From left: Dan Sullivan, Jamie Rogers, Robyn Reynolds and Carla Castillo
CAPITAL DISTRICT: Robyn Reynolds
– Regional planning expertise
– Capital CarShare board member
– Solarize Albany team member
Robyn joined the Capital District Regional Planning Commission staff in 2016 as a Senior Planner. Robyn previously worked in the private sector as a sustainability planner, assisting municipalities with renewable energy implementation and sustainable development. Robyn has a B.A. in International Relations and Environmental Studies from SUNY Geneseo and a Master of Regional Planning from the University at Albany, SUNY. Robyn is a board member for Capital CarShare . 518-453-0850
HUDSON VALLEY: Carla Castillo
– Town of Cornwall Conservation Advisory Council
– Community development expertise
– Middle school mom extraordinaire
– School recycling advocate
Prior to joining Hudson Valley Regional Council, Carla worked in Philadelphia, where she led the transformative sustainability and neighborhood revitalization efforts of NKCDC. With Recyclebank, Carla inspired city-wide residents to recycle more through Philadelphia Recycling Rewards. At the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and the Reinvestment Fund, she stabilized distressed neighborhoods through the development of 550+ homes as an affordable housing lender and technical assistance provider to community development corporations. Also at the Reinvestment Fund, Carla worked with internationally-based microfinance CEOs to advance the micro-finance industry.
Carla volunteers in the Town of Cornwall, chairing the Cornwall Conservation Advisory Council and working with select Cornwall Central School District schools to implement school-based recycling programs. (845) 564-4075
HUDSON VALLEY: Europa McGovern
Europa previously worked for NGOs and both state and national parks in the Hudson Valley and beyond. Europa has participated in research in the tidal wetlands and the fisheries of the Hudson River Estuary, and she has shared our rich local history of environmental activism and conservation with schoolchildren and the public alike. She has also worked with dedicated volunteers to enhance programming and essential public support in our parks, including Walkway Over the Hudson State Park and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historic Site. Her interests also include sustainable agriculture and waste management, alternative transportation, green urban planning, and environmental justice. When not working in support of the Clean Energy Communities program, she may be found riding her bike to her local farm or about town, or in the many beautiful outdoor spaces of the Hudson Valley hiking or biking.
MOHAWK VALLEY: Dan Sullivan
– Organic Farmer
– Chair, Town of Ritchfield Comprehensive Plan Committee
Before joining Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Dan had a 40-year career as a high school English teacher and coach (high school and NCAA Divisions I and III Track & Field and Cross-Country). In 2011, Dan and his wife Teresa took up organic vegetable farming at their farm in Richfield Springs.
Dan is a member of the Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank Committee; Chairman of Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful; Member of the Town of Richfield Planning Board; Chairman of the Town of Richfield Comprehensive Plan Committee, and a trustee of both the Otsego Land Trust and Otsego 2000. (315) 866-4671
NORTH COUNTRY: Jamie Rogers
– Former mayor, Lake Placid
– Essex County IDA board member
– Maple syrup maker
Prior to joining Adirondack North Country Association in 2010, Jamie served as mayor of Lake Placid, where he implemented innovative municipal energy saving programs that reduced the municipal electric load by a whopping 10 percent. He brought a free public transportation system to the village and developed a multi-year budget system coupled with asset management planning. Jamie leads ANCA’s implementation of NYSERDA’s Green Jobs, Green NY program and through this work has helped hundreds of homeowners and businesses access free energy assessments and incentives for efficiency upgrades.
Jamie is a member of the boards of Essex County Historical Society, Essex County Industrial Development Agency, and the Upstate chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. When he is not working, golfing, skiing, fishing, or sailing, he can be found making maple syrup at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid. (518) 891-6200