People on the Move – December 2012

Promoted at Overhead Door Co.
Overhead Door Co. of Watertown has promoted Donnie Patchen to the position of chief operations officer, in addition to his current position as vice president.

In his position as COO, Mr. Patchen will be responsible for all daily operations. He brings to this position 38 years of installation and management experience within the company.

Overhead Door Co. of Watertown has been servicing the north country for 80 years.

Receives financial counseling certification


Lisa Wash, manager at Pioneer Services, Evans Mills, a Division MidCountry Bank, recently received Accredited Financial Counselor certification from the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education. AFC designation allows financial counselors to assist individuals and families with financial decision making and achieving strategic financial goals.

Ms. Wash is also a certified identity theft risk management specialist and credit report reviewer. As manager of Pioneer Services she provides free financial education, services and lending to active-duty and retired service members.

Joins legal firm


Elizabeth H. Kaskan has joined Hahn Loeser & Parks, a Cleveland, Ohio, law firm, as an associate in its litigation practice. She was admitted to the Ohio State Bar on Nov. 5.

Before joining Hahn Loeser, Ms. Kaskan worked for the Pediatric Advocacy Initiative, a medical-legal partnership with the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, where she counseled low-income clients on divorce, custody, paternity, housing and benefits issues.

Ms. Kaskan earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School in May. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Colgate University, Hamilton, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in 2009. She was salutatorian of Watertown High School’s class of 2005.

Ms. Kaskan, daughter of Mary M. and Michael E. Kaskan, Watertown, resides in Cleveland.

 Two become certified dental assistants

The Thousand Islands Center of Dental Technology at the Clayton Dental Office has announced the graduation and board certification of Julie Kern and Ashley Arquitt, both career treatment coordinators at the Clayton office. Both Ms. Kern and Ms. Arquitt earned degrees from Monroe Community College, Rochester, to become certified dental assistants. Upon graduation from MCC, both passed board certification exams on state and national levels.

Ms. Kern is a 1996 graduate of Alexandria Bay Central School. Ms. Arquitt is a 2001 graduate of Hammond Central School and a 2004 Jefferson Community College graduate.

Customer service manager promoted


BlueRock Energy Inc., a privately held Syracuse-based energy services company, has promoted Laura Kauffman to the position of energy supply consultant for the north country region. Ms. Kauffman was previously a customer service manager for the company. Ms. Kauffman will service the upstate region, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Franklin, Essex and Clinton counties.

Ms. Kauffman’s new position required consulting with business owners, board members and primary decision makers on the continuous shifting of energy markets. She will be working with small businesses and large industrial corporations to produce customized energy programs.

Contact Ms. Kauffman at 380-1922 or


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