Adirondack Council Staff

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William C. (Willie) Janeway, Executive Director

William C. (Willie) Janeway returned to the Adirondacks to become the Executive Director and leader of the Adirondack Council in May 2013 after close to six years as the Regional Director for the State Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson Valley/Catskill Region. He brings to the Adirondack Council team a life-long passion and interest in the Adirondacks and nearly 30 years of experience as a professional conservationist, fundraiser, administrator, coalition builder and advocate for the environment.

After graduating from St. Lawrence University where he majored in economics and environmental studies, Willie lived in the Adirondacks for nine years while working for the Adirondack Mountain Club as the first Trails Coordinator, and North Country Director.  Willie also served as the first Executive Director of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, Executive Director of the Hudson Valley Greenway, and State Director of Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy.

When not working Willie can be found outdoors. He is an Adirondack 46er, a year-round hiker and skier, a runner and a fisherman.  He and his family share a camp in the Park.  Willie and his wife Mary live in Keene.

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Diane W. Fish, Deputy Director

Diane joined the Council staff in 2001 and works with the Board and Staff to raise the financial resources needed to support the Council's conservation and advocacy efforts on behalf of the Park. An important step in this process is keeping in touch with supporters in all 50 states to understand their interests and concerns about the Adirondack Park and to engage members in the Council’s advocacy efforts.

Diane holds a BA from Denison University and a Masters Degree from Skidmore College. She and her husband live in Lake Placid. Diane shares other Council supporters' love of the Adirondacks, enjoys the Park's many outdoor recreation activities, and appreciates the astounding beauty of the Park every day.

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Raul "Rocci" Aguirre, Director of Conservation

Rocci joined the Adirondack Council staff in 2013.

As Director of Conservation Rocci is responsible for the design and implementation of the Council's conservation strategy.  Rocci graduated from SUNY Cortland in 1995 and holds a MS in Resource Management and Conservation from Antioch University New England.

Rocci's connection to the Adirondacks goes back to his days as a student in Cortland's recreation department. His time exploring the high peaks with friends and his academic experiences at Cortland's Camp Huntington on Raquette Lake became the foundation for his 17 year conservation career. His previous work experience includes eight years spent as a ranger with the National Park Service, and time spent as field staff for Trout Unlimited where he coordinated efforts on habitat restoration, land conservation, water rights, and post-flood mitigation efforts in the Catskills. He has spent the last seven years overseeing land protection efforts for the Finger Lakes Land Trust in Ithaca, NY and the Monadnock Conservancy in Keene, NH.

When not fly fishing or hunting, Rocci can usually be found hiking in the woods looking for chanterelles or other delicious ingredients to add to the supper pot.

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Elaine Burke, Director of Operations

Elaine joined the Adirondack Council staff in 1988. As Director of Operations she is responsible for managing the daily finances, human resources, and office systems that support the Council’s operations to achieve its mission.

Elaine holds a degree in Business Administration from SUNY at Oswego. She and her husband live in Port Henry. Elaine enjoys spending time with her two grandsons.

Growing up in the Champlain Valley provides a great appreciation for the Council’s work and a love for the Adirondacks. Elaine enjoys the outdoors and spends time fishing on Lake Champlain. She likes exploring different areas of the Park to experience the distinct differences that makes the Park as a whole so unique.

Kevin Chlad


Kevin Chlad, Director of Government Relations

Kevin joined the Adirondack Council staff in 2011.

Kevin leads the Council’s Albany-based Government Relations team, building coalitions and lobbying government officials to improve protection and grow funding for the Adirondack Park.

Kevin Chlad graduated in 2008 with a degree in Environmental Studies of the Adirondacks from SUNY Potsdam. Besides his previous time spent at the Adirondack Council as a Clarence Petty Intern in 2009, Kevin has held numerous other Adirondack occupations, including Ausable River Steward, canoe guide, and fire tower summit steward. When not advocating for the Park, Kevin can be found on the golf course, deep in the wilderness, or clinging to the occasional rock face or hanging from an icicle drip. He lives in Delmar, NY with his best friend and wife Michelle.

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J.A. Tyler Frakes, Membership Director

Tyler joined the Adirondack Council staff in 2007.

Tyler works with the Fund Development team providing member/donor support, assisting with membership mailings/emails, publications and daily operations.

A North Country native from Port Kent, NY, Tyler is a graduate of AuSable Valley Central School and has a bachelor's degree in political science from Siena College. He is a past lake steward for the Lake Champlain Basin Program in Grand Isle, VT, educating boaters on aquatic invasive species and the dangers they pose to lake biodiversity. When not working Tyler can be found enjoying the beauty of the Adirondacks and Champlain Valley. He is an avid gardner, hiker, fisherman, golfer and sailor.

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Lisa Genier, Program Analyst

Lisa M. Genier joined the Council in 1992 working as its Legislative Associate in the Albany office. During her tenure, she played a role in the creation of the Environmental Protection Fund, which has been used to fund land purchases and environmental programs in the Adirondack Park and around the state. She was also a member of the negotiating teams that worked on re-licensing agreements for several hydroelectric facilities in the Park, which preserved thousands of acres of land, expanded recreational opportunities, and protected other natural resources. Lisa now works part-time as Program Analyst writing action alerts, interacting with members, managing the Council’s website, and serving in a consultative role on legislative and other issues.

