Area busi­ness peo­ple ‘On the Move’

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Ul­ster BOCES Ca­reer & Tech­ni­cal Cen­ter in­struc­tor Mark Har­ris, of Hur­ley, N.Y., who teaches both New Vi­sions Ad­vanced Ro­bot­ics & Engi­neer­ing and Cus­tom Ro­bot­ics De­sign & Man­u­fac­tur­ing, earned an Award of Ex­cel­lence in Teach­ing from the Mid-Hud­son School Study Coun­cil. He was one of six teach­ers in the Mid-Hud­son re­gion who was rec­og­nized at a din­ner on Oct. 13 at An­thony’s Pier 9.

His learn­ing projects in­clude par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Win­ston So­lar Car Chal­lenge in 2013, in which stu­dents drove a so­lar car they built from Dal­las, Tex., to Los An­ge­les, Calif., and took first place in their di­vi­sion. He and his stu­dents also par­tic­i­pated in the race in 2016 and took se­cond place in their di­vi­sion.

Har­ris also ini­ti­ated a part­ner­ship be­tween Ul­ster BOCES Ca­reer & Tech­ni­cal Cen­ter and the NASA HUNCH pro­gram in 2014. The ven­ture re­sulted in stu­dent work to de­sign, test and man­u­fac­ture lock­ers that are now in use on the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion. The part­ner­ship con­tin­ues to be a fun­da­men­tal part of the pro­grams’ cur­ricu­lum.

In the 2015-16 school year, Har­ris spear­headed a Lemel­son-MIT grant­funded project for the New Vi­sions Ad­vanced Ro­bot­ics & Engi­neer­ing and New Vi­sions Health stu­dents. The stu­dents were tasked with in­vent­ing and de­vel­op­ing a pro­to­type of a ro­botic ex­oskele­ton or “hand-en­hanc­ing glove” de­signed to aid stroke or trau­matic brain in­jury pa­tients. Stu­dents will con­tinue the as­sign­ment through­out the 201617 school year.


Christo­pher Bow­ers, of Kingston, N.Y., has been hired as an ac­count ex­ec­u­tive at The Reis Group.

Bow­ers is a na­tive of Kingston, where he at­tended Kingston High School and was a multi-dis­ci­pline stu­dent ath­lete. He re­ceived a bach­e­lor of science de­gree in com­mu­ni­ca­tion stud­ies from SUNY Oneonta.

He is li­censed in prop­erty and casualty, as well as life ac­ci­dent, and health in­surance.

••• Lisa Wach­tel, of Sauger­ties, N.Y., and Ju­lia Solomon, of Red Hook, N.Y., have joined the staff of the Catskill Cen­ter for Con­ser­va­tion and De­vel­op­ment at the cen­ter’s new Tan­nersville, N.Y., of­fice.

Both Solomon, as real es­tate project man­ager, and Wach­tel, as real es­tate clos­ing man­ager, will work on the Catskill Cen­ter’s Stream­side Ac­qui­si­tion Pro­gram, an ini­tia­tive de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with the New York City Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion.

The five-year pi­lot pro­gram in the Schoharie Basin is de­signed to pre­serve healthy streams by pro­tect­ing sen­si­tive stream­side lands. The Catskill Cen­ter will work with el­i­gi­ble, in­ter­ested landown­ers to buy va­cant stream­side buf­fer lands and flood­plains that ul­ti­mately will be held by New York City and pre­served as nat­u­ral, forested ar­eas.

Solomon re­ceived an un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree in bi­ol­ogy from Cor­nell Univer­sity and a mas­ter’s de­gree in con­ser­va­tion bi­ol­ogy and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment from the Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin-Madi­son.

Wach­tel has more than 25 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the le­gal, ti­tle in­surance, and land ser­vices in­dus­tries.

••• Mar­jorie S. Rovereto, of Kingston, N.Y., has been hired as the new chief lend­ing of­fi­cer at Ron­d­out Sav­ings Bank, of Kingston, N.Y.

Rovereto, who has 32 years of bank­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, has served as both pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer for both Ul­ster Sav­ings Bank, of Kingston, and Home­town Bank of the Hud­son Val­ley, of Walden, N.Y.

She earned her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in fi­nance and man­age­ment from SUNY Al­bany. She is also a grad­u­ate of the Na­tional School of Fi­nance and Man­age­ment at Fair­field Univer­sity.

HOW TO SUB­MIT “ON THE MOVE” NEWS: “On the Move” rec­og­nizes the pro­fes­sional achieve­ments of lo­cal peo­ple. Sub­mis­sions may be emailed with at­tached JPEG pho­tos to news@free­manon­ or mailed with qual­ity photo prints to On the Move, Daily Freeman, 79 Hur­ley Ave., Kingston, N.Y. 12401. Please be brief, in­clude where the sub­ject will be based, his or her place of res­i­dence (city, town or vil­lage) and a con­tact per­son’s name and tele­phone num­ber.



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