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.

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.

Chinira Lovick

Board Co-President
Chinira is the Development Coordinator at Schenectady Community Ministries (SiCM). She first got involved with WGGS when she served as a panelist for the Pushout Documentary Event in 2021.  She helped run a Girls' Circle as a Muse at the high school during the 2021-2022 school year.

Pam Carter

Board Co-President
Pam was a previous Muse at Central Park Middle School and at Oneida Middle School. 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.

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.