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.

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OFFICERS

Chair: Jeffrey M. Killeen
Vice Chair: Peter Menzies
Treasurer: William Creighton
Secretary: Roy Davis
Executive Committee:
     Dr. Mary Caravella
     William Dutcher
     Keith Ferguson
     Thomas West
     I. Robert Wolgin

DIRECTORS

Bob Bailey
Lucinda Bhavsar
James Casaccio
Geoff Cook
Charles Crew
Dr. Linda Schadler Feist
George R. Hearst III
Victor Hershaft
Blair Keller
Dr. John E. Kelly III
Ginger Henry Kuenzel
George Morris
Dennis O’Connor
Ken Parlin

Basin-wide Advisory Board:
Chair: Donald Rice (non-voting advisor)

Counsel:
Matthew F. Fuller, Esq.

LGA Board of Directors Biographies (in alphabetical order)

BOB BAILEY

Bob is the founder and Chairman of Racemark International in Malta, New York. With Plants in Malta, New York, Calhoun, Georgia Neuchatel, Switzerland & Komaran, Hungary. Racemark is a leading manufacturer of automobile floor mats to the automotive industry worldwide. Formerly a world-class racing driver for the Porsche of America Racing Team, Bob was a winner of the 24 hours of Daytona GT Class and other world-class events. He was on the Board of Trustees of the Paul Newman Double “H” Hole in the Woods Ranch for fifteen years, is a founding Trustee of the Saratoga Automobile Museum, and has served on the Board of Trustees for The FUND for Lake George for the past ten years. Bob resides in Sarasota, Florida in the winter and, Diamond Point in the summer with wife Ginger and three children Emily, Virginia and Cannon. Their children are the fifth generation on Lake George. Bob’s Great-Grandfather, Admiral John White Moore retired from the Navy in 1890.  His home was the “Moorings” in Bolton Landing, now the site of the RPI Darrin Freshwater Institute.

LUCINDA H. BHAVSAR

Lucinda has been spending summers at Lake George since she was five years old and owns a 100+ year-old Adirondack camp in Huletts Landing. Her and her husband’s children are the fourth generation on Lake George. Lucinda presently serves on the Board of the Harvard Business School Fund Council, the University of Virginia Regional Board, the Jefferson Scholar Selection Committee, the Museum of the City of New York Board as well as the Friends of Historic Huletts Landing Board. She has served on the Board of Trustees of The FUND for Lake George since 2015 and chairs The FUND’s Marketing Committee. Lucinda is an accomplished executive with 25+ years of leadership experience in both large and small companies, as well as non-profits. These roles have included Institutional Equity Sales at Morgan Stanley; Corporate Finance Director for iVillage.com; and Finance Manager at Procter & Gamble. Lucinda received her MBA from Harvard Business School and BA in Economics and French from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar and graduated cum laude. Lucinda and her husband reside in Manhattan with their three children.

DR. MARY CARAVELLA

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).

JIM CASACCIO

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

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

WILLIAM CREIGHTON

Bill has had a passionate lifelong connection to Lake George. His great grandfather built a home in Pilot Knob in 1898 and his grandchildren are now the sixth generation of the family on the Lake. Bill retired in 2015 after a 35 year career in Finance at IBM. He held a number of senior financial executive positions including IBM General Auditor, Vice President of Finance for the Asia Pacific Group located in Tokyo, Japan, Vice President of Finance for Business Consulting Services, Vice President of Finance for Sales and Distribution Division, Vice President of Finance for Southwest Europe located in Madrid, Spain, and most recently Vice President of Finance for IBM Transformation and Operations. Bill holds a B.A. magna cum laude, in Psychology from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He served as Chairman of the Finance Committee, American School in Japan and is currently a member of numerous environmental and community organizations. He and his wife Dale reside in Ridgefield, CT and spend as much time as possible at their home in Pilot Knob. They have three children and three grandchildren.

CHARLES CREW

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).

ROY DAVIS

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.

WILLIAM DUTCHER

Now retired, Bill founded 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, windsurfing and motorcycle associations and volunteers his time at the Double H Ranch ski program and Y-Knot adaptive sailing center. 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).

