Friends of the AAIE

Our Board

Beth Whitfield, President

Beth studied abroad at the AAIE in 1984 with the program at the Univ. of Delaware. Upon completion of her degree there, she found herself right back in Vienna for her first job in international operations at Girozentrale. Working in Vienna was ideal for keeping in touch with the Weissgaerbers and all the activities at the Institute. That partnership has continued ever since. 
After that she worked in several cities in Germany and Switzerland, as well, before returning to the US in 2002, where she taught German at her children's bilingual immersion school in Cincinnati, OH. Her favorite job by far was raising Rachel and Austin, who are now in high school and very active in music and sports. 
Beth currently works for a language service company as an interpreter and internally, providing medical and legal interpreters to companies and hospitals in the Greater Cincinnati area. She also enjoys coaching a summer diving team. She's hoping to bring her family to Vienna for the next reunion, to show them where her international career began!

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Gil LaMonica, Treasurer

Mr. Gil LaMonaca is the New Treasurer. Gil was a student at the Institute participating in the then Beaver College, now Arcadia University program. Gil and his family live in Media, PA. Gil brings some experience as Treasurer, since he was F/AAIE Treasurer preceeding the Treasurer who is now retiring. (Welcome back, Gil!)


Michael Friedman, Board Member

Michael Friedman was a student on the Union College Semester Abroad Program in Vienna/Austria in 1971.

Michael P. Friedman, Esq.
2 Normanskill Blvd., P.O. Box 69, Delmar, NY 12054  Phone: 518-439-0375


1971-1972 - Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zürich, Switzerland
1969-1974 - Union College, Schenectady, NY
Bachelor of Science Degree
1974-1976 - Albany Law School
Juris Doctor
1979 - National Institute for Trial Advocacy



1976-1981 Ainsworth, Sullivan, Tracy & Knauf, Esqs.
75 State Street, Albany, NY 12207

1981-1984 Michael P. Friedman, P.C.
271 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054

1984-1998 Friedman and Manning, P.C.
2 Normanskill Blvd., Delmar, NY 12054-0069

1999-Present Friedman and Molinsek, P.C.
2 Normanskill Blvd., Delmar, NY 12054-0069


1977 - New York State Courts
1977 - United States District Court, Northern District of New York


- Albany County Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- Capital District Trial Lawyers Association

Offices Held:

2003 Board of Directors and President
Albany County Bar Association

2001-2003 New York State Bar Assocaition House of Delegates


1987 Distinguished Service Award
Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
1994 Albany County Bar Association President’s Award
1995 Albany County Bar Assocation Pro Bono Award
1996 New York State Bar Association President’s Pro Bono Service Attorney Award

The Case for Parental Access Guiidelines in New York
40 Family Law Review 2, page 7, Summer, 2008

The Case for Joint Custody in New York
24 Family Law Review 2, page 7, June 1992

Pensions and Retirement Plans: Valuation Strategies
4 New York Domestic Relations Reporter 8, page 113,
Matthew Bender, August 1992

Monthly Martimonial Column for Albany County Bar Association

- New York State Bar Association Practical Skills Courses
- BNA Matrimonial Program
- Appellate Division Continuing Legal Education Program for law guardians

- Albany Law School Moot Court Competition
- New York State High School Moot Court Competition
- Gabrielli Matrimonial Moot Court Competition
- Albany Law School ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition


Steven Hirth, Board Member