Board of Directors

St Paul’s Center is very fortunate to have a wide range of expertise in its Board of Directors. As you will see from the information below, we have a diverse, caring, multi-talented and committed Board working to insure that the Center continues to live out its mission statement to empower the women and children in our care, to advocate for all homeless persons, and to manage the resources of the Center so that it will be able to serve well into the future.

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Marilyn Dyer

Marilyn was part of the development of St. Paul’s Center and is and founding board having served since the Center’s inception in 2000. Marilyn is a very active volunteer leader including organizing various Center fundraising events. She works as the Executive Assistant to a New York State Senator and is well versed in the legislative process.

Patti Cannistraci, DNS, RN
Vice President

Patricia is a registered nurse with a doctorate degree in Nursing Education and Leadership. She is the Assistant Dean of Nursing at Excelsior College. Her passion is research, advocacy, and working with vulnerable populations.  She has served as the Chair of the Governance Committee, leading the efforts to provide ongoing development opportunities to Center Directors.

Mary MacKrell, CPA

Mary MacKrell is a partner with LSC&Z, LLP, a local CPA and consulting firm. She served more than 10 years as treasurer of the World Awareness Children’s Museum in Glens Falls.

Adam Barth, Esq

Adam is Legislative Counsel to NYS Senator Michael Gianaris where he develops new policy proposals and drafts bills along with analyzing legislation. Adam has volunteered with housing homeless community members through his synagogue and is motivated to address the myths of homelessness. Adam is a graduate of Michigan State University and SUNY Buffalo Law School.


Diana Flavin

Diana is not a stranger to helping those in need. She’s made it her life’s passion – helping neighbors and friends who need the extra support; raising funds for use in cancer research and patient programs; and now, supporting families relying on St. Paul’s Center as they get back on their feet. Diana is a practice manager with CapitalCare Medical Group.

James Gumaer, MBA

Jim’s experience is extensive. He’s held his current position as director of Community Services for Montgomery County for 17 years, was associate executive director of the NYS Rehabilitation Association for 8 years and prior to that, managed a sheltered employment program for about 8 years. Jim is very familiar with the needs of people who are mentally ill, developmentally disabled, addicted and physically disabled, and worked on homelessness issues in Fulton and Montgomery Counties for many years. He is a 30+ year resident of Averill Park and brings with him a great desire to address homelessness in his back yard. Jim is a graduate of New School College in NYC and SUNY Albany.

Kate Fisher, MSW

Kate brings a good deal of “boots on the ground” experience working with homeless families. For two years, she was the Center’s Housing Stability Advocate, managing the Bridges program. Now with the Office of Children & Family Services, we will benefit from Kate’s comprehensive understanding of the families we serve. “I bring the unique perspective of having worked directly with the families and with many of the other services they rely on to move their families out of homelessness.”

Linda Mappes

As a social worker with a long history of dedicated and passionate service to those in need, especially as the former Executive Director of Vanderheyden Hall and now as a consultant to the non-profit sector, Ms. Mappes brings a wealth of first-hand experience and knowledge to St. Paul’s Center. “Through my involvement with St. Paul’s Center, I feel I can make a difference in a way that is meaningful to me, impactful to the families we serve, and can address a societal concern within our community.”

David Paul Moore

David Paul Moore is Pastor of West End Presbyterian and First Presbyterian Churches of Rensselaer. David has an MBA and Master of Divinity, and his experience in administrative leadership, development and communication is broad and deep. Both churches lead by Pastor Moore have been supportive of St. Paul’s Center and the homeless families served in a variety of ways.  “Organized in 1823 the First Presbyterian Church, Rensselaer, is the oldest, continuing worshiping community in the City.  Throughout the decades we have had warm relationships with with other faith communities, including St. Paul’s Lutheran.  We are grateful for their facility re-purposing as a homeless shelter for women and children.  Our partnership with the shelter continues our long-standing support of the homeless and to express our faith witness in the community.”

Margaret Naughton

Aside from Maggie’s involvement as a director of the Board, she has dedicated many volunteer hours serving the families in shelter, especially the children. She collects Halloween costumes each October, arranged for families to attend the Yankee Doodle Circus, and makes candy apples with the kids. As the manager of the Hilton Inn Albany Airport, she organized drives for cleaning products so moms have the items needed to get their new homes in ship-shape, sold holiday wreaths to everyone she comes across, and rallies all she knows to participate in our bowling events.

Ginny O’Brien

Realtor and former County government official, Ginny is truly dedicated to her community – and she appears to know everyone in the community. Ginny has helped St. Paul’s Center in more ways than we can count – organized bedding drives and items for infants in shelter, paved the way for partnerships with other organizations, and represented the Center well as the past President. Ginny is truly dedicated to helping through in need through her church, board positions with the Center and Catholic Charities, and membership to other organizations like the Woman’s Club of Albany.

Jennifer Rexius

Director of Catering with the Albany Marriott, Jennifer is a Leadership Tech Valley graduate, brings eight years of Board experience and strong organization and planning skills to the Board. “I was introduced to St. Paul’s Center through the Capital Region Chamber and Women’s Business Council. Helping the homeless and those in need have been on my heart a great deal and led me to seek out ways to get involved. I have created “Blessing Bags” that I keep in my car for people in need I see while traveling. St. Paul’s Center and the work it does has re-appeared a number of times in my various personal and professional circles…it became clear that the Center was the right opportunity for me to make a difference. I have been blessed in countless ways and feel that my talents are being called to serve my community alongside the people of St. Paul’s Center.”

Robert Romaker, Esq.

Bob is a Managing Attorney at the Legal Aid Society in the Albany office. He graduated with a B.A. from The Ohio State University in 1987, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Spanish. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1990.  As the Managing Attorney in the Albany office, he supervises housing and foreclosure attorneys. He lives in Loudonville with his wife, Jane Ann, and their 5 children, Sean, Ian, David, Matthew and Emma.

Tamara Slater

An administrative assistant with The Bonadio Group, Tamara has experience in marketing, planning, career development and fundraising. She volunteers with Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, Cystic Fibrosis and the Bus Stop Club, and organized our 10th Birthday Bash. “I was surprised how much St Paul’s Center does for the families in shelter, not only providing a safe place to stay but helping get families back on track. I’m extremely passionate about helping homeless families any way I can.”




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