Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Adirondack area non-profits welcome new hires, trustees

Several Adirondack-area nonprofit organizations, including the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK), Adirondack Foundation, Protect the Adirondacks, and the Tannery Pond Center in North Creek recently announced a lineup of new hires including trustees.

The Tannery Pond Center welcomes new Executive Director Candice Murray

North Creek, NY —The Tannery Pond Center is excited to announce that Candice Murray has been hired as the new Executive Director. Murray brings 25 years of experience working for non-profit organizations in numerous capacities.
Previously, Murray served as the Commissioner for the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), working with 12 NCAA Division III Colleges for 14 years. Before her time with the NEAC, Murray served as Director of Athletics at two colleges for 10 years, Russell Sage College and Trinity College, DC. In addition, Murray has served numerous non-profit organizations, including President of the Saratoga Springs City School District (SSCSD) Friends of Music, Vice-President of Firestorm FC, Secretary of the SSCSD Nordic Skiing Booster Club, member of the board of the Wilton Wildlife Park & Preserve, and member of the board of the Saratoga Waldorf School.
Murray notes, “I am very excited to begin my work at the Tannery Pond Center. There are many possibilities within this beautiful building and this vibrant and exciting North Creek community. I hope to bring my passion for community, arts, and music to the Center by engaging artists from near and far and encouraging members of the North Creek community to visit the Center for various shows, exhibits, and community events.”
Murray has a Master’s of Public Health in Exercise Science from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Music from Bates College in Lewiston, ME. In her free time, Murray is a piano teacher, home chef/baker, and a passionate athlete (runner, biker, skier, hiker, triathlete, kayaker, camper, and more). Candice and her husband, Jim, live in Gansevoort, NY, with their children, Jay, Allie, Emma, and Sophia, and dog, Blitzer.

Adirondack Foundation welcomes new trustees
Deb Cleary, David Darrin and Melissa Eisinger join community foundation board
Lake Placid, NY — Adirondack Foundation’s Board of Trustees welcomes its three newest members: Deb Cleary, David Darrin and Melissa Eisinger.
“These are three dynamic, dedicated community volunteers who bring diverse skills to our Board,” said Cali Brooks, president and CEO of Adirondack Foundation. “As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we want to acknowledge that we wouldn’t be here without the selfless time and passion contributed by our trustees over the years.”

Deb Cleary. Photo provided by Chris Morris of the Adirondack Foundation.

Deb Cleary is president and CEO of ETS Staffing, Recruiting and Consulting, where she has overseen the expansion and exponential growth of the company over the last eight years, after taking the reins from her mother, Hope Coryer, who founded the company. As founder of the nonprofit Ready4Real, Cleary works to equip youth and adults with skills to be successful in the workplace. She also serves on boards for the North Country Workforce Development Board and the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing at Clinton Community College, is a past trustee of Mountain Lake PBS and immediate Past President of the Foundation of CVPH Board of Directors.
“Adirondack Foundation has shown a real commitment to creating pipelines to success for North Country residents, whether it’s preparing them for higher education or giving them the tools to succeed professionally,” Cleary said. “I’m pleased to have the opportunity to connect my experience with this work to carry it forward.”

David Darrin. Photo provided by Chris Morris of the Adirondack Foundation.

David Darrin was a commercial photographer who has served as a trustee on the boards of many nonprofit organizations, including the Fund for Lake George, the Lake George Land Conservancy, the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the Albany Academy for Girls and the Emma Willard School.
“To connect with and support Adirondack Foundation is to participate in a regional effort to strengthen local communities,” said David Darrin. “The foundation’s depth and breadth are both significant and I am honored to be a part of it.”

Melissa Eisinger. Photo provided by Chris Morris of the Adirondack Foundation.

Melissa Eisinger is a veteran nonprofit professional and fundraiser, and former vice president of Adirondack Foundation; she has also worked for the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and the Adirondack Land Trust. She currently serves on the boards of the Cloudsplitter Foundation, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks and the Northern Forest Atlas Foundation.
“Adirondack Foundation’s commitment to local communities across the entire region is unwavering,” Eisinger said. “I’m honored to be back in the fold as a Trustee, and look forward to working with the Board and staff to keep this momentum going.”
To learn more about Adirondack Foundation, visit adirondackfoundation.org.
Protect the Adirondacks names Chris Amato as Conservation Director and Counsel

Chris Amato. Photo provided by Peter Bauer, Protect the Adirondacks Executive Director.

