New Staff Added to Adirondack Nonprofits –

Here’s a look at recent new hires at nonprofits in the Adirondack region:

Adirondack Council hires Blake Neumann as clean water advocate

The Adirondack Council announced another significant addition to its growing conservation team, Blake Neumann, who will fill the newly created role of Clean Water Advocate.


Blake Neumann, who will take on the newly created position of Clean Water Advocate at the Adirondack Council. Photo provided

Neumann will work with local partners to develop and implement water quality protection and aquatic invasive species management strategies for Lac Raquette and surrounding watersheds.

“This is a big step for the Adirondack Council and the park,” said general manager William C. Janeway. “Our main office in Essex County allows our staff to keep tabs on what’s happening in the Lake Champlain and Hudson River watersheds, but not so easy to interact with scientists, advocates and residents of the northwestern Adirondack Mountains, where lakes and rivers flow into Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. We are also concerned about the future of the Moose River and the Fulton Chain Lakes. We are delighted that our supporters have allowed us to assign full time staff to this vital task.

“It’s easy to forget how big Adirondack Park really is,” Janeway said. “It’s bigger, for example, than Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined. It is therefore essential that the largest environmental organization in the Park is physically present in several places. We have wanted to spread out in Raquette Lake and the Old Forge / Inlet area for some time.

Neumann comes to the Adirondack Council from Green Bay, Wisc., Where he was working on water quality projects with The Nature Conservancy. There, he worked to close funding gaps and guide strategic planning of flood resilience measures at the watershed scale.

Neumann also brings expertise from his work to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, where he coordinated research and outreach activities. Neumann holds an MA in Water Resources and Wetland Studies from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and an MA in Public Administration and Environmental Policy from Syracuse University.

Derek Rogers Joins Adirondack Land Trust Staff

KEENE – Derek Rogers has joined the staff of the Adirondack Land Trust as Director of Stewardship. In this role, he will work to involve people in the value and benefits of protected lands, and to help landowners maintain and improve conserved lands in partnership with the land trust.

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Derek Rogers joined the staff of the Adirondack Land Trust as Manager of Stewardship. Photo provided

Rogers has worked in conservation for over 15 years. His deep passion for bird conservation in particular has helped him connect people with nature as the Director of Reserves for The Nature Conservancy on Long Island and most recently as Director of Development for Champlain Area Trails. Derek has led birding and conservation tours in eastern New York City and Central and South America.

Her dedication to birding and conservation extends to her roles as volunteer and citizen science leadership. He sits on the Board of Audubon of upstate New York and has volunteered with the Cornell Ornithology Lab’s eBird program for over ten years as a regional quality reviewer for birds. data for the Adirondacks, Long Island and region. As a voting member of the New York State Avian Records Committee, he also helped The Kingbird, a quarterly journal devoted to the preservation and understanding of the ornithological history of New York State.

A former student of SUNY Plattsburgh, Rogers is delighted to be in the north of the country working to conserve this vibrant landscape. He lives in Willsboro with his wife and two daughters.

The mission of the Adirondack Land Trust is to forever conserve the forests, farmlands, waters and wilderness that enhance the quality of life of our communities and the ecological integrity of the Adirondacks. The land trust has protected 26,710 acres since its founding in 1984.

Bellingham and Cavanagh join the Adirondack Foundation team
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Lori Bellingham assumes the role of Vice President of Community Impact at the Adirondack Foundation. Photo provided.

LAKE PLACID – The Adirondack Foundation recently welcomed two new staff members to its team: Lori Bellingham and Katie Cavanagh.

“The Adirondack Foundation relies on its dynamic and passionate staff to serve the needs of the communities in our region,” said Cali Brooks, President and CEO of the Adirondack Foundation. “We cover a huge geographic area – working with nonprofits of all sizes and with donors who want to make a difference, which means we have to be ready to seize the opportunity. Lori and Katie will help us do just that.

Bellingham returns to the Adirondacks with a strong background in community work that began with City Year, an educational nonprofit in Boston dedicated to helping students and schools succeed.

From there, she focused on rural Colorado communities, where she worked at the El Pomar Foundation and the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. She brings her experience in senior communications, marketing and development, with a proven history in the philanthropic sector.

Bellingham steps into the role of Vice President of Community Impact.

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Katie Cavanagh is now the Adirondack Foundation Office Administrator and Grants Assistant. Photo provided

“Nonprofits and other community institutions reflect both the need and the promise of a community,” Bellingham said. “I look forward to using my experience to help Adirondack communities deliver on this promise. “

Cavanagh comes to the Adirondack Foundation with a unique skill set, having served as a corporate sales representative at Estée Lauder Companies and most recently as a closing coordinator and title paralegal at a real estate law firm. in Lake Placid. She attended SUNY Oneonta, where she studied fashion merchandising, including a semester abroad in Italy at the University of the Arts in Florence.

In addition, she recently completed her certification as a health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Cavanagh is now the office administrator of the Adirondack Foundation and the grants assistant.

“I love the Adirondack region,” Cavanagh said. “I am honored to go to work every day in an organization that seeks to make a difference in our communities.

Heart Network welcomes a new school coordinator

SARANAC LAKE – The Heart Network recently welcomed Andrew Cassata as the school coordinator of its Building Healthy Schools and Communities (CHSC) program.

In her new role, Cassata will provide planning, implementation, outreach and other services supporting school partners in Franklin County. The CHSC program aims to increase access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity in schools, communities and child care settings.


The Heart Network recently welcomed Andrew Cassata as the School Coordinator of its Building Healthy Schools and Communities (CHSC) program. Photo provided

“I am honored to have the opportunity to support our school system,” Cassata said. “Nutrition and physical activity are absolutely essential for the social and emotional growth of students.

Cassata came to the Adirondacks in 2016 to attend Paul Smith’s College, studying sustainability and business development. He now operates his own farming and sustainable land development business in his spare time. Cassata has been involved in the agriculture and food production community since 2010, with a particular passion for education and infrastructure development.

In her spare time, Cassata enjoys paddling, fishing, hiking and woodworking with her fiancé.

“People are at the heart of our work at Heart Network,” said Ann Morgan, Executive Director of the Heart Network. “To carry out our programming in a large rural area, we need committed people who care about the success of our schools and our communities. We are so grateful that Andrew brings his passion and dedication to our team.

In addition to the CHSC, the Heart Network also administers the Health Systems for a Tobacco Free North Country program, which aims to advance the efforts of health care providers to identify and treat nicotine dependence in their patients in healthcare settings. medical and behavioral health, and in the North Country Chronic Disease Prevention Coalition, a network of healthcare providers, community organizations and other regional stakeholders working to replicate and scale up diabetes prevention programs based on evidence across the North Country.

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