• The Staff
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Carlene Bermann

Director of Collections & Community Engagement
Contact Info: carlene@slcha.org

Carlene hails from Hampton, VA, and lives in Oswegatchie. She received her bachelor’s degree in Craft/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her master’s degree in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Carlene has over 13 years of experience in the museum and non-profit sector. She herself is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary and loves anything that combines art, environmental science, and history.

Favorite Food: Mac & Cheese
Favorite Activity: Pondering (and playing with old stuff!)
Favorite Animal: Snow Leopard
Favorite Thing To Do Outside Work: Explore & Travel
Time Period You Would Love To Visit: Dinosaurs!
Object In The Collection That Best Represents You: c. 1900 dog treadmill

Colleen McKernan

Engagement and Advancement Coordinator
Contact Info: aassistant@slcha.org

Another native of the North Country, Colleen is a recent graduate of St. Lawrence University who majored in history and minored in mathematics. Colleen previously worked as a development and public outreach summer intern at SLCHA and now joins the staff.

Favorite Food: Gyudon
Favorite Activity: Watching reality TV
Favorite Animal: Moose
Favorite Thing To Do Outside Work: Cook & try new recipes
Time Period You Would Love To Visit: Hellenistic
Object In The Collection That Best Represents You: 20th-century butter mold

The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees (also known as the Officers) at SLCHA is composed of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Each Officer serves a 1-year term. Officers are eligible to serve up to, but no more than, four consecutive terms.

Board members serve 3-year terms. All Officers and Trustees are elected/re-elected at the Annual Meeting at the end of the year.

William Flynn

President
Contact info: bflynn003@twcny.rr.com

William (Bill) Flynn lives in Ogdensburg, NY. He has been a member of SLCHA since 2008 and Board Treasurer since 2021. Bill is a retired public-school educator and retired superintendent of Ogdensburg City and Massena Central School Districts. He is involved with the Ogdensburg Zoning Board of Appeals and the Claxton Hepburn Medical Center Foundation. Bill is Chair of the Finance Advisory Committee. His term as President began in January 2024.

Michael Draper

Vice President
Contact info: mdrapes18@hotmail.com

Michael (Mike) Draper lives in Brasher Falls, NY. He has been a member of SLCHA since 2019 and the Board Vice President since 2022. Mike is a music teacher at Massena Central School District and former vice president of the Board of Directors for the Orchestra of Northern New York. He also runs the Hopkinton Historical Group and Hopkinton Museum. Mike is Chair of the Collections & Archives Committee.

Lynne Matott

Secretary
Contact info: lmhmatott@yahoo.com

Lynne lives in Potsdam, NY with her children and grandchildren. She is retired from a career as a correctional facility librarian, most recently in Gouverneur. Lynne was elected to the Board at the December 2022 Annual Meeting. Lynne is Chair of the Publications Committee. Her term as Secretary began in January 2024.

Emily Hastings

Treasurer
Contact info: ehastings@ncls.org

Emily Hastings lives in Canton, NY with her husband and son. She has been a member of SLCHA since 2018 and a Trustee since 2019. Emily is the Director of the Canton Free Library and a member of Grasse River Players. She is also Chair of the Personnel/Nominating Committee. Emily’s term as Treasurer began in January 2024.

Timothy Cryderman

Trustee
Contact info: tcryderman1@twcny.rr.com

Timothy (Tim) Cryderman lives in Madrid, NY. He has been a member of SLCHA since 2015 and Board President since 2021. Tim is a retired facilities operator for St. Lawrence University and a historic reenactor. He is also the president of Forsythe’s Rifles, and the vice president of the Fort La Presentation Association.

Diana Fisher

Trustee
Contact info: dgfisher@slic.com

Diana Fisher lives in Madrid, NY. She has been a member of SLCHA since 2014 and Board Secretary since 2021. Diana is a retired high school teacher and retired professor from SUNY Potsdam, specializing in history and government. She is also involved with the Hepburn Library of Madrid and Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association. Diana is Chair of the Fundraising Committee and the Audit and Finance/Endowment Committee.

Carol Opdyke

Trustee
Contact info: topdyke@twcny.rr.com

Carol lives in Norfolk, NY and has been a board member since 2016. She is a retired St. Lawrence University Latin professor, and active in many local organizations.

Stanley Maine

Trustee
Contact info: smaine2@twcny.rr.com

Stanley (Stan) lives in Potsdam, NY and has been a board member since 1996. Stan is a retired contractor, Civil War enthusiast, and Chair of the Building & Grounds Committee.

Nick Corgliano

Trustee
Contact info: cori8988@gmail.com

Nick lives in Massena, NY and has been a board member since 2021. He is a history teacher at Massena Central School and coaches track. Nick is the Chair of the Education Committee.

Cheryl Shenkle-O’Neil

Trustee
Contact info: cherylon@tds.net

Cheryl lives in De Kalb, NY and has been a board member since December 2022. She is now retired, but formerly served as the Executive Director of the Snow Belt Housing Company in Lowville.

Interested in serving on SLCHA’s Board of Trustees? If you love history and community and have time and talents to contribute, we’d love to talk with you! Call us or email info@slcha.org.

SLCHA would also like to recognize the many volunteers who make our daily operations possible. Without them, we would not be able to function. We truly appreciate all your hard work, dedication, and support. THANK YOU!!

Kinsley Holl

Kinsley is a senior at St. Lawrence University studying anthropology and biology and is a member of the Cross-Country and Track and Field Team. Passionate about the outdoors, she enjoys hiking, skiing, and kayaking in her free time. At SLCHA, Kinsley is currently working on various aspects of our historic garden project, including budgeting and planning. Looking to the future, she hopes to intern with a conservation agency before attending graduate school for cultural resource management.

Iris Miller-White

Iris is a senior at St. Lawrence University majoring in history and minoring in education. She plays on the women’s rugby team. Iris grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and is extremely passionate about the outdoors. At SLCHA, Iris has been developing educational materials and programs for local schools with the goal of establishing meaningful education relationships in the county. Looking to the future, Iris hopes to be a teacher and has plans to head west and explore the Rockies.

Elwyn Hand

Elwyn is a junior at St. Lawrence University, majoring in anthropology and history and minoring in religious studies. She is a member of the e-sports team and the Barista organization, secretary for the anthropology club, and plays the clarinet in the wind ensemble. At SLCHA, Elwyn is currently working on cataloging items from our collections. Looking to the future, she plans to study abroad for a few weeks over the summer in Europe through St. Lawrence University.