November 2015: People on the Move

New finance coordinator at community foundation

jeican WEBMichele R. Jeican recently joined the staff of the Northern New York Community Foundation as finance coordinator.

Mrs. Jeican comes to the foundation from DOHL Development Corp., Watertown, a sister organization of Jefferson Rehabilitation Center. She was employed at DOHL for 25 years, most recently as chief operating officer.

She oversees the NNY Community Foundation’s accounting, financial records management and financial reporting, as well as its nearly 400 designated funds.

She holds degrees in business administration from Jefferson Community College and SUNY Empire State College. Mrs. Jeican is a Watertown native, where she lives with her husband, Tim.

New staff at DANC

The Development Authority of the North Country recently announced the following new hires:

E. Hartley Bonisteel-Schweitzer began with the authority in August as its community planner. She comes to the authority from the Jefferson County Department of Planning where she was the community development coordinator for five years.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in city and regional planning from Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art and Planning.

David L. Smith graduated from the St. Lawrence University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and geology in May 2015.

Mr. Smith has two years of GIS experience working as a GIS technician for St. Lawrence University and the Development Authority of the North Country. As a student at St. Lawrence University, Mr. Smith collaborated on a geospatial analysis project focusing on coastal erosion due to rising sea levels in conjunction with Bering Sea storms in a remote indigenous village of Alaska.

His work experience includes field data collection, CAD to GIS conversion, georeferencing, and GIS database management. He was hired at the authority in August as a GIS technician.

Stephen Bohmer is the newest addition to the IT team at the Development Authority of the North Country and was hired as an IT Specialist. Prior to, during and after graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology, Mr. Bohmer worked for the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES as a network analyst, among other titles.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in applied networking and systems administration with and a minor in criminal justice from RIT in 2009. He comes to the authority with several years of network, server, and desktop support.

Financial representative earns national award

Clifford R. Davis, a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual, Watertown, has qualified for the NAIFA Quality Award from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

The NAIFA Quality Award recognizes professionalism through education and earned designations, production measured by performance metrics customized for each practice specialty, adherence to the NAIFA Code of Ethics, and service to the industry association. This is the 5th consecutive year he has earned this honor which recognizes financial representatives for their competence and dedication to the insurance industry and their clients.

Mr. Davis has been associated with Northwestern Mutual since 1992. As a financial advisor, he provides guidance and solutions for a variety of financial needs and goals for his clients.

A native of Meadville, Pa., Mr. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree from Gannon University and is finishing a master’s in financial services with the American College.

Urban Mission director to join health initiative

The North Country Initiative, Watertown, announced recently that Erika F. Flint, executive director of Watertown Urban Mission, has accepted the position of DSRIP director for the organization.

Mrs. Flint begins her new role on or about Jan. 2, 2016, and will oversee the coordination of the North Country Initiative’s DSRIP program.

For the past five years, Mrs. Flint has served as the executive director at the Watertown Urban Mission and in 2013 began efforts to lead the organization through a $2 million capital campaign to renovate their building and build a sustainability plan for the Mission’s future.