The Columbia Land Conservancy welcomes Charles Tauber to its Board of Trustees. Charles brings a career in the financial industry and a long standing and energetic commitment to Columbia County and the goals and values of the CLC. He is the Head of North American Restructuring at Anchorage Capital Group, a New York based investment firm. Prior to that he was a principal at Silver Point Capital, a Greenwich Connecticut-based distressed-credit focused investment firm. He has been active on a number of private and public corporate boards he has led a broad range of large and complex investments across a variety of industries. A former Fulbright Fellow, Mr. Tauber received a Masters in International Affairs with Distinction from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Connecticut College.
An avid fisherman and a poor gardener, Charles and his family have a had a home in Spencertown for over 40 years. “The fields, farms, streams and ponds of Columbia County have been important part of my life, my family’s life and my children’s lives I look forward to working with the CLC and the community for the next generation,” says Tauber.
The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) welcomes Barbara Reisman to its Board of Trustees. Reisman brings extensive non-profit experience to the organization. She is the Executive Director of the Schumann Fund of New Jersey and has launched several influential education initiatives and collaborative partnerships. When she was Executive Director of the Child Care Action Campaign, she grew the organization from a 2-person staff with $100,000 budget to 18 member staff with $1.9 million in revenues. She has a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard University and has served on the Board of several prestigious organizations.
Barbara brings to the Board a long time commitment to Columbia County and deep experience in the non-profit sector. We are enormously pleased that she is joining us and look forward to working with her as we complete and then implement our strategic plan.
Deborah E. Lans, Chair of CLC’s Board of Trustees
by Michael Polemis, Former Chair of the CLC Board of Trustees
CLC is in the midst of celebrating our 25th anniversary, a significant institutional milestone. We have good reason to boast a bit about our accomplishments over the past 25 years: almost 22,000 acres under easement; 10 Public Conservation Areas, serving as a de facto county park system; more than 2,000 children participating annually in our education programs, to name just a few. CONTINUE READING
At its annual meeting on Saturday, February 4, held at Local 111 in Philmont, the Columbia Land Conservancy extended its thanks to two Columbia County residents for outstanding service to the organization. After a combined 33 years on CLC’s Board of Trustees, Michael Polemis and Judy Grunberg are stepping down.
Polemis was a founding board member, one of original trustees on the day CLC was created – over twenty-five years ago. He has served as Board Chair since 1996. Polemis built on the organization’s strength as it grew to a staff of 15 with an annual budget of $1.5 million. During Polemis’s tenure as Board Chair, CLC has greatly expanded its focus which, in addition to holding conservation easements on privately owned land, now includes owning and managing Public Conservation Areas, an education program, support for working farms, and assistance for local governments and organizations in land use planning. CONTINUE READING
The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) is pleased to announce that Deborah E. Lans has been named its new chair of the Board of Trustees, succeeding Michael Polemis, who has led the organization for the past 15 years. Lans first joined the Board in 2009 and has served as Vice-Chair since 2011. She is a frequent visitor to the Public Conservation Areas that CLC runs, particularly, Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond where, she says, “the hills, fields, and views make my heart sing.” She has lived in Columbia County for over 25 years.
The first 25 years of CLC’s work have seen enormous achievements. Michael Polemis, our retiring Board Chair, Peter Paden, our Executive Director, and our talented and dedicated staff and board (past and present) have made CLC a force in the land trust world, envisioning programs that have since been adopted by other land trusts and that give CLC a broad impact outside of, as well as within, the county.
Deborah E. Lans, Chair of CLC Board of Trustees CONTINUE READING
The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) welcomes dedicated volunteer, Hilary Dunne Ferrone, to our board of trustees. Ferrone is co-chairing CLC’s 25th Anniversary Committee and co-chaired the 2010 Country Barbecue Host Committee.
Hilary’s hard work has enabled us to expand our programs so we can conserve more land and create more educational and recreational opportunities for area residents. We’re lucky to have her on the board.
Peter R. Paden, CLC Executive Director