Sarah Carroll

Board Chair

Sarah grew up in Wisconsin, enjoying the woods and lakes. She has loved the outdoors since she was young and continues to find opportunities to enjoy nature. Continuing a family tradition of appreciating our environment, she has taken her family on vacations to national parks across the country. Sarah graduated from Wellesley College with a geology major and economics minor. She worked in finance before devoting her time to her three sons and their various activities. More recently, Sarah has taken up working in health care and been involved in numerous boards, including the Junior League, St. Margaret’s, and the Delmar Presbyterian Church. Sarah currently serves as Board Chair and also chairs the Development Committee.
Claiborne Walthall

Vice Chair

Originally from Mobile, AL, Claiborne moved to this area in 2012 to work as a law clerk for the New York State Court of Appeals. After clerking and severalyears in private law practice at Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna LLP in the land use and environmental practice group, he has served since 2017 as an Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Protection Bureau of the Office of the New York State Attorney General. Claiborne’s work focuses primarily on upholding protections to New Yorkers under the federal Clean Air Act, protecting the New York City Watershed, and enforcing New York’s environmental laws.Claiborne, his wife Beth, and their three daughters live in Unionville on the family farm where Beth grew up. He enjoys helping with their small flock of sheep, goats and chickens, and tending his honeybee apiary.

Claiborne was graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Urban Studies. He received a Master’s in Regional Planning from Cornell University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. He is active in Delmar Presbyterian Church, Cub Scout Pack 23, and the Mendelssohn Club of Albany. Claiborne serves as Board Vice Chair and also chairs the Land Acquisition and Personnel committees.
William Little

Secretary

Bill is an attorney who retired from the Office of General Counsel at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation after over thirty years of service. The focus of his work was environmental law and policy relevant to the agency’s plethora of natural resource and environmental quality initiatives. In addition, he has long been active in land protection efforts and is a trail steward for The Nature Conservancy at the Hannacroix and Christman Preserves. Bill’s passion for preserving natural places stems from spending time during his childhood and adult years enjoying the mountains and waters of the Champlain Valley and the Green Mountains, as well as the magnificent landscapes of New York State. Bill received a B.A. from St. Lawrence University and a J.D. from Syracuse University, E.I. White College of Law. He serves as Board Secretary and also chairs the Land Stewardship Committee.
Charlie Kruzansky

Treasurer

Charlie is currently Associate Vice President for State Relations and Special Assistant to the Vice Provost for Research at Cornell University. Previously he held positions with the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee, analyzing and negotiating state budgets and significant legislation in the areas of energy and utilities, banking and consumer protection, state employee pensions and health insurance, agriculture, low-level nuclear waste disposal and the New York State Lottery. He is on the Board of the NYS Environmental Finance Corp. Charlie holds a B.A. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is currently serving as MHLC Treasurer and also chairs the Finance committee. Charlie moved to Voorheesville for the open space, the views of the Helderbergs, and so he can commute to Albany on his bicycle.
Lise Bang-Jensen
Lise has a strong professional background in journalism, public policy, and media relations. As a child of the New York City suburbs, she watched bulldozers destroy farms, wetlands, and historic buildings, replacing them with housing developments and corporate "parks". As a journalist for the Knickerbocker News and the statewide Public TV program Inside Albany, she explored environmental issues involving the Adirondack Park as well as Hudson River and wetland pollution, energy policy, challenges facing farmland, and environmental justice.

A graduate of Skidmore College with a master’s degree in communication arts from Cornell University, Lise is former president of the Legislative Correspondents Association at the state Capitol. She lives in an 1896 brownstone in downtown Albany (part of an historic district so it should be safe from bulldozers). Lise chairs the MHLC Communications Committee.
Joel Bartfield
Joel is Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education at Albany Medical College. He has a B.S. in Chemistry from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) and an MD from University of Massachusetts. Joel is Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He is active in numerous professional organizations, serves on hospital/college committees, has held editorial positions (reviewing for medical journals), serves as an oral examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and has received several awards as Attending/Physician of the year. Joel has advocated for many years for preserving land, limiting housing and industrial development, and protecting our natural resources. He seeks to apply his expertise in administration to his work on the MHLC Board. Joel serves as chair of the Nominating Committee.
Ruth Bonn
Ruth has loved the natural world and its creatures since her childhood. The woods and fields near her home invited childhood exploration. As an adult, canoeing and kayaking became her favorite ways to access wild areas. As well as local paddling, she has done a number of extended trips into Canadian lakes and forests, the Everglades, Northwest coastal islands, and the Bahamas.

Ruth’s love of gardening began when she was young, as well. A potato eye that sprouted in her kindergarten class was planted by her father in his vegetable garden and, in the fall, harvested, producing the most delicious potatoes ever. She’s been an avid gardener ever since. Currently, she is developing a native plant garden.Ruth was graduated from Smith College with a major in sociology. She has several Master’s degrees from SUNY—in elementary education, curriculum development and program evaluation, with a special interest in teaching of elementary-level science. After retiring from a career in the Schenectady City Schools, Ruth’s concern about the rapid disappearance of farmland and open space near her home led to her interest in the issue of land use planning and open space preservation. She was appointed the NYS League of Women Voters specialist on Urban Sprawl and served as president of Schenectady County League of Women Voters for four years. She was also appointed to the Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council and chaired the Land Use/Open Space committee. With ECOS (Environmental Clearing House), Ruth organized several conferences on preserving open space and sustainable development. Ruth is a long-time member of the ECOS Board, currently serving as president.
Alyson Brody
Alyson works as an underwriter in commercial lending and has been with Bank of America for the past 15 years. She was graduated from University of Mary Washington and obtained an MBA from George Mason University. At Bank of America, Alyson is involved with the employee environmental program. She has been instrumental in the preparation of educational newsletters and webinars on various environmental topics. Alyson’s appreciation of nature began when she was a child, spending hours outdoors and often in the woods. As an adult, she enjoys flower and vegetable gardening, finding it to be a wonderful connection with the land. In the last decade, after seeing hundreds of acres of fields and trees cleared to build more shopping centers and housing developments, her interest in nature developed into a passion for preserving land. She believes it is important that the natural beauty of the outdoors be available to everyone to enjoy. She is very pleased to have the opportunity to work with MHLC staff and other Board members to preserve land in our villages and towns.
Cliff Erickson
Cliff is the Medical Director at Integrated Health Model at Anthem, Inc. He is responsible for case management, utilization management, benefit design, and ongoing assessment for member interactions. In addition, he is a Clinical Instructor in Emergency Medicine at Albany Medical College. He previously served as Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, IN and then at Albany Memorial Hospital. Cliff has a B.S. in Biology from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.D. from Albany Medical College. He is a member of the Voorheesville Public Library Board of Directors, Alumni Association of Albany Medical College, the Credentials Committee and the Physician Quality Committee at Albany Memorial Hospital. Cliff enjoys fishing, golf, and gardening.
Sandra Geisinger
Sandra’s professional career began in nursing, and she practiced in several areas of the country. She holds master’s degrees in nursing and education and managed community education and outreach at Bellevue Women’s Hospital in Schenectady. Sandra has been active in her community on the Capital Care Advisory Council and at First Presbyterian Church, Schenectady. She has a B.S. from the University of Bridgeport (CT), an M.S. in nursing from Russell Sage College, and an Ed.M. and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University. She and her husband David have placed a conservation easement through MHLC on their property in Princetown. Sandra enjoys hiking and snowshoeing; she has summited the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks.
Michael Hart
Mike is a CPA and an experienced financial executive with extensive operational, logistics, and sales experience in the manufacturing, printing services, construction, and industrial distribution industries. He is currently the CFO of a company with locations in several northeastern states that focuses on industrial parts distribution, electro mechanical repair, steel fabrication, and industrial rubber sales and service. Mike graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Business Administration, then moved to the Albany area to begin his career, which has spanned 40 years. 

Growing up in rural northern Vermont, Mike experienced everything that is associated with that lifestyle; fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, farming, gardening, canoeing, swimming, logging, cutting firewood, and hiking around the hills. Living in an area without neighbors, he learned respect for the land and to love the solitude of the forest.

