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Fisher professor designs app for Oneida Nation (access required)

Gaming has been an integral part of Wendi Sierra’s life since childhood. She’s even woven gaming into her career. “My parents were big gamers, so we always had games in the house,” Sierra said. “From an early age, that supported ...

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Great Recession catalyzes career path for Sage Rutty advisor (access required)

Zach Armstrong made his first investment at 15. That’s right, 15. So it’s no surprise that he’s chased a career as a financial advisor. Armstrong, now 30, grew up in New Hartford, Oneida County, with a mother who worked two ...

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Advice to ‘raise your hand’ pays off for Roberts graduate (access required)

Meg Hartman can confidently say that, unlike many professionals, her career has followed a linear path. In middle school her computer fascination was Oregon Trail. In high school she taught herself HTML code to change her MySpace appearance. “When my ...

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Social media a lifelong passion for Dixon Schwabl executive (access required)

Andrew Knoblauch has been a social media maven since his first job at 16 at New York Kitchen, formerly known as the New York Wine and Culinary Center. He was working at the front desk and, being the youngest employee, ...

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Cybersecurity expert at iV4 began working in field at 16 (access required)

At 26, Caleb Freitas already has a firm footing in his career, which he began just a month after graduating high school. In his junior year of high school, Freitas began taking vocational training through Eastern Monroe Community Center. “I ...

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RIT grad combines quality and engineering at electronics firm (access required)

Lauren Iuranich toyed with four majors in her freshman year of college before landing on electrical engineering technology. She dreamed of being a forensic scientist—think detective work like that of Sherlock Holmes—but she decided that living in the laboratory processing ...

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At Friendly Home, musician Sam Snyder applies tuneful therapy (access required)

The Friendly Home, a skilled nursing, rehabilitation, memory care and hospice facility, is paving the way for neurologic music therapy in Rochester, thanks to Sam Snyder. Snyder, 37, joined The Friendly Home team in 2012 as a recreation assistant/music therapist. ...

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Compassion for kids leads to opening of pediatric care center (access required)

Chrysa Charno went into the medical field because she likes to fix people. Charno is a licensed physician’s assistant who came from Syracuse to attend Rochester Institute of Technology, and she graduated from P.A. school in 2003. She later went ...

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Taylor executive hands-on in commitment to Rochester (access required)

Volunteering and community involvement are two mainstays for Geoff Cook. Cook, 36, is on the board of directors for both Heritage Christian Services and Boy Scouts of America’s Seneca Waterways Council. He’s been accepted as a member of Leadership Rochester’s ...

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Compassion for pets at the end of their lives is her specialty (access required)

Growing up on a small hobby farm in the Midwest with a plethora of different animals ignited Mandi Beckmann’s interest in animal medicine at a young age. Her desire to be a veterinarian never wavered, and after earning a bachelor’s ...

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St. John’s expert guides 22-bed rehabilitation department (access required)

Ashley Daggett says the rehabilitation department at St. John’s Home is the facility’s voice to the community, and she is one of the leaders of that effort. Daggett, 32, stepped up to the role of rehab administrator at St. John’s ...

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Entrepreneur switches from family business to her own shop (access required)

  Bre Morris and her husband, Dan, moved home to Rochester after living in Houston to take over the family business. But sometimes even the best laid plans do not work out as imagined. Morris’s father founded Frank E. Page ...

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Working for Ronald McDonald House fulfills lifelong passion (access required)

Danielle Howard’s interest in volunteering began in high school. She and her family participated in American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, a cause near and dear to their hearts. Howard, 34, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 15. She ...

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Affinity for public relations leads to teaching post at Fisher (access required)

In the third row of a Dave Matthews Band concert at 15 years old, Arien Rozelle figured out right then and there what she wanted to do with her life: Handle the band’s public relations. She hasn’t done exactly that, ...

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