Staff & Board

Staff

Jake Tibbles [email protected]

Executive Director

Origin: Redwood, NY

Favorite Preserve/Trail: Otter Creek Preserve

What gets me out on the land:

Hiking, fishing, hunting, and water sports

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Jake was appointed Executive Director in May 2012. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the State University of New York at Cortland, majoring in both Biology and Chemistry. He first came to the Land Trust in 2007 in a research internship and continued on as Director of Stewardship. Since being appointed Executive Director, he has overseen TILT's Reaccreditation by the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission, and its growth in conserved lands, in educational programs, and staffing.

A native of Redwood, NY, Jake has a life-long passion for the environment and especially the Thousand Island region. He hikes, fishes, hunts and enjoys water sports. He has a keen appreciation for the importance of the St. Lawrence River system and is pleased to have the opportunity to work in its behalf. Contact Jake.

Spencer Busler [email protected]

Assistant Director / Director of Land Conservation

Origin: Theresa, NY

Favorite Preserve/Trail: Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail

What gets me out on the land:

Fishing (rarely catching), kayaking, watching the sunrise from a treestand, and searching for morels

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Spencer joined TILT in 2016 as Director of Land Conservation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Management from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry as well as a master’s degree in Water and Wetland Resource Studies from the same institution.

Previous to TILT, he worked along the St. Lawrence with the US Fish & Wildlife Service and Lafave, White & McGivern, L.S., P.C.  He grew up in Theresa and spent the vast majority of his childhood summers on the numerous waterbodies of the Indian River Lakes chain where he developed his deep appreciation for our natural surroundings.

Spencer looks forward to contributing to the continued protection of the diverse natural resources of the Thousand Islands ecosystem. Contact Spencer.

Terra Bach [email protected]

Director of Development & Communications

Origin: Clayton, NY

Favorite Preserve/Trail: Grindstone Island Preserves

What gets me out on the land:

Hiking, bird watching, gardening, connecting with nature, frog hunting with my son and quality time with my family.

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Terra is responsible for planning, organizing and directing all of TILT's fundraising including special events, writing grants and annual appeals. She works closely with the Executive Director, Membership Coordinator and the Board of Trustees in all development and fund raising endeavors. Additionally, she manages and directs the organization’s internal and external communications.

A SUNY Buffalo graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English and minor in Environmental Studies, she has a strong commitment to the well-being of the environment, which she attributes to her family's more than 100 year history on and in the St Lawrence - a true river rat at heart.

Terra has been actively involved in the community and currently serves as the chair of the local Thousand Islands Young Leaders Organization (TIYLO).  She, her husband and son live in the village of Clayton. Contact Terra.

Kate Breheny [email protected]

Membership Coordinator

Origin: Holliston, MA

Favorite Preserve/Trail: Crooked Creek Preserve

What gets me out on the land:

Gardening, hiking and urban hiking, snowshoeing, XCountry skiing, camping, boating, floating on the River

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In January 2019 Kate joined the TILT team as the organization’s new Membership Coordinator. She is the key liaison between the land trust and its 750 plus members.  She is also responsible for the coordination of the administrative matters of the organization, assisting with outreach and communications activities, and fielding and directing questions about TILT’s land conservation work.

Kate brings over fifteen years of experience coordinating and implementing environmental stewardship and education programs within the Golden Gate National Parks in San Francisco, CA and here along the St. Lawrence River. During her time in San Francisco, she led education and volunteer programs at the Presidio Native Plant Nursery and oversaw the removal of invasive plants and the out-planting of native species in sensitive habitat areas with the Park Stewardship Program. Most recently as Save The River’s Program Manager, she managed the organization’s wide range of community programs including its In the Schools and associated On the Water education programs, and the Riverkeeper Volunteer Monitoring, Common Tern Monitoring, Beach Watch and Shoal Marking Programs. Contact Kate.

Brandon Hollis [email protected]

Stewardship Director

Origin: Alexandria Bay, NY

Favorite Preserve/Trail: Chippewa Bay Preserve

What gets me out on the land:

Time with family and friends hiking and boating throughout the greater 1000 Islands Region.

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Brandon manages TILT’s fee-owned preserves, monitoring conservation easements, and supervising summer land stewards.  He has been with TILT since 2011, first as a Summer Land Steward, then Stewardship Assistant and now Stewardship Director.

Brandon is a SUNY Potsdam graduate with a bachelor of arts in Environmental Science, having studied biodiversity conservation, environmental ethics, natural resource policy, and GIS. A native of Alexandria Bay, he has spent much time on and along the St. Lawrence River, which contributes to his appreciation for the Thousand Islands Region. Contact Brandon.

Alaina Young [email protected]

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Origin: Jackson, NJ

Favorite Preserve/Trail: Otter Creek Preserve

What gets me out on the land:

Observing wildlife, hiking, kayaking, reading in the sun, and exploring new trails and places

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Alaina serves as TILT's Education and Outreach Coordinator, where she is responsible for planning and organizing TILTreks and Events, manages the Volunteer Program and the Boat Launch Steward Program, and promotes TILT through marketing and outreach.

Alaina holds a B.S. in Biology from Lafayette College and a Master’s of Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. She comes to TILT with experience in environmental education, working as a dolphin tour guide in the Outer Banks of NC, an interpreter at a PA zoo, and most recently as a member of Duke Marine Lab’s Community Science Initiative, where she developed lesson plans on water quality and engaged elementary students in a year-long program on marine debris. Contact Alaina.

Gary LaLonde [email protected]

Zenda Farms Manager

Favorite Preserve/Trail: Zenda Farms Preserve

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Gary is responsible for all aspects of stewardship associated with Zenda Farms, including trail maintenance, building upkeep and repairs, monitoring of the surrounding woods and fields, and management of TILT’s tree nursery. He also assists with any TILTreks, KidsTreks and TILT events that occur on-site and with any maintenance needs of the Zenda Community Garden.

Gary owned and operated an air conditioning business in Florida for 30 years before retiring north. His expertise includes machinery and engine maintenance, as well as woodworking, plumbing and electrical work. He is an avid car collector, with several antiques in his collection. His current project is a 1940 Ford pickup he's converting into a "street rod."

During business hours in the summer, Gary can usually be found at Zenda, but feel free to leave messages for him with the TILT office: 315-686-5345.

Board of Directors

  • Greg McLean

    Wellesley Island

    President

  • Larry Kingsley

    Sylvan Island

    Vice President

  • Robin Hoffman

    Clayton

    Secretary

  • Mike Phelps

    Thousand Island Park

    Treasurer

  • Jane Carver

    Clayton

    Member at Large

  • Ben Walldroff

    LaFargeville

    Member at Large

  • Todd Atkinson

    Carleton Island

  • Jeff Burt

    Rabbit Island, Chippewa Bay

  • Cindy Bower

    Clayton

  • John Cardamone

    Thousand Island Park

  • David Lucas

    Bluff Island

  • John Farrell

    Clayton

  • Jane Heffron

    River Oaks, Wellesley Island

  • Art Mack

    Clayton

  • Molly MacWade

    Pt. Marguerite, Alexandria Bay

  • Janice McPhail

    Grindstone Island

  • Josh Truman

    Carleton Island