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Who We Are

Staff

The Genesee Land Trust team is made up of dedicated staff, a volunteer board of directors, volunteer advisory board, and countless other individuals that make protecting the special places in your community possible.

Gay Mills  Executive Director   Contact Gay   Gay has been involved with Genesee Land Trust since 1990 first as a volunteer, then board member, and as Executive Director starting in 1998. She welcomes any questions you might have about the work of Genesee Land Trust or protecting your land.   Favorite outdoor activity:  Getting out on the land and exploring   Fun fact:  Just loves whales since she heard the humpback whale song recordings in college.

Gay Mills
Executive Director

Contact Gay

Gay has been involved with Genesee Land Trust since 1990 first as a volunteer, then board member, and as Executive Director starting in 1998. She welcomes any questions you might have about the work of Genesee Land Trust or protecting your land.

Favorite outdoor activity: Getting out on the land and exploring

Fun fact: Just loves whales since she heard the humpback whale song recordings in college.

Lorna Wright  Deputy Executive Director   Contact Lorna   Lorna oversees Genesee Land Trust’s conservation programs including new acquisition projects, farmland protection, and programs in the city. Contact Lorna if you are interested in learning about protecting your land.   Favorite outdoor activity:  Hiking   Fun fact:  Plays ultimate Frisbee year round, even in the snow!

Lorna Wright
Deputy Executive Director

Contact Lorna

Lorna oversees Genesee Land Trust’s conservation programs including new acquisition projects, farmland protection, and programs in the city. Contact Lorna if you are interested in learning about protecting your land.

Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking

Fun fact: Plays ultimate Frisbee year round, even in the snow!

Kevin Farrell  Land Stewardship Director   Contact Kevin   Kevin oversees Genesee Land Trust’s conservation lands and stewardship programs. He is responsible for our nature preserves, conservation easement monitoring, habitat restoration projects, and coordinates the volunteer Trail Keepers program.   Favorite outdoor activity:  Camping   Fun fact:  Working tirelessly to try every cup of coffee in Rochester.

Kevin Farrell
Land Stewardship Director

Contact Kevin

Kevin oversees Genesee Land Trust’s conservation lands and stewardship programs. He is responsible for our nature preserves, conservation easement monitoring, habitat restoration projects, and coordinates the volunteer Trail Keepers program.

Favorite outdoor activity: Camping

Fun fact: Working tirelessly to try every cup of coffee in Rochester.

Lindsay Recktenwald  Outreach and Membership Manager   Contact Lindsay   Lindsay oversees Genesee Land Trust’s communications and marketing efforts to educate others on the importance of conservation and to share the organization’s news and events. Contact Lindsay if you have a question about social media, a print publication, the website, or an event.   Favorite outdoor activity:  Biking   Fun fact:  Finds baking pies and canning jams, pickles, and other treats to be especially rewarding.

Lindsay Recktenwald
Outreach and Membership Manager

Contact Lindsay

Lindsay oversees Genesee Land Trust’s communications and marketing efforts to educate others on the importance of conservation and to share the organization’s news and events. Contact Lindsay if you have a question about social media, a print publication, the website, or an event.

Favorite outdoor activity: Biking

Fun fact: Finds baking pies and canning jams, pickles, and other treats to be especially rewarding.

Karen Arbegast  Database Manager   Contact Karen   Karen manages Genesee Land Trust’s database, keeping track of donations and updating membership information. Please get in touch with Karen if you need to update your contact information or have a question about your giving.   Favorite outdoor activity:  Going on nature hikes with her family   Fun fact:  She knows how to play five different musical instruments.

Karen Arbegast
Database Manager

Contact Karen

Karen manages Genesee Land Trust’s database, keeping track of donations and updating membership information. Please get in touch with Karen if you need to update your contact information or have a question about your giving.

Favorite outdoor activity: Going on nature hikes with her family

Fun fact: She knows how to play five different musical instruments.

Will Macaluso  Stewardship Assistant   Contact Will   Will maintains Genesee Land Trust's nature preserves and assists with stewardship volunteer programs. He is responsible for helping maintain and enhance public access and experiences along with plant and wildlife habitats at our preserves.   Favorite outdoor activity:  Mountain biking   Fun fact:  He enjoys gardening and his wish list of native plants for his garden is constantly growing.

Will Macaluso
Stewardship Assistant

Contact Will

Will maintains Genesee Land Trust's nature preserves and assists with stewardship volunteer programs. He is responsible for helping maintain and enhance public access and experiences along with plant and wildlife habitats at our preserves.

Favorite outdoor activity: Mountain biking

Fun fact: He enjoys gardening and his wish list of native plants for his garden is constantly growing.

