Board members are elected for two-year terms and meet monthly. The board has active Stewardship, Acquisitions, and Fundraising/Membership committees. The Stewardship and Fundraising/Membership committees meet several times a year – volunteers are welcome. The CNY Land Trust always needs volunteers who love Central New York to participate on committees. If you are interested, please contact us. To learn more about the Central New York Land Trust, Inc. as an organization, please click here.

Kathleen Bennett is a native of Waterloo, New York. She is a member with the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC and she is a member of the firm’s Environmental Practice Group and the Tax Assessment, Condemnation and Property Valuation Group. She received her A.B. (magna cum laude) in History and English from Colgate University in 1995 and her J.D. (magna cum laude) with a concentration in Environmental Law from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1998. Her interests include softball, pugs, golf, snowshoeing, nature hikes, music, reading (especially history and fantasy), photography, watching college sports (SU and Colgate) and professional sports (Buffalo Bills, NY Mets, Boston Red Sox, and Buffalo Sabers).

Rick Smardon lives on the near east side of the City of Syracuse, close to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where he is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of Environmental Studies. He has a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. He was the architect of CNYLT’s Design Competition venture and continues to be its guiding force. His interests include nature photography, ecotourism/hiking, canoeing, cross country skiing and acoustic guitar. He has been a member of the board since 1983.

Andy Obernesser is a native Central New Yorker, born and raised in the Utica area. After completing his graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he returned to work as a land use planner with Environmental Design and Research (EDR) in Syracuse. Andy currently serves as the Director of Community Investment at CenterState CEO. Andy is a hobby homebrewer and an unsuccessful hunter, and enjoys spending time with his family in the Adirondacks and the Finger Lakes region. He lives in the Town of Geddes with his wife and two children.

In addition to being Vice Chair, Andy is chair of the Governance Committee.

Steve Kulick lives in Syracuse and works at Le Moyne College as Director of Government and Foundation Relations and Academic Resources. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Syracuse University and a Master’s of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He has served in several capacities since first joining the board in 1982 and is the Chair of the Fundraising Committee. He is a member of the Syracuse Planning Commission and the Onondaga/Syracuse Human Rights Commission. When he is not crafting puns to share at board meetings (and even when he is) he enjoys running, tennis, gardening, cross-country skiing and theatre.

Peggy Ries is a Marketing Leader at Brierley Associates. In this role, she oversees proposal development, marketing, business development, promotional events and seminars, market research, strategic planning, and client relationship management activities. She began working at her dad’s advertising agency at an early age, and now has more than 30 years of experience in marketing and communications. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, cross-country skiing, and ice skating. Peggy is a passionate advocate for environmental causes, social justice, and animal welfare. She also serves as board secretary for Spay and Neuter Syracuse, a non-profit veterinary clinic, and previously served as secretary and board member of the Society For Marketing Professional Services (SMPS).

Christopher Sandstrom resides in Elbridge with his wife and son in a passive solar house that he built. He is the owner of Cayuga Tree Service, Inc. and has been in the tree care business since 1969. He is a Certified Arborist and also a Registered Consulting Arborist with the American Society of Consulting Arborists. He studied at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse and received his degree in Resource Management in 1975. He is a past president of the E.S.F. Alumni Association and serves on the Board of Directors. He also serves on the Town of Elbridge Commission on the Environment. Joining CNYLT in 1989, he drafted the tree policy for the group. He serves on the Stewardship Committee. In his spare time he enjoys travel, scuba diving, reading and spending time on the Salmon Reservoir.

Margaret Bocsor resides in Phoenix, close to the Great Bear Springs Recreation Area where she enjoys hiking with her dogs, snow shoeing and cross country skiing as well as trail work. Other interests include practicing yoga, canoeing and listening to live folk music at the Oswego Music Hall. She holds a BS in Management from Syracuse University and is retired from a career in Financial Administration for not for profit agencies in central New York.

Margaret is chair of our Finance Committee

Andy is chair of the Stewardship Commitee

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