Directors



AT-LARGE

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Michael Thomas


Michael Thomas

Michael (Mike) and his wife Lynn have had a home on Keuka Lake since 2007 and also have a residence in Doylestown, PA. The extended Thomas family includes adult children Erin and Brian and many in-laws, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews-all of whom love the Lake and all it has to offer.
Mike is originally from upstate NY and enjoys outdoor activities, especially cycling, golf, boating and skiing. He has lived in France, Seattle and Switzerland for work and education, but considers Keuka Lake to be “home base” and one of the most beautiful spots in North America. Mike has worked in the vaccines industry and vaccine non-profit sectors in business and technical positions, including at Merck, GSK and Gavi. He holds degrees in chemistry and business from The University of Scranton and The University of Pennsylvania.  

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PULTENEY

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Doug DeFranco


Doug DeFranco

Doug is a native of Cleveland Ohio and came to New York to attend RIT. Doug and his wife Megan are both RIT graduates where they met. Doug and Megan found their spot on Keuka Lake in the town of Pulteney back in 2000, and since then have enjoyed spending summers on Keuka along with their two sons, Jason and Nathan.

Doug has held various positions throughout his 35 year career at UPS and currently is a Corporate Sales Development Manager. Doug has returned to the Board of the KLA in 2019 after previously serving from 2010-2016. In Doug’s previous tenure, he chaired the communications committee.

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WAYNE

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Wayne Hand


Wayne Hand

Wayne, and his wife Chris, have been regular visitors and boaters on Keuka Lake for more than 40 years, owned lakeshore property since 2004 and been full time residents on the lake in the Town of Wayne for the past 10 years.
They have two grown sons who currently reside in New Mexico and Vermont, but return regularly with their families to vacation at one of their favorite places, Keuka Lake.
• BS and MS in Industrial Engineering from University of Buffalo and Rutgers University.
• Retired from Corning Inc. after lengthy career in engineering, manufacturing, consulting, and project management working in many worldwide manufacturing plant locations throughout the US, Asia, Europe, and Mexico with many diverse types of manufacturing processes.
• Previously served on KLA Board of Directors, participated as chair and member of various sub-committees.
• Currently chairs the Town of Wayne Zoning Board of Appeals and regularly volunteers for other town and community initiatives.
• Strong supporter in preserving the health and beauty of Keuka Lake and the surrounding watershed area.

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AT-LARGE

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John Hagreen


John Hagreen

- John Hagreen along with wife, Diane and four children have owned a home on East Lake Road in Urbana for approximately 18 years. When not enjoying Keuka Lake, the Hagreen’ s reside in Honeoye Falls, NY. John is a 1979 graduate of LeMoyne College and has worked for Pitney Bowes Inc. In various capacities for the past 35 years. His most recent position is Major Account Sales Manager. His interests have mostly been very community based with a lot of time and effort spent on the Honeoye Falls Youth Baseball Board along with the Mendon Town Council. The Hagreen’s love Keuka Lake and expect to retire on the lake over the next few years. John is interested in protecting the water quality of the Keuka Lake and the beauty of the watershed. John has been a previous member on the KLA board playing an active role in the membership committee. 

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Wolf Dieter Bush


Wolf Dieter Bush

Dieter started his career with the FWS as a Fisheries Research Biologist, focusing on determining the health and abundance of key fish species in Lakes Erie and Ontario.
He moved to the Gulf of Mexico to help address the federal requirements for protection and restoration of the coastal zones.
Dieter returned to the Great Lakes and focused on native fish species restoration and endangered species protection. In 1990, Dieter opened a new FWS office as Chief of Lakes Erie and Ontario, to support the mission of the four States, Canada, and the International Commissions. He also implemented ecosystem-based studies concerning the health of Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and restoration of Lake Erie.
After the FWS, Dieter joined the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, Washington DC as Director, Interstate Fisheries Management Program for the 15 Coastal States.
After a previous 20yr experience in the Finger Lakes region, Dieter and his wife returned in 2016 and purchased a house on Keuka Lake that is enjoyed by them and their family.
Dieter is very interested in protecting the unique Keuka Lake ecosystem.    

