Board of Trustees
Veronica Richter, Vice President
Kevin Brady, Treasurer
Diane Fish Secretary
Sara Jane DeHoff
Dr. Howard W. Smith Emeritus
John Rosenthal Emeritus
Fred Calder Emeritus
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.
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.
Prior to her work with LPLC, Kerry worked with the Lake Champlain Basin Program with their Education and Outreach team. 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 local waterways.
Kerry is a native of the Adirondacks and lives in Port Kent. She enjoys getting her hands dirty gardening, converting her yard into native pollinator habitat, kayaking and exploring everything the Adirondacks has to offer with family and friends.
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.