Networking & Alumni Sessions

FOLC 2014 Presenters

Keynote Speaker: Renee Marchak '94

HR Generalist at Haun Welding Supply Inc.

Renee Marchak

Current Position Description: Manage the day-to-day operations of the Human Resource office, 
including administration of the human resources policies, procedures and programs. I carry out
responsibilities in the areas of departmental development, employee relations, training and 
development, benefits, payroll/compensation, organizational development, and employment.

What advice would you give students preparing to graduate?
Graduation is just the beginning of your legacy. Think about the person you want to be both 
professionally and personally, because in reality they are one in the same. Always strive to do 
the right thing for the right reason....not because it sounds good or because it makes you look 
good. Do it because it makes your heart feel good and in the process it helps someone else!

Alumni Break Out Session Presenters

Dick Farfaglia '73  Political Advisor

Dick Farfaglia

Past Position Titles, Time worked, and Descriptions:

Political Consultant (1/09 - 11/12) - Provided advice on campaign planning, management and strategy to candidates and organizations including New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Congressman Dan Maffei and 1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers Union.

Senior Advisor, 1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers East (1/06 - 12/09) - Served as a senior advisor to the President of the union on political and legislative matters.

Communications Director, NYS Council, Service Employees International Union (12/99 - 12/05) - Developed and directed campaign operations advancing the legislative and political agenda of SEIU in New York State.

Director, Department of Communication Services, NYS Assembly (1/81 - 11/99) - Served as a senior advisor on public policy issues to the Speaker of the Assembly and directed  Assembly communication resources to assist the Speaker and individual Majority Members in developing and marketing their legislative agenda through a comprehensive communications/public relations program.

Director, New York Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee (DACC) (1/87 - 11/99) - Directed the campaign operations of DACC staff and volunteers on behalf of Democratic candidates for state Assembly.  

Other Professional Activities:

Presenter, NYS Democratic Committee and County Committees(7/78-9/09) - Developed and delivered campaign training seminars entitled "The Elements of a Political Campaign" to candidates for state and local offices.

Seminar Leader, Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee Campaign Seminars (9/80 - 11/99) - Developed curriculum, recruited presenters and led workshops for annual day-long campaign schools focused on Democratic state Assembly candidates and their staff.

Presenter, Labor Union and Not-For-Profit Workshops and Seminars (1/76-12/09) - Developed and delivered presentations on "Effective Grass Roots Lobbying" regarding legislation before the NYS Legislature.  

Communications: Jason Holder '05

Jason Holder

Employer: WABC-TV Current Position Title:   Producer, Eyewitness News at 11                                                           
  Current Position Description:    I am responsible for content and design of the 11pm newscast, the number one rated local newscast in New York City and the most-watched local newscast in the United States

Past Position Titles, Time worked, and Descriptions: Weekend Producer -- WABC TV -- June 2011-July 2013 (produced Saturday and Sunday 6pm &11pm newscasts)   Senior Producer -- WBTV-TV Charlotte, NC -- March 2008-June 2011 (Produced WBTV Evening newscasts, developed and launched WBTV News First at 4, the first 4pm newscast in any major TV market)
Senior Producer -- WSTM-TV Syracuse, NY -- December 2004-March 2008 -- Produced all shows over the course of 4 years, mainly Action News Live @ 5pm.  Conducted morning editorial meetings.

Education: Kristen Aust '95

Kristen Aust
     Employer:  Bryant & Stratton College
     Current Position Title:  Systems Manager of Career Services                                                           
     Current Position Description:    I currently hold the title of System's Manager of Career Services for Bryant & Stratton College.  My responsibilities include support and training to all nineteen Bryant & Stratton College Career Services departments, including the nine Career Services departments within New York State.  With my years of experience and knowledge of the operational side of Career Services, I enjoy contributing to the implementation of system-wide policies and procedures that align directly with Bryant & Stratton College's Institutional Effectiveness Plans and career college mission.    I currently serve as a board member for Ophelia's Place in Syracuse, NY.  My responsibilities primarily include strategic planning and fundraising.  From 2009 to 2012, I served on the Syracuse City School District Educational Foundation Board of Directors and have also been a member of the planning committee for the Woman Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (WISE) Symposium from 2009-2011.  I currently hold the title of President Elect for the New York State Transfer and Articulation Association.

STEM: Tom Antonoff '80

     Tom Antonoff

 Employer:  General Electric


Current P osition Title:   Remedial Project Manager - Corporate Environmental Programs, Legacy Site Center of Expertise      


What advice would you give students preparing to graduate?
Step outside your comfort zone when looking for professional opportunities for recognition.  Take opportunities to speak to industry groups, clients or regulators. If you're not comfortable speaking, try small steps: do readings at church, teach the geology "belt loop" or merit badge to scouts, etc. When given tasks or projects at work, prepare yourself to be "the smartest person in the room" for that given project.