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Proven leader brings over 25 years of executive experience to organization

Following a thorough and rigorous recruitment effort, Citizen Advocates is proud to welcome a new CEO with both a proven track record for leading companies to success and a passion for mission driven organizations.

CEO Reid Anthony comes to Citizen Advocates at a pivotal time for the organization as it positions itself for emerging opportunities in the shifting healthcare landscape among providers in the region.  Changes around service delivery and reimbursement models are creating opportunities for the organization to chart a new path to meet the needs of individuals and families in the North Country. 

“Reid is a leader with great vision who values healthy company culture, building strong teams and holding organizations accountable,” said Martha Dishman, President of the Board of Directors. “I am personally very pleased that we have been able to attract someone of his caliber and track record, and for these reasons and more, I am excited for our future.”

Mr. Anthony brings over 25 years of executive experience in various markets and industries concentrating on leadership, business development, strategic planning and change management roles.  Prior to joining Citizen Advocates he led the Change Management and Interim Senior Management Practice at the Schwartz Heslin Group in Albany, N.Y.  Mr. Anthony holds an MBA in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

While he has thrived in those settings, he also has a deep desire to be professionally involved with a mission driven organization like Citizen Advocates.  As a member of the Board of Directors for New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID), he understands the vital connection the organization provides to individuals and families needing disability supports, mental health and addiction services.

“I am confident that Reid is a CEO who will honor our legacy, and will be a strong advocate for those we support, our employees, and the community,” said Ms. Dishman, “I’d also like to acknowledge COO James Button who led this company as interim CEO while we conducted our search for Reid.  He did so with poise and incredible focus, and on behalf of the Board of Directors, we are grateful for his exceptional leadership during this period.”

“I am deeply honored by the opportunity to lead Citizen Advocates as we embrace new thinking and innovations around the delivery of exceptional healthcare and human services in our region,” said Mr. Anthony.  “Some of my first priorities are to chart the Strategic Direction of Citizen Advocates, to continue a legacy of best-in-class services to those we support, and develop a workplace culture that encourages teamwork, rewards performance and values a work-life balance. 

“We are fortunate that we have an extraordinary organization and I am grateful to be entrusted with leading Citizen Advocates at this juncture in time.  I can say with confidence we will continue to accomplish great things,” he added. “I chose this position because it enables me to utilize my leadership skills in a ‘mission driven business,’ a mission that has touched my life and one that I believe is important to those we support, our team members and the communities we serve.”

Mr. Anthony grew up in the Catskills, enjoys the outdoors and looks forward to living in the North Country.  He and his partner Kisori Marte are excited to be making their home in Malone.

His first day on the job was Monday, Oct. 1.

Plattsburgh Housing Outlet Announces Home Building Seminar

Plattsburgh Housing Outlet, Inc. has developed a home building workshop to educate our community.

Plattsburgh Housing Outlet is pleased to announce a Home Building Seminar on  Thursday, October 25th from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Dino’s Pizza, 795 Route 3, (next to Wilson Appliance) in Plattsburgh, NY. 

The free seminar will offer guidance on topics such as: lender requirements, manufactured and modular homes, advice on finding and developing your building site, and time frames for home building.

Experts from all areas of construction will give an overview of the process and participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions during the second hour.

Dinner will be served during the event and there is no cost or obligation for this service.  Participants must RSVP ahead of time, as space is limited and we have been at room capacity the last several times the workshop was offered.  Adults only please.   Anyone interested in attending may call 800-794-6250/ 563-6250 or email with their name, phone number, and number in their party. 

Participants will receive a FREE “how-to” packet with the information they will need to make an informed decision about new construction and home ownership.  One lucky participant will win $2500 off their 2019 building project.Plattsburgh Housing Outlet has been providing North Country Families with quality, affordable homes since 1991.  They were named Retailer of the Year by the Manufactured Housing Institute for the Northeast/ Mid-Atlantic region in 2003 and 2013, one of four companies in the nation.

For more information, contact LaBounty at 563-6250, ext. 21.

