Wellspring Announces Addition of Four New Board Members

Wellspring has announced the addition of four members to its board of directors, Amy Knussman, John Lefner, Denis Palumbo, and Dawn Sauer.

Mrs. Knussman is an attorney and Partner at Donnellan & Knussman, PLLC, in Ballston Spa.  A practicing attorney since 2003, she has represented thousands of children, parents, and relatives in family court and matrimonial matters.  She is a member of the Saratoga County Bar Association, Adirondack Women’s Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District.  Attorney Knussman is the 2012 Recipient of the Legal Project’s Brigid Nolan Memorial Award, which is presented for dedication, and pro-bono service of victims of domestic violence offered through Legal Project.

Currently, Mrs. Knussman is the Events Chair for the Chango Elementary School PTA and is a member of the school’s Safety Team. Previously she served on the Board of Directors of the Beagle School.  Mrs. Knussman has lived in Saratoga County for over eighteen years. She resides in Ballston Lake with her husband, two sons, and their dogs.

Mr. Lefner is the Executive Director for the Capital District YMCA.  He is a seasoned non-profit executive, has provided leadership to the Saratoga Independent School, Double H Ranch, and YMCA associations in Rhode Island and Florida.  He is a member of the Double H Ranch 25th Anniversary Committee and the Saratoga Independent School 7th & 8th Grade Expansion Committee.  Mr. Lefner resides in Saratoga Springs with his wife Dr. Jennifer Lefner and two daughters Sasha and Olivia.

Denise Palumbo is one of the owners of Plum and Crimson Fine Interior Design in Saratoga Springs.  Denise is a member of the Saratoga Builders Association and has volunteered for many years on their Showcase of Homes Committee.  She resides in Saratoga Springs, and is the mother of three grown children.

Mrs. Sauer is an Account Executive at Adirondack Trust Insurance.  She has been a member of the Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild, acted as a parent volunteer at Saint Clement’s Regional Catholic School, and has volunteered locally for a variety of nonprofit organizations since moving to the Capital Region in 2007.  Dawn is a Leadership Saratoga alumna and serves on the Saratoga Chamber Players Board of Directors.
Wellspring executive director Maggie Fronk said, “Wellspring’s set a BIG GOAL—Ending relationship and sexual abuse in our community.  Our board, staff, and volunteers are committed, every single day to achieving that goal.  We’re thrilled to welcome these four new board members who share the same vision, and have the passion and skills we need to accomplish our goal.”


About Wellspring: The mission of Wellspring is to support survivors and engage our community to end relationship and sexual abuse.  Each year, their crisis intervention and survivor services support more than 1,000 clients—keeping them safe, and providing comprehensive support in the form of counseling, legal advocacy, and case management.  While helping victims in need is a major focus of the Agency’s mission, we know that by increasing awareness we can end intimate partner violence.  Wellspring staff provides prevention and education programs to school-aged youth, as well as training and education programs for parents, faith based congregations, and professional organizations.