OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Executive Committee: Sandy Morhouse (Chair), Peter Reale, Pat Ida, Lance Clark, Donna Wotton
Finance Committee: Pat Ida (Chair), Scott Hearburg, Pam Nolan
Audit Committee: Peter Reale (Chair), Scott Hearburg, Pam Nolan
Governance Committee: Lance Clark (Chair), Sandy Morhouse, Chris Mallon
Development Committee: Donna Wotton (Chair), Nancy Archer, Pat Ida, Bobby Porter
Nancy Archer came to Hague on Lake George at the age of 16 and is now a full time Hague resident. She holds a Master's Degree in International Development, which has been put to good use in her international career with the United Nations Development Programme, UNICEF, World Vision and Christian Children's Fund. Her last assignment with the UN before retiring was in Darfur, Sudan running a large development program aimed at improving the incomes of residents and promoting peace building, with a special focus on youth and women. Nancy was co-director of the Ti-Alliance for three years from January 2015 - December 2017.
Lance Clark and his wife Nancy Archer served as Co-Executive Directors of TRA for 2015-2017. They summered in Hague for 25 years before buying a home there in 2010. Lance is a former United Nations official and Ambassador with 35 years of experience in international work in emergency relief in conflicts, conflict recovery, and development. This includes service in places such as Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Rwanda, Iraq, Georgia (former USSR), Bosnia, Serbia, and other countries. On behalf of TRA he is now helping to coordinate a project with the Town of Ticonderoga on Zombie and Abandoned Properties.
Mark Wright is a native of Ticonderoga and holds a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University. Mark worked for 35 years in federal service with the DOD/US Air Force and DOT/Federal Aviation Administration in the areas of public safety. He was involved in more than 200 launch operations around the country.
Mark and his wife, Laura, moved back to Ticonderoga in 2016 to retire and give back to the community. Mark is the vice-president of the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum, a former Fire Commissioner for the Ticonderoga Fire District, and an active member of St. Mary's Church. He has been involved in many local volunteer activities and is a strong proponent of revitalization and economic development.
MARK WRIGHT (Ex-officio)
Town Supervisor, Ticonderoga, NY
Scott Hearburg owns and operates the Ticonderoga McDonald’s franchise. He lives in Ticonderoga with his wife Robin and their daughter. He is the owner of three McDonald's franchises in Ticonderoga & Warrensburg, NY, and Fairhaven, VT. Mr. Hearburg has sat on the board of Ronald McDonald Children's Charities in Albany since its inception, and for many years he chaired that organization’s Grants Committee. He has also sat on the Board of the NYS McDonald's Self Insured Workers Comp Group, and he currently sits on the Board to oversee the purchasing for all the McDonald's in the North East. Mr. Hearburg has served on the Ti Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and over the years, Mr. Hearburg has served on many other boards and donated to countless charities and causes. For spearheading a multi-year initiative to build a new playground at the Ti Elementary School, Mr. Hearburg was named 2011 Community Volunteer of the Year by the Ti Chamber of Commerce.
PATRICK IDA, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Patrick Ida, Ti-Alliance Chief Financial Officer and Finance Committee Chairman, owns and operates a Certified Public Accounting firm in Ticonderoga. He lives in Ticonderoga with his wife Carolyn and daughter. Mr. Ida began his career in public accounting in 1981 working for Telling & Potter CPAs in Ticonderoga. He relocated to Glens Falls in 1982 to work for Silverstein and Loftus CPAs and came back to Ticonderoga in 1986 to manage Telling & Potter’s Ticonderoga office until 1994 when he purchased the office from them. Mr. Ida holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Plattsburgh State University of New York and is also licensed by the State of New York as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Ida has been a member of the Ticonderoga Kiwanis Club since 1981, serving as President in 1994-95. He has also served as President of the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund since its creation in 1998 to present. Additionally he served on the board of Inter-Lakes Health as Treasurer from 1998 to 2009 and Chairperson in 2009-2010. He has also been a member of Glens Falls National Bank’s Regional Advisory Board since 2007.
Chris Mallon moved to Ticonderoga in 2002 when he assumed the role of Mill Manager at International Paper’s Ticonderoga mill. He managed the mill from 2002 to 2009, and again from 2012 until his retirement in 2015. In his 33-year career with IP, he held various positions in engineering, manufacturing, human resources, and the environment – eventually managing paper mills in New York, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. Although he and his wife Janet (a retired teacher from the Ti School system and active community supporter) have lived in many places, Ticonderoga (Putnam Station) is their adopted and permanent home. Chris has served on boards of organizations involved with manufacturing, education, healthcare, and support for persons with disabilities. He holds a degree in Paper Science and Engineering from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.
