Since 1969, we have led the effort to protect the more than 700,000 acres of the Catskill Park and Catskill Forest Preserve.
Our Mission is To protect and foster the environmental, cultural and economic well-being of the Catskill region.
Board of Directors
Helen K. Chase
Pamela Jean Orr
Armand B. Erpf
Ettore F. Infante
John F. Lyons
Larry S. Roadman
Frank E. Sanchis III
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 then as their manager of regional trail programs. Jeff has worked as an environmental planner for the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission, Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission, and Waterman Design Associates. He also worked as a New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation assistant forest ranger in Greene County.
An avid hiker and outdoorsman, Jeff spends a lot of time hiking and exploring in the Catskills, Adirondacks, and New England. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Hiking Society, the Catskill Watershed Corporation, and the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce. Jeff hosts Catskill Digest weekly on WIOX Community Radio. 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, which is 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.
Catskill Interpretive Center Director
Sarah has a background in publicity and marketing for socially-minded small companies, non-profits, and individuals in the arts and entertainment industry.
She has also served as a sustainability consultant on film and commercial sets, in New York City and beyond, working with production teams to reduce waste, conserve resources, and give back to local communities. A rare opportunity to run a historic bed & breakfast brought her family back upstate to the Catskills, and the natural beauty, rich culture, and vibrant small towns soon convinced them to settle down here for good. Sarah brings to the Catskill Interpretive Center a passion for sustainable tourism and community-building. She enjoys hiking, photography, fiber arts, and exploring the Catskills and Hudson River Valley with her husband and children.
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.
Director of Communications
After spending years as a freelance photographer, Heather joined the Catskill Center in May 2017. A resident of the village of Delhi, she lives on the edge of the little Delaware River and thinks the combo of streamside living, and a yard filled with beautiful old hemlocks (and yet edged with knotweed), makes her life a virtual case study in the concerns of the Catskill Center.
Heather studied art at San Diego State and her photographs have been shown in San Diego, LA and New York. Her editorial work has been published in the NY Times, NY Magazine and the Watershed Post.
Jonathan returned to the Catskill Center in February 2017 as Executive Assistant. From 2010 through 2014, he was the Membership and Outreach Coordinator for the Catskill Center. This experience in communications, development, and community and fundraising events will go a long way toward ensuring a smooth transition into his new role. He looks forward to working with all the partnering organizations, volunteers, and staff affiliated with the Catskill Center.
Jonathan previously worked in development with the Adirondack Mountain Club, the Orange County Land Trust, and most recently with the Western Catskills Community Revitalization Council. He received a Master of Professional Studies in Community Services Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from Alfred University.
Land Trust & stewardship manager
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.
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. He lives in Woodstock with his wife, Rosalind.
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.
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 four 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.
After half a lifetime bouncing between cities and careers, Marc arrived at the Catskill Center where he has found the perfect organization within. Here he can combine his passion for the unique beauty of his Catskills home with his professional experience in the business world.
Before joining the Catskill Center as Financial Manager, Marc had previous lives in film and media, as well as the past 20 years in finance. He spent 14 years splitting his life between the Catskills and New York City where he worked in real estate private equity with Prana Investments. Seven years ago, he moved full-time to Halcott Center with his wife, Carrie, where he continued to work as a consultant, real estate investor, and the assessor for the small upstate town where he has been a homeowner since 2000.
Marc takes full advantage of every season in the Catskills: hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and riding motorcycles. He received his BA in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
REAL ESTATE closing MANAGER
A lifetime resident of New York State, Lisa enjoys hiking, volleyball, golf, and travel—especially when those activities include the company of her family.
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.
Real Estate Project Manger
Before Brian entered the field of natural resource management, he worked in the film and television industry as a writer and director for over a decade and has a BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
With his wife and three children, he recently returned to the Catskills from Colorado where he earned an MA in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has previously worked as a project coordinator for a grass roots organization specializing in ecological restoration along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Brian loves eastern philosophy, the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.
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, she enjoys hiking with her dog, crafts, and spending time with her daughter.
Stewardship & Advocacy Coordinator
Skiing, camping, backpacking, climbing, and wandering in the woods are the activities that brought Andy outside. Once out there, he discovered a knack and passion for speaking up for public lands without a voice. Over the last four years, Andy has worked with partner organizations and agencies to ensure public access to lands across the United States are protected and preserved for future generations.
This year Andy will be working to ensure that visitors of the Catskill Park are prepared to visit local gems, using minimum impact practices. Creative and adventurous at heart, Andy spends his free time seeking out new locales of interest and inspiration.
After 20 years in the Fashion Industry, Eva relocated her family to the Catskill Mountains and has been a resident of Roxbury, New York, for the last ten years. She is an avid runner, who loves exploring the outdoors. She enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking and traveling with her husband and children.
Land Trust Project Assistant
Dara Trahan is an AICP certified planner with over 17 years of experience in land use and environmental planning. She holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Binghamton University and a Masters in Regional and Urban Planning from the State University of New York at Albany. Ms. Trahan currently serves on the Board of the Greene Land Trust (GLT) and has drafted many of GLT’s management plans. She is proficient in GIS and creates site maps for the organization as needed.
Additional business enterprises include hanging various local art shows and land use consulting work. While she has focused on digital art in the past, her recent artistic expressions take the form of custom made masquerade masks of which she has sold over 700.
Visitor Experience Coordinator / Catskill Interpretive Center
Kelli is a historian and educator excited to be back in her native Catskills. She is passionate about this region’s rich history, culture, and ecology and hopes to share that enthusiasm with visitors and locals.
Kelli previously worked as the Education Coordinator at the Chemung County Historical Society in Elmira, NY and has a MA in History and Museum Studies Certificate from the University of Delaware. In her research and teaching, she is particularly interested in animal, agricultural, and environmental history, and also has a special fondness for quirky topics in cultural history. She is currently working on her second book, a history of canine celebrity in the late 19th century.
Visitor Experience Coordinator / Catskill Interpretive Center
Olivia comes to Catskill Center with a background in outdoor education, environmental conservation, and outdoor retail. She loves to go out into the Catskill Park whenever she can, whether hiking or exploring the local towns. Her connection to the region started when she was a teenager, spending vacations here, and has grown over the years that she’s been lucky to keep coming back. She attended Bard University, in the nearby Hudson Valley, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature and Writing.
In her role at the Catskill Interpretive Center, Olivia enjoys helping to make the outdoors accessible for people of all ages and growing visitors' knowledge and appreciation for this part of New York. In her free time she likes to climb, write, hike, and cycle.
Visitor Services Associate / Catskill Interpretive Center
As a child, Richard Henning's family had a log cabin on the slope of Overlook Mountain near Woodstock and he went there every summer for many years becoming attached to the region. He learned how to hike, identify trees, and about the night sky which was way darker than at home in New Jersey. In 1979, he moved here full time and went on to climb most major mountains and develop an interest in birding.
Richard joined the Catskill Interpretive Center in 2016 as a part time visitor associate and staffs the center on the weekends. Richard holds an Bachelor's and Master's degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University with an emphasis on water quality. Richard is a past member of the Ulster County Environmental Management Council and the Town of Olive Conservation Advisory Committee.