New Year, new Board members! Wellspring is excited to ring in 2023 by welcoming 6 ambitious new members to its Board of Directors. The six new members are a dynamic group of leaders from a diverse array of professional backgrounds who bring years of experience in a variety of careers, as well as a considerable amount of non-profit Board experience, to Wellspring.
With Wellspring expanding its offering of programs and services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and a goal to continuing growing the agency’s impact in the community, CEO Maggie Fronk feels that the new Board members will help energize Wellspring to accomplish exciting things this year. “What a great time to welcome such enthusiastic leaders to our Board, as we launch new programs to engage our community, expand survivor services, and tackle major issues such as affordable housing and workforce development!”
Amy Roman, a New York Certified Public Accountant and founder and owner of Strategic CFO Resources LLC, d/b/a CEFO Advisors, is one of the six new Board members with a passion for helping others and desire to spread awareness about Wellspring’s work. “I really want to become an advocate of Wellspring’s cause and help spread the word that there is help for those who have suffered through abuse,“ Amy said.
Philadelphia, PA native Cynthia Minuti, Chief Customer Officer at BSNB, is also a seasoned banking executive with a drive to improve our community by addressing the complex issue of relationship violence. She is honored to serve on Wellspring’s Board. “If we want to build a better world for our children, ending sexual assault and domestic violence is a great place to start. Wellspring offers support to survivors and education to the community that brings about real change,” she explained.
Also contributing an accounting background to Wellspring’s Board is Ryan Shaw, the Corporate Controller and Treasurer for Stewart’s Shops. Ryan has spent his career in both public and private accounting in the Capital District and currently serves on the Board of the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation, and formerly the Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club, as is a graduate of Leadership Adirondack. He and his wife, Shannon, enjoy watching their three daughters play soccer in and out of the Capital District.
Among the new Board members with leadership experience is Jessica Niles, a Financial Advisor with Niles Wealth Management of Janney Montgomery Scott. Jessica has long been actively involved in the community, previously serving on the Boards of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation and the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library. She is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Saratoga who currently serves on the Board of the Saratoga Institute and shares her historic home, which she is passionate about restoring, with her two dogs, Beau and Murphy.
Like Jessica, new Board member Deann Devitt is another Leadership Saratoga graduate (2018) with firsthand knowledge of the enthusiasm and passion for stewardship to others that are must-haves for serving on nonprofit Boards. Deann is an Assistant Treasurer & Business Development Officer at the Adirondack Trust Company, having begun her career with the company over 20 years ago in 2001. She is the current Board President of The Saratoga Downtown Business Association as well as a former board member of Rebuilding Together Saratoga County.
In addition to experience in the financial sector, one of the new Board members brings a background in creative outreach to Wellspring. Julia Marco, Director of Marketing and Engagement at Skidmore College, brings a wealth of experience in brand development, storytelling, and public relations to her position on Wellspring’s Board. Julia’s background in cultivating connections will support Wellspring’s mission to engage the community to help put an end to relationship and sexual abuse once and for all. A Saratoga Springs native, Julia and her husband Jesse, as well as her family, have long supported Wellspring’s initiatives.
Wellspring is thrilled to welcome its six new Board members and all are eager to get to work on the many new projects and goals set for the year ahead.
Wellspring’s Board of Directors also consists of Margaret Roohan, President; Karen Sosler, Vice President; John Pecora, Treasurer; Giovanna D’Orazio, Secretary; Jake Behuniak, Margaret Smith Cassier, Shawn Corp, David Cumming, Carmine DeCrescente, Audra Higgins, Dean Kolligian, Lisa Munter, and Chief Executive Officer Maggie Fronk.