Our Mission: The Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks
Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks is the steward of Great Camp Sagamore and is dedicated to its use for education and interpretation. Our mission is to foster understanding, care, and respect for nature, people and their critical interdependence. Great Camp Sagamore strives to be a place where broad and diverse audiences gather to use these unique buildings and natural setting to explore and understand our Adirondack culture, environment, and relationship to both.
Garet D. Livermore, Executive Director: Garet joined Sagamore as the Executive Director in 2013. For 25 years prior to that he led museum education efforts at The Farmers' Museum and New York State Historical Association in Cooperstown and the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. His Sagamore position combines his lifelong passion for history, the Adirondack back country and museums. He first came to Sagamore in 1988 with his wife, Mary for cross country skiing and has returned in a number of roles including board member and volunteer. When not at his desk in the Conference Building Garet can be found walking the Sagamore trails with a camera in-hand.
Frances Parent, Associate Director: Frances joined Sagamore in 1990 as Director of Finance, and in 2016 assumed the role of Associate Director, with a focus on highlighting the characteristics that make Sagamore a unique residential experience. During the off-season Frances resides in Glens Falls, NY with her husband Bill and two children. In season they enjoy spending their summers in Inlet, NY operating their family business, Blue Line Coffee House and Finders Keepers Gift Shop.
Aaron Sanborn, Executive Chef: A 2000 graduate from Vermont Culinary Institute, Aaron went on to become Chef De Parti at Le Meridian Hotel in New Orleans at the young age of 20. Later returning to his New England roots Aaron Became Executive chef at Nikki’s an Okemo favorite for over twenty years. As well the Executive chef at The Restaurant Downstairs at the acclaimed Weston Playhouse in Weston VT. Crafting Menus based on his Classic French training, his love of eclectic fusion flavors, and local fresh ingredients. Later he made cheese at Crowley, the oldest continuously run cheese company in America. Which is also a registered Historic site. A well rounded chef with a hunger for freshness and bold flavors. Aaron will be returning for his first full season at Sagamore.
Robert Engel, Sous Chef: Robert grew up in Syracuse and, with his eight brothers and sisters, spent as much time as possible at his mother’s parent’s home in Blue Mt. Lake. His vast network of cousins, descendants of Richard and Margaret Collins, Camp Sagamore’s original caretakers, usually expect that Robert will do the cooking. A mid-life crisis has led Robert to Camp Sagamore’s kitchen, where the food is becoming simpler, fresher, better – more like when his great-grandparents were in charge. He and his wife Judy split their time between the Upper East Side and their 1870s farmhouse on the backside of Gore Mt.
Marie Congalosi, Registrar/Officer Manager: A native to the Adirondack Mountains and graduate of North Country Community College, Marie has worked for Sagamore since 2008 on various internet marketing projects and rejoined Sagamore working year-round as Registrar to educate potential guests to the Sagamore experience and mission. She is the first point of contact for guests interested in visiting and is responsible for overnight accommodation reservations, hospitality and guest service.
Heidi Woodward, Kitchen Assistant: Heidi has been working at Sagamore for over 20 seasons. She has assisted many chefs throughout her time in the kitchen, making sure the historic dinning hall stays clean. She washes endless amounts of dishes, pots and pans to insure a quality eating experience for all our guests and staff. In her free time Heidi enjoys Trout, Bass and Bull Head fishing as well as snowshoeing in the winter.
Elizabeth Bortle, Housekeeper: Liz Bortel is the granddaughter of Elizabeth and Maurice Waldron and has spent the majority of her life in Raquette Lake . As the housekeeper at Sagamore, she cleans the entire two complex's, waxes floors and preps and stocks areas for guests. Liz is proud to be working at Great Camp Sagamore, a slice in the middle of paradise. She believes that one of the many benefits of Sagamore is that being a historical landmark, it's a tourist attraction and can help local businesses profit.
Bob Heinsler, Superintendent: Besides the responsibility, commitment and fun of being part of the preservation and capital improvements to this fine old camp, Bob has been lucky enough to meet and work with more people than he could have ever imagined. Their support and friendships combined with the surrounding natural beauty is just the recipe that fills him up and keeps him hungry for more.
Dr. Jeffrey Flagg, Program Director: Jeff has been at Sagamore since completing a doctoral internship in 1997. A scholar of the Adirondack region, he received his Ph.D. in American culture studies from Bowling Green University in 1999, and also has degrees in business and literature. He is deeply invested in the history of the camp, the region and the park, and has taught at several colleges in the area, as well as innumerable Road Scholar programs.
Nancy Sue Foltz, Art Instructor: Nancy Sue is an artist and certified art teacher who has been directing the crafts program at Great Camp Sagamore for almost a decade. A former high school teacher, she focuses on offering a wide variety of age-appropriate crafts. From pots to plant pressing, from pine cone art to painting tee shirts, from paper mache to paper hats and so many things in between, her ideas are always fresh. Grandkids will end up with some great, outdoorsy craft projects to bring home.
Joanne Uris, Store Manager: This is Joanne’s second season at Sagamore, where she is managing the gift shop and upper complex. She spent the last two seasons working at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mt. Lake, as Assistant Manager of the cafe. A native of Saratoga Springs, where she resided until three years ago, she relocated to Raquette Lake where Joanne and her boyfriend live year round at Great Camp Uncas, as caretakers.