Board of Directors
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Janet Witte (Jackson), President, has been a board member since August 2013, serving on the Finance Committee for two years and the Executive Committee, as Vice President, for one. Janet went to a lot of camps as a kid and was a day-camp counselor and camp director for several summers in Maryland. In 1992 and 1995, introduced to Camp Little Notch by college friends, Janet worked on staff, first as a unit leader and later as the Project Adventure Coordinator. One of the things Janet loved most about CLN was the inclusion and ready acceptance it provided to campers and counselors alike. When the project to buy Camp Little Notch began, she was both thrilled and very grateful to those who led and carried the effort, and delighted to be more involved in the last couple of years.
Janet went to Middlebury College, taught special education in rural Louisiana with Teach For America, worked as a translator for the Goodwill Games, and did public health projects in Kenya and the former Soviet Union. Eventually, Janet went to medical school and became a psychiatrist. She now works in depression research at Massachusetts General Hospital, and has a private practice in Brookline focusing mostly on psychotherapy. In her free time she likes to do Bikram yoga, write poetry, hike, garden, and read.
Julie Schwartz (Jimi), Vice President, has spent many summers and parts of a few winters working with girls and women in outdoor settings that challenge them to dig deep and become their most authentic selves. A former Hudson Valley Girl Scout, Julie spent many summers at Camp Little Notch as a camper and CIT, where one of her favorite activities was sleeping with the tent flaps rolled up. As a staff member she led bike trips through Quebec, New York and New England, and once convinced a lobsterman to transport her group of Vagabonds (and their bikes) to a wooded island off the coast of Maine so they could camp there for the night.
Julie has worked with girls and young women of all ages. She has introduced five-year olds to the sublime joys of camping in the rain and has gone backpacking in the snow with teenagers. As a newly minted college graduate with a BA in Theatre, she had great fun teaching stagecraft to first year students at a women’s liberal arts college where the syllabus included climbing ladders, using power tools, building stuff and getting really dirty. Julie is a fierce believer in the idea that people learn best when they are challenged, in the context of a supportive environment, to figure things out for themselves. Julie was privileged to hold the title of Director of Camp Little Notch for eight years, including six seasons under the mentorship of Miss Frances Plummer, and was instrumental in leading CLN through its inaugural season as an independent not-for-profit camp in the summer of 2012.
In addition to her BA in Theatre, Julie holds an MS degree in Educational Psychology and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology. After spending 10 years as a psychologist supporting special needs students and their teachers in public and private schools, Julie turned her focus to overseeing camping programs for Girl Scout camps in Northern New Jersey, the Hudson Valley, and the Adirondacks. She has served as board member and Standards Visitor for the New York-New Jersey and Upstate New York sections of the American Camp Association. In addition to her work with kids and the outdoors, Julie is a self-taught freelance graphic designer, producing everything from wedding invitations and websites to graphic props for film and television.
Tess Lecuyer (Tarot), Secretary, is from Albany, NY and worked at CLN from 1981 to 1986 and continues to spend many weekends at camp working tirelessly to create a safe, stabile, and much loved place. As a member of the Stewards of CLN, she has logged many hours/days at camp joyously working hard at the most beautiful place on earth.
Tess has years of corporate HR experience from working 18 years at Borders—one of the most progressive companies of its time. Her experience includes executing budgets, insuring company standards and policies, interviewing and hiring, project management, scheduling and file maintenance, instituting and maintaining audit best practices, writing staff reviews, executing progressive discipline and customer service. Tess currently works as an Admin at an environmental company in a department dedicated to health and safety. She believes that Friends of CLN is an organization with an amazing story and a magical promise and wants to help build a solid infrastructure.
Susan Smith-Franks (Sassy), Treasurer, spent a total of 10 summers at Camp Little Notch. She was a camper from 1972 to 1981, including Adventurers (Mt. Marcy), Voyageurs (Algonquin Park) and MANY years of Riders. She was a counselor in 1982 for general program and Riders III. She has invested much time and energy as a member of the CLN Property Committee over the past few years, and also served on the Executive Director Search Committee. Susan is Director of Environmental and Linen Services for ARAMARK at Middlesex Hospital. She has also been involved with Another Octave, a non-profit women's chorus, for most of its 25+ years. She is a singing member, and has served in multiple leadership positions including treasurer and many years as chairperson. Susan is happily married to Lydia Smith-Franks and has two sons, Alex and Ian. Lydia and Susan met and fell in love at CLN! Susan and her family live in Hamden, CT. Susan joined the board to continue the job of preserving and developing the amazing property so that future generations can experience the tranquility, adventure and empowerment that is the heart of CLN.
