Lead Team Members

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Rachel Curtis

Board Member
Rachel has been a School Social Worker for SCSD since 2017. She has held a host of positions within the City of Schenectady community. These positions include work with crises, housing, foster care, food insecurity and homelessness and were housed at Schenectady Community Action Program, Northeast Parent & Child Society, the Salvation Army, and Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SiCM). She now serves on the board for SiCM. She served as a Muse and continued her involvement with WGGS as the school clinician connected with Girls Circles. She is passionate about living within the community she is serving, and her NYC experiences give her an additional scope of understanding marginalized communities of color in urban spaces. In her free time, Rachel enjoys learning Spanish, visiting New York City, travelling, sharing her love of fitness with others, and showing up to daily life through an anti-racist lens.

Mary Lynn Olbrych

Board Secretary
Mary Lynn retired from NYS after working over 35 years as a computer programmer and business analyst. After retirement she became a mentor in the Promises Program at the Boys and Girls Club of Schenectady. A couple of years ago Mary Lynn got involved with WGGS as a volunteer for Girls Day Out, the Celebration Dinner and serves on the Fundraising Committee.

Bernice Rivera

Board Member

Chinira Lovick

Board Co-President
Chinira is the Development Coordinator at Schenectady Community Ministries (SiCM). She first got involved with WGGS when she served as a panelist for the Pushout Documentary Event in 2021.  She helped run a Girls' Circle as a Muse at the high school during the 2021-2022 school year.

Carol Lotano

Board Member
Carol graduated from Linton HS as well as SUNY Brockport. She taught health at Mont Pleasant High School, then special education for more than two decades at Duanesburg Central School. At Duanesburg CSD, she served on the scholarship committee and others while supporting her three sons in the Schenectady City School District and beyond.