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  • Kate Ollier

    President
    518.274.7020
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    As President, Kate is responsible for developing event and professional development programs and working with the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and community businesses and organizations.  She oversees the Chamber membership, marketing, member benefits, finance, strategic planning and government relations.

    Kate is responsible for the development and implementation of the Chamber’s economic development strategy, and for providing professional direction and resources to members to assist with business planning, financing, workforce development, expansion and regulatory issues.

    Kate joined the Chamber team in 2009, and has served our members in a variety of capacities – most recently as the Director of Member Engagement & Business Development.

    Kate has overseen the promotion of the Chamber’s brand and marketing efforts as well as the creation and production of the Chamber’s robust series of member programs and special events, including the Annual Dinner {with a twist} and Expo, Van Rensselaer Awards Dinner, Annual Golf Classic and Troy Victorian Stroll. In addition, she manages the Chamber’s award-wining Leadership Institute, a skills-based leadership program that utilizes a “learning from leaders” approach to strengthen and develop participants’ skillsets as they advance professionally within their organizations.

    A proud alum of Siena College, Kate holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in writing and philosophy. She is the 2013 recipient of the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region Resourceful Women’s Emerging Professional Award. Kate is an active member of the Community Hospice Associate Board and Troy Business Improvement District Board.

  • Nancy Carmello

    Membership Coordinator
    518.687.1242
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    0071NancyloreseNancy Carmello is the Membership Coordinator at the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce.  The primary responsibilities of this position are to support the Membership Manager in recruiting and retention of new and current businesses, as well as working with the Ambassador Committee, and general office and staff assistance.

    Nancy brings more than 20 years of Sales and Marketing experience to the Chamber.  She is a proud alumnus  of Siena College. She has worked in Marketing for a local lending institution assisting with new website design, editing, and maintaining their company social media.  She was an Employment Marketing Specialist for Northeast Career Planning and Placement - developing employment contracts and training opportunities for individuals with various disabilities. For many years, Nancy worked full time as an Associate Broker in residential real estate throughout the Capital Region and currently maintains her license.  In her spare time, Nancy enjoys reading, playing tennis and is in a Gourmet Cooking Club.

    Nancy’s service and volunteer roles include serving on the Niskayuna Town’s Conservation Advisory Council since June 2014; Community Hospice Gala Committee for several years securing sponsorships and general fundraising; and Vice President/Socials Chair for Van Antwerp Middle School PTO.

  • Doreen Ercolano

    Newsletter Editor & Special Projects Consultant
    518.732.4512
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    Doreen Ercolano, owner of Quill & Ink Publishing in Castleton, New York, is a consultant to the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber, assisting the organization in producing its membership publications. Doreen is editor of the Chamber's monthly insight newsletter. She is also editor of the Chamber's quarterly economic development and tourism newsletter.

    A graduate of the State University at Plattsburgh, Doreen has more than 20 years' experience in newspaper journalism and professional writing. She has been a consultant to the Chamber since 1991.

  • Stephanie Fitch

    Controller
    518.687.1245
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    Stephanie Fitch is the Controller for the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, a position she has held since November 2000. She is responsible for management of all internal financial operations of the Chamber including supervision of cash flow, audit of health insurance transactions, oversight of investments and preparation of the budget. Stephanie holds a B.S. in Finance from Siena College.

  • Valerie Lazzari

    Executive Assistant & Office Manager
    518.687.1241
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    ValValerie (Val) Lazzari is the executive assistant to the president and office manager. Her responsibilities include managing communications and planning for the Board and Executive Committees, supporting the president, managing our conference room schedule/maintenance, ordering office supplies and most importantly, making sure we never run out of coffee!

    Prior to joining the Chamber, Val spent four years as an executive assistant and program administrator at Boston’s Harvard University’s Advising Programs Office where she worked to develop programing for first year students. Most recently, she spent some time in Seattle, Washington, supporting the CEO of a growing tech company, Smartsheet. Val graduated with a B.A. in Advertising and Communications in 2005 from Suffolk University. She is new to the Capital District and in her spare time enjoys exploring new places and hiking with her husband and two dogs. An avid photographer, you can usually find her photographing anything from events to landscapes to portraits. 

  • Maureen McGuinness

    Membership Manager
    518.687.1244
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    Maureen McGuinness is the Chamber's Membership Manager. Maureen's primary responsibilities include recruiting and retaining new members to the Chamber while acting as a resource to existing members. As membership manager, Maureen also works closely with the Ambassador Program to enhance current member relations. 

    Maureen has spent 25 years in development and public relations in the Capital Region of New York. Prior to joining the Chamber, Maureen served as family service manager at the Albany Diocesan Cemeteries Office; director of recruitment and advancement at the former St. Helen's School in Niskayuna; director of development for the Catholic School Office of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany; and as a reporter. She received various awards from the New York State Press Association and the Catholic Press Association during her time as a reporter. Maureen is a graduate of Marist College in Poughkeepsie.

  • Staci O'Neill

    Communications & Web Strategies Manager
    518.687.1243
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    Staci 2Staci O'Neill is the Chamber's Communications & Web Strategies Manager. Her responsibilities will include overseeing social media, e-newsletters, media releases, website maintenance, assisting with marketing and development of collateral, Chamber marketing for member businesses, co-editing monthly print newsletter and coordination of business ribbon cuttings, grand openings and milestone celebrations.

    Prior to joining the Chamber, Staci worked for the Monroe County Sports Commission in Rochester, NY, where she was the Manager of Creative Marketing & Communications. A 2009 graduate of Marist College, Staci holds a B.A. of Communications with a public relations concentration and business minor. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking with her husband and dog, cooking and taking day-trip adventures.

  • Gabrielle Polce

    Events Manager
    518.687.1238
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    Gabrielle (Gabie) Polce is the Chamber’s Events Manager. Gabie coordinates all Chamber programs and special events including the Annual Dinner, Van Rensselaer Awards Dinner, Annual Golf Classic and Troy Victorian Stroll.  

    A recent alum of The College of Saint Rose, Gabie holds a B.A. in Communications with a public relations concentration and business administration minor. She was a two-time captain of the women’s basketball team and President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Chamber, Gabie interned at The City of Albany Office of Special Events where she assisted in planning the Albany Tulip Festival and Alive at Five Concert Series. In her free time, Gabie enjoys singing, playing basketball for fun and spending time with family and friends.