As a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, Seneca White Deer, Inc. is run by an unpaid Board of Directors. We have no staff, the volunteer Board serves to promote the mission of SWD by working with the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency and local officials to best preserve the unique wildlife and military history of the site.
The Seneca White Deer Board of Directors is composed of the following individuals:
Dennis Money (President) lives in Canandaigua and is a well known conservation advocate. Dennis worked at Rochester Gas and Electric for over 30 years where he was involved with a variety of environmental permitting, asbestos management and environmental auditing projects. Dennis is a founder of Seneca White Deer and has also been heavily involved with river otter and peregrine falcon restoration programs. He loves outdoor photography and is a member of the Ontario County Arts Council and the Seneca County Tourism Committee.
Carl Patrick (Vice-President) lives in Oswego and is an independent strategic communication consultant with considerable credentials in energy and nuclear power issues. Carl has a broad background in communications and public affairs, having worked for the New York Power Authority for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in education in New York State schools and at Manhattanville College. Carl has also been actively involved in community programs such as the Oswego County Environmental Management Council, Peekskill Celebration, the Paramount Center for the Arts, and the annual Oswego Harborfest event.
Demaris Verzulli (Treasurer) is a resident of Macedon. She has an extensive background in finance and accounting and currently works part time for the Wayne County Water and Sewer Authority as an assistant to the Director of Operations. Demaris loves the outdoors, especially kayaking and hiking. She is also a member of the Fossil Section of the Rochester Academy of Science, an avid gardener and is the founder of the Western Wayne Art Group.
Aimee Bartelt is a resident of Clifton Springs, but began life in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Aimee’s parents were killed in that conflict, but she and her sister were adopted by an American soldier and were raised in North Carolina. She shares a kinship with the white deer of the depot as expressed below:
“If it were not for the militaristic need for the Depot to exist, the white deer would almost certainly not exist in the numbers that they do. And, if war did not exist as it did in Vietnam, my parents would not have been brought together, and I certainly would not be here today. I am amazed at how the reminder of something as hideous as war and the reality of something as beautiful as nature can coexist as they do at the Depot. The white deer will always hold a special place in my heart.”
She began working with Seneca White Deer as an intern and earned a seat on the Board of Directors through her dedicated efforts. Aimee has a wide-ranging background in conservation activities and volunteer work and is dedicated to protecting the wildlife of the former depot.
Bill Clark lives in Canandaigua and is a former teacher from Penn Yan Academy where he had over 30 years of experience teaching English, drama and communications. He is an ardent photographer (weddings and outdoors), a NYSDEC hunter education teacher, a model railroader and a member of several gun clubs. He currently serves on the board of Canandaigua Sportsman Club. Bill is a devoted outdoorsman and enjoys hunting and fishing in the Finger Lakes. He is dedicated to the preservation of our natural resources.
A resident of Wheatland, Susan Czapranski is a trail riding instructor and coach who combines her skills as a classically trained horsewoman and her love of the great outdoors to encourage both better horsemanship and land stewardship through responsible use of public lands. She is dedicated to the conservation of open space, which is vital to the preservation of our national equestrian heritage.
Gehrig Lohrmann of Lyons, NY is Canandaigua National Bank and Trust’s (CNBT) Area Service Manager for Ontario County. A 15-year employee of CNBT with deep local roots, he graduated from Lyons Central School and Finger Lakes Community College. In addition to SWD, Gehrig belongs to the Canandaigua Rotary Club and sits on their board, is a board member for Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Recovery Agency, Wayne ARC and the Lyons Heritage Society. He also is a member of the Timeless Classic Car club. In his spare time he enjoys driving his classic 1966 Chevy II, walking the canal trail, working in the garden, and collecting local historical artifacts.
A resident of Seneca Falls, Vince Lalli has a long track record as a dynamic teacher devoted to helping young people. He developed interdisciplinary, experiential curriculum for learners while engaging the educational community as stakeholders.Vince has a prestigious background as an educator, having been selected as a 2005 All-USA Teacher Team member (one of only twenty) and named New York State Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year in 2004. His curriculum publications have been endorsed by both Cornell University and the Phelps-Clifton Springs CSD Board of Education.
A Victor resident for over 30 years, Sue Stehling owned a business there for over 30 years as well being a real estate agent. Among her business experiences Sue was Past President of the Victor Chamber of Commerce for over 28 years and is a strong advocate for historic preservation and open space. Sue is involved in multiple community programs including the Ontario County Historical Society, Victor Historical Society/Valentown Museum, Friends of the Railroad, Town of Victor Historic Advisory Committee, Boughton Park Commission, Farmington Chamber of Commerce and Assemblyman Brian Kolb’s Women’s Advisory Board.
Emma Taylor operates a family landscaping and property management company in Canandaigua. Her interest in Seneca White Deer is summarized by her statement, “I love nature and everything it provides for us.” As a Watershed Steward for Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association, she also understands the importance of hands-on work in the community. Her activism reflects her favorite quote from Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.