HOMETOWN: Glens Falls, NYFAMILY: Partner, Jim Kneeshaw, six adult children and 18 grandchildrenEDUCATION: B.A., Elementary Education, College of Saint RoseOCCUPATION: Senator, New York State’s 45th Senate DistrictCOMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Board of Directors for Glens Falls National Bank, Arrow Financial (15 years) and Double H Hole In the Woods (a camp in Lake Luzerne for seriously ill read more


Hometown: Champlain, NYFamily: Wife, Jennifer, and two childrenEducation: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Colby-Sawyer College in New HampshireOccupation: Co-owner, Boire Benner GroupCommunity Involvement: Serves on the Board for The Development Corporation. Coached lacrosse and basketball with his son and donates time to edit and organize floor music for Trudeau’s Gymnastics Center gymnasts. read more


HOMETOWN: Jay, NYFAMILY: Two adult daughters and a grandson who is almost five years oldEDUCATION: B.A. Fine Arts with a concentration in Studio Pottery, SUNY PotsdamOCCUPATION: Sole Proprietor, Young’s Studio and GalleryCURRENT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: ADK for Kids (Art and Discovery Kits) The arts community in Plattsburgh is alive, well, and actively contributing to the beauty read more


Hometown: ChateaugayFamily: Wife of 48 years, Angie, and five childrenEducation: B.A. in Psychology from St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NYOccupation: Retired Commissioner of Clinton County Child and Family ServicesCommunity Involvement: Served in the Clinton County Legislature from 1990-1995. When Jay LePage retired from his longtime position in human services in 2013, he took with him the read more


Lending A Hand Hometown: Mooers Forks, NYFamily: Husband of 31 years, Gregg; three adult children and two granddaughtersEducation: B.S. in Business Administration, SUNY PlattsburghOccupation: Senior Lender, Champlain National BankCommunity Involvement: Current president of the Plattsburgh CommunityHousing Board; 20 years of service to the former Rotary Club of Rouses Point; past treasurer for Champlain Children’s Learning read more


HOMETOWN: Cadyville, New York FAMILY: Husband, Jon; son Griffin; pets: Dixi, Oreo and Nacho EDUCATION: B.A., Mass Communication, SUNY Plattsburgh OCCUPATION: Executive Vice President, North Country Chamber of Commerce Jody Parks has been a well-known face at the North Country Chamber of Commerce for over 25 years. She has been a driving force both behind read more

John Remillard

By Michelle St. Onge Photo by Ty Kretser NAME: John RemillardHOMETOWN: Peru, NYFAMILY: Three adult children, four grandchildrenEDUCATION: B.A., Business Administration from LeMoyne College; M.A., Health Care from Sage Colleges in AlbanyOCCUPATION: President, University of Vermont Health Network’s Elizabethtown Community HospitalCOMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Board involvement with the Champlain Valley Family Center and the North Country Chamber read more

Sylvie Nelson

OCCUPATION: Executive Director, North Country Workforce Development Board HOMETOWN: Montreal born, Sherbrooke, Quebec raised FAMILY: Husband, Kurt Munson, children Gisèle and Ian EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degrees in English Writing from St. Edwards University (Texas), and in Communication Studies from Concordia University (Montreal). Graduate degree in Journalism from Concordia University COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Board president, United Way of read more

Doug Hoffman

Hometown: Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, NY Family: Carol, wife of 46 years, three adult children, six grandchildren Education: A.A.S. in Business/Accounting from North Country Community College, B.A. in Business from SUNY Plattsburgh, M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut Occupation: Business advisor, coach, and C.P.A at Hoffman Eells Group, C.P.A.s Community Involvement: Lions Club, Adirondack read more

Michelle Cromwell

HOMETOWN: Trincity, Trinidad OCCUPATION: University Executive; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant; yoga teacher; Reiki master teacher FAMILY: 24-year-old son Kidane EDUCATION: Diploma in Music Education from Valsayn Teachers College; B.S. in Social Work, University of the West Indies; M.A. in Dispute Resolution; and Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Nova Southeastern University (Florida) SB: What read more