Adopted Non-Profit Volunteer Opportunities

Image result for epilepsy foundation of northeastern new yorkThe 2019 Adopted Non-Profit, The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, has volunteer  opportunities for two large events coming up: the Walk to END EPILEPSY, to be held on Sunday, September 8th at the Saratoga Spa State Park and our Golf Tournament for Epilepsy, to be held on Monday, September 23rd at Wolferts Roost Country Club.


Golf Tournament for Epilepsy

Please feel free to contact Susan Kaczynski, Director of Development at for any questions or if additional information is needed.  To register, or for more information about the events, you may visit and

Deadline for Voices in the Crowd – Friday, June 14!

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It takes courage to take a stand. For this year’s Women’s Business Council’s Voices in the Crowd, we are Rising Against the Tide. We will hear encouraging stories of people who used their voice to make an impact. Inspired by The Moth, we invite you to be captivated by true stories of courage that exist in our community.

In preparation for our Voices in the Crowd event, we want to hear from you! Please share your story and you could be chosen to be featured as a speaker at our event on November 12th. Your story should be told from your heart, in a short concise manner, 2 minutes total. Please click here for submission information HERE.

Epilepsy Foundation raises $10,582 at their Bowl to END EPILEPSY Fundraiser

From the desk of Kennedy Lawton, Marketing, Communications + Special Events Coordinator for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York.

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The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York held their 28th annual bowling fundraiser, Bowl to END EPILEPSY on Monday, June 10 at Spare Time – Latham, raising $10,582. This year brought over 150 bowlers!

The evening began as bowlers all over northeastern New York flocked to Spare Time to raise funds for the foundation and raise awareness for the estimated 45,000 living with epilepsy in the 22 counties the EF serves. Members of the Albany Empire, our areas leading arena football team, signed autographs and took photographs with adoring fans.

We thank our major sponsors for this year’s event which include Times Union, WVCR 88.3 The Saint, NeuroPace, Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Auto/Mate, Sonic of the Capital Region, and Greenwich Biosciences. All of the proceeds from the event are used to support the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York’s programs and services including educational programs, case management, advocacy, support networks and counseling.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, Inc. is a non-profit organization which offers an array of services to people with epilepsy, their families and the community at large in 22 counties in northeastern New York, including the Capital Region, the North Country, and the Upper Hudson Valley.  To contact our office, please call (518) 456-7501 or visit

Four women’s soccer stars have a new goal: Building a gender-neutral lifestyle business

From left, Re-Inc co-founders Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, Christen Press and Meghan Klingenberg. (Simon Forbes Keough/Simon Forbes Keough).

There have always been discrepancy issues when it comes to salary and recognition between men and women professional sports with the women teams and players always getting paid less, even if their teams achieve greater success.

The Washington Post sat down with three star players from the U.S. Women’s National Team in soccer, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, and Christen Press and colleague, Meghan Klingenberg, to discuss their new gender-neutral lifestyle business, Re-Inc. and how they want to use their voice to promote diversity and inclusiveness. 

Read the article here.

Mark Your Calendars for the Bowl to End Epilepsy on June 10th

From the desk of Kennedy Lawton, Marketing, Communications + Special Events Coordinator for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York.

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Please join The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York for an evening of bowling, pizza, refreshments and prizes at their Bowl to End Epilepsy event on Monday, June 10th at Sparetime Latham (375 Troy-Schenectady Road).

Trophies will be awarded to the top fundraisers:  Individual, Friends & Family Team and Company Team. An event t-shirt will be given to all bowlers who raise $50 or more!

There will also be as special appearance from members of the Albany Empire, Albany’s Indoor Arena Football League football team.

Check-in opens at 5:30pm and bowling begins at 6:00pm. There is no fee to bowl; however, registration is required to reserve your lane. Please register HERE.

Collect donations online HERE or in person to hand in at the event!

Questions?  Reply to this email or call Susan at (518) 456-7501. You can also view the brochure about Bowl to End Epilepsy HERE.

