Knussman Added to Wellspring Board

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Local attorney Amy Knussman has been added to the board of directors at Wellspring.

Amy-J.-Knussman-Esq.-Ballston-SpaKnussman, a partner at Donnellan and Knussman in Ballston Spa, was appointed along with John Lefner, Denis Palumbo and Dawn Sauer. Wellspring is a nonprofit organization that supports survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Saratoga County.

Knussman has represented thousands of children, parents, and relatives in family court and matrimonial matters. She is a member of the Saratoga County Bar Association, Adirondack Women’s Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District. Knussman also was the 2012 recipient of the Legal Project’s Brigid Nolan Memorial Award, which is presented for dedication, and pro bono service of victims of domestic violence offered through Legal Project.

Knussman is currently the events chair for the Chango Elementary School PTA in Ballston Lake and is a member of the school’s safety team. Previously she served on the board of directors of the Beagle School. Knussman has lived in Saratoga County for over eighteen years. She resides in Ballston Lake with her husband and two sons. 

Lefner is the Executive Director for the Capital District YMCA. He is a seasoned non-profit executive, has provided leadership to the Saratoga Independent School, Double H Ranch, and YMCA associations in Rhode Island and Florida.

Palumbo is one of the owners of Plum and Crimson Fine Interior Design in Saratoga Springs. Denise is a member of the Saratoga Builders Association and has volunteered for many years on their Showcase of Homes Committee.

Sauer is an account executive at Adirondack Trust Insurance. She has been a member of the Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild, acted as a parent volunteer at Saint Clement’s Regional Catholic School, and has volunteered locally for a variety of nonprofit organizations since moving to the Capital Region in 2007.

Wellspring executive director Maggie Fronk said, “Wellspring’s set a BIG GOAL—Ending relationship and sexual abuse in our community. Our board, staff, and volunteers are committed, every single day to achieving that goal. We’re thrilled to welcome these four new board members who share the same vision, and have the passion and skills we need to accomplish our goal.”

Each year Wellspring’s crisis intervention and survivor services support support more than 1,000 clients through counseling, legal advocacy and case management.  Wellspring also provides prevention and education programs to school-aged youth, as well as training and education programs for parents, faith based congregations and professional organizations.

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