Staff Directory

ChrisChris Maron, Executive Director – Chris holds a Bachelors degree from DePauw University and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from Indiana University.  For twenty-five years he worked in a variety of positions with the Nature Conservancy, in Indiana for 15 years and the Adirondacks for 10 years.  He has served on the boards of Sycamore Land Trust, Central Indiana Land Trust, NY’s Lake Champlain Citizens’ Advisory Committee, Boquet River Association, Westport Library (president), Ballard Park Association, Eddy Foundation, and the Town of Westport Planning Board.  In 2009 he helped establish and became the first executive director of Champlain Area Trails.
Email:    Office:  518-962-2287     Cell:  518-637-8365

GailBikeGail Testa, Operation & Development Manager – Gail’s undergraduate degree is in Business Administration.  She has held progressively responsible positions for the past 40 years, most recently as a marketing and communications manager for one of the largest environmental remediation companies in the country.  She has managed several small businesses, including her own counseling practice and her husband’s architectural business.  Gail and her husband are avid hikers and bicyclists who moved to the Adirondacks full-time in 2006 to open a Bed & Breakfast in Elizabethtown.   Gail joined CATS in 2012 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as facilitating fundraising activities.
Email:  / 518-962-2287


Bill Amadon, Stewardship Coordinator
– Bill has a BA degree in Fine Arts and is an accomplished artist and photographer, and past-president of the Adirondack Art Association.  He was born and raised in the Adirondacks and knows the local landscape and the people who live here and has tremendous knowledge of natural science and environmental issues.  He is a founding member of Champlain Area Trails and has served as a board member.  For many years prior to being hired as a staff member in 2015, Bill worked as a CATS volunteer, actively identifying, creating, and maintaining many of our trails.

Email:  Office:  518-962-2287   Cell:  518-925-0552