ESSLA’s Board of Directors meets regularly throughout the year; meetings are open to members and meeting minutes are posted to this page. The Board has five standing committees focusing on our activities and initiatives with a view to building on ESSLA’s accomplishments in preserving and protecting the Schroon Lake watershed as an all-volunteer organization. Those committees are:

  • Administration—ESSLA’s governance and financial matters. Chaired by the President.
  • Partner Relations—strengthening our partnerships with the Schroon Lake Steering Committee, local governments, sister lake associations,  other like-minded and Adirondack Park organizations that have the clout and resources to protect our watershed.  Chaired by Gary Karl.
  • Environmental Stewardship—our signature efforts to preserve and protect the watershed, such as boat inspections and decontaminations, scouting for aquatic and terrestrial invasive species, and Eurasian milfoil harvesting. Chaired by Ev McNeill.
  • Membership—retaining and growing the ranks of our membership. Co-chaired by Carol Molino and Bill McGhie.
  • Community Engagement—our print and digital newsletters, Facebook page, website, the Floating Classroom, social events, volunteers, and our other initiatives for all of you who love Schroon Lake and River as much as we do! Chaired by Ross Schoembs.

Ours is a working Board of Directors with hands-on involvement in our programs and activities.


Board of Directors

Stephen Ehlers

914-456-3325

In 2012 Stephen retired and joined the board. For forty years prior to then he was a senior partner at a law…

Ev McNeil

Ev & Carol and three boys started building on Schroon in 1979. He was a Sourcing Manager with GE Power Systems in Schenectady. Upon…

Ross Schoembs

Retired Human Resources professional with a background in organizational development, talent acquisition, training and development, employee relations, compensation and benefits.Currently consulting with Common…

Gary Karl

Gary Karl started coming to Schroon Lake with his wife, Debbie, almost 40 years ago. In the ensuing years Gary and Debbie came…

Eric Messer

518.423.9028

Eric Messer joined the ESSLA Board in 2016. He lives locally with his wife Karalie and their two children. Eric works at…

Richard F. Seegal, Ph.D.

Bachelor’s degree – Experimental Psychology – Brown University;  Master’s Degree – Physiological Psychology from Emory University;  Ph. D. – Biopsychology from University of Georgia;  Post doctorate…

John Greening

John has been sharing the beauty of Schroon Lake with his family for over 40 years, fishing, hiking and waterskiing.  He is currently an…

Tad Matley

Tad’s interest in the Adirondacks began in the early 80’s while living in upstate New York. A career move with GE brought him back…

Rick Smith

Rick and his wife, Maryanne, have owned their home on Schroon Lake since 2006. They thoroughly enjoy year-round activities with their five children, son-in-law,…
Picture of Bill McGhie in Ogunquit ME

Bill McGhie

Bill McGhie first visited Schroon Lake in 1945 and visited every year until entering the service. In 1962, while in the service, his folks…
Carol Molino

Carol Molino

Carol has been lucky to have been coming to Schroon Lake her whole life–from staying with relatives on Sand Point to summers at her…

Bob Colegrove

Retired in 2009 after a 40 year career in banking and finance. Have owned a house on Schroon Lake since 2001 and currently…

Ali Marie Carkciyan

Ali Marie has been spending summers on Schroon Lake since she was two years old. Her family purchased the iconic Faith’s Landing camp on…