Directors



PAST PRESIDENT

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Bill Laffin


Bill Laffin

Bill and his wife Mary-Ellen have been on Keuka Lake since 1993. Following his retirement in 2001 from Mobil Oil Corporation, he and Mary-Ellen began planning their transition to Keuka Lake on a full time basis. In 2006, they relocated to Milo and became full time Keuka Lake residents. He enjoys pouring wine at Keuka Spring Vineyards and has served on the Town of Milo Zoning Board of Appeals, was active on Milo's Comprehensive Plan subcommittees, attended LULA training and was active on the working group that drafted the Keuka Lake Watershed Land Use Guide. Bill is also a member of both the Milo and Yates County Republican Committees. Bill was active in the writing of the grant for the KLA’s Watercraft Steward and Education Outreach Program and will remain active in the administration of the three year grant.

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MILO

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Dick Osgood


Dick Osgood

Dick was born and raised in Penn Yan developing a strong bond to Keuka Lake and the Watershed. Dick attended Clarkson College/Clarkson University graduating in 1966 with a BS in Civil Engineering and earned his NYS Professional Engineers license in 1972. He worked for Bethlehem Steel Corporation and the NYSDOT before returning to Penn Yan to the family construction/contracting business.  Dick ended his engineering career in 2011, after retiring from the Village of Penn Yan as the Director of Public Works.  From 1972 through 2011, Dick also had a private practice designing small onsite sewage treatment systems keeping him very much involved in the Keuka Watershed.

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Michele Rowcliffe


Michele Rowcliffe

• BS Elementary Education from SUNY Geneseo
• Work/live on Keuka Lake since 1998
• District Executive Overnight Camping, YMCA of Greater Rochester
o Oversight of all camping functions of Camp Cory, Keuka Lake
o Oversight of all camping functions of Camp Gorham, Adirondack Mountains
• Wants to share vision of the KLA with others and our new generation

JERUSALEM

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Mike O'Brien


Mike O'Brien

Mike O’Brien and his wife, Chris, reside on West Lake Road in the Town of Jerusalem. Having acquired their property in 1999, they became full time lake residents in 2005. Mike and Chris felt that having a lake home near their children would afford them the opportunity to take advantage of the best things lake living has to offer. Mike likes fishing and touring around the lake and Chris enjoys kayaking. Mike is committed to help in the preservation of this wonderful resource with a special emphasis on preventing hydrofracking from ever getting started anywhere near the Keuka Lake Watershed or any place in the Finger Lakes Region.

Born in Buffalo, New York, Mike graduated from SUNY, Fredonia with a degree in History. He also attended RIT and UR doing graduate work in Computer Science. Mike is an entrepreneur in the Information Technology arena.

He founded a software development firm and an information security company. He has been involved in ownership of a local lacrosse and soccer goals company called In The Crease as well as a slip resistant footwear firm known as Keuka Footwear. Currently, Mike is working on another IT startup called Sensored Life, which helps people monitor their homes using the cellular network. He spent a number of years on the Easter Seals of Rochester Board of Directors, helping with various fundraisers and IT needs. He also served on the Board of the Yates Community Recreation and Resources Center (YCRR) for 5 years.

In addition to lake related activities, Mike enjoys music, golf, bowling, hunting and reading a good novel.

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Chip Murphy


Chip Murphy

Chip has been on Keuka Lake since childhood, where he spent summer vacations at his family cottage. Having grown up in Rochester, NY and West Palm Beach, FL, Chip’s family relocated to Keuka Lake in the late 90’s, where he graduated high school from Penn Yan Academy. He recently purchased a home on East Bluff Drive, where he resides year round.


Chip has a BS degree from the College at Brockport and attended Syracuse University College of Law. He works at Hunt Real Estate in Rochester, NY  Chip enjoys water and snow skiing, boating, traveling, golf, and tennis.

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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Meg W. Cole


Meg W. Cole

    Meg is the Chief Operating Officer and responsible for the general oversight of the United Way Community Campaign, Marketing, Community Investment/Impact work, Student Engagement and Information Services.
    Meg has an MPA with an emphasis on Nonprofit Management and has worked in the nonprofit field for the past 27 years in various staff and volunteer positions including Cornell University Dept. of Horticulture, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ithaca Children's Garden and area schools.
    Meg and her husband Tom have three daughters: Abby recently earned her Master's Degree from Columbia University Teachers College, Ellen received a BS in Biology from Cornell, and Frances studies at Allegheny College.
    Meg and Tom plan to retire on Keuka but until then they are found either at her family home on the West Side or with Tom's parents at The Elms.
    The lake has brought great joy to Meg for her entire life and she looks forward to helping in any way to preserve and protect Keuka Lake and its watershed.

