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

Beth Rowland, Communications, Operations & Development Manager 

After a career in book publishing, including 29 years running a publishing company she founded, Beth moved from Berkeley Springs, WV to the ADK in early 2017. She is an historian, specializing in 18th century Virginia history. She has written for a number of magazines, including America’s Civil War. Her original plan of retiring to the ADK and working on a novel was put on hold when the job opportunity at CATS became open. Beth had hiked CATS trails with her husband Tim and their dogs several times a year while visiting Tim’s family in Plattsburgh, and had admired CATS work. Beth and Tim raise grass-fed beef on their farm in Jay, along with an assortment of other pets and livestock. Being a part of CATS and helping the organization to grow is a delight for her. Her novel remains a work in progress however.

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

Derek Rogers, Development Director – Derek worked for The Nature Conservancy on Long Island for 11 years as the Long Island Preserves Director where he collaborated with interdisciplinary teams and partners to plan and implement science and stewardship programs on protected lands across Long Island.  In that role, and as an ornithological expert, he participated in donor development and cultivation efforts including event coordination and guiding donor trips and programs to many parts of the world through TNC’s Conservation Journeys Program. In addition, he regularly led field expeditions and organized fundraising events for donors and TNC boards at the chapter and state level.

Email:  Office: 518-962-2287    Cell: 631-804-3544

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