Meet the Team

  • Kris Youmans
    Chief Officer of Educational Services & Superintendent

    Kris joined the organization in 1985 as a child care worker, became a physical education and health teacher the next year, and was named Director of Education in 1995. She was named to her current position and joined the Northern Rivers Executive Leadership Team in 2013.

    In her current role, she is responsible for the strategic planning, direction, and operations of all educational programs and services at the Early Learning Center, the Neil Hellman School, and the School at Northeast.

  • Emily Lawyer
    Assistant Superintendent

    Emily joined the organization in 2020 as an assistant principal, and was promoted to her current role in 2021.  Previously she served as a supervising administrator for the Early Childhood Education Center. She also worked as an assistant director of special education for the City School District of Albany and has held leadership positions with the Greater Amsterdam School District and the Enlarged School District of Gloversville. 

    She oversees academic and administrative operations for educational services in Albany and Schenectady, working with leadership at both Neil Hellman and at the School at Northeast

  • Jan Zadoorian

    Jan joined the organization in 2001. He comes to Northern Rivers from the North Colonie Central School District, where he has served as principal of the remote instructional program, a hall principal in the junior and senior high schools, and as an administrative dean. He previously held teaching and leadership positions with the Schenectady City School District. 

    He is responsible for supervising and guiding daily operations for the Neil Hellman School.


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