Lead Team Members

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Melanie Puorto Conte

Board Co-President
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.

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.

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.

Ginny Casper

Board Member /Former Muse
Ginny has always had an interest in travel and serving her community (“Think Globally, Act Locally). She’s a former Literacy Volunteer as well as working as a small business volunteer with the Peace Corps in Paraguay. She served as a Muse at CPMS for 2 years. She is currently the Assistant Director of International Programs at Union College, where she has worked for almost a decade. Ginny lives in Schenectady, has a rising senior and freshman at SCSD, and enjoys doing outdoor activities with her husband Pete.

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.