North Creek, NY —Protect the Adirondacks is pleased to announce that Chris Amato has joined the organization as its new Conservation Director and Counsel. The Conservation Director and Counsel for Protect the Adirondacks leads conservation and advocacy efforts for Forest Preserve protection and management, monitoring and intervening in private land development, and natural resource protection.

Chris has a long history of involvement with Adirondack Park issues, beginning with his work as a Staff Attorney at the Adirondack Park Agency (APA), as Deputy Commissioner for Natural Resources at the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and as an attorney in private practice and with EarthJustice where he represented Protect the Adirondacks and other advocacy groups. Most recently, Chris worked as Senior Counsel in the New York State Senate Majority Counsel’s Office.

“Throughout his career, Chris Amato has been a staunch defender of Article 14, the forever wild clause in the State Constitution, and of the laws protecting the Adirondack Park’s unique natural resources. He has never hesitated to challenge DEC and APA – in Court when necessary – to ensure that their actions affecting the Adirondack Park’s public and private lands conform to the Constitutional and statutory mandates to protect and preserve the lands and waters of this incredible landscape,” said Charles Clusen, Chairman of Protect the Adirondacks.

“I am thrilled to join Protect the Adirondacks at this critical time when public and private lands in the Adirondack Park are facing unprecedented challenges from climate change, habitat fragmentation, visitor overuse, and invasive species. PROTECT has been a leader in ensuring that management of the Forest Preserve complies with constitutional and statutory mandates, and that private land development is regulated to ensure protection of the Park’s natural resources. I look forward to joining PROTECT‘s fight to ensure that the unique attributes of the Adirondack Park are preserved for future generations.

“These are challenging times in the Adirondack Park. Public use of the Forest Preserve is at an all-time high. The Park is facing an unprecedented building boom. Our two leading regulatory agencies, the Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation, were recently found to have violated the NYS Constitution, and both agencies are floundering in their missions to protect the public and private lands in the Adirondack Park. PROTECT is very pleased that we’re bringing aboard Chris Amato to help work on an array of issues facing the Adirondacks,” said Peter Bauer, Executive Director of Protect the Adirondacks.

About Protect the Adirondacks:

Protect the Adirondacks is an IRS-approved non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park. Our mission is to protect the Adirondack Park’s wild character for current and future generations. PROTECT pursues this mission through a combination of advocacy, grassroots organizing, independent public oversight, research, water quality monitoring, education, and legal action. Protect the Adirondacks was formed in 2009 as the result of a merger between two long-standing environmental conservation groups in the Adirondack Park, the Resident’s Committee to Protect the Adirondacks (est. 1991) and the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks (est. 1901).

Protect the Adirondacks is managed by a 22-member Board of Directors of Adirondack leaders with expertise in environmental law, local government, Adirondack environmental and cultural history, state agency management, and small business. Protect the Adirondacks maintains an office in a 100% energy efficient, solar-and wind-powered office in Johnsburg in the central Adirondacks. For more information see www.protectadks.org and @ProtectAdkPark.


ADK hires new Outdoor Skills Coordinator Daria Stacy 

Daria Stacy. Photo provided by Ben Brosseau, ADK Director of Communications.

Lake Placid, NY — ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) is excited to announce that Daria Stacy will be joining its education team as Outdoor Skills Coordinator in August. Daria is a familiar face at ADK; she previously worked as a Summer Naturalist Intern in 2021 and currently works as Outdoor Educator for the organization.

A Rochester native, Daria recently graduated from SUNY Cortland with a master’s degree in Outdoor and Environmental Education. Her thesis focused on outdoor navigation in the Adirondack Park. She is also a Wilderness First Responder, Certified Interpretive Guide, and a NYS Licensed Guide. In her new role with ADK she will use those skills to lead workshops, backcountry trips, and help ADK expand its program offerings to include cross-country skiing, rock climbing, and other forms of outdoor recreation.

“There are so many opportunities for ADK to connect with the next generation of outdoor recreators, said Daria Stacy. “I am excited to play a role in helping ADK achieve that as it celebrates its centennial anniversary.”

About ADK:

Based out of the Adirondack Park in New York State, ADK is a leader in providing outdoor education, promoting responsible recreation, and organizing stewardship experiences. Since 1922, the organization has worked to increase access to the backcountry by building trails, conserving natural areas, and developing a stewardship community that supports the ethical and safe use of New York’s outdoor spaces. A member, donor, and volunteer-supported organization, ADK reaches across New York through its 27 chapters to inspire people to enjoy the outdoors ethically.


Photo at top courtesy of the Tannery Pond Center.


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