“Raona’s leadership in transforming the former RCCA into a dynamic arts center was key to Troy’s renaissance and has contributed greatly to the city’s economic development. As a member of its board of directors, Raona also helped to focus the Chamber’s niche as a small business chamber.”

Linda Hillman,
Former President, Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce

“Raona is an intelligent communicator who has effectively and genuinely represented the organizations with which she has been involved. She smartly engages political representatives with sensitivity to shared objectives, always seeking to collaborate in a way that is mutually beneficial.”

Hon. John T. McDonald, III
NY 108th Assembly District

“Raona has helped me strengthen and differentiate my brand by positioning myself as a leader in my field. Her introductions have opened the door to acquiring new clients and to pursuing new avenues for business development. She has challenged me to think bigger and more creatively about how to grow my business — her thought process is very focused and methodical. Working with her has been both enlightening and fun, and without her mentorship, I wouldn’t have known where to begin certain projects.”

Nuhar Jaleel,
Owner, Pilates Principle

“Raona’s depth of experience, engaging personality, and consistent tenacity brought enormous resources and support to Tech Valley High. Her work garnering business, government, and donor support for our efforts at creating a new and innovative school was critical to our success. She is a terrific collaborator who brings great energy and creativity to her work.”

Dan Liebert
Founding Principal, Tech Valley High School

“I worked with Raona for nearly eight years while she served as the Director of Institutional Advancement for Tech Valley High School. Working closely with the Board of Directors, Raona launched the foundation, guided the creation of goals, monitored and identified opportunities, and crafted strategies that garnered resources and support for the school. She was both very professional and easy to work with. I was sorry to see her move on.”

Dale Thuillez
Chairman of the Board and President, Tech Valley School Foundation, Inc.

“Working with Raona was an enriching and rewarding experience both personally and professionally. I gained not only a keen eye to detail by working closely with her on grants and strategic plans for our school development, but also how to cultivate and maintain deep relationships with key members of our community. Raona has a genuine gift in her ability to hear the needs and goals of the people she works with and help them shift their ideas into actionable next steps.”

Stacia Snow
Former Teacher, Tech Valley High School
Director, School Development and Innovation, New Tech Network of Schools

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