Lake George Association Board of Directors

The Lake George Association Board of Directors are volunteers, serving the Lake’s residents, businesses and municipalities with their time and their talents. We thank them for their service in protecting Lake George, supporting the staff of the Lake George Association and in promoting the benefits of Lake-Friendly Living.

Download the Association’s bylaws.

Board members serve a three-year term, ending in the year shown in the biographies, below.

OFFICERS

Peter Menzies (Bolton Landing)
President

Mary Caravella (Bolton Landing)
Executive Vice President

William Dutcher (Pilot Knob)
Vice President

Bob de Buys (Hague)
Treasurer

James Casaccio (Diamond Point)
Treasurer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Carla Burhoe (Diamond Point)
Geoff Cook (Lake George)
Charles Crew (Assembly Point)
Dan Davies (Cleverdale)
Roy Davis (Diamond Point)
Keith Ferguson (Bolton)
Victor Hershaft (Bolton Landing)
Past President
Ginger Henry Kuenzel (Hague)
Dennis O’Connor (Glens Falls)
Ken Parlin (Hague)
Bennett Van Wert (Saratoga/Hague)

Counsel

Matthew F. Fuller, Esq.

LGA Board of Directors Biographies (in alphabetical order)

CARLA BURHOE (2021)

Carla is a Lake George resident and is the second generation owner of Canoe Island Lodge with her husband Tom in Diamond Point. She sits on the board of the Adirondack Triathalon Club.  Education: Mount Holyoke College LGA Service: LGA Board President, Communications Committee

MARY CARAVELLA (2021)

Mary is an Associate Professor in Residence at the UConn School of Business, where she teaches marketing strategy in the MBA program and professional sales in the undergraduate program. She splits her time between Connecticut and Cotton Point in Bolton. Education: Marquette University (BS) Harvard Business School (MBA, DBA) LGA Service: Communications Committee

JIM CASACCIO (2023)

Jim has 18 years of experience in the human resource and software field, and is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, of Providence, RI. He is currently a real estate agent with Premier Properties. Jim lives in Bolton Landing with his wife Tenee, who is the president of JMZ Architecture in Glens Falls. Tenee has lived in Bolton her entire life.

GEOFF COOK (2023)

Geoff is the CEO/co-founder of The Meet Group (NASDAQ: MEET). He and his family are long-time summer residents of Lake George with a house near Usher Park. Geoff is a serial entrepreneur, having sold 3 companies in the last 20 years. In 2020, he entered an agreement to sell The Meet Group for $500 million to the German media company that also owns eHarmony. Geoff is the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner for the Philadelphia Region. He graduated from Harvard University in 2000 with a BA in Economics. Geoff writes weekly on entrepreneurship at https://medium.com/@geoff.cook

CHARLES CREW (2023)

Charlie is the retired President & CEO of SABIC Innovative Plastics and worked in GE’s Plastics Division for more than 30 years. Currently, Charlie is a full-time Assembly Point resident and has a consulting practice located in New York. He serves on the boards of the Double H Ranch (Treasurer), Unistress Company, A&R Logistics and the Council for Global Leadership at Villanova University.Education: Villanova University (degree in marketing). LGA Service: Communications Committee, and Chairman of Membership Committee

DAN DAVIES (2023)

Dan is the co-owner of Davies & Davies and Associates Real Estate LLC. He is in the eighth generation of his family to enjoy the Lake George region. Dan graduated from Lake George High School and then Siena College in Loudonville before returning to Lake George. He has been actively selling real estate in and around Lake George since 1993. Dan is the current president of Global MLS, a 4,200-member board that encompasses the Capital District and Southern Adirondack Region. He is the co-chairperson of Legislative Affairs for the New York State Association of Realtors. He also represents the local real estate association board as a board member of the Southern Adirondack MLS. Dan is an active member of the North Queensbury Fire Company, serving as chief for three years and first assistant chief for 21 years. Since 1990, he also has been an active member of the North Queensbury Rescue Squad.

ROY DAVIS (2022)

Roy is the retired Corporate Vice President of Business Development for Johnson & Johnson, and retired president of the J&J Development Corporation, J&J’s venture capital arm. During his 28 years with J&J, he returned to Lake George again and again for down time during his hectic corporate life. Following his retirement, he joined advisory boards for medical companies and other businesses, and is co-Chair of the Rensselaer Greater NY Executive Council and a member of the Board of Trustees for RPI. Roy and his wife, Louise, are lifetime members of the Lake George Association.

ROBERT R. de BUYS (2022)

Bob spent his professional career in the banking industry. He retired as senior vice president and chief credit policy officer with Wachovia Bank in Birmingham, Alabama. Bob was the commander of the 117th Intelligence Squadron of the Alabama Air National Guard and retired as Lt. Colonel. Bob was treasurer of the Hague Bicentennial Committee and the original archivist for the Hague Historical Museum. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and on its finance committee. Bob divides his time between Hague and Birmingham, Ala. Education: University of Virginia (BA); University of Alabama (MBA). LGA Service: Current Treasurer; Past LGA Vice President; Executive Committee; Chair, Finance Committee; Events Committee.

