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our staff

What makes BGCS so special? 

Our amazing staff!


Central Services Administrative Office

104 Education Drive

Schenectady, New York 12303


Phone: (518) 374-4714

Fax: (518) 374-4433


Executive Director - Scott Hayden

Area Director - Maria Centor

Director of Finance - 

Director of Development - Felix Perez

Director of Programs and

Staff Development - Kristen DiPoffi

Director of Operations - Amanda Boyle

Administrative Assistant - Michael Baish

Administrative Assistant - Michelle Ballou

Adeline Wright Graham Clubhouse

104 Education Drive

Schenectady, New York 12303

(518) 374-4714

Unit Director - Ta-Sean Murdock ext. 120

Program Director - Kiara Shelley ext. 115

BGC Teen Program

(formerly Craig Street Teen Resource Center) 

at Adeline Wright Graham Clubhouse

104 Education Drive

Schenectady, New York 12303

(518) 374-4714

Teen Coordinator -


Rotterdam Clubhouse

721 Curry Road

Schenectady, New York 12306

(518) 355-7440

Unit Director- Julie Rouse

Program Director- Lindsay Perry-Alves

Steinmetz Clubhouse

118 Henry Street

Schenectady, New York 12304

(518) 372-3620

Program Director- Faatih Rasul


Northside Village Clubhouse

Community Center Building 11

2450 VanVranken Avenue

Schenectady, NY 12308


Program Director- TBD


21st Century After School Programs

(518) 852-0567

Schools Program Coordinator- Alyssa Bailey



(518) 374-4714

Dara Orederu

Camp Lovejoy

3476 Lovejoy Rd (GPS- Old Stage Rd)

Altamont, NY

Office (518) 861-8351

First Aid (518) 861-5579

Camp Director- Kristen DiPoffi




Meet our staff


Scott Hayden

Executive Director, BGCS

Scott comes to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady and brings over 20 years of experience in non-profit leadership. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Adirondack Folk School for 7 years. Prior to that, Scott served as the Director of Field Service/COO for the Twin Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America in Albany, NY. Scott has dedicated his career to serving others and is thrilled to join BGCS to build upon the organization’s important mission of providing after-school and summer programs for the children and families of the Schenectady area.
Scott is a Maine native, a US Army Veteran and a SUNY Plattsburgh graduate. When not in the office, Scott can be found with his wife Cristina, supporting their kids with their various activities.


Alyssa Bailey

School Program Coordinator, BGCS

Alyssa started with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady during the summer of 2022 as the Summer Program Coordinator/ 21st Century Summer Program Coordinator for the four Schenectady City School District sites. She is an alum of the University at Albany where she received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and discovered her passion for serving the communities of the Capital Region. Alyssa comes from an education and nonprofit background, currently serving as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Girls on the Run Capital Region. She previously worked in the City School District of Albany as a paraprofessional providing socio-emotional education, restorative justice, and crisis intervention for middle school aged students. “I am so excited to be a part of the important work BGCS is doing to provide engaging, educational and safe programing for the youth that represent the bright future of this community.”  

Michael Baish

Administrative Assistant, BGCS

After having previously worked with BGCS as a volunteer and counselor at Camp Lovejoy, Michael began working at the Boys & Girls Club of Schenectady as an administrative assistant in the spring of 2017. Michael has worked in human services for WSWHE BOCES and Schenectady ARC. He appreciates the opportunity to interact with club members and their families, as well as the staff and Board at BGCS. When not in the BGCS office, Michael is a member of Club Blue (the Young Professionals Board for the BGCS), is a strong supporter of the local music scene, and enjoys spending time at home with his wife Erica and their two dogs.

Michelle Ballou

Administrative Assistant, BGCS

Michelle comes to BGCS with a background predominantly of an entrepreneurial nature as an Administrative and Virtual Assistant, as well as having owned Decadent Diva Gourmet Chocolates in Ballston Spa. She also has an extensive background in the tax preparation, retail and restaurant fields.

She has been a mentor, has hosted foreign exchange students, has been a foster parent and is an adoptive parent. Michelle has always strived to be an advocate for and be a safe, nurturing and positive resource for children.

