Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Mike Porter, President, Margaretville
Mike is a retired teacher from Margaretville Central School. He taught Earth Science, Environmental Science, Science Research in the High School, Driver Education and several elementary and junior high courses over his 33-year career. In 1988 he was selected as the New York State Conservation Teacher of the Year by the New York State Board of Soil and Water Districts. A life-long resident of Delaware County, Mike is an avid birder and has studied the changes in the avian community over the years.
As a small woodlot landowner, he has learned to manage his property to better enhance wildlife, timber quality and maple syrup production. Mike has been an active volunteer Fireman for nearly 45 years and was an Executive officer for most of that time. He was a member of the Town of Middletown Zoning Board of Appeals and, later, a Planning Board member and Chair. Besides birding, Mike gardens, makes Maple syrup, cuts his own firewood and does woodworking. Currently, he is harvesting trees from his property and preparing his own lumber via a bandsaw mill on the property.
Robert Bishop II, Vice President, DeLancey
Steve Miller, Vice President, Margaretville
John Lynch, Secretary Treasurer, Delhi
John (Jack) Lynch has been a member of CFA since 2003, was elected to its Board of Directors in 2017 and appointed its Secretary/Treasurer in January 2018. He retired from Wall Street in 2013 and resides in Delhi, NY. His background is in Finance and Administration.
Although he grew up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, he traded in rolling waves for the Catskill’s rolling mountains in 2000. He purchased land, built a log home and became a weekender. Not fully letting go of the sea, he still has a 16-foot sailboat and someday, as you are fishing, you might catch him sailing on the Pepacton Reservoir. You won’t miss him – he will probably be the only sailboat there.
Susan Doig, Andes
Mark Kugler, Halcott Center
David Northcutt, Margaretville
Dave Northcutt has been a Catskills property owner for over 15 years. He has always had a strong interest in forestry, dating back to his college days, and is an avid hiker and volunteer trail maintainer for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. Dave has been an active participant in many of the CFA’s programs, and he uses his skills to help the CFA grow and achieve its goals. Most recently, Dave has been helping to improve the CFA’s office automation, modernize its membership database, and improve its website.
Dave is a retired IBM Distinguished Engineer with over 35 years of industry experience in the areas of applied statistics, data analysis and presentation, and continuous improvement techniques. He is an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer and an INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional. Dave also volunteers his time on the board of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the American Society for Quality. In his spare time, Dave enjoys bicycling, woodworking, and gourmet cooking.
Becky Porter, Margaretville
Becky Porter is a long-time friend of the forest. Her forest adventures started as a youngster, in woods owned by her parents and grandparents. She enjoys working in the woods. Her chainsaw became even more productive and effective after recently taking the first level of the Game Of Logging Course. CFA offers this course and she highly recommends it!
Becky, and her husband Mike, own a woodlot and homemade log cabin in Andes, NY. Becky joined CFA many years ago and became a Board member 5 years ago to ‘give back’ to this great organization. It’s been a very fulfilling experience because this Board is made up of such interesting, diverse, and dedicated people.
Becky is a Dental Hygienist, earning her RDH degree from Onondaga Community College in Syracuse many years ago. She works part time in Margaretville and Stamford. Her hobbies include Grandmother time, skiing, sewing, reading, hunting and birding.
Frank Winkler, Andes
Bonnie Seegmiller, Downsville
Bonnie Ratnoff Seegmiller is a retired psychologist with an extremely strong love of the flora and fauna of the Catskills’ forest. She has been actively involved at both local and county levels since moving here fulltime in 2007. She is the Chair of the town of Colchester Planning Board, a member of the Colchester Main Street Revitalization Committee, active with Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR), has run for Town Council, participated in the Leadership Delaware Program, started the Town of Colchester (Colchester Community) and the county-wide (Delaware County Neighbors) Facebook groups, and is active in other ways trying to improve life for residents and visitors. She has been an avid birder since the 1970’s, having birded all over the world.
Norman Maender, Margaretville
Norm Maender grew up on a dairy farm near Margaretville, N.Y. at the upper end of Huckleberry Brook. He developed an appreciation of all aspects of the outdoors, especially the forested acres and the wildlife. He first interfaced with the CFA in 1985 to complete a woods walk of the original property and obtain a better understanding of managing the forestland for timber quality and the enhancement of wildlife. He has since been a long time member and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2017. He currently owns one half of the original farm property.
Norm initially served as an Officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine over a three year period with a USCG License, 3rd Assistant Engineer. He subsequently completed his obligation as a Commissioned Officer in the USNR in parallel with working in the U.S. Naval Nuclear Program with the responsibility of servicing the various nuclear reactors on the Prototypes, Submarines, and Surface Ships. He retired from Lockheed Martin as a Manager in the Reactor Servicing Organization at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady N.Y.
He is also a member of the New York Forest Owners Association, The American Chestnut Foundation, and the American Tree Farm System.
Mike Callan, Region 3, New Paltz