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 serves on several nonprofit 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.
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.
Candy has been a summer resident since she was five years old (and full time since 1993). As her father was an early member of the Highland Lake Association, Candy learned at a young age the importance of protecting the lake. She was on the Highland Lake Watershed Association board of directors in the late 1990s as well as the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission.
She currently serves on the Board of Selectmen as Mayor. One of her main areas of interest is keeping our lake a good place to swim with improvements to the drainage system around the lake.
Greg came to Highland Lake in 2020. As a kid he always drove by Highland Lake, but never had a chance to recognize its beauty until 2020 when he made a short visit with his wife and fell in love with the place. A month later they made the decision to purchase a home in third bay. He has worked in the cybersecurity and technology field for 25+ years. He is an adjunct faculty member teaching technology and cybersecurity courses at
Sacred Heart University. In his spare time, Greg is an avid runner, loves the outdoors and spending time around the lake with his family. When not at the lake, he also enjoys coaching his three kids in their respective sports.
She and her husband Glenn live in West Hartford and have three adult children, Jenna, Sharon and Kyle. They bought a house at the lake in 2019 and love it, hoping to make memories at the lake for years to come. Amy has a background in accounting and has actively volunteered in her kids’ schools throughout the years. She looks forward to making new connections at the lake and serving on the board.
Annie and her husband Greg bought their cottage in September 2019 with the initial intention of being seasonal residents, but after one summer of “lake life,” they converted their cottage and lives to full-time lake living. They both love the lake and the community. They love that it is a natural and very clean lake. Since the day they made the decision, Annie has wanted to be a part of the protection and preservation of the lake. In her professional life she owns yoga studios and is a realtor. She has decades of experience building connections, fostering relationships and creating strong community bonds. She is honored to be on the board and continue the work that has been done thus far, making Highland Lake what it is today.