Lonnie Ford, Board President

Lonnie Ford is a 41-year resident of Saranac Lake, originally from Hot Springs, AR. He retired last year after a 33-year career in sales with American Management Association.  He and wife Kathy, a visual artist, have raised two boys (Devon and Kyle), who have careers in the arts in Chicago and Hong Kong. The entire family has been intimately involved with the arts community of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid since living here. Lonnie has been part of the theatre scene since the early 1980s, first with the Community Theater Players and then with Pendragon. His first Pendragon show was a small part in “The Flowering Peach” in 1986.  He’s been cast as “Froggie” in this season’s run of “The Foreigner.” The entire Ford clan has performed on the Pendragon stage at one time or another.  Lonnie is also a member of the Northern Lights Choir. Behind the scenes he has been a avid supporter of the region’s arts community.  He served on the Pendragon board and the LPCA board in the 1990s and has helped with fund raising campaigns for both organizations. Lonnie is a member of the Saranac Lake Kiwanis Club and is a regular community volunteer for various activities.

Christopher Leifheit, Vice President

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Jeremy Evans, Secretary

Jeremy is the Chief Executive Officer for the Franklin County (New York) Industrial Development Agency, Local Development Corporation, and Civic Development Corporation. From 2007 to 2017 he held the position of Community Development Director for the Village of Saranac Lake. He Iives 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 Brunette is Saranac Lake Regional Marketing Manager for Franklin County Economic Development Corp.. In that capacity, she has helped lead the development of the new Saranac Lake brand, and she has set up the recent SaranacLake.com article about Pendragon Theatre. 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 attended the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Environmental Communications, and has served on the Downtown Advisory Board, the Downtown Revitalization Initiative Local Planning committee, and the Saranac Lake Street Fest team.

Jodi Keet, Board Member

Jodi holds a B.A. in Media and Fine Arts from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and an M.A. 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.

Bob Laba, Board Member

Robert (Bob) Laba 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 joined the Pendragon Board and Finance Committee in the summer of 2014.

Bob Ross, Board Member

Bob Ross is CEO of St Joseph’s Addiction and Treatment Center. Ross 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. Ross 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.