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.
  • Jamie Baxter, Inlet/North Palm Beach. President of Baxter Associates, Inc., a private investment firm. Past Chair of Putnam Fund, Chair of Mutual Fund Directors Forum. Chair Emeritus of the Board of Mount Holyoke College, former board member: Adirondack Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter.
  • 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.
  • Deb Cleary, Plattsburgh. President/CEO, ETS Staffing and Recruiting. Affiliations: Boards of Mountain Lake PBS, Workforce Development, Foundation of CVPH/UVM Health Network.
  • 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.
  • Rebecca S. HessionPaul Smiths/Andover, MA. Director of Track and Field, Phillips Academy. Affiliations: Tufts University Dept. of Urban & Environmental Policy and Planning, boards of Reservations, NOLS Northeast, USA-Track and Field, Oiselle Volée.
  • Bonnie Keet, Saranac Lake. Active member of the BT3 Steering Committee. Member, Point Positive. Trustee, Cloudsplitter Foundation. Co-founder, Children's Discovery Museum in Santa Cruz, among many other civic leadership efforts.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sanford Morhouse, Ticonderoga/NYC. Attorney, Schulte, Roth, Zabel. Born in Keene, raised in Ticonderoga. Chair of Fort Ticonderoga and Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance. 
  • 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.
  • Maxine Perry, Plattsburgh. Tenant relations coordinator for the Plattsburgh Housing Authority, a post-retirement position she took on after realizing she was bored at home.  Her career included legal and community advocacy for  the STOP Domestic Violence program at Behavioral Services North.  Her community involvement includes coordinating Martin Luther King Jr Celebrations, chairing the Human Rights Commission in Clinton County, leadership in the RSVP program to help elders at home and Literacy Volunteers.
  • 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.
  • Susan Waters, Saranac Lake. Board of Directors of Adirondack Community Housing Trust, Steering Committee of the Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY Young Women's Leadership Initiative, coach of North Country Community College women’s Volleyball team; former Saranac Lake Village Trustee.
  • Ross Whaley, Upper Saranac Lake. Senior adviser and past administrator, the Adirondack Landowners Association and President of Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station. Former President, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Past Chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency.