Board of Directors

2017 - 2018 JLSS Board of Directors


Robin has been a member of the Junior League since 2009 making this her 9th year active. She began with the Junior League of Albany as the 3rd generation in her family.  She currently works at Ayco-A Goldman Sachs Company. Robin received a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Adrian College - Adrian, Michigan in 2006.  She has served on many nonprofit boards, is a Member of Saratoga Leadership.  Robin resides in Clifton Park with her husband, Kris, their daughters Kasey and Holly, and dog, Tucker James.

President-Elect: ELISSA PROUT

Elissa joined JLSS as a member of the 2015-16 provisional class and was eager to get involved.  As a 3rd generation Junior League member, she sees the value in the relationship between all members (actives and sustainers).  Elissa received a B.S. in Food Science from Cornell University and currently works as a Food Technologist at Beech-Nut Nutrition in Amsterdam, NY.  Elissa is the current Secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Troy and the Alumni Co-Advisor for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Organization.  Elissa resides in Schenectady and enjoys volunteering and spending time with her family and friends.

Treasurer: KAITLYN  VanDYKE

Kaitlyn joined the League in 2015 as a way to become more involved in her hometown of Schenectady. One of the things Kaitlyn likes most about the League is the opportunity to directly see the impact League projects have on the community. She is excited to serve on the Board this year to support the league and its members. Kaitlyn received her B.A. in Communication/Rhetoric from Nazareth College in Rochester and currently works at The Red Cross in Development. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading a good book, and spoiling her two cats, Sterling and Zorro. Kaitlyn resides in Schenectady with her husband, Jon.


 Julia joined the league in 2015 as a way to become more involved with the Schenectady and Saratoga communities.   Julia finds that working with a group of women that actively volunteer and look for opportunities to make a difference has been one of the most rewarding parts of being involved with the league.  She received her degrees in Neuroscience and Physiology from Cornell University and currently works at Albany Medical College.  She enjoys a good discussion, traveling to remote places, reading, kayaking and wandering on beaches when she can find them.  Julia lives in Clifton Park with her husband; her daughters are launched and exploring the world.

Committee Chairs

Communications Director: LYNN TROIANO

Lynn joined the league as a member of the 2015-2016 provisional class, seeking opportunities to volunteer in both Schenectady County where she currently resides and Saratoga County, her ‘hometown’ county for most of her life. She has found these opportunities to be very gratifying and has gained an increased awareness of problems facing our communities and ways to lend a hand. Lynn is retired from the federal government, having worked in the administrative field for many years before switching to the IT arena. She has two grown children, Kevin and Rene, and resides with her husband, Ed, in Rotterdam along with their pup, Annabelle. She cherishes time with family and friends, traveling home and abroad, music, cooking, baking, kayaking, light hiking, and loves testing the water to new adventures.

Fund Development Director: LAUREN TRUNKO

Lauren joined JLSS as a member of the 2015-16 provisional class and saw the value in giving back with positive, supportive women in the community.  Lauren is the Director of Women and Family Services at the YWCA Northeastern NY in Schenectady and works closely with victims of domestic violence and women who are homeless.  Lauren received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from the University of Tampa and recently came home to New York after living in Tampa, Florida for almost 10 years.  Lauren is currently on the Board of the Community Land Trust in Schenectady and the Summer Smith Addiction Awareness 5k Committee.  Lauren lives with her husband and son in the historic Stockade neighborhood in Schenectady.


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