New Year, New Hires


In 2017, we saw the need to make additions to our staff to better serve our clients. We would like to welcome Nicole Backes and Linda Law!

Congratulations to Nicole Backes who accepted the Director of Summer Programs position. This will be her fifth year working for LAUNCH. In previous years, she worked as the Assistant Director of Summer Programs: Summer Adventures In Learning and Learning Without Borders.

Nicole says she is excited for this new opportunity and she looks forward to another great summer of learning!

Currently, Nicole is in her last semester of graduate school at Syracuse University. In May, she will graduate with a Masters in Speech Language Pathology.

“Seeing the growth in students who return to the summer programs year to year has been so rewarding. These two programs have shaped me in my profession and fueled my passion for education.”

Linda Law is our new Educational Consultant. Linda recently retired from Baldwinsville Central School District after 30 plus years as both a teacher and administrator. She began her career in education as a Special Education teacher in the Syracuse City School District. Linda states, “It was in Syracuse City Schools that I learned the importance of a strong work ethic and the importance of building relationships with my students’ parents and the community.” 

Linda has a wide spectrum of experience from being a school principal, Assistant Director of Special Education and then she ended her career as a Director of Curriculum and Instruction K-12.  She continues to work internationally as a consultant with school districts. 

Linda believes her proudest moments are attributed to her role as a mother and grandmother. “I have three children, two grandchildren (another grandchild will arrive in July!) and a supportive husband of 40 years.”

 Welcome to the team!