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.
Laura launched her career in Bristol, CT specializing in graphic design consultant work. In 2012 she decided that it was time for a career change and started refurbishing furniture in her two-car garage. After moving to Highland Lake in 2017, Laura opened her own paint studio at Whiting Mils in Winsted. In 2018 she expanded into a 1,600 square-foot storefront in the center of Pine Meadow, not only selling beautiful furniture but also expanded to a wide variety of unique home decor.
Anne and her husband Jeff have enjoyed summering at Highland Lake for over thirty-six years. They are currently full time residents and loving it! They share their love of the lake with their three grown children, spouses and grandchildren. Anne has been a special education teacher for the past thirty-seven years, spending seventeen years teaching in Canton and twenty years right up the street at Batcheller School.
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.
Nancy and her husband Barry have had a home on the lake since 2006, living in a house built by Bob Moore. They moved to the lake full time from Granby in 2015 and love it! Nancy and Barry have two adult children, Lindsay and Mark. Nancy is a licensed realtor with Berkshire Hathaway.
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.