President
Ricja Rice-Ghyll, Esq.

Ricja was recently hired as a Hearing Officer with the New York State Department of Health where she serves as an impartial adjudicator over New York State of Health eligibility determinations. Before that, she was a Senior Attorney recovering state monies from Medicaid providers accused of committing fraud, waste and or abuse.

Ricja’s main goal, both personally and professionally, has been working to eliminate barriers within the legal justice system related to race, class, and gender. Her focus has been on diversity and inclusion within the legal profession, pipeline initiatives for students of color, and cultural competency in representing and presiding over diverse populations.

Ricja joined CDWBA in 2005 after graduating from law school. She quickly became involved with the Diversity and Gender Fairness Committee and the Judicial Task Force. As a member, committee chair, board member and officer, Ricja has had the privilege of serving the members of CDWBA and community at large for over a decade.

Born and raised in Queens, Ricja is a lifelong Mets fan and enjoys latin dancing in her free time. Ricja currently lives in Albany with her husband (Cameron), daughter (Grace), step-children (Antoinette, Melinda, and Patrick) and two dogs (Max & Dinan). She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Africana Studies with a minor in Sociology from Union College. She obtained her law degree from Albany Law School, Union University and she is also a graduate of the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society fellowship program.

 
President-Elect
Leyla A. Kiosse, Esq.

Leyla A. Kiosse, Esq., is a partner at the law firm of Tabak & Kiosse, LLP, where she focuses her practice on matrimonial and family law. A former Law Clerk to the Honorable David E. Christensen in the Fifth Judicial District of Minnesota, Ms. Kiosse is a cum laude graduate of Albany Law School and earned her Bachelor’s degree, with departmental honors in Philosophy, from Union College.

Ms. Kiosse has a distinguished history with both the Capital District Women’s Bar Association (CDWBA), and the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY). As a member of CDWBA, she has served as Director, Chair of the Small and Solo Practitioner’s Committee, Co-Chair of the Newsletter Committee, and temporary Corresponding Secretary. In addition to being a WBASNY delegate, she recently completed her second term as WBASNY Vice President and has previously served as Treasurer, Co-Chair of the Legislation Committee, and CDWBA representative to WBASNY’s Nominations Committee.

She is a previous recipient of CDWBA’s Outstanding New Lawyer Award and, in 2013, her law firm received the Carol S. Knox Family Friendly Employer Award. In 2017, Ms. Kiosse was appointed by the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department to the Court’s Character & Fitness Committee, and was awarded CDWBA’s Kimberly A. Troisi-Paton Leadership Award in recognition of her enduring commitment to CDWBA.

 

 

First Vice President
Alyssa D. Snyder, Esq.

Mrs. Snyder is currently employed by Park Strategies, LLC in their Albany office. She practices in the Risk Management and Insurance Law Practice Group, and also assists on the firm’s expert insurance opinion practice. Through this position she also serves as one of the General Counsels for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Mrs. Snyder is also the founder of the Law Office of Alyssa D. Snyder, PLLC. and services clients in areas of traffic matters, real estate and workers’ compensation.

Mrs. Snyder is a graduate of the Albany Law School of Union University. While attending Albany Law, she completed the joint JD/MBA degree program in December 2011, receiving her Juris Doctor while simultaneously receiving a Masters in Business Administration from Union Graduate College. Mrs. Snyder is admitted to practice law before the Courts in both the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, earning admission in 2012.

Prior to post-graduate studies, Mrs. Snyder attended and graduated from Siena College in Loudonville, NY with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in May 2008. In addition, she spent six months living in Siena, Italy studying Italian heritage and politics.

A member of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association since her first year of law school, Mrs. Snyder has been the Chair of numerous committees, has been on the Board of Directors since 2013. In 2015 Mrs. Snyder received the CDWBA’s Outstanding New Lawyer Award.

Mrs. Snyder is an active participant and member of the support system for Maddies’ Mark Foundation, Inc., a foundation providing support for people and families with children suffering from major illnesses and encouraging child enrichment through scholarships and grants.