5 Things About Chaos

From the desk of Karen Lombardo, Owner, Put Another Way, LLC

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On Tuesday, I attended the Women’s Business Council program, If You Don’t Manage Your Chaos, Your Chaos Will Manage You with Melissa Cook, Catharine Potvin, Tracy Slocum & Matt Phelps.  It was informative, eye opening and prompted some serious soul searching.

I feverishly took notes on my phone and I would like to share 5 quick thoughts on chaos, managing chaos, and living with chaos in your life.

Ask the question: Are you productive busy or chaos busy?

Great question because there is a difference. Productive busy is not always a bad thing and often times is short lived. Chaos busy? Not so much. Answer the question first and then look to examine the ways to manage or lessen your chaos. Great quote from the speakers: Every hour of planning saves 4 hours of execution. Write it down! Too much in your head? Prioritize it.

Delegation: Friend or foe?

Delegation can be a fruitful tool to manage chaos and allow you to be more productive. The speakers and the audience’s questions addressed delegation and empowerment. Many of us, myself included, are control people, (note I did not say freaks), and know we need to get things done via delegation…but for some reason, we need to get it done our way. That’s not a good thing and we know it. Teach. Empower. Let go. Try it, it can be cathartic and remember most times there is a better way.

Just say no.

Why is that so difficult? We take on more than we can do; we promise to get it done in warp speed; oh, and we charge what we think the client wants to pay. Just this morning, I had a friend say, it is only a good deal if it is good for both of you, not just the client. Just say no or maybe often an alternative.


Yes, I know, we all agree we need to communicate effectively but communication crosses multiple channels such as email, text, and face to face discussions. Communication should be consistent and simple. Focus on the topic at hand and do not creep into other topics or issues. Schedule another time for those topics.

Lists and wine.

Two great tools that do not necessarily go hand in hand. Make lists in whatever method you choose whether it is paper or electronic. There is a great deal of satisfaction that occurs when you cross off or check off a completed task.

If all else fails and you have tried everything imaginable, turn to a temporary vice such as a glass of wine. This option was quite popular during the luncheon! Vices come in many forms and afford us the luxury of shutting off while we heal our chaotic brains. I prefer a beautifully crafted cappuccino in the afternoon. Do you believe that? Nah! Wine is good.

Happy organizing!

The WBC events are very informative, empowering, and collaborative. Don’t miss out on these events.


MARNA S. REDDING | Vice President, Member Services |



Paula Stopera, Women of Excellence, Distinguished Career

Paula Stopera is a Woman of Excellence on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at CAP COM headquarters in Colonie, N.Y. (Cindy Schultz for the Times Union)

What is one thing that has inspired you in life that you think might have led you to be named a Women of Excellence?

One of the things that has inspired me in my career is my passion for people.  I am one of those people that love people from all walks of life and I enjoy getting to know people and then finding something out about them that I can help to become a reality for them.  I have loved mentoring young adults and helping them to build guiding principles for their own success.  Helping young women in the workplace to find the balance between work, relationships and raising our families.  I have loved finding the best in people and then helping them find success…I think my passion and connections with people have allowed for dreams to come true, people to succeed and business to reach levels others only read about in books.  I dreamed and delivered!

Sign up for the 28th annual Women of Excellence luncheon on May 30th here.

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Christopher McKenna Becomes Cap Com’s President/CEO

From the desk of Kate Fruscione, Public Relations Strategist at CAP COM Federal Credit Union.

CAP COM Federal Credit Union announced earlier this year that Paula Stopera, the credit union’s longstanding President/CEO, would retire this spring. Christopher McKenna, a member of the credit union’s leadership team, was named her successor. He has assumed the role of President/CEO.

Most recently, Chris served as Executive Vice President for the organization. Prior to that, he was Chief Lending Officer of its mortgage subsidiary, Homeowners Advantage.

