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Development Officers Join Albany Medical Center
   September 2, 2005


ALBANY, N.Y., September 2, 2005 – The Albany Medical Center Foundation Inc., the fundraising arm of the Medical Center, recently appointed four development officers to its staff. Christopher Reilly will serve as director of major gifts, Jane Ginsberg has been appointed associate director for leadership gifts, Lauren Bryant will serve as associate director of annual programs, and Kristen Esposito will serve as assistant director of annual fund special events, according to an announcement made by David R. Buran, senior vice president for external relations.


“We are excited to add these highly skilled and talented individuals to our slate of development officers,” said Buran. “Their energy and enthusiasm will be important as we continue our fundraising efforts on the heels of the highly successful five-year Pillars Campaign, which raised $136.5 million for the institution.”


Reilly will be responsible for identifying and developing high-level financial resources for Albany Med. He will oversee a team of five leadership gift officers.


Reilly recently served as associate director of gift planning for Cornell University in Ithaca. Prior to that, he was a charitable estate planner for Lincoln Financial Advisors and AXA Advisors in Pittsburgh and was a financial advisor for PaineWebber, Inc. in both New Kensington and Pittsburgh. Reilly received a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bates College in Lewiston, ME.


In her new role, Ginsberg will  direct assigned fundraising efforts that focus on securing major gifts from grateful patients, community leaders and alumni. She will also serve as a liaison to assigned clinical departments, programs or research teams to assess their funding needs and develop appropriate strategies.


Ginsberg comes from the UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey, where she most recently served as coordinator of the Berrie Fellows Leadership Program and has also held the positions of director of young leadership and director of the community campaign. She has also served as a legal services coordinator for the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. She graduated from Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia in 2002, and received her undergraduate degree in communications and rhetorical studies from the University of Pittsburgh.


As associate director of annual programs, Bryant will oversee the Medical Center’s “Partners in Leadership” program, which consists of individual gifts and donations of $1,000 or more.


Bryant previously served as a fundraising consultant to the Child Guidance Center in Schenectady. She has also held fundraising roles for the March of Dimes and the Albany Institute of History and Art, and for Howard Mills’ campaign for U.S. Senate and John Faso’s campaign for New York State Comptroller. She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Virginia.


Esposito will oversee the coordination of some of the most popular annual events at the Medical Center including Melodies of Christmas, the Race for Kids and the Annual Children’s Hospital Golf Tournament.  She will also assist in the coordination of other annual fundraisers such as Students Care for Kids and the annual senior class gift for the Albany Medical College.


Esposito previously served as the Richard J. Roth Fellow for the New York State Senate. A graduate of the College of Saint Rose with a bachelor’s degree in public communications, Esposito served as an intern in the Medical Center’s development office from May through December of 2003. She also interned at WTEN Channel 10 News.  


Albany Medical Center is northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center. It consists of Albany Medical College, Albany Medical Center Hospital; and the Albany Medical Center Foundation, Inc. Additional information about Albany Medical Center can be found at

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