WILLIAM DUTCHER (2021)

Now semi-retired, Bill is the founder and President of Americade Inc. His background includes decades of experience in marketing, communications, and public relations at Bultaco, AMF/Harley-Davidson, and Kamyr. He is affiliated with several sailboat and motorcycle associations and volunteers his time at the Double H Ranch ski program. He is the recipient of many awards relating to Americade, including “Citizen of the Year” from the Adirondack North Country Association, and the “Tourism Partner Award” from the Adirondack Regional Council. Bill and his wife reside in Pilot Knob. Education: Harvard University (BA). LGA Service: Vice President, Executive Committee; Lake Saving Projects Committee; Chair, Communications Committee; Water Recreation Committee; Nominating Committee; Floating Classroom Committee; Past Secretary.

KEITH FERGUSON (2023)

Keith is a third-generation summer resident in Bolton. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and was a Founding Partner at TimesSquare Capital, LLC. Keith serves as Chairman of the Mount Kisco Economic Development Council. He is a graduate of Hofstra University and has an MBA from New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

GINGER HENRY KUENZEL (2023)

Ginger is the fourth generation of her family to live on Lake George. She grew up in Hague, moving to Washington, D.C, after graduating from Syracuse University to work as a speechwriter and legislative assistant for a U.S. Congressman. She spent 20 years as a journalist and translator in Germany, always maintaining her close ties to Hague. Upon returning to the U.S., she worked in corporate communications for multinational companies in Boston and New York City, while also writing a monthly column for a German magazine about U.S. topics. In 2010, Ginger moved back to Hague full-time, where she continues her work as a freelance journalist, editor and translator. She has served as a member of the Hague Town Board and previously served on The Hague Chronicle Board. She continues to serve on the Hague Historical Society Board and the Hague Sewer Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the Hague Water Quality Awareness steering committee.

VICTOR HERSHAFT (Past President)

Victor and his family spend their summers in Bolton Landing. He spent his entire career in various capacities at Paxar Corporation and retired as president and chief operating officer in 2007. Paxar, which was founded by his father and uncle, was sold to Avery-Dennison Corporation in 2007. Victor is currently board vice president of Westchester Jewish Community Services and immediate past board chairman of the Double H Hole in the Woods Ranch. Education: University of Rochester. LGA Service: Current Past President. Past LGA Executive Vice President; Executive Committee; Chair, West Brook Committee; Water Quality Committee; Events Committee; Membership Committee; Communications Committee.

PETER MENZIES (2021)

Pete is a long-time summer resident of Lake George who has a home in Northwest Bay. A former producer and director for MTV: Music Television, Pete switched gears in his forties and now owns a bookstore and a cafe with his wife Gretchen in Katonah, NY. He previously served on the Executive Committees of The Lake George Land Conservancy and The Westchester Land Trust. He currently serves on the boards of the Katonah Chamber of Commerce and the Lake George Club Real Estate Company. Education: Colgate University (BA) and New York University (MS). LGA Service: Executive Vice President, Membership Committee; Communications Committee, Water Program

DENNIS O’CONNOR (2022)

Dennis is a partner in the Glens Falls law firm McPhilips, Fitzgerald and Cullum and is admitted to practice law in New York and Florida. With a home in Glens Falls, he spends summers on Lake George.  His professional practice is devoted to estates and trust matters and elder law, and offers legal advice and assistance to snowbirds owning property in both states. Having formerly practiced law in Canada, Dennis is knowledgeable in Canada-U.S. cross-border estate planning issues, and is fluent in French.

KEN PARLIN (2023)

Ken is a financial planner and Registered Investment Advisor with Parlin Advisors LLC, a firm he founded in 2019. Before that, he spent twenty years at JP Morgan in New York, where he was a Managing Director in the Private Bank. Ken served for six years on the Board of Silver Bay YMCA, where he was Chair of the Business Committee and Treasurer. Ken is a fourth-generation summer resident of Silver Bay, and now lives full time in Hague. He is a graduate of Hamilton College with an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

BENNETT VAN WERT (2023)

Bennett is the Director, Sales & Development for DWM Comprehensive Facility Solutions, a full-service solutions and construction provider for large retail, restaurant, grocery, and financial brands across North America. Ben grew up on the northern end of Lake George, in Ticonderoga. His parents moved north after purchasing a lakeside motel from Ben’s grandparents. Ben grew up living, working, and playing on Lake George year-round, which led to a deep love and connection of the world-class beauty of the lake. Ben and his wife, Hannah, live in Saratoga and spend most of their summers with Ben’s family in Hague, on Lake George. He is a graduate of Plattsburgh State University with his Bachelor of Science in Marketing & Business Administration.

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