Board of Directors

Greg Fetters, President

Greg has lived full-time in the Adirondacks for over 20 years providing personal financial planning, tax, and investment advisory services. He is a CPA, CFP® is a partner in Adirondack Asset Management. Over his career he has worked in both public accounting and corporate finance. He has served on the Board of LPLC and its predecessor since 2005 and enjoys living on lands protected by the conservation easement he donated to LPLC to preserve Otis Brook Wetlands.

Veronica Richter, Vice-President

Veronica and her family live in Greenwich, CT, and Lake Placid, where their land is permanently protected through a conservation easement. She is a retired VP of JPMorgan Chase Bank. Since her retirement, she has focused efforts as both Conservation Chair and History and Properties Chair of Hortulus Garden Club in Greenwich, CT. She is Master Gardener who has created a teaching garden for Whitby IB school. She has chaired the Tree Conservancy in Greenwich and volunteers for the Greenwich Land Conservancy and the Bartlett Arboretum.

Kevin Brady, Treasurer

Kevin is the owner of Long Run Wealth Advisors in Lake Placid, NY, where he resides full-time. He is focused on providing wealth management and financial planning to a wide range of clients across the region. He returned to the area in 2014 after over 20 years of working in finance in both Boston and New York City. In addition to the Lake Placid Land Conservancy, Kevin is involved in several non-profit boards in the Adirondacks including the Adirondack Health Foundation and the New York State Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF). He is also a member of the board of directors of Essex county-based Champlain National Bank.

B.S. International Business/German, Pennsylvania State University
Chartered Financial Analyst CFA®
Certified Financial Planner CFP®

Dr. Mara Smith, Secretary

Dr. Smith is a full-time resident of Lake Placid. She works as a consultant building mental skills for athletes and has become a pioneer in the concept of mental strength and conditioning. Dr. Smith counsels individual athletes and teams developing mental skills, and also consults with parents, coaches, and administrators. Her work also includes consulting with various national governing bodies including USA Hockey, USA Gymnastics, US Figure Skating, US Ski and Snowboard, US Bobsled and Skeleton, and USA Luge, as well as the Olympic Regional Development Authority. She has sat on the board of the New York Ski Education Foundation, the Uihlein-Ironman Sports Foundation Board, and the Aspen Institute’s Sports and Society Advisory Board. She is the Founder of AthleteMinder, a tech start-up which aims to bring mental strength and conditioning to all athletes using mobile technology.

BS in Human Development and Family Studies, Cornell University

M.Ed. in The Psychology of Human Movement and Ed.D in Developmental Studies and Counseling, with a specialty in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Boston University

Ray Curran

Ray is an ecologist and a full-time resident of Saranac Lake, NY. He was a certified Senior Ecologist (Ecological Society of America Board of Professional Certification) and a Certified Professional Wetlands Scientist (Society of Wetland Scientists). For over 30 years, Ray was a scientist for the New York State Executive Department, Adirondack Park Agency and headed the environmental science and analysis unit. Ray works with disparate constituent groups through community and private not-for-profit organizations, as well as a private for-profit consulting business (Adirondack Information Group, LLC). He is currently the board Secretary/Treasurer of the Northern Forest Atlas Foundation. He has several other volunteer activities in the community.

BA SUNY-ESF

MS Syracuse University

Sara Jane DeHoff

Sara Jane is a resident of Toledo, Ohio and Lake Placid. She is an active community volunteer and has a diverse background of social worker, real estate attorney, retailer, and chairman of a cookware company. She focuses her community involvement to art, education, and land conservation in both the Adirondacks and Toledo. She founded Black Swamp Conservancy and has served as Trustee of the Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter.

B.A., Northern Iowa University
J.D., John Marshall Law School, Chicago

Tyler Eaton

Tyler is a full-time resident of Jay, NY. He is teacher, farmer and owner of Blue Pepper Farm, and environmental activist. He teaches Environmental Science and works with the Sustainability Committee at Northwood School in Lake Placid.

BS Ecological Sustainability

Masters Environmental Law and Policy with a focus on land and biodiversity conservation

Reg Gignoux

Reg lives in both Lake Placid, NY and Shelburne, VT. He is slowly retiring from his 40-year career of forming early stage company investment partnerships and commercial real estate ventures. He has served for over a decade on local Zoning, Planning, and Development Review Boards.

Reg has been involved with land trusts for over 30 years. He has served as a Board Member and Treasurer of the Lake Champlain Land Trust. For the past 15 years he was a Board Member of both organizations that merged to form the Lake Placid Land Conservancy. He also serves on the Board of the Adirondack Foundation.

