Becky Glass has been a supporter of the Genesee Valley Conservancy since its inception. She worked for over 30 years at SUNY Geneseo 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.
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.
Mary Kay grew up in LeRoy, NY and relocated with her husband to Massachusetts to complete her education at UMass/Amherst, Western New England University and Boston University. She has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years having been admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1985 and the New York State Bar in 1993.
Mary Kay has held various positions throughout her career. She is currently a solo practitioner with offices in Mount Morris and Caledonia.
Mary Kay resides in Geneseo with her husband, John. She became interested in the Genesee Valley Conservancy due to her friendships with participants of the Genesee Vally Hunt and her membership in the Geneseo Rotary Club.
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.
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.
Jerry lives with his wife Kate in Geneseo adjacent to the Genesee Valley Conservancy’s John W. Chanler Island Preserve. He is a retired Livingston County Court Judge, now spending his time in his studio making wood sculpture, working part-time in Family Court as a Judicial Hearing Officer and mowing the Island Preserve trails.
Jenny Apple is an Associate Professor of Biology at SUNY Geneseo. Her teaching focuses on ecology, and she frequently brings students in her lab course to the Genesee Valley Conservancy nature preserves and the GVC/SUNY Geneseo Research Reserve for projects on plant population ecology, forest communities, and ecosystem processes. Her research focuses on species interactions of various forms. As Chair of the Spencer J. Roemer Arboretum Advisory Board since 2013, she has overseen efforts to restore native vegetation and remove invasive species, with the goals of improving this parcel’s value for native pollinators and other wildlife and showcasing the beauty of native plants. She is originally from Albuquerque, NM, and enjoys hiking, running, cross-country skiing, and studying the natural history of the Genesee Valley.
Janice lives in Avon and operates JB Services, a small business services company. She also works closely with the Northeast Dairy Producers Association. Janice is on the Genesee Community College Foundation Board and is a member of the Genesee Valley Hunt. She served as administrator of the Genesee Valley Hunt Races for 12 years. Having grown up on a dairy farm, Janice has a keen interest in agriculture and its importance to the County’s economy and environment.
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.
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.
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.
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 back on 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).
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.
Native Iowan and graduate of Northern Iowa University and the University of Iowa. A retired Distinguished Service Professor of SUNY Geneseo after 30 years of service.
Member of the Geneseo Foundation Board, President of the Blue Knights Round Table, Treasurer of the Greater Rochester Area Branch of the American Assn. for Univ. Women, active in APOG, Geneseo Garden Club, Ecumenical Coalition for Peace, Friends of Music and the Geneseo United Methodist Church.
Hobbies include golfing, fishing, gardening, needlepoint and reading.
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.
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.
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.
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.
B.A. Cornell, Geology, 1962
PhD. Washington University, St. Louis, 1966
Distinguished Service Professor (Emeritis), Geological Sciences, SUNY Geneseo, 1966-1913
Teaching: Geomorphology, Remote Sensing, Glacial geology, Planetary Geology, Environmental Geology.
Research: NASA Apollo Mission 15-17 Studies; Mapping and origin of Grand Canyon; Glacial geology of western NY.
Geologic consultant: U.S. Geological Survey; NY State Surficial Geology Map, U.S. Army (S. Vietnam); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Genesee River erosion study); U.S. Dept. of Energy & N.Y. State Energy Research and Development Authority (West Valley nuclear waste site); U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (AZ water resources); Misc. Engineering firms (hazardous waste, groundwater pollution, Superfund Site Remediation). Monroe County Environmental Management Council/Health Department (Advisory Committees).
Vice President for Science: Rochester Committee for Scientific Information (www.rcsiweb.org)
Richard continues to work with SUNY Geological Sciences students on independent research projects and completing field mapping studies in the western Grand Canyon region; revising the glacial history of the Genesee Valley region from radiocarbon dating research program. He is also spending retirement catching up on travel and visits to New Zealand relatives.