WHO WE ARE: BOARD & STAFF

STAFF

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Andy Mossey

Executive Director

Melissa Peterson

Melissa Peterson

Land Acquisition & Stewardship Manager

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Dr. Keisha Hoerrner

Communication & Outreach Manager

Andy Mossey, Executive Director

andy@woodstocklandconservancy.org
Skiing, cycling, backpacking, climbing, and wandering in the woods are the activities that brought Andy outside. Once there, he unlocked a deep passion for speaking up for public lands without a voice. Since the beginning of his career, Andy has worked with non-profit organizations and land management agencies to ensure that public access to lands across the United States is protected, and sensitive ecosystems are preserved. Andy comes to Woodstock Land Conservancy after working for the Catskill Center and before that, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Andy holds a B.S. in Expeditionary Studies from SUNY Plattsburgh. When Andy is not in Woodstock, he can be found exploring a new section of trail or remote corner of the world.

Melissa Peterson, Land Acquisition & Stewardship Manager

melissa@woodstocklandconservancy.org
Melissa is passionate about environmental conservation and protecting open space and has experience working on ecologically and sustainably focused projects which strive to support people and nature. Melissa was raised in Oregon, taught science as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia, worked in community reforestation for the Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, and later settled in New York to raise her family. She most recently worked for the Orange County Audubon Society and has also assisted the Orange County Land Trust. Melissa is an avid plant enthusiast, bird watcher, and naturalist. Melissa holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Linfield College and a Master’s degree in Environmental Conservation Education from New York University. She is also a Master Gardener and holds a Permaculture Design Certificate.

Dr. Keisha Hoerrner, Communication & Outreach Manager

keisha@woodstocklandconservancy.org
Keisha Hoerrner is a communication specialist with more than three decades of experience in nonprofit, corporate and higher education settings. A recent transplant to the Hudson Valley, Hoerrner spent most of her career as a faculty member and academic administrator at Louisiana State University, the University of Central Florida and Kennesaw State University. She holds both a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Georgia in mass communication. When she's not working, Keisha enjoys exploring her new community with her husband and two rescue dogs, reading books and trying all the amazing restaurants in Woodstock.

BOARD

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Board Chair

Patti Goodwin

Patty Goodwin

President

Grace Murphy

Grace Murphy

Vice President

Duncan Schmitt

Duncan Schmitt

Secretary

Steve Coltrara

Steve Coltrara

Treasurer

Jim Bogner

Jim Bogner

Michael DeWan

Michael DeWan

Tom Howard3

Tom Howard

Lou Klepner

Lou Klepner

Nels Leader

Nels Leader

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Jonathan Retseck

Hank Starr

Hank Starr

Gay Leonhardt

President Emeritus