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Sharon Duker Joins Albany Medical Center Board of Directors

ALBANY, N.Y., July 9, 2014 — Albany Medical Center today announced the appointment of Sharon M. Duker, a financial professional and philanthropist, to its Board of Directors.
Duker currently serves as president and co-owner of Westco, Inc., a privately held investment company based in Westerlo, N.Y. She has served as the chief financial officer of two tech start-ups, Rational Retention, LLC, and Amici, LLC, where she directed special projects and oversaw all financial, human resources and administrative functions. A certified public accountant, she has held various positions in banking and finance, including at Norstar Bancorp, Deloitte, Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte & Touche), and Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG), among others.
She is currently a board member of the Bernard & Millie Children’s Foundation, which has donated $25 million to Albany Medical Center. In May, Albany Med announced the naming of the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med.
“We are pleased to welcome Sharon Duker to the Board of Directors,” Board Chairman Robert T. Cushing said. “She brings a tremendous background in business along with a keen understanding of Albany Medical Center’s role as an anchor for our region in patient care, education and research.”
A former member of the faculty at the Doane Stuart School, she also serves on the Doane Stuart Board of Trustees and was awarded the Rt. Rev. David Standish Ball Outstanding Trustee Award in 2010.
“I’m very excited and grateful for the opportunity to join Bob Cushing, Jim Barba and the other members of the Board in serving Albany Medical Center, the premier health care institution in the region,” Duker said.

A resident of Westerlo, Duker is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Education at The College of Saint Rose, concentrating in adolescent education and business. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Siena College, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 734-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with more than 400 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: or


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