Staff

ROB CARR

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Rob Carr

Rob Carr resides in Saranac Lake, NY and has close to 15 years of experience in writing, design and planning including: exhibit planning & design, graphic design, program management, facilitation, master site planning, interpretive programming, evaluation, interpretive writing, interpretive programming, grant writing, visitor services management and training. He started Darwin Design in 2015, and now works full-time as a freelance interpretive specialist and designer. His clients include Vail Resorts, The Wild Center, The Adirondack Foundation, St. Lawrence College and many others. Rob’s design and development projects range from ad design and branding to $25 million capital exhibit projects.

Prior to this, Rob worked as the Exhibits and Interpretive Programs Manager at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY, and before that, directed the on-site education at the International Crane Foundation’s world headquarters in Baraboo, WI. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts from Susquehanna University and a master’s degree in Environmental Interpretation from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Rob is also a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG), Trainer (CIT) and Host Trainer (CIHT) through the National Association for Interpretation.

JAMIE DYER FORD

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Jamie Dyer Ford has spent her career building sustainable relationships and partnerships for and with individuals, nonprofits, start-ups and Fortune 500 companies in Greater China, Europe and the United States. Splitting her time between Hong Kong and Saranac Lake, while in Asia Jamie has served as the Founder and Senior Consultant of Proper Prep/Engage, Partnership Manager, Asia for Art Basel Hong Kong, and Managing Director, Asia Pacific of Rise Art, as well as serving as a freelance Consumer Insights Opinion Leader for Google in China and a pro-bono consultant for Hong Kong and Taiwanese nonprofits. Closer to home, Jamie was The Wild Center’s Campaign Manager and Major Gifts Officer, spearheading their $20M Campaign for The Wild Center.  She began her development career at Paul Smith’s College, where she served as their Major Gifts and Grants Officer, and oversaw the Saunders Sports Complex and Countess Alicia Spaulding Paolozzi Environmental Science and Education Center capital projects.

Jamie is an avid traveler, animal lover and outdoor enthusiast. She has a BA in English and Fine Arts from St. Lawrence University, and an MBA from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

KAET OBRIEN

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Kaet has spent the past several years working in communications with expertise in social media management, email marketing, photography, videography, graphic design, and website development. She is the owner of a communications and marketing company, Indy Wild Productions.

Kaet spends summers in Saranac Lake with her partner and two dogs and heads south to New Orleans in the winter months. She enjoys all the Adirondack activities like paddling and hiking, but also loves staying home to garden or binge cozy British mysteries.

OLIVIA THOMAS

FAMILY CENTER COORDINATOR

Olivia Thomas is a dedicated and passionate educator with over 4 years of experience in the field of education. She received a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College in Music Education, and a master’s degree from Liberty University in Elementary Education. Olivia’s goal as the Family Center Coordinator is to help provide a positive and inclusive learning environment for young children, where they can feel encouraged to express themselves creatively. 

Olivia was born and raised in Saranac Lake, and has deep roots in the area. In her free time, Olivia enjoys boating on the Saranac Lake chain of lakes with her new husband, family, and friends. If she isn’t doing that, you will find her quietly reading a good book with an iced coffee in her hand. 

Board of Directors

DEB RODDY

BOARD CHAIR

Deborah (Deb) Roddy has lived in the Saranac Lake area for most of her adult life, after coming to the Adirondacks for vacations and summers as a child and attending college at St. Lawrence University. She has raised 3 children here and, during that time, was a stay-at-home mother for 9 years and struggled somewhat to find play groups for socializing and winter-time activities when cabin fever set in. This project speaks to her both personally and professionally. She is a certified special education teacher and has worked with children of all ages who had various disabilities, but primarily with those in Early Intervention and preschool programs.

For the past 10 years, she had been the director of the Adirondack Arc’s Children’s Corner Program, having obtained her education administrator certification in 2009. She has also served on the board of the Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country for many years. Recently retired, she comes to this board firmly committed to the importance of play for children as well as knowledge of developmentally appropriate and inclusive activities.  She has worked closely with many families with young children, running a playgroup for several years, and recognizes the challenges that living in our rural community can bring.

She does love all the opportunities to recreate in the area’s forests and lakes, however, and she and her husband enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, and cross-country skiing.

KATHERINE HANEY

BOARD VICE-CHAIR

KATHERINE HANEY

Katherine (Kat) Haney moved to Saranac Lake in 2005 but has been a lifelong resident of the North Country. She has devoted the last 14 years to students and teachers, first as library media specialist at Petrova Elementary School and more recently as school coordinator for the North Country Healthy Heart Network. Kat believes that supporting our youth is one of the biggest contributions we can make towards society and is very excited to be working to bring more health and educational resources to kids in local communities.

She graduated from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam with a BS in Music Education and holds a Library and Information Science from the University at Buffalo.

In her free time she enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, cooking, spending time with her husband, two daughters, and cat and trying to clock as many running miles as possible.

