Stephen Adams joined AIER in 2012 from a stint as deputy director at the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, which helps low-wage workers move from dead-end jobs. From 2005 to 2009, Steve was the New England Small Business Advocate, for the U.S. Office of Advocacy. He has also served as president/chief executive at Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, vice president at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, and as senior analyst at Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Steve holds a BA in political studies from Queens University, Ontario, Canada, and a MPA from Pennsylvania State University. He has served as a board director and advisor to several nonprofit organizations including Common Cause Massachusetts and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Empowerment Center.
Campbell Bridges joined AIER in 2007. For 10 years before that, he worked at investment banks and law firms in New York City, as both a support and systems analyst. Immediately before joining AIER, he supervised the support desk for Millbank, Tweed, a multinational law firm that spans three continents. The son of two NASA contractors, he learned to program his own games as a child and to jerry rig computer programs. His first career was as an actor. He started doing programming and database designs to supplement his actor’s wages, and quickly moved into full-time technical support.
Theodore joined AIER in 2013 from IHS Global Insight in Washington D.C. where he supported the development of leading economic indicators. Prior to IHS, Ted worked at Regional Economic Models Inc. and the NYS Assembly. He recently completed an M.A. in Economic Forecasting at SUNY Albany. Ted’s current research interests include business cycle forecasting and regional economic disparity.
Jules Clark joined AIER in 2013, originally as an intern and later hired as research analyst in November. Jules graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. After concluding his studies, Jules spent a short time in Boston working for Mercer as a benefits specialist. His research fields are Healthcare, Government Policy and the Political Economy.
Luke joined AIER in 2013 as a Research Fellow with a focus in retirement studies, investment economics and personal finance. After business school, Luke worked as a researcher and strategist for State Street Global Markets in Boston. Prior to business school, Luke spent two years studying retirement issues such as Social Security and retirement readiness at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Luke also spent four years working in economic consulting at Analysis Group in Boston, where he worked on a wide range of financial and economic litigation, including several cases related to the recent housing crisis. Luke holds a B.S. in economics and an MBA from Boston College. During his graduate studies he received the Wall Street Journal award for the top student in the field of finance.
Kelly Fox has managed operations, service, and marketing for almost 20 years. Kelly joined AIER in 2010 after spending five years as director of fulfillment at GlobalServe, a multinational information technology management firm. Before that, she worked at Gartner, an information technology advisory firm with 1,280 research analysts. During her time at Gartner, she fulfilled customized research requests for eight of the top 10 financial services companies in the U.S. She also facilitated programs at client events around the globe. Kelly has a BA in education from Syracuse University and says she enjoys working for a nonprofit that values economic and personal financial education.
Jennibeth Gomez joined AIER in 2013. Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Jennibeth spent two years as a news producer in Norfolk, Virginia before moving to the Berkshires as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the City of Pittsfield in 2010. After her year of service, she became the Digital Media Marketing Manager at Berkshire Museum. Jennibeth is an Assets for Artists grant recipient and freelances as a videographer and video editor in her spare time.
Bruce Gore began work with AIER as driver/handyman shortly out of high school in 1973. A year later, he moved to the pressroom, eventually becoming production supervisor. He is one of the few remaining employees who knew AIER founder, E.C. Harwood, and he says he feels strongly connected to the history and the purpose of organization. In 1996, he left AIER to pursue a lifelong dream to be in the building business. Nine years later, he was rehired following the retirement of the previous facilities manager. Among Bruce’s outside interests is nature photography, some of his photos are on display in the E.C. Harwood Library.
Gretchen Hayn joined AIER in 2006. She works closely with AIER’s president and chief executive officer, the chief financial officer, and the director of research and education. She also provides administrative support to staff, trustees, and voting members with duties that range from proofreading to planning events. She came to AIER after having worked in administrative services for a variety of industries that include advertising, radio news, nursing, accounting, and biotech. Gretchen was born and raised in the Berkshires. She received her BA in liberal studies and a teaching credential from California State University.
Bob Hughes joined AIER in 2013 following more than 25 years in economic and financial markets research on Wall Street. Bob was formerly the Head of Global Equity Strategy for Brown Brothers Harriman where he developed equity investment strategy combining top-down macro analysis with bottom-up fundamentals. Prior to BBH, Bob was a Senior Equity Strategist for State Street Global Markets, Senior Economic Strategist with Prudential Equity Group and Senior Economist & Financial Markets Analyst for Citicorp Investment Services. Bob has a Master of Arts in Economics from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Lehigh University.
Nicole Kreisberg joined AIER in 2013. Her primary research areas are employment, migration, social policy and programs, and poverty. She is skilled in both quantitative and qualitative survey research methods, as well as demographic and geographic analysis. Prior to joining AIER staff, she worked as a researcher in Chicago, IL, Austin, TX, and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, where she published widely on poverty trends, innovation in social work, temporary migration, and immigrant incorporation. Nicole holds an M.A. in Social Policy from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jia Liu joined the AIER in 2012. She holds a BA from Beijing Jiaotong University, a MS in economics from the Chinese Academy Of Sciences, a MSB in finance from School of Business at the University of Kansas, and a PhD in economics from the University of Kansas. Before coming to this country, she worked as a full-time management consultant for China National Software and Service Co., Ltd. Her research fields are monetary theory and policy, international finance, and applied econometrics. She also serves as research associate at the Center for Financial Stability in New York City.
