Junior League of Albany
Board of Directors 2019-2020

President: Carol Crummey McCardle (president@juniorleaguealbany.org) Carol Crummey McCardle joined the Junior League of Albany in 2013 and became President in 2018. Prior, Carol was President Elect for one year, Secretary for two years and a member of the Communications Council for two years. Carol grew up hearing about the extraodinary work of Junior League of Albany women, because both her grandmothers were extremely active in the Junior League of Albany as President and Vice-President. Carol has gained valuable volunteer activities and made dozens of new friends in the process. Carol graduated from Boston College in 2008 obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in English and Communications. She received her Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School in 2013. Currently, she practices civil litigation at O’Connor, O’Connor, Bresee and First, P.C. Carol and her husband Jonathan live in Delmar.

President Elect: Meaghan Murphy (presidentelect@juniorleaguealbany.org)Meaghan Murphy is currently serving as the President-Elect for the Junior League of Albany for the 2019-2020 term. Previously, she served as the Secretary for two years. Prior to joining the Board of Directors, Meaghan served as the chair of new fundraisers, spearheading the creation of the Always A Bridesmaid event, and in the fund development council. Meaghan is also a trustee of the board of the Albany Institute of History and Art, a member of the SPAC Junior Committee and an avid supporter of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Albany Law School and currently practices estate planning, business succession planning and corporate law at Lavelle & Finn, LLP. She and her husband Nick live in Troy with their daughter.

Secretary: Virginia Tracey (secretary@juniorleaguealbany.org)

Treasurer: Kristin Draus Fabbri (treasurer@juniorleaguealbany.org)Kristen is the Treasurer for the 2019- 2021 term. Prior to serving as Treasurer, Kristen was on Membership Events Committee and Fundraising Committee. Kristen works as a forensic accountant investigating financial fraud and white-collar crimes. She has several designations related to her career that include CPA, CFF, CFE, CAMS. Besides serving on the board for the Junior League of Albany, Kristen is an Executive Board of Director for The Legal Project, a non-profit organization that provides pro-bono services related to domestic violence, immigration and foreclosure to our fellow neighbors around the Capital Region. She graduated with high honors from the University at Albany with 2 BS degrees in Accounting and Financial Analysis. Kristen lives in Albany with her husband Fred, their son James and rescue dog, Quigley.

Vice President Communications: Nadia Arginteanu (communications@juniorleaguealbany.org) Nadia joined the Junior League of Albany in 2015 because she was looking for a way to give back to the community and meet other, like minded women in the Capital Region. Nadia served on the Touch-a-Truck committee and as a member of the Communications Council before joining the board for the 2019-2019 league year. Nadia has her B.A. from Bard College and received her J.D. from Albany Law School. Nadia currently works as legal counsel for NYSARC Trust Services, the special needs trust division of The Arc New York. Nadia enjoys travel, cooking, and Crossfit in her free time.

Vice President Community: Jessica Rubino (community@juniorleaguealbany.org) Jess joined the Junior League of Albany in 2015 and currently serves as the VP of Community. Previously, she served as the Chair for Community Impact and Co-Chair for Touch-a-Truck.   She joined after researching various charitable organizations in the Capital District that would assist her get adjusted to being an “Upstater” while doing good for her new local community. An original Long Islander, she moved north to further her education and hasn’t looked back! Jess works as a Project Knowledge Expert for a national automotive software company. Jess is a NENY’s Red Cross’ Fire & Ice committee member and is also a SPAC Jr. committee member. She currently resides in Guilderland, NY. Hobbies include trying new restaurants, travelling and being the best and most fun mother to her 7 year old son.

Vice President Finance: Karen Scott(finance@juniorleaguealbany.org) Karen joined the Junior League of Albany in 2009 after researching various charitable organizations in the Capital District trying to find a way to give back to the local community. Since joining, Karen has been actively involved in the Done in a Day Committee, the Communication Committee, the American Girl Fashion Show, served as Treasurer and is now serving as VP Finance. Karen received her B.S. from Clarkson University and received her M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Throughout her 25+ year engineering career, Karen worked for several top engineering firms and currently designs wastewater treatment facilities for various municipalities and industries. She currently is an Associate at Barton & Loguidice in Albany, New York and lives in Albany with her husband, Dave and rescue dogs, Sadie and Roscoe.

