Board of Directors

American Marketing Association NY Capital Region

Tom Torello, President

Tom Torello is the Director of Communications and Marketing at Albany Law School. He has extensive experience in higher education. Prior to joining Albany Law School he served as Chief Communications Officer for Union College. He has also held leadership positions in communications and marketing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Ithaca College, Pace University and Salem State University.

He holds a bachelor’s in communications from Ithaca College.

Ali Anechiarico, Immediate Past – President

Ali is the Director of Marketing for Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C., the largest CPA firm based in the Capital Region. Ali oversees and implements all marketing initiatives for the firm that are designed to grow the TBC brand and expand the reach of the firm’s portfolio of accounting, tax, and advisory services.  At TBC, Ali leads the Employee Engagement Committee and works closely with staff to feel engaged and connected. Prior to joining TBC, Ali oversaw all marketing initiatives for a leading intellectual property law firm in Albany.  Ali has extensive experience with professional services marketing including event planning, email marketing, advertising, branding, and business development.

Ali has been a member of the AMA New York Capital Region Board of Directors since 2017. She has volunteered her time as the EVP of Sponsorship, VP of Communications, President-Elect, and President. She is on the Advisory Board for Ithaca College, Customer Experience Program. Ali is also a member of the Marketing Advisory Group for CPAmerica, one of the largest associations of independently owned and managed CPA and consulting firms in the world.

Ali enjoys spending time with her beautiful daughter, gatherings with friends and family, and traveling. She is a big Syracuse basketball fan, Buffalo Bills fan and enjoys the Saratoga racetrack in the summer!

Taleb Hammad, President – Elect

Taleb is the Director of J&T Medical Management LLC, a provider of business solutions that cater to the needs of medical centers, spas, clinics and Lasik surgery centers. At J&T, Taleb leads the the company and sets the projects for success. Taleb has a bachelor degree in pharmaceutical science and a Masters in Managements and leadership coupled with more than 23 years in the sales and marketing field for pharmaceutical and medical corporates.

Taleb started as a medical liaison and was promoted into various managerial positions like national sales manager and general manager of some of the biggest Forbes 500 pharmaceutical companies. Taleb also worked as a learning and development manager for soft-skill training in the pharma industry. He was responsible for training employees around the world in more than 12 countries. He trained employees and took them from basic selling skills to leadership and management skills for managers.

Taleb has been a member of the AMA New York Capital Region Board since 2021. He is also a volunteer with the Red Cross as RAST head for the capital Region.

Taleb enjoys driving and traveling, and exploring different places.

Chelsie Jankow, Chapter Advisor

Chelsie Jankow is the Marketing Manager at the New York State Dental Association. Here, she is responsible for implementing integrated marketing campaigns that support NYSDA’s Marketing and Membership departments’ efforts to renew, recruit and retain members. She also spearheads resident initiatives, campaigns, and plans events for dental students. In addition to that role, Chelsie is the marketing liaison and consultant for Jankow Companies, a real estate development company based in Albany, NY. Prior to these roles, Chelsie built marketing and brand awareness programs for a SaS company, which encompassed all aspects of marketing and communications including event and conference coordination, email marketing, social media, customer marketing and more.

Chelsie graduated from the University at Albany with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She has been an AMA member since March 2017 and on the AMA New York Capital Region board since April 2018. In addition to her work  with AMA New York Capital Region, Chelsie also volunteers with Capital Region Sponsor-a- Scholar, mentoring and empowering underserved, promising students to succeed in high school, college and life. In her free time, Chelsie enjoys spending time with her husband golfing, the beach, and spoiling their ten-pound rescue Morkie.

Gabrielle Liguori, Treasurer

Gabby is currently a Supervisor at Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte (TBC), which is the largest CPA firm based in the Capital Region. Gabby has worked at TBC since 2017 and obtained her CPA license in 2019. At TBC, Gabby spends her time working on audits and reviews for various clients in the Employee Benefit Plan, Manufacturing and Retail industries. She also is a mentor to several staff and senior accountants.

Prior to starting her employment with TBC in 2017, Gabby obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Professional Accountancy and Master’s in Business Administration from Le Moyne College. In her spare time, Gabby enjoys trying out new recipes, catching up on new shows on Netflix, going to the movies and spending time with her friends and family.

Shannon Murphy

Shannon Murphy, EVP Programming

Shannon Murphy is the Marketing Coordinator at Creighton Manning Engineering, LLP headquartered in Albany NY.  She has five years of experience marketing professional services firms. Shannon earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing at the College of Saint Rose in May of 2016—a full year early. Since then, she has earned three certifications: Certified Digital Marketing Professional (CDMP), Professional Certified Marketer (PCM), and Certified Branding and Marketing Manager (CBMM).

In her free time, Shannon likes to go on new adventures with her husband and two Australian Shepherds, and cheer on her Pittsburgh Steelers!

Dawn DiLorenzo, EVP Communications

Dawn DiLorenzo has been heading up B2B SaaS sales and marketing teams for more than 25 years. In her current role as Head of Marketing for Contently, she leads a team of marketing rockstars to drive YoY10x growth. After moving to New York state in 2001, she earned a degree in Business Management from Skidmore College. In her free time, she is a mother of two teenage boys, a volunteer mentor through The Mom Project, a paddleboarder, a runner and chicken lady. She is also a frequent traveler, spends much of the winter in Florida, and plans to move to warmer weather as soon as her youngest graduates high school in 2026.

Robert Braathe, EVP Membership

Robert Braathe is a professor of marketing at several colleges and leads marketing efforts for his company, the Career Service Station. Prior to his teaching career, Robert worked in a variety of roles for Disney, Gap and Apple between 1995 and 2018. He enjoys marketing through LinkedIn, Zoom calls and meeting others for coffee.

Bill Guthrie, Secretary

Bill Guthrie is an Account Executive for Nexstar Media Group. He is responsible for identifying
and working with both local and national companies to develop marketing solutions to help
grow their business. He does this utilizing various tactics. From the broadcast television side, he
represents both WTEN (ABC) and WXXA (Fox). Digitally, he has both the on-line broadcast
extension of News10.com as well as Nexstar Digital. Nexstar Digital is a comprehensive suite of
digital marketing companies and solutions including a Full-Service Digital Agency and a Data
Solutions Group.

Prior to Nexstar Media Group, he spent over 25 years in the printing and paper industry. Most
of those years were spent in business development, customer relations, strategic account
planning and management.

Bill graduated from Hartwick College with a bachelor’s degree in business management.

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