Jeff Killeen of Diamond Point has been elected chairman of the FUND for Lake George board.
Killeen, who had previously served as vice chair and secretary to the board, succeeds Don Rice of Hague. Rice had been the chair of the Board for the past five years.
“We are blessed to have Jeff Killeen, a Lake George resident whose family relationship with the lake goes back to the beginning of the last century, as our new chair,” said Don Rice. “Jeff’s passion for, and commitment to, the preservation of Lake George for all future generations gives us great confidence that the mission of FUND for Lake George will be successfully realized under his leadership. I hope all who cherish our lake will support Jeff and the FUND as we confront the immediate and future challenges to preserve and protect our Lake George.”
Rice will continue to serve as trustee.
Killeen is a fourth generation Lake George resident, residing in Diamond Point. He recently restored his family's 1908 camp and made it a year-round home.
“Lake George faces many challenges, both today and as we look ahead,” Killeen said. “Keeping the lake as clean as we all remember it, and as clean and clear as we all want it to be, will take a continuous basin-wide commitment by everyone who loves this very special place. I look forward to continuing Don Rice’s excellent work to complete the final phases of the West Brook project, to expand our nationally-acclaimed Waterkeeper program and educational efforts, and to meet the acute new threats to the lake from storm water pollution and invasive species. There are but few such extraordinary places in the world like Lake George, and I am honored that I have been asked to lead the FUND and carry on it’s great work.”
Rice served as the FUND’s chair since 2006. He is credited with transforming the organization into a fully-functioning environmental not-for-profit organization. He led the organization to expand the Lake George Waterkeeper program, was a key organizer of the joint West Brook Conservation Initiative, oversaw successful development and publication the award winning Do-It-Yourself Water Quality: A Landowner's Guide to Property Management that Protects Lake George, expanded work on invasive species control and management, and oversaw successful advocacy and legal actions.
“The FUND for Lake George owes a great debt to Don Rice for his leadership, vision and passion over the past five years. Don was the FUND’s most successful board chair and he led the group in a variety of new programs and collaborations. Don expanded the FUND’s board of trustees, programming, staff and the FUND’s financial viability,” said Peter Bauer, executive director of the FUND for Lake George.