Kay Klo is the new executive director of the Midtown Utica Community Center (MUCC). After graduating from Mt. Holyoke College and completing a Fulbright scholarship in Thailand, Klo returned to Utica, where she wanted to serve her community. She has been a member of MUCC since 2015, and has served as assistant director and counselor at MUCC.
In her new role, Klo has oversight over programming, finances, the maintenance of the physical space, and its large team of dedicated volunteers. She oversees various committees, meets with the board of directors, and leads the grant-writing and fund-raising efforts.
The Midtown Utica Community Center (MUCC) is a multicultural and refugee-friendly space that serves all. For more information, visit midtownutica.org.
IN OTHER BUSINESS NEWS:
• Northland Communications has announced the addition of Sarah Mattacola as digital content specialist and Chelsey Mowers as marketing specialist, both working out of the Holland Patent office. Mattacola brings with her 10 years of marketing experience in both the non-profit and for-profit landscapes, specializing in print and digital communications, as well as development and advertising. Mowers joins the Northland team with six years of experience in marketing, public relations, and broadcasting. She specializes in strategic communication, content creation, and media relations.
• NBT Bank welcomes three new branch managers to the company’s Mohawk Valley team. Jessica Nester joins as branch manager for the Rome Westgate Office, Lanae Klingensmith will lead the Clinton team and Lori Alderwick is the new Whitesboro branch manager. Nester has nearly 15 years of financial services experience, most recently serving as branch manager of M&T Bank’s Mohawk Acres Office. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Cazenovia College and a master’s degree from Utica College. Klingensmith joins the company from M&T Bank, where she most recently served as vice president and senior branch manager of the Whitesboro Office. Alderwick comes to NBT with more than 23 years of banking experience, including previous roles with M&T Bank and Bank of America.
• Olivia Paul has been named director of community investment and Eh Ka Paw will serve as finance and accounting intern at the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties. Paul previously served as engagement specialist for the Community Foundation’s equity initiative advisory group during the first phase of a 10-year, $10 million commitment to work toward racial equity and social justice. As director of community investment, she will continue to advance and incorporate that equity commitment in collaborating with staff and nonprofit partners. Paul, a longtime Utica resident, previously served as senior quality consultant at The Hartford Financial Services Group in New Hartford, where she performed portfolio analytics, quality management oversight and evaluation of business systems and processes. Eh Ka Paw joins the Community Foundation as its finance and accounting intern, where he will assist with finance, accounting, systems, and administrative functions. A Utica resident, he earned an associate’s degree in applied science from Mohawk Valley Community College and is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a focus on finance at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.
• Mohawk Valley Business Women’s Network (MVBWN) will be hosting their
“New Year, New Us” kick-off event from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the Northwestern Mutual office on Campion Road in New Hartford. The event is a celebration of the new year as well as an opportunity for women in business to learn about the group’s mission, purpose, and plans for the future. Attendees will enjoy refreshments and conversation as they connect with other women in business throughout the Mohawk Valley and learn about the opportunities that come along with membership. Registration for the event is free and can be found at mvbwn.org.
• Effective January 2, Sangertown Square will operate under new hours of operation based on valued feedback and input received from both tenants and guests. Effective Sunday, Jan. 2, hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Guests are reminded that restaurant venues may continue to offer extended hours into the evening and are encouraged to call ahead to confirm a specific venue’s hours of operation or visit the center’s online directory at sangertown.com/directory/.