SPC Officers, Board

Joe Sullivan, President

Joe is a life -long area resident and has resided on the lake in Mayfield with his family for 28 years. He and his wife Deb have been active in many community organizations and they raised their three children in Mayfield.  

Joe served for 11 years on the Board of Directors of the Fulton County Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a former chairperson of that board. He is also past chairman of the Chamber’s not for profit corporation, the Chamber Foundation. He also has volunteered on other community boards and projects and was a representative on the Great Sacandaga Lake Rules Advisory Committee.  

Joe is a graduate of Alfred University and has executive experience with the local telephone company as Vice President of East Coast Operations for Citizens Telecom, and was a partner in Telecon Communications, a locally based long distance and internet service provider, and has worked with several businesses in Fulton and Montgomery Counties.  

Joe and Deb are licensed Real Estate agents working with CMK & Associates Real Estate.


Louis Stutzke, Vice-President

Dick Smith, Secretary-Treasurer

Dick has had a cottage on the lake for 36 years and his family, for five generations, has lived in the Northville area, and his wife, Carol, moved to Northville in the second grade. They have one son, Randy.

Dick has an engineering degree from Syracuse University and was employed by IBM Corp. in Endicott as a project engineer until he became the owner and publisher of a newspaper and publishing business in Lewis County.

Dick served on the Board of Directors and as chairman of the Development Authority of the North Country, a public benefit corporation created by NYS to provide water, sewer, landfill and telecommunications infrastructure, economic development and housing in a three county area, from its inception in 1985 until this spring. He also served on the Board of Directors and as chairman of the Lewis County Industrial Development Agency, Lewis County General Hospital and Northern New York Community Foundation where he was also chairman of the Finance and Investment Committee. He also was a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Press Association and the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District from 1996 to 1999 and served on the Great Sacandaga Lake Rules Advisory Committee.


Rob Whittaker

Rob has lived on the lake both in Edinburg and in Northville for over 13 years.  His wife Molly was born and raised on the lake where she has lived since 1972.  Rob and Molly have two daughters, Madison and Elleah.  He and his family are involved in many Fulton County community efforts and organizations which primarily benefit youth and families in Northville and Gloversville.  He serves on the boards of two Gloversville based non profits and is the vice president, grant officer and treasurer of The Gibney Family Foundation.

Rob is a NYS Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser and owns an appraisal firm with offices in Northville and Saratoga Springs.  He has been performing appraisals and providing consulting services for lake owners and buyers for over 12 years.  He is a member of both Fulton and Saratoga County Chambers of Commerce.


Travis Mitchell

Travis lives on the lake in the Town of Broadalbin with his wife and two young children.  Travis's family has been on the lake since it was created.  

Travis is a Civil Engineer with a consulting firm in Clifton Park that primarily focuses on residential and commercial land development in the area. In that capacity Travis is involved in various aspects of permitting with the APA and DEC related to land use and development.


Brad Brownell

Brad is a lifetime resident of the Sacandaga Valley, having previously lived in the Town of Day and now a resident on the North Shore Road in the Town of Edinburg. Five generations of his family have resided in the Sacandaga Valley since about 1820. Brad and his wife Pat have three children, Kurt, Bridget and Keith.

He is a member and past chairman of the Great Sacandaga Lake Association and served on the Batchellerville Bridge Advisory Committee. He was also a member of the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company and is now an honorary member of that organization.


Joe Meuse

Joe and his wife Linda have spent 25 summers on the Great Sacandaga Lake. They have four sons and seven grandchildren.

They replaced their original camp and have been year around lake residents for the past three years. Joe is a retired General Electric engineer who during the past ten years of service managed the installation and commissioning of power plants around the world including Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and Wales.


Doug Sterling

Doug has been a resident of Edinburg for 22 years and was the representative from the Town of Hadley on the Great Sacandaga Lake Rules Advisory Committee and has been assisting with the formation of a database for people interested in the lake.

He has been a great help in disseminating information about what is happening around the lake as editor of The Edinburg Newsletter.


Fred Wilhelm

Fred is a retired engineer from the General Electric Company. He and his wife are full-time lake front residents of the Town of Broadalbin. He was the representative of the Town of Broadalbin the Great Sacandaga Lake Rules Advisory Committee.

Fred joined the Sacandaga Protection Committee to clarify and improve lake-related property owner’s rights after nearly a decade of surprises from governmental units regarding the permit system.


