Staff and Board 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


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

Emily Segada, Operations & Communications Manager – Emily is a graduate of Paul Smith’s College with a B.S. in Natural Resource Conservation Management and a minor in Environmental Communications.  She has previously held roles in the college’s advancement office, working closely with their board of trustees, major donors, event planning, and multi database management. In addition, she completed a one-mile-long loop trail in Lake Clear with the NYSDEC for her senior capstone. She volunteers with the Paul Smith’s Veteran’s Association, Trout Unlimited, and greenlight for girls, a non-profit ensuring girls have access to STEM education. She loves hiking (obviously!), identifying wildflowers, cooking, gardening, and watercolor. 

Email:  Office: 518-962-2287   Cell: 908-914-5520

There are no positions available at CATS at this time. 


Dan Keegan, Chair
Annie McKinley, Vice Chair
Steven Shepstone, Treasurer 
Martha Smiles, Secretary

 David McNamara

John Davis

Mike Derrick

Vincent Dupont

Janet Mallon

Rob Powell

Cynthia Ford-Johnston 



Pat Aiken
Bill Amadon
Sheri Amsel
Charlie Cammack
John Davis
George Davis
Lori Fisher
Todd Goff
Al Haberle
Meredith Hanna
Frisky Irwin
Steven Kellogg
Bruce Klink (1929-2014*)
Chris Maron
Leah Nelson
Patricia Parsons
Amanda Perez
James Phillips
David Reuther
Margie Reuther
Laura Smith
Ed Smith
Robin Ulmer
Denise Wilson

*February 5, 2014: We mourn the passing of Bruce Klink, one of our founders. Bruce and Steven Kellogg initiated the creation of CATS when they were in the Charlotte, North Carolina airport in 2006. Both were reading Wandering Home by Bill McKibben where he wrote about passing through our Champlain Valley towns of Essex, Westport, and Elizabethtown. They agreed that this area needed a network of hiking trails so they called several people together and thus began Champlain Area Trails. Now, in 2020, we have over 60 miles of new trails and a listing of over 40 local trails. We miss you Bruce. You have made a difference in this world.

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