Monday, March 25, 2024

Recent Coming and Goings in the ADKs

Several nonprofit organizations and other establishments around the Adirondack region have recently announced an array of new appointments and retirements. Some of these announcements include, key staff welcomed at The Hyde, a new Cloudsplitter Foundation Executive Director, a new Director of School for North Country School, and a retirement at NCPR.

See below roundup for additional details about these coming and goings.

Todd Moe to retire as NCPR Morning Edition host

Monica Sandreczki to take over the microphone after Moe’s 24 years of early mornings

Todd Moe

For the first time in nearly a quarter-century, NCPR’s Todd Moe will soon be able to go to bed each night, knowing he doesn’t have to wake up before dawn.  Moe, who has helped wake up the North Country since 2000 as NCPR’s local host of the NPR newsmagazine Morning Edition, will retire after the show finishes at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 7th.

“Twenty-five years is a remarkable amount of time to have spent working at this remarkable station,” said Moe. “Forty years in radio – as a student and a professional – is also pretty amazing.  I’m proud of the work I’ve done at NCPR.”

Moe was hired as a general assignment reporter in 1998 and elevated to his current position two years later.  Since then, he has woken up at 4:00 a.m. almost every weekday to make it to Canton in time to help listeners greet the day with news, weather, and his characteristic warmth and charm.  He’s dodged deer on the highway, braved treacherous roads in the winter, and sometimes slept overnight at the NCPR studios to make sure the radio is as it should be in the morning.

Northern Light hosts, Todd Moe and Monica Sandreczki

Northern Light hosts, Todd Moe and Monica Sandreczki.

“Like a good friend, he’s kept us company in our homes and cars,” said listener Julia Kaplan Toce. “Todd’s tone represents the North Country for me – honest, personal, warm, and funny.  I’m appreciative for his time with us, but also excited for him in his retirement.”

As we prepare for his send-off, we encourage listeners to share their Todd Moe stories and memories by sending email to Or they can record a voice memo on a smartphone and send it to

Mornings at NCPR will not sound too different, however.  The station has announced that Todd’s successor on Morning Edition will be Monica Sandreczki, currently Todd’s co-host on Northern Light, NCPR’s signature 8 a.m. regional news show.  Sandreczki joined the station in 2019.

Monica Sandreczki

“Todd embodies everything that makes NCPR special and part of the fabric of the North Country.  We will all truly miss him,” said Mitch Teich, NCPR Station Manager.  “Thankfully, Monica has also become a trusted, warm voice in the mornings.  So there really can be no better person to open the front door to the North Country every morning for the thousands of people who start their day with us.” (Fun fact: Todd Moe joined NCPR in 1998, replacing… Mitch Teich.)

“I’m grateful that my colleagues trust me to follow honest and warm people like Todd, Barb Heller and Lamar Bliss before her,” Sandreczki said. “They’ve helped connect us to each other, root us in the region and reassure us that we don’t walk this road alone. I think a lot about something Ellen Rocco talked about. NCPR is all about people – on both sides of the microphone – and our care for each other and the North Country. As neighbors, staff and listeners, if we’re not hopeful for each other and our future together, then we’re doing this ‘community’ thing all wrong. The North Country is full of people doing the meaningful work of making this a place where there’s room for everyone. I feel lucky to share these stories as a host and am excited to do what I can to ready us for each fresh day. For me, it’s a joy to have that relationship with listeners.”

The station will conduct a national search for a new Northern Light co-host and arts reporter/producer.

About North Country Public Radio:

North Country Public Radio is a broadcast service of St. Lawrence University. Its 34 transmitters and translators serve Northern New York, including the St. Lawrence Valley, the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Champlain, and the Thousand Islands, in addition to parts of western Vermont and southern Ontario and Quebec.


The Cloudsplitter Foundation Board to welcome Daniel Kiefer-Bach as Executive Director

Dan Kiefer-Bach

Daniel Kiefer-Bach

The Cloudsplitter Foundation Board is pleased to announce that Daniel Kiefer-Bach will become its Executive Director on April 22 .
Dan is currently the Community Development Coordinator with LivingADK where he developed grassroots community programs for
towns in the Old Forge region. Dan’s job has been to promote vibrant and sustainable communities along the Route 28 corridor within the towns of Forestport, Webb, Inlet, Long Lake and adjacent communities.

Dan is also a board member of AdkAction and has been active in many other initiatives throughout the Park. Dan has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and community psychology from SUNY and UMASS. He and his wife Tayler live on Fourth Lake (in the Fulton Chain) and are expecting their first child this July. Dan will be based in the Old Forge area, making the southwest of the Park more visible to the Foundation’s philanthropy.

Lee Keet, Cloudsplitter board chair, said “Dan comes to us when we no longer simply respond to grant requests, we now self-initiate projects, provide bridge and matching financing to improve the success of larger grants, and partner with other not-for-profits and the state to multiply the impact on our region. Dan has the experience and local knowledge to continue this strategic evolution.”

The Cloudsplitter Foundation is a 37-year-old 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. In 2024 the foundation will spend approximately $2 million to support that mission. Over the past ten years the foundation has made grants of over $13 million, almost all to Adirondack not-for-profits.

Information about the Cloudsplitter Foundation, its board, advisors, and staff can be found on the web at For additional information about the foundation, contact Chenelle Palyswiat, the Cloudsplitter Foundation’s Director of Grants and Administration,, (518) 992-4900.


