Since 1969, we have led the effort to protect the more than 700,000 acres of the Catskill Park and Catskill Forest Preserve.
We are the major force advocating for the Catskill region.
To protect and foster the environmental, cultural and economic well-being of the Catskill region.
Board of Directors
Helen K. Chase
Pamela Jean Orr
Sherret S. Chase
Armand B. Erpf
John F. Lyons
Larry S. Roadman
Frank E. Sanchis III
Michael S. Sparer
Jeff joined the Catskill Center in 2015 after working for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference as the program coordinator for the Catskill region and manager of regional trail programs. In addition to bringing non-profit, environmental planning and office management experience to his post, Jeff has had the experience of growing up and working in the Catskills and time in both rural and urban New England regions. Jeff has worked as an environmental planner for the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission; Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission; and for Waterman Design Associates. He also worked as a New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation assistant forest ranger in Greene County. Jeff is an avid hiker and outdoorsman who has spent a lot of time hiking and exploring in the Catskills, Adirondacks, and New England and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Hiking Society and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lyndon State College in Vermont, with a concentration in environmental science.
Kali is passionate about conserving the land and waters we have borrowed from our children, while strengthening the Catskill region's economic vitality and protecting its cultural heritage. After working as a program coordinator, educator, and land manager with several Hudson Valley regional non-profit organizations, she founded the outdoor adventure company Hike New York, dedicated to helping connect people with New York's most precious natural areas in the Hudson Valley and Catskills. Kali is an avid trail runner with a serious mountain addiction and predilection toward run-by botanizing. She earned her Master of Science degree studying the microbial ecology of aquatic ecosystems at Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station.
Advocacy & Outreach
Conservation and sustainable development have both been Erik's passions since volunteering under the redwoods of the John Muir National Monument with the Student Conservation Association as a young high school student. Erik's managed teams, offices and organizations in environmental advocacy, sustainable development and a variety of arts groups, not to mention stints in Alaska and sailing through the Sargasso Sea. Working with National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club and NRDC, Erik has continuously worked to protect our environment. Erik spends most weekends hiking with his two pups throughout the region. He graduated from Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts with a BA in Science, Technology and Society.
Brit Hotaling joined the Catskill Center in January, 2016 as a Development Associate. Focused primarily on creating and developing innovative new ideas in order to track various fund processing, Brit brings to the table an expansive background in event coordination and in radio, as well as audio production. In addition to the occasional freelance writing gig, managing a small start up under the name of Grassroots Artist Management and hosting a weekly program called “Grassroots” on WIOX 91.3FM, to unwind she typically pretends to play guitar in her makeshift home recording studio.
Michael Drillinger brings to the Catskill Center his professional experience from a broad background in business, technology and the environment. He has an MBA from LIU and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from SUNY Purchase. As a hiker and camper since childhood, Michael has spent countless days and nights on the trails and in the forests of the Catskills. He is a DEC licensed outdoor guide and has taught outdoor skills and camp craft. With a deep love of the Catskills, its unique ecosystems, the wonderful people and its rich history, Michael intends to help protect these treasures through his work at the Catskill Center. Michael lives in Woodstock with his wife Rosalind.
DATABASE MANAGER – FINANCE AND MEMBERSHIP
Susan joined the Catskill Center in 2010. She manages finances, memberships and runs the online store. Susan grew up in Connecticut but has lived with her family in Delhi for 20 years. In her free time, Susan enjoys hiking with her dog, crafts, and spending time with her daughter.
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
Katie Palm joined The Catskill Center in November 2010. Prior to working at the Catskill Center, Katie was the Education Specialist at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC. In this role, she created a volunteer program and planned all the educational programs for adults and children. She has also worked at Longwood Gardens, the Watershed Agricultural Council and for Cornell Cooperative Extension as the Broome County Consumer/Community Horticulturist. Katie holds a MAT in Museum Education from George Washington University in Washington D.C. and a BS in Horticulture from Cornell University.
Field Projects Manager
Daniel originally joined the Catskill Center for a 10-month internship to work on the biocontrol of invasive species within the Catskill’s region, focusing on hemlock woolly adelgid and emerald ash borer. He continues assisting with local education and outreach projects related to invasive species. Daniel attended the University of Maryland at College Park, where he received a degree in Ecology and Evolution. Originally from Bowie, Maryland, Daniel spent 4 months working at an internship with the National Park Service in New River Gorge, West Virginia releasing Laricobius nigrinus and controlling invasive species. He enjoys hiking, kayaking, and board games in his free time.
John joined the Catskill Center in February 2016. For the past twenty years he has been collaborating with scientists and land stewards throughout southeastern New York State promoting science-based management and conservation. His broad interest in nature has resulted in published articles on ecology, vegetational history, lake dynamics, fish populations, climate change and phenology. He is certified as a wildland firefighter and has participated in prescribed fires in the Shawangunk Mountains of New York and the serpentine barrens of Pennsylvania. John earned his MS degree in Geology at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS degree in Environmental Conservation at the University of New Hampshire. He currently serves as Vice President of the John Burroughs Natural History Society and is on the board of the John Burroughs Association. Working with those two groups, he is developing a stewardship plan for the Burroughs Sanctuary in Esopus. In his spare time, John enjoys birdwatching with his wife Jamie.
real estate project manager
Julia brings a background in land conservation and sustainability planning to her work with the Catskill Center. She will promote the program to eligible streamside landowners, visit with interested landowners at their properties, and work with interested, eligible landowners through the initial stages of the acquisition process.
Julia grew up in Rochester and received her undergraduate degree in biology from Cornell University and her master’s degree in conservation biology and sustainable development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is thrilled to be back in her home state working and playing in the Catskills. She loves hiking, canoeing, and camping with her husband and two young children.
REAL ESTATE closing MANAGER
Lisa comes to the Catskill Center with over twenty-five years of experience in the legal, title insurance, and land services industries. She manages the later stages of the property acquisition process for the Streamside Acquisition Program. Her primary responsibilities include coordinating, reviewing, and documenting all closing-related activities, including managing contracts for services and other technical and legal aspects of the closing process.
A lifetime resident of New York State, Lisa enjoys hiking, volleyball, golf, and travel—especially when those activities include the company of her family.