Catskill Mountainkeeper Staff

Ramsay Adams, Executive Director

Ramsay-AdamsRamsay Adams is founder and the Executive Director of Catskill Mountainkeeper. He serves on the Advisory Board of Riverkeeper. Mr. Adams is also a film and television music supervisor, author, and educator. Prior to founding Catskill Mountainkeeper in 2006, Mr. Adams created and taught the “Music Supervision” course at New York University’s Center for Advanced Digital Applications and wrote the book “Music Supervision: The Complete Guide to Selecting Music for Movies, TV, Games, and New Media” (Schirmer). He co-founded MusicSupervisionCentral.com, a music supervision services company. Mr. Adams was the Music Director for a cable news channel for over 4 years and is the film music supervisor of many award winning films including “Jihad for Love”, “The Break Up Artist”, and “Heights.” Mr. Adams and his wife Ananda live in the Catskills with their two children.

 

Sarah Edwards-Schmidt, Consultant, Development Director and COO

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Sarah Edwards-Schmidt is a consultant currently serving as Catskill Mountainkeeper’s Development Director and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to her work with Mountainkeeper, Sarah had a 25 year career at the Natural Resources Defense Counsel, including 5 years as the Director of a 20 person Development Operations team, and 15 years as the Associate Director of Major Gifts. Earlier, she held strategic positions at several non-profit arts organizations, including Independent Curators Incorporated and the Southeast Museum, where she served as Executive Director. Sarah attended Amherst College and holds a BA from New York University. Along with her husband and son, Sarah divides her time between Brooklyn and the Sullivan County Catskills, where the family enjoys hiking, swimming, and exploring the back roads.

Wes Gillingham, Program Director

Wes GillinghamWes Gillingham is a co-founder and the Program Director of Catskill Mountainkeeper. Wes serves on the New York Sate Forest Preserve Advisory Committee providing advice and guidance to the State Department of Environmental Conservation, which manages the 3.4 million acres of the State Forest Preserve. He is on the board of Directors for the Sullivan County Farm Bureau and the legislative policy committee for The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY). From 1997 to 2007 Wes with his wife Amy ran a 150 member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) vegetable operation in Youngsville, NY and during that time he also served on the Board of Directors of NOFA-NY. Prior to farming Wes was an Acting Director of Field Programs for the National Audubon Society Expedition Institute (AEI), a fully accredited, traveling undergraduate and graduate environmental studies program at Lesley University. Wes spent ten years working as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service at the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River where he lead the canoe training for incoming Park Rangers, lead interpretive history and natural history programs, and did canoe patrols along the river. For two years he was a wildlife technician for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s 3 offices in New Paltz, NY. Wes and Amy are raising their two children on land in the Catskills that has been in his family for 55 years along with their Scottish Highland Cattle, Icelandic and Scottish Blackface Sheep.

Kathleen Nolan, Senior Research Director

Kathy NolanKathleen Nolan is Regional Director for the High Peaks at the Woodstock, NY office of Catskill Mountainkeeper. Dr. Nolan was born in Kansas and raised in a rural area of middle Tennessee. She majored in philosophy and theology at Saint Louis University and graduated with honors, going on to pursue her Medical Degree, along with a Masters of Studies in Law, from Yale. Following a residency in pediatrics and fellowship training in clinical research design, she worked at the Hastings Center, writing and teaching on diverse topics in bioethics. She came to the Catskills in 1989 to pursue residential training at a Zen Buddhist monastery and in 2003 she became Executive Director of Tibet Aid in Woodstock. In 2009 she founded Catskills Live! Trails and Wilderness Association. Dr. Nolan serves on the Ulster County Tourism Advisory Board, the Ulster County Trails Advisory Committee, and as an officer for the Catskill Heritage Alliance and the Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Dr. Nolan lives near the stream in Shandaken, where she can watch eagles ride currents up the mountains.  (845) 417-6489

Katherine Nadeau, Program Director, RenewableNY
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Katherine joined Mountainkeeper in March 2015, leading our RenewableNY program. Before coming aboard, Katherine served as Policy Director and Water and Natural Resources Director for Environmental Advocates of New York. There she oversaw the organization's work in the state capitol to protect and preserve New York's environment, and led its research, organizing, and advocacy efforts to protect New York from fracking. She also led the campaign to pass the Hudson Valley Community Preservation Act (enacted in 2007), was instrumental in garnering support for The Great Lakes Compact (enacted in 2008), and spearheaded the coalition effort to pass the Water Resources Protection Act (enacted in 2011). In recognition of her advocacy efforts in Albany, Katherine was named one of City and State's 40 under 40 in 2012. She also spent two rewarding years working with the Onondaga Nation seeking environmental and social justice, a year organizing with the Working Families Party, and many years working with the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG).

 

Jessica Roff, Program Manager

Jessica Roff is the Programs Manager for Catskill Mountainkeeper and was the Downstate Regional Organizer for New Yorkers AgainstJessica_Roff.jpg Fracking, organizing against fracking and its infrastructure mainly in New York City, Westchester, and Long Island. She is a fourth generation Brooklynite, who has spent summers in the Catskills since she was 8 years old.

Jessica is a lawyer by training, but has been working as a climate justice, anti-fracking, and food justice activist since moving back to Brooklyn from Washington, DC in 2009, implementing creative actions and community-based educational events to fight against local pipelines and support communities' struggles against compressor stations and other infrastructure. She was a full-time relief and rebuilding organizer in the Rockaways after Superstorm Sandy, working closely with community members and organizations. Jessica co-founded Restore the Rock, a not for profit founded by a small group of organizers to continue their post-Sandy organizing.

Jessica worked for the US Commission on Civil Rights and then spent nearly eight years practicing Federal Indian law at the Department of the Interior focusing on treaty hunting and fishing rights, law enforcement in Indian Country, and international negotiations on the rights of indigenous peoples. She left that position to volunteer with an Ecuadorian Kechua cooperative that runs a café and produces chocolate. She is an avid baker, cook, and biker


Beth Scullion, Office Manager

Beth ScullionBeth Scullion is the Office Manager for Catskill Mountainkeeper and is responsible for overseeing the administration of the organizations’ regional offices.  As a life-long resident of the Catskills, Beth attended both Sullivan County Community College and SUNY New Paltz, majoring in early education with a concentration in history.  She began working at Mountainkeeper in 2007, one year after its founding, after working several years in the commercial insurance industry.  She enjoys many of the activities the Catskills has to offer with her husband and daughters. 

 

Linda Lopez, Consultant, Outreach

lindaphotocolor.jpgLinda was the Director of Membership at NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) for over two decades. During that time she oversaw the growth of the Membership and online activist base to over 1.4 million. She also launched the SaveBioGems initiative to defend the Americas' last pristine wildplaces and threatened wildlife and, in the process, built activist communities on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Linda was thrilled by Mountainkeeper's incredible success in helping build the coalition of grassroots groups that successfully won a ban on fracking in New York State. She has a deep belief in the critical importance of protecting the Catskill wilderness and the health and well-being of the people who call the Region their home. 

 

 

 

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