Standing O is at it again!

Welcome to the neighborhood: New Assistant Veep Annette Strawder.


Standing O is putting out the welcome mat for Annette Strawder, the new assistant veep at Investors Bank’s Atlantic Avenue location.

Standing O pal Annette is a long-time borough daughter, community activist, and an expert in client relations. Her new corner office at the bank will have her overseeing the day-to-day operations of the bank, as well as business development, and keeping the depositors happy.

Annette originally came from Citibank, N.A., where she spent 17 years perfecting her talents as a personal banker, but you know what they say, Citibank’s loss is Investors’ gain.

She is also active in the community and serves as a treasurer for a local food pantry.

Standing O is happy Annette came over to the Investors side, and so is Annette.

“Over the course of my career, I have worked with numerous Investors Bank employees, and have been impressed by their passion and the Bank’s level of involvement in improving the lives of the people it serves,” she told Standing O. “I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

Ana Oliveira, senior veep and regional manager at the bank, added that she is pleased as punch on Annette joining the team. “I’m pleased to welcome her to the Investors family,” she said.

Investors Bank [399 Atlantic Ave. at Bond Street in Downtown, (718) 522–7005].

Brooklyn Heights

PHYLO is the game

Professor Alison Dell of St. Francis College introduced her Molecular Biology Class to the online, international competition PHYLO. The goal of the game is to figure out ways to match sets of DNA to seek ways to identify and further genetic disease research.

“We’ve learned that computers are pretty bad at recognizing DNA similarity,” Professor Dell explained. “Humans are much better at seeing patterns.”

One of her students, Alyssa Casciorizzo, was even better than most students, and during the final week of competition climbed all the way up to 10th place, worldwide.

“We didn’t think it would turn out like this,” Alyssa told Standing O. “We all got really competitive especially when we started getting closer to each other in scores.”

Not only is she an ace competitor, but Alyssa is a hard worker, doing her time in a doctor’s office while volunteering at Maimonides Medical Center, with plans to be a nurse practitioner.

It’s all in the genes, says Standing O.

St. Francis College [180 Remsen St. at Court Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 522–2300].


Come on down

The 81st Police Precinct welcomes new Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Scott Henderson, who will be taking over the reins from Inspector Juanita Holmes, after she leaves to accept another assignment.

Congrats, too, to Captain Peter Fiorillo, who will take over the reigns from Deputy Inspector Henderson at the 88th Precinct.

Did you get all that? With all the moving on up and over, Standing O is finding it hard to follow this blue line, but it sends shout-outs to all the new inspectors and wishes them success, while thanking all of Brooklyn’s Finest for keeping crime down and our streets safe.

81st Police Precinct [30 Ralph Ave. at Gates Avenue in Bushwick (718) 574–0411].

Park Slope

Keep on walking

Standing O is cheering on Sloper Julie Rendelman Spring. Our pal is walking at this year’s Lustgarten Foundation’s walk for pancreatic cancer research.

The Lustgarten Foundation’s New York City Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk at Clinton Cove in Manhattan’s Hudson River Park will take place on Sunday, April 6. Registration starts at 8 am.

Julie is walking to support her mother Sondra who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012. Mom and daughter walked the walk for the first time last year. Good luck to them on this year’s jaunt.

For more information about the walk and to register, please visit www.curePC.org.

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Top 10: Alyssa Casciorizzo, class of 2014, is in top 10 worldover in the international DNA competition PHYLO.

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