2017 Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce Staff/Board of Directors:

Executive Director:  Tammy Whitty-Brown

Tammy, originally from Schroon Lake, brings not only a vast understanding of the community, but diverse, applicable experience earned at previous jobs through out the Adirondacks to her position. Her background includes experience in finance management, wholesale and retail sales, museum management, event planning and marketing.  She also holds an ...Associates Degree in Marketing from SUNY Adirondack and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a concentration in Museum Studies from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Tammy's hopes that her extensive and personal connection to Schroon Lake and knowledge of its challenges and opportunities will serve her home town community well.  She is excited to collaborate with the team of volunteers that are already working hard to make Schroon Lake a successful community and visitor destination. Her mission is to support the local businesses, future development projects, tourism promotion and expansion of the current list of existing cultural events to help her former childhood home grow and prosper.

Tammy is married to her wonderful husband Bob Brown owner of Blue Ridge Electrical Contracting, Inc. loated in North Hudson, NY, and has one step-son named Ryan and three biological children, Nikita, Joshua, and Anastasia, and two son in laws, Sean & Chris.  Her family is  growing with her grandson Torin who was born 6 years years ago and a recent addition, a granddaughter named Iris (named after Schroon Lake Citizen of the Year Recipient Iris Civilier) who is now just over a year old. Tammy loves to spend time with her family and to bake, cook, scrapbook, hunt, fish, boat, swim, read, write (recently Tammy co authored a lcoal history book on the famous amuseument park: Frontier Town, titled Frontier Town Abandoned Theme Park Then and Now.   She is also a farmer, hand raising assorted breeds of chickens. 

 

Officers

President: 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.

Vice President:  Roger Peace

Roger is married to Cathy and they have four children, Nathan,  Marcus, Lauren, and Addison grades!  All of the children attend Schroon Lake Schools and they have lived in Schroon Lake for 20+ years.  

Roger currently serves as Vice President of Growth Strategies for Word of Life Fellowship. Roger serves a team of leaders and managers that create vision, direction and management for the National Ministry of Word of Life. Some of the areas are our Local Church Ministries Team, Youth and Family Camps, Outreach and Events and the daily operational areas. Before serving with our National Ministries, he served in the International Ministries Division serving over 1000 missionaries in 60+ countries and traveled to many of them speaking and serving the international teams.   

Roger is passionate about Schroon Lake and the opportunities that we offer our residents and visitors! Convinced Schroon Lake is one of the best kept secrets of the Adirondacks, NY and our nation, Roger is excited to serve with the Schroon Lake Chamber and to see our business and visitors thrive!  

When Roger is not in the office, or out speaking or connecting with families and students you will find him engaged with family activities and his local church. If there is time left you can look at a local race-car track or NASCAR event and find him acting like a teenager again!   

Secretary: 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:  VACANT

 

2017 Board Members

Lisa Hess-Marks

Lisa Hess-Marks is failry new to the Schroon Lake Business Community, but not new to the region! In 2009, Lisa and her husband, Edward, fell in love with the Adirondacks and soon purchased a second home on the shores of Beaver Pond in the Hamlet of Adirondack.

In 2014, Lisa left her Fashion Design career in New York City to pursue other creative interests… which brought her family to the Adirondacks full-time! After taking some much-needed time off… and after an exhausting search for just the right storefront, Lisa and Edward decided to “invest” in the future of Downtown Schroon Lake! They were happy to find a building that could house both Lisa’s dream of opening a home furnishings shop, the Pine Cone Mercantile, as well as Edward’s desire to open a bread bakery, the North Woods Bread Company) And after an extensive building renovation, they proudly opened their doors on Main Street on July 4th, 2015!

Bella Pecor-Boardway

Bella Pecor-Boardway grew up in Schroon Lake, graduating from Schroon Lake Central in 1984. Over the next several years, Bella worked several different jobs in the region until 1990 at which time she started working for Glens Falls National Bank. Over the next 17 years she worked her way up to Branch Manager and officer of Glens Falls National Bank and in December 2014, she was pleased to be offered the Branch Manager position in her home town of Schroon Lake.

Since starting at the Schroon Lake branch she has become involved in several different organizations, currently holding a position as board member of the Schroon Lake Association, and the Chair Person for the Town of Schroon’s Revolving Loan Fund.  Bella loves helping Schroon Lake continue to be an amazing place to live, work and visit and she is excited to have this chance to become a Board Member with the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce.

 Mike Marnell - Schroon Town Supervisor (ex officio)

At Large: 

Mike Bush - Word of Life Fellowship;

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

Tony Kostecki - Seagle Music Colony

 


Staff & Board Members