Saratoga PLAN’s Board of Directors recently welcomed three new Board members: Charlie Hanehan, Alison Crocker, and Jessica Schwartzman. Each brings a unique set of attributes that complement both existing Board member strengths and Saratoga PLAN’s mission to protect the rural character, natural habitats and scenic beauty of Saratoga County.
Charlie Hanehan, a fourth-generation life-long dairy farmer at Hanehan Family Dairy in the Town of Saratoga, NY will be adding his agricultural perspective to PLAN’s Board of Directors. Upon graduation from college in 1973, Hanehan returned to the family dairy and just recently became semi-retired. The Hanehan Family Dairy also includes Charlie Hanehan’s three sons, full time, and daughter as CFO. They have now become Jr. partners.
In addition to serving on many Agricultural committees and political boards, Hanehan has been Chairman of the Saratoga County Farmland Protection board for over 20 years. In 2021, his family completed two Sale of Development Rights with the help of Saratoga PLAN, preserving over 200 acres of land.
Alison Crocker, recently retired from a “wondrous career as an environmental attorney for New York State,” excitedly joins PLAN’s Board of Directors. Her final years in state service were spent working on land acquisition. Crocker has lived in Saratoga County most of her life and she wants to work with PLAN’s Board and staff to save as much from development as possible.
As a business owner and change management consultant in the region, Jessica Schwartzman has assisted many clients with population health programs and has seen the vital role that access to healthy food and outdoor recreation play in the lives of many. “Land-use decisions are becoming increasingly critical, as conservation of farmland is essential to ensuring access to local healthy food for generations,” she said. “The trails that Saratoga PLAN helps develop provide an accessible way to step away from our virtual-based lifestyles and connect with nature—the benefits of which cannot be overstated.”
Schwartzman feels that the work being done by PLAN is more than just admirable. For her, it represents a deep commitment to the health of the community, economy, and future. She is humbled to serve on the Board of Directors and looks forward to the opportunity to help advance PLAN’s mission.
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