Lead Team Members
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Melanie Puorto Conte has been a member of the WGGS Board of Directors since 2014 & serves as our Resource Developer. She is an adjunct professor at The Sage Graduate School, Division of Health Sciences, Forensic Mental Health Masters Program. Melanie is also active in The Schenectady Foundation Call To Action For Youth and Youth Advisory Council and she leads a “Life Worth Living” Group at New Choices Recovery Center. Melanie is a volunteer advocate for a number of trafficked women in the Capital Region.
Having learned of the program from a former Executive Director of WGGS, Tanya has been a muse since 2015. She has served at Paige Elementary School and Central Park Middle School. Although she is involved in various organizations within the community, working with the girls in the Schenectady City School District has been the most rewarding.
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.
Pam was a previous Muse at Central Park Middle School, and for the past two years she has been a Muse at Oneida Middle School. She will transition to Schenectady High School as a Muse to maintain a connection with her Oneida girls. 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.
Board Vice President
Louise has been an active member of WGGS for five years. She is the Director of Operations at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady. Louise provides leadership, direction and support to managerial staff, administers school programs, Job Junction employment services, grant programs and special projects. Grant writing and maintaining collaborative partnerships is an important part of Louise’s job, especially BGCS’s relationship with the SCSD and Schenectady Job Training Agency, which have both been ongoing since her tenure with the organization in 1986.