Champlain Centre Welcomes New General Manager

Pyramid Management Group has named Lisa Getty as the new General Manager for Champlain Centre in Plattsburgh, New York.
With a diverse mix of more than 50 tenants including shoes, apparel, entertainment, and dining, Champlain Centre is home to many top brands and top retailers. In her new role, Getty will primarily be responsible for handling on-site leasing activity, while also overseeing marketing efforts and daily operations.
Getty, who resides in Champlain, has lived in Clinton County for 25 years. Before joining Pyramid, Ms. Getty worked as a Communications Specialist for Future Electronics in Montreal, where she specialized in creating advertising campaigns, copywriting, and social media messaging. In addition to her marketing experience, she has an extensive background in shopping center management, having held similar positions with Miromar Development (based in Florida), Cabral Realty (based in New Hampshire), and Crown American (based in Pennsylvania) in prior years.
“I look forward to working with the team at Champlain Centre, and continuing to build on the mall’s longstanding history and impressive reputation as the North Country’s premier shopping and entertainment destination,” said Getty.
Ms. Getty’s predecessor, Alan Fortine, was recently promoted to the GM position at another Pyramid property, Manassas Mall in Manassas, Virginia.
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Canine Adventure, LLC now offers training for AKC Trick Dog titles

Canine Adventure, LLC now offers training for AKC Trick Dog titles.  Five local dog/handler teams who participated in the premier class were recently awarded A.K.C. Trick Dog titles.  Head Trainer Deborah Jay DeSilvaCertified Professional Dog Trainer, Behavioral Consultant and approved AKC Trick Dog Evaluator will be offering this class again in the Fall.

Greg Berman, Thurston Kelly, and Shannon Eagan of Canine Adventure Receive Awards

Greg Berman, Thurston Kelly, and Shannon Eagan of Canine Adventure, LLC have been awarded the Pet Professional Guild's Pet First Aid certificate of competence.  According to PPG President, Niki Tudge, “Having Pet First Aid Skills is fundamental to our industry and to the PPG’s guiding principles. Everyone can benefit from learning some basic first aid and earning this certificate of competence not only demonstrates the member’s skill and knowledge but also shows a commitment to the pet industry profession. Our new program is very comprehensive requiring the PPG member to pass a rigorous knowledge and practical examination in order to earn the certification.”

Armstrong Earns New York State Professional Engineer License

Beardsley Architects + Engineers is pleased to announce that Chelsea Armstrong, P.E., has earned her professional engineering license in the State of New York. She is a graduate of Clarkson University and has been employed by Beardsley since 2013.

Chelsea is currently working on multiple projects for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation including a new camping loop at Southwick Beach State Park, and marina improvements at Sampson State Park.

For more information on Beardsley Architects + Engineers, visit

Mumby Joins Beardsley Architects + Engineers

Beardsley Architects + Engineers is pleased to announce that Ryan Mumby, E.I.T., has joined the firm as structural designer.

Ryan graduated from Clarkson University in 2018 with a degree in Civil Engineering. In the summer of 2017, Ryan was an intern at Beardsley working alongside the structural engineering team. At Beardsley, Ryan will be working on projects for our governmental, educational, municipal, and state clients.

For more information on Beardsley Architects + Engineers, visit

Champlain National Bank Awards $5,000 in Scholarships to Local Students

Champlain National Bank gave $5,000 in scholarship money to graduating seniors throughout Essex and Clinton Counties at graduation ceremonies in June.  Recipients of the Champlain National Bank Scholarship receive $500 towards college expenses, and were treated to a special luncheon at the Bank’s headquarters in Willsboro, where they were able to meet and chat with President and CEO Steven Cacchio.

Champlain National Bank Scholarships are awarded every year at graduation to students throughout Essex and Clinton Counties who will be attending college in the fall.


The Willsboro Central School Winner was Adam Mero, son of Paul and Tamara Mero of Willsboro.  He will be attending SUNY Plattsburgh in the fall and plans to study History.

In Westport, the Champlain National Bank Scholarship was presented to Elizabeth Stephens, daughter of Paul and Kristine Stephens of Westport.  She will be attending Hobart and William Smith College and majoring in Entrepreneurship.

In Elizabethtown, Emmalee Turner, daughter of Jonathan and Hattie Turner, won the Scholarship.  She plans to attend SUNY Plattsburgh to study Physical Therapy.

In Crown Point the scholarship was awarded to Bailey Skinner, daughter of Laura Noel and Adam Skinner from Crown Point.  She will be attending SUNY Plattsburgh in the fall.

Thomas Palen, son of Ed and Teresa Palen of Keene, was the winner from Keene Central School.  He will be attending Montana State University in the fall and plans to study Business.