“Working for the children of Schenectady through BGCS fulfills my need to work for a greater purpose than myself. I love to see the kids’ smiles!”

Maria Centor

Area Director, BGCS

Maria joined the Boys & Girls Clubs in June 1995. She has held positions of Program Director at Rotterdam and Mont Pleasant clubhouses as well as the Unit Director for the Mont Pleasant Clubhouse. Since 2002, Maria has also been the director of Camp Lovejoy, one of many summer programs run by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady, a position she continues to hold today. Maria has been a national training associate with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 1998 and is now a learning coach. Maria is still as passionate about the organization’s mission and purpose today as she was when she first started.  Her son, Scott, and daughter, Jennifer, are both Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni, and she attributes the staff at the clubhouses for helping shape their lives in becoming positive, caring adults.  Maria loves spending time golfing with her husband, Michael, and being with her family.

Kristen Di Poffi

Director of Programs and Staff Development, BGCS

Kristen DiPoffi was born and raised in Schenectady. Kristen graduated from the College of St. Rose with her Bachelors in Childhood Education and acquired her New York State teacher certification. She started with BGCS in June of 2007 as a Camp Lovejoy camp counselor and she continued with the organization at the Mont Pleasant clubhouse as a Site Assistant while going to school full time. Eventually, Kristen transitioned into the role of Program Director for the Mont Pleasant Clubhouse and continued onto to become the Program Director at Camp Lovejoy since 2012. She currently holds the position of School Program Coordinator and Contract Manager. “There is no greater feeling than watching a child become an adult and hoping in some way that I had an impact or shaped that person’s life.”


Ta-Sean Murdock

Unit Director, Adeline Wright Graham Clubhouse

Ta-Sean is a Youth Advocate who lives in the Capital Region with his wife and his family. He is an alum of Albany High School and a graduate of North Charleston High School in Charleston, South Carolina. Ta-Sean has been a part of the Boys & Girls Clubs Movement since his teenage years as a teen member and now as a Club Professional. He started his professional career within the movement at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area as a Teen Director and Unit Director providing programs and services to youth in Albany. Ta-Sean is very committed to making a difference in his community and having a positive impact on children and teens. His community work has led to him receiving the 2017 UHPP Champion of Justice Award, 2017 WO-MEN Who Rock Award, 2019 YMCA Adult Achiever Award and a 2022 Multiplying Good Jefferson Award Nominee. 

Julie Rouse

Unit Director, Rotterdam Club

Aquatics Director, Schenectady City Pools

Julie started working at the Rotterdam Club of BGCS in January 2006 as a part time Lifeguard, Swim Instructor and volunteered as a swim coach.  In August of 2006, she became the full time program director at RBGC and the Aquatics Director for the Pools in Schenectady in the summer time.  Besides working with children and families in the community, her passion is raising her two young daughters, ages 1 and 3, and spending time with her loving husband. “Children, families and community is my passion and because I had strong caring relationships with adult mentors during my youth, I feel it is very necessary to provide the same to the youth in our community.”


Kiara Shelley

Program Director, Adeline Wright Graham Club

Kiara Shelley is a City of Schenectady native. In 2001, Kiara began her journey with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady as a camper at Camp Lovejoy. At the age of 14, Kiara transitioned to Counselor in Training at Camp Lovejoy.  Kiara would further her commitment to Boys & Girls Club by holding many different positions at Camp Lovejoy including Dance Specialist and Teen Unit Counselor. Mont Pleasant Boys & Girls Clubhouse became her base club as a teenager.

In 2014, Kiara graduated with an Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice from Schenectady County Community College while maintaining employment at Mt. Pleasant Clubhouse. In 2016, Kiara obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Investigation from SUNY Canton and continued employment with the Boys and Girls Club during college breaks. In 2018, Kiara became the Assistant Director of the Mont Pleasant Boys & Girls Club. became the Teen Director at the AWG Clubhouse and is now a Career & Support Specialist.  Kiara enjoys basketball, and spending time with family and friends in leisure time.

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