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Meet our Team

mark_web Executive Director, Mark King

Mark joined the Conservancy as Executive Director in 2013, but his history of involvement with the organization goes back much further.  As one of the organization’s founding board members in 1992, he has had a hand in many of the organization’s conservation successes.  Mark’s early work with the Land Conservancy led to a 17-year career with The Nature Conservancy as Director of Land Protection for the Eastern New York Chapter. Before working for The Nature Conservancy he was a Senior Natural Resource Planner with Albany County. Mark began his career working for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation helping with the State’s Bald Eagle reintroduction program. A life-long resident of the Capital District, Mark is passionate about sharing an appreciation for the natural beauty of the area by helping to conserve our open spaces.

lea_web Development Director, Lea Montalto-Rook

Lea Montalto-Rook is ​Development Director of ​the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy​, responsible for managing the Conservancy’s fundraising and marketing endeavors.  ​Lea has lived in the Capital Region since 2011. She was previously Director of Individual and Corporate Relations for ​The Wilma Theat​er​ in Philadelphia and ​before that Program Director for the metro-NYC and Northeast marketing activities of Team Enterprises, an experiential and event marketing agency.  Lea ​holds an M.S. in International Marketing from Saint Joseph’s University and a Graduate Certificate in Theater from Villanova University.  Lea ​lives with her husband and ​two​ children ​in Delmar ​and in her spare time enjoys gardening, coaching soccer, and painting.

Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Daron Blake

Daron joined the team at MHLC as the Communications and Outreach Coordinator in 2016, bringing experience from several academic and nonprofit positions in Kansas, Vermont, and New York. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from SUNY Binghamton and a Master’s in Environmental History from Kansas State University. She has worked with aquatic invasive plant removal projects in Lake Champlain, studied wild bison on the Konza Prairie, and educated students and visitors about the eastern deciduous forest on field trips. Outside of the office, she can be found hiking, singing, playing board games, or skating with the Hellions of Troy Roller Derby League.

lauriedogOffice Manager/Bookkeeper, Laurie Streeter

Laurie joined the MHLC team as a part-time office manager and bookkeeper in the Fall of 2016. She has experience as a financial assistant for Commonwealth Financial and a background in marketing and software development. Laurie and her family moved to the region in 2011 but she has been coming to the area and spending time on her family’s 60 acres in Westerlo since she was a child. She loves hiking the trails with her family and dog, and is excited to be a part of the MHLC’s efforts to preserve open space for future generations.

Board of Directors

Cathie Love, Chair

Michael Barrett, Vice Chair

Christopher Gorka, Treasurer

Kim Baker, Secretary

Carol Ash

Tony Belsito

Alyson Brody

Sarah Carroll

Lisa Evans

Clifford Erickson

Sandra Geisinger

Dan Lewis

Allie Middleton

Ellie Prakken

Dodie Seagle

Elliott Shaw

Claiborne Walthall

Advisory Board

John Abbuhl

Matt Bender

Charles Buchanan

Ginny Carter

Jeff Jones

Chuck Manning

Felton McLaughlin

Stewart Myers

Peggy Sherman

Mike Sterthous

Peter Ten Eyck

Maggie Vinciguerra

Val Washington


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