Mike and his wife Sheila have three adult children and two grandchildren (with one more due in August, 2022), all of whom live in the Capital District. Mike and Sheila are members of Saint Thomas the Apostle Church in Delmar. When his children were young, Mike volunteered with community youth and coaching programs. He also served on the Board of St. Anne’s Institute for 18 years, including terms as President, Vice President, and Treasurer. 
Dan Lewis
Since 1985, Dan has been involved in the family business, Bearing Distributors, Inc. in Troy, NY, a wholesale distribution business. After graduating from Tufts with a degree in Russian language and literature, Dan worked with emotionally disturbed adolescents at a school in Massachusetts for those with special needs. He taught workshop, music, math, sports, and led camping trips. Dan has been very active in the local community and has served on the Friends of Five Rivers Board for nine years, including serving as President for three years. He has been involved in the Bethlehem Town Comprehensive Planning Process and serves on the Paths4Bethlehem, a town committee working to improve connectivity in the community. Dan has also been instrumental in the Friends of the Rail Trail (FORT) Committee. Dan served nine years on the MHLC Board, took a two-year hiatus, and is now serving once again on our Board. He is the At-Large member of the Executive committee and also chairs the FORT/ART committee.

Dan has two grown daughters and one granddaughter. He is passionate about protecting our lands and waters for future generations.
Allie Middleton
Allie is a creative facilitator, leadership development and team-learning coach & consultant who emphasizes ecological activism and innovative aesthetics. Preservation and conservation efforts have been at the heart of her life and work for a long time. A former wilderness trainer, she maintains a private practice coaching high impact leaders, including emerging indigenous leaders, employing awareness-based change practices from the Presencing Institute.

Allie has two published works: A Wayfinder’s Wanderings: A First Collection of Poems (2020) and Yoga Radicals: A Curated Set of Inspiring Stories from Pioneers in the Field (2021). A long-term meditator and yoga educator, Allie has led yoga sessions on MHLC preserves in past years. Allie enjoyed a long career in museums and library retail and licensing start-up programs in NYC before migrating up the Hudson River, where she lived rurally and renovated a barn on an old dairy farm in eastern Dutchess County. After pursuing further graduate work and adjunct teaching at SUNY School of Social Welfare in Albany, she developed and implemented innovative behavioral health and wellness programs for government and not-for-profit organizations. She regularly presents workshops and training sessions abroad and virtually on creativity and mind-body integration practices.

Allie received a B.A. from Bowdoin College, a J.D. from Yeshiva University, and holds a M.A. in Social Work (ABD) from SUNY Albany. In addition, she has studied at the University of Paris, University of Marburg, and Harvard.
Dave Munro
Dave’s law career spanned 35 years and focused primarily on the fields of environmental litigation (with the New York Attorney General’s Office) and energy law (with NYSERDA). He was also a Clinical Adjunct Professor at Albany Law School for 22 years. Retired from full-time law since 2012, Dave now engages part-time in estate planning, drafting wills, powers of attorney, and health care proxies, on both a pro bono basis for low-income clients, through The Legal Project, and on a fee basis for others.  He holds a B.A. from Harpur College at SUNY Binghamton and a J.D. from SUNY Buffalo School of Law.

Dave has been on the boards of Friends of Five Rivers (chairing the Land Protection Committee), the Empire Justice Center (which has a mission to make the law work for all New Yorkers, especially those who most need its protection), the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany (later serving as Vice President and then President of the congregation), and the St. Lawrence District of Unitarian Universalist Association (where he served as Board President for two years). Dave is an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister, officiating at life event ceremonies and also serving as a volunteer chaplain at Albany Medical Center. Additionally, he is a hospice volunteer and spiritual director.  

