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Masonic Medical Research Laboratory hires Zielinski for new CFO position

By Eric Reinhardt


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UTICA, N.Y. — The Masonic Medical Research Laboratory (MMRL) of Utica on Sept. 21 announced it has recently hired John Zielinski of Marcy as CFO.

Zielinski joins the MMRL after a 30-plus year career in which he served as a senior financial officer in fields ranging from high-tech manufacturing to health care and public service, MMRL said in a news release.

In this new role, Zielinski will be responsible for managing the finances and administration of the MMRL.

MMRL consolidated the financial, information technology, administrative, human resources, and maintenance functions under the new CFO position.

The new position allows the organization’s new director of research to focus on the scientific staff members and their work, MMRL contends.

The addition of the CFO position is part of MMRL’s “commitment” to strengthen its focus on science and research, the organization said.

“We are extremely pleased to have someone as talented and experienced as John join our team at the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory,” David Schneeweiss, president of the MMRL board of directors, said in the news release. “John brings with him more than thirty years of experience as a financial and administrative executive having recently served as city chamberlain for the City of Elmira. In this newly created position, he will focus primarily on the finances and administration of the laboratory.”

A certified public accountant (CPA) since 1976, Zielinski has held senior level finance positions throughout the Mohawk Valley and upstate New York.

His past positions include serving as VP of finance and CFO of Momentum Manufacturing Corporation. He also served as assistant director of finance at St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital and CFO of the J.M. Murray Center in Cortland.

He also served as VP of administration and finance of Mohawk Valley EDGE. In that role, Zielinski was responsible for the assets of nine related entities, totaling more than $87 million.

“It’s truly an exciting opportunity to join the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory,” Zielinski said in the news release. “The laboratory is a highly regarded and respected cardiac-research institute. I look forward to working with the multi-talented members of the scientific and administrative teams.”

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