On the move
Paul Lenz, of Kingston and a Kingston office employee of the New York City Department of Environmental Protectio, has been named “Conservationist of the Year” by the New York State Conservation Council).
Lenz, who has worked at the water agency since 2002, is deputy chief of the Natural Resources Division in its Bureau of Water Supply.
He was recognized by the council for guiding the city’s efforts to open more water supply lands for recreation, organizing fishing clinics for families, sharpening the city’s focus on invasive species prevention, and demonstrating that hunting programs could complement forest management projects in the watershed.
Lenz earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry and water resources and a master’s degree in forest hydrology and watershed management at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Before joining the agency, Lenz worked as a hydrologist for the Massachusetts Watershed Initiative, and as a water conservationist for the Missouri Department of Conservation.
••• Dr. Amy Cocina, of Rhinebeck, has joined Health Quest Medical Practice’s primary care office in Rhinebeck, where she works to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases that affect adults 18 and older.
Previously, Cocina was a hospitalist at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie and was chosen by her peers as a 2012 Physician of the Year. She joined the Health Quest-affiliated hospital in 2010 after completing her internship and residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
She holds a doctorate degree of medicine from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a master’s in molecular biology from Princeton University. She graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Geneseo, Livingston County, with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and was included in the Alpha Omega Alpha national honor medical society during her graduate studies.
••• Laura Fleming, of Rosendale, has joined the Kingston office of The Spiesman Group / Weichert Realtors.
••• Jennifer L. DeCicco has been promoted to the rank of corrections sergeant in the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office.
She joined the Sheriff’s Corrections Division in 1997 and previously held the rank of corporal. She graduated from the Basic Corrections Academy in 1998 and has completed training in Direct Supervision and Corrections Supervision, Critical Incident Stress Management, and Identification Fraud and has taken the Firearms Long Course.
DeCicco has been corrections grievance coordinator since 2013 and served in the New York Army National Guard from 2009 to this year, holding the rank of Rotary Aircraft Hydraulic/ Pneudraulic Maintenance Specialist.
She is first woman to attain the rank of corrections sergeant in the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office.
••• Brittney Scott, of Port Ewen, has joined Kingston Creative, of Kingston, a creative and strategic agency, as a full-time content producer.
Her duties include branding, marketing and web design services for clients.
Scott was previously employed by Stadri Emblems in Woodstock as a graphic designer. She recently collaborated with Kingston Creative on projects such as the Pokemon Go map of Kingston and a cats-and-dogs coloring book.
••• Attorney Jane Cottrell, of Poughkeepsie, has been named executive director of the Mediation Center of Dutchess County, of Poughkeepsie.
A certified mediator and a former member of the Mediation Center board, she was named acting ex- ecutive director last February following the resignation of longtime executive director Jody Miller, who became the new Equal Employment Opportunity/ Human Rights officer for Dutchess County.
Cottrell holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Utah and a law degree from Columbia University.
During her career as an attorney and mediator in both the United States and the United Kingdom, she worked with individual and corporate clients in commercial matters and divorce. She began her career with a Wall Street firm, then moved to the corporate world, first at Cablevision and later as vice president and general counsel of CBS Cable.
She completed basic and advanced mediation training at Regent’s College in London and trained at the Mediation Center under Miller. She served on the board of the Mediation Center for several years and continues to mediate divorce cases with the agency.
She is a member of the New York State Dispute Resolution Association and the Dispute Resolution Sections of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.
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