Board of Directors

Paul Frame

Paul Frame

President

Rural family physician in Cohocton NY practicing evidence-based preventive medicine with memberships in the United States Preventive Services Task Force and the Institute of Medicine He is Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Dr. Frame has been a member of the board of the Genesee Valley Conservancy since 2014. He became interested in land conservation through his foxhunting activities with the Genesee Valley Hunt. He currently owns 50 acres held in conservation easement by the Genesee Valley Conservancy, and 90 acres in conservation easement through the federal Wetland Reserve Program.


Cathy Gardner

Cathy Gardner

Vice-President

Cathy is currently Deputy Supervisor for the town of Lima and serves as Chairperson for the Livingston County Community Initiatives Council and as Secretary for the Western Finger Lakes Chapter of the NY Forest Owners Association.

She received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Rochester and retired from careers as a Senior Vice President in banking and Vice President of Sales in newspapers.

Cathy grew up on a Pittsford dairy farm that has been conserved and has lived in Lima since 1992. She and her husband enjoy managing parts of their property for bird and wildlife habitat. She is passionate about conserving farmland and important landscapes and habitat areas.


Tom Quirk

Tom Quirk

Treasurer

Tom was born in Geneseo, in the heart of the Genesee Valley, and has cherished it his whole life.
He inherited a strong relationship with the Valley from his father’s family, all of whom were raised in here and benefited from the many activities available because of the open space.
Recently retired from Baush & Lomb, Tom continues to serve the people here in the Valley as a board member of The Summit Credit Union. His involvement with the GVC serves to give something back to the Genesee Valley by helping to identify and put in place ways to preserve this beautiful area.


Sally W. Wood

Sally W. Wood

Corresponding Secretary

Sally grew up in Geneseo and loves the openness of the Valley and the great community spirit of the area.  “I lived and worked in a lot of places around the world for about 35 years, but am so happy to be back here.”

She was a founding board member of GVC in 1990, and is delighted with the ongoing results. Sally also sat on the board of APOG (Association for the Preservation of Geneseo), and currently sits on the board of the Community Players.

She spends time riding horses, skiing, and walking her basset hounds.


William W. Lloyd

William W. Lloyd

Immediate Past-President (Emeriti)

Billy has worked in finance in Rochester since 1987.  He and his wife Meg raised their four children on property permanently protected by the Genesee Valley Conservancy. 

Recently off the Board, Billy served the Conservancy for 22 years, twice as President.  He has also served on the boards of The Harley School in Rochester, St. Agnes School in Avon, and The Association for the Preservation of Geneseo (APOG).


Dr. Gregg Hartvigsen

Dr. Gregg Hartvigsen

Gregg received his Ph.D. in biology from Syracuse University in 1995 after which he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University before arriving in Geneseo in 1998.

Gregg is an associate professor of biology at SUNY Geneseo and specializes in plant and forest ecology.

His current interests include using mathematical and statistical methods to quantify ecological patterns in a variety of systems ranging from plant communities to human influenza.

In addition to teaching, Gregg directs the college’s Roemer Arboretum and serves as manager of the SUNY Geneseo/Genesee Valley Conservancy Research Reserve.

He lives in the Village of Geneseo with his wife and children.


Neil Bliss

Neil Bliss

Neil was born in New York City in 1936 and has spent time working at Yosemite National Park and for the New York Herald Tribune.

Most of Neil’s early summers were spent in Montana and the Nunda area of Upstate NY. In 2002, Neil and his wife Angela moved to Hunt, where Neil works as a commodity trader. 

His hobbies include photography, hockey and exploring the countryside with Angela.  Having witnessed the remarkable development of Long Island, Neil has a deep appreciation of and desire for land conservation, especially private landowner conservation easements.


Annette Brenner

Annette Brenner

Annette moved to NY in 1999 to pursue a career in chemical engineering working on automotive fuel cells (and hoped she would find something to do with her appaloosa Knightro).  What a great welcome the Valley provided her. She was immediately drawn into the equestrian community and is an avid fox hunter. She has been a strong supporter of the Conservancy since 2000 and especially in 2010 when she and her husband requested donations to the Conservancy in lieu of gifts for their wedding which was under one of the mighty oaks on Seven Nations.  She has run in the GVC Oak Tree Race since its inception and is an avid beekeeper. She values the preservation of open land because being in nature is the best place to be.  It is the basis of so much that our country stands for and a nonrecoverable resource once developed.  When GM closed its Honeoye Falls facility Annette elected to remain in the Valley and is currently client development manager at High Tech Rochester working with regional manufacturers and start-up companies to improve processes and grow businesses.


