Hadley Matarazzo, partner at Faraci Lange LLP, has been appointed by the U.S. District Court to the plaintiffs’ steering committee handling litigation related to a blood-clot filter. Matarazzo will help direct the litigation in federal court related to inferior vena cava filters manufactured by C.R. Bard Inc., which were implanted in Americans at risk for blood clots. At least 27 deaths and 300 other non-fatal problems have been associated with the Bard filter over the last decade, as reported by NBC News. Matarazzo, who oversees Faraci Lange’s defective drug and medical device practice, has extensive experience handling complex litigation, including serving in other court-appointed leadership positions in multi-district litigation in federal court and multi-county litigation in New Jersey. She focuses her legal practice on medical device and pharmaceutical liability, toxic torts, medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury.
Arnie Sohinki has been named the new executive director of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester. He assumed the role Nov. 1. Sohinki will bring the JCC’s $15M renovation and capital campaign project to fruition. Sohinki most recently served as senior VP of Program Services at the JCC Association in New York. His earlier experiences include serving as chief executive officer of the JCC of Greater Washington and associate executive director of the JCC’s of Greater Los Angeles.
The YMCA of Greater Rochester announced two promotions and three new employees. Michele Rowcliffe has been promoted to vice president of camping services, and Andy Powers has been promoted to vice president of development. Ardana Jefferson has been hired as vice president of marketing and attraction strategies, Paul LeFrois is hired as senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer, and Carole Lombard has been hired as vice president of finance and controller.
Rowcliffe will oversee all operations of Camp Cory and Camp Gorham, including staffing, budget, maintenance, strategic planning, board development and fundraising. She is responsible for assisting Day Camps of the YMCA of Greater Rochester with best practices, high-quality programs and detailed staff training. Powers was previously the director of annual giving for the YMCA since 2011. In his new role, he will lead the association’s annual campaign and will work closely with the financial development partner of YMCA of USA to support the Y’s development commitments.
Jefferson will oversee fiscal and project management and comprehensive marketing, communications and public relations strategies. She will manage the direction for development and execution of marketing, communications, advertising, digital communications, market and customer research, events for members and media relations. LeFrois is responsible for managing the YMCA’s financial matters and outlook, and will provide direction and leadership for the YMCA’s business operations and strategic initiatives. Lombard brings more than 25 years of financial experience to the YMCA. She is responsible for the daily management of general accounting functions for the YMCA, including payroll, accounts payable, financial reporting and cash management. She will also prepare the annual budget and coordinate the year-end audit.
Jodie A. Papa, manager of the National Fire Adjustment Company‘s Buffalo office, has been
elected as secretary and member of the Executive Board of National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters. Founded in 1951, the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters advocates for public adjuster education and a high standard of professional conduct and ethics. She has been a Licensed Public Adjuster since 2006. Papa is also officer in charge of the NAPIA Membership Committee and the Unauthorized Practice of Public Adjusting Committee. Papa is the second generation of the Papa family to serve in leadership of the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, as her father Ronald Papa is a past president of the NAPIA. Jodie Papa is also a member of the New York Public Adjusters Association and a board member of the Heritage Oaks Foundation.
Amy R. Coté has been promoted to municipal authorities & business risk management specialist with a focus on legal and risk management matters for municipalities and municipal transportation authorities with OneGroup. Prior to joining OneGroup, Coté was in-house counsel and risk manager for the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority and most recently Special Counsel at Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP.