Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Adirondack-area establishments announce new hires, appointments

Several nonprofit organizations and other establishments, including the Cloudsplitter Foundation, the Ausable River Association, the Depot Theatre, and Rockwell Falls Public Library have recently announced a slew of new staff and board appointments. See below roundup for details about these developments. 

Julia Goren

Cloudsplitter Foundation announces new Trustee, Julia Goren

The Cloudsplitter Foundation has announced that Julia Goren has been elected to its board of Trustees. The Cloudsplitter Foundation is a 38-year-old local grant-making not-for-profit whose mission is to improve the environment economies, and lives of the people of the Greater Adirondacks through innovative and leveraged philanthropic programs. Julia is the Deputy Executive Director of the Adirondack Mountain Club where she oversees the operation of the Heart Lake Program Center, leads ADK’s efforts to expand its educational reach and impact in the Adirondack Park, and builds upon its work with partners across the region.

Before returning to ADK in 2021 she spent three years with the Adirondack Council, where she served as a Trustee, as their VISION Project Director. Julia holds an MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England. In addition to her previous experience with ADK and the Adirondack Council, she worked at the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development as Regional Educator and was an interpreter at Wupatki National Monument in Arizona.

For more information, visit www.Cloudsplitter.org

Marion Allan Appointed Rockwell Falls Public Library Manager, Reopening Day Scheduled

 Lake Luzerne, NY — The Rockwell Falls Public Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Marion E. Allan of Hadley, N.Y., has been appointed Library Manager.

Allan is a lifelong resident of the area and comes to us with a decade of experience in libraries, including more than eight years working in the elementary school library of the Hadley-Luzerne Central School District and two years as a clerk at the Rockwell Falls Public Library.

Allan is a graduate of Hadley-Luzerne Central School, SUNY Adirondack and SUNY Potsdam, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and secondary education. A dedicated lifelong learner, she is eager to bring her background in libraries and her deep ties with the school district to her new position, and to help restore access and a rich slate of programing to the residents of the four towns the Rockwell Falls Public Library serves.

The Rockwell Falls Public Library has been closed since Sept. 26, 2023, because of staff shortages. A series of resignations on the board led to three new appointees being named on Dec. 12, 2023, by the New York State Board of Regents.

Depot Theatre welcomes new Artistic Production Management Team

Beth Glover and Karen Lewis are the Depot Theatre's new Artistic Production Management team

Beth Glover and Karen Lewis. Photo provided by the Depot Theatre.

Westport, NY— The Depot Theatre in Westport, NY is pleased to announce the appointment of Beth Glover and Karen Lewis to provide artistic leadership as the theatre’s new Artistic Production Management team.
Beth Glover has been a theatre professional devoted to the arts for over 30 years. Her passion for the arts can be traced back to a Southern upbringing that valued storytelling. Her acting credits include six Broadway National Tours and many shows Off-Broadway. Directing credits include 9 TO 5 at SUNY Plattsburgh, BAKERSFIELD MIST for Adk Lakes Ctr for the Arts & ASR, SOUTHERN COMFORTS for ALCA, WICKED CITY & HEROES for Depot Theatre, and more for Adirondack Stage Rats, a production company co-founded with her wife, Karen Lewis.
Karen L. Lewis is a writer/producer whose plays have been performed around the country as well as Off-Broadway, and whose work in television writing garnered her 5 Emmys and 4 WGA awards. A member of the Writers Guild of America and The Dramatists’ Guild, her plays have won numerous awards: THE PERFECT WIFE won The Stanley Drama Award, and was a semi-finalist for both the Eugene O’Neill Theatre’s National Playwrights Conference and the Actors Theatre of Charlotte’s nuVoices for a nuGeneration Playwriting Festival. And SHADES OF VALOR was a winner of the AACT NewPlayFest and was premiered at Twin City Stage in Winston-Salem, NC and is published by Dramatic Publishing.
For more information about the Depot Theatre, its main stage and Academy youth programs, and for news updates visit DepotTheatre.org.

Ausable River Association welcomes new members to its Board of Directors

Photo courtesy of the Ausable River Association.

Wilmington, NY – The Ausable River Association is welcoming three new members to the Ausable River Association Board of Directors: Kathleen Martens, former Supervising Attorney at NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Andrew Weibrecht, former Olympian and manager at the Mirror Lake Inn; and Charlie Wise, owner of The Mountaineer.

Last week, the AsRA Board of Directors, confirmed the appointment of Andrew Weibrecht. Andrew raced on the FIS World Cup from 2007-2018, was on four World Championship Teams, and raced in three Olympic games (Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014, Pyeongchang 2018), winning medals in 2010 and 2014 (Super G Bronze and Silver respectively). Post ski racing, he completed his undergraduate degree with a focus on hydrology at Dartmouth. He’s looking forward to dedicating some of his volunteer time to the protection of Adirondack waters. Andrew currently serves as the operations manager at his family’s hotel, the Mirror Lake Inn.

Kathleen Martens and Charlie Wise were both appointed to the board in 2023. Prior to her time with NYS Parks, Kathleen worked in Albany at the Department of Environmental Conservation and in positions at the Department of State and the State Legislature. She is a graduate of Albany Law School, has a bachelor’s degree from Queens College, CUNY, and practiced law in Plattsburgh and Lake Placid.   She has experience with SEQR/NEPA, energy, environment and coastal programs, planning, permitting, land use, grants, procurement, contracts, construction, and general government administration and enforcement. Kathleen lives in Lake Placid with her husband Joe.

After nearly 25 years in software, Greentech, and utility scale renewable energy consulting, Charlie Wise steered his professional career toward business ownership in the Adirondacks. He and his wife Nancy own The Mountaineer in Keene Valley. Throughout his youth, Charlie spent time in Little Moose/Old Forge and later discovered the higher gradient brooks and streams of the High Peaks region, as he fished and hiked his way into most corners of the Adirondack Park. He’s excited to bring his passion for freshwater conservation to his new role with the AsRA board as well as to his work at the Mountaineer.

Kiana French named new Ausable River Association’s Nursery Curator

Kiana French with flowers

Kiana French. AsRA website photo.

Kiana originally hails from western New York. After graduating from SUNY Potsdam, she moved to the Adirondacks and spent a few years working in the organic vegetable farming scene. Her passion for farming and local food took her around the world, including Hawaii and New Zealand. After returning to the continental US, Kiana worked with AdkAction on the Farmacy project to expand local food access in the Adirondacks before moving to Vermont.

For the last 3 years, she worked at the Intervale Conservation Nursery in Burlington, where she developed a passion for native tree and shrub propagation and production. Her interest in riparian restoration species has recently brought her back to the Adirondacks to work with the Ausable River Association to launch the Ausable Conservation Nursery. Kiana is excited to be a part of the AsRA team and to get her hands dirty growing hyperlocal native plants in the Adirondacks. When not out collecting seeds or planting trees, she spends her time skiing, biking, hiking, and exploring the mountains.

Photo at top: Julia Goren. Photo provided by the Cloudsplitter Foundation.

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Community news stories come from press releases and other notices from organizations, businesses, state agencies and other groups. Submit your contributions to Almanack Editor Melissa Hart at editor@adirondackalmanack.com.

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