People on the Move – November 2012

Earns certification as  safety professional

Zachary W. Remington of Atlantic Testing Laboratories has completed all requirements to obtain the designation of certified safety professional. The certification is awarded to individuals who meet academic standards, satisfy professional safety experience requirements and have passed two examinations. The examinations cover engineering and management aspects of safety, applied sciences, legal and regulatory matters, professional affairs and other safety-related topics.

Mr. Remington is a graduate of St. Regis Falls High School and St. Lawrence University, Canton.

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals is a nationally accredited, non-profit corporation that establishes standards for and verifies minimum competency in professional safety practice.

Atlantic Testing is based in Canton with 10 offices across New York.

Pediatrician joins Canton-Potsdam


Pediatrician Dr. Patty Rissacher has joined Canton-Potsdam Hospital and is currently seeing patients at the Canton Family Health Center in the E.J. Noble Building, 80 E. Main St., Canton.

Dr. Rissacher completed medical training at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, in 2005. She completed a residency in pediatrics at University of Vermont, Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher-Allen Health Care, where she served as chief resident in pediatrics during her final year.

She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Clarkson University, Potsdam, and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She served most recently as an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and as a pediatric hospitalist at Vermont Children’s Hospital. She previously served as a medical instructor in the department of pediatrics at the university.

Hospital employee recognized for service


Massena Memorial Hospital recently recognized Marlene Emlin for her nearly 40 years of services at the hospital.

Ms. Emlin has worked in the health information services department as a coder and abstractor since 1999. She previously worked as a health information coordinator in surgical services and other nursing units throughout her tenure at MMH that started in 1975. Ms. Emlin plans to retire later this year.


Two new hires at Children’s Home

Adrianne L. Amell has been named the director of human resources at the Children’s Home of Jefferson County, Watertown. Most recently, Mrs. Amell was employed by the New York State Department of Labor in Watertown, where she served as a local veterans employment representative. For six years, Mrs. Amell was the assistant director of human resources at the Jefferson Rehabilitation Center, Watertown.

Mrs. Amell earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in human resources from Clarkson University, Potsdam, is a graduate of the Jefferson Leadership Institute and is a member of the Society of Human Resource Managers. She lives in Adams Center with her husband, Robert W., and their three children, Tanner R., Emmy S. and Robbie C.

Suzanne L. Petroske has been named the Children’s Home’s finance director. She was most recently a senior auditor and consultant with Constellation Brands, Victor, and has held various financial positions at KPMG, LLP, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., The St. Joe/Arvida Company, Boca Raton, Fla., and Stebbins Engineering and Manufacturing Co., Watertown.

Ms. Petroske earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from SUNY Oswego and a master’s degree in accounting from Florida Atlantic University.