Staff

Helen has been working part-time for the LGLC since 2009. Her responsibilities include building relationships and fostering a legacy of giving back to the Lake George watershed. She has worked in the non-for-profit sector since graduating from Wheaton College, MA, in 1992. Helen grew up in a mix of Glens Falls, North Creek and Sabbath Day Point/Silver Bay, and now lives with her family in New Hampshire.

Helen Barton Benedict
Donor Relations Manager

Giulia joined the LGLC team in March of 2022. Her diverse background in hospitality and her adventurous spirit have led her around the world, but her heart always brings her back to the Lake George region. She graduated from SUNY Binghamton with degrees in Environmental Studies and Economics. She lives in Queensbury where she enjoys gardening, hiking, yoga, and rock climbing.

Giulia Casella
Fundraising and Events Manager

Megan began working part-time with the LGLC in 2009. She uses her attention to detail and great attitude to complete varied projects. As a traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor, Meghan is interested in working within the available rehabilitation for TBI survivors after their intensive physical hospital needs are met. She graduated from Lake George High School and attended the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT.

Megan Clothier
Administrative Assistant

Monica joined the LGLC staff in the spring of 2018. She grew up south of Lake George but visited the area often as a kid to play ice hockey (go Adirondack Northstars!) and go for family hikes. Monica graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a Bachelor of Science in conservation biology and ecology. She likes hiking with her dogs Ruby and Gus-Boy, marveling at Adirondack carnivorous plants, baking super sweet desserts, and tending to her indoor garden.

Monica Dore
Conservation Project Manager

Sarah has been with the LGLC since October of 2003 (see our tribute page for her 20 years with the LGLC). She leads the LGLC’s communications and marketing efforts, and assists with outreach events and fundraising. Sarah also runs the LGLC’s annual Hike-A-Thon. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology and certificate in media arts. Sarah enjoys volunteering when she can, including as a coach for a local youth unified hiking club through Special Olympics NY.

Sarah Hoffman
Communications and Outreach Manager

Mike joined LGLC in January 2022 and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization. A love for the natural world and a passion for working with people motivate him to further the mission of LGLC. Mike received a BA, Economics and Business from Lafayette College and two master’s degrees from the University of Michigan: MS, Natural Resource and Environmental Policy from the School of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He and his family reside in Saratoga Springs.

Michael Horn
Executive Director

Alex joined LGLC in 2015 as an intern and soon became a full-time Land Steward. His position keeps him out of the office most days, walking boundaries, talking with landowners, taking care of 40 miles of trails, and managing invasive species. Outside of work he uses his passion for nature to fuel his love of writing music. Alex’s favorite part of the job is being a partner in the protection and stewardship of Lake George.

Alexander Novick
Land Steward

Leah joined the LGLC as a seasonal staff member in the fall of 2023 and started full-time in the spring of 2024. She graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Health. Hiking around Lake George as a child ignited her love of nature. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, running, skiing, and traveling.

Leah Smisloff
Conservation Project Assistant

Cornelia joined the LGLC staff in June 2006. She manages the day-to-day operations of the LGLC, and continues to love working for an organization that helps to protect the “Queen of American Lakes.” Cornelia holds a BA degree in biology from Skidmore College. Outside of the office, Cornelia enjoys swimming, ice skating and hiking. Her favorite LGLC preserve is Amy’s Park.

Cornelia Wells
Finance and Office Manager

Board

The Lake George Land Conservancy board members work on a volunteer basis, providing the organization with their skills and countless hours of hard work. We are grateful to the following individuals for their leadership and commitment to land conservation around Lake George.

Paul Bell
President
Silver Bay

Sheryl Arenholz
Vice President of Conservation and Stewardship
Huletts Landing

Tracey Clothier
Vice President of Administration
Lake George

Patty HasBrouck
Vice President of Development
Bolton Landing

George Morris
Vice President of Finance, Treasurer
Pilot Knob

Robert Von Werne
Secretary
Bolton Landing

Diane Marr Asiel
Hague

Michael Barrett
Putnam/Clark Hollow Bay

William K. Bixby, III
Northwest Bay

Katie Bruening
Pilot Knob

Walt Lender
Ticonderoga

Bernice McPhillips
Lake George

Amanda Metzger
Glens Falls

Nancy Flacke Reuss
Lake George

Kealy Salomon
Huletts Landing

Robert C. Singer
Ticonderoga

Scott Arenholz
Huletts Landing

Elizabeth Avery
Lake George

Ed Becker, DVM
Sabbath Day Point

Robert Birchenough, MD
Cleverdale

Jeff Brozyna
Lake George

John Buhac, MD
Gull Bay

Henry Caldwell
Bolton Landing

Dean L. Cook, DMD
Ticonderoga

Jennifer Waterhouse Cooper
Bolton Landing

David Darrin
Director Emeritus
Hague

JD DeSantis
Diamond Point

Elizabeth Guest
Silver Bay

Jonathan A. Herttua
Putnam Station

Debbie Hoffman
Bolton Landing

John Hubbard, Jr.
Northwest Bay

Walter F. Lamb, Jr.
Bolton Landing

Douglas Langdon, MD
Bolton Landing

Judith K. Larter
Silver Bay

John J. Macionis, PhD
Director Emeritus
Hague

Elizabeth Meigher
Bolton Landing

Jim Menzies, PhD
Bolton Landing

Peter Menzies
Bolton Landing

Brendan Murnane
Bolton Landing

Sandra Nierzwicki-Bauer, PhD
Bolton Landing

Michael O’Reilly
Director Emeritus
Huletts Landing

Rosemary Pusateri
Cleverdale

Daniel Ryterband
Diamond Point

Rebecca Smith
Bolton Landing

Virginia Rowan Smith
Director Emeritus
Silver Bay

Ike Wolgin
Bolton Landing

About Us

Protecting the land that protects the lake since 1988. The Lake George Land Conservancy is an accredited not-for-profit land trust dedicated to working with willing landowners and other partners to protect the world-renowned water quality of Lake George and to permanently preserve the natural, scenic, historical and recreational resources of the Lake George Region.

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