Meet the Board of Directors!
Beth joined the HLWA Board in 2014 and became President in 2018. In addition to her involvement with HLWA she is a Corporator of the Hartford Public Library and serves on several non-profit committees. Beth and her husband Dan live in Hartford and have two adult children, Nathan and Molly. They have had a home on the lake since 2004.
Carol was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013 and assumed the duties of Secretary the following year. In addition, she chairs the Finance Committee. As Secretary she has contributed to preserving HLWA documents electronically and helping HLWA take advantage of this digital age. For 20 years she and her husband Tony spent nearly every weekend enjoying the lake during all seasons with children, grandchildren and friends. In 2008 they built their retirement home on Shore Drive and moved to the lake full time.
In addition to being Treasurer, Jill also serves on the Finance Committee. She is committed to continued improvement and enhancement of record keeping and fiscal responsibility toward the safeguarding of HLWA funds. She is a CPA, and is employed by New England Asset Management as an Investment Accounting Manager. Prior, she served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy. Jill and her husband Mark have owned a home on the lake since 2000 and have two adult children, Andrew and Alison.
Jeanne moved to Highland Lake in 2014. She works at The Travelers and has 25+ years’ experience with Project Management as well as working in Learning & Development, creating e-learnings and training videos. In her spare time, she’s an RRCA running coach and fitness instructor. While working from home during COVID, Jeanne had time to really enjoy Highland Lake and decided she wanted to help protect our beautiful lake. If you drive around the lake as the sun rises, you just might see Jeanne and her husband, Kim, running around the lake, but you will have a hard time catching up with them! Jeanne is serving as cochair of both the Marketing and Membership committees..
Lynn moved to Highland Lake in 2004 by way of California, Florida and a few other places in between. She has been a year-round resident since then and enjoys the outdoor activities of the lake. Depending on the time of year and the weather, she will be biking, hiking, boating, paddle-boarding, swimming, kayaking, gardening, snowshoeing or cross country skiing. Two years ago, she noticed a part of the watershed stream system that needed attention and was directed to speak to the Mayor, Candy Perez. She expressed her concerns about the lake with Candy and Candy suggested getting involved with HLWA. Lynn started volunteering with the HLWA water testing and this year was asked to be on the Board of Directors. Lynn is currently the cochair of the Water Quality Committee.
Willie and his wife Terry have lived at Highland Lake since 1975. Willie serves as a Steward on the Legacy Committee and is on the Town Ad Hoc Water Level Committee and Energy Commission. Willie attends many town meetings and has volunteered at many HLWA events – setups and tear-downs, cleanups, and more. Thanks to Willie’s creative thinking HLWA began soliciting ads for the newsletter several years ago and at this point there are so many advertisers that the cost of printing and mailing the newsletter is fully covered by the advertising fees.
Sam and Becky Sciacca discovered Highland Lake and bought a home at 608 West Wakefield in 2004. Sam began with HLWA by helping with water sampling and the Spring/Fall cleanups and joined HLWA shortly afterwards. For the past four years he has had the honor to serve as President. When he not at the lake, Sam is traveling around the world speaking at conferences, symposia and meeting with international organizations to develop standards to advance technology for humanity.
After living seasonally on the lake since 2006, Jim and his wife Belinda moved to a new home and now live full time at the lake. They have two adult daughters. Jim is a former pharmaceutical sales manager. Jim serves on the Winsted Economic Development Commission.
Stuart Yaffee was introduced to Highland Lake in 1971 by his wife, Gail. His wife’s family has owned the lake residence since 1944. Stuart was a Financial Advisor for 35 years. He served on the Board of Powder Forest Homes Association in Simsbury for 10 years, serving as president for 7 years. As President of the Powder Forest Homes Association, he had dealings with Simsbury Town officials: Fire, Police, Public Works, the Building Department, and the Town Council, skills which he will bring to HLWA. Stuart values the work the Highland Lake Watershed Association Board does and looks forward to being a part of it.
Evan MacDermott and his wife, Donna, first purchased a home on Highland Lake in 2002. They moved full time to Highland Lake from Simsbury in 2015. They have two adult children. Evan worked as a Forester for many years and now is a lumber salesman. Evan loves Highland Lake and enjoys fishing and watching wildlife at the lake. Donna recently retired from teaching kindergarten for 36 years. Evan looks forward to playing an active role on the Board with a focus on Water Data Collection.