Meet our staff



Mike has worked in Adirondack conservation for 30+ years. As Executive Director of both the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy & Adirondack Land Trust 2000-2016, he led protection of 340,000 acres with more than 720 miles of rivers and streams and 330 lakes and ponds. Mike is a volunteer with the Keene Valley Fire Department and recipient of the 2017 Adirondack Council Conservationist of the Year award and 2018 Howard Zahniser Adirondack Award.

Kimberly Corwin Gray

Associate Director of Philanthropy

Kimberly has worked in fundraising for independent schools in the Adirondacks and Vermont. Kimberly grew up in the Adirondacks. She, her husband, their two children, and her parents live in Lake Placid where their family produces maple syrup. Kimberly and her family can be found cross-country or telemark skiing in winter, and swimming and canoeing in summer.

Becca Halter

Stewardship & GIS Specialist

Becca has worked in a variety of conservation positions, including sustainability fellow with the City of Pittsburgh. Becca first came to enjoy the Adirondacks working as a leader of volunteer trail crews while earning a BA in environmental science from Skidmore College. She is passionate about connecting people to the land, hands-on stewardship, and learning something new every day. She also enjoys hiking, biking, paddling, snowboarding, and playing and coaching hockey.



Chris brings a variety of skills to his role as leader of the land protection and stewardship teams, including woodworking—he carved our logo sign at Coon Mountain Preserve and built his own office bookshelf. Chris previously led land protection work for the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. He has won awards for protection of more than 12,000 publicly accessible acres across South Jersey and for his ability to work with landowners and governmental agencies. Chris was also a wilderness ranger with the Bureau of Land Management in Yuma, Arizona, and a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Guatemala.



Derek has worked for more than 15 years in conservation, beginning with The Nature Conservancy on Long Island, where he led the stewardship program for 11 years as a Preserves Director prior to relocating to the Adirondacks to work as Development Director at Champlain Area Trails. Derek is an accomplished birder and volunteers for several ornithological organizations. A SUNY Plattsburgh alumnus, he is thrilled to be back in the North Country working to conserve this dynamic landscape. He lives in Willsboro with his wife and two daughters.

Susie Runyon

Finance & Office Manager

Over the past 25 years, Susie has managed operations for a number of Adirondack non-profit organizations as well as her own nature photography business, Alpine Images Photography. Susie enjoys hiking (she is a 46er), camping, canoeing, cross-country and backcountry skiing—and brings her camera on almost all of her adventures. Susie is a volunteer EMT in Wilmington, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

Megan Zack Stevenson

Land Protection Manager

Megan joined the Adirondack Land Trust after working for The Conservation Fund in Pennsylvania, where she was born and raised. She earned a BA in environmental studies from George Washington University and an MS in environmental science & policy from the Johns Hopkins University. She is excited to set down roots where her mother’s family has lived for 150 years. Outside of work, she can be found at music festivals and concerts, and finding new trails with her dog, Ziggy.

Mary Thill

Communications Manager

Mary has lived in the Adirondacks for 25 years, working in journalism and conservation. She is especially interested in how trails connect Adirondack communities to wildlands, and she is a volunteer with the Town of Harrietstown’s Dewey Mountain Recreation Center.

Aaron Thomas

Farmland & Stewardship Specialist

Aaron joined the Adirondack Land Trust after working with the Vermont Association of Conservation Districts and NRCS. He was raised on a small fiber farm in Central New York and has lived in the Plattsburgh area for 10 years. He studied at SUNY Plattsburgh and William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, earning a B.S. in environmental science with a focus on climate change and agriculture. He’s excited to work with North Country farmers for a positive impact on the land and local food system. When not working, Aaron enjoys road trips to see family and friends, seeing live music, and relaxing on the shores of Lake Champlain with his dog, Levon.

Nancy Van Wie

Director of Philanthropy

Nancy became Director of Philanthropy at the Adirondack Land Trust after working in the same capacity for both the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and Adirondack Land Trust 2002-2017. Nancy has worked in nonprofit management for 35 years, including 25 as a fundraiser. She has a BA in environmental science from University of Vermont, an MBA from SUNY Albany, and Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) status.

Kathy Woughter

Philanthropy & Outreach Coordinator

Before moving to the Adirondacks, Kathy worked in higher education in Western New York, most recently as Vice President of Student Affairs at Alfred University, where she won awards as an ally for cultural diversity and unity. Outside of work, you'll find Kathy hiking, cycling, kayaking, snowshoeing and reading. She also serves on the board of trustees of Adirondack Health.

If you are a landowner with a question about protection or stewardship of your land, please email us at or call (518) 576-2400. We will direct your query to the appropriate staff member. Thank you.