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Watertown law firm announces new hires

Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall, LLP, Watertown, has announced two new employees at the law firm.

Samuel P. Burgess, a native of Watertown, attended Immaculate Heart Central High School and received a bachelor’s degree in sports management from St. John Fisher College, Rochester, in 2006. He received a master’s degree in business administration from Missouri Baptist University the following year and in 2013 earned a Juris Doctor degree summa cum laude from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he was the valedictorian.

Mr. Burgess worked on The John Marshall Law Review while in school and worked as a law clerk at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Chicago and at Conboy. He returned to Conboy in March and now works in the business and estate practice groups.

Melissa A. Freakley, of Black River, graduated summa cum laude from St. Lawrence University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in history. She received a Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 2012 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in June.

Miss Freakley was a member of the Syracuse Law Review, Justinian Honor Society, Estate Planning and Family Law Society while in law school. She joined Conboy in June as a member of the domestic relations group.

Peebles Realty broker gets performance award

Karen A. Peebles, a licensed real estate broker for Peebles Realty, Adams, has been awarded the Performance Management Network Designation by the Women’s Council of Realtors.

The PMN curriculum teaches strategies for negotiating, networking, making referrals, planning business and systems, managing personal performance and navigating cultural differences in buying and selling.

The Women’s Council of Realtors is a nationwide community of more than 19,000 real estate professionals and is an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, headquartered in Chicago.

Ellisburg man designated as adviser for senior living

Clifford Davis of Northwestern Mutual Financial, Watertown, has earned the designation of chartered adviser for senior living from the American College, a leading educator of professionals in the financial services industry located in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

With the CASL designation, Mr. Davis will provide guidance and innovative solutions on a range of financial topics to senior citizens in retirement and individuals preparing for retirement.

Mr. Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Gannon University and has been accepted into a financial services masters program at The American College.

Mr. Davis, who lives outside of Ellisburg, recently celebrated his 20th anniversary with Northwestern Mutual and previously served as a supply officer with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum.

Watertown woman is audit intern at CPA firm Dannible & McKee, certified public accountants and consultants, Syracuse, has announced Maggie Lashomb, Watertown, is a new audit intern with the firm.

Miss Lashomb graduated from LeMoyne College, Syracuse, and will begin an MBA program there this fall. She has worked as a medical records clerk for North Country Orthopaedic Group, Watertown.

GYMO Architecture adds to engineering department

GYMO Architecture, Engineering & Land Surveying continues to expand with an addition to the engineering department.

Chad Woods joined the firm in May of 2012 as a design engineer, after graduating from the University at Buffalo with a degree in civil engineering.

Mr. Woods works under the direction of senior project engineers on a variety of commercial and site development projects. He is from Gouverneur.

Alexandria Bay man intern at Bernier, Carr

Bernier, Carr & Associates has announced that Andrew T. Garlock has joined the firm as an intern architect.

Mr. Garlock graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and worked with an architecture firm in Syracuse for a year.

During his last three years at Syracuse University, Mr. Garlock was a summer intern at Bernier, Carr & Associates. Mr. Garlock, a Thousand Islands native, lives in Alexandria Bay.

Burrville man named new partner at GYMO

GYMO Architecture, Engineering & Land Surveying recently named Ryan G. Churchill as a partner.

Mr. Churchill has nearly 10 years of experience providing land planning and site development design services to municipalities, commercial and residential developers and public and private institutions. He also aids clients with permits and regulatory approvals.

Mr. Churchill was a major contributor to the civil and site engineering design of several high profile projects, including Creek Wood Apartments and SummitWood Developments, Samaritan Summit Village and Watertown City Center Plaza.

Mr. Churchill earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering and management from Clarkson University, Potsdam. He worked as a summer intern at GYMO and joined the firm fulltime after graduating in 2004.

Mr. Churchill lives in Burrville with his wife, Lesley, and four children, Reese, Corelyn, Genevieve and Isobel.

WHS graduate named to electronics hall of fame

Steven A. Van Slyke, a member of Watertown High School’s class of 1974, was inducted into the 2013 Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame for his research that led to the creation of organic light-emitting diode technology.

Mr. Van Slyke, a member of the research and development team at Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester for more than 20 years, helped invent the OLED technology with a lab partner at the company, Ching Tang, who was also honored as an inductee. The two were inducted along with a class of 13 other business leaders.

The OLED technology is used in today’s flat-panel screens, which have displays that are brighter, smaller and more efficient than the previously used liquid crystal technology. Mr. Van Slyke now works for a startup company in California called Kateeva, where he conducts research on OLED displays.

Doctor at Canton-Potsdam earns board certification

Mariam H. Asar, M.D., a specialist in psychiatry, has earned certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a nonprofit group that promotes excellence in the professions of psychiatry and neurology.

Certification follows successful completion of a board-approved training program and an evaluation process to assess the ability to provide quality patient care in a specialty or sub-specialty.

Dr. Asar joined Canton-Potsdam Hospital in August 2011 and leads its behavioral health medical program. She earned a medical degree from Dow Medical College of Karachi University, Karachi, Pakistan. She completed a residency in pediatric care at Albany Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital and a residency in adult psychiatry at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia. She is also board certified in pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Canton nurse publishes study on alcohol use

Patricia A. Ellis, of Canton, an employee of St. Lawrence University, Canton, and Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, has co-authored an article published in a recent volume of the Journal of Addictions Nursing recounting “lessons learned” from a program implemented in two college’shealth services.

Ms. Ellis co-authored the study with two other nurses. She is the director of the Dana B. Torrey Health and Counseling Center, SLU, which is operated by Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

The study engaged college administrators and nurse leaders at SLU and Penn State’s Altoona campus in adapting the National College Depression Partnership model to include screening and brief intervention for risky or harmful alcohol use in the form of binge drinking among college students.

Ms. Ellis has served as director of the Torrey Center since 2006. She earned a nursing degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, and her advanced practice nursing degrees from SUNY Institute of Technology, Utica.

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