The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter has added three members to its board of trustees: David and Hannah Darrin, a father and daughter with longstanding ties to conservation efforts in New York and elsewhere, and Takeyce Walter, a painter whose work has prominently featured the Adirondacks.
David Darrin (Hague, NY) has worked with several of the region’s leading nonprofit conservation groups. He and his family helped establish Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Margaret A. Darrin and David M. Darrin Freshwater Institute, a multidisciplinary environmental research center dedicated to understanding the ecological consequences of human activities on aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric systems in the Northeast.
In addition, David was the past president of the Lake George Land Conservancy and remains on that organization’s Advisory Board. He is also a trustee at the Fund for Lake George and is active with the Jefferson Project, a partnership between RPI, IBM Research and The Fund for Lake George that assesses human impact on Lake George and seeks ways to mitigate it.
Hannah Darrin (New Haven, Conn./Hague, NY) was drawn to the outdoors as a child in the Adirondacks; since then, she has taken that passion across the globe. For the past five years Hannah has been an outdoor educator for NOLS, leading sailing and hiking expeditions in Mexico during the winter and backpacking and canoeing trips in the Adirondacks during the summer. Before that, Hannah worked for three years in Mozambique, where she worked to improve working conditions for fishermen, curtail illegal fishing and disseminate Mozambican science.
Hannah, who has worked at the Darrin Freshwater Institute and on the Jefferson Project, has also been involved with nonprofits including The FUND for Lake George, the Lake George Land Conservancy and Planned Parenthood Mohawk-Hudson. The University of Washington graduate will begin working toward a master’s degree in environmental management at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Science this fall.
Takeyce Walter (Round Lake, NY) is an award-winning contemporary American painter and art instructor whose work features the natural landscape of upstate New York, the Adirondacks, Cape Cod and Vermont. With a focus on bodies of water, such as rivers, lakes, marshes, streams and the ocean, Walter’s work is noted for capturing a sense of familiarity, tranquility, and reverence.
Walter has maintained a rigorous commitment to finish one piece a week since 2005. In addition to exhibiting paintings online and in galleries across the Northeast, her work is held by the Saratoga Hospital Foundation and the Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa, NY, as well as in several private collections.
Following these appointments, The Nature Conservancy’s board consists of 17 members, including: Barbara Bedford, retired senior research associate at Cornell University’s Natural Resources Department and former president of the Society of Wetland Scientists; Frances Beinecke, retired president of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Stephen H. Burrington, executive director of Groundwork USA; Charlie Canham, senior scientist at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies; John Colston (vice chair), technology consultant; Harry Groome, writer and retired chairman of SmithKline Beecham Consumer Health Care; Emily C. Lyons, global head of Corporate Market Development, Global Growth Organization, Thomson Reuters; Elizabeth McLanahan, director of the NOAA Office of International Affairs and senior advisor to the NOAA administrator; Julie Willis, real estate agent and interior designer; Peter S. Paine Jr., attorney and chairman of Champlain National Bank; Meredith M. Prime, civic leader and co-founder of Adirondack Community Trust; Charlie Svenson (treasurer), partner, Brock Capital; Sarah Underhill (chair), civic leader, freelance writer, editor and curator; and Amy Vedder, retired conservation consultant.
For more information about The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter, visit their website.