Board of Directors

Board of Directors2018-09-17T13:14:11+00:00

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. 

Clearwater members and the public may communicate with the Board at any time: Communications will be acknowledged and responded to, when appropriate.  

Clearwater Board

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.

Monday, November 27th, 6:30 PM at the Clearwater Offices

Monday, January 22nd, 6:30 PM at the Clearwater Offices

Thursday, February 22nd, 6:30 PM at the Clearwater Offices –  The February 22nd Board meeting has been cancelled due to inclement weather. 

Tuesday, March 20th, 6:30 PM at the Clearwater Offices

Wednesday, April 18th, 6:30 PM at the Clearwater Offices

Monday, May 14th, 6:30 PM at the Clearwater Offices

Wednesday, July 18th at 6:30 PM at the Clearwater offices

Monday, August 20th at 6:30 PM at the Clearwater offices

Saturday, September 29th 9:30 – 1:00 (Annual Meeting) at Scenic Hudson’s River Center

2018 Board Meeting Minutes:

Click to view board meeting minutes archive

Clearwater’s Bylaws

Clearwater’s Policies

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

Neil GordonNeil Gordon, Treasurer
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

Joan GaylordJoan Gaylord, Secretary
Bedford Hills, NY
First Term, expires October 2020

  • Writer and journalist
  • Graphic designer
  • Photographer

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

RobiSchlaffRobin Schlaff, Esq.
Chappaqua, NY
Third term, expires October 2020

  • 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

Peter CapekPeter Capek
Ossining, NY
First Term, expires October 2020

  • Retired IBM Research
  • Long time Clearwater Festival Volunteer

Nancy CincottaNancy Cincotta
New York, NY
First Term, expires October 2020

  • Psychosocial Director of Camp Sunshine
  • 2016 winner of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Worker’s Lifetime Achievement Award

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)

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

Aaron MairAaron Mair
Schenectady, NY
First Term, expires October 2020

  • Sierra Club’s 57th national president
  • Environmental Justice activist

Henry NealeHenry Neale
White Plains, NY
First Term, expires October 2020

  • Lawyer with a general practice in White Plains

Kyle RabinKyle Rabin
Woodmere, NY
First Term, expires October 2020

  • Director of Programs at GRACE Communications Foundation
  • Former Executive Director of Friends of the Bay
  • Former Senior Policy Analyst and Campaign Director at Riverkeeper, Inc.
  • Two decades of experience in the environmental and sustainability field

Jeremy RainerJeremy Rainer
White Plains, NY
First Term, expires October 2020

  • Sound engineer and producer at WFUV FM
  • Longtime Clearwater Festival volunteer

Don RaskopfDon Raskopf
Beacon, NY
Second term, expires October 2020

  • 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
Second Term, Expires October 2020

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