Our People

Membership and Collaboration

The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network is a nonprofit organization founded in 1997, today with over 400 members and an active Board of Directors. To protect the 860-square mile Cayuga Lake Watershed, the Network shares strategies and resources with local and regional individuals, experts, community organizations and government agencies.


Steward Hilary Lambert and associate Jennifer Tufano are the staff responsible for organizing, coordinating and carrying out this effort, with support from the Network’s Board of Directors, members, interns and volunteers. 

Hilary LambertHilary Lambert

Watershed Steward, Executive Director

Hilary Lambert has been Steward/Executive Director of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network since early 2009. A Tompkins County native from the Town of Dryden, Hilary obtained a water resources-focused Ph.D. in geography, and among other jobs and joys has taught at several universities, edited a geography magazine, worked for a Kentucky-based watershed protection organization, is a mom and grandmother, and is a long-time science-based advocate for the environment. She also is author of the science fiction fantasy “Ten Thousand Secrets National Park (Tales from Apple Island Book 1).”

Jennifer TufanoJennifer Tufano

Program Associate

Jennifer has served as Program Associate for the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network since 2015. A native of Cortland County (Tully, NY, specifically), she has spent all of her life around and loving water be it a small kettle lake in Tully to Maine’s ocean shores, from Seattle’s Puget Sound to the mountain lakes of the Adirondacks. Professionally, Jenn has a master’s degree in Higher Education and has worked as an educator, both for universities and historical societies, all her life. Now settled back in the Finger Lakes, Jenn is enjoying her daughters and extended family, wine touring, yoga, and a peaceful life on her 16-acre farm.

Board Officers

Deborah GranthamDeborah Grantham


Louise Mudrak


John AbelJohn Abel

Treasurer, Tompkins County

Bill EbertBill Ebert

Vice Chair, Seneca County

Eric DevinEric Devin

Vice Chair, Cayuga County


David WolfeDavid Wolfe

Vice Chair, Tompkins County

Board Members

Penny MapesPenney Mapes Cook



Ed Currier



Doug DixonDoug Dixon



Patricia Haines GoodmanPatricia Haines Gooding



Mark SarvaryMark Sarvary



Neil SchwartzbachNeil Schwartzbach




Liaisons with Groups (for information sharing)

Dan HillDan Hill 

Cayuga Nation

Bill FosterBill Foster 

Discover Cayuga, Floating Classroom/Trout in the Classroom

John Dennis 

CLEAN (Cayuga Lake Environmental Action Now)



Steve Penningroth 

Community Science Institute


Paul ClossPaul Closs

Paddling Community and the Glorious Trash Birds