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Beth Gilles

Director

Beth is a Glens Falls native who began working for LCLGRPB in 2008 and was promoted to Director in 2018. In her time at the Regional Planning Board, she built a robust water quality program, branching out into new programs and funding streams for planning and implementation efforts within the Lake Champlain and Upper Hudson River Watersheds. As Director, Beth oversees the operations of the Regional Planning Board and its staff, and works with the Board of Directors to craft the direction of the RPB’s programming. She works to secure federal funding for both planning and implementation projects throughout the region, as well as for the Regional Planning Board. Beth attended Paul Smith’s College and the University of Vermont. She lives in Queensbury with her husband, two kids and two dogs.

ALLISON HARGRAVE-GADDY, AICP

Senior Planner

Allison joined LCLGRPB team in 2019 and works with municipalities throughout the region on community planning and water quality initiatives. Her focus includes watershed planning, community revitalization, and trails and recreation planning. Allison holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Vermont and a Masters of Regional Planning from the University at Albany. Allison lives in Glens Falls with her husband and daughter and enjoys hiking, paddling, and swimming. She serves on the Glens Falls Zoning Board of Appeals and recently became an Adirondack 46er.

CHRIS BELDEN, AICP

Economic Development Coordinator

Chris joined LCLGRPB in 2021 to lead the organization’s economic development initiatives. Previously, serving as Assistant County Planner for Warren County, he managed water quality and community development projects and coordinated the Warren County Climate Smart Task Force and the Warren County Planning Group. Chris, a native of Hudson Falls, obtained his BA in Urban Studies and Planning from the University at Albany. He lives in Queensbury with his wife and two sons.

Samuel Blake

Junior Planner

Sam joined LCLGRPB in 2022 to help continue the work being done in our water quality programs. Graduating from SUNY Plattsburgh with a BA in Environmental Science Planning and Management and obtaining a minor in Economic and Environmental Sustainability. Formally working in the industrial wastewater field, he is well acquainted with importance of clean water. A native of Ballston Spa, he enjoys spending time outdoors skiing or kayaking.

Lisa Bessette

Administrative Assistant

Lisa joined LCLGRPB team in March of 2022. Previously, Assistant Controller at Cranberry Productions, she did all aspects of accounting such as payroll, taxes and accounts payable. A native of Latham, obtained an AAS in Accounting at Russell Sage College-JCA. She lives in Latham and commutes to her part time residence in Lake George with her husband and two kids.

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