Staff

Executive Director

Susan Palisano, who has called Schroon Lake her second home for more than 20 years, is the new executive director of the Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

Sue has been a Connecticut resident for the past 23 years but originally hails from Rhode Island. She has an extensive background in non-profit leadership, strategic planning, communications, economic development and grants management.

Palisano considers it an honor and a privilege to have been asked to serve as Chamber of Commerce executive director. “I have loved this town since the very first summer we vacationed here so many years ago,” Palisano said. “We’re excited about making the transition from part-time to full-time residents.”

For the past 13 years, she has been senior director for a not-for-profit economic development organization where she was responsible for the multi-million dollar expansion of her unit. An experienced grant writer, Sue will be looking for opportunities to significantly increase funding for Chamber activities.

Having spent the past 20 years of her professional career creating and leveraging strategic partnerships, Sue believes that this, combined with an entrepreneurial approach to business development, tourism, and cultural events, will create greater opportunities for success. Her number one priority in bringing new leadership to the Chamber of Commerce is the sustainment and growth of the Schroon Lake area to the benefit of both businesses and the communities we serve.

Sue and her husband Tom have three adult children, who convene in Schroon Lake every summer in late June/early July regardless of where they might be. Sue volunteers for a dog rescue organization, and she and Tom have two rescued boys of their own, Rocky and Al.  Dedicated antiquers, Tom and Sue also buy and restore vintage clocks, and collect far too many other things, according to their children.

 

Visitor Center Manager

Nicole Howe

 

Nicole was born and raised in Schroon Lake, graduating from SLCS. She starting working at the Chamber three years ago, after volunteering in various capacities over the previous year. Nicole's efforts in supporting Chamber events and activities and her strong ties to the community led to her being appointed to the full time position of Visitor Center manager in January 2018. In this capacity, Nicole is responsible for walk in traffic, visitor information, oversight of summer staff and volunteers, day to day operations, planning and supporting events, and Chamber merchandise.

Nicole came to work at the Chamber because "she absolutely loves Schroon Lake, the closeness of the community, and the way everyone looks after one another."  She brings this spirit and enthusiasm to her position at the Chamber.

Nicole and her husband John live in Pottersville. They have two grown sons and three furry grandbabies. Nicole has served on the boards of many local organizations, including the Chester-Horicon Youth Commission and the Pottersville Fire Department Auxiliary. She was the coordinator for the local Cystic Fibrosis fundraising event for a number of years. Nicole hopes to spend many more years with the Chamber helping visitors enjoy Schroon Lake's "paradise" as much as she has enjoyed it.

 

2018 Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

 

 

Officers

President: Randy Garrison 

Randy Garrison, Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce
 
Randy Garrison, Owner of Rowe’s Adirondack Cabins, will serve as President of the Board of Directors on the Schroon Lake Area Chamber for the 2018-2019 fiscal years. Randy, a successful entrepreneur and professional relocated his family from Connecticut to New York several years ago, purchasing Rowe’s Adirondack C0ttages (formerly known as Rowe’s Lake Breeze Cottages) and now he and his family reside and makes Schroon Lake their lifetime home.
 
Mr. Garrison is focused on family, diversity, a positive attitude and dedicated to volunteerism. Randy has always devoted his time to various non-profit boards and committees in Connecticut and New York. In addition, he enjoys inspiring entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and community groups; providing the tools to enrich their public image in innovative and locally focused events and activities with a passion for being involved with local fundraisers and event planning.
 
Currently, Randy is serving as Chairman of the Schroon Lake Boy Scouts of America Troop 37 where his son Nicholas is pursuing his Eagle Scout Award, the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scouting Program. He was instrumental in co-hosting the 1st Annual Schroon Lake Easter Egg Hunt with Ms. Helen Need, and Mountainside Church this spring. He is a member of the Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, and volunteers with the Schroon Lake 4th of July Celebration.
Randy’s life status allows him to be flexible and adapt quickly to change. Thus, he is eager to meet the resident’s of Schroon Lake via his Open Door Policy and is excited to collaborate with other community members, businesses and local goverment to make Schroon Lake a better place to work, live and play while preserving the family atmosphere of the Community.
 
Prior to his relocation, Mr. Garrison had served in increasingly responsible roles not limited to various positions in an arena of multiple heavy highway construction companies as well as, privately owned corporations with a record of accomplishment.
 
