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Our Staff

Our dedicated staff help achieve our mission and DEFEND the potential of the community we serve.

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Sabrina Houser

sabrina@bbbscr.org

518-862-1250 ext. 101

Sabrina has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters since 1996 and initially became involved with the organization as a Big Sister. “I found the mission of the agency very compelling,” she says. That early volunteer experience led her to seek a job with Big Brothers Big Sisters, which has become a career. “Helping children succeed in school, at home, and in their communities has such a profound impact on lives, and no mentoring organization does it better than Big Brothers Big Sisters".  Sabrina has a strong background in program management, grant development, and reporting, not-for-profit management, and fundraising. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from SUNY Geneseo and currently resides in Saratoga Springs with her loving family.

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CHIEF PHILANTHROPY OFFICER

Peter Koniuto

peter@bbbscr.org

518-862-1250

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.

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PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Geraldine Gutierrez

geraldinegutierrez@bbbscr.org

518-862-1250 ext. 102

Geraldine studied psychology as an undergraduate at the University at Albany. Her life experiences, mentors and educators afforded her a deep understanding of intersectionality and social justice issues which lead her to pursue a Master’s in Social Work at her alma mater. Geraldine has served as a social worker in schools and mental health programs. She has served families as a child support specialist and educator. She understands deeply that a collective effort and lots of love is necessary to create positive outcomes within the lives of youth. This led her to Big Brothers Big Sisters. The organization and its dedicated volunteers envision success for every child, no matter what their background or circumstances. As Program Manager, she looks forward to being a positive contributor to the agency’s mission and the lives of the children we serve.

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EVENTS & CAMPAIGNS MANAGER

Elena Kyprianou

elena@bbbscr.org

518-862-1250 ext. 104

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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COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAM MANAGER

Lisa O'Sullivan

lisao@bbbscr.org

518-862-1250 ext. 107

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.

 

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SITE-BASED PROGRAM MANAGER

Sarah Berry

sarahberry@bbbscr.org

518-862-1250 ext. 103

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.

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ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE MANAGER

Christina Allen

officemanager@bbbscr.org

518-862-1250 ext. 100

Christina joined the BBBSCR team in January 2019 after relocating to the Capital Region of New York with her husband.  She has served children and families as a Child Protective Investigator/Social Worker for the State of Massachusetts for 18 years and holds a BA in Psychology from Western New England University in Springfield, Mass.   In her role as an Investigator, Christina worked with the most vulnerable populations of children, across all educational, cultural, and socio-economic lines, to identify abuse and/or neglect of children and to work with families assessing issues of severe trauma, substance abuse, sexual abuse, and certain patterns of behavior that were disruptive to families.
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MARKETING COORDINATOR

Angelina Castro

Angelina is an experienced marketing and communications professional originally from NYC. A Siena College alum, Angelina has worked in the arts, education, digital gaming, non-profit and restaurant industries throughout the Capital Region. She joined the BBBSCR team in 2019 to combine her skills with giving back to an organization she believes in. Angelina hopes to further connect BBBSCR with the community and to help get all of the Littles the Bigs they deserve!

The Direct Services Team

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.

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VOLUNTEER ENROLLMENT SPECIALIST

Andrea Bonacci

Andrea joined Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2015 and has worn many hats in the organization. She currently works as the Volunteer Enrollment Specialist for the Community Based program. Andrea is passionate about motivating children to meet their full potential and providing them with the tools to overcome life challenges to become stronger and healthier individuals. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Human Services, a Master of Arts degree in Social Policy, and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Advocacy from SUNY Empire State College. Andrea has experience working with individuals with mental health and substance abuse challenges, and with families facing adversity. Andrea played a significant role in the development of The Living Room Crisis Diversion program in Schenectady.

 

CHILD ENROLLMENT SPECIALIST / COMMUNITY BASED PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Enriquette Duran

MATCH MEET SPECIALIST

Rachel McCann

SITE BASED ENROLLMENT SPECIALIST

Lauren Perrotto

Lauren graduated from Russell Sage College with a Bachelor of Science degree. While in college, she was a Big Sister to a Little Brother and saw firsthand how rewarding this program can be for Bigs and how beneficial for Littles. Over the past 20+ years, Lauren worked in the social work field, mainly focused on child abuse and maltreatment. She is excited to be working with Big Brothers Big Sisters again! Lauren lives in the Capital Region with her husband and three children.

MATCH SUPPORT COORDINATOR / SITE COORDINATOR - UNION COLLEGE

Jessica Underhill

SITE BASED CHILD ENROLLMENT SPECIALIST / SITE COORDINATOR - UNION COLLEGE

Laura Vanzetta

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MATCH SUPPORT COORDINATOR / SITE COORDINATOR - RPI

Jacqueline Rocheleau

Jackie began working as Match Support Specialist and Site Coordinator for BBBSCR in the fall of 2018, overseeing the club at RPI. On Saturdays during the school year, you can find her on campus, helping Bigs and Littles with fun activities, and coaching the matches as their relationships progress.

As a Match Support Specialist, Jackie talks to our site- and community-based matches on a daily basis. Her match support helps Littles, their families, and their Bigs develop strong relationships.

Jackie also helps BBBSCR enroll children in the nationwide Youth Relationships Study. This study, which 19 other affiliates are also participating in, will evaluate the benefits of Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring relationships.

MATCH SUPPORT COORDINATOR / SITE COORDINATOR - SKIDMORE COLLEGE

Kalliopi Manolopoulos

MATCH SUPPORT COORDINATOR / SITE COORDINATOR - THE COLLEGE OF SAINT ROSE

Nikisha Horne

MATCH SUPPORT COORDINATOR / SITE COORDINATOR - SUNY ALBANY

Leigh Ward

MATCH SUPPORT COORDINATOR / SITE COORDINATOR - SUNY ALBANY

Shatoya Michel

MATCH SUPPORT COORDINATOR

Greg Conroe

MATCH SUPPORT COORDINATOR - MENTORLINK

Coming Soon

ENROLLMENT SPECIALIST - MENTORLINK

Coming Soon

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