Valerie Ireland

Valerie is a resident of New York City and Lake Placid. She has spent many years living abroad in Germany, Belgium and Nairobi, Kenya, where she has been involved in many philanthropic efforts. She is actively involved with St. Lawrence University’s alumni community and has served as the chairman of the National Stroke Association.

BA, St. Lawrence University

Georgia Jones

Georgia is a full-time resident of Lake Placid and is co-owner of her family’s camp on Lake Placid which has been in her family since 1894. She is retired from her career at Jones Outfitters, Ltd., the Adirondack Orvis Store in Lake Placid. Georgia is currently serving on the boards of the Lake Placid Shore
Owners’ Association, Mirror Lake Watershed Association, Lake Placid/North Elba Historical Society, and the local Community Development Commission.
BA in English & Political Science, Alfred University

Andy Keal

Andy Keal resides full time in Saranac Lake where he is the president and co-owner of Nori’s Village Market, a natural food store and café. Since 2006 Andy has been an integral part of Nori’s and has been a catalyst in making Downtown Saranac Lake a better place through growing and making the grocery store a destination in the region. In 2015 Andy and his wife purchased two dilapidated buildings and transformed the corner of Woodruff and Church Street into an upgraded location for Nori’s. This expansion and transformation onto Church Street has brought new life to this part of Downtown as Nori’s continues to grow and expand.
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Andy worked in conservation for 15 years. He worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society and is a co-author of The Adirondack Atlas with Jerry Jenkins. He also taught GIS at Paul Smith’s College and helped develop their initial GIS program.
B.S. Recreation Resource Management, University of Montana
MS in Environmental Science, concentration in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Antonia Ness

Antonia is a full-time, stay-at-home mom based in New York City and Lake Placid. She has recently completed six years of service on the Board of the Lake Placid Shoreowners’ Association and nine years as a Trustee at the Adirondack Experience at Blue Mountain Lake (formerly Adirondack Museum). She was previously a Managing Director, President and head of the firm’s Consumer practice at Gruppo, Levey & Co., an investment bank based in New York, where she advised companies on mergers, acquisitions, and restructurings.

B.A. in Politics and Economics, Princeton University

MA, University of Pennsylvania.

LPLC Staff

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Kerry Crowningshield, Executive Director

Kerry Crowningshield joined the LPLC team in May 2016, as the Outreach Coordinator where her focus was engaging with the community to learn more about local resources and community conservation within the Adirondack Park through education and outreach efforts.

In September 2018, Kerry was promoted to the position of Executive Director.  She works closely with LPLC’s Board of Directors, landowners, and partners to increase the land trust’s capacity and expand its education, outreach, and land conservation efforts in the Lake Placid area. Most recently, she successfully guided LPLC through the Accreditation process which is an honor awarded to land trusts by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission for meeting the highest national standards for excellence and conservation permanence.

Kerry 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.

Kerry is a native of the Adirondacks and lives in Port Kent. She is passionate about education and engaging friends and neighbors on ways they can make space for native plants and wildlife at their homes. She enjoys getting her hands dirty gardening, DIY projects, kayaking, and exploring everything the Adirondacks has to offer with family, friends, and her new pup, Moose.

phone: 518.837.5177
e-mail: kerry@lakeplacidlandconservancy.org

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Carolyn Koestner, Strategic Conservation Planner

Carolyn joined the LPLC team in November 2019 and focuses her time here on researching and identifying priority areas for conservation and managing the Conservancy’s GIS work.

She earned her B.A. in Environmental Science from Skidmore College and her Certificate in GIS from Pace University. In addition to her education, she has previously served in a variety of Conservation and GIS positions, including assessing culverts to identify barriers to wildlife passage, teaching environmental education in NYC, serving as a GIS laboratory assistant, and, most recently, working with the DEC on source water protection across New York.

Though not originally from the Adirondacks, Carolyn has quickly grown to love the area and is excited to focus her work on protecting the Adirondacks and spend her free time continuing to explore this magnificent park.

phone: 518.837.5177
e-mail: carolyn@lakeplacidlandconservancy.org

Emma Kaminski, Colgate Conservation Intern

Emma Kaminski joins the LPLC team as an intern for the Summer of 2021, assisting on various projects, including the Wild Waypoints project, invasive species removal, and the trail-cam wildlife monitoring efforts.

Emma is a member of the class of 2022 at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. She is currently pursuing majors in Environmental Geography and Russian, and is very excited to apply her studies to the work being done at LPLC in conserving the land around Lake Placid.

She is originally from Montclair, New Jersey, and enjoys spending her free time outside, drawing and reading science fiction.

phone: 518.837.5177
e-mail: emma@lakeplacidlandconservancy.org