Meet Our Board of Directors
World’s Window Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Albany, New York. Founded in 2003, we strive to empower individuals and communities through the transformative power of education. We collaborate with local and international community leaders to develop, support, and expand education initiatives and programs in areas of need throughout NewYork and abroad.
Our Mission & Vision
World’s Window, Inc.’s mission is to establish, support, and expand education initiatives and programs through the development of local and global partnerships and resources, fostering opportunity for youth and adults in areas of need.
Our vision is to provide hope and possibilityfor youth and adults in areas of need around the globe, to use education topromote tolerance and understanding, to educate children and empowercommunities for a brighter future.
Chris Casey, Executive Director
Chris brings a wide spectrum of experience to his position as Executive Director of Worldʼs Window, Inc. Currently, he competes as a professional Ironman Triathlete –– which he began to pursue seriously in 2005 –– training and competing in races in Maine, Lake Placid, New Hampshire, Florida, Hawaii, and other places on the map in between.
Having always been an outdoor enthusiast with a concern for environmental issues, even his education reflects that. With a B. S. in Psychology and Environmental Science from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Chris proceeded to explore his passion for the outdoors through a variety of work experiences and recreational pursuits, including graduating from NOLS –– National Outdoor Leadership School in Wyoming. As well, he became certified through the National Ski Patrol in Outdoor Emergency Care and worked as a licensed New York State Wilderness Guide. Along the way –– somewhere between work that took him from Vermont, Pennsylvania and Colorado to a cross country bicycle trip with his best friend –– he developed with his brother, Mike Casey, a long-term goal for giving back and helping others somehow. But how?
For years, the two Casey brothers had conversations about how they might contribute to the preservation of a healthy planet. Conversations eventually morphed into an opportunity with Worldʼs Window, Inc. –– then centered in Zimbabwe. Working with Mike to reposition the organization in Belize, where Mike and his wife, Jill worked for Gallon Jug Community School, Chrisʼ involvement with the organizationʼs new direction began to take shape, if only from the periphery at that point. After the accident that took the lives of Mike, Jill, Makayla and Bryce, Chris stepped into the role of Executive Director of Worldʼs Window, Inc., formerly held by Mike. From here, he plans to work with the Board to further expand and develop Worldʼs Window, Inc., using education to benefit children and ensure a healthy planet.
Executive Board of Directors
Bill Reilly, President
Bill Reilly has been with World’s Window since its beginnings. Bill has been an educator for over 37 years, He is the coordinator for “The Global Coalition for Peace Education and Cultural Awareness”, an internet-based project that connects schools and students around the world. He also serves as an educational consultant for schools in Uganda and coordinates an annual International Children’s Art Auction to provide funds for education. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology, and certifications in School District Leadership. His goals are to bring humanitarian issues to focus for his students and to foster collaborative efforts for better education and a more peaceful planet.
Dan Casey, Vice President
As a pastry chef, Dan Casey is the co-owner of the coffee shop Perfect Blend and the restaurant Twisted Vine. He has been actively working with World's Window since it's inception playing a vital role in coordinating our annual golf tournament along with a variety of musical events. As the brother of Michael Casey, Dan has a lifelong commitment to achieving Michael's dream of providing children with educational opportunities that will let them reach their life's ambitions.
Brendan McCann, Treasurer
Brendan was born and raised in Albany, NY and attended school locally at St. Catherine of Siena, Christian Brothers Academy (00’) and Siena College (‘04). Brendan's mother, Rita McCann, worked in the Albany School District with Penny Casey; his father Dennis McCann grew up next door to Penny and her family. The McCann’s and Casey’s have shared friendships for many decades.
While attending Siena College, Brendan studied in the Business Department and graduated with a BS in Marketing & Management. He currently resides in Delmar, NY with his wife Kerry and two children Aidan and Dylan. Dan Casey and Brendan co-own two local Delmar businesses, Perfect Blend Cafe and Bakery, and Twisted Vine Wine & Tap.
Brendan's experience as an entrepreneur combined with several years assisting with the Casey Family Memorial Golf Outing as co-chair of the Golf Committee, coupled with his love and friendships with all of the Casey Family had Brendan excited to accept the role of Treasurer for WW Inc in April of 2018.
Keep on Shining!
