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Our Misson
Act as a catalyst for
business and community development in the
greater Saranac Lake area 

Our Values

INTEGRITY

  • We do everything with our values in mind.

  • We assume the best of intentions in people and give everyone the benefit of the doubt.

  • We do what we say we are going to do.

  • We do everything thoughtfully and with high quality.

  • We give feedback directly, respectfully, and with a focus on solutions.

  • We communicate our needs and expectations openly and do not get angry at others’ failures to fulfill expectations we never clearly set.

  • We actively listen and are open to feedback and improvement.

  • We take responsibility for our mistakes and learn from them.

  • We acknowledge our roles in conflicts and participate in finding and implementing solutions.

ACTION

  • We plan to the best of our abilities and take timely actions using available information.

  • We take calculated risks and view failures as learning opportunities.

  • We are not afraid to change course as more information becomes available.

TRANSFORMATION

  • We support each other and give everyone a chance to learn and to improve because we believe individuals are the key to societal transformation.

  • We are not afraid to have courageous, sometimes even painful conversations that may lead to the positive transformation of our organization, of Saranac Lake, and of the wider community.

  • We recognize our role in supporting leaders and organizations to transform policies and systems.

  • We encourage and create opportunities for diverse communities to support each other and build solidarity across identities.

 

EQUITY

  • We are thoughtful about our privileges and how they affect our interactions with others.

  • We create environments that allow for voices that are often less heard to be heard, including checking in with those who tend to be quieter, and asking more dominant voices to step back and do more listening.

  • We acknowledge and celebrate the strengths and differences in others, and do not assume that the ways we are used to doing things are the only correct ways to do things.

COMMUNITY

  • We create a space for everyone. We actively build an environment where everyone of any race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, accessibility needs, or country of origin feels welcomed and seen.

  • We welcome and encourage energetic conversations across diverse perspectives and challenge each other respectfully.

  • We take time to get to know each other as individuals.

  • We support each other to learn and to grow.

  • We have a good sense of humor and find fun and joy in our work.

  • We are thoughtful of everyone’s needs when coordinating events and activities. We consider accessibility challenges and strive to accommodate everyone.

  • We are thoughtful of our impact on the environment as we do our work.

Meet The Team

Sadie Posdzich

Membership &

Engagement Coordinator

Sadie is a Saranac Lake-born and raised native. Having graduated from SLHS, she received a BFA in Graphic Design from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. She moved back to the Adirondacks to be surrounded by nature and to create a life in the place she loves most. She currently serves on the Saranac Lake Arts and Cultural Advisory Board and Winter Carnival Committee where she choreographs the dance for the royal pages each year. Community involvement has been something she has been passionate about from a young age. Her hobbies include botany, photography, fishing, and walking in the woods with her dog, Kona. 

Rachel Karp

Executive Director

Rachel has lived in Saranac Lake for 12 years and grew up in Chateaugay Lake, NY.  She graduated from Paul Smith’s College with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management and prior to becoming Executive Director for the Chamber she was Director of North Country Operations for the Adirondack Mountain Club.  She has experience in owning a small business, working in nonprofit, and hospitality and tourism. As the new Director of the Chamber, she is excited to be more involved in the local community and looking forward to getting to know the businesses and members.  When not working you will find her enjoying the lakes and trails by paddling, hiking,
biking, or running.

Board of Directors