Michelle Ganance

Michelle Ganance was appointed to the position of trustee on the village board in September 2018 after serving a year on the Altamont Zoning Board of Appeals. Michelle holds an associate’s degree in early childhood education from Maria College and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from The College of Saint Rose in Albany. Michelle has a background in computer technology and has been an information technology specialist with the state’s Office of Information Technology Services for the last 23 years. She grew up in Guilderland and attended Guilderland High School.

In 2004, she and her husband, Vince, moved to the village of Altamont to raise their children, Maggie and Vinnie, in a quaint, quiet community within a wonderful school district. She and her family, along with their dog, Stella, have lived in Altamont for the past 15 years. Trustee Ganance’s training for, and experience on, the village’s zoning board, covering the process of permits and implementation of village code, adds to the contributions she makes as trustee on the village board.

Additionally, Michelle currently serves as the vice chair of the board of directors for WeeCare at Labor, a day-care center on the state campus in Albany, and she has served as a member of the board for the Pine Bush Little League. Serving on these boards has taught Michelle the importance of being proactive, rather than reactive. She believes that a group should work through problems with open and comprehensive communication and by having honest and straightforward dialogue from all sides.

This is a must for any village project, issue, or decision that needs to be made, as Michelle believes there is no room for divisiveness or closed-door decision-making. As a newly appointed trustee, Michelle is focused on promoting village safety, prioritizing economic stability, and protecting village resources.