- Bob Turner, Chair
Bob Turner is an associate professor of political science and the Director of the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program at Skidmore. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on the use of enterprise zones to help economically depressed regions, the politics of economic development policies, state immigration policies, and local elections and government. Bob has taught classes on Saratoga Springs politics for the past 10 years and conducted numerous surveys of citizens as part of his Real Democracy class. He has also supervised numerous Skidmore student senior thesis on environmental and political issues in Saratoga Springs. He is a frequent commentator on Saratoga Springs politics for local media.
An avid outdoorsman, when not working he is usually fishing, skiing or hiking in the Adirondacks with his family. He has lived with his wife and three children in Saratoga Springs, New York for 16 years. Bob was also the president of the Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club for the past 4 years, one of the largest and oldest soccer clubs in the Capital District.
- Jeff Altamari
Jeff Altamari is recently retired. In 2015 he returned to Saratoga Springs from Houston, TX with his wife Janet. Jeff was the executive officer of Cameron International responsible for investor relations. Cameron International was a global Fortune 350 oil and gas equipment manufacturer and services company. Prior to his investor relations role, Jeff was Vice President of Finance for the $2 billion, Cameron International valves product division. He served 15 years with the company and was on the boards of Cameron’s Italian, Venezuelan and Trinidad companies, helping to found the Italian company.
Prior to Cameron International, Jeff served in financial management roles at Ingersoll-Rand Corporation and Atlas Copco, Inc., both multinational manufacturers. He began his career in public accounting with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. and was a CPA and member of the New York State Society of CPA’s and the American Institute of CPAs. He also served as an internal auditor for the United States Department of the Treasury between his public accounting and manufacturing careers.
Jeff is a graduate of Cornell University and holds an MS in Accounting from SUNY Albany. He grew up in Saratoga County and attended the Burnt Hills school system.
- Gordon Boyd
Gordon Boyd is consultant with and founder of EnergyNext, Inc., Saratoga Springs, NY. Since the mid-1990s, EnergyNext has helped establish group energy buying programs for numerous business and municipal associations, using market buying power to leverage better pricing. Clients include both statewide and regional business and governmental buying groups, including Chambers of Commerce, trade associations, and the Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance (MEGA), a statewide aggregation group that procures energy supplies through a public bid process for more than 270 municipalities in New York State.
Boyd is a former chairman of the Environment Committee of the New York Chamber of Commerce, has served as Regulatory Chair of the Northeastern U.S. chapter of The Energy Professionals Association (TEPA), and is active in a number of business groups. He served on the staff of the Speaker of the NYS Assembly, developing energy, environmental and infrastructure policy, before starting his business in 1988. He resides in Saratoga Springs. More information is available at www.energynext.com.
- Ann (Casey) Bullock
Ann (Casey) Bullock was raised in Niskayuna, New York. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and received her JD from Albany Law School. In practice for nearly thirty years, she is a partner in the law firm of Casey and Casey, begun by Ann and her father in Clifton Park, New York.
She is admitted to practice in New York State and Federal Courts and before the U.S. Supreme Court (2003). A member of the national, state and local (Schenectady County) bar associations, Ann currently serves as co-chair of the Real Property committee of the SCBA. She has lectured for the state and local bar associations on topics including real property practice and legal ethics.
A twenty-five year resident of Saratoga Springs, Ann also serves as a Commissioner for the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority. She was active in the Lake Avenue PTA, serving as president, as well as in the PTSO at Saratoga Springs High School, where she served as Treasurer. Ann and her husband, Robert Bullock, and have two grown daughters.
- Laura Chodos
Laura Bradley Chodos has lived in Saratoga County since 1969 and returned to her public service career in the early 1970s as chairperson of a task force on finance reform legislation for NYS schools. She later was appointed by the New York State Legislature to serve on the New York State Board of Regents, representing the City of Saratoga Springs and 11 counties of the fourth judicial district of NYS. During her seventeen years of service, she was the first woman in the Board’s 232 year history to head its Committee on Higher Education and the Professions. Over 330 men, including Alexander Hamilton and Theodore Roosevelt, and 31 women have served since the Board was established in 1784. She represented New York State at two White House Conferences on Libraries and Technology. Her efforts to strengthen the nation’s libraries were inspired by her handicapped sister who always felt happiest and most welcome in a library.
