Our Team

Franca Armstrong – Associate Vice President of Workforce Development and Dean of Rome Campus, Mohawk Valley Community College: Franca sets the priorities and objectives and short and long term strategic planning for MVCC’s branch campus in Rome, NY and the non-credit Workforce Development activities of the College.She has been with MVCC for 16 years in various roles. Her immediate past role was Executive Director of Community and Workforce Development at Mohawk Valley Community College’s Center for Corporate and Community Education Department. Franca holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from SUNY Albany, a Bachelor Degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Utica College and an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from MVCC.
Cory Albrecht – Director: Since 2007 Cory has been assisting manufacturers in the Mohawk Valley Region through the New York State Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program. This program provides manufacturing and technology development services to the small and medium sized manufacturers in Oneida, Herkimer, Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie and Hamilton Counties. Currently, Cory is the Director of MVCC’s Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM). In this role, Cory will be working with over 700 Mohawk Valley Regional manufacturers and helping them increase their competitiveness and grow their businesses. Cory is very active in advancing technology and developing ideas for new products and services throughout the region.
Theresa DaBiere-Craig – Business Development Manager: Theresa is the Business Development Manager for AIM in Fulton and Montgomery counties. Theresa is known for establishing partnershps and facilitating collaboration to successfully leverage resources in outcomes-based programs. She has designed and delivered management training to supervisors, managers, and leaders and has secured millions of dollars through grants to support recruitment, retention, and training of qualified workers.
Paul LaPorte – Cyber Security Coordinator: As an IT professional for 10 years, Paul has provided a variety of IT and Cyber Security solutions and training in the fields of engineering, manufacturing, education, commerce, insurance, and more. Paul has an A.S in Microcomputer Technologies: Technical Support and a B.S. in Network and Computer Security. Prior to joining AIM, Paul was the Interim Director of Information Technology at the Utica School of Commerce.
Michael Marusic – Sr. Manufacturing Consultant: Michael has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing and quality. He brought his manufacturing expertise to Mohawk Data Science as a Test & Quality Engineer and has also worked at Trenton Technologies Inc., as a Quality Assurance Manager and ISO Management Representative. Michael is also a former adjunct instructor in the electronics program at Mohawk Valley Community College.
Albin Zaleski – Sr. Manufacturing Consultant: Al has over 40 years of experience in Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management. He has held senior level positions in Engineering, Production, Production Inventory Control, Logistics, and Information Systems in the Wire and Cable, Bare Wire Fabrication and Fiber Optic Cable manufacturing industries, and has led Continuous Improvement teams using Lean Six Sigma tools and has provided education and training to develop people and processes to meet business needs.