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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.

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.


Sarah Spindler is excited to join the PTO in her 5th 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 second term as PTO Secretary.