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

Russ Cronin, Chief Financial Officer
Tupper Lake, NY

After more than 35 years in banking primarily focused on treasury, corporate finance, and investment management, Russ returned to the Adirondacks and worked as the CFO for St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers. Russ earned his BA in Accountancy from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a Trustee and Treasurer of the Adirondack Health Foundation Board, a Board Member of the Healthy Heart Network and ARISE of Northern NY, and sits on the Adirondack Health Ethics Committee. Email: russ@adkfoundation.org

Connie Prickett, Vice President of Communications & Strategic Initiatives
Wilmington, NY

Connie holds a master’s degree in Environmental Education from Lesley College, a bachelor’s in sociology from Montclair State University, and has more than twenty years of experience working for nonprofits in the Adirondacks. Most recently, she worked for the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, where she held various roles since 1999, including fundraising, communications, marketing, and community engagement. Email: connie@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

Stanzi Bliss, Director of Donor Services/Communications
Lake Placid, NY

Prior to joining the Foundation, Stanzi spearheaded marketing initiatives as Digital Content Fellow at The Wild Center. Previously, she was Senior Digital Marketing Specialist at Adworkshop, where she led the agency’s social media strategy and execution and promoted Adirondack and New York State clients across industries including Travel and Tourism, Hospitality, Finance, Education, Nonprofit, and Health Care. She graduated from St. Lawrence University with a bachelor’s in Economics, Fine Arts, and African Studies and also served as a Community Economic Development Agent in Senegal West Africa for the United States Peace Corps.  Email: stanzi@adkfoundation.org

Janine Scherline, Director of Donor Services/Development
Peru, NY

Janine brings fundraising experience from Mountain Lake PBS and SUNY Plattsburgh. The former Director of Development for Mountain Lake PBS, she oversaw Membership, Major and Planned Giving, and wrote and received many significant grants for the organization. Most recently, she was responsible for seeking support from private foundations on behalf of strategic initiatives as the Associate Director of Development at SUNY Plattsburgh. A trained and professional musician, Janine has been adjunct instructor of clarinet at SUNY Plattsburgh since Fall 2002. She holds a master’s in Clarinet performance from Ithaca College, as well as a bachelor’s in Music Industry from James Madison University. Email: janine@adkfoundation.org

Martha Bullock, Data Management Officer
Lake Placid, NY

Martha Bullock joins Adirondack Foundation as a part-time employee, focused on evaluating and enhancing data collection and reporting to help maximize the philanthropic mission of the Foundation. Martha has a BS in Geosciences from Williams College and an MS in Geological Sciences from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining Adirondack Foundation, Martha worked in project management and database development for the US Army Corps of Engineers at CRREL in Hanover, NH.  Martha serves as a trustee on the boards of the Lake Placid Public Library and Tri-Lakes Youth Lacrosse, and is a member of the advisory board at The Wild Center.  Martha, her husband Dan, and their two children live and play in Lake Placid.