Board of Directors

We’re excited to announce that the International Center of the Capital Region is currently accepting applications to serve on our Board of Directors. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is passionate about the vision and mission of the ICCR and wants to take a role in supporting the organization to thrive, especially people interested in fundraising for us. Does this sound like you or someone you know? 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are especially interested in board members who want to raise funds and write grants for us!

Board President - Christine Guerin

Christine Guerin, Board President

Christine grew up in the Capital District have enjoyed home hosting several guests for dinner through the International Center’s program.  She has traveled to many countries around the world and have extensive experience building business relationships internationally.

She currently works for The Orvis Company as Senior Product Developer in the menswear division.  Christine holds a Business Degree from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY. Recently, she returned to school and in December 2022 completed her master’s degree in International Relations at Norwich University in Vermont. 

Committees: Executive and Finance

Board Vice President - Lily Miaw

Lilly Miaw, Board Vice President

Lilly Miaw has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the National Tsinghua University in Taiwan and a doctorate degree in analytical chemistry from the Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Lilly worked at the GE Plastic Division in Selkirk for several years and is currently the owner of a chemical analysis firm located in the Albany County. Lilly has a passion volunteering and serving local communities and has been active as a community volunteer for the past 20 years.

Committees: Community Engagement and Chair, Finance

Board Treasurer - Bob Tangorre

Bob Tangorre, Treasurer

Bob grew up in Elmira, New York Robert was appointed Chief Financial Officer for the NYS Tax and Finance Department overseeing 4,500 employees and a budget of approximately $390 million. Robert also has over 25 years of service in the military as a veteran of the US Navy and the Army National Guard where he specialized in developing leadership training programs and logistical support operations.

Committees: Executive and Finance

Board Secretary - Al Salinero

Al Salinero, Secretary

Al’s parents emigrated to the United States from Spain and spent his childhood in Washington Heights – a place with a rich mixture of Irish-American, German-Jewish, African-American, Puerto Rican and Dominican cultures.  He attended Stony Brook University and moved to the Capital Region to attend Albany Law School.  He worked for the Schenectady Corporation Counsel (the city’s attorney), then moved to the New York State Department of Social Services and from there, to the New York State Department of Health.  He retired from the health Department in the summer of 2022.

Committees: Executive, Governance and Chair, Programming

Board Member - Caroline Bobick

Caroline Bobick

Caroline currently works as a lobbyist for the New York State School Boards Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Binghamton University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Caroline has lived in Turkey, Spain, Honduras, and Nicaragua. She speaks Turkish and Spanish, and has studied Portuguese and Hebrew for a number of years as well. Caroline is passionate about women and immigrant rights. She lives in Malta with her husband and two young children.

Committees: Governance and Chair, Youth Programming

Jay Deitchman

Dr. Jay Deitchman

With more than twenty years of experience in the field of International Education, Dr. Deitchman is the Coordinator for Global Initiatives at Hudson Valley Community College and has worked at the college since 2003.  Dr. Deitchman is passionate about international education and globalization, and greatly enjoys working with international students and their families, as well as international partners.  Additionally, Dr. Deitchman is proud to have earned his Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree and Doctorate, from State University of New York institutions.

Committees: Community Engagement and Programming

Gary Eichenbaum

Gary is a graduate of University at Albany and earned his law degree at Lewis and Clark Law School. He was admitted to the New York State bar in 1977. He was employed with the New York State Health Department, Office of Legal Affairs, Bureau of Administrative Hearings through 2008, at which point he retired to work on personal investing. Gary is married with 2 children, and is a long-time resident of Saratoga County.

Committees: Finance and Governance

Board Member - Phil Fusco

Phil Fusco

A career educator, Dr. Fusco has served as Grade 7-12 Social Studies teacher, K-12 principal and program consultant. Most recently Dr. Fusco’s work has focused on collaborating with school districts in the development of character-based learning cultures that support students achieving their maximum potential.

