a Professional Accounting and Mathematics dual major. He is from Marcellus, NY. He is a co-founder of the Entrepreneurship Club. He also is a member of Accounting Society, Finance Club and OnMark. James also serves as a Senator on the Student Association. James plans to obtain his CPA and work as an Accountant.


Jessica Anderson is a Professional Accounting Major. She is from Levittown, NY and is a member of SUNY OnMark.  She is also a member of the Fundraising Committee for Relay for Life in the Colleges Against Cancer club. Some of her interests include reading and working out. After graduating in May 2018, she hopes to become a Certified Public Accountant and eventually obtain her MBA degree.


Tim Distler is a Business Economics major.  He is from Amityville, NY, and is a member of the Tennis Team and serves as the recruiting coordinator.  Tim volunteers as a site coordinator for the VITA program, is a member of the Finance and accounting societies.  He is also the Vice President and co-founder of the Entrepreneurship Club.  Upon graduation he plans on starting a career in finance.


Michael McDonnell is a Professional Accounting major from Levittown, NY. He currently works as a Resident Advisor in Wilber Hall, is a brother of Alpha Phi Omega, and is a conference co-chair for the NEACURH Regionals 2016 Conference to be held at SUNY Oneonta in the fall of 2016. In his free time, he enjoys long distance running and hiking. Following his graduation in the spring of 2018, Michael hopes to work either as a CPA or as an accountant for a non-profit organization.


Melissa Voyer is a Professional Accounting major from Baldwinsville, New York. Melissa enjoys the outdoors and has a love for travelling and new experiences. Melissa takes pride in being a member of the Women’s Volleyball team at SUNY Oneonta. After graduation, her plans are to get her Certified Public Accountant license and work for a pubic accounting firm in North Carolina.


Emeritus SAC Members

2016: Heather Bohlen, Lauren Bracco, Alyson DeVita, Gretchen Gartman, Shane Irwin, Meaghan Kristol, Kristina McNamara, Benjamin Merrill, Nick Moore, Ryan O'Mahoney, Micah Patterson, Sarah Planken, Stephanie Renner, Jennifer Rushlow, Colleen Shannon, Kathryn White, Raquel Wolf

2015: Matthew Acquavella, Kelly Van Deusen, Mariel Doyle, Ryan Dragunat, Marlaena LeMaitre, Daniel Lounsbury, Charlene Nelson, Natalia Poljak, Abby Renneman, Erin Ruth, Kyle Sisco, Marena Vigilante

2014: Angelica Aldana, Philip Chieco, Christopher Rollo, Jessica Silsbe

2013: Julia Fremante, Jeff Schnorbus, David Stanton, Katie Tighe