SPC Officers, Board

Joe Sullivan, President

Joe is a life-long area resident and had resided on the lake with his family for 28 years. He and his wife Deb have been active in many community organizations and they raised their three children in Mayfield.  

Joe served for 11 years on the Board of Directors of the Fulton County Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a former chairperson of that board. He is also past chairman of the Chamber’s not for profit corporation, the Chamber Foundation. He also has volunteered on other community boards and projects and was a representative on the Great Sacandaga Lake Rules Advisory Committee.  

Joe is a graduate of Alfred University and has executive experience with the local telephone company as Vice President of East Coast Operations for Citizens Telecom, and was a partner in Telecon Communications, a locally based long distance and internet service provider, and has worked with several businesses in Fulton and Montgomery Counties.  

Joe and Deb are licensed Real Estate agents working with CMK & Associates Real Estate.


Louis Stutzke, Vice-President


Dick Smith, Consultant

Dick has had a cottage on the lake for 44 years and his family, for five generations, has lived in the Northville area, and his wife, Carol, moved to Northville in the second grade. They have one son, Randy.

Dick has an engineering degree from Syracuse University and was employed by IBM Corp. in Endicott as a project engineer until he became the owner and publisher of a newspaper and publishing business in Lewis County.

Dick served on the Board of Directors and as chairman of the Development Authority of the North Country, a public benefit corporation created by NYS to provide water, sewer, landfill and telecommunications infrastructure, economic development and housing in a three county area. He also served on the Board of Directors and as chairman of the Lewis County Industrial Development Agency, Lewis County General Hospital and Northern New York Community Foundation where he was also chairman of the Finance and Investment Committee. He also was a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Press Association and the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District from 1996 to 1999 and served on the Great Sacandaga Lake Rules Advisory Committee.


Travis Mitchell

Travis lives on the lake in the Town of Broadalbin with his wife and two young children.  Travis's family has been on the lake since it was created.  

Travis is a Civil Engineer with a consulting firm in Clifton Park that primarily focuses on residential and commercial land development in the area. In that capacity Travis is involved in various aspects of permitting with the APA and DEC related to land use and development.


Brad Brownell

Brad is a lifetime resident of the Sacandaga Valley, having previously lived in the Town of Day and now a resident on the North Shore Road in the Town of Edinburg. Five generations of his family have resided in the Sacandaga Valley since about 1820. Brad and his wife Pat have three children, Kurt, Bridget and Keith.

He is a member and past chairman of the Great Sacandaga Lake Association and served on the Batchellerville Bridge Advisory Committee. He was also a member of the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company and is now an honorary member of that organization.


Doug Sterling

Doug has been a resident of Edinburg for 22 years and was the representative from the Town of Hadley on the Great Sacandaga Lake Rules Advisory Committee and has been assisting with the formation of a database for people interested in the lake.

He has been a great help in disseminating information about what is happening around the lake as editor of The Edinburg Newsletter.


Ted Mirczak

Ted Mirczak was born in Syracuse, NY, and lived for many years in the Troy, NY area before retiring in 2001 to the Great Sacandaga Lake in the Town of Day.  Ted graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Engineering, received an MBA from Pace University in Westchester, and completed the Construction Executive Program at Texas A&M.  His working career first spanned 20 years with New York Telephone and then another 10 back at his alma mater, RPI. In both instances he headed up organizations responsible for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of the physical facilities of the company and the campus.

Having had a summer home for 26 years, and now having a permanent residence, on the Great Sacandaga Lake, he is dedicated to maintaining the character and quality of life afforded by the woods and waters of the Adirondacks.  In January of 2003, Ted was appointed as a member of the Town of  Day Planning Board, and in December of 2013 he took over as Chair, and serves today in that capacity.  He chaired two committees for the Town of day that expended considerable effort over several years in redrafting the Town’s Comprehensive Plan  and updating all of the Town’s local land use laws. He looks forward to continuing service to the Town of Day, to the SPC, and to the pleasures and benefits of living in such a beautiful part of Saratoga County.


Gilbert VanGuilder

Gil and his family have been summertime residents on the Lake (Town of Day) for 25 years. They live in Galway for the remainder of the year, spending a lot of weekends at the Lake. He is a self-employed Land Surveyor, with an office in Clifton Park.