Sheila Chanler

Sheila Chanler

Sheila is a life long resident of Geneseo, living on the farm where she grew up.  Her past service to the community that she loves includes director of Geneseo Meals on Wheels and managing the Geneseo/Groveland Food Pantry for many years.  Weekly, since 1993, she has been a volunteer caregiver at Teresa House comfort care home.  She is also actively affiliated with the Genesee Valley Hunt, St. Mary’s Church and the Livingston County Museum.

Sheila is passionate about the purpose of the GVC, going back to the beginnings of the organization when her late husband, John, was a founding Board member. She is eager to do her part to continue that mission.
Sheila loves travel, spending time with her grandchildren, gardening and caring for her 50 acres under conservation easement on the north boundary of the Village of Geneseo.


Becky Glass

Becky Glass

Becky Glass has been a supporter of the Genesee Valley Conservancy since its inception.  She has worked over 30 years at SUNY Geneseo, both as a professor of Sociology and as an administrator in the Teaching & Learning Center and in the President’s Office.  In addition, she has served as Board President of Chances & Changes domestic violence program, as Publicity Chair for the Genesee Valley Hunt Races, and as board member of Geneseo Community Players.


Dr. Kristina Hannam

Dr. Kristina Hannam

Kristi is an Associate Professor of Biology at SUNY-Geneseo.  Her research area is in the behavioral ecology of birds, and she has expertise in the fields of ecology and conservation biology.  She has worked on research projects in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida, Nevada and New York. 

Since her arrival at the college in fall 2001, Kristi has conducted research on House Wrens on the GVC protected research reserve and on the GVC owned Island Preserve with Geneseo student research assistants.  They have presented the results of their research at meetings in Geneseo, Albany, Boston, and Quebec. 

Kristi also serves on the Research Committee for the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory.  In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, bird watching and gardening.  Kristi is a resident of Geneseo, NY.


Dr. Jim Kernan

Dr. Jim Kernan

Jim Kernan is an Assistant Professor in the Geography Department at SUNY Geneseo.  His teaching and research focus on wildfire, invasive species, and conservation.  Jim has been bringing students to Genesee Valley Conservancy lands for several years to learn about ecosystem dynamics, and he enjoys visiting the Indian Fort Nature Preserve with his family.  He is active in environmental education with K-12 students, college students, and community members.  Jim was involved in the establishment of a partnership between SUNY Geneseo and Letchworth State Park related to the new Nature Center in the park.  He is on the college-park Partnership Steering Committee, and is the chair of the College Subcommittee for this initiative.  In his free time, Jim loves to ski, hike, and explore in the Genesee Valley.


Nat Kinsey

Nat Kinsey

Nat grew up in the Genesee Valley, riding horses, fox hunting, cycling, and enjoying the beauty of the area.  His parents property was among the first farms to be protected by a conservation easement.  Holding a BA in Mathematics from Hamilton College, Nat now lives in Piffard running a small business, volunteering with three local organizations, and still loving the valley.

The first second generation Conservancy board member, Nat started volunteering for the GVC in 2012, was asked to sit on the Stewardship Committee shortly thereafter, and has been on the board since 2015. 

Nat enjoys many hobbies and interests, among them photography and flying radio controlled aircraft.  Recently, he has been combining these two by piloting multicopters to take aerial photographs and video of the valley, protected properties, farming, and GVC nature preserves.  Nat hopes the views from above will illustrate the work the GVC does and the importance of land conservation.


Randy Kozlowski

Randy Kozlowski

Randy graduated from SUNY Geneseo alumni with a major in Management Science and is currently employed as Senior Leader at CoreLogic, a leading provider of Real Property Data. He is the Joint Master of the Roscommon Beagles and an active member of the Genesee Valley Hunt. He and his wife own and operate Mothersfield, Avon, NY - an Equestrian Center offering boarding, training and teaching. Randy is the Director and Past President of the Genesee Valley Breeders Association, which was founded in 1914 and is the oldest Thoroughbred breeding organization in the United States. He also currently serves on the Avon Town Planning Board.


