Adirondack Foundation welcomes new trustees, staff

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024

New staff and trustees join the team at Adirondack Foundation.
From left: Jamie Baxter, Stephanie Pianka, Julia Race & Nikki Hilchey.


LAKE PLACID — Adirondack Foundation, the community foundation serving the Adirondack region in northern New York, has introduced new members of its Board of Trustees and a new addition to its staff.

Jamie Baxter, Stephanie Pianka and Julia Race have joined the foundation’s Board of Trustees, while Nikki Hilchey steps into the role of development officer.

“As the foundation continues to grow and evolve, so too does our team of talented and dedicated trustees and staff,” said Cali Brooks, Adirondack Foundation’s president and CEO. “Jamie, Stephanie, Julia and Nikki each bring experience and passion to Adirondack Foundation and we’re so excited to have them on board.”

“We also extend our gratitude to Nancy Monette, Dick Strowger and Holly Wolff, who have served on our board admirably for the last several years. They each brought critical skills to our organization that helped us dramatically increase our power to address generational needs in our region; they have made a lasting impact on the Foundation and the communities it serves.”

Jamie Baxter is the president of Baxter Associates, Inc., a private investment firm, and has been director of a number of corporate and nonprofit organizations. She lives in Inlet and Florida.

Stephanie Pianka is the senior vice president of Finance and Budget and chief financial officer of New York University. She is also an avid triathlete, and a board director for Phoenix Footwear Group and the Rotary Club of Lake Placid. She lives in Lake Placid and New York City.

Julia Race works as a physician recruiter for multiple hospitals at St. Lawrence Health, an affiliate of Rochester Regional Health. She lives in Malone with her family who has generational ties to the community.

Nikki Hilchey has 16 years of experience working in philanthropy on a wide range of projects, including grant writing, administration, annual fund management, fundraising events, stewardship communications and planned giving. She is a co-advisor for Peru Drama Club, and lives in Keeseville.