SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. — The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) Board of Directors has announced the election of Kelly Chezum, vice president of external relations at Clarkson University, as the regional economic nonprofit’s next chair. The vote makes Chezum the first woman to serve as board president in ANCA’s 67-year history.

The ANCA board also confirmed a new slate of officers and one new board member at their quarterly meeting on September 23. The meeting directly preceded ANCA’s annual meeting at The Wild Center, where over 120 people gathered to learn about the organization’s current programming and impacts.

In addition to Chezum, officers include Noah Shaw of Foley Hoag LLP as vice president; J. Daniel Mohr of Adirondack Bank as treasurer; and Katie Malinowski of Tug Hill Commission as secretary. Antonio DeSpirito, managing director of BlackRock and chief investment officer of its U.S. Fundamental Active Equity program, was elected as ANCA’s newest board member.

“We are so grateful to have Kelly at the helm during this exciting time at ANCA,” said ANCA Executive Director, Elizabeth Cooper. “During her 11 years on our board, Kelly has been an instrumental team member who consistently demonstrates remarkable leadership, insight and open-mindedness. She is a strong leader and positive example for our board and staff as we work together to grow economic opportunities throughout the Adirondack North Country.”

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