Helen Dumas  Genesee River Alliance Coordinator   Contact Helen   Helen focuses on engaging and developing relationships with neighborhoods, organizations, and City staff on behalf of the Genesee River Alliance. She is responsible for establishing regular communications with the Alliance and stakeholders and coordinates and facilitates Alliance meetings. Contact Helen with any questions about the Genesee River Alliance.   Favorite outdoor activity:  Sledding in the winter, swimming in the summer, and attending outdoor festivals all year long with her children and grandchildren.   Fun fact:  She loves cooking gourmet meals for family and friends and can usually duplicate a dish closely after eating it once.

Helen Dumas
Genesee River Alliance Coordinator

Contact Helen

Helen focuses on engaging and developing relationships with neighborhoods, organizations, and City staff on behalf of the Genesee River Alliance. She is responsible for establishing regular communications with the Alliance and stakeholders and coordinates and facilitates Alliance meetings. Contact Helen with any questions about the Genesee River Alliance.

Favorite outdoor activity: Sledding in the winter, swimming in the summer, and attending outdoor festivals all year long with her children and grandchildren.

Fun fact: She loves cooking gourmet meals for family and friends and can usually duplicate a dish closely after eating it once.

Regina Geames  Community Programs Coordinator   Contact Regina   Regina coordinates Genesee Land Trust’s community activities and stewardship in the El Camino neighborhood. She also leads the Landscaper Apprentice Program and looks to find new ways to connect children and families to nature.   Favorite outdoor activity:  Walking   Fun fact:  Enjoys laughing at her own sense of humor!

Regina Geames
Community Programs Coordinator

Contact Regina

Regina coordinates Genesee Land Trust’s community activities and stewardship in the El Camino neighborhood. She also leads the Landscaper Apprentice Program and looks to find new ways to connect children and families to nature.

Favorite outdoor activity: Walking

Fun fact: Enjoys laughing at her own sense of humor!

Liz Sheehan  Farmland Protection Assistant   Contact Liz   Liz manages the administrative aspects of several grant-funded farmland protection projects. She coordinates with landowners, title companies, attorneys, and consultants throughout the process. Liz focuses on building and maintaining positive relationships with landowners and all project participants with an overall goal of keeping land available for farming. Contact Liz if you have questions about agricultural conservation easements and farmland protection.   Favorite outdoor activity:  Flower and vegetable gardening with plants grown in her greenhouse   Fun fact:  She is fascinated with weather and climate phenomenon and is beginning coursework toward a degree in meteorology.

Liz Sheehan
Farmland Protection Assistant

Contact Liz

Liz manages the administrative aspects of several grant-funded farmland protection projects. She coordinates with landowners, title companies, attorneys, and consultants throughout the process. Liz focuses on building and maintaining positive relationships with landowners and all project participants with an overall goal of keeping land available for farming. Contact Liz if you have questions about agricultural conservation easements and farmland protection.

Favorite outdoor activity: Flower and vegetable gardening with plants grown in her greenhouse

Fun fact: She is fascinated with weather and climate phenomenon and is beginning coursework toward a degree in meteorology.


2019-2020 Board of Directors

Allen Handelman, President
Vice President, Conifer Realty

Matt Belanger, Esq., Vice President
Partner, Faraci Lange Attorneys

John Richardson, Treasurer

Mary Hadley, Secretary
Senior Program Manager, Causewave Community Partners

Zach Armstrong
Financial Advisor, Sage Rutty

Simeon Banister
Vice President, Community Programs, Rochester Area Community Foundation

David C. Calhoun
Executive Director of Wayne ARC

Jill M. Cicero
Managing Partner, The Cicero Law Firm LLP

Udo Fehn
Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences, University of Rochester

Scott Forsyth, Esq.
Partner, Forsyth & Forsyth

Mark Greene
Farmer, Hopkins Farm

Mindy MacLaren
Citizen activist, mother, certified aromatherapist

Carol May
Retired Physical Education Teacher, Retired Youth Minister, Adirondack 46er, and self-proclaimed adventure seeker

Jean McCreary
Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP

Miguel A. Melendez Jr.
Chief Community Engagement Officer, Ibero-American Development Corporation

Scott Oliver
Deputy for Energy Programs - Home Rehabilitation and Energy Services Department, PathStone

David Ryder
Stay-at-home parent of three, Former Child Welfare Attorney

Indrani Singh
Director of Community Health Partnerships, Center for Community Health

Kayleigh Rae Stampfler
Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Rochester Area Community Foundation

Ann Stevens
Editor and Owner, East River Editorial

Paul Tankel AIA
Retired Campus Planner, University of Rochester and SUNY College at Brockport


Advisory Board

Robert Avery
Judy Bigelow
Betsy Brooks
Lee Caine
Kathy Cleary
Richard Dollinger
Rachel Edwards
Connie Ehindero
Tim Fitzgerald

Sandra Frankel
Jeffrey E. Hough
Jim Howe
Rick Marx
Jeff McCann
Merri-Lou McKeever
Jan Miller
Randi Minetor
Tom Riley

Lynn Slowik
James Smith
Kathy Spencer
Bill Steimer
Tom Tette
Andy Wheatcraft
Suzanne Wheatcraft
Peter Woods