Conserving Land • Protecting Resources
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Kristina Younger, President
Sally Lawrence, Vice President
Bob Crowley, Treasurer
Paul Schroeder, Secretary
Nick Conrad, Executive Committee

Fred Alm
Lynn Bogan
Carl Cipperly
Joseph Durkin
David Gaskell
Eric Kiel
Scott Morley
Thomas Phillips
Allan Stern

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Fran Egbert, Outings Committee Chair
Hal Howard, Board Advisor

Fred AlmFred Alm, Troy

Fred has always derived a sense of spiritual replenishment from his time in natural surroundings, especially around water. He considers organizations like the Rensselaer Land Trust to be an important counter­balance to the pressures to develop land, which in many cases is conducted with only profit in mind, and with no concern for the impact on the future.

Carl CipperlyCarl Cipperly

Carl, a former dairy farmer, owns a diversified 710 acre farm (650 owned, 60 rented) in Hoosick Falls raising for sale, hay, corn, oats, beef, dairy replacements, pigs, turkeys, maple syrup, timber, and firewood. Fruits and vegetables are grown for family usage. He does his own butchering and meat processing for his family.

Carl is a 35 year active member of the West Hoosick Fire Department, currently serving as a truck lieutenant and Chairman of the Board of Directors. He also serves on the Town Hoosick’s Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board and is the President of the Tri-co Holstein Club.

He represents the Rensselaer Land Trust on Rensselaer County’s Agriculture & Farmland Protection Board, and the Environmental Management Council.

His hobbies include attending farm auctions, fairs and farm shows, and sporting events.

Nick Conrad copyNick Conrad, Cropseyville

Nick Conrad recently finished six years as the Land Trust’s Board President. His day job is managing and delivering information about rare plants and animals for the New York Natural Heritage Program. Nick has been on the Rensselaer Land Trust's board for 18 years, and has served as Vice President, Chair of the Outings Committee and the Acquisition Committee, and has led many hikes and programs for the Land Trust. He also serves on the board of the Friends of the Dyken Pond Center. Nick and his wife Liz McLean live in Cropseyville.

bob CrowleyBob Crowley, Poestenkill

Bob Crowley’s involvement with Rensselaer Land Trust began in 2010 when he volunteered for the Tomhannock Reservoir clean up. Since then, he has participated in several other Land Trust service projects especially at the Staalesen Preserve in Troy. Bob grew up in Hoosick Falls, graduated from Union College and the Graduate School of Public Affairs at SUNY Albany, and spent time in the Peace Corps in West Africa. While retired from New York State, where he worked in the Budget Division and Department of Transportation, he stays busy with church activities, nurturing his old house in Poestenkill, and trying to convince himself to restore the 1939 Plymouth truck in his garage.

Joe Durkin2Joe Durkin, Eagle Mills

Joe graduated from SUNY Cortland in 1975 and Albany Law School in 1982. From 1983 to 2005 he worked at NYS Dormitory Authority in the Counsel’s Office, after which he spent seven years as Director of Real Property Services for the Dormitory Authority. .

Joe’s career at the Dormitory Authority taught him the importance of organizations, government and the private sector working together for the common good. He worked on bond issues, construction projects and real estate that provided facilities for SUNY, CUNY, community colleges, the Office of Mental Health, the Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, and not­for­profit colleges and hospitals. These transactions and projects resulted in increased access to education and health care for all.

Growing up on Long Island, Joe experienced the benefits of living in small­scale urban communities, along with the difficulties of life that revolved around traffic and long commutes. He moved to Rensselaer County because of the blend of small­scale urban living and easy access to the Adirondack and Green Mountains, surrounding lakes, and rural countryside. Joe works to preserve the balance between the urban and rural living he enjoys in Rensselaer

david gaskell may 2015 copyDavid Gaskell, West Sand Lake

David became involved with the Land Trust when he donated the original 29­acre parcel that anchors the now 85­acre Kinderhook Preserve. A lifelong lover of the land and forestry, David brings a world of practical experience to conservation in Rensselaer County.

 

kiel eric 9885Eric Kiel, Troy

Eric grew up in Western New York and moved to Troy, NY after graduating from SUNY Brockport with a degree in Communications Broadcasting.  He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys cycling, hiking in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter.

As an avid cyclist, Eric enjoys riding his bike throughout Rennselaer County, always excited of finding new routes and pleasant rest areas.  Once Eric found out about the Rennselaer Land Trust, he was excited to help educate and preserve land in his backyard.

