Our promise

We listen. Our staff members are as much a part of our asset base as our investments. From serving on community panels, to board membership, to site visits, our staff is there on the ground, yet can also see the big picture. With a broader view we celebrate the bright spots and help identify the gaps. Neighbor to neighbor engagement enables us to learn and to share our knowledge in turn.

Cali Brooks, President & CEO
Lake Placid, NY

After working with nonprofit organizations in Southeast Asia, Central America and the United States, Cali returned to the Adirondacks on the staff of the HKH Foundation where she conducted a survey to assess the economic, social, cultural and environmental strengths of the Adirondack region. She then joined the Public Affairs office of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and co-founded the Wildlife Conservation Society's Adirondack Communities and Conservation Program. She has a BA from the Evergreen State College and master's degree from The School for International Training. Email: cali@adkfoundation.org.

Melissa Eisinger, Vice President
Keene, NY

Melissa has more than three decades’ experience in donor relations and administration in the nonprofit realm.  Prior to joining Adirondack Foundation, she was with the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and Adirondack Land Trust for 20 years and before that Nightingale-Bamford School, Choate-Rosemary Hall and Emma Willard School. She serves on the board of the Bruce L. Crary Foundation and the Northern Forest Atlas Foundation. Email: mel@adkfoundation.org

Beth Benson, Director of Finance
Saranac Lake, NY

A NYS Certified Public Accountant, Beth served as accountant for the USA Luge Association for ten years. Prior to that, she worked for the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation and as a staff accountant for Douglas L. Hoffman and Associates. She brings her years  of experience and high enthusiasm to the job. Her affiliations include the Saranac Lake Free Library, Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY, Lake Placid Curling Club and the High Peaks Ringers. Email: beth@adkfoundation.org

Andrea Grout, Program Officer
Lake Placid, NY

Andrea's passion for the Adirondack region, the arts, volunteerism and her many years of experience with nonprofits bring a unique perspective to the community foundation. Just before joining ACT, Andrea worked at the Adirondack Museum in   Blue Mountain Lake in the Marketing & Membership Departments, then as Special Events Coordinator. Previously, Andrea has also worked as a floral designer, wedding planner and as an art educator. She volunteers for many community organizations including Lake Placid Elementary School FRIENDS, Lake Placid Village Clean Up and many others. Andrea has a BFA from State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Email: andrea@adkfoundation.org

Chris Morris, Communications Officer
Saranac Lake, NY

Chris oversees marketing, advertising, and public relations, as well as management of Adirondack Gives, our crowdfunding website for community organizations, nonprofits, classrooms, and charities. He also coordinates the Youth Exchange program for the Adirondack Diversity Advisory Council, and the Emerging Leaders program of the Adirondack Nonprofit Network. Before joining the nonprofit sector, he worked as a journalist, covering community news in the North Country for North Country Public Radio, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, and several other media outlets. As a volunteer, he serves on the boards of Dewey Mountain Recreation Center in Saranac Lake, and Albany's Youth Ed-Venture & Nature Network. Email: chris@adkfoundation.org

Megan Murphy, Director, Adirondack BT3 Alliance
New Russia, NY

Megan has a background in program development and delivery, developing regional collaboratives, community assessment, and strategic planning. She comes to Adirondack Foundation from Adirondack Health Institute (AHI) where she oversaw programs to improve health and quality of life in our communities. Prior to AHI, Megan worked at Adirondack Health, New York University Press, and a British NGO in Moscow, Russia. She has a BA from Fordham University and completed the Art of International Bread Baking at the French Culinary Institute. Megan sits on the North Country Healthy Heart Network Board, Adirondack Health’s Ethics Committee, and is a North Country SPCA volunteer. Email: megan@adirondackbt3.org