SANFORD W. MORHOUSE
Sanford W. Morhouse, Esq. is Of Counsel for Schulte Roth Zabel, LLP and focuses his practice primarily in the areas of corporate and real estate finance. His principal clients include major pension funds, investment advisors and fund sponsors. Over Mr. Morhouse’s career at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, and at Dewey Ballantine LLP, a predecessor firm, he has chaired his firm's Real Estate and Private Equity Groups, co‐chaired the firm's Corporate Department, served on the firm’s Executive Committee and co‐chaired the firm’s Management Committee. Mr. Morhouse graduated from Williams College and received a JD from Columbia Law School. In addition to the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance, Mr. Morhouse is Chairman of the Board for The Fort Ticonderoga Association and is on the Board of Directors of Broad Hollow Estates, Inc., Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, The Benedictine Foundation, and on the External Advisory Board of Lasair Capital, serving on the audit committees of Damon Runyon (chair) and Fort Ticonderoga.
Since 1980, Pam Nolan has held a variety of positions with the Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union and currently serves as the Chief Operating Office. She is a lifelong resident of Ticonderoga where she and her husband Ed, a local building contractor, have raised their three boys. Always active in the community, Pam has served on many boards and committees including TiNADA (Ticonderoga Neighbors Addressing Drug Abuse), Kiwanis, Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, the Ti Sentinel Booster Club, and the Ti Area Chamber of Commerce including several years as President. She is a member of the Adirondack Chapter Council of the NY Credit Union Association where she has served as President and as a trustee of the Association’s Legislative and Political Action Committee.
Bobby Porter is a Science Teacher at Ticonderoga Middle School and owner of The Windchill Factory restaurant that he founded in 1996. He is a lifelong resident of Ticonderoga where he resides with his wife Jenner and their four children. He is past president of the Ticonderoga Teachers Association (TTA) and has been the TTA Negotiation Chairman since 2004. Bob has been recognized as an Educator of Excellence by the New York State English Council and was recently inducted into the Ticonderoga High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He holds a B.S. in Education from SUNY Plattsburgh, and an M.S. Degree in Education from the University of New England.
Peter Reale, along with his wife Lynne and their three children, is a lifelong resident of Ticonderoga. Mr. Reale graduated from Ticonderoga High School and earned a degree in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a third generation road & bridge contractor and currently serves as Vice President of Reale Construction. Peter and his brother John also own multiple properties in downtown Ti. Peter has served on several local boards including the Town Planning Board and Comprehensive Plan Committee as well as the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Board of the Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union and is an active member of St Mary’s Parish and the Knights of Columbus.
Donna Wotton is a marketing and event planning professional. At the end of 2018, she retired after 33 years as the owner of Unconventional Promotions, a consulting firm to high tech companies, to become the full-time Executive Director of Ti-Alliance. A 3rd generation lifelong summer resident of Hague, she has called Hague her permanent home since 2010. Donna is an avid sailor and serves as the Chief Race Officer at the Northern Lake George Yacht Club. She is active in many aspects of the Hague community and helped to start and manage Made in Hague, a seasonal artist collective in business since 2014. She served on the Ti-Alliance board for 6 years before becoming Executive Director.
Communications Specialist & Executive Assistant
In pursuit of our 2021 goal to increase the capacity of Ti-Alliance, we welcomed Claire Burns to our team. Claire graduated with honors from the State University of New York at Potsdam in 2019 with a degree in Speech Communications and Business Administration. She excelled academically, was assistant managing editor of a literary magazine, coached students in public speaking and presentations, and led award-winning teams of business students in business plan competitions. Claire spent her childhood in Ticonderoga and feels a close connection with our community. Her roots in our area and versatile skill set make her a valuable addition to our staff.
Melinda Wilson Fuller is a life-long summer resident on Baldwin Road, and a winter resident of Saratoga Springs, NY. She spent her career as a teaching assistant in several school systems, dedicated to her work of uplifting students. In 2021, we welcomed her to our team in pursuit of our goal to increase the capacity of Ti-Alliance. As Program Coordinator, she drives Ti-Alliance’s workforce development programs, notably our Students in the Field and Summer Jobs and Internship programs. She is passionate about supporting local youth and employers. Her work continues to introduce students to exciting local careers and helps develop our workforce.