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Meet the Team

The Conkling Center is committed to helping seniors in Warren, Washington, and Saratoga counties through a variety of programs and events for both seniors and senior caregivers. We invite you to learn more about our talented team and the individuals that help keep The Conkling Center at the forefront of senior caregiving information.

Joan Tarantino - Executive Director

Joan Tarantino

Joan came to The Conkling Center, formerly The Glens Falls Home in April of 2012. Joan has worked locally in not-for-profit organizations for 37 years.

Prior to coming to The Conkling Center, Joan was employed by Washington County EOC for 29 years. She was the Executive Director for 10 years, Employment and Training Program Director for 18 years and an Employment Counselor for 1 year. During her time at EOC, join served on a number of boards, the NYS Community Action Association, Washington County Empire Zone, Kingsbury/Fort Edward Area Senior Center, and Tri-County United Way. She also served on the WSWHE BOCES Advisory Council from 1986 – 2012. Joan received her Bachelors in Social Work from Trinity College in Burlington, Vermont in 1980.

Joan enjoys working at The Conkling Center. She enjoys working with seniors, their families, and friends, who come to programs, use the On The Go transportation service and/or contact the office to receive information on community resources.

Joan says, “It is a good feeling when you can help someone or connect them with the incredible local network of community services.”

Joan currently serves on the Greater Glens Falls Senior Center Board and as Secretary on the Wiawaka Holiday House Board. She serves as an Ambassador for the Northeastern Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Michael Gleason - Transportation Coordinator

Joan Tarantino

Michael came to The Conkling Center in February of 2016. Prior to coming to The Conkling Center, he was employed at McCanns Pharmacy in Hudson Falls for forty-five years.

Michael’s personality and customer service skills are a perfect fit for his position as transportation coordinator for the On The Go program. Community members using this program say; Michael is kind, helpful and a gentleman.

Michael has served on the board of the Washington County Cancer Society, served as chairman of the renovation committee for St. Mary’s/St. Pauls Church in Hudson Falls and has been a member of the Glens Falls Community Theatre.

Michael says, “I enjoy helping people. Being the transportation coordinator gives me the opportunity to do this each day.”

Michael has traveled extensively through Europe. He enjoys cooking and gardening.

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