WHO WE ARE: BOARD & STAFF
Jeffery P. Siegel
Maxanne Resnick, Executive Director
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.
Melissa Peterson, Stewardship & Land Acquisition Coordinator
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.
Ellie Reese, Program & Outreach Coordinator
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 Shokan resident she enjoys walking on the Ashokan Rail Trail and regularly spends time in Woodstock to enjoy the atmosphere and its beautiful outdoor spaces. Ellie is an alumna of SUNY New Paltz and has worked in the non-profit field for over a decade, previously 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. Ellie is the mother of three active boys who also love the outdoors and she has worked diligently to educate them about the importance of environmental and community-mindedness.