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The Hillside Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) was formed with the following goals:

  • to bring caregivers, educators, students and the community together in order to secure the best educational environment for every child
  • to promote the welfare of children at home, in school and in the community
  • to enhance the capacity of parents, educators and caregivers to guide, support and nurture their children.
The goals of the PTO are implemented through the development of educational and social programs and services for the school community, supported through fund raising activities.

Meet the 2018-19 Executive


Ainsley Gordon is serving her first term as PTO Co-PresidentAinsley grew up in Niskayuna and went to Rosendale.  After living and working in Paris, Chicago, and Boston, Ainsley and her husband, Peter, moved back to Niskayuna last year with their three kids:  Finn (9), Kieran (7) and Addie (4).  Ainsley is an attorney in private practice and will be teaching at Albany Law School in the Spring. While Ainsley was involved with a number of activities at Hillside last year, this is her first time serving on the PTO.

Olivia Isopo
 is serving her first term as the PTO Co-President. 
Olivia grew up in Niskayuna and went to Rosendale Elementary School. She is a private business owner for the past 10 years. She has 2 children, Santino 9 and Milana 5. Her son is in the fourth grade at Hillside and her daughter is in kindergarten at. Olivia is looking forward to her second term serving on the PTO and helping out with the school community.

Laura Beth Franckowiac is serving as her first term as PTO Vice President.

Erica Mahany is serving her first term as PTO Treasurer. Erica grew up in Saratoga Springs.  After meeting her husband, David, they moved to Niskayuna 10 years ago and currently have two children at Hillside. Tommy (9) is in 4th grade and Finn (6) is in 1st grade. Tommy and Finn are both very involved in Niskayuna athletics, specifically baseball and basketball. They love being a part of the Niskayuna community both in the classroom as well as outside. Erica is an Account Executive at a Medical Events Planning company. Erica is looking forward to great first year serving as Treasurer.


Lindsey Zima
is excited to be part of this years PTO in her 1st term as Chair of Ways and Means.  In the past, Lindsey served as  secretary of the Hillside PTO as well as on the board of the Niskayuna Co-op Nursery School. Lindsey and her husband, Adam, have lived in Niskayuna for almost six years.  They have three children at Hillside and one more in the wings waiting to join her siblings in several years. 

Amanda Brazee is serving her first year as PTO Secretary.