Through the creation of Dr. Fusco has enhanced his work with schools to build pathways to achieving excellence through character development. Dr. Fusco facilitates the N.Y.S. School of Character mentor program in conjunction with and in Washington, D.C.

Committees: Co-Chair, Community Engagement and Youth Programming

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Anton Konev

Having been one of the youngest Russian-American elected to public office as a councilman in the City of Albany, New York (2010-14), Anton A. Konev continues to serve as a member of County Democratic Committee and a political advisor to a number of local political campaigns and the Albany County Comptroller (previously serving as Confidential Assistant for Legislation). Through his civic involvement, he is ensuring participation of other immigrants in our political system.

Committees: Governance and Fund Development

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Dr. Vladimir Kuperman

Vladimir combines business insight, research skills, and teaching expertise. He holds the highest academic degree in Economics from Russia, where he conducted research on the intersection of enterprise IT policy and the global economy. Vladimir teaches Computer Science at the University at Albany and has also taught in China, Colombia, and Russia. Over the years, he has been involved in various educational and business exchange programs sponsored by the US government and private organizations, such as SABIT, Open World, and Albany-Tula Alliance programs.

Committees: Community Engagement and Programming

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Heidi Pasos

Heidi Pasos is the Deputy Director of the Capital Region office for Empire State Development where she leads outreach efforts to expand ESD’s business grant and tax credit portfolio while ensuring effective program development and service delivery. In addition, Heidi leads the development of the Capital Region Economic Development Council’s Strategic Plan and oversees its implementation throughout the eight counties that comprise the Capital Region.

Heidi has extensive international experience and has lived in Iceland, Germany and Turkey and is passionate about promoting the Capital Region to an international audience.

Committees: Governance and Community Engagement

Board Member - Mary-Ellen Piche

Mary-Ellen Piche

Mary-Ellen Pichè is a healthcare executive and consultant who provides services to healthcare and non-profit organizations to include strategic planning, organizational assessment/development, patient experience improvement, leadership development and coaching, high reliability, patient safety and quality management/accreditation. In her ACHE faculty role, she delivers seminars on the patient experience and staff/physician/patient engagement. Previously Ms. Piche was a consultant with Planetree Inc. in Derby, Conn., and CEO of the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, N.Y.

Mary-Ellen serves on the Board of Directors of Rockefeller College’s Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, where she gives frequent presentations to the Fellows and New Leaders programs. She also serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of WMHT, the regional PBS network.

Committees: Programming and Chair, Governance

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Dr. Daniel Robeson

Daniel Robeson is Associate Professor of Management and Director of the Stack Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Siena College in Albany, New York. He teaches Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and International Business there. Dan’s research is on discontinuous innovation practices in large firms and commercialization of new venture offerings.  Dan’s scholarly work has appeared in journals that reside at the interface of the disciplines of management and engineering.  He has published in journals such as:  Journal of Engineering and Technology Management(JET-M), Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM), The Journal of High Technology Management Research, Research-Technology Management (RTM), and the Global Journal of Accounting & Finance (GJAF).

Committees: Finance and Youth

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Scott Styles

Scott Styles has 25 years of public and private school experience teaching students from elementary school through adults in English, social studies, history, psychology, and philosophy. He is a Massachusetts-certified teacher in both English and social studies, grades 5-12, respectively, and holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Princeton and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. Mr. Styles has traveled to approximately 40 countries on five continents and has experience speaking Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese, having traveled to Spain, having lived in Japan, and having taught at international schools in China from 2008-2013. 

Committees: Fund Development and Youth Programming

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Beth Wales

Beth Wales is accredited in public relations and passionate about providing strategic management and direction in marketing and communications. With over four decades of driving loyalty, engagement, enrollment, and revenue for higher education, nonprofits, and business-to-consumer and business growth, she is proven to advance strategic priorities and initiatives. A Master of Science in Health Communications from Boston University has provided a strong foundation for developing brands and effectively communicating with diverse audiences.

Committees: Fund Development and Programming