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Land Conservancy Appoints Five to Board of Directors

January 29th, 2013 · No Comments


Dr. John Buhac, Charles M. Cumming, Debbie Hoffman, (left to right, top row) JD DeSantis, and Daniel J. Ryterband (left to right, bottom row).

The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) is pleased to announce the appointment of five new members to its board of directors: Dr. John Buhac, Charles M. Cumming, JD DeSantis, Debbie Hoffman, and Daniel J. Ryterband.

“The very heart of volunteerism is giving time, energy and expertise to the mission of an organization,” said LGLC Executive Director Nancy Williams. “Our Directors demonstrate their commitment to the lake by joining LGLC which gives us the benefit of their experience and passion for the lake.”

Dr. Buhac is a gastroenterologist who has been in private practice in the Albany area since 1998. He is a graduate of Cornell University and received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Buhac grew up in the Albany area and has been exploring the Adirondacks, New England and the Lake George area since childhood. The family purchased their camp in Gull Bay in 2009, and enjoy it year round. Winter is a favorite time, as the focus turns from the Lake centered activities of summer, to hikes and ski or snowshoe visits to the Gull Bay preserve. Dr. Buhac has two children and is married to Dr. Jean Buhac, a dermatologist practicing in Saratoga Springs, NY. They spend all their free time sailing, kayaking, hiking, skiing, and just reading by the lake or puttering in their log cabin.

Mr. Cumming received a B.A. degree in psychology from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut. He served as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967. For the majority of his career, Mr. Cumming was a management consultant specializing in employee and executive compensation programs. He frequently consulted to Board of Directors of many large corporations and non-profits. He retired from consulting in 2001 and spends his time enjoying his home on Lake George and engaging in various volunteer activities.

Ms. Hoffman is the CFO of the Northway 8 Golf Shop and Driving Range in Clifton Park, which she opened in 1974 with her husband, Bill. Having first visited Lake George in 1968 on their first date, they continued to take every opportunity to cruise the lake and hoped that someday they would have a place on the lake. After Mr. Hoffman’s retirement in 2004, they realized their dream and bought a home on the historic Apperson Lane in Bolton Landing. Since purchasing the camp, Ms. Hoffman began volunteering in the area, serving as the president of the Lake George Community Garden Club from 2009-2011, and helping the Lake George Land Conservancy with mailings and event preparations. As a member of the Board she has also taken on an active role on the finance and development committees and on the events sub-committee.

Mr. DeSantis is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a major in environmental studies and he received his law degree from the New York University School of Law. He is currently a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP where he specializes in representing investment banks and corporations in leveraged buyouts, issuances of high yield bonds and leveraged loan transactions. JD spent much of his childhood in Lake George, sailing in the summers and skiing in the winters. JD and his wife Leah continue to spend summers in Lake George and look forward to being able to introduce their children Felix, George and Roxy to all of the activities that make Lake George so special.

Mr. Ryterband is the president of Frederic W. Cook & Co., a consulting firm providing services to corporate Board Compensation Committees. He received his B.S. in environmental and business economics from Rutgers University, and is M.B.A. in finance and management from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He has 23 years of experiences as a consultant, including the last six serving as president of F.W. Cook. He and his wife, Dianne, have three children and own a vacation home in Diamond Point. Mr. Ryterband enjoys hiking and snowshoeing, all types of fishing, and all things Adirondack, and is an avid stamp collector and postal historian.

Tags: Lake George · The Environment