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Local Government Records Advisory Council Biographies of Members

Perry Blanchard is the Chief Information Officer for the County of Albany. 

Lisa Bobo is the Chief Information Officer of the City of Rochester, responsible for leading the City’s technology initiatives, overall support, and business process reengineering. Lisa has worked in many capacities of IT in City Government including Enterprise Systems Manager, Relationship Manager, Application Manager, Project Lead, and Application Developer. Lisa served on the IT Steering Committee for the City during the Mayor Duffy Administration; she is also a member of the New York State IT Conference for CIO’s in local government. Lisa has received many Mayoral recognition awards for her work with various projects throughout her career. Lisa also is involved in actively mentoring other individuals working at achieving leadership roles in the IT field.

Jeanne Brown has experienced town government in her own town as a Deputy Town Clerk, Supervisor’s Secretary, Assessor’s Clerk, Planning Board Clerk, and Recreation Commission Member, as well as an active community member. This on-the-job training and nearly two decades of helping small towns and villages in her area with technology and records management projects have given her an understanding of the business process of small towns that only those of us who have been there can develop. Since 2005, Jeanne has also served as Project Director and Records Management Officer for the Digital Towpath Cooperative.

Patricia Bryce was appointed the director for the Albany County Hall of Records (ACHOR) in 2007. Before that, she served as deputy director since 1989. Prior to her tenure with ACHOR, she spent five years as Albany County Deputy County Clerk. She has served on the New York Association of Local Government Records Officers’ Board of Directors, and is an associate member of the New York Association of County Clerks. She received the William Hoyt Annual Archives Award for Excellence in Advocacy, as well as the Guy D. Paquin Award for participation and promotion of sound records management to local governments.

Carolee A. Conklin has lived and worked in Rochester for more than forty years. She serves as a City Council Member for the City of Rochester. She has served as the City's Deputy Treasurer, the Monroe County Deputy County Clerk, and the City Clerk of Rochester. She has served as an active member and board member of the Genesee Valley PTA, Action for a Better Community, Alternatives for Battered Women (five years as treasurer), Women Helping Girls, and the American Association of University Women (ten years as treasurer).

Stephen J. Fiala has served as the County Clerk of Richmond County since 2001. Before that time, he served on the New York City Council. He also holds the titles of Clerk of the Supreme Court, Commissioner of Jurors, and County Register. As County Clerk, he oversees the agency serves as the official records repository for Richmond County, maintains the archives of the county, and performs marriage ceremonies and oaths of office.

Cindy Goliber is town clerk, receiver of taxes, and records management officer for the Town of Potsdam Since 1996. She is a lifelong resident of Potsdam, home to Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam, which is located in St. Lawrence County.  Both her mother and great-great uncle also served as town clerks in her hometown.  She is Past President of the New York State Town Clerks Association, and has served in a variety of positions including Vice President, Secretary, District Director and Registration Chair.  She has obtained the honor of Registered Municipal Clerk and recently attended the Cornell Municipal Clerk’s Institute and is working toward attaining her Certified Municipal Clerk’s certification. She is a member of the Executive Council of the Association of Towns of New York State. Cindy’s professional activities also include serving on the planning committee for the Local Government Conference held at SUNY Potsdam since 1997, past president and an active member of the St. Lawrence County Municipal Clerks Association. 

Rick Hogan is the Chief Records Manager for the New York State Office of Court Administration. Prior to this position, he was County Clerk in Broome County from 1981 to 1998. During that term, he served as President of the New York State Association of County Clerks and received its Lifetime Achievement Award. He's also served two terms as President of NYALGRO. From 1998 to 2000, he worked for an international software company based in Lexington, Kentucky, focused on Government software solutions.

Ivy Kraus has been the RMO for the district for several years. She has used LGRMIF grants to further her program, including the management of archival records. With a task force she enlisted, the district developed an office retention schedule for student records including what format (paper or electronic) would be used to maintain the records for the retention period. She has been a speaker at Best Practices events in the Catskill-Hudson Valley Region.