Vice President Fund Development: Michelle Mahon (funddevelopment@juniorleaguealbany.org) Michelle joined the Junior League of Albany in 2015 and currently serves as the VP of Fund Development.  Previously, she was on the Done in a Day committee, the Centennial Gala Committee, and was Chair of Community Grants.  Michelle received her BS in Finance and HR Management from Boston College and her MBA from The University at Albany.  She has spent her entire professional career in non-profit development. Currently, she is a major gift officer for The University at Albany and also volunteers with Boston College and The Academy of the Holy Names.  Michelle lives in Albany with her husband Dave and their rescue dog, Barnum.

Vice President Membership: Fran Pickles (membership@juniorleaguealbany.org) Fran joined the Junior League of Albany in 2014 as a way to connect with like-minded women who are passionate about making a difference in their community. She has served as a Co-Chair for the Inaugural Touch-A-Truck event and as Training Chair for the league. She earned her B.S. in Hospitality Administration at Boston University and her M.Ed. in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Fran currently works full-time at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as Regional Development Director. In addition to the Junior League of Albany, she serves on the Mentorship Committee for the Capital Region Chamber’s Tech Valley Young Professional Network plays in a recreational kickball league.

Vice President Nominating:  Alex DeFrancesco Schneider (nominating@juniorleauealbany.org) Alex joined the Junior League of Albany in the Fall of 2015, and currently holds the position of VP of Nominating. Since joining the Junior League of Albany, Alex has served on the Fund Development Council, supporting the American Girl Fashion Show, and Co-Chairing the Always a Bridesmaid fundraiser. Most recently, she served as Chair of the Member Events Committee, and was selected by her peers, as a member of the Nominating Committee. Alex earned her B.S. from Plattsburgh State University, and her M.B.A. from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Alex has over eleven years of experience providing change management and communications support to organizations experiencing technology and/or business process changes. Alex is currently a Change Management Manager, for the Statewide Financial System (SFS) Program. Prior to joining the Statewide Financial System, Alex worked for Deloitte Consulting. Alex enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and lives in Colonie with her husband Eric, and two cats, Edi and Toni.

Member at Large: Johanna Hackemack (memberatlarge@juniorleaguealbany.org) Johanna is the 2019-2020 Member At Large for the Junior League of Albany, her first position on the board. Before serving in this role, she was a co-chair for Touch-A-Truck and served with the recruitment committee. Johanna joined the Junior League to be involved in the community and form close friendships with wonderful, like-minded women in the area. Being in the Junior League has been more rewarding that she ever knew it could be. Johanna is also a Texas transplant and stay at home mother of two wild and fun little boys. In their spare time she and her husband love to be outside, drink enormous amounts of coffee, and CrossFit.

Sustainer Representative: Jennifer Carraher Jennifer joined the League in 2007 and has been involved in many aspects before becoming a Sustainer. Some of her more memorable positions were serving as the American Girl Fashion Show Co-Chair, Provisional Co-Chair, Vice President of Placement, Rockwell Scholarship Chairperson, and assisting with the Fund Development Committee. A former member of the Southern Saratoga YMCA Board of Managers, Jennifer currently serves as a Girl Scout Troop Leader, and member of the Capital District Youth Chorale Board. Jennifer has earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Cultural Studies, as well as a Master of Science in Secondary Education. She holds NYS certifications in English Language Arts 7-12, and English to Speakers of Other Languages. She works for East Greenbush Central School District as an English as a New Language Teacher. She lives in Clifton Park, NY with her husband Bill, and future-Junior-League-of-Albany-member-daughter Cassandra.

Sustainer Representative: Erin Apostol