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Lee Willbanks, Executive Director & Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper

Lee, originally from Birmingham, Alabama, came north for graduate school at Syracuse University where he earned a Law Degree and Masters of Public Administration from the Maxwell School. He brings to Save The River a strong knowledge of River and North Country issues, most recently serving as chief of staff to a New York State Senator whose district included the St. Lawrence River. His career has been diverse, ranging from environmental counsel to an independent power producer to Cornell Cooperation Extension where he worked in youth development. He and his family have lived in the North Country for over 25 years and spend as much time as possible boating on the St. Lawrence River and other area waterways.

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Stephanie Weiss, Assistant Director

Stephanie grew up spending all her summers on the St. Lawrence River, and has lived here year-round since 1996. Her background is in environmental chemistry and education, which she has drawn upon in her years here at Save The River. Stephanie is currently assistant director, focusing on policy and campaign work for the organization. She lives near Fishers Landing with her husband Andy and her two young sons, Leo and Sam.

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Kate Breheny, Program Manager

Kate has nearly a decade of experience coordinating native plant and habitat restoration education and volunteer programs in the Golden Gate National Parks in San Francisco, CA. In 2006 Kate and her husband Brian moved to the 1000 Islands Region from California and knew setting down their roots on the River was for them. In the fall of 2011 she joined the Save The River team as Program Manager. They live in Clayton with their chocolate lab, Emmylou.

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Bridget Wright, Office & Development Manager

While growing up in Chicago, Illinois, Bridget always looked forward to spending as much time as possible at her family's home on Crow Island in The Thousand Islands. After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois she worked as Development Director for Shared Marketing Services in Chicago. In 2006 Bridget realized her lifelong dream and relocated permanently to the River to be near family. She was thrilled to join the staff at Save the River in 2010.

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Lindsey Leve, Outreach Coordinator

Lindsey, originally from Tucson, Arizona, grew up visiting the River every summer. In May 2012 she moved to Fishers Landing after graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in chemistry. Aside from her science background, Lindsey also has experience with planning and promoting events and programs for many not-for-profit organizations. She is thrilled that as Outreach Coordinator she will be working with the wide range of volunteers and members of Save the River on programs like Catch and Release and In the Schools among others. Lindsey currently lives on Wintergreen Island and spends her free time boating and playing with her dogs Duchess and Shelby.

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Linda Wright, Bookkeeper

Linda first joined Save the River as our volunteer bookkeeper from 1999-2002, returning in 2005 as a part-time employee. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Math from the University of New Hampshire. Her accounting career has been in both non-profit and for-profit environments. Linda and her husband Eric live in Evans Mills where they raise sheep. She enjoys spending her free time quilting, gardening, and reading.

Latest News

Save The River Honors Exceptional Volunteers
This year Juliane Flora was honored as Volunteer of the Year. This award is given each year to a volunteer who has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty in their volunteer efforts. Ms. Flora has been a devoted volunteer for over 20 years who most recently worked with Save The River to author and publish Haas, The Great Blue Heron, a children’s book for teachers and students participating in the Save The River In the Schools education program. read more

Save The River’s Summer Raffle!
This summer Save The River is raffling off a beautiful Great-Blue Heron that was hand-carved and painted by George Textor. read more

Watertown Daily Times Endorses Plan 2014
Good to go. "Plan 2014, should be implemented as soon as possible . . . Doing nothing will allow damage to shoreline sand dunes, wetland spawning grounds for native fish and homes for millions of shore birds that has been underway for more than 50 years to continue . . . Plan 2014 would improve the ecological quality of the waterways and restore fish populations." read more

Plan 2014 must be enacted
Our communities, economy and the environment experienced a significant win last month. After five hard-fought years and a $20 million study that engaged nearly 200 stakeholder representatives and thousands of citizens, the International Joint Commission took unanimous, historic action to protect the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario and the North Country. read more

The Buffalo News Endorses Plan 2014
"Lakes Erie and Ontario are engines benefiting the economy, recreation and overall quality of life in this area while also providing a reliable source of water." Plan 2014 is the spark needed to restore vital Lake and River environment. read more

Save The River Appoints New Outreach Coordinator, First Focus Promoting Catch and Release Program
Save The River announced today that Lindsey Leve has joined the staff as its Outreach Coordinator to promote their growing educational and advocacy programs. Lindsey brings extensive experience and background promoting programs and events for various not-for-profit organizations. She was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University ... read more

2014 Summer Internship Positions Available
Interested in working at Save The River this summer? We are looking for qualified candidates to work at Save The River this summer from mid May through Labor Day. We are currently accepting applications and interviews will begin in early April. read more

Save The River Names Lee Willbanks Executive Director
Save The River today announced that Lee Willbanks is joining the organization as Executive Director in early June. read more

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409 Riverside Drive
Clayton, NY 13624
p: (315) 686-2010
e: info@savetheriver.org

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Off to the races by Pam Quimby  Resting by Pam Quimby  On the Rocks by Nick Apel  Classic Sunset by Barb Hupp  TI Park Library by Meg Kerr  Fall by Carrie Kerr  Girls by Juliane Bauer  Winter Navigation by Sherman Ward 
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