North Country School to Welcome Ashley Waldorf as New Director of School

Waldorf to Bring Skills in Experiential, Place-Based Learning to School’s Adirondack Campus

Ashley Waldorf

Lake Placid, NY- North Country School—a junior boarding and day school for students in grades 4-9—is thrilled to announce Ashley Waldorf as its new Director of School. Waldorf will officially begin her role July 1, 2024 on the school’s Adirondack campus located on the outskirts of Lake Placid, NY. 

During the search process, Waldorf quickly rose to the top of a competitive pool of candidates both for her shared personal values with North Country School, as well as previous experience that has been deeply rooted in progressive, experiential education. 

“In getting to know Ashley, her dedication and genuine approach to organizational leadership became clear,” Executive Director at North Country School & Camp Treetops Todd Ormiston said. “Her experience, varied skill set, and passion for our unique style of education make her well-equipped to lead North Country School into its next chapter, while also honoring our past.”

Waldorf’s previous experience has included leadership roles at The Island School in the Bahamas, where she was Director of School and Curriculum Director, and more recently, as a founding faculty member at the Mastery School of Hawken in Cleveland. 

“I was drawn to North Country School for its values, signature programs, and place-based and experiential learning,” Waldorf said of the school’s academics and core programs centered around the arts, outdoors, farm and garden, and community life. “Experiencing the campus in person revealed how dedicated the school and community are to living its values while serving as a model for both education and conscientious living.”

During her time at the Mastery School of Hawken, Waldorf also earned her Ed.D. from Vanderbilt University’s Doctorate of Education program where she researched the application of competency-based education in public schools—an academic approach that allows students to learn and advance at their own pace.

Waldorf and her husband, both avid outdoor enthusiasts, are looking forward to relocating to the School’s 220-acre campus in the heart of the Adirondacks. Waldorf noted it was one of many factors that influenced her decision to join the North Country School and Adirondack community. 

“Very few places in the world live and work in this way, and even fewer raise the bar for excellence by continuously responding to our young people’s evolving needs,” Waldorf remarked. “As a lifelong place-based and experiential educator, I am honored to join this community and dedicate the next chapter of my life to building on the legacy that precedes me.”

“I have every confidence that Ashley is an ideal match to carry on and build upon our longstanding history and legacy of providing children with a values-driven, experiential education,” Ormiston added. “Our community looks forward to welcoming her to campus and the Adirondacks this summer.”

About North Country School:

North Country School is a junior boarding and day school for students in grades 4-9 dedicated to the holistic education and growth of children. For 85 years, the school has fostered resourcefulness and essential skills in its students through a balanced focus on academics alongside its signature programs focused on the arts, outdoor education, farm and garden, and community life. The institution’s core values include a deep commitment to equity and inclusion, environmental stewardship, and community. Students leave North Country School equipped with confidence, creativity, mastery, and knowledge that they carry with them for life. Learn more at

The Hyde announces new staff appointments to key positions across the museum

Glens Falls, NY— The Hyde Collection proudly unveils the addition of four exceptional individuals, each poised to transform the museum’s landscape through their unique expertise and passion for the arts. With a steadfast commitment to innovation and community enrichment, The Hyde welcomes Allison Schmitt as Digital Communications Specialist, Melanie Painter and Toni Nastasi as Museum Educators, and Janek Palat as Preparator and Museum Technician. These strategic appointments mark a significant milestone in The Hyde’s journey towards redefining the museum experience and fostering deeper connections with diverse audiences.

As part of this commitment, the museum has brought on board four outstanding professionals to guide critical programmatic and operational areas:

Allison Schmitt, Digital Communications Specialist

Allison Schmitt

Allison Schmitt

With a photojournalism and digital marketing background, Allison brings her expertise to manage and curate content across social media platforms, email marketing, and website maintenance. Her goal is to build awareness and engagement through creative marketing campaigns while fostering a deeper connection with fine art.

Melanie Painter, Museum Educator

Melanie Painter

Melanie Painter

With 25 years of experience in the public school setting and a master’s degree in educational administration, Melanie is excited to explore museum education and utilize artwork as a primary resource for art appreciation and exploration. She aims to develop programs that provide inclusive access to The Hyde Collection, fostering meaningful engagement with art for all audiences.

Toni Nastasi, Museum Educator

Toni Nastasi

Toni Nastasi

Bringing her background as a local artist and experience in agriculture education, Toni is enthusiastic about planning and facilitating a diverse range of educational programming for youth, families, adults, and students. She aims to foster new creative ways of connecting with the community while providing resources specifically tailored to local artists.

Janek Palat, Preparator and Museum Technician

Janek Palat

Janek Palat

With a diverse background in documentary film, woodworking, and artisanal baking, Janek brings a unique blend of technical skills and creativity to his role. He is responsible for installing and de-installing exhibitions, handling art, and maintaining galleries and historical buildings, utilizing his passion for problem-solving and improvisation.

John Lefner, CEO of The Hyde Collection, expressed excitement about the new appointments.

He stated, “I am thrilled to welcome Allison Schmitt, Melanie Painter, Toni Nastasi, and Janek Palat to our dedicated team of professionals. Each of these individuals brings a wealth of experience and passion for the arts, and I am confident that their unique talents will significantly enhance our museum experience. These strategic appointments underscore The Hyde Collection’s unwavering dedication to furthering the museum’s mission of inspiring, educating, and engaging audiences through art.”

About The Hyde Collection:
The Hyde is one of the Northeast’s exceptional small art museums with distinguished European and American art collections. The Hyde offers significant national and international exhibitions and a packed schedule of events that help visitors experience art in new ways. Throughout the years, the Museum has expanded considerably from the historic Hyde home. It includes a modern museum complex with an auditorium, classroom, five galleries, and a state-of-the-art storage facility. For more information, please visit:

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