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

WAYNE

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Candy Dietrich


Candy Dietrich

Originally from Buffalo, Candy and her husband have lived on Keuka since 1991, having vacationed on the lake since 1979. AD in Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology from Erie CC and BS in Chemistry from Elmira College. Work experience includes both that as a Medical Technician and Project Management with Corning Inc. in the Fiber Optics Business. Has served on the Town of Wayne Planning Board and currently on the ZBA. While a Planning Board member, worked with the KLA in establishing the Docks and Mooring Law. Interests are almost any outdoor activity and enjoying Keuka

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Bob Young


Bob Young

Chicago area native. Graduate education at Northwestern University and State University of New York at Albany, holding a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies. 36 year veteran of public education, retired 2011. Former teacher, Graduate Assistant,Union President, Labor Relations Specialist, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Services and Superintendent of Schools. Last position held was Superintendent of the Geneva City Schools, 2300 students and 600 staff members. Bride of 35 years is Sandy Young, also from the Chicago area and a former school district administrator. Two grown sons, Calvin and Brian. Both physicians finishing their advanced medical training at the University of Michigan and Duke University, respectively. Love the lake and Finger Lakes wine country. I also volunteer at the VA in Bath, NY as a museum docent. Eager to serve the community and address lake related issues where possible.

BARRINGTON

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Diane Walker Edwards


Diane Walker Edwards

Diane and her family have been part of Keuka since 1950, at the family home on Crosby Point. This early life experience created a strong bond and desire to protect the uniqueness of Keuka lake
As a graduate of Elmira College with a BA in Economics and of Cornell University with an MBA, Diane brings both educational and business experience to the KLA
Diane worked for Cornell University in the Charles H. Dyson School as Business Administrator for Cornell’s largest undergraduate teaching department. Responsibilities included financial management of revenue and expenses, assistance to faculty with such things as grant proposals and human resource allocations
Also in her career, Diane has spent a number of years in the field of corporate merchandising

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Ira Goldman


Ira Goldman

• Avid and active sailor/boater and long term member of the United States Power Squadron.
• BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from RPI and MBA in Finance from the Simon School, U of R.
• Retired from Kodak as Director of Strategic Planning with experience in manufacturing, product development and marketing
• Ira and his family have enjoyed Keuka for 10 years
• As a volunteer, Ira has served on the KLA Navigation Committee for the past year bringing his strengths in boating education and vessel safety.

AT-LARGE

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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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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.

AT-LARGE

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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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Maria Hudson


Maria Hudson

I am an Environmental Scientist with degree in Limnology and Agronomy from Cornell. I worked in NY State at water and wastewater treatment plants and as environmental biologist/toxicologist for Lozier Environmental Engineers as well as IBM and Monsanto in St Louis. Retired now, I have volunteered in public schools for various Environmental Education programs and I am currently volunteering as the STEM coordinator for the Little Bit Foundation in St. Louis that supports inner city elementary schools. Also I have served on the on the Board of the Keuka Yacht Club for 12 yrs, currently as Membership Director. I am married, with three sons in college and residing at the cottage we have owned for 21 years on the West branch in Pulteney. My favorite pastimes are sailing, biking, kayaking, hiking, bird watching, going to concerts and travel.

AT-LARGE

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Ray Dell


Ray Dell

Ray and his daughter, Rachel, split their time between their year-round cottage on Old Pines Trail in Jerusalem and their home in Corning.
Ray has spent every summer at Keuka and certainly enjoyed his college summer breaks bartending at Roses Bar and Grill and Lakeside Country Club.
Ray started in the law enforcement profession at Corning Police Department in 1974 and retired as Undersheriff for Steuben County in December 2012. While at the Steuben Sheriff's Office, he worked to restore Steuben County's navigation patrol coverage to include two patrol crafts, especially on the busy holiday weekends throughout the summer. He is a graduate of the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia and is presently employed with Wegmans Food Markets, Rochester, New York in the Asset Protection Department.
Resident and visitor safety while enjoying our valuable resource is a top concern along with maintaining the excellent water quality we have now and in the future.

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Nonie Flynn


Nonie Flynn

Nonie Flynn holds a BS in BA and serves as the Yates County Treasurer. 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.

ADVISOR

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Emily Staychock


Emily Staychock

Emily Staychock began working as an Invasive Species/Watershed Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County in June 2014. Her prior work experience in the Finger Lakes region includes positions as Community Watershed Educator for the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association and Sustainability Coordinator at Finger Lakes Community College. Before moving to central New York, Emily lived in Colorado where she held a Fellowship with Colorado Conservation Trust, which funded her work with a land trust and a county open lands program. Emily also spent several summer directing a YMCA environmental/outdoor education summer day camp in Boulder, Colorado. Emily has a MS Forest Sciences degree from Colorado State University, and her thesis research focused on community-based collaborative resource management. 

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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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To Preserve and Protect Keuka Lake