Our Board

Chris Casey

Executive Director

Chris brings a wide spectrum of experience to his position as Executive Director of Worldʼs Window, Inc. Currently, he competes as a professional Ironman Triathlete –– which he began to pursue seriously in 2005 –– training and competing in races in Maine, Lake Placid, New Hampshire, Florida, Hawaii, and other places on the map in between.

Having always been an outdoor enthusiast with a concern for environmental issues, even his education reflects that. With a B. S. in Psychology and Environmental Science from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Chris proceeded to explore his passion for the outdoors through a variety of work experiences and recreational pursuits, including graduating from NOLS –– National Outdoor Leadership School in Wyoming. As well, he became certified through the National Ski Patrol in Outdoor Emergency Care and worked as a licensed New York State Wilderness Guide. Along the way –– somewhere between work that took him from Vermont, Pennsylvania and Colorado to a cross country bicycle trip with his best friend –– he developed with his brother, Mike Casey, a long-term goal for giving back and helping others somehow. But how?

For years, the two Casey brothers had conversations about how they might contribute to the preservation of a healthy planet. Conversations eventually morphed into an opportunity with Worldʼs Window, Inc. –– then centered in Zimbabwe. Working with Mike to reposition the organization in Belize, where Mike and his wife, Jill worked for Gallon Jug Community School, Chrisʼ involvement with the organizationʼs new direction began to take shape, if only from the periphery at that point. After the accident that took the lives of Mike, Jill, Makayla and Bryce, Chris stepped into the role of Executive Director of Worldʼs Window, Inc., formerly held by Mike. From here, he plans to work with the Board to further expand and develop Worldʼs Window, Inc., using education to benefit children and ensure a healthy planet.

Renee Pettit


Currently an editor for the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship, a Community Education Program Specialist for the International Center of the Capital Region and a freelance writer and editor wherever she can find work, Reneeʼs main passion is writing fiction. Having just completed her first novel, she is pursuing any and all publishers to please bring her book out of the shadows while now working on her second.

Graduating from the University at Albany with a B. A. in English and French and a M. A. in English, Renee brings to Worldʼs Window her experience in fiction and non-fiction editing, grant-writing, proofreading, marketing and research. Having long sought involvement in some capacity outside of her day-to-day work, Worldʼs Window allows her to be a part of an organization that values the importance of education in peopleʼs lives, one of the things she is most grateful for in her own life.

Jim Hogan

Jim has over 17 years’ experience in financial counseling, planning and implementation. His expertise and experience is built around the needs of mid- to large-size private companies as well as planning for professional individuals and families. As an advisor, Jim thrives on building trusted relationships with each client and providing objective advice specific to their goals, objectives and philosophies. In return, this gives each client more of two highly valuable resources: time and money.

Jim became involved with World’s Window, Inc. in early 2010 after the tragic and untimely deaths of his dear friend Michael Casey and his family. Jim felt the immediate need to help carry on and support Michael’s vision for World’s Window, Inc. Jim is honored to help support the Executive Director to further expand and develop Worldʼs Window, Inc., using education to benefit children and ensure a healthy planet.

Jim’s other community and volunteer involvement includes the Melanie Foundation, Saratoga Springs Chamber of Commerce and various coaching positions (CBA baseball, Siena Baseball, Wilton Baseball).

Jim is a graduate of Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Science in Finance & Business Administration.

Jim and his wife Kristen are the proud parents of three children and reside in Saratoga Springs, NY. As a family they enjoy the outdoors, attending sporting events and supporting their children in all their activities.

Bill Reilly

Bill Reilly is a social studies teacher with the Bethlehem Central School District. He is also the coordinator for “The Global Coalition for Peace Education and Cultural Awareness”, an internet based project that connects schools and students around the world. He has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology. His goals are to bring humanitarian issues to focus for his students and to foster collaboration toward having a more peaceful planet.

Emily Taylor

Vice President

Emily is currently enrolled at the University of Michigan’s MBA/MS dual degree program at the Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources and Environment.  Prior to coming to Michigan, Emily worked in higher-ed fundraising, both annual giving and international advancement, with a focus on Asia and Europe. Emily earned a B.A. in government and environmental science and policy from Smith College, where she served as President of the Student Government and member of the Board of Trustees. In her free time, Emily can be found rowing, hiking, snowboarding, rafting, or cycling (weather dependent, of course), or in Belize!

Emily’s favorite World’s Window moment was leading the scholarship students through a full-day mentoring retreat in May 2012.  She can’t wait to visit her friends again soon!


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