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Executive Director:  Maxanne Resnick
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Max's professional experience includes roles in New York City government, fundraising, and several entrepreneurial ventures. She served as Project Manager in the initial years of the development of Chelsea Market, New York City. Locally, she was a former co-owner of The Phoenicia Times and The Olive Press newspapers, and worked in sales at Solar Generation. Her volunteer projects include co-chairing the beloved "Meet, Greet, and Eat" foodie fundraiser and producing several large-scale music events for the Onteora Central School District. She served a term on the School Board, including briefly as its President.  Max was instrumental in establishing with its founders the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. She has been a longstanding member of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation. She holds an A.B. in History from Brown University and a Masters in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.  

 

Ellie

Program and Outreach Coordinator: Ellie Reese
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Ellie was born and raised in New Paltz in the shadow of the Shawangunk Ridge where she developed a love of the outdoors, exploring all that the mountains in her backyard had to offer. Now a Hurley resident she enjoys biking on the O&W rail trail and regularly spends time in Woodstock to enjoy the atmosphere and its beautiful outdoor spaces. Ellie is an Alumni of SUNY New Paltz and has worked in the non-profit field for the better part of a decade, as Communications Director for Economists for Peace & Security (EPS). During her tenure at EPS Ellie organized events across the country that gave economists and other social scientists a public platform to offer solutions to the world’s most pressing issues including the economic impact of climate change. Ellie is committed to serving the community both professionally and personally, volunteering regularly for PTO activities at Kingston’s George Washington Elementary School. Ellie is the mother of two active boys who also love the outdoors and she has worked diligently to educate them about the importance of environmental and community-mindedness.

 

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Stewardship Coordinator, p/t: Jillian Eggers
Growing up on the Rondout Creek in High Falls, Jillian was a nature enthusiast from the beginning. In place of cable TV and urban excitement, Jillian often had a book in her hands, when she wasn’t exploring the creek and streams, raising ducks and chickens, gardening, and growing to appreciate all forms of life, beauty and art. As a life-long Girl Scout, and more recently a Sea Scout, she has enjoyed being an active member of her community and exploring how individuals can make a difference. Jillian graduated from Rondout Valley High School in 2015, wherein she played field hockey, the french horn, ran track, and wrote for the Blue Stone Press as a student reporter. While desiring to help make our communities healthier for all people, Jillian has felt a strong need to be involved with mitigating the effects of climate change. She graduated from SUNY New Paltz as a Geography major with an Environmental Studies concentration in May, 2019. During college, she interned with Medenbach and Eggers, Land Surveying and Civil Engineering, in survey mapping and deed writing, and office and property management. In her last semester at SUNY New Paltz, Jillian interned with WLC and has continued post-graduation into a part time position as Stewardship Coordinator through November, 2019. She continues to work part-time with Victoria Gardens in Cottekill, with plans to move out of the area to experience a different region of the country. Jillian feels strongly that every person has the ability to positively affect their environment and community through the process of stewardship and is excited to be a part of WLC’s team.

 

Drew Lindsey

Water Resources Specialist, p/t: Lindsey Drew
As a Hudson Valley native, Lindsey understands that the region’s bountiful natural resources need to be protected, maintained and accessible to everyone. This summer she is working with WLC on a part-time basis focused on understanding and helping manage and protect our area’s water resources. She also continues as the Manager of the Bard College Water Lab, where she has worked with Dutchess County communities and along the Hudson, monitoring water quality and informing concerned stakeholders about their most precious resource. Lindsey is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Environmental Policy at Bard College’s Center for Environmental Policy, and will matriculate in 2020. There she has gained valuable skills, knowledge, and perspective that help support communities, specifically regarding their water. Previously, Lindsey worked at Millbrook School’s Trevor Zoo learning firsthand about anthropogenic impacts on the natural world. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from SUNY Purchase.