our staff

What makes BGCS so special? 

Our amazing staff!

 

BGC Teen Program

(formerly Craig Street Teen Resource Center) 

at Mont Pleasant Clubhouse

1104 Webster Street

Schenectady, New York 12303

(518) 372-7040

Teen Coordinator

Mont Pleasant Clubhouse

1104 Webster Street

Schenectady, New York 12303

(518) 372-7040

Program Director- Kay Sampleton

 

Rotterdam Clubhouse

721 Curry Road

Schenectady, New York 12306

(518) 355-7440

Unit Director- Julie Rouse

Program Director- Nicole Smith

Steinmetz Clubhouse

118 Henry Street

Schenectady, New York 12304

(518) 372-3620

Program Director- Kristen Kucij

 

Yates Clubhouse

2400 Van Vranken Ave. Apt. E-37

Schenectady, New York 12308

(518) 372-3583

Program Director- Kristen Kucij

 

After School Programs

(518) 852-0567

Schools Specialist- Kristen DiPoffi

 

Job Junction

(518) 374-4714

Director - Louise DiFabbio

 

TEAM Mentoring Program

(518) 374-4714

Director  - Louise DiFabbio
 

Camp Lovejoy

3476 Lovejoy Rd (GPS- Old Stage Rd)

Altamont, NY

Office (518) 861-8351

First Aid (518) 861-5579

Camp Director- Maria Centor

Assistant Director- Kristen DiPoffi

 

 

 

Meet our staff

Shane Bargy

Executive Director, BGCS

As the Executive Director, Shane has helped grow the Boys & Girls Club's reach from 9,000 to 12,000 young people since 2010.  Under his leadership, the organization has also expanded to managing 18 sites, up from 10 in 2011.  Shane, his dedicated staff and volunteers have helped enhance and create many partnerships that benefit the youth and families in Schenectady County.  Some of the partnerships include the City of Schenectady and the operation of all four city swimming pools, managing key programs with Schenectady County DSS, Office of Community Services and Probation, proud participation in Schenectady Bridges (Bridges Out of Poverty), strengthened partnerships with the Schenectady City School District and Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority as well as an operating hub partner in the successful Breathing Lights initiative, to name a few.  He has been working in the youth development field for 25 years and is a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School in Schenectady and The College of Saint Rose in Albany.  Shane is very proud to say that he and his sisters were members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady's Mont Pleasant Clubhouse as children.  He resides in Schenectady County with his wife Jennifer and their four children.     

Kevin Ashline

Career & Support Specialist, BGCS

Kevin joined the Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady in October of 2018, as a Career and Support Specialist. After receiving a degree in Business Administration from SUNY Albany in December 2016, Kevin served a year as a Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring in Pittsfield, MA. As a result of Kevin’s life and work experience, he is passionate about providing connections and opportunities for youth that are in need of support.

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 enjoys being at home with his wife Erica working on their children’s music and puppet show

Michelle Ballou

Office 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.

Tish Czachor

Director of Advancement, BGCS

Tish joined BGCS in May of 2017 with an extensive background in nonprofit fundraising and marketing including working with inspired donors at the Brain Injury Association of NY State, Susan G Komen Colorado and the Denver Zoo. She believes in making the world a better place through philanthropy and enjoys working with donors to fund programs and projects that align with their values and ambitions. Tish has been an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 2012 and is currently a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from SUNY Buffalo State. Having grown up in Long Island, she now resides with her husband and two children in Cobleskill, NY.

Louise DiFabbio

Director of Operations, BGCS

Louise joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady in 1986 as Director of Program Operations and Employment Services. In 1989 she assumed the position of Director of Operations. Louise provides leadership, direction and support to managerial staff, administers school programs, Job Junction employment services, grant programs and special projects. Grant writing and maintaining collaborative partnerships is an important part Louise’s job especially BGCS’s relationship with the Schenectady City School District and Schenectady Job Training Agency which have both been ongoing since her tenure with the organization. Louise has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Siena College, Masters of Public Administration from Russell Sage College and a Certificate in Labor Studies from Cornell University. Louise loves spending time with her a daughter Cori and her partner Traci. Louise is proud to be a part of the wonderful people and dedicated staff of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady.

Kristen Di Poffi

Schools Specialist, After School Program

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.”

Kristen Kucij

Program Director, Steinmetz Club

Kristen started with BGCS in 2004 as a volunteer mentor. She then worked part-time as a Camp Lovejoy counselor in 2006 and became a Unit Leader for 6-year-olds in 2007. Her full-time employment began in 2008 as the Program Director of the MacGathen Club and soon at the Steinmetz Club. She has been with the Steinmetz Club since that time. Kristen also worked on the Nature Program at Camp Lovejoy in 2010 and helped grow the STEM program to the innovative program that is today. Kristen earned her Associates of Science in Teacher Education Degree with a focus on American Studies from Schenectady City Community College.

“I love simply being there. You never know how a child's day is going. You never know whether your words or actions may be that thing that makes a difference for them. What I do know is that every day I am at the Club is an opportunity that I can make a child smile or laugh, knowing that the world is kind and safe. It’s an opportunity to show them that there is stability and there are people who will always be there. I can teach kids what I love about the world and learn from them what they love.”

Nicole O'Keefe

Cheif Financial Officer, BGCS

Nicole O’Keefe has served as Chief Financial Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady since 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Le Moyne College. Before joining the Boys & Girls Club Movement, Nicole served as Controller for the Great Harbor Yacht Club in Nantucket, MA for over 5 years. She maintains a strong connection to her community through membership in the Schenectady Kiwanis Club, where Nicole serves as Vice President and chair of the Fundraising Committee, and is President of the Empire Chapter, The Professional Association. Nicole has chaired the James T. Cullen Memorial Golf Classic for six consecutive years, is a member of the BGCS Finance and Employee Grant Fund Committee and is a Founding Member of Schenectady’s Heritage Club. Nicole resides with her husband, Andrew, and two daughters, Taylor & Amelia, in Voorheesville, NY.

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.”

Kaylyn Sampleton

Program Director, Mont Pleasant Club

Kaylyn joined BGCS in 2015 as a Camp Lovejoy Counselor. She worked as a Program Aid at the Yates Village location from September of 2015-June 2018. She is now a Program Director for the Mont Pleasant Location. Kaylyn Has completed her School Aged Child care Credential and plans to further her education in Music and Art Therapy. Her desire is to provide a light of hope and resilience to the Youth in her community, who need it most.

Call Us: (518) 374-4714    Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady   PO Box 466 Schenectady, New York 12301