Liberty announces new chief financial officer

AMSTERDAM – Liberty, a local nonprofit organization serving more than 600 people with developmental and other disabilities, announced Chris Lail has been named Liberty’s new chief financial officer.

Lail has served as Liberty’s controller since joining Liberty in 2012. He replaces Jennifer Saunders, who was appointed the agency’s chief executive officer in April.

“It has been my pleasure to work with Chris on a daily basis since he started with Liberty in July of 2012,” Saunders said in a news release. “Chris’ vast experience in the financial field coupled with his professionalism truly made him the right choice as Liberty’s next CFO. In the short time he has been here, Chris has demonstrated a passion to uphold Liberty’s fiscal values, as well as a commitment to the individuals we support.”

As CFO, Lail will be responsible for all facets of the financial operations of the organization, including establishing long- and short-term objectives, policies and procedures for the agency, as well as managing all agency investment activities.

Previous to his position as controller for Liberty, Lail was CFO for Daystar Technologies, based in Halfmoon.

“I’m very excited to be named CFO of Liberty,” Lail said in the news release. “Serving as controller for the past two years has confirmed that joining Liberty was one of the best decisions of my career. Liberty is an organization that positively impacts many people in our community. It truly is a pleasure to work with so many amazing people on a daily basis. As CFO, I look forward to continuing to support Liberty in carrying out its mission.”

Lail is a certified public accountant and a graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. He lives with his wife, Kate, and their two daughters in Gansevoort.

Founded in 1957, Liberty offers vocational, day and family support and residential services in Montgomery County. The organization also operates New Dimensions in Health Care, providing dental and medical services at 40 Wall St. In 2004, the agency began operating day and residential supports in Delaware as Choices for Community Living.