Cecily Rodriguez
Cecily Rodriguez

Communication Leadership Alumni

Organizational Development Specialist
First Niagara Bank

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Heather Stammler
Heather Stammler

Communication Leadership Alumni

Change Control Manager
Rich Products Corporation

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Alumni Profiles

Susan Was (Anderson)
Human Resources Business Partner
Curbell, Inc.

Congratulations to Susan, who was named BNHRA's HR Professional of the Year!

Susan Was (Anderson), Class of 2006, was previously the Talent Acquisition Manager for Curbell Inc. and has recently been promoted to Human Resources Business Partner. She joined Curbell in Sept. 2007, taking on the responsibilities of providing talent acquisition services to Curbell, Inc., Curbell Electronics, Inc. and Curbell Plastics, Inc. In addition, Susan is responsible for “cold calling, networking, sourcing, relationship building and managing the full life cycle for 15 [Curbell] locations throughout the U.S.” The C&L program prepared Susan for her role by providing the skills to “effectively network, communicate and persuade” in the workplace.


LaTashia Martin
Training Program Developer

LaTashia Martin, Class of 2006, joined Sodexo in Buffalo, NY, as Training Program Developer in April 2008. Sodexo provides integrated food and facilities management services for institutions across North America. LaTashia’s responsibilities include the design and implementation of training programs for financial services. These programs present organizational information as well as instruction on how to properly use the financial systems. LaTahsia’s experiences in the C&L program were “extremely valuable,” and helped prepare her to succeed at Sodexo, through valued courses like Personal Leadership and Communication Technology.

Lisa M. Roy
Director, Investor Relations
Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Lisa M. Roy, Class of 2001, is Director, Investor Relations for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is made up of “local businesses, working together, for growth in our region,” and “advocates, every day, for an improved business climate in the WNY region.” Lisa’s responsibilities at the Partnership involve managing the Investor Relations team within the membership department, “with goals to attract, involve and retain member investment, sponsorship and regional stewardship.” The C&L program helped Lisa develop “knowledge and awareness of important communication skills such as running an effective meeting, team building, delivering effective evaluations,” and gave her the skills needed to play an “instrumental role in departmental reorganization” at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

Mark Hjalmarson
Assistant Vice President & Team Leader, Central Technology
M&T Bank Corporation

Mark Hjalmarson, Class of 2006, is Assistant Vice President & Team Leader, Central Technology, for M&T Bank Corp. in Buffalo, NY. Mark has been with M&T Bank for 7 years, and is responsible for the technical leadership of two multi-million dollar projects: an automated commercial bank lending system and a system compiling bank-wide customer demographic information in one location. Both projects involve teams of more than 25 individuals on 2 continents. Leading these projects requires “oversight of the technical design, software development, conversion, integration with other systems, and implementation.” The C&L program provided Mark with “the tools and knowledge to excel as a technical manager leading a globally-diverse and geographically dispersed workforce.”