Board, Staff & Advisors

Cloudsplitter Board of Trustees

Ernest E. [Lee] Keet

Ernest E. [Lee] Keet, Chair is a Saranac Lake-based private equity investor with over thirty years of high-tech investing experience. His not-for profit work has included board positions on the Adirondack Nature Conservancy, Adirondack Council, Adirondack Land Trust, AdkAction, and Point Positive. He holds two master’s degrees in Engineering. Email: Lee@Cloudsplitter.org

Nancy R. Keet

Nancy R. Keet has served as Chair of the Adirondack Foundation, on the Executive Committee of North Country Public Radio, and on the board of the Adirondack Experience, the museum in Blue Mountain Lake. She holds a BA and an MA in fine arts and resides in Saranac Lake.

Glenn Keet

Glenn Keet is Treasurer of the Cloudsplitter Foundation, and Vice Chair of Adirondack Health Board of Trustees, on which he has served since 2016.  Glenn has worked in health care information technology and software for thirty-five years, and is currently with Invitae where he provides strategy and business development for their health information exchange initiatives. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1986 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in Applied Sciences.

Jodi C. Keet

Jodi C. Keet has served as a board member of the Pendragon Theatre of Saranac Lake. A 25-year veteran of consumer-products marketing and display manufacturing, she holds a B.A in Fine Art and Media Communications and a M.A. in Media. She loves the Adirondacks and resides in Weston, CT with her husband Scott and son Liam.

Melissa Eisinger

Melissa Eisinger is the recently retired VP of Adirondack Foundation. For twenty years prior, she was with the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and Adirondack Land Trust. Current and former board service includes the Northern Forest Atlas Foundation, the Bruce L. Crary Foundation, and High Peaks Education Foundation. She is a friendship volunteer for Mercy Care of the Adirondacks.

Ellen Rocco

Ellen Rocco was the station manager at North Country Public Radio, where she worked from 1980 until her recent retirement. She has served on the board of NPR and on panels for many media and community organizations, including those of CPB, NY Humanities Council, NYS Council on the Arts, and several Adirondack North Country groups. She has lived on a farm in St. Lawrence County since 1971.

Holly Wolff

Holly Wolff has been serving as our volunteer Director of Special Projects. After a 34-year IBM career, she held volunteer leadership roles including chairing the board of Pendragon Theatre, serving as a trustee and Secretary of Adirondack Foundation, and acting as Board Chair of Berkshire Choral International. Holly was a trustee and Board Chair of United Way of Connecticut before she and husband Dave moved permanently to Saranac Lake.

Diane W. Fish

Diane W. Fish grew up in New England, studied music education at Denison University and taught music at Purnell School in NJ for 12 years, becoming Dean of Students. After several years at the National Sports Academy, she joined the Adirondack Council where she spent 20 years leading the development efforts and the organization as a whole. She and husband Peter raised two children in Lake Placid before moving to Keene in 2017.

Cloudsplitter Staff

Chenelle Palyswiat

Chenelle Palyswiat the Director of the Cloudsplitter Foundation, is a native Saranac Laker whose heart belongs to the Adirondacks. She holds a degree in Interior Design and enjoys creating and finding beauty in her surroundings. Chenelle is passionate about educating and empowering others to live their happiest and healthiest lives. She loves being a cool mom and dedicated wife who can also help others through philanthropy. Chenelle is currently serving as a member of the ALICE Steering Committee and an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Saranac Lake.

Kara Page

Kara Page has 28 years of experience working with non-profits, government and international institutions, and the private sector, in environment, the arts, and community development. As Grants Advisor she offers free advice and support to local not-for- profits who are seeking increased funding from new grant-making sources, especially sources outside of the Adirondacks.

Advisors

Donna Beal

Donna Beal currently serves as Executive Director of Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, a renewed mission of the Sisters of Mercy in the Adirondacks located in Lake Placid, NY.  Previously Donna served as Executive Director of the Holstein Foundation; Director of Development for Mercy Uihlein Health Foundation; and as Administrator of the Adirondack Council.  She has served on numerous boards including Ballard Park Foundation, Westport Central School Board of Education, Depot Theatre, and the Sponsor Council of the Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic Community, among others.

Brittany Christenson

Brittany Christenson is the Director of Partnership and Program Development at AidKit, a social impact tech startup. Brittany is an energetic and innovative leader in the social sector, motivated by a desire to advance equity and empower people to be better stewards of the natural environment. Brittany served as the Executive Director of AdkAction for 6 years where she advanced community-driven revitalization and environmental conservation projects, with a special focus on building a more equitable food system. Prior to that work, she focused her efforts on managing operations at an organic vegetable farm. Brittany holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics from…

Linda Cohen

Adirondack native, third generation.  Long career in non-profit fundraising and management in San Francisco, Washington, DC and the Adirondacks.  Former board member The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties and former Advisor Adirondack Foundation.  Former board member and Chair Sagamore Institute, former board member Old Forge Library, Town of Webb Historical Assoc.  Current board member Cultural Treasures Foundation, Washington, DC and board member and chair Executive Council of NCPR.  Long time volunteer at VIEW, the art center in Old Forge.

Rich Frost

Rich Frost grew up in Glens Falls, headed south for much of his education, then returned to the Adirondacks to practice internal medicine in Plattsburgh.  Now retired, he devotes much of his time to writing– history, regional travel, and most recently, fiction.  His efforts in nonprofit organizations have included Adirondack Architectural Heritage, Battle of Plattsburgh Association, Adirondack Center for Writing, and Adirondack Birth to Three.  He and his wife Marty have organized the Chapel Hill Foundation, which devotes its efforts toward enriching the lives of children, and addressing the challenges of an aging society.  Free time, of which there’s nowhere…

Ben Strader

Ben Strader is the Executive Director of Blue Mountain Center, a residency program for writers and artists located in Blue Mountain Lake, New York. He is the founding board chair of the Indian Lake Theater, a new life as a community stage and screen for a defunct movie house in central Hamilton County. For many years Ben served as the Secretary of the Blue Mountain Lake Volunteer Fire Department and the Indian Lake Planning Board. He’s on the planning team for the Indian Lake Equality and Justice Committee, and helped create the Adirondack Nonprofit Network, a group dedicated to supporting…

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Bonnie F. Keet

Bonnie F. Keet is an advisory board member for both the Adirondack Foundation and the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservancy,serves on the strategy task force for Point Positive, is a grant advisor for Small Grants to Small Children, and a steering committee member for the Birth to 3 and Adirondack Funders Alliances.  She has a BA in Health Science Policy/Social Work and a MSW in community and regional planning.

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