Our dedicated staff help achieve our mission and DEFEND the potential of the community we serve.
Lea Montalto-Rook, CEO
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.
Lisa O'Sullivan, Senior 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.
Enriquette Duran, Site-Based Program Manager
Enriquette (Queta) graduated from Thomas Edison State University with a degree in Liberal Studies. She worked for Wildwood Programs and The Boys and Girls Club serving children and adults from very diverse backgrounds prior to joining the staff at BBBSCR in 2019. For BBBSCR Queta has conducted match support to help ensure healthy relationships and child safety, enrolled volunteers and children, conducted Volunteer Orientations, and matched volunteers with children, and more.
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.