KEITH FERGUSON

Keith is a fourth-generation Lake George summer resident, and considers Lake George a part of his family’s DNA. A capital markets analyst and growth advisor for pre-IPO to Fortune 500 company leaders, as well as major institutional investors, Keith has spent his career identifying what defines a successful business. He is proud to bring that data and financial analysis to his work helping ensure that the LGA has the sustainable resources necessary to protect the lake’s quality and the experiences of its visitors and residents for generations to come. Connect with Keith at https://www.linkedin.com/in/keithferguson6/.

GEORGE R. HEARST III

George is the publisher/CEO of the Times Union, the area’s largest multimedia company serving New York’s Greater Capital Region. He has more than three decades of experience in the media and publishing industry. A California native, George joined the Times Union in 1989 as director of operations and planning and previously served as vice president, associate publisher and general manager. George, a director of the Hearst Corporation, also serves on numerous community boards including the Center for Economic Growth, The College of Saint Rose, University at Albany Foundation, Inc., Albany Institute of History & Art, St. Peter’s Health Partners, Center for Disability Services, Double-H Hole in the Woods Ranch, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Opera Saratoga, Palace Performing Arts Center, New York State Archives Partnership Trust, National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, among others. Philanthropy is a family tradition for George. He has led several fundraising initiatives and currently chairs the St. Peter’s Hospital Capital Campaign. His civic involvement has been recognized by awards that include the Distinguished Citizens Award from the Boy Scouts of America Twin Rivers Councils; President’s Award from the YMCA; Community Service Award from the Teamsters Care Program Local 294; the Circle of Hope Award by Hope House; Humanitarian of the Year from the Center for Disability Services; the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame; the Community Service Award from Hudson-Mohawk Association of Colleges and Universities; the Distinguished Service Award from the University at Albany; the Citizen of the University Award from Alumni Association–SUNYA; and the William Golub Tikkun Olam Award from the United Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York. George and his wife Christine have one daughter, Emma, who is an accomplished executive chef and restaurateur in New York City and Hawaii.

GINGER HENRY KUENZEL

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

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.

BLAIR KELLER

Blair Keller is a finance executive with over 20 years of experience, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of Electronic Commerce / Trading of Institutional Fixed Income at Morgan Stanley. He has served on various nonprofit boards including WISPA (the governing body of the women’s professional squash tour), and is currently on the Council for The University Club of New York. Blair graduated from Trinity College and studied at the London School of Economics. He has deep roots at Lake George, enjoying each summer at a family home in Bolton Landing.

DR. JOHN E. KELLY III

John has been coming to Lake George since his childhood. As a resident of Assembly Point, he enjoys sailing on the Lake, while also pursuing a deeper understanding of the science underlying its natural beauty and sustainability. John has nearly four decades of experience innovating and leading in the Information Technology industry. Throughout his distinguished career, he has held significant technical and business roles driving IBM’s leadership in technologies ranging from semiconductors to supercomputers to artificial intelligence cognitive systems. A champion of IBM’s technical community, he has steered IBM’s leadership in U.S. patents for the last 26 years. In his current role as Executive Vice President, IBM, John is responsible for helping to guide IBM’s global technical and business success. He oversees IBM’s enterprise wide Intellectual Property, Security and Privacy, its academic, industrial, and government partnerships, as well as its technical community. He is also responsible for leading the company’s Watson Health unit. Previously, John served as senior vice president, Cognitive Solutions and IBM Research, where he oversaw IBM Watson, the company’s AI platform, and its AI portfolio and investments. Under his leadership, IBM expanded the specialization of IBM Watson into many domains including health, security, analytics, Internet of Things, and financial services. Prior to this, John served as senior vice president and director of IBM Research, where he expanded its global footprint across 12 laboratories in 10 countries. He and his team advanced the science of artificial intelligence through Watson, the groundbreaking system that defeated two standing Jeopardy! world champions in 2011. John joined IBM in 1980. Between 1980 and 2007, he held numerous management and technical positions related to the development and manufacturing of IBM’s advanced semiconductor technologies. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineers, a Fellow of the IEEE, and has received numerous technology and leadership awards. John holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from Union College, and a Master of Science in physics and a Doctorate in materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has also received three honorary Doctoral degrees.