JERUSALEM

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Susan Oliver


Susan Oliver

My family goes back 7 generations in this area, so I guess you™d call me a local. For most of my life I™ve lived on or around Keuka - having grown up in Penn Yan, bringing my family back to Branchport, raising my boys in Hammondsport, and retiring in PY (in the lake home where I grew up). The boys are grown now and, happily, two of them and their families live in the Hammondsport area. The third is in the Boston suburbs.
I took my degrees at Cornell and Alfred U., as a(n), ahem, mature student. During my Masters™ study, I pursued an interest in limnology, conducting a limited research project on nutrients at Keuka inputs and outlet and participating in an early survey of zebra mussels. I taught in Dundee for a number of years " biology, chemistry, physics, mainly, with math, and some science electives thrown in, to keep me on my toes. Later in my career I was offered a position in Westchester Counyt where I remained until retirement.
My concerns about Keuka rise from different perspectives - resident, former vineyardist, and recreationist. The increase in aquatic weeds and muckiness of the bottom, and the algal blooms concern me. It is important that following generations have good water quality and enjoy the lake as we have. I want to take a more active role in preserving our beautiful lake.

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BARRINGTON

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Steve Hicks


Steve Hicks

Steve lives in Harrison, NY and spends much of his summer and free time with his family at the home they purchased on East Lake Rd in 2008. His wife, Mandy (Murphy), was raised in Elmira, NY and spent many summers with friends at Keuka Lake. Steve and Mandy have two children - a daughter and a son.

Since 2009, Steve has served as General Counsel for Ziff Davis - owner and operator of numerous websites including PCMag.com, IGN and Askmen. Before that worked as General Counsel for several tech companies in the NYC area. Previously, Steve worked at a downstate NY law firm and then on the executive staff for New York State Attorney General Dennis Vacco. Steve is an active volunteer in his community, graduated from Le Moyne College in Syracuse NY and has a JD from Albany Law School.

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AT-LARGE

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Catherine Gueli


Catherine Gueli

My desire to serve on the board is based on my appreciation of the beauty and history of Keuka Lake as well as my hope for its future.

My relationship with Keuka Lake began when I was young and spent a very special couple of days on the lake at a friend™s family cottage. This was a fond memory for many years until I was reacquainted with the lake by the generosity of my brother and family and now first-hand as property owner.

These years have brought me to a deep appreciation of the lake and a responsibility to be knowledgeable of its habitat, dynamics and vulnerabilities. I am seeking to become more involved in this responsibility to the lake through the KLA association.

I am looking forward to contributing in the mission to preserve and protect Keuka Lake and its natural beauty for future generations. My primary interest is through protective initiatives and education programs to help residents and visitors appreciate how small actions can add up to help or to harm Keuka Lake.

My career experiences as an Air Force Officer, a Xerox leader of strategy and product offerings and now as a Financial Advisor demonstrate a thread of service, leadership, and results which support my capacity to contribute to the KLA. I have also served as Board President, Vice President and Treasurer of the Camp Stella Maris Board of Directors from 2008 " 2014. I look forward to bringing these interests and experiences together to advance the mission of the Keuka Lake Association and the betterment of the lake we all love.  

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Steve Brigham


Steve Brigham

Originally, Steve was born and raised in the central upstate New York area. Steve has traveled and worked all around the world and for the last 20 years he and his wife Betty have had a home on Keuka Lake. Steve was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for EB Brands, a global consumer products company with world renowned brands. While at EB Brands, Steve also held positions as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer. During his career, Steve has held strategic executive management roles in major companies representing wide-ranging industries such as telecommunications, consumer goods manufacturing, retail, and health-care software development. He has worked with some of the best brand names in their respective industries such as Brookstone, Timberland, Bausch and Lomb, Fays Drugs, Health Care Data Systems and Adaptive Broadband.

Steve received his Bachelor of Science Degrees in Computer Science and Financial Accounting from Syracuse University and his Master of Business Administration from the William E. Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.

Steve and his wife Betty live here year round with their Labrador Retriever, Rowdy and share the joys of living on Keuka Lake through all four seasons with anyone who will listen including their son Marc, his wife Susan and grandson Lucas who reside in Syracuse. They also love entertaining their extended family from the Buffalo/Rochester/Utica areas who know just how lucky we are to call Keuka Lake home.

