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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  Director of Conservation Programs   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
Director of Conservation Programs

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 leads Genesee Land Trust’s stewardship of its conservation lands.  He manages our nature preserves, monitors conservation easements, leads habitat restoration projects, coordinates volunteer work parties and the 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 leads Genesee Land Trust’s stewardship of its conservation lands.  He manages our nature preserves, monitors conservation easements, leads habitat restoration projects, coordinates volunteer work parties and the 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.

  evan zachary  El Camino Community liaison   Contact Evan    As part of his AmeriCorps service through Rochester Youth Year, Evan works on Genesee Land Trust's urban projects dealing with capacity building, volunteer recruitment, and community engagement. Contact Evan if you want to get involved with projects at Conkey Corner Park and El Camino trail.    Favorite outdoor activities:  Bouldering and cycling   Fun fact:  Evan is a certified Master Scuba Diver.

evan zachary
El Camino Community liaison

Contact Evan

As part of his AmeriCorps service through Rochester Youth Year, Evan works on Genesee Land Trust's urban projects dealing with capacity building, volunteer recruitment, and community engagement. Contact Evan if you want to get involved with projects at Conkey Corner Park and El Camino trail.

Favorite outdoor activities: Bouldering and cycling

Fun fact: Evan is a certified Master Scuba Diver.

  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!

 

2018-2019 Board of Directors

Allen Handelman, President
Vice President, Conifer Realty

Erin Cabral, Vice President
Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness, Planned Parenthood of Central & Western NY

John Richardson, Treasurer

Mary Hadley, Secretary
Senior Program Manager, Causewave Community Partners

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

Matt Belanger, Esq.
Partner, Faraci Lange Attorneys

Cenie Cafarelli
Retired Pediatrician, Sierra Club Member

David C. Calhoun
Executive Director of Wayne ARC

Diane Cass
Retired Science Librarian

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

Scott Copey
Municipal Planner, Town of Greece and Chair, Parma Farmland Protection Committee

 

Udo Fehn
Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences, University of Rochester

Scott Forsyth, Esq.
Partner, Forsyth & Forsyth

Mindy MacLaren
Citizen activist, mother, certified aromatherapist

Carol May
Retired Physical Education Teacher, Retired Youth Minister, Board Member, Wayne County’s Trail Works, and self-proclaimed adventure seeker

Jean McCreary
Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP

Miguel A. Melendez Jr.
Special Projects Director, Ibero-American Development Corporation

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

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


2018-2019 Advisory Board

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

Sandra Frankel
Mark Greene
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