Lisa is a member of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Accessibility Advisory Committee that works to make the Forest Preserve and other DEC facilities around the state more accessible for people with disabilities while protecting the natural resources. 

Lisa grew up in Mineville in the Adirondacks. She attended the State University of New York at Oneonta and graduated in 1989 summa cum laude with degrees in Political Science and Business Economics. Lisa currently lives in Schenectady with her partner, Val and their three cats and dog.

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Mary Godnick, Marketing and Development Assistant

Mary joined the council in August 2016. As the Marketing and Fund Development Assistant, Mary works with the team to coordinate marketing and fundraising efforts. She develops, manages and implements strategic social media and marketing campaigns to grow the visibility of the Council's efforts. She also works with the Fund Development team in production of materials, mailings and reports to help expand our support to preserve the Park for future generations.

Mary grew up in Hartford, NY and is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Public Relations in May of 2014. Previously, she has worked in digital marketing, search engine optimization (SEO) and social media management. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, blogging, yoga, and enjoying all that the Adirondack Park has to offer.

Susan Hughes

Susan Hughes, Executive Assistant

Susan joined the Adirondack Council staff in 2003.

In addition to serving as Assistant to the Executive Director Willie Janeway, Susan coordinates the Clarence Petty Internship program and works closely with the Fund Development team. 

Susan moved to the Adirondacks in 1989 and loves working for an organization that helps to protect the pristine beauty of the Park. She has a degree in Music Theatre from Syracuse University and fills her spare time by providing cultural activities for the surrounding communities of the Champlain Valley, including directing and performing in plays, conducting several choral groups and singing with various ensembles.

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Dana Mancini, Advocacy and Outreach Assistant

Dana is the new Advocacy and Outreach Assistant working in the Council’s Albany office, and assists with outreach and government relations efforts. She began working with the Council in December of 2015 as our Clarence Petty Intern and then served as our Canvassing Coordinator during the summer of 2016. She is a 2015 graduate of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and is currently a graduate student at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy where she is pursuing a Master of Public Administration. In her spare time, Dana enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her family.

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Debbie Pastore - Fund Development Director

Debbie joined the Adirondack Council in July 2015.

She graduated from Mount St. Mary College with a BA in Public Relations and brings over two decades of development experience working in both educational and cultural institutions. In addition, she also brings her life-long passion for the Adirondacks.

After their twins went off to college, she and her husband Tom dealt with the empty nest syndrome by taking a leap of faith, following their hearts and moving full time to their home in Westport.

Through her belief in the Council’s mission and vision, Debbie found her “perfect fit” when she joined the Council staff to work with supporters of the Park.

When Debbie is not working, she can be found in the Adirondacks hiking, kayaking or perpetually trying to “green up” her black thumb in the garden!

John F. Sheehan

John F. Sheehan, Director of Communications

For the past 25 years, John has been the voice of the Adirondack Council on radio and television, and on the pages of local, regional and national media. John develops and executes the Council’s public relations and communications programs.

He works with the media to explain the unique nature of the Adirondack Park and to help the public understand the Council’s efforts to sustain its clean air, wilderness, wildlife, clean water and vibrant communities. He is the principal author of our annual State of the Park Report and assists with the editing of all Council publications.

John was an environmental and political journalist before joining the Adirondack Council. He was managing editor of a daily newspaper (The Malone Evening Telegram) when he joined the Council’s staff in 1990. He has overseen the production of two films about the Council (The Adirondack Council, 1992; and, ACID RAIN: A Continuing National Tragedy, 1998), appeared in the independent film Inside the Blue Line (1993) and has produced a series of radio and television public service announcements with entertainers Bonnie Raitt (1994), Natalie Merchant (1997) and brothers/band mates Michael and Kevin Bacon (2009-10).

John is a frequent guest lecturer at several New York colleges and universities and regularly addresses civic and not-for-profit organizations, chambers of commerce, scientific societies and community forums.

Born in Troy, NY, John Sheehan is a graduate of Catholic Central High School and the State University at Albany. In high school, he worked as journalism intern for the Troy Record. In college, he was a sports clerk and sportswriter for the (Schenectady) Daily Gazette, and a capitol bureau intern and summer intern for Newsday. He worked for the Watertown Daily Times after college, where he was a reporter and president of the labor union, as well as a member of the city-league champion volleyball team “The Dinks.”

In his spare time, John helps to train the staff of other not-for-profit organizations' in media relations, as well as teaching local farmers how to promote sustainable agriculture. He volunteers for Ujima Journey of the Capital District, an African-American cultural education project in Albany; the Albany Kwanzaa celebration; the Albany Falcons Marching Band and Color Guard; and, the Westland Hills ASA softball league in Albany. A lifelong Red Sox fan, he plays right field for the 45-and-over Yankees of the Capital District Men’s Senior Baseball League.

John and his wife Deborah live in Albany and have a family camp in the Adirondacks. Their daughter Hannah attends Clarkson University.