CenterState CEO Announces Seven New Employees: New staff to provide support to core portfolios

Syracuse, NY – CenterState CEO announced it has hired seven new employees. Jared Shepard has joined the research policy and planning portfolio; Andrew Obernesser, Calvin Corriders, Alissa Tubbs and Laiza Semidey have all joined the economic inclusion portfolio; and Demetrius McNeil and Honora Spillane have joined the business development portfolio.

Jared Shepard Research and Policy Analyst

As research and policy analyst, Jared Shepard is responsible for conducting primary research, compiling economic data and insight, and performing public-policy analysis to help the organization develop strategies for regional growth, community sustainability, advance business development opportunities and provide information to businesses. Shepard most recently worked for the Center for Policy Research at The Maxwell School. He earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees from Syracuse University.

Andrew Obernesser

As director of community investment, Andrew Obernesser helps lead place-based economic development efforts for CenterState CEO’s economic inclusion portfolio. Obernesser most recently worked as a senior project manager at the local consulting and planning firm, Environmental Design & Research. Obernesser holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Calvin Corriders

As manager of neighborhood-economic development, Calvin Corriders facilitates and supports economic development on the Southeast Gateway by engaging the community for their input and feedback, working to attract new business in the area, and helping to create new opportunities for locals to develop or expand business in this area. Corriders most recently worked as residential mortgage lender at Pathfinder Bank. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Syracuse University.

As strategic operations manager for the economic inclusion portfolio’s Work Train program,

Alissa Tubbs

Alissa Tubbs will manages and develops strategies to support Work Train, including developing systems and process improvements for grants and contract management, data collection, evaluation and communication. Tubbs most recently worked as agency relations manager for the Food Bank of Central New York. Tubbs is currently completing her Masters of Public Administration in nonprofit management at Arkansas State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Ithaca College.

Laiza Semidy

 Laiza Semidey also joins the economic inclusion portfolio’s Work Train program as health care programming manager. In her new role Semidey manages the execution of Health Train; engages and builds strong relationships with the community and employer partners; and leads the expansion of Health Train to other counties. She most recently worked at SpinCar where she was senior advertising technology manager. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University.

Demitrius McNeil

Demitrius McNeil joins the business development portfolio as the director of business and economic development. In his role, McNeil coordinates multiple partners under the “UAS Central” brand, where New York is leading the way in unmanned aerial systems development. Additionally, Demitrius provides economic development support for the Central New York region. He most recently worked as an account manager for the Pinckney Hugo Group. McNeil earned a dual bachelor’s degree in business analytics and marketing from Le Moyne College.

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What is CenterState CEO? CenterState CEO is an independent and forward thinking economic development strategist, business leadership organization and chamber of commerce; dedicated to the success of its members and the prosperity of the region. We serve as an advocate and resource for smart business, catalyze and facilitate regional growth, and promote community prosperity through results-driven partnerships, planning and problem-solving.