Sally LawrenceSally Lawrence, Averill Park

Sally grew up in a horse family on Long Island and loves animals and nature. Her childhood household always had several cats and multiple dogs running around, and of course, a horse or two. She has been a teacher all her life. As a teenager she taught Red Cross swimming and scuba­diving to young kids, as well as doing a lot of babysitting.

Her entire career has been in higher education, as a teacher in high school and then as a professor in several different colleges. She served as a dean and a vice president of academic affairs for 25 years at Sage before retiring in June 2010. Prior to Sage, she served in teaching and administrative positions at SUNY Albany, Union College, and Schenectady Community College. She supports numerous animal protection and conservation organizations and does a lot of hiking, camping, canoeing, and gardening. She lives with her husband in Averill Park and enjoys working with the Rensselaer Land Trust, where she serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors.

Scott MorleyScott M. Morley, Niskayuna

Scott is an attorney with the Troy law firm of Martin, Shudt, Wallace, DiLorenzo & Johnson. Scott focuses his practice on corporations, vehicle and traffic, landlord/tenant, real estate and health care law.

He has served on a number of community boards, including serving as the President of the Kiwanis Club of Troy, the Executive Board of the Twin Rivers Council, and the Boy Scouts of America. Scott has always enjoyed the outdoors, and his participation in the Twin Rivers Council not only involved outdoor activities but also stewardship of Camp Rotary in Poestenkill. These connections with the land attracted him to the Rensselaer Land Trust. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Brown School in Schenectady.

Scott is a graduate of Paul Smiths College, University of Albany, and Thomas Cooley Law School. From 1988­ to 1994, he served with the United States Marine Corps. He lives in Colonie, NY with his wife and two sons.

 

Tom Phillips PineSwamp 2 16 2014 3Tom Phillips, Schodack

When I was a young boy I accompanied my grandfather, an avid botanist, on numerous field trips and developed a strong interest in Natural History. I inherited his love of plants, particularly those of unique natural habitats such as peat bogs and other wetlands. I currently am an avid student of mosses (Bryology) and Lichens (Lichenology) and have helped with several professional ecologic surveys involving those two groups and have published an article on a state rare Sphagnum species new to Rensselaer County. I have lived in the county for over thirty years and have been a member of the Rensselaer Land Trust for many of those years. As a director, I am interested in promoting the mission of the Land Trust and in identifying and conserving important natural areas in our local communities. During the day I am a veterinarian at Nassau Veterinary Clinic where I am a Fellow in the Veterinary Dental Academy and perform advanced dental procedures for patients from Eastern New York and the adjacent states. I enjoy outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, triathlons, and any outing to explore our area.

paul picPaul Schroeder, West Sand Lake

Although Paul grew up in urban Albany, his family spent a lot of time in the outdoors camping, hiking, and boating. He has always loved the natural world and now rarely a day goes by when he does not walk at least two miles in the woods. A biologist by education and training, Paul soon left that world for the more lucrative occupation of real estate. As a commercial appraiser, he saw firsthand the pressures that development places upon the ecology and aesthetics of the landscapes that surround us. He realized that, without some type of intervention, this trend is a one way street and strategic land protection is one of the best legacies we can leave for future generations.

Allan2Allan Stern,Troy

Allan Stern has lived in Troy since 2008, having previously resided in Boston and Chicago. He loves being in the Capital District; he attended Williams College (where he was a classmate of former Rensselaer Land Trust board member Bob Ingalls) but never had much chance to explore the area and now has the time to do so.

Allan served in the Peace Corps in West Africa, then taught in public schools in inner­city Chicago and later trained teachers in applying computer technology to classroom teaching. 

Now retired, he retains an interest in academic life. His wife Susan Scrimshaw is president of the Sage Colleges and Allan is involved in many college activities. Ask him about his favorite Photoshop technique from his Sage photography class, or the last choral piece he performed with the Sage Singers.

Other interests include cross­country skiing, kayaking, and exploring new roads on his Ducati motorcycle. The Rensselaer Land Trust is a natural fit for his many interests.

Kristina croppedKristina Younger, Grafton

Kristina has been a long­time supporter of Rensselaer Land Trust, but it wasn’t until she retired from her position as Vice President of Business Development for the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) that she had the time to actively volunteer. Jumping in with both feet, she has been helping with grant writing and chairing the Fundraising Committee since 2013 and was elected to be the Land Trust’s Board President in January 2016. Growing up in the Berkshires, she has a BS from Cornell University, and Masters of City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley. She enjoyed a 25­year career as a regional planner in San Francisco and the Capital Region, including service as a Planning Board member in the Town of East Greenbush. With a recently “empty nest,” she and her husband Mark moved to Grafton on Dyken Pond in the fall of 2012, where they wake up every morning saying “we live in paradise.”

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