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.

Rich Kroes, Chair
Lake Placid, NY

Rich is Senior Director of Global Sustainability at Oracle Corporation and the former Director of Finance and Information Technology at the Crowne Plaza Resort and Golf Club in Lake Placid. He is passionate about education and youth sports and is a former coach and board member of the Lake Placid Youth Athletic Association and Tri-Lakes Youth Lacrosse.

Joseph Steiniger, CFP, Vice Chair
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.

Lawson Prince Allen, Trustee

Gallery instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Psychotherapist.  Retired school counselor at the Rivers School in Weston, MA. Vice President, Corporate Director’s Group, A.C. Allen & Co.  Board member, College for Every Student. Retired Board Member of The Posse Foundation, The Mountain School in Vershire, VT and  Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT. With husband Clint, has an endowed scholarship fund for students in Essex and Willsboro at Adirondack Foundation.

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, Treasurer
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.

Margot Ernst, Trustee
North Hudson/NYC

Retired Curator and Associate Director of the Japan Society Gallery. Volunteer leadership roles include(d) the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York, National Audubon, Island Press, National Public Radio, Audubon NY, Adirondack Museum. Family Donor Advised Fund at Adirondack Foundation.

Reg Gignoux, Trustee
Lake Placid/Shelburne, VT

For more than 30 years, the Principal in a private firm which has provided early-stage venture capital and counsel to small emerging companies located in the northern tier of New England and NY. The goal has always been to have them acquired by larger corporations once they have received sustainable maturity. To that end, he has served on the Boards of more than 20 enterprises. Currently, Reg serves as an outside advisor for a Vermont-based venture capital fund.

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. 

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.   

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.

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.

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.

Craig Weatherup, Trustee
Bay Pond Park, Paul Smiths

Began his PepsiCo career in 1974, running Pepsi’s business in Japan. He then ran much of Pepsi’s international business over the next ten years, before spending the 15 years as CEO of Pepsi’s North American business and the Worldwide beverage business. He finished his PepsiCo career as the founding Chairman and CEO of the Pepsi Bottling Group. Today Mr. Weatherup is a Trustee of Arizona State University and sits on the Advisory Council of Saint Vincent de Paul. He served as a director of Macy's, Starbucks, and PepsiCo. He also served as a trustee of Tuskegee University and Carnegie Hall. Has participated in the Adirondack Funders Collaborative and has established an unrestricted fund with the Foundation. 

Nancy Wolcott, Trustee
Keene Valley/Haverford, PA

Nancy retired from a career in banking and now serves on the boards of two mutual funds; Lincoln Variable Insurance Products Trust and Fund Vantage Trust. She is a current director of the Village Foundation and the Village, a social services agency focused on child welfare and behavioral health in Philadelphia. Previous volunteer activities include serving as trustee and board chair of the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Foundation, and the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.  She is a former trustee of the Agnes Irwin School, YMCA - Greater Chicago and YMCA - Greater Philadelphia.     


Holly Wolff, Secretary
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.