We are here to start something

Leading us in the right directionFrom our Executive Team to our Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters has a compassionate and dedicated group of individuals on our side that are willing to do whatever it takes to help change children’s lives for the better.

Big Brothers Big Sisters staff can be reached at 862-1250

Executive Team

Sabrina Houser
Chief Executive Officer

Sabrina has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters since 1996 and initially became involved with the organization as a Big Sister. “I found the mission of the agency very compelling,” she says. That early volunteer experience led her to seek a job with Big Brothers Big Sisters, which has become a career. “Helping children succeed in school, at home and in their communities has such a profound impact on lives, and no mentoring organization does it better than Big Brothers Big Sisters".  Sabrina has a strong background in program management, grant development and reporting, not-for-profit management and fundraising. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from SUNY Geneseo, and currently resides in Saratoga Springs with her loving family.  Sabrina can be reached at Sabrina@bbbscr.org or x. 19.



Geraldine Gutierrez

Program Director 

Geraldine studied psychology as an undergraduate at the University at Albany. Her life experiences, mentors and educators afforded her a deep understanding of intersectionality and social justice issues which lead her to pursue a Master’s in Social Work at her alma mater. Geraldine has served as a social worker in schools and mental health programs. She has served families as a child support specialist and educator. She understands deeply that a collective effort and lots of love is necessary to create positive outcomes within the lives of youth. This lead her to Big Brothers Big Sisters. The organization and its dedicated volunteers envision success for every child, no matter what their background or circumstances. As Program Manager, she looks forward to being a positive contributor to the agency’s mission and the lives of the children we serve. Geraldine can be reached at geraldinegutierrez@bbbscr.org or x. 15.

Marcus Coleman
Development Associate  


Marcus is the new Development Associate for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital region. He will be working to increase the individual giving and sponsorships.  Marcus has previously worked on political campaigns in New England and  New York. He has Bachelors degree in Anthropology and Sociology with focuses on Social and Economic Justice. He is passionate about education and believes that early success in education is key to succeeding in life. 

If you need to reach Marcus his phone number is 518 862 1250 x22 and his email is Marcus@bbbscr.org 

Patience Pechette
Human Resources Manager

Patience has a degree in Secondary Education and History. She spent 6 years teaching high school Social Studies.  As the Rensselaer County Coordinator of the Reality Check program, she worked with youth to education the community on corporate tobacco's marketing strategies.  Currently she works here at the Big Brothers Big Sisters office as our office manager and human resources specialist.   Patience was a former little and attributes her motivation to go to college to the relationship she developed with her Big Sister.   


  Leadership Team


Elena Kyprianou 
Event Coordinator 

Elena holds a degree in Leisure and Tourism Management. Originally from Cyprus, she moved to the United States to achieve her goals and to bring her unique experiences and skill set to the Capital Region. Her previous experiences include owning and managing her own restaurant as well as working in the community to create a passion and buzz for Mediterranean food and culture. Big Brothers and Big Sisters came into Elena's life when she was looking for a way to give back and share her adventure and event personality with others. Working with this organization allows her to accomplish not only those goals within her career but also within her desire to help others.Elena can be reached at elena@bbbscr.org or x. 21.

Amber Zane 
Community-Based Manager 

Amber first became involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2002, when her daughter was enrolled as a Little. She started working at Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2014, as a Site-Based Coordinator. Being involved with the Site Based program started Amber's passion for a career with the agency. In fall of 2015 Amber took on an additional role in the community based program as a Match Support Specialist and moved into the Community-Based Program Manager position. She has obtained a B.S. in Human Services and currently working on an M.B.A. With experience that ranges from Early Childhood Parent Educator, Quality Child-Care State-wide Assessor, Program Director and owning and operating her own day-care for 12 years. Contact information is amberzane@bbbscr.org or 518 862 1250 ext. 20.


Christine McLear
Site-Based Manager


Over the past five years Christine has performed community-based education specializing in young adults and children. In addition to this work, she founded the Steuben County LGBTQ Youth Group, which brought teens together to play games, connect with each other, and give back to the community. Christine studied sociology at Ithaca College, which is where she first became involved with non-profit agencies. In her new role at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, Christine is looking forward to connecting college-age mentors with children in our community. Christine can be reached at christinemclear@bbbscr.org or x. 17.



The Team

Andrea Bonacci
Enrollment and Match Specialist
Michelle Dowe
Enrollment and Match Specialist
Tonisha Bynum
Child Enrollment Specialist

Amanda Daly
Match Support Specialist

Makisha Brown
Match Support Specialist


Joyell Gibbs
Match Support Specialist 


Sheyla Escoto
Spanish Bilingual Match Support Specialist

Sarah Berry
Assistant to the Site Based Program Manager
Cory Egnasher 
Site Based Coordinator - SUNY Albany
Christesla Duroska
Site Based Coordinator - SUNY Albany
Site Based Coordinator - RPI
Eve Mayhew Guskie
Site Based Coordinator - Skidmore


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