Board of Trustees

Adirondack Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees that consists of individuals from the business, public, and nonprofit sectors known for their integrity, judgment, and knowledge of regional needs. Trustees are elected to staggered three-year terms in order to ensure a continuous flow of new ideas and to promote public accountability.

Nancy Keet, Chair
Saranac Lake/New York City/Paris

BA in Fine Arts, Fairfield University; Master of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; board member, Adirondack Museum; president, Lake Colby Association; member of the Steering Committee to establish an endowment fund for NCPR's Adirondack News Bureau; assisted with fund development to establish the Judith G. Safe Home in Saranac Lake.

Rich Kroes, Vice Chair
Lake Placid, NY

Director of Product Strategy with Oracle Corporation and the former director of Finance and Information Technology at the Crowne Plaza Resort and Golf Club. He is a coach and committee member with the Lake Placid Youth Athletic Association and Tri-Lakes Youth Lacrosse.

Joseph Steiniger, CFP, Treasurer
Schroon Lake/Poughkeepsie

Joseph is a certified financial planner, serving as Senior Vice President - Investment Officer for the Beechwood Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, based in Poughkeepsie. He also serves on the Board of Directors for The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, which operates two historic theaters and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Joseph serves on the Schroon Lake broadband committee, a volunteer group that received state funding for fiber optic broadband internet service in the town of Schroon.

Susan Waters, Secretary
Saranac Lake, NY

Susan serves on the Board of Directors for the Adirondack Community Housing Trust and the Steering Committee of the Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY Young Women's Leadership Initiative. She is head coach of North Country Community College's Volleyball team, and is coach of Saranac Lake High School's Junior Varsity Volleyball team. She is a former Saranac Lake Village Trustee and served as president of Adirondack Habitat for Humanity as well as executive director for both the Lake Placid Institute and Homeward Bound Adirondacks.




David Brunner, Trustee
Au Sable Forks, NY

David is recently retired from a leadership career with Paribas, the multi-national French bank and financial services company.  He and his wife, Rhonda Butler, now live and farm full time in Ausable Forks at Asgaard Farm.  David is a former Board member of the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and Adirondack Land Trust.

Bill Creighton, Trustee
Ridgefield, Conn. and Lake George, NY

Creighton retired in 2015 following a 35-year career in finance at IBM. There, 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, and most recently vice president of finance for IBM Transformation and Operations.

John Fritzinger, Trustee
Keene Valley/NYC

Attorney, New York City; former board chairman, Adirondack Museum; director and secretary of the Adirondack Landowners Association; former director and secretary of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve.

Barbara Glaser, Trustee
Raquette Lake/Saratoga Springs

President, Linell Lands and Nordlys Foundation. Affiliations: Adirondack Nature Conservancy, Saratoga P.L.A.N., Community Foundation for the Capital Region and Great Camp Sagamore.

Joan Grabe, Trustee
Upper Saranac/Sanibel, FL

Joan heads the Birth to Three Advocates, the group of ambassadors formed to attract private charitable dollars to fund the BT3 Alliance.  An Nursing School alumna, Joan is a Hunter College Foundation Trustee and Chairman of the Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing Advisory Board.   Joan is a trustee of the Adirondack Health System Foundation Board, Adk Action, the Hunter College Foundation Board and the chair of the Hunter College School of Nursing Advisory Board.  She also serves on the committee responsible for selecting recipients of the Joan Tisch Prize for Excellence in Public Health. 

Jerry Hayes, Trustee
Tupper Lake, NY

Attorney of counsel, Fischer Bessette Muldowney & Hunter LLP; board member, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks; volunteer, Tupper Lake Youth Hockey Program; former chair, Adirondack Health.

David Heidecorn, Trustee
Lake Placid/Armonk

Partner of Catterton Partners, a private equity firm; former board member and treasurer, Adirondack Council; former director and treasurer of the Chief's Fund (in association with North Country Camps). 

Lea Paine Highet, Trustee

Lea is a principal in Douglass Winthrop Advisors, LLC. Previously, Lea was a Vice President in the Private Banking Group at U.S. Trust Company, prior to that, an Alumnae Coordinator in the Radcliffe Alumnae Office. She is on the board of the Open Space Institute and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Lea is the President of the Board of The Essex Farm Institute and is the Treasurer of the Coby Foundation. She is a past trustee of the The Chapin School, The St. Bernard’s School and the Museum of the City of New York.   She is Peter Paine’s daughter and, with the Ernsts, a  Best Friends Campaign challenger.

Catherine Johnston, Trustee
Lake Placid

Co-owner of Ruthie's Run. Board service includes Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid Business Association, Lake Placid Horse Show, and the Lake Placid Education Foundation. She is a past member of the Lake Placid Central School District Board of Education.

Claire Love, Trustee
Long Island City/Brandreth

Principal in the New York office of the Boston Consulting Group, having joined the firm in 2008.  She has supported strategy and transformation projects with focus on healthcare, including work in public health. Additionally, Love managed BCG's Strategy Institute for two years and authored six articles on strategy under uncertainty.

Nancy Monette, Trustee
Malone, NY

Nancy’s family owns several North Country businesses, including Adirondack Energy, Mountain Mart convenience stores, Adirondack Propane, Adirondack Waste, Mo’s Pub and Grill, and, most recently, Titus Mountain. In 2014, the Monette family was voted as Business Person of the Year by the North Country Chamber of Commerce. Each year, Nancy’s fund, the Adirondack for Kids Fund, raises more than $100,000 and awards much of it to programs for children across the region.

Bill Owens, Trustee
Plattsburgh, NY

Congressman for U. S. District 21, 2009-2014. Prior to and after government service, partner of the Plattsburgh law firm Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher & Trombley.  Board member, Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and of North Country Thrive, which is partnering with Adirondack Foundation's Birth to Three Alliance.

John Rosenthal, Trustee
Lake Placid, NY/Charlotte, Vt.

President, Lake Placid Education Foundation; Member, NCPR Board; board member emeritus, Lake Placid Land Conservancy; member, Town of North Elba Joint Review Board; former board member, Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and Adirondack Land Trust.

Dick Strowger, Trustee
Keene, NY

Dick is a retired partner of Price Waterhouse in Detroit. Before joining our Board, he assisted with our cost study working group, helping Adirondack Foundation staff analyze data and manage our budget process. He is also a trustee of Adrian College and the Seldon Trust, and formerly executive director of the Detroit Historical Society. Originally from Buffalo, a graduate of Syracuse University, he spends as much time as possible at his home in Keene.

Holly Wolff, Trustee
Saranac Lake, NY

Retired partner/director, IBM. A recent full-time resident after 30 years visiting, Holly is president of the Pendragon Theatre board and a trustee of Berkshire Choral Institute. Her past affiliations include Chair, United Way of CT, which manages the state's 2-1-1 network; President, The Fairfield County Chorale; and board member, United Way of Western CT.

Cecil Wray, Trustee
Keene/New York City

Retired partner of Debevoise & Plimpton.  He was also an adjunct professor at New York Law School, teaching mergers and acquisitions and a founder, and later president, of the American College of Investment Counsel, an organization of lawyers engaged in major institutional financing transactions.  Former APA commissioner.