Mr. Garrison elects to become an active Chamber Member and states that family, hard work and community involvement are his formula for success and invites all residents to stop by Rowe’s Adirondack Cabins for a cup of coffee or beverage and reminisce about the good old days and plan for a bright future for Schroon Lake.
 

Vice-President: Brook Clark

 

Brooke Clark grew up spending her summers on Skylark Lane in Schroon Lake with her parents, eventually moving to Schroon Lake with her husband Darryl to raise their daughter Sloane Brooke is dedicated to helping the Schroon Lake Region be a more vibrant and successful community for not only our local businesses and residents, but for the pleasure of our guests that spend time in our region.  Brooke is excited to join the Chamber and brings with her a wide variety of skill sets.  She currently is employed as an Outreach Coordinator for Essex County NY Public Health Department. Her job is to engage local entities and community organizations to prevent and reduce heroin and opiate abuse and addiction in Essex County and surrounding areas through education, awareness, support, and enhancement of existing programs and resources. While holding this important position, she also works aa a licensed Realtor with Keller Williams Realty of Saratoga, Capital District and Adirondack.  She has assistaed many people from the Capital District to the foot hills of the Adirondacks purchase their dream home and businesses. 

In the past Brooke has served as Program Director for the Schenectady ARC, worked in Clinical Services for Mountain Lake Services, North East Parent and Child Society, Mental Health Association of Essex County, CWI and Citizens Advice Bureau in Bronx NY. In addition, Brooke has also worked for Essex County Social Services, served as a substitute teacher for the Schroon Lake, Ticonderoga, and Crown Point School Districts, and worked as a corporate trainer for Capital Restaurant Concepts in Washington, D.C.  Brooke holds a Bachelors of Art Degree from Union College and SUNY Potsdam and a Masters Degree in Psychology from SUNY Albany.  businesses

 
 

Treasurer:  Ginny Kern

 
Ms. Ginny Kern hales from Southern New Hampshire via Northern VT and chose to settle here in Schroon Lake with her Mom two years ago. Ginny has one daughter, Caellie Kern who is currently living in the Greater Boston area and will be moving to Pittsburgh to attend medical school at the end of Summer 2017.

Ginny brings a diverse back ground which started in the mid 1980’s as a business analyst, moved into internal auditing, then computer security and finally into teaching. She currently is teaching yoga at True North Yoga located on Main Street in Schroon Lake, hostessing at Flanagans Pub & Grill also located on Main Street, and assisting her Mom.

In the past, Ginny served as Treasurer for the New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition andon the Board of Directors Finance committee for both the Temple Wilton Community Farm and Support Tutorial For Youth in NH. The Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is very excited to have Ginny join us. 

 

DIRECTORS

 

 Director: Donna Mellan 

Donna Rice-Mellan, LMT began her business career in the early 1980s as an Advertising and Visual Merchandiser for JCPenney Co in her hometown of Shelby, NC. Her duties included advertising planning, budgeting and placement; public relations; event planning and implementation; and visual merchandising.  At the time, Donna was an active participant in the Shelby Chamber of Commerce.

After working for JCPenney Co for seven years, Donna expanded her career into the advertising field to include newspaper, radio, and print, while working for an advertising agency where she became responsible for advertising sales, layout & design, copy writing, and radio voice over in North Carolina, Tennessee, California, Ohio, and West Virginia.

In the early 1990s, Donna moved to Glen Spey, NY, where she began her career in the insurance industry as an underwriter for a small Catskill Regional insurance company; Frontier Insurance Company. By the late 1990s, she was employed by American International Group (AIG) in Manhattan as an AVP and Home Office Underwriting Manager with 12 underwriters reporting into her throughout the United States for excess workers compensation where she underwrote coverages for fortune 1000 companies.  In late 2002 Donna went to work for XL Insurance in Manhattan as AVP and Senior Underwriter for excess casualty lines of coverage again working with fortune 1000 companies underwriting their umbrella and excess liability coverages.

Due to the 2008 Financial Crisis, Donna became a displaced worker in January 2011 and decided to revamp her lifestyle by entering into the massage therapy program fulltime at Hudson Valley School of Massage Therapy.  Donna attended massage therapy school from April 2011 through May 2012 receiving her Certification of Completion for 1040 Hours of Massage Therapy Training.