Dave and his wife Eileen have two grown children and (so far) three grandsons. He enjoys cycling, paddling, traveling, reading, and music.  Dave is especially excited about paddling his new 19 lb. Hornbeck canoe, which enables him to explore remote lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks.
Ashok Ramasubramanian
Ashok is a Professor of Engineering at Union College in Schenectady, with an extensive academic background in biomechanics and biomechanical feedback. He holds academic degrees from Anna University in Chennai, India; University of Massachusetts (M.S. in Electrical Engineering); Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College (Ph.D.), and post-doctoral research at Washington University, St. Louis, MO. He has received several academic honors, including Fulbright Fellowship for teaching in Sri Lanka (2011) and the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship (served at the U.S. Department of State in 2015).

Ashok’s interests include contradancing, biking, running, skiing, and storytelling. He regularly offers workshops to help others develop their storytelling acumen and has had two of his stories featured on NPR. Ashok is passionate about open spaces and their preservation. He serves on the Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) in Niskayuna where he is leading Niskayuna's Natural Resources Inventory. As part of the CAC, he also does a number of outreach events aimed at promoting biodiversity. Ashok is also very active in Biodiversity preservation at his workplace, Union College, where he recently spearheaded a project aimed at reducing Union's pesticide use. Ashok and his family enjoy exploring the MHLC preserves and volunteering in their upkeep.
Elliott Shaw
Elliott’s background in is government affairs and health care policy. He retired in 2020 from his job as Vice President of Government Affairs for Wellcare of New York, where he was responsible for assessing the impact of regulatory changes in the health care field. He previously worked for the Business Council of New York State as Director of Government Affairs. Elliott has served on the boards of the Albany International Airport Authority and SUNY Albany School of Public Health Prevention Research Center. Elliott holds a B.A. in Accounting from Siena College and was recognized with a Distinguished Alumni Award at Ticonderoga High School.

Elliott’s passion for the outdoors and land preservation can be traced to growing up in the Adirondacks. His boyhood home was contiguous to hundreds of acres of farmland, woods, and apple orchards. He hiked his first Adirondack High Peak (Mt. Marcy) with his father in the late 1970s and became an Adirondack 46er (Mt. Colden) with his son on September 1, 2020. He has also hiked the trails on all 20 MHLC preserves.
Katherine Marsh Wolfram
Kat grew up in South Carolina on a working farm, in a family of eight with six children. The farm work included crops, beef cattle, poultry and swine, plus a massive garden for the family’s food supply. In 2018, she placed a conservation easement on a 120-acre tract of family land in South Carolina through Congaree Land Trust (Columbia, SC), and the family is thrilled and proud to have protected this tract of land that served as homestead, farm, and timber source. Kat holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from U. South Carolina; Master’s degrees in Microbiology (Louisiana State University), Educational Management (University of Houston), and Forensic Biology (SUNY Albany). Her career has spanned roles as research technician at several universities, a teacher/instructor, and an administrator at Northeast Regional Forensic Institute (Albany, NY). She has also served as a board member and officer for several non-profit organizations, including ECOS and Habitat for Humanity
MHLC Advisory Board
Carol Ash
Charles Buchanan
Ginny Carter
Christopher Gorka
Jeff Jones
Cathie Love
Chuck Manning
Felton McLaughlin
Stewart Myers
Ellie Prakken
Peggy Sherman
Mike Sterthous
Peter Ten Eyck
Maggie Vinciguerra
Val Washington
Planned Giving

Corporate Partnership

Partnering with the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy offers the opportunity to make a major impact on the preservation of open natural spaces right here in the Capital District. The partnership also provides the chance to make new connections with your target demographic, entertain clients, and reward employees. Your organization will reap the benefits of an enhanced corporate image by partnering with MHLC.

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Stewards Circle

The Stewards Circle recognizes our most generous supporters who provide the greatest gift one can offer another – the opportunity for us all to explore and commune with the outdoors. Your membership in the Stewards Circle speaks to your dedication to MHLC and our future and is an outward display of your dedication to the thousands of community members you impact each year. Your generosity has literally and figuratively changed the landscape of Albany, Schenectady, and Montgomery counties.

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Memorial Gifts

Choose to plant a tree or place a bench at a Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy preserve in memory of a loved one. Availability of benches and trees is limited by several factors including preserve location and time of year.

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