Cathy Marchand joined AIER in 1987. She worked in the mailroom until 2001, eventually becoming a supervisor. Her versatile skills have since supported AIER in a variety of areas, from landscaping to administrative work. During her years at AIER, she has attended several training seminars but says her education has been on-the-job and hands-on. Her current position in member services is her favorite, she says, because it allows her to help support members and make sure their experience with AIER is an enjoyable one.
David Michaels joined AIER in 2008. He has more than 30 years of international financial and operating experience in a wide variety of roles in both public and private organizations. Prior to joining AIER, he served as chief financial officer at an early stage development company, Starfire Systems, Inc. Before joining Starfire, he served as vice president of treasury, tax, and chief risk officer for Albany International Corp. David also held positions at Veeco Instruments, Inc. and the New York State Department of Audit and Control. David earned his Bachelor of Science degree with dual majors in accounting and finance and a minor in economics from the University at Albany and did graduate-level coursework at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University.
Laurie B. Pshenishny came to AIER’s finance department on a part-time basis in 1996. She went full-time in 2003 and became assistant comptroller in 2006. She is responsible for all financial record keeping and accounting functions for AIER, AIS, and AIER’s trust fund programs. Prior to joining AIER, Laurie was a full-time stay-at- home mom. She has also worked for Cypress Apparel and Neuma Agins Design. While balancing life and work can be a challenge, she says that AIER supports her values about community, work, and family.
Gail Roger has spent her entire career at AIER. In her first position, she provided statistical and graphic support to the research department under Institute founder, E.C. Harwood. She moved to programming computer systems for all departments and from there to the finance department where she served as assistant comptroller and comptroller. She became the director of human resources in 2007 after earning her Professional Human Resources certification. Gail is a board member of the Berkshire Hills Tennis Association.
Pat Rotondo joined AIER in 2013. She began her career in New York City, and later moved to Boston. She has developed identity and branding systems, promotional materials, and web sites for publishers, educational institutions, and financial services firms. She has been an art director for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Commonwealth Financial Network, and the University at Albany. Prior to coming to AIER, she was creative director at Amsterdam Printing. She holds a BFA from Pratt Institute. Her work has been recognized in Best of Computer Graphics and she is the recipient of a Bronze Healthcare Advertising Award for annual report design.
Natalia Smirnova joined AIER in 2013. Immediately prior, she was an associate professor in the department of business and economics and founding director of the Center for International Studies at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, NY. She also worked for four years at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget. Natalia received a PhD in economics from the University of Connecticut, an MA in economics from Queens College/CUNY, and a PhD equivalent in statistics from the St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance (FinEc), Russia. Her book, Job Search Behavior of the Unemployed in Russia, by Lambert Academic Publishing came out in 2011.
Marcia Stamell joined AIER in 2008 after a long career in journalism. Her articles have appeared in New York, Parade, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Ms., Harper’s Bazaar, Redbook, and The Boston Globe, among other publications. Clients for her editorial services have included BusinessWeek, World Business Weekly, and Grant’s Interest Rate Observer. She began her career at Dow Jones’ News Retrieval Service. She was the founding editor of The Albuquerque Journal’s Sunday magazine and served on the board of the Sunday Magazine Editors’ Association. She has also taught at various colleges and universities. She holds a BA cum laude from Vassar College and a MS in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is represented by the Weingel-Fidel Agency.
Jonathan Sylbert joined AIER 1996. Before coming to the Institute, he worked as an assistant director in film and was a contributing editor to Fame magazine. He also worked at the New York graphic and industrial design firm of Rudolph de Harak, Inc. Since moving from New York City, he has been elected to serve four terms as a Massachusetts Select Board member and has been the president of the Monterey Preservation Land Trust for twelve years.
Walker F. Todd first visited AIER to give a lecture in 1995 and became a visiting research fellow in 1997. In 2005, he was added to the research staff on a permanent part-time basis. He is an attorney admitted to practice in Ohio and New York and worked as both legal and research officer at the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Cleveland for 20 years. He has taught Special Studies courses at Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY, since 1997 and was an adjunct faculty member of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, for 13 years. He holds a Ph.D. in French from Columbia University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Polina Vlasenko joined AIER as a research fellow in 2008 after working as a visiting research fellow. Her primary research area is macroeconomics, including forecasting economic performance and analyzing the effects of government policies on the economy. From 2005 to 2008, Polina was an assistant professor of economics at Manchester College in Indiana. Prior to that, she was an assistant professor at the Economic Education and Research Consortium’s Program in Economics (currently Kyiv School of Economics) in Kyiv, Ukraine. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Carisa Weinberg combines academic training in American Studies with practical experience in the financial services industry for an interdisciplinary approach to economic research. As a graduate student in the American Studies program at New York University, her work focused on nineteenth century U.S. history, including the relationship between slavery, territorial expansion, and the nascent financial system. Prior to joining AIER in 2013, Carisa served as managing editor for High Frequency Economics, a macroeconomic research consultancy based in Westchester County, NY, whose clients include institutional investors and policymakers in 35 countries worldwide. She holds an MPhil in American Studies from New York University and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.