Janice Hawk-Baldwin

Janice Hawk-Baldwin has lived with her husband Bill in Edinburg since 2001. She and her family are no strangers to the Sacandaga region; her great grandfather Monte drilled the original piling holes for the dam starting in 1927. Janice and Bill are owners of Hawk Drilling Co., a fourth generation family owned business. Their two sons, Josh and Jeremy have worked in the business since high school. Jeremy who is the company’s Geologist lives in Edinburg with his wife Sandra and their son Lucas. Their roots extend 83 years in the valley..

Janice has a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Communication Disorders from the College of St. Rose. She has a second masters degree in Educational Administration from SUNY Albany. She worked as a Senior Manager at the Center for the Disabled from 1988 to 1994 before buying Hawk Drilling Company, with her husband, from her father in 1995. She is certified as a Well Driller/Pump Installer with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Ground Water Association. She is also certified with the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association. She has been involved with many community groups since the early 1980's and has held many Board seats through out the years. Most recently, she sat on the Board of Directors for the Empire State Water Well Drillers Association. (1995-2003). She was the first women President of the ESWWDA.(1999 to 2001). She currently is the Chairperson of the Legislative Committee and has worked in Albany on their behalf since 1995. She was instrumental in lobbying for regulations for the water well industry. Prior to that she was involved in lobbying activities regarding Special Education from 1988 to 1995. She is involved in this community and is the Secretary for the Great Sacandaga Lake Business Association.


Ted Mirczak

Ted Mirczak was born in Syracuse, NY, and lived for many years in the Troy, NY area before retiring in 2001 to the Great Sacandaga Lake in the Town of Day.  Ted graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Engineering, received an MBA from Pace University in Westchester, and completed the Construction Executive Program at Texas A&M.  His working career first spanned 20 years with New York Telephone and then another 10 back at his alma mater, RPI. In both instances he headed up organizations responsible for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of the physical facilities of the company and the campus.

Having had a summer home for 26 years, and now having a permanent residence, on the Great Sacandaga Lake, he is dedicated to maintaining the character and quality of life afforded by the woods and waters of the Adirondacks.  In January of 2003, Ted was appointed as a member of the Town of  Day Planning Board, and in December of 2013 he took over as Chair, and serves today in that capacity.  He chaired two committees for the Town of day that expended considerable effort over several years in redrafting the Town’s Comprehensive Plan  and updating all of the Town’s local land use laws. He looks forward to continuing service to the Town of Day, to the SPC, and to the pleasures and benefits of living in such a beautiful part of Saratoga County.


Gilbert VanGuilder

Gil and his family have been summertime residents on the Lake (Town of Day) for 25 years. They live in Galway for the remainder of the year, spending a lot of weekends at the Lake. He is a self-employed Land Surveyor, with an office in Clifton Park.

Gil has been interested in Permit System since owning property on the Lake. But with all of the recent issues, the concern that permit holders rights and the way they interact with the Lake had the potential of undergoing a huge change. By joining the Board of Directors, he saw it as way to help support the other concerned permit holders.

Don Wicksel

Alan Sofen

Alan has had a house on the Great Sacandaga Lake for the past 21 years. He and his wife Monique have been full time residents for almost 3 years now after making the move from Rockland County. They have two grown children, William and Jessica. Alan is a volunteer member of several local organizations within the lake community and is looking forward to helping on the board of the SPC. He is passionate about protecting our beautiful area and preserving the way of life he and his family have known for over the past two decades.

Bob Jones

Raised in Rotterdam graduated from Siena College with an accounting degree. Has spent his working life in accounting & finance first with a CPA firm, then cable television for 20 years and the last 12 with a real estate developer in Latham. Bob spent every summer weekend growing up at Sacandaga, learning to swim, fish & ski. His family has had a camp in Day for over 50 years. Bob & his wife Nancy moved back to the area in 2003 and purchased a family camp in 2005. In 2013 that structure was replaced with their dream home. Bob & Nancy now reside on the South Shore of Day year round and LOVE every minute of it. Bob feels that the lake & its permit system have worked for 85 years , why change it now. Bob joined the SPC board to help them continue their good work, and to increase awareness of the importance of the SPC's activities to the lake community.  

Nancy Jones


Robert L. Smith

Bob’s family has resided in the Sacandaga Valley, GSL, for several generations.  His current home is the old family camp in Birchwood.  This is where he and Beth love to host family, extended family and friends.  After graduating from Hartwick College, Bob started teaching Biology, then served as an assistant principal, principal and Superintendent of Schools for the last 21 years of his education career.

In retirement, Bob has been active as the Town of Northampton Planning Board Chairperson, Community Preparedness Association Chairperson, and officer of the Northville Rotary Club.

Bob also enjoys flying, as he is a private pilot and is an occasional scuba diver.