Lead Team Members

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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.

Lorenda Chisolm, Ed.D.

Board Member
A Buffalo native, Lorenda Chisolm, Ed.D. is the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning with the SCSD. Serving in her first year on the BOD with WGGS, she is a passionate urban educator who takes great pride in serving the students and families of Schenectady. Lorenda is an avid proponent of and advocate for socially just policies that impact women, specifically women and communities of color. She has been recognized as a Buffalo Business First 2015 ‘40 Under 40’ honoree and 2015 Women “Touching the World” awardee in honor of National Women’s History Month. She was also named as a 2014-2016 Jackson Scholar through the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) and has several scholarly publications focused on social justice school leadership and STEM. Finally, Lorenda is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the proud mother of a beautiful 22 year old daughter, Aziza.

Pam Carter

Immediate Past President
Pam was a previous Muse at Central Park Middle School and at Oneida Middle School. Pam is active at her church and in the community. She volunteers with the SICM Food Pantry, serves as a Board Member with Safe Inc. of Schenectady County and with the YWCA in Schenectady.

Bernice Rivera

Board Member

Cynthia Farmer

Board Member
Cynthia has served as a Muse and is very passionate about working with the youth of Schenectady. She believes strongly in serving her community and is very involved, serving as Treasurer: Schenectady NAACP Branch; Chairperson: Schenectady NAACP Branch Education Committee; Chairperson: Reactivation of the Schenectady NAACP Branch; Chairperson: Higher Education Services Corporation Affirmative Action Advisory Committee; Staff Representative: Higher Education Services Cooperation Bureau of Collection Control Advisory Committee; President of the BOD: Chocolate Thunder Marching & Dancing Band Youth Development Program, Inc.; Council Leader: Division 355 PEF.