Who We Are
Founded in 2009, Saratoga Springboard is a group of energetic professionals improving the quality of life in the greater Saratoga region by supporting local non-profit organizations. Through fundraising events, community outreach, and volunteer coordination, Saratoga Springboard fills a variety of needs for the organizations it serves, upholding Saratoga’s distinctiveness as a culturally rich, dynamic community.
Our members work in a range of fields, including: marketing, public relations, fundraising, economic development, writing, graphic design, event management, law, public policy, and birth and postpartum support services.
Non-profit organizations based in Saratoga County are invited to apply to partner with Saratoga Springboard on a proposed project that can be completed in no more than one calendar year. Annually, Springboard members select an applying organization to work with based on the impact the partnership would have on the community and several other factors. Saratoga Springboard and the partner organization work together to develop original and sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by the partner organization.
Saratoga Springboard is led by Betsy Boland and Alysa Arnold:
Betsy Boland, President, is a native Saratogian who returned to the area after living and working in New York City for nearly 10 years. Betsy proudly co-founded Universal Preservation Hall’s volunteer group, The Steeplechasers, and is thrilled to have helped lead the efforts to create Saratoga Springboard. Betsy has served on various boards supporting arts and culture in the area and was a member of the Leadership Saratoga Class of 2010. Betsy is the Coordinator of Stewardship and Donor Relations at Empire State College and also works with clients as an independent event consultant. She holds a B.A. in International/Intercultural Relations from Fordham University’s College at Lincoln Center.
Alysa Arnold, Vice President, is the founder of Saratoga Doula Services, which provides postpartum support for families after the birth or adoption of a baby. A native of Niskayuna, Alysa moved back to the area in 2004 and began volunteering in the community for Universal Preservation Hall and the Saratoga Mentoring Program. After participating in Leadership Saratoga in 2007, Alysa was inspired to create Saratoga Springboard (along with several other founding members) as a way to empower local non-profits by providing them with fresh ideas and a nimble “swat team” of talented professionals. Alysa holds a B. A. from Hamilton College and a Masters of Secondary Science Education from Columbia University.
Saratoga Springboard members:
Courtney Bissell first became involved with Saratoga Springboard when she served as Coordinator of Development and Volunteers at Franklin Community Center in Saratoga Springs, and approached the group with a project proposal they accepted! After resigning her post at Franklin Community Center, Courtney began work with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an Advancement Officer working with student groups on campus, young alumni and volunteers. She missed working with non-profits and the wonderful community in Saratoga Springs so much, she decided to become a member of Saratoga Springboard. Courtney received her B.A. in Sociology from SUNY Albany and her M.A. in Community Psychology from Sage Graduate School. In her free time, Courtney enjoys escaping to Lake Placid, kayaking, and spending time with her cocker spaniel, Marley. Courtney is very excited to continue cheerleading for Franklin Community Center and helping other area non-profit agencies.
Stephen Carleton, a native of Canada (eh!), first visited Saratoga to attend the ballet and immediately fell in love with the city. With fond memories of that first trip to the area, he recently celebrated a decade of Saratoga living. Stephen is a financial advisor who works with individuals, businesses and foundations to manage their wealth and provide guidance in philanthropic giving. Stephen is currently First Vice President at Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC, one of the oldest New York Stock Exchange firms, founded in 1832. A Ducati and Porsche enthusiast, Stephen loves to travel and spend time outdoors. He is very excited to lend his experience and time to Saratoga Springboard.
Valerie Collins is a Saratoga Springs native with 15 years experience managing environmental assessment and remediation projects throughout the country. Following a move back to Saratoga in 2002, she indulged her creative side by also working in freelance graphic design for local businesses. Valerie is currently enjoying her role as a full-time mom and is also participating in the Master Gardener program through the Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Stephanie Corp is the Associate Director of Annual Giving at Empire State College and has previously worked as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Albany Symphony Orchestra and as Director of Public Relations at Lexington Center, Fulton County ARC. Since moving to Saratoga Springs in 2000, Stephanie has been involved in a variety of community organizations and activities including the UPH Steeplechasers and various local non-profit and political groups. Stephanie resides in downtown Saratoga Springs with her husband, Shawn, and their son, Samuel.
Adam Costello is the Sustainability Fellow for the State University of New York and Research Foundation. He has spent the past 6 years studying environmental issues at the collegiate level. Adam holds a B.A. in Environmental Geography from Colgate University and an M.P.S. from SUNY-ESF in Environmental Studies. Adam has recently returned to Saratoga Springs where he has lived since 1993. After his 6 year stint at University, Adam has rekindled his long-standing involvement with youth soccer programs throughout the Capital Region. Adam lives in downtown Saratoga and can often be seen running through the city’s parks with his dog, Ty.
Kara Pritchard is an attorney currently working as an Account Manager in the Tax and Accounting division of Thomson Reuters. Kara has previously served as Secretary on the Board of Directors of Shelters of Saratoga and is currently the President of the Adirondack Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. She holds a B.A. from Colgate University and earned her J.D. at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Kara resides in Wilton with her husband, Bo, and dog, Radley.
Jessica Updyke has been a resident of Malta/Ballston Spa since 2003 and joined Saratoga Springboard in April 2013. Jessica recently launched a business in the health and wellness industry, building a strong global network and inspiring others to do the same. In addition, she leads the social media strategy for the Research Foundation for the State University of New York. Her skill sets allow her to focus on marketing and new media which gives her the ability to promote and craft innovative campaigns with high-impact. Jessica previously supported executives at Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical Center and First Albany which later became Broadpoint Securities, now Gleacher. She has been involved in a variety of volunteer and community activities. Jessica holds a B.S. in Mass Communications. Jessica and her husband Rob have a son, Rowan and dog Mila.
Past members of Saratoga Springboard include:
Jennifer Joseph Perry