Anatriello named program director at Make-A-Wish Northeast

COHOES?- Make-A-Wish Northeast New York recently named Caryn Anatriello to the position of program director.

In this post, she will be responsible for managing the wish-granting program, including coordination of wish granting, policy development, working with the medical community to obtain referrals, and training of volunteers. She replaces Cheryl Malone, who recently retired from the post after 12 years.

A Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), Anatriello has more than ten years experience (including eight years at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center) supporting seriously ill children and their families within the hospital setting. She is looking forward to using her skills as a CCLS outside the hospital setting to help deliver the Make-A-Wish mission.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology-child life from Utica College of Syracuse University, where she graduated cum laude in 2001. Anatriello volunteers at American Cancer Society’s HopeClub in the children’s program and has been a volunteer with the New York National Guard Youth Program, facilitating support groups to help children cope with their parent’s deployment or return from combat.

A Capital area native, Anatriello now resides in Easton with her husband, Vince, and their two sons, Ethan and Max.

“We’re excited to have Caryn as a key part of our team, and to benefit from her experience and enthusiasm,” said local Make-A-Wish CEO William C. Trigg III. “She will help us to continue our growth and ability to meet the needs of our communities by granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York serves the 15 counties comprising the 518 area code. The chapter grants nearly 100 wishes each year and has granted more than 1,300 since 1987.

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