Our Employees

Our dedicated full- and part-time staff intervenes, educates, and empowers families while informing our community of our work and seeking the support of generous contributors.

Our client staff, with educational backgrounds in social work, guides our clients throughout their stay at the house, assists them with their transition, and continues to offer support for one year following their departure.

A nutritionist provides the necessary guidance and education for women and their children to maintain a healthy lifestyle while they are in residence. Our maintenance and overnight staff keeps a clean and safe environment for the families during their stay.

Part-time staff work together soliciting donations, coordinating volunteers, planning fundraisers, writing grants and publicizing our success.


Tracy  J. Pitcher, MSW
Executive Director

Tracy has called the Capital Region home over 25 years. After a successful career in credit unions, Tracy returned to school to earn her Masters in Social Work from SUNY Albany. She worked for 10 years in community mental health at ClearView Center where she worked with a dedicated team to develop a highly-regarded family treatment program, vocational services, outpatient treatment program, and she coordinated the development and marketing efforts for the agency. Tracy dedicated 8 years to the American Cancer Society overseeing patient programs across 13 counties, managed the merger between Gilda’s Club of the Capital Region and ACS, and oversaw the operations of ACS’ HopeClub. She is very happy to be at St. Paul’s Center alongside dedicated and compassionate staff and volunteers as they work hard to assist homeless moms and their children. Tracy lives in East Greenbush, and shares her home with therapy dog, Samantha Jones, and too many animals to count.


Shavina Richardson
Client Advocate

“Shay” is a Master’s level social worker proud of her solution-focused outlook on life. She believes in empowering individuals, in line with a “hand up, not a hand out” philosophy. She has really forged strong, positive relationships with our mothers and children. Her strengths are in building and maintaining relationships and working with disenfranchised persons in need  of assistance. Shay is the proud mother of 3 bright “little people” as she often calls her kids and enjoys expressing her creative side in many forms of art.


Emily Purtell
Housing Stability Advocate
Nutrition Program Supervisor

Emily Purtell was born in Troy, NY, but grew up in East Greenbush, NY, with her family. For the past 7 years, Emily has been studying and working in the human services field and profession. She earned her Associates of Science in Human Services from Hudson Valley in 2012 and finished her undergraduate career through UAlbany, ultimately earning her Bachelor’s Degree in 2014 with a focus of Social Welfare. In 2016, she earned her Master’s in Social Work through the University of New England. Emily lives with her family and her two pups, Molly & Zoe. When not wearing her “social worker” hat, Emily loves to go to hockey games, read a good romance, or go camping with her family.

Charlee Ingraham
Administrative Assistant

Charlee is originally from Clarksville, but has lived in Selkirk for most of her life. She graduated from the BOCES LPN program in 2012 and graduated at the top of her class at Bryant and Stratton in 2017 with her Associates in Business. Charlee has worked as a cook in the past, and was a stay at home mom for years. She has found her passion in business, but still enjoys cooking and being with her friends as well as at her job. Charlee believes that we learn new things everyday and that taking small strides and believing in yourself is very important.
“Love the life you live, Live the life you love.”

Jason Chaplin
Coordinator of Volunteers and Donations
Family Advocate

Jason Chaplin has spent most of his life living in the Capital District. He spent 11 years working in the juvenile justice system, counseling adolescents from all walks of life. Jason has spent time working with youth in group homes, residential treatment centers, and also spent a number of years working with youth incarcerated in NY State Secure Centers. After continuing his education he began an internship with a local shelter and loved the opportunity of working with a client population different from what he was accustomed to. Jason is active in local Freemasonic organizations and is an officer in his home Lodge in Troy, NY. Jason is also the Chairman of the Charity Committee in his lodge. Jason and his fiancé have been together for over 13 years and have a beautiful daughter who is his best friend. His family also consists of two female American Bulldogs and a cat.

Sam Jones Bio Pic

Samantha Jones
Therapy Dog

Ruff! I’m Samantha Jones, a therapy dog with a very important job at the Center – I keep the kids occupied so the mothers can take care of business. I sit on the couch with the children as they watch TV, I roll over on the floor so they can scratch my belly, or they come to visit me while I sit in the chair in my mom’s (Tracy) office. Some of the moms in shelter like to sit with me too. Another reason why I like coming to work: so I don’t have to be home with those darn kitties!



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