Meet The Board

The following are the members of the Board of Trustees for Adirondack Folk School, a §501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization registered in New York State:

Ginny Franzen, President – B.A. in Speech Pathology and Audiology; teacher of the deaf for 35 years; manager and support teacher for children with cochlear implants.

Karen Goldberg, Vice President – M.A. in mathematics, Harvard; retired mathematics teacher; current President of the Quilting Guild.

David Riihimaki, Treasurer  – M.A. in philosophy; Vice President, Corporate Banking Officer for Glens Falls National Bank, NA (GFNB).

Carolyn P. Ahearn, Secretary – M.S.L.S. Catholic University of America; held prestigious posts in the law library field for 30 years, including, Intern Assoc. Dean for IS and Director of the Law Library at Hofstra University,  President of American Association of Law Libraries, and Director of Library and Research Services with several leading law firms.

Sandy Collins, Board Member – Ret. USAF (Vietnam Vet); gifted fiber artist; Administrative Assistant to Squadron, Base and Wing level commanders in Civil Service; worked in customer service and interbank transference with several banks.

Patricia Goldberg, Board Member – Patricia worked as a mainframe computer programmer and owned her own consulting company for 25 years, where NYS Department of Taxation and Finance was among clients.

John Kingsley, Board Member – woodworking instructor with 40 years’ experience; Senior Consultant for N.T.T. Data, with 30 years’ experience in global I.T. services; Current Fiske Fund Chair of Northeast Woodworkers Association; past President of Adirondack Woodturners Association.

Frank Lagace, Board Member – owner and President of Paradise Tree Service and Other Side of Paradise Landscaping and Garden Center for 43 years; Executive of the Board of Directors for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rennselaer County for six years; lobbied in Washington DC for grant funding for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at Cornell University.

Jim Schreiner, Board Member – Master-level woodworker; former National Team Kayak racer; expert instructor and owner of Great Sacandaga Designs.

Heather Siegel-Sawma, Board Member – M.S. in recreation administration; Membership Experience Coordinator at Family YMCA of Glens Falls Area, New York.

Barbara Shea, Board Member – M.B.A & M.B.A in Banking; Barbara comes to the Adirondack Folk School having recently retired from a prestigious career in banking and an extensive background serving in leadership roles for many non-profit boards throughout her career.