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. located 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).   

 

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

 

Ginny Kern Schroon Lake Chamber Treasurer
 
 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 & Board President at Large: 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:  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 ou 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!   

 

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. 

 

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

 


Staff & Board Members