Joseph T. Jones is a private citizen who was formerly the Geographic Systems Coordinator for the County of Nassau, where he has worked for over 45 years. He has been a member of the New York State Archives’ Regional Advisory Committee for Region 10 (Long Island) and the steering committee for the Erie County Water Authority Demonstration Project for the development of the publication, GIS Planning and Implementation Guidelines for State and Local Governments.">

Susan Kramarsky is a consultant as well as the Development Director of Literacy Volunteers of Rochester. Her first career was in not-for-profit management. In her second career as an elected official, she served as the Town Clerk for the Town of Brighton for twelve years. She has an undergraduate degree in sociology and anthropology, Bard College and did graduate work in art history, University of Minnesota

John T. McDonald III is the Assembly member for the New York State Assembly’s 108th District. Before this, he was Mayor of the City of Cohoes for thirteen years. He has served on the State Comptrollers’ Local Advisory Team, the Capital District Transportation Committee, and Office for Technology Local Advisory Committee. He has also served as President of New York State Conference of Mayors and Governor for the New York State Municipal Insurance Reciprocal.

Michael McSweeney is City Clerk for the City of New York. Prior to this, he was First Deputy City Clerk for the City and he was the Director of Legislative and Community Affairs of LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. He previously served as the first District Chief of Staff of Congressman Joseph Crowley, having also served in the same capacity when Mr. Crowley was a Member of the New York State Assembly. Michael has been admitted to practice law in New York State since 2000.

Lori Mithen-DeMasi was named Counsel to the Association of Towns of the State of New York in 2008 where she has been employed since 1993. She is a graduate of Albany Law School and Ithaca College with a degree in communications. She sits on a variety of New York State Legislative and Agency advisory bodies where she provides the town perspective on various issues such as land use, environmental, telecommunications and personnel.

Elizabeth Neville has served as the as the Town Clerk of the Town of Southold on Long Island since 1998. She began her career with the Town of Southold in 1968 as Secretary/Stenographer to the Building Department, Planning Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals. In 1975, she was appointed Deputy Town Clerk and served in that position until 1997. She has been responsible for Southold’s records management program since 1989. She received the designation of Registered Municipal Clerk in 2002, of Certified Municipal Clerk in 2005, and of Master Municipal Clerk in 2010. She is the current president of the Nassau/Suffolk Town Clerks Association and a Director of New York State Town Clerks Association. She is a member of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) and has served on its Records Management Committee. She serves as 3rd Vice-President of the New York State Association of Towns.

Audrey Pheffer represented New York State Assembly District 23 from 1987 to 2011. Before that, she has served in many city and state government roles, including as a member of the New York City Commission of Human Rights in 1977 as a Special Assistant to former New York City Council President Andrew Stein and Executive Assistant to State Senator Jeremy Weinstein.

Greg Potter is the director of Information Technology Services in Tompkins County. In that role, he has worked closely with the county clerk's records management program to integrate IT and records management and to bring paperless business process to both the county itself and now its municipalities.

Christian G. Sampson is Town Clerk and Registrar of Vital Statistics for the Town of Ramapo. He is the President of the New York State Town Clerks Association and has served that association as First and Second Vice President, a District Director, and Chair of the Bylaws Committee. Chris has served as board President of the Rockland County YMCA and has served for nine years on his local board of education. Prior to his public sector career, he was an executive with the regional Baby Bell telephone company that operated in the New York and New England areas, serving for thirty years.

Anne Taylor serves as Court Attorney to the Hon. Dena E. Douglas, Judge of the Civil Court of Kings County. She previously held positions with the New York City Department of Transportation as Associate Attorney and Deputy Counsel for the Office of Litigation Services and Records Management. In her prior career as an information management professional, she worked with the New York City Department of Records and Information Services as Deputy Chief of the Records Management Unit and as Director of the Municipal Reference and Research Center (now City Hall Library) and in other libraries in Africa and the United States.

Janice Tinsley is Deputy Chief Executive Office at the Suffolk County Water Authority in Oakdale, NY. She is also a lawyer, on the bar in New York State and Washington, D.C. She is a former town clerk of Babylon, and was president of the Nassau Town Clerks Association. She has extensive experience with records management in her previous position as town clerk.

Pauline Toole is the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Records and Information Services. Pauline previously served as assistant commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs, where she is credited with helping to boost the resolution of consumer complaints. She also served as the assistant director of communications for the New York City Employees’ Retirement System and previously worked as chief of staff to the executive director at 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds.

Pam Vogel is Warren County Clerk and Records Management Officer.