Thursday, September 29, 2022

Adirondack Land Trust welcomes Director of Communications, new board members

Adirondack Land Trust has recently announced the return of  Connie Prickett  as Director of Communications, as well as welcomed new board members, Brian Majeski and Catherine McGraw.


Connie Prickett. Photo by Lisa Godfrey.

KEENE — Connie Prickett, of Wilmington, NY, has been named director of communications for the Adirondack Land Trust.


Prickett has worked primarily in conservation for the past 25 years, communicating about the benefits of clean water, intact forests and local farms, and advocating for resources to protect them. She worked previously as vice president of communications and strategic initiatives for Adirondack Foundation and director of communications and community engagement for The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter. She also led communications and supported fundraising efforts with the Adirondack Land Trust 1999–2017.


Prickett serves on the board of the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA). She holds a master’s degree in environmental education from Lesley College, and a bachelor’s in sociology from Montclair State University.


“I love focusing on relationships between land protection, stewardship, outdoor recreation, and community wellness and identity. Everything is tied together, and I’m thrilled to rejoin the land trust team to support conservation across our vast landscape and within our communities,” Prickett said.



Adirondack Land Trust Announces New Board Members


KEENE, NY — The Adirondack Land Trust recently welcomed Brian Majeski and Catherine McGraw to its board of directors.


Brian T. Majeski

Brian Majeski. Photo provided by Brian Majeski.

Brian Majeski has spent his career working in the musical instrument and professional audio industry, first running trade publications, and currently managing Music Trades, a specialized market research firm. He serves on the board of trustees at the Adirondack League Club, in Old Forge, and oversees the club’s Adirondack Fisheries Research Project. A partnership of more than 70 years with Cornell University, the research project uses the club’s rivers and lakes to study freshwater ecosystems, and its data related to acid rain were instrumental in amending the Clean Air Act in 1990.


Brian was introduced to the Adirondacks at age 10, when he hiked to the summit of Giant Mountain with his father, and he developed a deep affinity for the Adirondacks’ plants, wildlife and geology through many subsequent adventures in the High Peaks region. He and his wife, Diane, describe their purchase of a camp on Little Moose Lake as one of the best decisions they ever made. They call the Adirondacks “their preferred natural habitat.”   


Cathy McGraw

Cathy McGraw. Photo by Lisa Godfrey.

Cathy McGraw is a civic volunteer following a career in advertising and sales with Young & Rubicam and CBS Television Network, where she was an account executive and director of sales and planning. Cathy is the board chair of the Lake Placid Institute and the Jupiter Island Club Library and is a past co-chair of the Skidmore College Parents Association and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County’s annual gala. She is also a past president of the Short Hills Garden Club and the Milburn Short Hills Township Beautification League. Cathy studied communications at Northwestern University. She has been coming to Lake Placid for over 40 years since meeting her husband, Scott, drawn by four generations of family and friendships bonds. Cathy and Scott have a daughter, Carolyn (the fifth generation of Lake Placid connection), and son-in-law, Max Walker, both avid hikers and climbers.


“We are pleased to add Brian and Cathy to our board of directors and look forward to tapping into their expertise as we continue to expand the reach and impact of our work,” said Adirondack Land Trust board chair Bill Paternotte.


The mission of the Adirondack Land Trust is to forever conserve the forests, farmlands, waters and wild places that advance the quality of life of our communities and the ecological integrity of the Adirondacks. The land trust has protected 27,149 acres since its founding in 1984.


To learn more, visit or contact, (518) 576-2400.

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