Advisory Council

The Advisory Council supports Adirondack Foundation by understanding our vision, mission, strategy, and direction. Members provide consultation for grantmaking, identify people or organizations who would be interested in Adirondack Foundation, monitor local media for stories about community needs and philanthropy, and host gatherings for neighbors and colleagues to learn more about Adirondack Foundation.


  • Timothy Barnett, Saratoga/Westport. Founding executive director of the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. He’s been the recipient of numerous awards—Founder’s Award, Adirondack Museum; Conservationist of the Year, Environmental Advocates of New York.
  • Sally Bogdanovitch, Paul Smiths. Associate Professor of Forestry, Paul Smith’s College, Managing Partner, T.O.M.E., LLC. Affiliations: Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, Adirondack Nature Conservancy/ Adirondack Land Trust, Baker Institute for Animal Health, Cornell University, Empire State Forest Products Association, Center for Northern Woodlands Education, Society of American Foresters, Essex County Adirondack Club, Adirondack High Peaks Dog Training Club.
  • Jennifer Booth, Plattsburgh. Retired Medical Information Administrator - most recently Director of Medical Information Services at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center. Affiliations: ordained Elder and Deacon at First Presbyterian Church, Plattsburgh, volunteer CVPH Medical Center, AARP Volunteer Tax Counseling for the Elderly, Girl Scouts of Northeast New York, Samaritan Family Counseling Center, Plattsburgh Interfaith Food Shelf, Friends of the Plattsburgh Library and past president of the Plattsburgh YMCA Board of Directors.
  • Charles Carroll, Loon Lake. Senior Vice President, retired - AXA Group/Technology Services. Affiliations: Adirondack Health Board of Trustees, Pendragon Theatre Finance Committee.
  • Linda Cohen, Old Forge. Former owner of the Old Forge Hardware. Affiliations: Great Camp Sagamore and Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties. Author of Old Forge, Gateway to the Adirondacks.
  • Annette Craig, Wanakena. Retired from an arts in education institute.  Affiliations:  Wilderness Health Care Foundation Board in support of Clifton Fine Hospital, Smart Growth Committee Co-Chair which administers grants in the Clifton Fine area such as: the Damoth Fund, the Clifton-Fine Community Fund and Local Waterfront Revitalization Grants from the Department of State. 
  • Kim Elliman, Tupper Lake (Ampersand), NYC. CEO of the Open Space Institute Formerly, the Managing Director of Barrett Associates, Inc., the General Partner of Elmrock Group, and the President of Gray, Seifert, & Co., an investment management company. He was also the Director of Fresh Fields Market, Director & Chairman of Piggly Wiggly Southern, and the President of the Overhills Group.
  • Matt McArdle, Malone/Tupper Lake. Partner, Fischer, Bessette, Muldowney & Hunter,  focusing on estate planning, corporate law, real estate, litigation, appeals, personal injury, and general litigation. Prior to joining the Firm, Matthew clerked for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department in Albany. He is a board member of the Greater Malone Community Fund at Adirondack Foundation, co-founder and board member of the Franklin County Down Syndrome Society, and coaches youth sports.
  • Karen Meltzer, Brant Lake/New York City. Owner/director of Brant Lake Camps. Affiliations: past VP of American Camping Association, Association of Independent Camps, Vacamas Programs for Youth, trustee of the Adirondack Council, and Brant Lake Foundation.
  • Annette Merle-Smith, Keene Valley/Princeton, NJ. Annette is a community leader in the best sense in both places, well known for her engagement and philanthropy. She is deeply involved with Penn Museum Board of Overseers and the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project, to name a few.
  • Peter Paine, Willsboro. Partner, retired, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton; chairman, Champlain National Bank; board member, The Adirondack Nature Conservancy and Adirondack Land Trust; trustee emeritus, New York State Nature Conservancy; founding board member and general counsel, The Lake Champlain Committee (1963 to 2005); chairman of the board, Fort Ticonderoga; president, Boquet Foundation.
  • Wendy Pierce, Tupper Lake (Big Wolff), Buffalo. Past and current organizational commitments include WNY Women'sFoundation, The Park School of Buffalo, Planned Parenthood of Buffalo and Erie County, Hallwalls, Western New York Grantmakers Association, Child and Family Services, Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation, Young Audiences of WNY, Elmwood Village Association, and others.
  • Julia Race. Julia lives and works in Malone.  She recruits doctors for Alice Hyde Memorial Hospital.  Her husband Nathan is on our Malone Community Fund’s committee.  She is raising three young children.
  • Ben Strader, Blue Mountain Lake. Managing Director, Blue Mountain Center. Affiliations: Board of Indian Lake Theater (President); Adirondack Non-Profit Network (Advisory Board); Blue Mountain Lake Volunteer Fire Department (Secretary); Indian Lake Planning Board.