Our Team

Our capable and dedicated staff works in a team environment to ensure the overall quality of programs, donor satisfaction, transparency and accountability. You may reach any of us by calling (518) 393-9500 weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm.

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Robert Carreau, Executive Director

Robert is responsible for driving the Foundation's strategic initiatives, working with donors and gift advisors, developing strategic relationships with community organizations and leading the overall efforts of the Foundation to maximize its impact in the community. He has been involved with the Foundation since 1992 as its Secretary, and was appointed Executive Director in 2010. With 30 years of experience in the charitable sector, his work has included strategic consulting with foundations, corporations and non-profit organizations to focus their work on achieving outcomes. Mr. Carreau's volunteer involvement includes serving as a Trustee of the Carlilian Foundation, and recently as Chair of the Empire State Youth Orchestra's board of directors.

"It is an honor for me to be involved with The Schenectady Foundation. I knew and admired its founders -- every day I carry with me the values they embedded at its origination: to ensure that we are outstanding stewards of the funds entrusted to us; that we place emphasis on the benefit we are returning to the community; that we maintain the highest ethical standards possible; and to ensure that we uphold the trust and confidence placed in us by donors and the community."

Prior to his work with the Foundation, Carreau led the United Way of Schenectady County as its CEO, where he instituted an outcomes funding framework. He earned a master's degree in Political Communications from the State University at Albany.

Robert and his wife Karin have two college age children and a dog named Henri.  When not involved in Foundation or community work, Carreau finds time to throw pottery and play the mandolin.

email: rcarreau@schenectadyfoundation.org


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Jean Churchill, Senior Administrative Associate

Jean maintains the financial and administrative records of The Schenectady Foundation, oversees its scholarship programs, and administers grant payments and reporting. She provides guidance to applicants, grantees and scholars regarding the Foundation's grant and scholarship processes. Jean played a key role in transitioning the Foundation to an online grant process. Jean, who joined the staff at TSF in 2011, brings years of experience serving as legal administrator to law firms in the Albany, NY area. She is very excited to be working in the not-for-profit sector and with the related partnerships of Schenectady, the city where she and her husband have lived since 1985.

Jean's hometown is Union Springs where she lived on a dairy farm in the middle of New York's Finger Lakes Region. She landed in the Capital District after attending The University at Albany, obtaining her undergraduate degree in German with a Secondary Education Concentration and her Masters in Remedial Reading. In addition to her prior legal administrator roles, she adds proofreader, claims auditor, and reading/resource room teacher to her resume.

Her interest in children and education has kept her involved with teaching Sunday School classes for over 25 years. She also enjoys reading, piano and travel.

email: jchurchill@schenectadyfoundation.org

 


 

Jessica Wiley, Advancement Associate 

For the last nine years, Jessica has dedicated her career to the nonprofit industry in New York City. She is delighted to bring her knowledge to The Schenectady Foundation as the Advancement Associate. Jessica provides Fundraising and development functions of the foundation to support greater community impact and donor satisfaction. She strives to build and maintain donor relationships, engage current and prospective donors to promote and acquire  gifts from individuals, corporations, private and public sources, as well as obtain gifts through wills and estate plans.

Jessica completed her master’s degree at The College of New Rochelle in art therapy and counseling and spent her first five years in the nonprofit field as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT). She is a native of Troy, and in her spare time enjoys the arts, traveling, and exploring the menus of local restaurants.  

email: jwiley@schenectadyfoundation.org

 


 

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Kristi Miller, Director of Grants and Community Programs 

Kristi brings several years of non-profit grant writing and administration experience to The Schenectady Foundation’s grant evaluation process. She reviews and evaluates funding applications to the Foundation with the main focus of ensuring that its highly sought-after funds are directed toward the applicants and the programs that will have the most significant impact on the lives of those who reside in Schenectady County.

As a transplant from the great State of Maine, Kristi earned a master’s degree in Social Psychology from the University at Albany and made a home in the Capital Region with her husband, Liam, and their two sweet babies, Jack and Hannah. When she’s not chasing toddlers around, Kristi enjoys reading, running, and baking vegan desserts.

email:kmiller@schenectadyfoundation.org