After graduation on June 4, 2012 Donna moved to Schroon Lake from Orange County, NY to be with her boyfriend, Jorg Borowski(deceased 1/23/2015), and started working immediately for TOP’s in Schroon Lake while studying for her NY State massage licensing exam.  While working at TOPs Donna quickly began to know the local and summer residents of Schroon Lake, falling in love with the town and the people.   Even though Donna become a NY State Licensed Massage Therapist in September of 2012, that same month she started working for the Upstate Agency LLC, a subsidiary of Glens Falls National Bank, as a Commercial Lines CSR in both Schroon Lake and Chestertown and attended Adirondack Community College to study for her NYS State Brokers license, completing the course in December 2012.

Donna opened her own massage practice in her and Jorg’s home on December 12, 2012, Schroon Lake Massage & Wellness Center.  January 2013 Donna became a NY State Licensed Property & Casualty Broker and in mid-2013 she started working exclusively in  Upstate Agency’s Schroon Lake office.  Fall of 2013, Donna joined the Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce as a Board Director.   November 1, 2014 Donna moved her business to a store front to Schroon Lakes Main Street, located at True North Yoga studio.  Donna is currently an active member of the Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club.   Donna currently lives in Adirondack, NY.  She is mother of two children and a proud grandmother of nine grandchildren.

 

Director: Amanda Elms

Amanda R. Elms, in recent months became the Branch Manager/ Officer of Glens Falls National Bank in Schroon Lake.  Amanda graduated from Fort Central School in 1995 and continues to reside in Fort Ann with her fiancé Jason, daughter Hannah(18) and son Luke(13). Amanda started working for Glens Falls National Bank in 1997 leaving to be at home while raising her children from 2002 to 2009, when she returned to Glens Falls National to begin building a career in bank management.  She has worked in the Granville, Kingsbury, Fort Ann, Lake George, Warrensburg, Chestertown, Ticonderoga and Port Henry locations which lead her to the Schroon Lake location. Amanda is a member of the Schroon Lake Association, Schroon Lake Revolving Loan Committee, and the Fort Ann Volunteer Fire Dept. Support Group.  Hobbies are camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, baking and spending time with her family. She loves Schroon Lake and feels like it is home away from home, and she looks forward to serving our community and its businesses. 

 

Director: Shauna Dupuis

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Shauna Dupuis graduated from Salem Central School in 1996 with a Regent’s Diploma and two college classes. In 2001, she graduated from SUNY Adirondack with a degree in Liberal Arts: Social Sciences with concentrations in Art, English and Psychology. 
 
In 1998, Shauna obtained a position at Reliable Racing/Inside Edge in Queensbury as a seasonal employee and stayed on during her college years. She loved the tight-knit aspect of the small, family-owned company while it being internationally renowned as well. By the time she graduated she was made a full time employee and worked up to the company Shipping & Transportation Manager. She lived in Glens Falls until meeting her fiancé, Dan Ross in 2008 and moving to Chestertown. 
She and Dan spend much of their time outdoors; hiking, camping, fishing, paddling and snowshoeing typically in and around the beautiful Schroon Lake region and surrounding areas. 
 
Loving the area so much, they decided to buy a home and move to Schroon Lake in 2014. After moving to the area, Shauna decided to try to find a job locally in order bring her home, work & play life closer together. In 2015, she gave her resignation to Reliable Racing/Inside Edge after almost 17 years. She worked a couple of different jobs (International Paper- Ticonderoga Mill & BMW Construction) until obtaining a position with Glens Falls National Bank- Lake George in 2016 and finally landing in Schroon Lake in 2017. 
Dear to her heart is the advocacy for the developmentally disabled; being the legal guardian of her handicapped older brother. She and Dan are also passionate about the welfare of animals and currently have two dogs and 4 cats; of which 4 are rescues. 
Upon becoming permanent at the Schroon Lake branch, Shauna decided to become more involved in the community in order to give back some of the joy and even a semblance of the appreciation she feels toward Schroon Lake and its surrounding areas.
 
 
 

Mike Marnell - Schroon Town Supervisor (ex officio)

 

 

Presidents At Large: 

Mike Bush - Word of Life Fellowship;

Phyliss Rogers - Silver Spruce Inn

Laura Donaldson - Rocky Acres Inn B&B/Rocky Acres Sewing and Alterations

Tony Kostecki - Seagle Music Colony

Donna Mellan - Schroon Lake Wellness & Massage

 


Staff & Board Members