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Kelley Tucker - Executive Director

Kelley has worked in the non-profit conservation field for more than 20 years developing and leading science-based regional, national, and international efforts to protect birds, other wildlife, and the ecosystems that support them. She served as Vice-President of Conservation for the International Crane Foundation working with staff in 22 countries to conserve cranes and their freshwater habitats. Earlier, at the American Bird Conservancy, she was director of the Pesticides and Birds Campaign and effectively advocated for pesticide regulations more protective of birds. Kelley holds degrees in economics and political science from Rice University, and pursued her doctoral work at the University of Chicago. Besides overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Ausable River Association, Kelley leads the organization's natural stream restoration programs. She plans and implements collaborative projects that help streams regain their balance, improving wildlife habitat, water quality, and flood resilience. Kelley also coordinates a model program of culvert replacements in the watershed, engineering designs to reduce flood damage, restore stream resilience and habitat, and enable aquatic and amphibious organism passage. She lives in Upper Jay with her husband two fine cats, a trusty dog, and rides her horse through the lands in and around the Jay and Sentinel Mountain Wilderness.

Carrianne Pershyn - Research Associate

Carrianne Pershyn has worked in many capacities for the Ausable River Association since 2014. In late 2018, she became a full-time research associate for the organization, supporting our Biodiverse Habitats program and monitoring brook trout and other native organisms that rely on Ausable streams. She holds an M.S. in Fish and Wildlife Biology and Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY and a B.S. in Ecology from Plattsburgh State University. Her masters thesis research focused on Brook Trout habitat use, recruitment, and population genetics in high elevation, groundwater-fed tributaries of the headwaters of the Ausable River. She is formally trained in natural history and ecology of freshwater habitats, with a variety of past research experience on terrestrial and aquatic wildlife. Her 2018-2019 field projects with AsRA include expanding and maintaining a network of temperature loggers across the watershed, designing and implementing eDNA field and lab studies to map the spatial distribution of brook trout and other salmonids, and planning future research projects that focus on Brook Trout ecology and conservation in the Adirondacks. She has worked in Adirondack conservation and lived in the Park for more than a decade, and when not working, can be found adventuring on Adirondack waterways and in wild forests.

Tyler Merriam - Donor Outreach Associate

Tyler fell in love with the Adirondacks and its waterways while spending summers at his family’s cabin in Tupper Lake. He moved to the Adirondack region permanently in 2010 and has been working with a variety of businesses, colleges, and nonprofits ever since. Tyler holds a B.S. in Outdoor Education from Houghton College and M.S. in Recreation Management from SUNY Cortland. He also holds credentials as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, Leave No Trace Master Educator, Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, Paddlesport and Wilderness Medicine Instructor, and Licensed New York State Guide. At the Ausable River Association, Tyler is responsible for donor outreach and engagement, communications, and marketing efforts. In his free time Tyler can be found paddling, skiing, biking, hiking, and camping throughout the Adirondacks and beyond.

Jake Hill - River Steward

Jake joins the Ausable River Association as the 2020 River Steward. Growing up outside of Albany, Jake took many trips to the Adirondacks where he developed a deep connection to the area. Jake graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2018 with a B.A. in Biology and Minors in Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies. Following graduation, Jake moved to Southern Utah to complete an AmeriCorps term. Since returning to New York, Jake's passion for water conservation has been the driving force behind his career choices. He is very excited to continue that work this season. When not working, Jake can be found hiking and enjoying the water across the Adirondack Park and Vermont.

Board of Directors

Liz Clarke - Chair

Ken Brownell - Vice Chair

Charlie Cowan - Treasurer

Wally Walters - Secretary

Evan Bottcher

Christian Brammer

Richard Conney

Nev Dunn

Audrey Hyson

Larry Master

John Schuler

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