The Seton Catholic High School student who won the scholarship was Rachel Racette.  Daughter of Henry Racette from Cadyville, she will be attending Colgate University in the fall and plans to study Economics.

Northeastern Clinton Central School’s winner was Easton Francis, daughter of Rob and Bonnie Francis from Rouses Point.  Francis will be attending the Fashion Institute of Technology to study International Business.

Jasmine Mathis, daughter of Forrest and Gisselle Edwards of Plattsburgh, was the winner from Plattsburgh High School.  She will be attending SUNY Plattsburgh to study Marketing.

Lake Placid Central School’s winner was Jennifer Godin, daughter of Darryl and Deirdre Godin of Lake Placid.  She will be attending the University of Rhode Island to study Business.

In Saranac Lake, the Champlain National Bank Scholarship was presented to Almedina Cirikovic, daughter of Denis and Rusmina Cirikovic.  She will be attending North Country Community College in the fall and plans to study Business.

Champlain National Bank was founded in 1909 in Essex County and is still locally owned and managed today with ten branches serving the people of the North Country and Adirondacks.  In addition to tradition banking products, it has a full offering of mobile banking solutions, commercial loans and mortgages.

Glens Falls National Names Sangster Northern Region Corporate Banking Manager

Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company is pleased to announce Harrison Sangster has been named Northern Region Corporate Banking Manager.

In this role, Mr. Sangster will manage commercial lending in the Plattsburgh Region, helping to create and implement business development strategies in conjunction with the regional branch manager and business development team. Mr. Sangster joined the Bank in 2006 and most recently served as Vice President, Credit Manager at the Company’s corporate headquarters in Glens Falls. He and his family are relocating to the Plattsburgh area so he can focus on his new role.

Mr. Sangster earned his bachelor’s degree from Monmouth University in Long Branch, NJ, before going on to earn his master’s in business administration as well as a master’s certificate in financial management from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. He is a veteran of the United States Navy, with four and a half years of service to our country.  He is also an active member of his community, working with a number of local non-profit organizations.

Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company provides banking, investment, insurance and other financial services through 30 locations in Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Essex and Clinton counties. It is rated a 5-Star Superior institution by BauerFinancial. More information can be found online at

Burnham Benefit Advisors Attend National Employee Benefit Summit

Burnham Benefit Advisors executive team, Mark Crawford, Tish Biesemeyer, Ian Coryea, Kory Hosler attended the 14th annual broker conference expo in San Diego, California.

The broker expo gathered leading industry practitioners creating a robust workshop designed to update brokers on future trends in health care, leading edge benefit cost strategies, and how to follow the best practices in the industry for employers within the regional and national markets.

Keynote speakers included:

Bobby Jindal- Governor of Louisiana (2008-2016)

U.S. Presidential Candidate 2016

Donna Brazile- Veteran Political Strategist

Interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee

Gurpreet Dhaliwal-Professor of Medicine, UCSF

Expert on Human Decision Making

Burnham considers this type of event to be crucial in providing their clients with a state-of-the-art benefits program, where employers are provided the best possible benefit solutions for their employees at the most competitive cost.

Headquartered in Lake Placid, NY, Burnham Benefit Advisors has been solely focused on employee benefits since 1977, specializing in brokerage, consulting, compliance, and HR services for both public and private sector employees.

Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group Continues NY Expansion/Hires New Talent

Ryan Lee, a long–time resident of Plattsburgh has joined Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group as a Client Advisor specializing in business insurance.   “H&B brings a unique service platform to the market place including specialized loss prevention services and licensed workers compensation claims adjustment.  The training and analysis we provide to our clients results in a lower cost of insurance to them as our Insurers recognize the value added by our claims prevention and management” notes Paul Plunkett, Senior Vice President of Sales for H&B. 

Lee is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and holds his MBA from Norwich University.  He most recently led the start-up satellite office for ETS Staffing & Recruiting in Burlington Vermont, and previously served as Sr. District Executive for The Boy Scouts of America in Northern NY.   Plunkett added, “Ryan has wonderful relationships with the business community in the greater Plattsburgh area and we are thrilled to have him as part of our team”.

Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group was founded in 1821 and is headquartered in Burlington, Vermont.   They have most recently been awarded with “Best Places to Work” in Vermont, and “Best of Business” in Vermont for Property and Casualty Insurance. 


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