Gil has been interested in Permit System since owning property on the Lake. But with all of the recent issues, the concern that permit holders rights and the way they interact with the Lake had the potential of undergoing a huge change. By joining the Board of Directors, he saw it as way to help support the other concerned permit holders.


Don Wicksel


Alan Sofen

Alan has had a house on the Great Sacandaga Lake for the past 21 years. He and his wife Monique have been full time residents for almost 5 years now after making the move from Rockland County. They have two grown children, William and Jessica. Alan is a volunteer member of several local organizations within the lake community and is looking forward to helping on the board of the SPC. He is passionate about protecting our beautiful area and preserving the way of life he and his family have known for over the past two decades.


Bob Jones

Raised in Rotterdam graduated from Siena College with an accounting degree. Has spent his working life in accounting & finance first with a CPA firm, then cable television for 20 years and the last 12 with a real estate developer in Latham. Bob spent every summer weekend growing up at Sacandaga, learning to swim, fish & ski. His family has had a camp in Day for over 50 years. Bob & his wife Nancy moved back to the area in 2003 and purchased a family camp in 2005. In 2013 that structure was replaced with their dream home. Bob & Nancy now reside on the South Shore of Day year round and LOVE every minute of it. Bob feels that the lake & its permit system have worked for 85 years , why change it now. Bob joined the SPC board to help them continue their good work, and to increase awareness of the importance of the SPC's activities to the lake community.


Nancy Jones

Nancy is a Clifton Park native with an accounting degree from Siena College.  Her accounting career has spanned over 25 years and is comprised of positions in for profit, governmental and non-profit accounting. She met her husband Bob at her first job in 1989 and they married in 1992.  Bob spent his summers growing up on Sacandaga Lake.  He and his family have been summer residents of the lake for more than 50 years.  Nancy and Bob purchased one of the family properties in 2005.  In 2013 they built a new home in preparation for retirement.  They now reside in the Town of Day enjoying all the lake has to offer.  They love the lake and want their permit area to remain unchanged.  She joined the SPC board to help bring more awareness about existing issues and assist the board in continuing to do the good work they do for the benefit of all permit holders.


Robert L. Smith

Bob’s family has resided in the Sacandaga Valley, GSL, for several generations.  His current home is the old family camp in Birchwood.  This is where he and Beth love to host family, extended family and friends.  After graduating from Hartwick College, Bob started teaching Biology, then served as an assistant principal, principal and Superintendent of Schools for the last 21 years of his education career.

In retirement, Bob has been active as the Town of Northampton Planning Board Chairperson, Community Preparedness Association Chairperson, and officer of the Northville Rotary Club.

Bob also enjoys flying, as he is a private pilot and is an occasional scuba diver.


Christina Peters

Christina Peters was a young girl in her parents' Northville house (a 2nd home), learning to ski at nearby Gore Mountain & Lake Placid.  She traveled the world since her parents left the East, at age 12.  Though, fortunately they did not sell the house.  She returned to the area part-time 14 years ago and full time 5 years ago.  She has a degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, with a year's study in Paris, France.  She has worked for Four Season Hotels & Bisazza Italian Tile in sales & marketing, along with numerous writing jobs in Los Angeles, California.  She resides with her longtime boyfriend, Adirondack Bob, in the house her parents purchased for her to ski & enjoy the grand outdoors all those years prior.  She enjoys her quaint & friendly village, activities in the nature of the area, & the Great Sacandaga Lake.  


Lisa Smith

Lisa grew up in a small town in Northern Westchester county, but always loved visiting her grandparents and other relatives in the Adirondacks and swimming in all of the lakes. She graduated from SUNY Albany with a Communications degree and went to work for Reader's Digest for 18 years before starting a construction business with her husband Joe. With their business growing and life becoming more and more hectic, they decided they needed a place to get away and relax, and to spend quality time with their two children. They purchased a seasonal home on the lake and after 15 years, they decided to move here permanently. She and her husband started the Adirondack Floating Dock Shop, and have become involved in the community, with Lisa joining the SPC and her husband and two children joining the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company. They are all very much enjoying "the lake life."

Lisa always knew that she loved the lake.  Now more than ever she realizes that her past and present decisions all hinge on the success and well being of the Great Sacandaga Lake community.  She has decided to dedicate her time and effort to keeping it "great" for her family and future generations.  Lisa is heavily involved in the communications and promotion efforts of the Sacandaga Protection Committee.