Birthday Board Bios

Carrie Green, Founder

Carrie is from New Hartford, NY and holds her BA and MBA degrees from the University of Rochester.  She currently works for Procter & Gamble and lives in Pittsford, NY with her husband and four children.


"I have always taken advantage of opportunities to give back, but it was in the back of my mind that I wanted to do something on a larger scale.  When I was buying toys for donation during the holiday season, I realized that I was not aware of any programs that served to bring joy to children in need on their birthdays.  I thought, ‘I can do that!’ I mentioned my idea to a few people and received so much support and encouragement that I knew this could be something really special.”

Jennifer DeAngelo

Jen is also from New Hartford, NY, and holds BA and MA degrees from Suny Geneseo.  After her first career as a Speech Pathologist, Jen now works for DeAngelo Insurance Agency.  Jen has spent countless hours volunteering within the New Hartford School district, including two years as Elementary School PTA Co-President, two years as Secretary, and a year as the Leatherstocking Region Secretary.  Jen, her husband, and their son live in New Hartford, NY.


“I wanted to assist Carrie because I have witnessed the impact that a single act of kindness can do for a child.  I have always tried to help other kids in my son’s classes that might need a little extra support, whether that be a warm hug, a few dollars at the book fair or an extra sandwich at lunch.  Now that my son is out of elementary school, the chances for this have not been as readily available.  With the start-up of HBCCC, I saw an opportunity to continue to help children who might need a little joy.”

Christine Pallota Reder

Christine is originally from Mexico, NY and has her undergraduate degree from Utica College and graduate from Purdue.  She been an educator since 2001.  After 15 years as a traditional classroom teacher, Christine now works for EnCompass Resources for Learning in Rochester, NY.  She lives in Pittsford, NY with her husband and two children.


“I was so happy to become involved with HBCCC because working in the RCSD I knew there was a need.  It is important to me to make each child feel special on their birthday. I wanted to give back and help Carrie bring this idea to life. I also wanted my own children to become active in helping others less fortunate. It is so rewarding and gratifying knowing that this small idea brings huge amounts of joy. “

Lynn Wilmarth

Lynn is retired from a 31 year career at Xerox Corporation where she most recently held the position of Corporate Vice President, General Manager of Sales and Customer Operations. With her knowledge of sales, marketing, and business operations, she has turned her attention to work in the not for profit area. Since retiring in 2013 she has served on the Board of Directors of Wilson Commencement Park and The National Hemophilia Foundation, as well as volunteering and fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis and the Mary Gooley Hemophilia Center. 


“When I learned about my neighbor Carrie starting a charity to provide birthday joy for kids in need, I knew I had to get involved! Having been a single mother, raising two boys, and struggling to make ends meet, I recognize the need for such a wonderful organization.”