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.

Would you like to serve on our board?

Please fill out the Board Member Application 
and we will contact you following its review.



 Ginny O’Brien


Ginny brings to St. Paul’s Center a wealth of experience, a diverse skill set, and a dedication to her community. She is an elected member of the East Greenbush Town Board, served in the Rensselaer County Legislature, managed a low income senior housing complex and has been a real estate broker in the area since 1996. Ginny serves on the Resource Development Council. Ginny has her BA from SUNY Albany and post graduate credit in Public Administration and Psychology..


James Gumaer, MBA

Vice President

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.


Craig Osborne, CPA

 Marilyn Dyer
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Michelle Sandoz-Dennis, SecretaryMichelle Sandoz-Dennis 

Michelle comes to us as the Project Associate, Technical Assistance Unit, at CARES, Inc., a not-for-profit agency which works in partnership with persons living with HIV/AIDS and other disabilities. CARES manages the Homeless Management Information System for the tri-city area which tracks the demographics of homeless persons and their unmet needs for shelter or housing. She is part of our Resource Development Committee.

Patricia Cannistraci

Patricia Cannistraci

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 is Chair of the Governance Committee.

Margaret Naughton
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bob romakerRobert 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. He’s been a legal aid
attorney his entire career. He was a staff attorney for Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS) from 1990 to 1997. Bob became a managing attorney at SEOLS in 1997, and continued in that position until 2009, when he moved to New York. He started with LASNNY as a staff attorney in the Amsterdam office in 2009. Bob became a supervising attorney with LASNNY in April 2012, supervising several foreclosure attorneys and a housing/consumer attorney in Albany, while continuing as a staff attorney in Amsterdam. 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.




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