“The future looks bright and under Chris’ leadership, we will continue to make service to members and outreach to the community hallmarks of our credit union. We are grateful to Paula for devoting her 39-year career to serving others, while overseeing a period of tremendous growth at CAP COM,” said Board Chairman, Ed Gilligan. “We know Chris will lead us forward by reinforcing the importance of superior service. Helping members flourish with a blend of human interaction and technology will continue to be top priorities.”

Chris McKenna grew up in Peekskill, NY and attended the University at Albany. After graduating, he worked in New York City then returned to the Capital Region to continue his career. Since 1990, Chris has been active in financial services. Prior to coming to CAP COM, he was 50% owner in a mortgage company that served credit union members across New York and Florida.

Chris joined CAP COM in 2010, when the credit union acquired his mortgage company. Under Chris’s leadership as Chief Lending Officer, CAP COM’s mortgage subsidiary, Homeowners Advantage, has written $2.5 billion in mortgage loans. It is now the fourth largest residential mortgage provider in the Capital Region.

In January of 2018, Chris was promoted to Executive Vice President. Under Chris’s leadership in that role, CAP COM implemented its largest technology transformation in 20 years. The credit union’s core system was rebuilt to improve efficiency and position CAP COM to provide new services in the future. This major, year-long undertaking involved virtually every department, and is one of the credit union’s notable successes.

Kat Koppett – Woman of Excellence, Excellence in Business

Kat Koppett is a Woman of Excellence on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at CAP COM headquarters in Colonie, N.Y. (Cindy Schultz for the Times Union)

Kat Koppett talks about the turning point for her in her life that lead her to be named a 2019 Woman of Excellence:

In my early 20’s, I was temporarily paralyzed. Rather than pounding the pavement looking for work in New York, I found myself back in California at my parent’s house re-learning how to walk. Voices warred inside my head. I needed to get back! I was missing my life! I was an actor; I loved NY. I had been defined in my own mind – and the mind of most of the people I knew  – by that place and that vocation – for as long as I could remember. 
But secretly, in my heart, something else whispered. I was relieved. I had an out. Now, all I had to do was learn to walk. No need to audition. No need to find a crappy day job. No need to send out hundreds of pictures and resumes no one would ever open. Or to do free jobs in terrible shows to be maybe “seen”. 
Secretly, I hated auditioning. I wasn’t even sure I liked acting. I loved being part of a community that valued intimacy and expressiveness and collaboration and human connection. I loved telling stories and commanding attention. But I hated being judged on my looks, and being told I wasn’t … pretty enough, tall enough, old enough, blond enough, dark enough, ethnic enough. I hated spending 90% of my time competing for jobs so someone else could give me permission to do what I loved doing. I didn’t love being physically uncomfortable on location in service of selling insurance. 
I didn’t quit then. I wasn’t courageous enough. But the seed was planted. My illness literally forced me to stop and assess at a time when my impulse would have been double-down full speed ahead and ignore my inner voices.  Eventually, I chose to go to graduate school in Organizational Psychology and grow the applied side of my theatre and improv work, which is what led me here today. 
In improv, we talk about “Mistakes as gifts” I suppose you could say I could attribute being named a Woman of Excellence today to gifts I was given in the “mistake” of my illness.

Sign up for the 28th annual Women of Excellence luncheon on May 30th here.

For more information:

Email Debbie: 

Experience American Milestones with the Albany Symphony

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Experience the beauty and artistry of the Albany Symphony at the American Music Festival: Sing Out! New York, a bold weekend-long festival of innovative concerts, NEW music, and artistic happenings around Troy, NY.

Sing Out! New York embodies a “revolutionary spirit.” while celebrating and exploring key American milestones —the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, celebrating the passage of women’s right to vote and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, a definitive moment in the LGBTQ rights movement.

Hear thrilling new works come to life and witness for yourself how the Albany Symphony and Grammy®-winning Maestro David Alan Miller are reshaping America’s musical landscape.

The Festival runs from May 30th to June 2nd in Troy, NY. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony will also be featured during our Sing Out! New York Tour: June 6 – June 9 (multiple locations).

Get more information on this FREE event here.