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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 2017-18 Executive


Vanessa Melito
is serving her second term as PTO Co- President. Vanessa and her husband Peter have lived in Niskayuna for over 15 years. They have two children, Mya (11) and Michael (8). Vanessa is a physical therapist at a Sunnyview Hospital. Vanessa is looking forward to her term as co-president and supporting programs and activities at Hillside.

Ainsley Gordon is serving her first term as PTO Co-President. Ainsley 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 (8), Kieran (6) and Addie (3).  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 Vice-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 8 and Milana 4. Her son is in the third grade at Hillside and her daughter will be starting kindergarten at Hillside next fall. Olivia is looking forward to her first term serving on the PTO and helping out with the school community.

David Mills is serving his 5th term as PTO Treasurer. David moved to Niskayuna with his wife over fifteen years ago. He was born in North Carolina and lived in Minnesota, Haiti and Oklahoma before going to LeTourneau University in Texas and then on to Duke University. He has been employed by GE at their Global Research center as an engineer since moving to Niskayuna, and now has four children ranging in age from six to thirteen.  All of his school aged children have attended Hillside. Camping in the mountains, scuba diving, keeping up with Duke basketball, and supporting his kids activities are among his favorite past times. He is involved in the community through First Presbyterian Church in Schenectady where he is a member and serves on the elder board. 

Sarah Spindler is excited to join the PTO in her 4th term as Chair of Ways and Means.  In the past, Sarah served on the board of the Niskayuna Co-op Nursery School. Sarah and her husband, John, have lived in Niskayuna for twelve years.  They have one child at Hillside and one at Van Antwerp.  For the past thirteen years, Sarah has been working as a physician assistant in pediatrics.  She looks forward to spending time with the dedicated staff and parents at Hillside.

Lindsey Zima is serving her first term as PTO Secretary.