Lead Team Members

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Laura LaFontaine

Program Coordinator
Laura began her journey with WGGS in 2014 as a volunteer. She later went on to become the WGGS Program Coordinator and continues to run Girls' Circles as a Muse. She is very passionate about working with and supporting the youth of Schenectady.

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

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.

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.