The Akwesasne Task Force on the Environment has received a 2007 Environmental Quality Award.

Formed in 1987 to address environmental problems faced by the Mohawk community, the goals of the task force include developing training, education and environmental-advocacy programs. A recent initiative included the planting of 37,000 trees, scientific research, information dissemination and partnership building.

Jen Kretser of Lake Placid is a recipient of the 2007 Environmental Quality Award for Environmental Education.

An education director with the Adirondack Mountain Club, Kretser creates education programs that provide opportunities for individuals and groups to develop skills, knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural environment.

Her Summer Naturalist Internship Program reaches thousands of visitors to the Adirondacks with information on natural history, low-impact wilderness practices and backcountry safety and provides quality training for a new generation of environmental educators.

Sarah Coffey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Coffey of Plattsburgh, had an article published in Scotsman Guide, entitled “Primary Defeasance Provisions.”

She is a defeasance consultant for Chatham Financial, a Kennett Square, Pennsylvania-based advisory firm that serves the capital markets.

Brendan Kinney is the new executive director of marketing and public relations in the Institutional Advancement Division at Plattsburgh State. He will oversee the marketing and communication efforts for the college.

Kinney previously served as director of advancement services and the Saint Michael’s Fund at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt.

He graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a bachelor’s in English literature in 1993 and earned his master’s in education from Saint Michael’s in 2006. He lives with his wife and three children in Essex, Vt.

Kinney will also address staffing needs in marketing and public relations with the departures of Mark Mastrean, the former director of marketing and publications, and Frances Hagen Dumenci, the director of public relations.

Mastrean has taken on a new opportunity in the Library and Information Services Division as the new assistant to the dean for communications.

Hagen Dumenci is moving to Richmond, Va., where her husband has accepted a faculty position at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been at Plattsburgh State since October 1999.

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