Bolton Landing, NY – The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) is pleased to announce the addition of three people to its Board of Directors: Sheryl Arenholz, Katie Bruening, and Amanda Metzger.
Sheryl Arenholz is the third generation in her family to enjoy the beauty and wonder of Lake George. Her lifelong relationship with the Lake began as a young girl during family camping on the
islands each summer. Island camping evolved into summer months renting a house in Huletts Landing, until her parents built their home in 1994. Prior to staying home to raise her two teenage daughters, Sheryl’s professional experience spanned 17 years working as a School Counselor with students from preschool through high school and as a preschool teacher. Today, her own family spends as much time at the Lake throughout the year as possible.
Arenholz holds a BA degree in Sociology and Art and an MSED in School Psychology and Counseling from Bucknell University. She and her family reside in Virginia.
Arenholz said, “I am really excited to join the LGLC Board, and take my love for Lake George beyond my own family as there is nothing better than sharing one’s passion for the Lake with others and then watching that Lake-Love spread to the next generation.”
Katie Bruening has enjoyed many season’s as an educator for Camp Chingachgook’s Outdoor Education program, located in Pilot Knob on the shore of Lake George. Until the pandemic started in March 2020, she worked with a wide range of schools and age groups, helping to instill a sense of wonder and love of nature through programs that included hiking, canoeing, sensory explorations, science experiments, art in nature, and more. Prior to working at Camp Chingachgook, Katie taught math and science programs in schools throughout the capital region as an educator with The Traveling Museum.
Bruening has a BS degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee. In addition to attending UT, she majored in Biology and minored in Psychology at East Tennessee State University. Her work as a Physical Therapist has occurred in a variety of settings, working with a diverse population of people. Bruening and her family live in Queensbury and enjoy year-round outdoor recreation on Lake George and the surrounding lands.
Bruening said, “I am honored and excited to join the LGLC and be part of an organization that cares deeply about protecting the world-renowned water quality of Lake George by preserving land in the lake’s watershed. In addition, the LGLC provides many educational and recreational opportunities. This combination of preservation, education, and recreation fuels my passion for being a part of the LGLC.”
Amanda May Metzger joins the Board of Directors after volunteering on the LGLC Advisory Board since 2019. She is also a member of the LGLC’s NextGen Committee, which started Amy’s
Adventure Race for the Lake, a trail race in Bolton Landing every fall.
Metzger works as the marketing director at the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & Convention and Visitors Bureau. She is also a freelance writer, photographer and videographer. Prior to working in marketing she was an award-winning journalist. In 2015 she was honored by the New York State Federation of Lake Associations with their statewide Media Award for continued coverage of lake issues. She is also the recipient of Associated Press awards for stories ranging from tropical storm coverage to the opioid epidemic.
Metzger is originally from Binghamton, NY, and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and geology from the University at Albany. She and her husband Mike live in Glens Falls with their calico cat Emma.
Metzger said, “I am honored to be able to give back to an organization that is helping protect the land around the Lake George watershed so we can preserve this treasured lake’s water quality for generations to come.”
LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown said, “The LGLC is thrilled to add Amanda, Sheryl, and Katie to the Board. Each has their own unique and deep connection to the watershed, and all of them bring a heart-felt passion for protecting the land that protects the lake. Most importantly, all three of our new Board Members also bring their own experiences, strong voices, and a fresh perspective to the LGLC.
“We owe so much to those who started this organization and brought us the many successes for the organization in its over thirty years of protecting this special place. While looking to the past for guidance, as the LGLC looks forward, we must embrace new ideas and approaches to address the evolving challenges that we face in protecting the land that protects the lake. Our new Board Members will help to bring a new perspective that will blend with the LGLC’s mission and past successes to build towards the future. We are fortunate to have a Board that brings together a diverse group of people who are so passionate and committed to our mission.”