MILO

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Bill Laffin


Bill Laffin

Bill was born and raised in New England and spend many of summers on lakes throughout that region. His love of lake life and its varied and diversified activities was kindled there. After several years of weekend live aboard sail boating on another Finger Lake, he and his wife, Mary-Ellen, expanded their recreational options and acquired property in Milo in 1993. What was an early 1900’s cottage served them well for many years. Following his retirement from Mobil Oil in late 2001, they began planning for and building a permanent home in Milo. They became full time, year round Milo residents in the spring of 2006.

Prior to joining Mobil, he graduated from The University of Pennsylvania and Florida Institute of Technology. He also spent over 6 years as an officer in the US Army’s artillery and logistics branches to include a tour of duty in Vietnam.

During his years at Mobil, Bill worked primarily in manufacturing and supply chain management. He has experience in global plant start ups, process and business reengineering, total quality management, global integration of supply chains and international joint venture operations.

Since moving to Milo, he also has served on the (former) President’s Advisory Council for Keuka College and currently serves on the Board of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County. Bill was active on the Land Use and Lake Committees of Milo’s first update of its Comprehensive Plan in over 25 years. He has served on the Town of Milo’s Zoning Board of Appeals and chaired it for 2 years.

Bill has previously been on the KLA’s Board, beginning in 2003 and served as KLA President.
Throughout his earlier tenure with the Keuka Lake Association, Bill was involved in many activities to include the start up Finger Lakes Regional Watershed Alliance; the Asian water chestnut pull; co authoring the DEC AIS Spread Prevention Grant and managing the grant for three years.  

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PULTENEY

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Thom Love


Thom Love

Tom retired after 34 years as a Mechanical Engineer in project management at Corning Incorporated. Thom and his wife, Karen, purchased their lake home in 2002 and share a passion for Keuka and protecting water quality. Thom is also a member of the Wine Country Classic Boating Club and the Finger Lakes Boating Museum.

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URBANA

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Ellen Shaw Maceko


Ellen Shaw Maceko

Ellen is a life-long resident of Keuka Lake and is the proud owner of a lake side home that has been in her family for over 50 years and has a strong commitment to Keuka. Ellen currently owns the Shaw Insurance Agency in Hammondsport and serves on the Boards of the GHCM and the Hammondsport Chamber of Commerce. Ellen interests are distance walking, bird-watching, boating, yoga and paddle boarding. Ellen has one daughter working as a lawyer for the NYS Senate Majority Counsel's Office in Albany.  

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Sam Pennise


Sam Pennise

Sam was born in Fairport, NY, attended McQuaid High School, graduated from St. John Fisher College with a degree in biology and obtained his dental degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Following service in the US Air Force, Sam and his wife Terry settled in The Finger Lakes and after two years of working as an associate in several dental practices, they selected Hammondsport as the place to work, live and raise their 3 children. Since opening his dental office in Hammondsport (1980) and Terry opening her gourmet and gift shop, The Cinnamon Stick (1983), he has found the Finger Lakes area, especially Keuka Lake, to be a very special place to live and work. After 30 years of living in the Village of Hammondsport, Sam and Terry were fortunate to be able to build a new home on Keuka Lake's Eastside.
Sam's love of the Keuka Lake area has led him to serve on a wide variety of community organizations, including Hammondsport Village Board, Taylor Foundation Board, Keuka Health Care Foundation, Fred and Harriett Taylor Library Board of Trustee, Greater Hammondsport Area Chamber of Commerce, Steuben County Dental Society, and Finger Lakes Boating Museum Trustee.
As a KLA Board member, Sam feels it is the opportunity to help learn more about our greatest asset and help protect the beauty and purity of Keuka Lake for future generations to enjoy.

WAYNE

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Nancy Feinstein


Nancy Feinstein

Nancy and her husband Bill have owned their home in Hammondsport, Town of Wayne, since 2002 and have resided there full time since 2004. After many years of enjoying time with family on Keuka Lake, Nancy and Bill both continue to be passionate about preserving the beauty and health of Keuka Lake and the surrounding watershed areas. The health of the lake is critical for the the well-being and enjoyment of current and future generations in this area and beyond.

