Board of Trustees
Greg Fetters, Vice President & Treasurer
Diane Fish Secretary
Sara Jane DeHoff
John Rosenthal Emeritus
Fred Calder Emeritus
Dan Kwasnowski, Executive Director
Dan grew up in the Southern Tier of New York in Big Flats. A graduate of Plattsburgh State with a BA in Environmental Science; Resource Management and Environmental Planning, and a minor in Planning. While at Plattsburgh, Dan completed an internship at the Adirondack Park Agency in Research and Scientific Services driving all over the Upper Hudson Watershed confirming remote wetland delineations. Dan then earned an MPS degree in Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes from SUNY ESF. Dan’s project at ESF was developing a community based management plan for the then Save the County Land Trust and their Camillus Valley Natural Area a 250 acre preserve.
Dan’s post-graduate career began at the not-for-profit New York Rivers United where he headed up their river restoration and dam removal efforts statewide. He initiated and eventually succeeded in removing the Fort Covington Dam in Franklin County. He then moved on to work for a hydropower consulting firm continuing river restoration work, as well as managing FERC licensing projects as a regulatory specialist where he was able to work on projects in the northeast, California and Colorado, and a tidal energy project on the East River, NYC. Dan then took the opportunity to become a planner for a town outside of Ithaca, NY, and while there developed a planning department that won multiple awards for its efforts. The work primarily focused on open space protection, especially two agricultural conservation easements on about 1,000 acres, and establishing two town parks through gifts to the town via the Finger Lakes Land Trust.
Dan left the town to work independently. He has developed form based zoning and design guidelines, trail, park, and development conceptual plans. More recently Dan has worked with Bard College by assisting with the decision making process for two small dams. The college received funding for microhydropower through a Governor’s challenge grant, but many people would like to see the dams removed for restoration.
Dan plans to move from Marcellus, NY to the Adirondacks this summer with his wife Karen and two sons Jonah (14) and Colden (11). The whole family enjoys being outdoors and makes several trips to the region throughout the year. Dan is an avid cyclist, especially mountain biking and building trails, and is a recovering bike racer. Dan also enjoys hiking, camping, swimming, backpacking, skiing, snowboarding and occasionally rock and ice climbing.
Kerry Crowningshield, Outreach Coordinator
Kerry Crowningshield joined the LPLC team in May 2016, as the Outreach Coordinator. Her focus is engaging with the community to learn more about local resources and community conservation within the Adirondack Park through education and outreach efforts. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University, an A.A.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Paul Smith’s College, and a master’s in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School, where she focused on climate change policy. She previously served as the practice manager for a veterinary hospital in Plattsburgh.
Most recently, Kerry worked with the Lake Champlain Basin Program. She spent a great deal of time educating students, residents, and visitors of the Basin about water quality issues and aquatic invasive species found throughout the watershed. She also served as the lead on a collaborative initiative that increased awareness about the impact of soil health on our waterways.
Kerry is a native of the Adirondacks and lives in Port Kent. She enjoys gardening, baking, kayaking and exploring everything the Adirondacks has to offer with family and friends.
Mikael Cejtin, Wildlife Monitoring Technician
Mikael Russell Cejtin joined the LPLC team in June, 2017, as the Wildlife Monitoring Technician. He will utilize his skills as a tracker and wildlife biologist to assist with the implementation of our Conservation Monitoring Program.
Mikael is a naturalist, outdoorsman, conservationist, and writer. He holds a Bachelors in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont and a Masters in Environmental Science from Yale University. As a published field scientist, Mikael’s work work has focused on wildlife movement, community conservation, citizen science, large carnivore conservation, and strategies for human-wildlife coexistence. He has studied bobcats in Vermont, wolves in Wyoming, and pumas in Argentina. He has also worked for both Grand Teton and Olympic National Parks and for the Nature Conservancy in Mongolia.
Mikael is an avid tracker, birder, and fly fisherman. When not outdoors, he enjoys cooking, reading, and playing guitar. Mikael currently lives in the North Country with his partner Ash Draper, a women’s health provider at Alice-Hyde Medical Center in Malone.