OUR 2021-2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

We are honored to be led by the following amazing and resourceful women.

Simone Miranda

Board Co-President
Simone Miranda is the Community Learning Center Project Manager at Schenectady City School District (SCSD), where she manages the 21st Century Program. Her goal is to inspire students in the afterschool program to become leaders of the future. She was recently accepted in the 2019-2020 cohort of the Network for Youth Success Power of 3:00 Ambassadors and serves on other Boards in Schenectady County. She currently holds a M.S. degree in Public Administration, B.S. degree in Public Policy and an A.S. degree in Computer Programming.

Pam Carter

Board Co-President
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.

Louise DiFabbio

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.

Laura LaFontaine

Program Coordinator
Laura has been a Muse since 2014. She also facilitates workshops for Girls Day Out.

Cathy Lewis

Board Treasurer

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.

Eileen Berlanti

Board Member
Eileen is an SCSD school social worker who began facilitating girls circles in 2015. She is currently facilitating two girls' circles at the high school level, an experience she says has been extremely rewarding.

Lakeia Allen Bowman

Board Member /Former Muse
Lakeia served as a Muse at Central Park Middle School and currently works as a mental health counselor for SEAT (Social Enterprise and Training for 16-24 year old out-of-school youth). Lakeia grew up in Schenectady, and her dad was Schenectady City Councilman Joe Allen.

Teresa Casullo

Board Member
Known throughout the galaxy as the Condom Lady or more affectionately- Mamma Tre. Teresa “Tre” Casullo has been a staunch advocate for equality and reproductive rights for many years. Professionally, Tre has worked for the Utica YWCA and became an Americorps volunteer for 2 years. Tre is currently at Planned Parenthood of Greater New York for 24 years as an Educator and CAPP Director. She has served for 2 years on the Friends of Schenectady Child Advocacy Center as board president. Tre loves to camp, hike, ski, play music and belongs to a fencing club in Troy. She is extremely humbled to have been chosen to serve on the WGGS board and will uphold her responsibilities to the best of her capacity.

Carol Lotano

Board Member
Carol graduated from Linton HS as well as SUNY Brockport. She taught health at ...

Chinira Lovick

Board Member

Miranda Rand

Board Member /Former Muse
Miranda has been a passionate supporter of WGGS for more than five years. She served as lead muse at Jessie Zoller Elementary for three consecutive years and now acts as Muse Recruitment Coordinator.

Teri Shanahan

Board Member
Teri Shanahan is the Accountability Specialist in the Office of Planning and Accountability for the Schenectady City School District. She joined SCSD six years ago after a thirty-three-year career as a Special Education teacher in Nevada, California, and New York. Teri volunteers at her church and seasonally with Toys for Tots.

Monique Wade

Board Member Muse/Former High School Girls' Circle Participant
Monique's first experience with WGGS was in a high school Girls' Circle. Later, ...

Kerrie Wolf-Piechota

Board Member/Muse
Kerrie first joined WGGS as a muse during the 2015-16 school year. She serves on several boards and committees in the area. She also volunteers with Community Hospice's Camp Erin and Wave Riders programs, at her church, and in a number of other organizations. Kerrie currently works in development and communications at the YWCA NorthEastern NY.