JEFFREY KILLEEN

Jeff and his family have a long and personal connection to Lake George. He is a 4th generation “Lake George’er”; his great-great uncle built the original Killeen camp, Ma-Ha-Qua, on Diamond Point in 1908. In 2006, Jeff restored Ma-Ha-Qua and it is now his year round home. Jeff’s professional career spans 40 years in the media, information technology and internet industries. Most recently, he was Chairman & CEO of GlobalSpec in Albany. He led GlobalSpec from startup to recognition as the leading provider of digital content to the global engineering marketplace. Prior to GlobalSpec, Jeff was founding CEO of both Forbes.com and Pacific Bell Interactive Media. He also led the formation of barnesandnoble.com, growing that company to become the world’s 3rd largest e-commerce business at the time. Previously, he was President of American Insurance Services Group in New York, and he began his career at The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, with his final post there being Senior Vice President of Telco Operations for Reuben H. Donnelley. Jeff has received professional recognition from both Crains and Folio magazines as “Top B2B Media CEO” and “Most Visionary B2B Media CEO”, numerous recognitions as a “Top 50 Digital Media Leader” and for GlobalSpec being a “Best Place To Work Company.” In 2019, Jeff was awarded the Fort Ticonderoga/Sarah Pell award as Citizen of the Year. Currently, in addition to the LGA, Jeff is Chairman of the Center for Disability Services, Chairman of Life Quality Solutions Incubator, a Trustee of St. Lawrence University, a Director of North Country Public Radio, and a Director of KIRSH Helmets/Impact Technologies.

PETER MENZIES

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).

GEORGE MORRIS

George resides in Pilot Knob, NY and is a third-generation lover of Lake George. His lake experience began at his parents’ house, known as “Flower Down”, in the Town of Lake George, on the east side a little south of Plum Point. It was there that sunsets became a lifelong fascination that he now shares with his wife Anne and their two sons. A hiker and forager, George is familiar with many trails around the lake, but Buck Mountain and Pilot Knob are still his favorites. Often out on the water, he loves sailing, lazy boat rides, and early morning kayaking. He is a second-generation member of the Lake George Club and raced sailboats there for many summers. He also can be found cross-country skiing on the lake in the cold weather. The lake’s water—its very essence—is a big part of what makes the place so special for George. It is literally part of his body and soul because his family has been pumping drinking water from the lake for as long as he can remember. Professionally, George retired in 2018 from Oliver Wyman, the international management consulting firm and part of Marsh and McLennan, where he was a Partner in the Financial Services group based in New York City. Over his 33-year career he held leading roles in the Finance and Risk Management practice, the Corporate and Institutional Banking practice, and the Wealth and Asset Management practice. In addition to advising senior executives of leading financial firms, he managed many pro bono engagements and played a leading role organizing the Firm’s philanthropic activities. In 2016 he co-authored a ground-breaking paper on risk management for non-profits based on financial analysis of charities in New York State (in collaboration with Sea Change Capital and GuideStar). The paper recommended eight actions for management and trustees to keep non-profits financially healthy so they can pursue their missions more confidently and boldly. He joined Oliver Wyman after graduating with an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (1985) and an AB from Dartmouth College (1980). In 2016, George joined the Board of the Lake George Land Conservancy and currently serves the organization as the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer.

DENNIS O’CONNOR

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

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.

DONALD RICE

Don and his wife Joyce have owned property on Lake George since 1997. Don’s earliest exposure to Lake George was in 1971 when he began his work career at the GE Schenectady Works and spent weekends camping on the islands. Twenty-five years later, following numerous relocations around the country, Don bought a boat and he and Joyce lived weekends in Harris Bay for several summers. Since 2001, he and Joyce have hosted family and friends at their home in Silver Bay.

Don retired in 2004 as senior vice president of the Ingersoll-Rand Company. His career included assignments in human resources, corporate communication and public affairs, leadership of the company’s Asia Pacific and Latin America operations, and global business services. Don began his career at the General Electric Company following service in the US Army. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon where he earned a BA in economics and an MS in industrial and labor relations. Don served as Chair of the FUND from 2005 to 2010. During that time he served as a member of the West Brook Conservation Initiative and on the advisory board of the Lake George Land Conservancy. Don and Joyce spend their winters on Sanibel Island, Florida where Don serves as chair of the board of the Barrier Island Group for the Arts, the island’s cultural and entertainment center. He also serves as president of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees and as a Vice President of the Island Water Association, Sanibel’s member-owned water company.

