EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -
Amber Marino, 15-LOVE’s Executive Director, has been with 15-LOVE since the summer of 1996. What began as a summer job has turned into a second family and career. Amber graduated from The College of Saint Rose in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Mathematics. After teaching for two years, she went on to graduate school at Villanova University, graduating in 2001 with a Master’s in Counseling and Human Relations. At the end of that program, she moved back to the Albany area to accept the position as 15-LOVE’s Executive Director.
Amber’s personal background and experiences in the classroom and counseling at-risk high school students, have given her a unique perspective on running a non-profit. Luckily, her father was a business teacher and owner, and instilled a strong sense of what it takes to run a successful business. Her first business experience was as a child, helping to run her grandmother’s corner grocery store, which was more about her grandmother’s connections with the people in the town than the bread and milk they were there to buy, and that sense of community is one of the biggest attributes Amber brings to 15-LOVE.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR -
Domingo Montes, 15-LOVE’s Program Director, has been a part of 15-LOVE family since the age of 12. Domingo started as a participant at Lincoln Park in Albany. In 1994, Domingo became one of the first members of the 15-LOVE Excellence Program. Domingo attended Albany High School and played 4 years for the varsity tennis. During his senior year, Domingo would team up with fellow 15-LOVE participant and Albany High School classmate, Nithin Raikar, to win the Big 10 Doubles Title.
Domingo is a 2002 graduate of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania where he played on the tennis team for 3 years. Domingo earned his Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Spanish at Lincoln. During his summers Domingo continued to work at 15-LOVE as a tennis instructor and helped with mentoring other 15-LOVE participants. After graduation Domingo taught for 4 years in Pennsylvania before returning to Albany. Domingo returned to 15-LOVE full time in 2009 as 15-LOVE’s Program Director where he overseas all of the day and evening tennis programs. Domingo coordinates staff and volunteers for all the school and after school program sites and was part of the team that helped reach over 4,00 inner-city youth in 2014.
EDUCATION DIRECTOR -
Maxine Brisport joined 15-LOVE in November 2010 as the Education Director. Her primary duties are the College Prep and Leadership Program. Maxine is a dedicated and compassionate School Psychologist who is eager and motivated to participate in community based programs to enhance the academic and postsecondary outcome of inner city students. For the past 20 years she has shown the commitment to optimizing student success and ensuring that each student achieves at his or her academic potential. Maxine consistently promotes services and programs to ensure the academic success of all students, regardless of background, academic potential and aptitude.
Maxine has a Masters of Education degree, with an Advanced Certification in School Psychology along with a Post Graduate work in the area of School Neuropsychological. She continues to enhance her academic background by attending both local and national conference in the areas of School Psychology, Community Involvement and Youth Leadership Programs. She is well known for her community service and leadership in various nonprofit community organizations. Overall, Maxine is a constant presence in programs and activities that are geared towards youths within the Capital District.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS - email@example.com
Cindy Lyons, 15-LOVE’s part-time Director of Community Relations, joined 15-LOVE in March of 2016. Cindy graduated from SUNY Albany Business School with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Marketing/Finance minor. For ten years after graduation Cindy worked in the financial and insurance industries. When she and her husband Chris started a family, Cindy decided to stay home and raise their two boys. While a homemaker, she started her own part time business, CL Consulting and was involved in local and school charity work. She and her registered therapy dog Chelsey, visit local hospitals, nursing homes, and provide children reading programs at the 15-LOVE offices.
Cindy is responsible for leading our special events, including our for Fore, Love & Money event in June. Her love of children and tennis makes 15-LOVE the perfect second family.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING -
Mia Ertas joined 15-LOVE as its part-time Director of Marketing in June 2016. She has a background in marketing and communications with an emphasis on digital media. Her prior marketing roles include working as the Creative Director for Gramercy Communications and Assistant Vice President for Electronic Media and Graphic Communication for the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute.
Mia is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of all of 15-LOVE's marketing and communication strategies. In her off time, Mia continues to hone her passion of photography and the visual arts.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING -
Naomi Spivey has been part of the 15-LOVE family since she was nine, participating in tennis lessons and other 15-LOVE programming. She eventually joined the Excellence Program, staying until she graduated in 2016. After high school, she attended Hudson Valley Community College, obtaining her associates degree in Early Childhood Administration. She is now enrolled at the University at Albany, studying Social Welfare.
She joins the 15-LOVE staff as the new Assistant Director of Programming. Her role will be to oversee the Healthy Living Program and facilitate the administrative duties of grant applications and 15-LOVE's fundraising events.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The 15-LOVE Board of Directors is composed of committed, able, and ready community leaders. Its members represent the ethnic, gender, and geographic diversity of the area. The 15-LOVE Board meets six times a year while Board committees meet monthly.
Capital Region Youth Tennis Foundation Board of Directors
Herbert L. Shultz, Jr., President
Ryan Artis, Vice President
Jessica Dailey, Secretary
James Fowler, Treasurer
Mary Jean Krackeler
John J. Nigro
G. Thomas Selfridge