Mrs. Snyder resides in East Greenbush with her husband, Brian and their two children Axel and Annette.

 

Second Vice President
Lianne Pinchuk, Esq.

Ms. Pinchuk is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at Albany Law School. Prior to her position at Albany Law School, she spend 13 years in private practice as a litigator followed by 3 years doing public interest work.

Ms. Pinchuk is a 2000 graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was the director of the first year moot court program and a notes editor of the Journal of Law and Social Problems. Ms. Pinchuk holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Ms. Pinchuk has been on the Board of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association since 2013 and chairs the CDWBA mentoring committee. She has organized its annual “speed mentoring” program at Albany Law School for the past 7 years.

She has previously published in the National Law Journal and Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. She is a past recipient of the Albany County Bar Association’s Attorneys in Public Service Trailblazer Award (2017), the United Tenants of Albany Pro Bono Award (2017), and the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York Myrtle F. Berman Young Leadership Award (2013). She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Albany Jewish Community Center and is the co-chair of Women’s Philanthropy at Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York.

Lianne lives in Delmar with her husband, Edward Wladis, and their two daughters, Molly and Rebecca.

 

 
Treasurer
Amanda A. Maleszweski, Esq.

Amanda Maleszweski is Of Counsel to The Calareso Law Firm, PLLC, where she concentrates in commercial litigation, employment discrimination and harassment and family law.

Ms. Maleszweski is a graduate of Union College and Albany Law School, magna cum laude. After graduation, Ms. Maleszweski completed a clerkship with the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, then joined Whiteman Osterman and Hanna, LLP, where she was a member of the firm’s litigation, arbitration and mediation practice group. Ms. Maleszweski has also worked as an associate counsel with The Research Foundation for The State University of New York, where she managed all litigation arising from the Foundation’s sponsored programs, intellectual property, employment and other business activities.

In addition to her involvement with the Capital District Women’s Bar Association, Ms. Maleszweski is currently an active member of the New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment and Family Law Sections.

 

 

 

 

Recording Secretary
Tiffinay Rutnik, Esq.

Tiffinay presently serves as Chief Deputy Counsel to the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). Prior to her current position at OTDA, Tiffinay worked for 8 years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the New York State Attorney General, where she was awarded the 2014 Louis J. Lefkowitz Memorial Award for outstanding performance, and 6 years for the County of Albany – 5 as an Assistant District Attorney and 1 as an Assistant Conflict Defender. Tiffinay got her start in the legal profession working alongside her father, Chris, in various capacities at the Law Office of Christopher P. Rutnik.

Tiffinay graduated from the College of the Holy Cross, majoring in History and captaining the women’s basketball team to an appearance in the NCAA Division I Championship Tournament. She graduated from Albany Law School in 2001. Tiffinay is a board member and past president of the Holy Cross Club of Eastern New York.

Tiffinay is admitted to practice in New York, Massachusetts, and the Northern District of New York. She lives in Voorheesville with her husband, Clay, and her daughter, Elliott.

 

 
Corresponding Secretary
Madalyn R. DeThomasis, Esq.

Madalyn R. DeThomasis, Esq. is an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Albany. She serves as counsel to the Albany Water Board and the Board of Zoning Appeals. Madalyn also practices in areas of civil litigation, contract drafting and land transactions. Prior to her position at Corporation Counsel, Madalyn served as an Assistant Public Defender for the County of Albany as a general felony and litigation attorney.

Madalyn has served as Corresponding Secretary for the Capital District Women’s Bar Association since 2017. In 2016, she received the Outstanding New Lawyer Award from the Capital District Women’s Bar Association. Madalyn received her Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School in 2014 and was admitted to the New York State Bar Third Department in June of 2015. She also attended Fordham Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a Minor in Women’s Studies from the College of Saint Rose and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2012. Madalyn is an advocate for social justice and women’s issues.

 

 

 

Administrative Director
Alexis Kimball