Lead Team Members

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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.

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.

Monique Wade

Board Co-President
Monique's first experience with WGGS was in a high school Girls' Circle. Later, she served as a Muse. After working as an EMT at Mohawk Ambulance Services, Monique took a position as one of two Peer Mediation Coordinators for SCSD middle schoolers. Monique explains, "I help students with conflict resolution and weighing their options aside from verbal or physical altercations. I think helping is worthwhile because I vowed to myself to be the person for others that I needed when I was their age. If I can be that shining light of guidance for others, I'm willing to do so." 

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.

Bernice Rivera

Board Member