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.
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.
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.
Kathy Schwab lives in Elbridge and is a retired elementary teacher. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education and M.S. in Elementary Science Education from SUNY Cortland. While a teacher at Weedsport Elementary, she received recognition as Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Cayuga-Onondaga School Boards and the Nellie Kinney Award which is earned by recommendation from fellow teachers. Kathy’s fourth grade students turned a neglected outdoor courtyard into a perennial garden, complete with a composting area and small pond. During her last two years of teaching, she developed and ran a K-6 STEM Lab. She volunteers as a monitor with the Save Our Streams Program. Kathy enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, painting, hiking, and gardening.
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).