Commerce & Community: Feb. 7
Jones named new YWCA executive director
TROY — The YWCA of the Greater Capital Region has hired Daquetta P. Jones as the organization’s executive director.
Jones comes to the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region from Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Services in Albany, where she was the operations manager of HIV Services.
Prior to Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Services, Jones was the statewide assistant director of community residence (Group Homes) at Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth. She provided direct supervision and support to four group homes in Columbia, Dutchess and Orange counties, co-managing a total of nine group homes in New York state.
In her role as executive director, Jones is responsible for the executive and administrative leadership of the YWCA.
Jones plans to explore funding to expand the YWCA’s services to serve a larger population.
She is a graduate of the Sage Colleges School of Management. Her major is a M.S. with a concentration in Health Services Administration.
Bank promotes Taft-Sitler
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga National Bank and Trust Co. has promoted corporate banking officer Billie Marie Taft-Sitler to assistant vice president.
Taft-Sitler joined the bank in July 2010 as a commercial credit analyst and has received several promotions, including being named corporate banking officer in 2013.
Taft-Sitler graduated summa cum laude from Skidmore College in 2008, with a bachelor’s degree in business and economics.
Active in the community, Taft-Sitler serves on the Transitional Service Association Board and is an equestrian volunteer for Special Olympics New York.
Calsolaro hired at Buzz Media
SCHENECTADY — Buzz Media Solutions has hired Cat Calsolaro as a communications specialist, a new position created to help meet the needs of the firm’s growing client base. The hiring comes on the heels of last week’s ribbon-cutting ceremony at the company’s new offices in downtown Schenectady.
Calsolaro is a native of Albany and a graduate of Albany High School. She attended Boston University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a minor in anthropology in May 2013.
In her final two years at Boston University, Calsolaro worked as a sports correspondent for The Boston Globe. Her primary beats included high school girls’ lacrosse and girls’ soccer, but she covered a variety of sporting events from the state football playoffs to the Boston Athletic Association’s annual 10k race.