Christopher Leifheit, President

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Jeremy Evans, Secretary

Jeremy is the Chief Executive Officer for the Franklin County Economic Development Corp. From 2007 to 2017 he held the position of Community Development Director for the Village of Saranac Lake. He lives in Saranac Lake with his wife Jenni and his three children Alex, Amelia and Isaac where he serves as a member of the Saranac Lake Central School District Board of Education. Jeremy earned his BS in Planning and Resource Management from Brigham Young University and holds master’s degrees in Urban and Regional Planning from the University at Albany and Public Administration from Binghamton University. The Evans family spends free time hiking, skiing, kayaking and camping.


Kelly Brunette, Board Member

Kelly is the Saranac Lake Regional Marketing Manager for Franklin County Economic Development Corp.. Her previous position was with Village of Saranac Lake Community Development. Kelly is a wife, mom, dog lover, vegetarian, planner, and traveler of cool towns from Bar Harbor to Bend. She has lived in each village of the Tri-Lakes, and decided to put her roots down in Saranac Lake 15 years ago. She is passionate about the community, and has in-depth knowledge of its assets and dynamics. She holds a BS in Environmental Communications from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and has served on the Downtown Advisory Board, the Downtown Revitalization Initiative Local Planning committee, and the Saranac Lake Street Fest team.

Marc Gitlitz, Board Member

Marc and his wife Lynn were summer residents of Upper Saranac Lake from 1973 to 2013, when they winterized their seasonal camp and made Saranac Lake their primary residence. With a second residence in New York City, Lynn and Marc are theater buffs who occasionally invest in productions. Marc is a semi-retired management consultant and venture capital investor. Most of his consulting career was spent at The Diebold Group, Inc., where he ultimately headed the firm’s global Business Planning Division. His venture capital experience includes serving as a Managing Director of Connecticut Capital Markets, LLC.  Marc holds a BS in economics from Northwestern University and an MBA in finance from New York University.

Jodi Keet, Board Member

Jodi holds a BA in Media and Fine Arts from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and an MA dual major in Marketing and Media Communications from Webster University in Webster Groves, MO. She has a wide range of experience in direct marketing and consumer awareness, including as Vice President of Sales for a display manufacturer in NYC. She and her family are residents of Weston, CT. They have been coming to Saranac Lake, where her husband was raised, and to Pendragon for many years.

Dan Kilbourne-Hill, Board Member

Dan is the Director of Business Development at Adirondack Health. Originally from West Hartford Connecticut, Dan graduated from Boston College in 1994. He worked as a producer at MSNBC for NBC News in New York City for many years. After graduating with an MBA from Babson College in 2004, Dan settled in the Adirondacks. He started working for Adirondack Medical Center in 2005 as the Director of Community Health and Wellness. Over the years he has also managed a number of outpatient programs and services such as Bariatrics, Cardiology, Rheumatology and Wound Care for the hospital. He and his wife Andrea live in Saranac Lake with their two children, Stephanie and Thomas.

Robert (Bob) Laba, Board Member

Bob is the Chief Financial Officer at Adirondack Health. He and his wife and son are full time residents of the Adirondacks, living in Saranac Lake. Bob also sits on the board of the Adirondack Housing Development Corporation and is the president of the Helen Hill Housing Fund Corporation. In his free time, Bob enjoys staying active by running, hiking, skiing, camping and boating. He earned his BS in Accounting with a minor in Music from Plattsburgh State University and is currently enrolled in the MBA Healthcare Administration program at Columbia Southern University.

Bob Ross, Board Member

Bob is the Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Addiction and Treatment Center. He joined St. Joseph’s in 2007 and has overseen dynamic expansion to the agency’s continuum of care, including a $13 million renovation of the agency’s 53,000 square-foot inpatient facility, the opening of new outpatient clinics in Franklin and Essex Counties, establishing one of just three long-term residential care facilities in the State for veterans for the treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders including PTSD, and most recently securing funding to establish a supportive housing facility in Malone for families in recovery. Bob serves as the president of the New York State Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State. He is also the President of the Board of the veterans reintegration program, Homeward Bound Adirondacks, and serves on North Country Community College’s Human Services Advisory Board.

Chuck VanAnden, Board Member

Chuck and his wife Beth relocated to Saranac Lake in 2013. He retired in 2017 as Director of Nursing Programs at North Country Community College. Prior to moving to Saranac Lake, Chuck and Beth lived in the greater Washington D.C. area, where he was a Professor of Nursing at Northern Virginia Community College. Chuck spent over 20 years as a senior officer in the U.S. Public Health Services working with health professionals, community professional organizations, and educational institutions to develop and support community-based primary care programs to address access to care in rural and under-served communities across the United States and Territories. Chuck is involved in a number of community organizations in the Saranac Lake area. He is committed to helping Saranac Lake grow and develop as a vibrant and welcoming community.