Make-A-Wish Northeast New York’s staff is dedicated to granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
William C. Trigg, III, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Bill is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. He holds a doctorate in criminal justice from the State University of New York at Albany. From 1984-2005, Bill served as CEO of the New York State Trooper Foundation, where he helped to establish and fund programs benefiting the New York State Police, including the NYSP Disaster Relief Fund, the Trooper Foundation Scholarship Fund, and the State Police Survivors Program. In February 2006, Bill became the Chief Executive Officer of Make-A-Wish Northeast New York.
Bill resides in Stillwater, NY with his two daughters, Genevieve and Amelia. When he is not involved in pastoral work with his local church, Bill enjoys running, downhill skiing, reading, and a good cigar.
Bill’s heartfelt wish is to meet Toby Keith (which was just recently fulfilled).
Caryn joined the chapter as Program Director in January 2013. She is responsible for managing the wish-granting program, including coordination of wish granting, policy development, working with the medical community to obtain referrals, and training of volunteers.
A Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), Caryn has more than 10 year’s experience (including eight years at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center) supporting seriously ill children and their families within the hospital setting. She is looking forward to using her skills as a CCLS outside the hospital setting to help deliver the Make-A-Wish mission.
Caryn holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology-child life from Utica College of Syracuse University, where she graduated cum laude in 2001. She volunteers at American Cancer Society’s HopeClub in the children’s program and has been a volunteer with the New York National Guard Youth Program, facilitating support groups to help children cope with their parent’s deployment or return from combat.
A Capital area native, Caryn now resides in Easton with her husband, Vince, and their two sons, Ethan and Max. She also enjoys game nights with friends and family and the occasional spinning or kickboxing class.
Caryn’s heartfelt wish is to spend time with her family seeing the sights out West.
Kirsten Broschinsky joined the chapter in January, 2013 as Manager, Special Events and Annual Fund.
Her responsibilities include planning annual events such as A Wishful Evening Gala, helping outside groups with their fundraisers to benefit Make-A-Wish, and working to develop and implement an Annual Fund plan that invites donors to support Make-A-Wish throughout the year.
Kirsten was raised in Wyoming and Utah and graduated with a BS in American Studies from Utah State University in 2002, and received her Masters of Public Administration from The George Washington University in 2007.
Her experience includes nearly five years as Manager of the Annual Fund at Utah Symphony | Utah Opera in Salt Lake City where she worked closely with donors and volunteer organizations, as well as planned events. She moved to the Capital area in 2011, and worked for a year at WMHT.
Kirsten lives in downtown Albany with her dog, Oscar. She enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, running, exploring the history of the Northeast and spending time with those she loves.
Kirsten’s heartfelt wish is to go on an archaeological dig.
Manager, Volunteer Services
Cindy has been managing volunteers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York since March of 2001. She served as an office volunteer for a year and a half before joining the Foundation in her current position. Prior to joining the chapter she was Supervisor of the Credit Card Department at Charter One Bank for 13 years.
Cindy is a life-long Capital Region resident, except for a brief period when she lived in San Diego. She currently resides in Glenmont with her husband, Kevin, and has three grown stepchildren.
Cindy spends her free time reading, skating, cross country skiing, biking, kayaking and camping. She and her husband also love to ballroom dance.
Cindy’s fondest wish would be to spend a week dancing with a professional on “Dancing With The Stars.”
Eryn P. Foster
Director, Finance and Operations
Eryn joined the chapter in October 2008. He brings an extensive background in accounting and business practices to his role with the Foundation. Most recently, he served as Business Manager for the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society in Menands. In addition, he served as a Sergeant in the US Air Force.
He enjoys serving in the community and was a past School Board Member of the Mohonasen School District, past Member and Treasurer of the Knights of Columbus and former Treasurer of the Clifton Park Nursery School. He is an avid Cub Scout Leader and former T-Ball Coach. He also serves for various other charitable causes throughout the year. Eryn holds a BBA in Accounting from Siena College.
Eryn’s heartfelt wish is to visit Ireland.
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Tim joined the chapter as Manager of Marketing and Communications in June 2011, bringing extensive experience in those fields. An Ohio native, Tim has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and marketing, and has worked as a newspaper editor. His career has included senior roles in hospitals, health insurance, and technology firms in Toledo, Chicago, and New York City. After moving to the Capital region, he held senior posts at Kaiser Permanente, CDPHP, MapInfo, and Government Contracts USA.
In his role at the Foundation, Tim is responsible for media and public relations, and supporting the chapter’s mission through effective marketing and communications programs.
A Queensbury resident for the past 15 years, Tim lives with his wife Kathryn and daughter Erin, and has been active in professional groups as well as community organizations.
Outside of work, Tim is an avid photographer, a weekend auto racer, and a certified scuba diver. Tim’s wish would be to explore and photograph underwater shipwrecks in the Bahamas.
Kyle E. Smith
Kyle Elizabeth Smith joined Make-A-Wish Northeast New York as a marketing and communications intern in September 2012. She took on her current position in May 2013.
She holds a Masters in Public Administration and Non-Profit Management from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy from SUNY Albany, and a Bachelors degree from the University at Buffalo. Her professional background is largely in the legal field and has worked for the United States Attorney’s Office’s Western District of New York, Magavern Magavern Grimm LLP, as well as Student Legal Services at SUNY Albany.
She comes from Geneseo, New York, and moved to the capital District from the Buffalo area in 2011. Most recently, she had worked for the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council in Albany.
It has been Kyle’s long-time goal to work for Make-A-Wish and is delighted to have the opportunity to be a part of the Make-A-Wish team. She loves corgis, skating, tennis, travelling and spending time with family and friends. Her heartfelt wish is to ride horses in the Irish countryside.
Mackenzie joined the chapter in July 2013 as Administrative Assistant. She is responsible for performing key administrative functions of the chapter’s office operations, including program, fiscal, and development activities. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in communications, from Siena College.
Mackenzie is a life-long Capital Region resident who is proud to have the opportunity to work for an organization that has personally impacted her entire family.
She is an avid sports fan, particularly college basketball supporting her alma mater, the Siena Saints. She also enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends and camping in the Adirondacks.
Mackenzie’s heartfelt wish is to be a red carpet correspondent at the Academy Awards.
Director of Philanthropy
Mark joined the chapter as Director of Philanthropy in January 2012. He works with individuals, as well as representatives of corporations and foundations, to help donors realize their philanthropic goals.
Mark began his professional fundraising career at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and most recently, served as the Executive Director of the Wildwood Foundation. Before entering the fundraising profession, Mark worked in the financial services field, for firms such as Ayco Company, L.P. Prior to his work in financial services, Mark also gained professional marketing and sales experience in the pharmaceutical and medical equipment industries.
With a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Siena College, Mark is also a Certified Financial Planner®, and completed the Certified Specialist in Planned GivingCM program, through the California State University at Long Beach.
Born and raised in Upstate New York, Mark and his wife Elaine reside in Albany. The Worobys enjoy watching professional and college sports, especially Siena College basketball. Outside of work, Mark serves as a volunteer for Siena College. In addition to being a member of a number of professional associations, Mark is the current President of the board of the local council of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.
Mark’s dream is to someday live in a house on a lake.