John M. Lockhart, III

John M. Lockhart, III

John is an attorney with the Presutti Law Office in Geneseo and is an Assistant Livingston County Public Defender specializing in criminal defense. He has lived in the Geneseo and Avon communities for many years and is active in the community as a board member of the, Geneseo Foundation,  Noyes Memorial Hospital,
and Livingston County Community Services.
He received his Bachelor’s degree in History from the U. of R. and received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.


Gail McGuire

Gail McGuire

Having lived in and enjoyed the beauty and recreational opportunities of the Genesee Valley for 40+ years, it is a pleasure for Gail to return to the board of GVC. A retired biology teacher, Gail views the Genesee river valley as a unique ecosystem to be preserved. Gail previously served for one term from 2006 through 2009.


Jim Memmott

Jim Memmott

Jim Memmott, a retired reporter and senior editor at the Democrat and Chronicle and an instructor in journalism at the University of Rochester, writes the weekly Remarkable Rochester column for the Democrat.  A graduate of Hamilton College and the University of Minnesota, he taught English for nine years at St. Lawrence University before joining the Rochester Times-Union in Rochester in 1980 as a reporter.  He lives in Geneseo with his wife, Cindy, and is chair of the Geneseo Central Education Fund.


Martin Miskell

Martin Miskell

Martin has a BA from SUNY Geneseo, an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is now the Executive Director of the Arc of Livingston-Wyoming.

He has been Treasurer or co-Treasurer of GVC since 2002 and is a founding member of the Oak Tree Half Marathon and 5K race.

He also serves on the ARC Foundation Board, Geneseo Central Education Fund, and is on the NYS Parks and Recreation -Genesee Region Board of Commissioners.
A Kiwanian who is a past Board member for; APOG, Teresa House, and the Boy Scouts in Geneseo.

He lives in the Village of Geneseo with his wife and children.


Clara Mulligan

Clara Mulligan

Clara is the third generation to live on her family farm in Avon, a farm under easement since 2009. The project was one of the first Genesee Valley Conservancy conservation easements approved for the NYS Farmland Protection program.  She is proud that her family was able to easily come to such a big decision to protect the land she grew up exploring and observing.

She is a dedicated conservationist, taking care to promote ground nesting birds and young trees. Her vegetable and flower gardens, a recently added flock of sheep and family history are among her list of passions.

Her community work presently includes leading the committee in updating the Town of Avon’s Comprehensive Plan, and as a board member on the Avon Historical Society.  She is also active in the family-owned property, Linwood Gardens, especially during the Tree Peony Festival season.


Craig Phelps

Craig Phelps

Craig is the owner/operator of Edgewood Farms in Groveland.  The operation includes field crops, vegetables, and dairy and beef production.  Craig has worked to ensure the long term viability of the land by using conservation tillage, tiling and strip cropping.

Craig holds a BS from Cornell University and spent a year studying at the University of Edinburough in Scotland.


Dr. Dave Robertson

Dr. Dave Robertson

David Robertson is an Associate Professor of Geography at SUNY Geneseo.  A social scientist, his teaching and research focuses on environmental issues and landscape change. 

Dave is presently working on a project devoted to understanding the ecological and cultural history of the Genesee Oaks.  Dave is originally from Alberta, Canada but now resides with his family in the Village of Geneseo.


Dick Thomas

Dick Thomas

Dick Thomas resides with his wife, Mary, in a restored farmhouse in Caledonia, Livingston County.  In 2015, he retired from a 32 year career with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  Dick was an Environmental Conservation officer for 27 of those years, patrolling Livingston County and working ten years in the Bureau of Environmental Crime Investigations.  He retired as the Lieutenant in charge of the Region 8 Bureau.
 
Dick has moved on to more fully pursue his passion for landscape photography.  He is a well-known photographer in the Genesee Valley and advocates for the conservation and preservation of ecosystems and open space through his imagery.


Joyce Wechsler

Joyce Wechsler

Joyce was born and raised in the NYC area. A graduate from New York University, she taught health and physical education at a junior high and at Briar Cliff College.

In 1969 Joyce accepted a position at SUNY Geneseo and fell in love with the Genesee Valley. In 1998 she retired as an associate professor from the School of Education.

Joyce now spends her time doing volunteer work.