Chodos graduated from Girls’ Latin School in Boston and Tufts University with degrees in economics and urban sociology, and continued doctoral studies in education at the State University at Albany. Her long commitment to international education included visits to other nations to study non-college directed curriculum and technical education. She spent over 25 years leading educational and cultural exchanges with Russia, following its struggles in the late 1980s, to join the global economy. In 2000 she founded the Chekhov, Russia-Saratoga Springs Sister City partnership. The group sponsored 13 visits by delegations from Russia to Saratoga Springs on topics that varied from development of a not-for-profit industry, to health systems, education, rule of law, small business development and arts exchanges. Chekhov unveiled a new state-of-the-art surgery center in 2009, inspired in part by a Russian delegation visit to Saratoga Hospital in 2002.
Chodos also served as a trustee of the Saratoga Arts Council and fund-raising chairman for Shelters of Saratoga. She is honored to be appointed a member of this Commission and believes Saratoga Springs’ best days still lie ahead
- Devin A. Dal Pos
Devin A. Dal Pos is the founder and Managing Member of the Laker Development Group based in Saratoga Springs, NY a Real Estate Development Company specializing in retail projects. Laker has developed stores for CVS, Eckerd and Rite Aid, in New York and Louisiana and has worked with other Clients including Aldi Foods, AmeriCU Credit Union, Dunkin Donuts, KFC, Tractor Supply, and Wal-Mart to name a few. Laker was awarded recognition through their development work by the William Floyd Community Summit of Long Island in the revitalization efforts of their community.
Devin began his career in 1981 with the largest privately owned shopping mall developer in the northeast and has been involved in real estate development and construction on projects in excess of 875,000 square feet and over $100,000,000 in value.
Devin is an appointed member of the Saratoga County Planning Board as well as the Saratoga County Trails Committee. He is on the Charter Review Commission and has served on the Comprehensive Plan Committee for the City of Saratoga Springs. He is Past President of the Brantingham Community Association, an Association consisting of over 350 members with stewardship over issues pertaining to the Brantingham Lake area in the western Adirondacks. He is a Board Member and past President of the Southwest Neighborhood Association of Saratoga Springs, a Trustee of the Steuben Valley Cemetery Association and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Greater Capital Association of Realtors, Commercial and Industrial Real Estate Brokers, Inc., the Saratoga Regional YMCA, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, the Principessa Elena Society, Psi Upsilon Fraternity and the Sons of the American Legion.
Devin holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors from Utica College of Syracuse University and has a Real Estate Brokerage license in NY. He has been a resident of Saratoga Springs for over 14 years with his wife Deborah Murphy – Dal Pos and they have an adopted daughter and two grown sons.
- Elio Del Sette
Elio Del Sette is a Saratoga Springs resident.
- Matt Jones
Matt Jones is a practicing attorney in Saratoga Springs and founder of The Jones Firm in 1980. He concentrates his practice on land use and environmental advocacy frequently appearing before land use boards in and around Saratoga Springs. Matt has successfully represented GlobalFoundries, The Saratoga Hospital, the Saratoga Springs City Center Authority and numerous other clients securing local and state approvals on large scale projects.
Matt is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and a 37 year member of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club. His community activities include: past president of the Saratoga County Regional YMCA, past president of the Saratoga Springs Board of Education, past president of the Saratoga County Bar Association, past president of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club Foundation, past vice-president of the New York State Bar Association, past vice-chairman and founding member of the Saratoga Springs City Center Authority, and former members of the Board of Directors of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation.
Matt is a native Saratogian having graduated as Yaddo Medalist from Saratoga Springs High School in 1972. He secured his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in 1976 and juris doctorate from University of Houston School of Law in 1978.
Matt completed his first marathon last year in the Washington D.C. Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon and he is a frequent competitor in area races from half-marathons to 5ks. He is an avid golfer playing as a member of the Saratoga National Golf Club. He continues his enjoyment of competitive sports as a veteran member of the YMCA Basketball League.
Matt’s son Ryan lives in Washington D.C. and his daughter Logan lives in Saratoga Springs.
- Patrick Kane
Pat is employed by General Electric as The Global Commercial Excellence Leader in GE Digital. Born and raised in the region and has lived in Saratoga Springs for nearly 25 years. He and his wife have two teenage children in Saratoga Springs School District. Pat has several volunteer activities:
Co-founder First Night Saratoga, a New Year’s Eve tradition in Saratoga Springs
Saratoga Rowing Association Safety Committee
Saratoga Palio – Melanie O’Donnell Race
Past Board of Directors Positions
Saratoga Children’s Museum
Saratoga Chamber of Commerce
Chairman Saratoga Springs Design Review Commission
Saratoga Springs Blue Ribbon Parking committee
- BK Keramati
Bahram “BK” Keramati is currently CEO of Sunthru LLC, developing advanced insulating window products for a variety of applications. Since his retirement from GE Global Research, he has been active in political reform, especially campaign finance reform. He served as Chair of the Town of Galway Democratic Committee prior to moving back to Saratoga Springs in 2014. BK attended Lafayette College (1970) and received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University in 1976.
