Tara Polcaro is the creative drive behind The Molly Project. Providing free photography sessions to women living through terminal illness was an idea that originated at one of her family sessions. A professional photographer who formerly worked with Hospice, Tara photographed Wendy and her family shortly after Wendy's cancer diagnosis. Inspired, Tara immediately shared the emotional details from the session with her friends Kristin Johnston (KJ) and Kristin Atkinson (KA).
In 2012, around a dining room table on a snowy day in Central New York, The Molly Project transformed from an idea to a mission. The organization received its official 501 (c) 3 status in 2013 and today has a network of professional volunteers in Central New York and is looking to expand to other communities.
Along with our three main creators of The Molly Project below, there are also four Board of Directors: Meghan Thomas, Kelly Rodoski, Wendy Carl-Isome, and Erin Solak who keep the organization running smoothly.
Tara Polcaro (Tara) personifies compassion photography and gives the families so much more than beautiful images. She contributes her talents to The Molly Project as primary photographer in Central New York, Creative Director and President of the Board.
Kristin Johnston (KJ) is the mother ship at The Molly Project. With a background in social work, KJ answers all inquiries about The Molly Project with compassion and confidentiality. Her highly developed organizational skills are handy as she schedules sessions with volunteer photographers, manages the mountains of paperwork, and carefully watches every penny. KJ serves as Executive Director and Treasurer.
Kristin Atkinson (KA) is Molly's daughter and understands just how precious those family photos can be to a family. As Communications Director and Secretary, she helps spread the word about The Molly Project and seeks out donations so that The Molly Project can continue to grow and impact more families. Her background is in communications. KA searched for 20 years for a way to honor her mother's memory. The Molly Project was worth the wait.