Jodie Miller is named director of client services at C & D Advertising. In her new role, she will be responsible for planning, developing and managing client projects.
Miller, a Clinton native, assumes this role after 13 years as local sales manager/senior account manager at Galaxy Media Partners and brings more than 24 years of radio advertising, sales and marketing experience to the firm.
The agency, on Genesee Street in Utica, has been in business for 25 years and will have a new office in Rome to open soon.
IN OTHER BUSINESS NEWS:
• Clinton native Thomas Williams, assistant professor of computer science at the Colorado School of Mines, is the recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. The award, which includes a five-year research grant, is the highest award given to junior faculty by the NSF in recognition of exemplary research and teaching. Williams’ research focuses on human-robot interaction and natural language acquisition, informed by his background in cognitive science. The NSF award will grant $549,999 over the next five years for his project, “Cognitively-Informed Memory Models for Language-Capable Robots,” which draws on this expertise to attempt to develop working memory processes in robots. Williams is a graduate of Hamilton College and earned a master’s degree in computer science and dual Ph.D. in computer and cognitive science, both at Tufts University.
• Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES Automotive Technology instructor John Stratton recently was named the 2021 SkillsUSA Region I Advisor of the Year. This award makes Stratton a candidate for the SkillsUSA National Advisor of the Year Award. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry professionals working together to offer leadership and citizenship development to complement students’ career and technical education (CTE) skills training. Stratton joined the OHM BOCES Career and Technical Education Center as an automotive technology teacher in 2003. He brings more than 27 years of experience working in the automotive industry to his classroom.
• View, the Center for Arts and Culture has announced two new additions to their leadership team. Erin Grabosky has been appointed as the fine arts and crafts – workshop coordinator and Tayler Kiefer-Bach has been appointed as the community and special events manager. Grabosky is a 2020 graduate of Cazenovia College with a bachelor of fine arts in arts management. Kiefer-Bach is an Old Forge native and a graduate of Nazareth College with bachelor of science degrees in business and marketing management and education.
• Technology Innovations’ President and Founder Eric Bjornland has expanded his business by creating strategic partnerships with two local service providers, Bryan Rondeau and Scott Mathias, that will enable Technology Innovations to serve as a single-source vendor for office printing and supplies, IT hardware and software, cybersecurity, network infrastructure and digital marketing. Bjornland started Technology Innovations eight years ago and has expanded to provide custom services for clients from Albany to Buffalo. Rondeau is a cybersecurity analyst with a history of working in the education field, local government industry, as well as small to medium-sized businesses. He has a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity from Bellevue University. Mathias is a marketing strategist who specializes in coaching, strategic planning and technical marketing support for large and small nonprofit organizations and small to medium-sized local companies.
• ADHD & Autism Psychological Services and Advocacy announces the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art facility for the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program for children with autism. The new facility features an open concept which blends rich educational components with activities and learning opportunities. It has a new classroom, computer and technology space, arts and crafts area, and a functional play space to allows staff to incorporate learning with everyday life skills. The facility also has an indoor playground and treehouse. Children will have the opportunity to get active daily with a sensory gym that includes a rock-climbing wall and other sensory play activities.