John L. Schenkel, M.D

Hometown: Berkeley, CA Occupation: Psychiatrist, semi-retired Family: Wife, Sharon of 16+ years. John has three grown daughters; Sharon has two grown sons Education: Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Entomology from University of California-Davis, M.D. from University of California-San Diego After a long and successful career in psychiatry that stretched from California to Oregon to Plattsburgh, read more


Dena Archer

Hometown: Plattsburgh Current Occupation: Owner, Archer Bodyworks Family: Two school-aged daughters Education: B.A. in Human Services from SUNY Plattsburgh; licensed massage therapist Look no further than Dena Archer and Archer Bodyworks for a success story about small business growth in Plattsburgh. After graduating from SUNY Plattsburgh with a degree in Human Services, Archer realized that read more





Hannah Hanford

Title: Executive Director of the Adirondack Health Foundation and Community Relations Hometown: Keeseville, New York Education: B.S. in Hotel Administration from Cornell University Community Involvement: Longtime Rotarian with membership spanning four different Rotary Clubs, most recently Saranac Lake Rotary Club; Saranac Lake Women’s Investment Club; Adirondack Planned Giving Society Family: Two grown children—McIntosh Forrence, who read more


WILLIAM (BILL) L. OWENS, ESQ.

Job Title: Senior Partner and Co-Managing Partner at Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher & Trombley, PLLC; Senior Advisor at Denton’s (working out of the Washington, D.C. office) Education: B.S. in Business Administration from Manhattan College, J.D. from Fordham University Military Service: United States Air Force active duty at Wurtsmith Air Force Base 21st District (Michigan) read more


Maria Alexander

Executive Director, Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County Hometown: Lowville, NY Family: Husband, Ray Alexander Education: B.A. in Child and Family Services from SUNY Plattsburgh Community Involvement: Board memberships with JCEO, the North Country Association for the Visually Impaired and the Samuel F. Vilas Home; President elect of Plattsburgh Noon Rotary, Girl Scouts Women of read more


Dr. Paolo Fedi, M.D., PH.D.

Hometown: Florence, Italy Current Position: Owner and physician at Beaumont Gastroenterology Services Education: M.D. from the University of Florence, PhD. in biology from the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland/National Institute of Health Community Involvement: Passionate supporter of the Plattsburgh Farmer’s & Crafters Market, both as a consumer and with organizing, marketing and event planning read more


Erin Hynes

Growing up in Plattsburgh as a self-described “Air Force brat,” Erin Hynes became interested in community and economic development at a young age. “I lived through the closure of the Plattsburgh Air Force Base,” she explained. “My father was the Base Transition Coordinator for the Air Force. I knew back then that I wanted to read more