DR. LINDA SCHADLER FEIST

Linda has been coming to Lake George since she was 2 years old. Her extended family shares a house in Northwest Bay near Indian Brook. As the daughter of a biologist, concepts of ecology and lake biology have been part of dinnertime conversation for as long as she can remember. As a child she remembers her Aunt and Mother working to help rezone parts of Northwest Bay and has always known that preserving the Lake is an important part not only of conserving a valuable resource, but ensuring the economic viability of the area. Linda is currently the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Russell Sage Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. She graduated from Cornell University in 1985 with a B.S. in materials science and engineering and received a PhD in materials science and engineering in 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania. Active in materials research for over 25 years, Linda is an experimentalist and her research has focused on the behavior polymer composite materials. Linda has co-authored more than 140 journal publications, several book chapters, and one book. Linda received a National Science Foundation National Young Investigator award in 1994 and the ASM International Bradley Staughton Award for Teaching in 1997. She is a Fellow of both the Materials Research Society and ASM International. Linda is a former member of ASM International’s Board of Trustees and the National Materials Advisory Board. She is a current member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women. She was the education and outreach coordinator for the National Science Foundation’s Center “Directed Assembly of Nanostructures” headquartered at Rensselaer. As part of that position she was one of the executive producers for the Molecularium – a new style of planetarium show that takes the audience (primarily students in K-5) on a magical musical adventure into the world of atoms and molecules with the help of oxy, hydro and hydra (www.molecularium.com). Children learn that “everything is made of atoms and molecules” and about the three states of matter “solids slow, liquids flow, gas is fast!”

THOMAS WEST

Tom lives in Loudonville, New York, and has been a lifelong summer resident of Lake George, with family roots that date back to the early 1800’s for his family property in Dunham Bay. He and his wife, Renée, reside on Assembly Point. The two of them met on Lake George when Tom was 10 years old. They have two sons, Thomas and Andrew, both of whom grew up as summer residents on Lake George. Andrew recently completed renovation of “Mellowstone,” one of the historic structures in the Joshua Rock compound in Dunham Bay that was the library of Edward Eggleston, Tom’s great-great-grandfather and a renowned Lake George author. Tom practices law in Albany and has significant experience with environmental and land use issues in the Lake George Basin and elsewhere. Early on in his career, he handled a number of cases involving development projects on Lake George that helped establish valuable precedent restricting development and minimizing environmental impacts. These cases helped to establish standards for visual assessments of projects and limitations on pesticide usage. In 1987, he was one of the lead authors of legislation and regulations that overhauled the Lake George Park Commission, providing the Park Commission with many powers and authorities – some of which remain underutilized to date – to regulate issues of importance to the future of Lake George. He also helped to author regulations for the Park Commission, including the regulation that designates Lake George and the shoreline of Lake George as a Critical Environmental Area under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act. Tom is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and Albany Law School.  He has been recognized for his achievements in environmental and energy law fields by the Best Lawyers in America®, Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Top Lawyers, and Strathmore’s Who’s Who. He was selected as the 2010 Professional of the Year by Strathmore’s Who’s Who in the field of environmental law and has been rated AV, Preeminent, by Martindale Hubbell. Tom is a regular speaker regarding issues pertaining to environmental and energy law.

I. ROBERT WOLGIN

Ike first came to Lake George as a child when his family stayed at Canoe Island Lodge for a few weeks each summer. Ike moved permanently to Bolton Landing in the early 1980s. He is a principal of Waverly Management, a Philadelphia-based developer of commercial real estate and multi-family housing. Ike owned and operated the Lake George Kayak Company from 1997 to 2017. He was the developer, partner of the Sagamore Hotel from 1983 to 2008, and developer, owner, operator of Champlain Spinners Hydro, a power company, from 1990 to 2005. In addition to supporting numerous environmental and cultural activities in the Lake George and broader Adirondack region, he contributes his time and experience as a board member with the Lake George Land Conservancy and Hudson Headwater Health Network. Ike is a graduate of Boston University School of Management.  In addition to his business and non-profit activities, Ike enjoys canoeing, kayaking, skiing and other recreational activities throughout the Lake George and Adirondack region.

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