PATRICK MURPHY

BOARD TREASURER

Patrick has a decade of experience in nonprofit management, including serving as The Wild Center’s Community Engagement Officer and as the Executive Director of the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2021, Patrick left the Chamber to start his own consulting firm, Murphy Minded. He is currently the Treasurer for the Village of Saranac Lake and lives in Saranac Lake with his wife, Elisa.

STACY SADOVE

BOARD SECRETARY

Stacy is a founding Partner of Fitzgerald & Sadove PLLC. She works with families of children with special needs advocating for students to obtain an appropriate public education and necessary related services as well as assist families with specialized estate planning. She received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and her B.A. from Hamilton College. 

Stacy resides with her husband and three children in Westchester, New York. They spend their summers and many weekends in Saranac Lake, NY where they enjoy playing on the lake and engaging in all types of outdoor activities.

Stacy is an active supporter of the Adirondack Carousel, Adirondack Foundation, and The Wild Center.

MOLLY HANN

TRUSTEE

MOLLY HANN

Molly Shubert Hann is an associate attorney with Fischer, Bessette, Muldowney & McArdle, LLP, in Tupper Lake, New York, practicing in the areas of real estate, estate planning and probate, corporate law, municipal law, and workers’ compensation. Prior to graduating from Vermont Law School in 2012, Molly worked as an environmental educator in the Hudson Valley. Molly is a 2003 graduate of St. Lawrence University.

Molly volunteers her time generously and serves or has served as a board member for various worthy causes including the Barkeater Trails Alliance, the Lake Placid Shore Owners Association, the St. Lawrence University Alumni Executive Council, and the Village of Saranac Lake Planning Board.

Molly resides in Saranac Lake, NY, with her husband and two children, where they enjoy playing outside, including skiing, hiking, camping, paddling, and sailing.

MEG JACKSON

TRUSTEE

Meg Cantwell Jackson is a NCIDQ certified Interior Designer and has over seventeen years of experience in Interior design, architectural drafting and building trades combined. Meg studied fine arts SUNY Plattsburgh prior to transferring to the Fashion Institute of Technology where she studied Interior Design and graduated in 2007.

She was born and raised in Saranac Lake, and her family has a long standing history in the area. After college, she and her husband moved to Connecticut where they lived for almost nine years. Previously, Meg worked for design firms focused on residential and retail design, ultimately becoming a project manager for the shoe store, Finish Line, as well as volunteering for Yale’s Peabody museum in the exhibits department.

Both she and her husband returned to the area in 2016 to start a design build firm, Cantwell Jackson Design Build LLC, and raise their two children amongst family and friends.

In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors with her family on the lakes & mountains in the area, as well as continuing her love of drawing and painting.

CHRIS MOORE

TRUSTEE

Chris grew up is Saranac Lake and has spent 18 years working in the trades and related fields — the last 10 years in Facilities Management at Paul Smith’s College and currently, Camp Treetops at North Country School. Chris has a BS from Cortland State University in Communication Studies. He lives in Gabriels with his wife, Carina, and their sons, Ziggy and Tahj. In his free time he enjoys skiing, fishing, mountain biking and reading.

CHRIS MORRIS

TRUSTEE

CHRIS MORRIS

Chris Morris resides in Saranac Lake, NY. He is owner of Tell Media, a communications consulting business that works with nonprofits and community organizations across the Adirondack region and throughout the Northeast, including the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, The Heart Network, Adirondack Foundation, the Upper Saranac Foundation, and many more. He also volunteers as a youth cross-country skiing coach at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center. Chris spends every second of his free time with his life partner, Kaet, and their four fur babies: Zee, Wyatt, Murky, and Wu-Tang.

TIM REILLY

TRUSTEE

JENNIFER TISSOT

TRUSTEE

Jennifer (Jen) Tissot has lived in Saranac Lake since 1989. She was a Clinical Social Worker LCSW-R in the area for 30 years, 26 of which she worked in the Saranac Lake School district as a School Social Worker, until her retirement in 2019.

She and her husband, Chris, raised their two children in Saranac Lake and often dreamed of establishing a children’s museum in the area. They visited countless museums all over the country and gathered invaluable knowledge along the way.

ANNE WILLIAMS

TRUSTEE

Anne Martin Williams has deep expertise in policy, strategy, and communications outreach on K-12 education issues. Anne was the Executive Director of Teacher Leadership at the NYC DOE where she worked on large scale human capital programs for 10 years, including negotiating the Teacher Career Pathways Program with the UFT and was lead on establishing and running the Big Apple Awards Program. She taught in both public and charter schools and is a proud parent to a 3rd and 5th grader.

Anne is an active community member and is deeply passionate about Saranac Lake. She currently lives in Montclair, New Jersey and spends her summers and many winter weekends enjoying skiing, boating, hiking, biking, and all things in nature in Saranac Lake.

EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS

Beverly M. Bridger
Caroline Welsh
Brandy Hobson