Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. announced that Catherine Gilligan has joined the bank as mortgage loan officer for Washington and northern Rensselaer counties.
Based in the Salem Office, Gilligan will assume the duties of guiding clients through the mortgage application process.
She has more than 25 years of experience in banking and residential mortgage lending.
Gilligan currently serves as president for the Hoosick Falls Kiwanis Club and is a foundation board member for The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Hoosick Falls.
Originally from Lebanon Springs, N.Y., she currently lives in Bennington, Vt.
Associates of Glens Falls Insurance announced the hiring of its newest commercial lines account manager, Karen Wilkins.
Wilkins holds a New York State Insurance Agents’ license and has been an active member of the local insurance community for over seven years, acting as both a commercial and personal lines account manager.
She has earned her certified insurance service representative (CISR) designation and is a licensed notary public.
Mrs. Wilkins has three children and lives in Whitehall with her husband.
Morgan Stanley announced that Kathleen Grasmeder, a managing director, portfolio management director, financial advisor in its Wealth Management office in Glens Falls and Oneonta, was named to the firm’s Chairman’s Club, an elite group composed of the top financial advisors.
The appointment recognizes Grasmeder’s consistent creativity and excellence in providing a wide range of investment products and wealth management services to her clients.
Grasmeder, who has been with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management since 1996, is a native of Newton, Pa. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Drexel University and a master’s in business administration from the University of St. Thomas.
She currently lives in Glens Falls with her family.
Also, Matthew Baitinger, an insurance planning director and financial advisor in the Wealth Management office in Glens Falls, was named to the firm’s Pacesetter’s Club, a global recognition program for financial advisors who, early in their career, have demonstrated the highest professional standards and first class client service.
Baitinger, who has been with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management since 2015, is a native of Saratoga Springs. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Empire State University and currently lives in South Glens Falls.
The WAIT House board of directors announce d that Jason McLaughlin has joined WAIT House as executive director.
He has a background in addiction recovery and behavioral health services.
WAIT House has served homeless youth since its doors opened in 2003. It is currently the lead agency in Warren County for the state Emergency Shelter Grant COVID Relief Program.
McLaughlin has worked for Behavioral Health Services North, Glens Falls Hospital and most recently Washington County DSS/Center for Recovery as the agency CASAC.
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Lotus Analytics, a technology initiative backed by real and artificial intelligence, based in Warrensburg, announced the hiring of Kristina Kemp as sales and quality assurance manager.
Kemp has been serving the wireless dealer community for many years, sometimes with store location numbers as high as 125.
She will be working with a team at Lotus and operate as a liaison between the clients and the team.
Kemp will focus on upselling services to existing customers, and ensuring the value-add services are being appropriately offered.
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Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart & Rhodes PC in Glens Falls announced that Victoria M. Craft has joined the firm as an associate attorney.
Craft’s undergraduate education was at SUNY Albany where she received her B.A. in 2017. Her legal education was at Albany Law School where she received her J.D. in 2020.
While at Albany Law School, Craft was a board member and committee member of the Government Law Center. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2021.
Craft is a member of the Warren County and New York State Bar Associations. She is also a member of the board of trustees of the Chapman Historical Museum. Her primary areas of practice are criminal defense, general litigation, estate planning, family law and real estate. She resides in Saratoga Springs.