- Rob Kuczynski
Rob Kuczynski is a lifelong Saratoga Springs resident.
- Michael Los
Mike is currently a Managing Partner at Congress Park Capital where he works to develop a tailored approach to asset management for each of his clients. He brings 30 years of corporate experience to the table, and attributes much of his early success to his first job with Proctor & Gamble and their world-renowned employee training programs in the 1980s. He moved over to Johnson & Johnson in 1998, was identified for their succession plan and took part in their Leadership Development Program. He received several promotions during his 15-year tenure with J&J.
In 2007, Mike was recruited by Zimmer Inc., a four billion dollar leader in the orthopedic device industry and joined their Executive Team as VP of US Sales. While with Zimmer, Mike orchestrated several major M&A strategies including the acquisition of Abbott Spin. He managed a two billion dollar US market; six Regional VP’s; four Area Directors, and a national sales team force of 2,200 regional managers plus their sales representatives.
A graduate of Gettysburg College, Mike is married to his wife of 24 years and the proud father of four daughters. He is active in the local community; a former board member/treasurer of the Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club, current member of St. Peter’s church, and volunteer for many of his daughter’s sports team. He enjoys mountain biking and skiing in his spare time.
- Minita Sanghvi
Minita Sanghvi is an assistant professor in the Management and Business Department at Skidmore College where she teaches courses such as Foundations of Marketing, Advertising and Promotion, and Political Marketing. She has an undergraduate degree in Accounting, an MBA in Marketing from NMIMS, one of the top 10 business schools in India, along with a Masters in Retailing and Consumer Studies from University of Arizona. After working at Leo Burnett in advertising and Wal-Mart in retail management, Minita got her PhD from University of North Carolina Greensboro from the Bryan School of Business and Economics along with graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from Duke. Her dissertation, Marketing the Female Politician: An exploration of gender, appearance, and power won the Best Dissertation Award at UNCG. She is currently working on a book about Gender and Political Marketing in the United States: From Susan B Anthony to Hillary Clinton.
In addition to research and teaching, Minita is an activist for civil rights and has served on the Human Relations Commission for the city of Greensboro as well as the Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign. She lives on the west side of Saratoga Springs with her wife, son and three cats.
- Barb Thomas
Barbara is a community activist, particularly interested in issues of economic, environmental, political and social justice. She has held leadership positions in the PTA, NAACP, Friends of the Kayaderosseras, MLK Planning Committee, Saratoga EOC, the Mayor’s Seniors Advisory Committee. For more than 20 years she was the president of the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County, and currently serves on its steering committee. She is the LWVNY Women’s Issues Specialist.
Barbara has an A.A. Liberal Arts from Queens College; a B.A. in sociology/anthropology from Rider College (NJ), and a M.S. in elementary education from the College of St. Rose. Barbara was Director of Outreach, Clinic Director in Saratoga and Glens Falls, and then Executive Director of Southern Adirondack Planned Parenthood. She worked with the developmentally challenged and traumatically brain injured in a day habilitation program and taught in area schools.
Barbara grew up in Queens, riding the buses and subways from the time she was twelve. She moved (along with her late husband of 54 years, a meteorologist) to South Carolina, Newfoundland, Montana and Pennsylvania before moving to Saratoga County in 1971. She moved into Saratoga Springs in 2013, within walking distance of Broadway. One of her four sons and her 3 grandchildren live in Saratoga Springs, too.
- Beth Wurtmann
Beth Wurtmann has been a resident of Saratoga Springs since 1991. She was a Communications Fellow at the Regents Research Fund, a non-profit organization affiliated with the New York State Department of Education where she produced multimedia tools that informed parents, educators and communities about educational policies. Prior to this, Wurtmann was a broadcast journalist for more than two decades, in Albany, San Diego, and Syracuse. She was a foreign correspondent in Cologne, Germany for a PBS public affairs show, covering the fall of the Berlin Wall. Wurtmann earned her Master of Science degree in Interactive Media at Quinnipiac University, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She brings direct experience in external and internal communications, video production, media relations and social media to the Commission, as well as years of reporting on government policy as a reporter.