Jesse Pafundi, Secretary
Jesse is on the Worlds Window board to honor his friends Mike and Jill, helping and believing that education brings people greater opportunity. He has a Bachelor's degree from Champlain College and works in technology sales. His greatest accomplishment is being a father and loves the outdoors and spending time with his friends and family. Jesse appreciates the effort and impact Mike and Jill made in Belize and looks forward to helping generations of Belizean children. The collaboration between the Casey Scholarship Fund Committee, Worlds Window Board and all who come out and support the organizations events make this possible.
Anabella De La Rosa
Anabella was born and raised in Belize. She attended Gallon Jug Community School (now Casey Community School) and was lucky to be mentored by Michael Casey who pushed her to pursue higher education. She graduated from GJCS in 2004; with the help of the Casey, Schuessler and Dodge families she enrolled at Tabor Academy in Marion, MA and graduated in 2009. In 2013 she received her BA in Anthropology from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA and moved back to Belize joining the tourism industry a year later.
In Belize, many children do not continue their schooling after 8th grade and experiencing this first hand, Anabella knows how prevalent this issue is. Education changed her life and opened doors that were not there for her before. She knows that she will continue to see success stories as she works with Worlds Window and can only hope that her involvement will aid and perhaps make a difference in children’s lives as it was made in hers.
Jim has over 17 years’ experience in financial counseling, planning and implementation. His expertise and experience is built around the needs of mid- to large-size private companies as well as planning for professional individuals and families. As an advisor, Jim thrives on building trusted relationships with each client and providing objective advice specific to their goals, objectives and philosophies. In return, this gives each client more of two highly valuable resources: time and money.
Jim became involved with World’s Window, Inc. in early 2010 after the tragic and untimely deaths of his dear friend Michael Casey and his family. Jim felt the immediate need to help carry on and support Michael’s vision for World’s Window, Inc. Jim is honored to help support the Executive Director to further expand and develop Worldʼs Window, Inc., using education to benefit children and ensure a healthy planet.
Jim’s other community and volunteer involvement includes the Melanie Foundation, Saratoga Springs Chamber of Commerce and various coaching positions (CBA baseball, Siena Baseball, Wilton Baseball). Jim is a graduate of Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Science in Finance & Business Administration.
Jim and his wife Kristen are the proud parents of three children and reside in Saratoga Springs, NY. As a family they enjoy the outdoors, attending sporting events and supporting their children in all their activities.
Currently an editor for the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship (CIOS) and Managing Editor for the CIOS’ COSMIC division, Renee also writes a monthly wine newsletter. Her main passion, however, is writing fiction. Having completed her first novel, she is pursuing publication while working on her second book.
Graduating from the University at Albany with a B. A. in English and French and a M. A. in 20th Century American and British Literature, Renee brings to Worldʼs Window her experience in fiction and non-fiction editing, grant-writing, proofreading, marketing and research. Having long sought involvement in some capacity outside of her day-to-day work, Worldʼs Window allows her to be a part of an organization that values the importance of education in peoples' lives, one of the things she is most grateful for in her own life.
Linnea Riegel hails from Minnesota but has resided in New York State since graduating from Union College in 2008. She received her JD from Albany Law School in 2018 and currently works as a Court Attorney in Albany Family Court. Linnea and her wife live in Delmar, NY with their 2.5 year old twin girls. In her spare time, Linnea enjoys running, reading and rewatching The West Wing.
On-site Student Coordinator
Aleida Colindres was born in Guatemala, but due to civil war moved to Belize in her first year. She became a teacher at age 19. It is her passion! Her first teaching job was at the Gallon Jug Community School (now Casey Community School). Here, she was introduced to a high school scholarship fund and to her dearest friends Mike and Jill Casey. She moved out of the Gallon Jug Community to further her studies in Primary Education and received her Associate’s Degree. After the loss of Mike and Jill, Aleida became the coordinator for the Casey Scholarship Fund and our student coordinator. Her responsibilities include guiding and mentoring our youth in their educational progress, tuition payments, monthly meetings, monitoring of semester reports and much more. Aleida enjoys working with our hard working Belizean youth. In addition, she serves as Treasurer of the San Lazaro Neighborhood Watch Group and as Secretary of the Manos Solidarias Group. Our organization is very fortunate to have Ms. Colindres watching over our students!