Board of Directors

  • Judith C. Mower, Chair
  • David Bronston, Vice Chair
  • A. Joseph Scott III, Vice Chair
  • John G. Hunter, Secretary
  • Edward Doherty, Treasurer
  • Edward Bergstraesser
  • John J. Bolebruch
  • B. Deborah Cohen
  • James C. Dawson
  • Kristen Heath
  • Veronica Fitzgerald Kaedy
  • Robert J. Kafin
  • Seymour H. Knox IV
  • Kevin M. Lanahan
  • Douglas Logan
  • Richard P. Morse
  • Richard Remmer
  • Alex T. Rogers
  • David F. Shaffer
  • Elaine Vedette Tack
  • Megan E. Toohey


Advisory Council

  • Edward A. Ames
  • Kent L. Barwick
  • Anne Perkins Cabot
  • Joan K. Davidson
  • Henry L. Diamond
  • Douglas Durst
  • John Hanna, Jr.
  • Barnabas McHenry
  • Lynden B. Miller
  • Fred Osborn
  • Larry Rockefeller
  • Anne Sidamon-Eristoff
  • Diana Taylor
 
  • PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK
  • 29 ELK STREET
  • ALBANY, NY 12207
  • ph: 518-434-1583
  • fax: 518-427-0067
  • ptny@ptny.org

 

     

Staff

 
   


Robin Dropkin has been Executive Director of Parks & Trails New York since 2003.  Previous to that she was the organization’s Conservation Director for many years.  Robin knew early on that the environment was the field she wanted to work in, and she pursued both an undergraduate and graduate degree in environmental studies.  Her first professional job was with the Vermont Department of Forests and Parks, then Massachusetts State Parks, followed by a stint at a Berkshire County, Massachusetts land trust.  She is passionate and deeply committed to environmental issues, particularly those concerning land use.  After more than two decades of working in the environmental field, that commitment has only strengthened.  Most of her “fun” activities involve the outdoors: hiking, bicycling, cross country skiing, and gardening. 

laura dibettaLaura DiBetta joined the staff in September 2011. She brings nearly 15 years experience working for state, national and international environmental organizations. Prior to coming to PTNY, Laura was a founding staff member and Program Manager at the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. At the Commission, Laura reviewed organizations for compliance with national standards for nonprofit management and land conservation, as well as managed all communications for the program. Laura previously worked as Communications Associate at Environmental Advocates of New York, working on nearly every major state environmental policy issue, from brownfields and smart growth, to climate change and renewable energy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in public policy and a Graduate Certificate in Urban Policy, both from the State University of New York at Albany.

franFrances Gotcsik, Director of Programs and Policy, has worked with non-profits, local governments, and community groups for more than 25 years.  She began her trails work in 1991 when she became the Local Coordinator for the newly launched 90-mile Genesee Valley Greenway in western New York.  In 1993, Fran helped form the non-profit Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway to work in partnership with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, five counties, and 17 towns on the development and promotion of the Greenway trail.  In 1996, she became the organization’s Executive Director and served in that capacity until joining Parks & Trails New York in 2003.  Fran has also served as an environmental communications consultant and a local elected official.  She received a B.S. from Cornell University, an M.S. from the University of Rochester, and an M.B.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Margaret McGivern is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s in Advertising, a minor is Psychology and an Associate’s in Business Administration. Margaret has been working in the non-profit sector for the last 20 years and enjoys being a part of a team whose underlying mission is to make a change for the better. As director of administrative services, Margaret oversees many of the functioning aspects of the organization including human resources, finances, and information systems. In addition, Margaret maintains the organizations website and oversees the membership program. In her free time, Margaret enjoys music, singing, being a mom, fitness, weight lifting, dancing, scrabble/word games, and spending time in the great outdoors enjoying nature and all it has to offer.

JamieJames Meerdink (Jamie) joined Parks & Trails New York in January 2014 as a Project Coordinator. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a master’s degree in public policy from Northwestern University. Professionally, Jamie brings experience in organizing, planning, and legislative advocacy. Most recently, he served in the local planning department at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, working on a wide range of planning efforts. Prior to joining PTNY, Jamie and his wife lived in Chicago, where they enjoyed attending the theater, cheering on the Chicago Fire soccer team, and going to Lake Michigan beaches. He loves the outdoors, especially when experienced on a bike, as well as reading, movies, and a variety of sports.  (Fun fact: Jamie appeared on the NBC show Chicago PD as an extra - look for the paramedic in Episode 5, Season 1.

Rohan Rohan Parikh is excited to join Parks & Trails New York as Assistant Bike Tour Director. A grassroots organizer and community liaison for progressive candidates and elected officials, Rohan’s academic and professional interests lie in how we design our cities and communities, especially with regard to race, class, and sustainability. Rohan is happiest searching for great good places with a bicycle and a camera, around a campfire with a guitar and old friends, or at the movies with a bowl of popcorn.

DrewDrew Pollak-Bruce joined Parks & Trails New York as a Project Coordinator in August 2013. Drew has a background in community, recreation and environmental planning with bachelor’s degrees in political science and history from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University. While at Cornell, Drew concentrated his studies in the confluence of communities and public lands, taking classes in urban planning, natural resources, tourism and GIS. Drew is an avid hiker, biker and backpacker and is also an accomplished snowboard racer, competing in the USA Snowboard Association National Championships for many years. In addition to these activities, he enjoys reading, making music and films, camping, canoeing and kayaking, skateboarding and snowshoeing. Drew is happiest spending time in the outdoors with his wife and daughter. Final fun fact: Drew has visited every state in the US, with the exception of Alaska.

tiffanyTiffany Soricelli joined Parks & Trails New York as the Director of Development in May 2013. Tiffany has several years of experience working as a passionate development professional and fundraiser in higher education and nonprofit management. As an avid hiker and aspiring Adirondack 46er, she is an enthusiastic advocate for New York’s parks and trails and is excited to work to support them. Tiffany holds a master’s degree in education and earned her bachelor’s in vocal performance and music business from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. She currently serves on the board for Women in Development of Northeastern New York and, when not working or performing professionally in the area, she enjoys hiking, biking, bikram yoga and trail running.

 
           
 

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