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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Front row (L-R): Ginny O’Brien (President), Jennifer Rexius
Back row(L-R): Robert Romaker, David Moore, Adam Barth, Marilyn Dyer(Secretary), Gail Glasser, Diana Flavin, Mary MacKrell (Treasurer), Jim Gumaer (Vice President)
Not Pictured: Kate Fisher, Margaret Naughton


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.

Mary MacKrell

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.

Marilyn Dyer

Marilyn was part of the development and founding board and has served since the Center’s inception in 2000. She works as the Executive Assistant to a New York State Senator and is well versed in the legislative process.


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.

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.

Margaret Naughton

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.

Gail Glasser

The more I learn of St. Paul’s Center, the more impressed I am at its vital service to the Capital area. My heart feels compassion and a desire to address homelessness in our region. I believe in the power of intervention, education, empowerment, and respect to assist others on their journey to stop homelessness.

Adam Barth, Esq.

I have been told that it is a unique shelter that has had an incredible amount of success with the population that it serves. I had helped volunteer with housing the homeless at my synagogue when I was growing up and have long believed that the problem of homelessness has never been fully or properly understood by most in society. The popular discourse would have you believe that laziness and drug
use are the only thing that lead to homelessness and that homeless individuals deserve our ire and not our help. This is simply wrong and I would love to be a part of an organization that has been so successful in helping those in need

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.”

 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 is a positive way to continue our long-standing support of the homeless and express our faith witness in the community.”



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