Attorney CHARLES F. CARLETTA SR. is the new chief of staff at Siena College in Loudonville. He was previously a senior associate legal counsel for Albany Medical Center; he has also been general counsel for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, The Sage Colleges, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Hudson Valley Community College, outside special counsel for others and a principal attorney with Pattison, Sampson, Ginsberg and Griffin, PC of Troy. He has taught graduate students at RPI and The College of Saint Rose in Albany and higher education professionals throughout the United States and is a trustee for LaSalle Institute in Troy, as well as serving on other boards. He succeeds MICHAEL HICKEY. On Jan. 12, Siena College hosted its annual STOP (Students Together Opposing Prejudice) conference. More than 200 middle- and high-school students from nearly 30 schools, facilitated by trained reps from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), met for activities, discussions and action planning around issues of prejudice, tolerance, and respect. Counselors and teachers had their own workshop to learn how to bring the lessons back to their schools....

REV. KEVIN MACKIN, OFM, president emeritus of Siena, has published a collection of 55 homilies titled, "Integrity: Living God's Word." He now serves in St. Petersburg, Fla. The book is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and WestBow Press Bookstore. See www.afranciscanjourney.blogspot.com for more information....

Albany Diocesan Cemeteries announced that director of family services LORI BISKUP has been appointed its new associate director. BILL LOVELACE, hired in 1989 as a groundskeeper, is retiring just shy of 29 years later as an assistant manager. Family service associate SUZANNE MACDANIEL retires this month after three years of service....

SISTER KATHERINE "KITTY" HANLEY, CSJ, was profiled in the Jan. 22 issue of America magazine in an article titled, "The humble, indispensable women leading the Catholic Church you've (probably) never heard of." (The print article's headline was, "Models of faith.") She currently leads the Albany Diocese's Holy Ground program to train spiritual directors, having retired from heading St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry in Albany.

The magazine quotes Sister Kitty as saying, "The leaders who have impressed me are joyful women, and not 'Jolly Little Mary Sunshine,' but deep joy. That's what drew the disciples to Jesus. And along with deep joy, it's good to have a deep skill set and a sense of a call that this is where I need to be -- because it isn't always easy."