Jeff Senterman Named Associate Director of the Catskill Center
On July 1, Jeff Senterman will be leaving his role as the Trail Conference’s Senior Program Coordinator and Catskills Program Coordinator to become the Associate Director of the Catskill Center. The mission of the Catskill Center is to protect and foster the environmental, cultural, and economic wellbeing of the Catskill region. In his new position with the Center, Jeff will continue to collaborate with the Trail Conference’s efforts in the region, including participation in the Catskill Park Advisory Committee, the Catskill Park Coalition and associated advocacy days in Albany, and guiding new efforts to create a comprehensive regional recreation plan for the entire Catskill Park that will direct future improvements, recreation enhancements, and protection of the park.
Jeff’s contributions to the Trail Conference and the Catskills have been tremendous. Under his leadership, nine miles of the Long Path were built over Romer Mountain, a King Post bridge was replaced in Platte Clove, numerous lean-to shelters were repaired, the Trail Conference was awarded the Catskill Conservation Corps to manage volunteerism in the Catskills for the DEC, and our inaugural season of the Summit Stewards program was launched. Under Jeff’s watch, the role and scale of the Trail Conference’s responsibilities in the region expanded greatly; his passion and dedication for the region will be greatly missed. We wish Jeff the best of luck in his new role with the Center and continue to expect great things from him.
Farewell to Membership and Development Manager Jennis Watson
Jennis Watson joined the Trail Conference as Membership and Development Associate in early 2012 and quickly became an invaluable behind-the-scenes resource, organizing the Trail Conference database, coordinating fundraising mailings, and establishing helpful office protocols. During her tenure, she was promoted to Membership & Development Manager. Jennis has played a key role in streamlining the back end of the Development department, improving productivity to allow for an efficient fundraising effort through the Darlington Schoolhouse campaign. She also volunteered for the Trail Conference, working on the discovery phase of the website upgrade project and serving as assistant to the Trail Crew Chief for the Long Distance Trails Crew. We thank Jennis for all of her contributions and wish her and her growing family all the best in their new home in Georgia.
Brendan Cunningham, Douglas Senterman Join Trail Conference Staff
Brendan Cunningham, Membership and Development Associate, brings to the Trail Conference five years of previous nonprofit work, with two years’ experience in the development field. He had served as Senior Leadership Consultant to the Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity at their Headquarters in Oxford, Ohio. Previously, he served as an internet marketing strategist for a multinational real estate investment corporation based in Chevy Chase, MD. Brendan is a graduate of Washington College of Maryland, where he earned his B.A. in art history. As a Beacon, NY, resident with his wife Stephanie and son Declan, the family enjoys hiking in the nearby Hudson Highlands.
Doug Senterman, Catskills Program Coordinator, of Platte Clove (Elka Park) NY, joined the Trail Conference staff in 2015. In addition to bringing non-profit leadership experience to his post, Doug has had a lifetime of service as a Catskill trail volunteer under the guidance of his father, longtime Catskills Trails Chair Pete Senterman. In his role as volunteer, Doug most recently served as the Catskills Lean-to Chair; he was also the recipient of the William Hoeferlin Award for exemplary service in 2013. Doug has a Bachelor of Business degree with a major in Business Administration and minor in Project Management. He brings a variety of skills and training related to outdoor education and recreation, including extensive knowledge of the Catskills, which allows him to confidently work with the diverse groups, agencies, and individuals in the region. He is looking forward to expanding the Trail Conference’s presence in the Catskills and growing the Community Trails Program there.