Directors at Large (listed alphabetically)
Gene Altman (Drake) has a lifelong interest in the outdoors and the benefits of youth camping. He is an Eagle Scout, Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, former member of National Ski Patrol and past president of the Adirondack Boardsailing Club. He has spent many summers in camp including Camp Director and Aquatics Director at Boyhaven Scout Camp. Gene was introduced to Camp Little Notch by his daughter, Lisa (Duck) and has been to family weekend with his daughter and grandchildren.
Gene brings a background in business, strategic planning and marketing to the board. He holds a BS, MBA and Ed.D from University at Albany, SUNY. Gene worked as an executive for the Boy Scouts of America, a full-time member of the business faculty at Columbia-Greene Community College and Syracuse University, and an adjunct member of the business faculty at the Sage Colleges. Additionally, he was founder and President of Technology Rentals of America, LLC, a regional technology service company, and President of the International Technology Rental Association. Retirement activities include teaching aquatics at the Ciccotti Center, Pool Manager at Normanside Country Club and serving as a business mentor for SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives).
Becky Dixon was raised in a military family and grew up in several different locations. She currently lives in Mechanicville, NY. Becky earned her Bachelor degree in Social Work from Eastern University in 1982 and her Masters in Social Work from Temple University in 1983. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor. Becky worked as a social worker in several agencies in Philadelphia before moving to Saratoga County. There she worked as a substance abuse counselor, clinical director and eventually director of a non-profit substance abuse treatment agency. As agency director, she worked with a volunteer board of directors. She organized the agency's major annual fundraiser, a multiple distance bike tour, for over 10 years. Becky has previously served on the Franklin Community Center Board and the Partnership for Prevention Board in Saratoga Springs, as well as several other Boards. She has also been actively involved in various church projects. For the past 11 years, she has been the Coordinator for the Saratoga County Drug Treatment Courts. Becky considers herself very fortunate that she was able to go to Girl Scout camp as a young girl. Even though she had to move and go to different camps, this was still a wonderful experience for her. She appreciated the friendships, the time she was able to spend with nature and the chance to grow in confidence. When her daughter, Emma (Rafiki), was nine, Becky and her husband, Phil, were excited that she wanted to go to summer camp. Emma went to Camp Little Notch for the first time. The rest is history. Emma fell in love with her "home away from home" and her parents followed suit. Becky has always been impressed with the dedication Friends of Camp Little Notch has shown ever since the Girl Scouts decided to sell the property and looks forward to its renewed future.
Benj Gleeksman “I grew up on farmland in central New Jersey and over almost two decades sadly watched my area become overrun with suburban sprawl and all that goes with it. Nature has always been a part of my being and even after years of living in cities, my most rewarding experiences have been in natural surroundings - the more remote, the better. This was a big part of my decision to raise a family in upstate New York, where wilderness and wildness is always a short trip away. I enjoyed spending a steward weekend at CLN this Spring and it reminded me so much of my own time at Summer camp in Maine when I was younger. Camp does so many things to help young people develop positively - many that can be listed, and many that cannot even be put into words. It would be an honor to assist in any way I can with CLN's mission of allowing people to live in harmony with each other and with nature, and to pass CLN's values along to my own kids.”
Jennifer Lescovich (Scotti) is a Camp Little Notch alumni who started attending CLN at age 8. She did many different camper programs throughout the years, concluding with the CIT program. Her first summer as staff, Jennifer worked on the waterfront and continued working part-time for many summers after. She held positions as unit staff, unit leader, kitchen aide, food supervisor and program director in 2013. Jennifer loves to come to camp even for just a day to help out wherever and however she is needed (and maybe pull a prank or two!). She has worked as a professional 911 dispatcher for the Saratoga Springs County Sheriff's Office for 14 years. Jennifer is a proud Mom of two adult children, Tom and Lindsey, and her beloved dog, Jack- who LOVES CLN!
Patricia Stott (Ivy) earned a Bachelors of Science from Russell Sage in 1992 and a Masters of Science in nursing from Sage graduate college in 2012. She presently is employed as an adult nurse practitioner for a private oncology practice. She is active in her church with her most recent role as a member of the staff parish committee. Previously, Tricia was the lady leader from 2008-2012. She is also currently a mediator of a support group for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.
Patricia was first introduced to Little Notch in 1982 as a camper. She was a camper intermittently through out the 1980s and a CIT in 1986 and 1987. She was employed on staff regularly in 1988 through 1992. After that she was employed at Little Notch intermittently as needed including UC, UL, and nurse. In recent years, she has volunteered on the property committee and as a summer Wood Fairy. Patricia believes that every person who comes to Camp Little Notch leaves their mark. The beauty of Camp Little Notch is that everyone who comes is touched by Camp Little Notch. We each carry the land with us wherever we go. So many of us continue to give back so that future generations will experience Camp Little Notch.