Board of Directors

Clearwater board members play key creative roles in fundraising, event planning, program development, financial management, public relations, and project management, and serve as spokespersons and ambassadors for Clearwater. The Clearwater Annual Meeting provides members with the opportunity to participate in the vital function of electing board candidates into office.


Board Meeting Schedule
All board meetings are open to members to attend. The meetings are held in the conference room at the Clearwater office, 724 Wolcott Avenue, Beacon, NY, 12508, unless otherwise indicated.

October 27, 2016 @ 6:30 PM Clearwater Offices
November 29, 2016 @ 6:30 PM Clearwater Offices
December 2016 – No meeting
January 26, 2017 6:30 PM Clearwater Offices
March 21, 2017 @ 6:30 PM Clearwater Office
April 27, 2017 6:30 PM Clearwater Offices
May 30, 2017 6:30 PM Clearwater Offices
June 2017 – No Meeting
July 25, 2017 6:30 PM Clearwater Offices
August 24, 2017  6:30 PM Scenic Hudson’s River Center, 8 Long Dock Road, Beacon *Please note that this is a closed meeting (board members only) due to an extended executive session agenda to discuss personnel within the organization.
Sept. 19th at the Clearwater office at 6:30 PM – CANCELLED, tonight’s meeting has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
September 24th – Annual Meeting at Scenic Hudson’s River Center, 8 Long Dock Rd, Beacon, NY 12508, time 9:30-1:00

Board Meeting Minutes:

July 25, 2017
May 30, 2017
April 27, 2017
March 21, 2017
January 26, 2017 
November 28, 2016
October 27, 2016
September 24, 2016
July 18, 2016
June 20, 2016
May 19th, 2016
March 19, 2016
January 20, 2016
November 14, 2015
October 20, 2015
September 20, 2015, Annual Meeting
July 21, 2015
May 11, 2015
March 19, 2015
February 28, 2015
November 19, 2014
October 21, 2014
September 27, 2014
July 17, 2014
May 27, 2014
April 22, 2014
March 25, 2014
February 19, 2014
January 11, 2014
November 16, 2013
December 18, 2013
Annual Meeting, September 21, 2013

Executive Committee

Executive Committee consists of the Officers, including President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer
and the At-Large members.
Betsy GarthwaiteBetsy Garthwaite, President
Kingston, NY
First term, expires October 2019

  • Facilities Manager at the Ulster Performing Arts Center
  • Former Clearwater captain
AnneToddOsbornAnne Todd Osborn, Vice-President
Garrison, NY
Third term, expires October 2018

  • Consulting forester and teacher
  • Acting trustee, NY Forest Owners Association
  • Chair, Science Committee of NY / NJ Trails Conference
  • Longtime board member, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
SharonRoweSharon Rowe, Treasurer
Ossining, NY
First term, expires October 2017

  • CEO and Founder of Eco-Bags Products, Inc., a certified B Corporation
  • Featured as an environmental pioneer in TIME Magazine, Glamour Magazine, and in the award winning documentary “BagIt.”
  • Guest on National Public Radio and Air America. ECOBAGS® products
    were featured on Oprah’s first dedicated Earth Day show in 2007
  • Awarded Enterprising Women Magazine’s 2012 Enterprising Woman Award
SteveSmithStephen Smith, Secretary
Glenmont, NY
Third term, expires October 2017

  • Senior Safety & Environmental Engineer, Novus Engineering


At-Large Board Members

Seth DavisSeth Davis
Bethel, CT
First term, expires October 2018

  • Attorney specializing in environmental law for more than 30 years
  • Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
  • Former Chair of Planning and Zoning Boards of Croton-on-Hudson
  • Adjunct Professor, Pace Law School
WilliamFlankPhDWilliam Flank
Chappaqua, NY
Third term, expires October 2017

  • Semi-retired Research Scientist and Manager
  • Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Environmental Science & Statistics, Pace University
  • Chair, Town of New Castle Environmental Review Board
  • Editor, Sloop Club Newsletter, Riverlovers Currents
RobiSchlaffRobin Schlaff, Esq.
Chappaqua, NY
Second term, expires October 2017

  • Director, Westchester Office for Women
  • Member, New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board
  • Former Board Member, Hope’s Door
  • Former Special Counsel, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation


Bob AlpernBob Alpern
Brooklyn, NY
First Term, Expires October 2019

  • Lawyer
  • Member of the NYS Water Resources Planning Council
  • Member of the Water Management Advisory Committee to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Citizens Advisory Committee of the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program
  • Advisor to the NYC Greenmarket program’s Farmer & Consumer Advisory Committee
  • Chair of the Nuclear Zero Committee of Brooklyn for Peace, and participant in the Indian Point Convergence
Jeffrey DomanskiJeffrey Domanski
Beacon, NY
First Term, Expires October 2019

  • Senior Manager of Energy and Sustainability Strategies at the Institute for Building Technology and Safety
Mitzi ElkesMitzi Elkes
Briarcliff Manor, NY
First term, expires October 2018

  • Chairperson, Town of Ossining Environmental Advisory Committee
  • President, JEMS International, Inc., International Food Regulations
  • Member, Pocantico River Watershed Alliance
  • Member, Environmental Leaders Learning Alliance (ELLA)
Neil GordonNeil Gordon
Brookline, MA
First Term, Expires October 2019

  • Corporate finance advisor and strategy consultant, with significant corporate and not-for-profit board service
  • long time sailor
  • Onboard volunteer on Clearwater and Mystic Whaler
Ross GouldRoss Gould
Rhinebeck, NY
Third term, expires October 2018

  • Air & Energy Program Director, Environmental Advocates of New York
Allen GutkinAllen Gutkin
Brooklyn, NY
First term, expires October 2018

  • Member, Walkabout Clearwater Chorus
Don RaskopfDon Raskopf
Beacon, NY
First term, expires October 2017

  • Co-founder Ban Fracking Now, a joint effort of Beacon Climate Action and Clearwater’s Environmental Action Department.
  • Led over 200 volunteers in the Revamp the Camp effort to renovate Clearwater’s current headquarters in 2009
  • Beacon Sloop Club member and maintenance coordinator for sloop Woody Guthrie
  • Wooden boat builder and restorer
Donna SteinDonna Stein
New York, New York
First term, expires October 2018

  • Board member and former President NYC Friends of Clearwater
  • Producer of NYCFC Water Festivals and Honoring Pete Seeger’s Vision event
  • Ad Rep Green Energy Times
  • Co-founder NYC Safe Energy Campaign
  • Clearwater Festival – Sloop Club tent volunteer
Sarah UnderhillSarah Underhill
Kerhonkson, NY
First Term, Expires October 2019

  • Involved with Clearwater as crew, volunteer and Board
  • Hudson Valley Hospice, RN Case Manager since 2002
  • Currently serves on the boards of Mohonk Consultations and Slow Food Hudson Valley
  • Member of the Environmental Commission for her local town of Wawarsing in Ulster County
  • A songwriter and singer of traditional songs, she has performed at the Great Hudson River Revival and Beacon Sloop Club festivals
Taylor VogtTaylor Vogt
Croton-on-Hudson, NY
First Term, Expires October 2017

  • Former founder of IBM Student Advisory Council
  • Former founder of IBM Students for a Smarter Planet
  • Founder and CEO of the Brundtland Report