Our dedicated staff help achieve our mission and DEFEND the potential of the community we serve.
Lea Montalto-Rook, CEO
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Lea Montalto-Rook joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region as Chief Executive Officer in 2020. A resident of the Capital Region since 2011, Lea was previously Director of Operations and Development for the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, responsible for managing the Conservancy’s operations, fundraising, marketing, communications, finance, outreach, and events. During her tenure, the Conservancy expanded its conservation lands six-fold, amplifying the concrete benefits that protected lands bring to our region, including recreational preserves, support for locally-farmed food, the protection of our water supply, the preservation of wildlife habitats, and the mitigation of climate change.
Lea holds an M.S. in International Marketing from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She volunteers with the Bethlehem Soccer Club, serving as Vice President of the Board and coaching recreational soccer. She also volunteers as a Junior Leader for the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, receiving the Volunteer of Excellence award for the past two years for her efforts to “deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience while having a measurable impact on service.” Lea lives with her husband and three children in Delmar and in her spare time enjoys gardening and painting.
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Peter Koniuto, Chief Philanthropy Officer
Peter has been working in philanthropy in New York’s Capital Region since 2005. He thrives on serving a bold vision. He shares BBBSCR’s belief: every child has potential that deserves defending, honoring, nurturing, and igniting. Peter feels strongly that through philanthropic investment from members of our community, we can make sure no child’s potential has to wait, and that positive mentorship relationships can be established and supported right when they are needed.
Elena Kyprianou, Events & Campaigns Manager
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Elena holds a degree in Leisure and Tourism Management. Originally from Cyprus, she moved to the United States to achieve her goals and to bring her unique experiences and skill set to the Capital Region. Her previous experiences include owning and managing her own restaurant as well as working in the community to create a passion and buzz for Mediterranean food and culture. Big Brothers and Big Sisters came into Elena’s life when she was looking for a way to give back and share her adventure and event personality with others. Working with this organization allows her to accomplish not only those goals within her career but also within her desire to help others.
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Lisa O'Sullivan, Community-Based Program Manager
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Lisa came to BBBSCR with 19 years of professional experience working in many positions for GE in Schenectady, NY and Greenville, SC. Her career at GE included experience in Recruiting, Human Resources, Program Management, and Product Development. Her more recent experience has been working in Non-Profit organizations. Her last position was recruiting mentors for youth in the Foster Grandparent Program as CEO. Lisa has a long history of volunteer experience within the areas of addiction and domestic violence and has most recently worked with women and children at the City Mission of Schenectady. She is passionate about helping youth reach their full potential and working at BBBSCR affords her that opportunity. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Southern Wesleyan University and lives in Albany County with her family.
Sarah Berry, Site-Based Program Manager
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Sarah graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in psychology and went on to work for several different non-profit organizations. She also started a writing therapy business to help cancer survivors and women of all ages process the changes in their lives. Sarah came to BBBS 5 years ago and has worked in various site-based roles. “In my various roles at BBBS over the years, I’ve had the great pleasure of working closely with both Bigs and Littles. I’ve seen first hand the positive difference that a caring mentor can make in the life of a child. All of our employees are so dedicated to the mission and this is by far my favorite organization I’ve ever worked for.” Sarah lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband and two young children.
Big Brothers Big Sisters relies on paid, trained staff to carefully match caring volunteers with children who face adversity in long-term one-to-one mentoring relationships and provide ongoing support to our Bigs, Littles, and their families. This is what differentiates us from other organizations what provide various other forms of mentoring. Our long-term mentoring programs are proven by independent research to help kids who face adversity succeed in and out of school.