Nancy earned her BSN nursing degree at SUNY Albany, NY and a Masters Degree from Catholic University in Washington, DC. She then earned her PhD in clinical nursing at the University of Rochester in 2000. Nancy Feinstein is a founding partner and VP of COPE for HOPE, Inc., a company focused on helping parents and families experiencing complex pregnancies and premature birth, resulting in improved parent confidence and mental health, earlier hospital discharge for premature infants, and decreased medical costs. Clients have included hospitals across the US, and in Switzerland and England. Prior to devoting fulltime work to COPE for HOPE, Inc., Nancy spent her career in clinical practice, teaching, and conducting intervention research to promote health and coping for families, funded in part by the National Institute of Health. She is an author and co-author on multiple evidence-based peer reviewed articles and papers. She has developed educational programs and served on national
committees for the Association of Women's Health and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN).

Nancy also served for 9 years as a Trustee for Keuka College in Penn Yan, NY. She volunteers in the winter months for the Caring Kitchen in the Delray, FL community. She recently completed training at the Finger Lakes Institute and is participating in a pilot program to increase identification of invasive species in the Finger Lakes. Her other passions include spending time with her family (including her two sons, daughter-in-law and grandchildren), friends, photography, golf, pickle ball, and cycling in the Finger Lakes region with her favorite ride being around the beautiful shores of Keuka Lake.

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BARRINGTON

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Scott Drake


Scott Drake

Scott and his wife Mary Beth purchased their Keuka home in 2001 living there May until October and then reside in Elmira. Scott and Mary Beth enjoy everything about Keuka, from boating through scuba diving. Scott retired in 2011 from Elmira Police Department after 21 years of service. Scott and Mary Beth have one daughter currently in University.

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JERUSALEM

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Tim Cutler


Tim Cutler

Tim and his wife, Janette, reside on Vine Road on the Bluff in the Town of Jerusalem. Together they have six children and eight grandchildren. Tim and Janette enjoy home winemaking, boating in the summer on Keuka Lake, travel to Italy and spending time with family and friends. They also enjoy the wineries and growing number of social/cultural activities around Keuka Lake and nearby Finger Lakes.
Tim was born in Portland, Maine and grew up in Massachusetts. He holds a BS degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, a PhD in Photo-chemistry and Physics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and Business Certification from the University of California at Berkeley. He directed scientists in the fields of Imaging Science and Remote Sensing with Kodak, ITT Corporation and Exelis (now Harris Corporation) working closely with major U.S. National Security Intelligence organizations.
Since retiring in 2013, Tim joined the adjunct faculty at Keuka College teaching leadership, statistics, strategic management, decision making, information systems, international finance and international management in both graduate and undergraduate programs. He spent 16 months as interim County Planner for Yates County and chairs the Planning Board for the Town of Jerusalem. On behalf of the Keuka Watershed Improvement Cooperative (KWIC) and acting as a KLA member, Tim was also active in writing the DEC Grant for controlling Starry Stonewort as a serious invasive species in Keuka Lake environs.

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MILO

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Nonie Flynn


Nonie Flynn

Nonie Flynn holds a BS in BA and serves as the Yates County Administer. Growing up in Penn Yan, her family has owned a home on Keuka since the 1930s. After many years in Rochester and the graduation of her son from College she bought her own home on Keuka. Interests are to preserve and protect Keuka while enjoying swimming, snorkeling, water skiing. Kayaking and ice skating.

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CONSULTANT

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Tim Sellers, PhD


Tim Sellers, PhD

Tim is the Associate Provost at Keuka College. He is also the creator and Director of the Center for Aquatic Research at the College and a Professor of Biology and Environmental Science. He has been conducting aquatic research on Keuka and the other Finger Lakes for the last 14 years and has collaborated with many researchers across the region. Tim’s specialty is plankton and systems modeling.

He is a Vice President on the Board of Trustees for the Finger Lakes Museum. Tim holds a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder; an MS in Biology and PhD in Environmental Biology from the University of Louisville, and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in oceanography from Texas A&M University.

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ADVISOR

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Laura Bailey, AIS Advisor


Laura Bailey, AIS Advisor

Laura grew up in Penn Yan, where her childhood growing up on the family farm and adventures outdoors in the Finger Lakes region fostered a strong connection to and sense of stewardship for the natural environment, which influenced her education and career path in the environmental sciences. She received her BS degree in Forest Ecosystem Science from the State of NY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry (SUNY ESF). While attending college, Laura spent her summers working as coordinator of the KLA’s watercraft steward program in 2015 and 2016 and is once again working with KLA in her position as Natural Resources Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County. 

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