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.
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 more than 25 years 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 Chair of the Carliian Foundation's Grant Committee, and Chair of the Empire State Youth Orchestras 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 imbedded 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 lives in Niskayuna with his wife Karin. They have two college age children and a cat named Loco. When not involved in Foundation or community work, Carreau finds time to throw pottery and play the mandolin.
Jean Churchill, Senior Administrative Associate
Jean maintains the financial and administrative records of The Schenectady Foundation, overseas its scholarships 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.