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 & Treasurer, Margaretville
Steve Miller was born in Union Grove, Delaware county and moved to a family farm in Margaretville at an early age when New York City’s Pepacton reservoir filled the valley. After a career as a heavy construction Civil Engineer and Construction Manager working in many places and projects in the northeast, he and his wife moved back to the house and farm he grew up on. His maple syrup operation and tending chickens fills much of his time, as does spending as much time as possible in the woods doing timber stand improvement and cutting wood for the syrup operation and for heating the house.
Having been a long time member, serving on the CFA board of directors is something Steve enjoys, as well as being part of an organization that helps other members and landowners understand and enjoy what they have.
Lisa Alder, Secretary, Margaretville
Lisa Alder grew up in rural northwest Wisconsin and enjoyed being outdoors. The love of being in the woods continued with the purchase of vacation property in the Catskills seven years ago. The property outside Margaretville became her permanent home in 2016. Lisa enjoys hiking, biking and gardening. She has been a member of the CFA since 2015. She is a volunteer trail maintainer for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and a volunteer for the Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower.
Before retiring in the Catskills, Lisa graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. degree in Bacteriology. She worked 20 years in Drug Discovery/Research in the pharmaceutical industry. Lisa received a B.A. in Accounting degree from Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ in 2012.
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.
Frank Winkler, Andes
Frank has been actively managing his 100 acre woodlot in Andes for the past 50 years. This tract is part of the former dairy farm where he was raised. Frank retired as a Resource Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, where most of his work involved helping the farming community reduce polluted runoff while enhancing farm productivity.
Frank has served as a CFA director since 2007. He is also an active participant with the New York Forest Owners Association (NYFOA), the Watershed Agricultural Council Forestry Committee, the Andes Town Planning Board, and the Delaware County Electric Cooperative Board.
Frank is glad to be a part of CFA where people can get help to understand and appreciate their woodland resources, and receive assistance in managing these resources to meet their goals.
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.
Paul Krickhahn, New Kingston
Steve Finch, Halcottsville
Steve began his professional career, just out of high school, at family business Hubbell Brothers, Inc., and continued at family owned Brookside Hardware, Ltd., where he became a manager and partner. Steve has been a volunteer first responder in the Halcottsville Fire Department (HFD) since he was fourteen.
After retiring from full time employment at the end of 2019, Steve continues to manage projects for MTC and he continues to be an active volunteer in the community. Steve is the president of the Halcottsville Fire Department and a Fire Commissioner for the Middletown-Hardenburgh Fire District. Steve recently joined the board of directors for the M*Ark Project, and in his hometown, he recently created the Halcottsville Community Association, to bring residents together. Steve is also Vice President of the Halcottsville Cemetery Association. In his free time, Steve loves to spend time outdoors gardening and landscaping around the home and property he shares with his wife, Sara. Together, they also both enjoy golfing and skiing in and around the Catskill Mountains.
Eleanor DiPalma, Delhi
Eleanor, daughter of immigrant farmers, learned the magic of the forest at an early age. She worked in her family’s business as a landscaper and book keeper where she developed self–motivation, physical stamina, creativity and unique visual skills. This experience has positively shaped her life skills. Dr DiPalma earned a PhD from New York University in dance movement psychotherapy and she is recognized internationally in her field.
Eleanor has completed an array of projects on her own land. These projects include: a riparian buffer restoration; eradication of invasive species; tree planting of more than a thousand seedlings; tree pruning; timber stand improvements; and early successional habitat management to create a place for wildlife to thrive.