Thursday, October 26, 2023

Adirondack-area nonprofits welcome new hires, board members

Glenn Glover.

Nonprofit organizations located in the Adirondack region, including the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA), the Saranac Lake Civic Center, and the Lake George Association have recently announced that new staff/board members have been added to their teams. Please see below for details on these appointments.

BETA Welcomes New Executive Director: Glenn Glover

Incoming Director Values High-Quality Trails and Community Engagement


Lake Placid, NY – The Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) is pleased to announce Glenn Glover as the new Executive Director. Glover, who brings a wealth of local and regional recreational experience and an extensive leadership track record, is eager to contribute his expertise to further enhance BETA’s impact in the Adirondacks.


“BETA has benefited from the incredible leadership of Josh Wilson,” said Glover, new BETA Executive Director. “I look forward to building on this strong foundation and strengthening the dedicated volunteerism, stewardship, and local community engagement that make BETA so successful.”


Glover’s professional background includes six years as the Executive Director of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, where he transformed the nonprofit into one of the nation’s foremost trail organizations. For four years as President/President Elect at Washington State Trails Coalition, he expanded the organization’s efforts to support trails across the state for both recreation and transportation. Additionally, Glover spent three years managing statewide recreation and resources for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.


“Thanks to his wide-ranging experience, Glenn possesses a deep understanding of the work involved in leading a trails organization like BETA,” said Josh Wilson, former Executive Director. “He is a thoughtful and humble leader who values high-quality trails, the power of volunteerism, and the importance of advocacy and community partnerships. I am thrilled with the Board’s decision to hire Glenn, and I know he will do a great job inspiring our volunteers and members while leading BETA into the future.”

Glover is transitioning into his new role throughout October, with Josh Wilson serving as interim Executive Director. They will both be supported by Outreach Coordinator Jamie McGiver and Trails Coordinator Dusty Grant. On October 30, Glover will officially take the reins. He and his wife, Toni, will relocate to the Adirondacks and are excited to join the dedicated trails community. BETA is planning a series of events in early November to give the community the chance to meet Glenn. Stay tuned for an announcement about that soon.


“BETA has been incredibly fortunate to have Josh as E.D. for the last eight years,” said Patrick Carey, President, Board of Directors. “There was no more perfect person to lead BETA into what it is today. Glenn is exactly the right person to continue that momentum and further our mission of creating equitable access to human-powered recreation. As we take on new projects, we will continue to strengthen our roots in stewardship, volunteerism, and local community engagement.”


Guided by their mission, under Glover‘s capable leadership, BETA is poised for an exciting future.


The Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) is a member-supported, volunteer-driven, human-powered trail building and stewardship organization dedicated to building, maintaining and advocating for a system of community and backcountry trails for ski touring, mountain biking and other human-powered activities in the eastern High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park.

To learn more, visit or follow @betatrails on Instagram.




Lindsey Kenna Returns to LGA as New Education for Action Manager

Lindsey Kenna

Lindsey Kenna. Photo provided by Nancy Hawley, LGA Marketing and Communications Director.


Lake George, NY— The Lake George Association has hired Lindsey Kenna as its Education for Action Manager, overseeing education programs for children and adults that advance stewardship of Lake George. Previously she served as an educator for the LGA from 2017 to 2020.


In this role, Ms. Kenna will promote and activate Lake protection through education for adults and youth that fosters environmental conservation, including The Floating Classroom and Salmon in the Classroom programs. She will also engage volunteers in vital Community Science initiatives, such as Stream Monitoring, Invasive Species Awareness Week, Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring Weekend, AlgaeWatch, and NY State Department of Environmental Conservation’s WAVE (Water Assessments by Volunteers Evaluators) program.


“We are thrilled to have Lindsey join us,” said Monika LaPlante, LGA Managing Program Director. “Her extensive experience and passion for environmental education made her the clear choice to lead our growing educational initiatives. Lindsey’s commitment to building a deep connection between the community and the Lake aligns perfectly with our mission, and we look forward to the positive impact she can bring to our organization and Lake protection.”


As part of Ms. Kenna’s previous work with the LGA, she constructed the LGA’s Outdoor Classroom, located in the Lake George Recreational Center on Transfer Road, in three weeks.


“We had grant money for the materials, so my dad and a few friends and I built and installed benches,” she said. “And it’s still being used!”


It was this kind of professional fulfillment that prompted Ms. Kenna to return to environmental advocacy work, putting her real estate career on the back burner.


“There’s a lot of opportunity to make a difference,” she said. “With the LGA putting an emphasis on the science that guides protection of Lake George, there’s greater focus on new programs that
deliver lasting results.”


Lindsey received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Lasell University in 2012 and an M.S. in Natural Resources, Professional Science Masters, in 2014 from SUNY Plattsburgh. She resides
in her hometown of Lake Luzerne.


The Lake George Association is the preeminent Lake-protection organization, providing technical and financial assistance to property owners; world-class research and direct protection programs through The Jefferson Project, the Lake George Waterkeeper, and an array of public-private partnerships; public education programs; and public policy advocacy, all with the goal of protecting the Lake’s water quality today and for the future.




Saranac Lake Civic Center Announces Appointment of Additional Member to its Board of Directors

Winter Carnival Queen, Patti Ploof, Joins the Board

Saranac Lake, NY – The Saranac Lake Civic Center announces the appointment of a new board member after successfully working with her as a volunteer earlier this year.

The new board member, Patti Ploof, is a lifelong resident of Saranac Lake and enjoys volunteering with organizations providing local services,  especially with children. She retired from New York State 10 years ago after 37 years of service and has a longstanding commitment to the Saranac Lake community.

“We are pleased to welcome Patti to the Saranac Lake Civic Center Board,” said Ollie Burgess, President of the Saranac Lake Civic Center Board of Directors. “Patti’s foothold in the community and can-do spirit will be invaluable to the Civic Center’s mission as we grow but remain committed to serving the residents and visitors of Saranac Lake and the surrounding Adirondack community.”

Patti has demonstrated years of volunteer service with various local organizations including Holiday Helpers, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Saranac Lake Youth Soccer, Girl Scouts of Northern NY and Mountains in Motion. Most notably she’s been seen around town this year as the Winter Carnival Queen, which gives a nod to the tremendous community commitment she has had.

“The new civic center has so many possibilities and can offer a beautiful space for a variety of community events,” said Patti. “I am grateful to the board for allowing me the opportunity to help them ensure the facility is used to its fullest potential. I hope everyone joins us at the grand reopening on October 20th.”

About the Saranac Lake Civic Center:

The Saranac Lake Civic Center is a year-round, not-for-profit recreation and events facility, serving the residents and visitors of Saranac Lake and the surrounding Adirondack community. The Saranac Lake Civic Center serves residents and visitors from across the region and beyond. Its regular users include local youth hockey, high school players from Saranac Lake and Lake Placid Central Schools, women’s and men’s adult recreational hockey, Lake Placid Curling Club, Paul Smith’s College, Northwood School and more. Expanded users include tournament users (such as Can-Am Hockey, Canadian Hockey Enterprises, Empire State Winter Games) and exposition organizers to take advantage of the event space.


Photo at top: Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) Executive Director Glenn Glover. Photo provided by Jamie McGiver, Barkeater Trails Alliance Outreach Coordinator.

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