LONG LAKE - Hillarie Logan-Dechene, Long Lake resident and director of philanthropy at The Wild Center, has been appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a member of the New York State Commission on National and Community Service.
The Commission seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering in New York state.
Commission members each have a strong background in community service and leadership and provide a tremendous resource to the state service and volunteer communities. The role of each commission member includes monitoring and approving the annual grants process and recommendations for funding of National Service programs.
"It will be an honor to serve the people of this fine State and represent the residents of the North Country in this capacity," Logan-Dechene said. "I believe strongly in the power of volunteering and community service to help solve local challenges in our communities. I will do my best to assist Commissioner Stern and the other members in our charge."
Logan-Dechene joined The Wild Center in 2010 as the first director of philanthropy, after working at the Adirondack Museum as director of institutional advancement and Paul Smith's College as the vice president for Institutional Advancement.
Logan-Dechene is an active board member of the Adirondack Health Foundation, the Long Lake Central School District and Museumwise, a statewide service organization. She is completing studies in non-profit leadership in a master's program at Skidmore College.
She grew up on the north shore of Long Island and spent her childhood summers at Long Lake where she now makes her home with her husband Richard and their two daughters.
The New York State Commission on National and Community Service was established in 1994 by an executive order of the governor, and administers programs funded by the National Community Service Trust Act of 1993, including AmeriCorps State and AmeriCorps Education Awards programs.