SEFCU Wealth Management Services Team

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Our Team

More than 55 years combined experience.

The team at SEFCU Wealth Management Services has the knowledge and experience to provide you the financial advice you need to help you pursue your goals - regardless of your personal situation. Learn more about SEFCU's Wealth Management Services' team by clicking on the names below.

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Paula Aveni

Paula Aveni joined SEFCU Wealth Management Services as Director of Wealth Management in July of 2018 with 12 years of financial services industry experience. She has worked at several leading investment firms including Smith Barney, where she began her career, as well as AYCO, an executive financial planning firm. Paula holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the College of Saint Rose and her first calling was teaching. Paula’s most recent role was at Citizens Bank as a Sales Manager in the Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Eastern New York markets. Paula is an LPL Branch Manager and currently holds FINRA series 7, 9, 10, 24, 63 & 65 securities registrations through LPL. Paula relocated back to the area to be closer to family and join the SEFCU Wealth Management Services family.

Paula is located at the Patroon Creek branch in the Wealth Management offices.  She can be reached at 518-464-5210.

Cynthia Alaia

Cynthia Alaia is an LPL Registered Administrative Assistant and has been in the financial services industry since 1998, joining SEFCU Wealth Management Services in April 2006. Prior to joining SEFCU Wealth Management Services, Cindy worked in the health claims field and later was employed by American Express Financial Advisors (AEFA) as a manager of the life and annuity insurance departments. She completed her tenure at AEFA as a compliance officer and executive assistant to the Chief Operating Officer. She holds securities registrations through LPL Financial including FINRA Series 6, 7, and 63 along with the NYS Life, Accident & Health and Variable Annuities licenses and is a notary public. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from SUNY Potsdam and earned her Master's Degree from Russell Sage College.

Cindy is located at the Patroon Creek Branch in the Wealth Management offices. She can be reached at  518-451-2948.

Ron Bender

Ronald Bender is an LPL Financial Advisor, joining SEFCU Wealth Management Services in 2019. He has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently working as a financial advisor at Citizens Investment Services of Clifton Park. Ron earned his Bachelor of Science from SUNY Polytechnic Institute and holds the Certified Retirement Counselor designation. Throughout his career he has worked with families and individuals to pursue their financial goals using planning tools and preservation strategies. He lives in Guilderland with his wife Jeanne and their children Joseph, Megan, and Matthew. 


Ron is located at 655 Patroon Creek Blvd., Albany, NY, but serves SEFCU credit union members. 


Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC) conferred by InFRE®.

John Nuzzi

John Nuzzi, CRPS® is an LPL Financial Advisor, joining SEFCU Wealth Management Services in February 2019. John has eight years of experience in the financial services industry as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley and its predecessor firm Citi Smith Barney.  He has also worked in the insurance and employee benefits space. John is an LPL Financial Advisor who currently holds the FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations through LPL Financial, as well as the NYS Life, Accident & Health Insurance License.  He also holds the Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist designation through the College For Financial Planning*. John is a Long Island native who earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Hofstra University. He lives in East Greenbush with his wife Noelle and their two sons, Jackson, and Devin.

John is located at 655 Patroon Creek Blvd, Albany, NY, but serves SEFCU credit union members. He can be reached at 518-451-2859.


*Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (CRPS) conferred by U.S.  Department of Education

Becky Sciortino

Becky Sciortino is an LPL Financial Advisor. She has been with SEFCU Wealth Management Services since 2005 and has 18 years of industry experience. Prior to coming to SEFCU Wealth Management Services, Becky began her career at Fleet Investment Management and its legacy firms before joining SEFCU. Her holistic style combined with a practical solutions approach to wealth management has led her to assisting clients with retirement planning and preservation strategies. Becky holds securities licenses in FINRA Series 6, 7, 63, and 65 through LPL as well as her NYS Life and Accident license. She is a graduate of Russell Sage with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a concentration in Economics. Becky lives in the Capital Region and is active in her childrens' sport activities. 


Becky is located at 655 Patroon Creek, but serves SEFCU credit union members. She can be reached at 518-451-2942.


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Securities and advisory services are offered through LPL Financial (LPL), a registered investment advisor and broker-dealer (member FINRA/SIPC). Insurance products are offered through LPL or its licensed affiliates. SEFCU and SEFCU Wealth Management Services are not registered as a broker-dealer or investment advisor. Registered representatives of LPL offer products and services using SEFCU Wealth Management Services, and may also be employees of SEFCU. These products and services are being offered through LPL or its affiliates, which are separate entities from, and not affiliates of, SEFCU or SEFCU Wealth Management Services. Securities and insurance offered through LPL or its affiliates are: