Lindsay Preftakes

President

Prior to moving to Pelham, Lindsay worked in market research and development of educational materials for public health and education departments throughout the country. Subjects included the green jobs industry, home air, and clean public water supplies. Her work experience also includes finance, accounting, and growing up in a large family-owned auto services company.

Lindsay believes strongly in building awareness about the consequences our consumption has on the environment and hopes to use her business background and marketing experience to facilitate the transition of Pelham families into a more sustainable and environmentally conscious lifestyle.

Peter Mullany

Treasurer

Peter Mullany has been a resident of Pelham for over 20 years; he and his wife have raised two daughters here.

He has spent his professional career in banking.  Locally, Peter spent many years in leadership roles, including four as co-president of the Pelham Travel Soccer Club.

His environmental interests and awareness sharpened in recent years, particularly in the area of plastics and their detrimental impacts on the environment and public health. He hopes that others will likewise heighten their awareness and efforts in support of a cleaner and healthier environment.

Amy Dunkin

Secretary

Amy Dunkin is a journalist who serves as Director of Academic Operations at the City University of New York’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to joining CUNY in 2008, she worked at BusinessWeek magazine, editing the personal finance section and covering retailing and marketing.

She also started one of BusinessWeek’s first blogs, called Working Parents, and spearheaded a successful campaign to get the magazine’s then parent company, McGraw-Hill, to offer paid leave and other benefits to adoptive parents.

She began her career as a reporter at the The Record newspaper in Hackensack, NJ. She graduated from the State University of New York’s University at Buffalo with a B.A. in English and served as editor-in-chief of its student newspaper.

Amy became involved with EcoPel in the fall of 2014 when she helped organize its first town-wide cleanup. She joined its board in 2015.

Amy and her husband Larry Kraftowitz have lived in Pelham since 1991. They have two sons: Eli, 22, and Jonah, 19.

Davie Baccei

Vice President

Davie Baccei describes herself as an avid hiker and lifelong tree hugger who has always been focused on the environment and the importance of effecting change through personal choices and community action.

She and her husband Sean moved to Pelham in August 2017, drawn by the convenience of a community that is walking or biking distance to the train station, shopping, and schools.

Davie has been with the same financial services firm for 25 years, the majority of the time in compliance. A native of Missouri, she has worked and lived in San Francisco and Boston and went to school in Tulsa, where she studied English literature.

On most weekends, weather permitting, she can be found paddle boarding on Long Island Sound, and she has participated in the "Paddle Across the Sound" fundraiser to benefit Save the Sound.

She is excited to join the board of EcoPel and for the chance to do her part in making a difference in Pelham.

Melissa Eustace

Melissa and a small group of concerned environmentalists founded EcoPel in 2013 in an effort to spur green action in the community. Always an animal lover, Melissa grew more concerned with the state of the environment after the birth of her first son in 1999, when it became more apparent that overwhelming burden of chemicals and plastic in our environment could be harmful to life. She has served as a board member at the Pelham Children’s Center, on the Site Based Council at Colonial School, and in many different capacities for the Colonial School PTA, culminating in a two-year term as President from 2010-2012.

Prior to moving to Pelham in 2004, Melissa worked as Country Manager for Eurasia at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency for six years. She also worked in two Washington, DC think tanks, and spent time studying in Russia and working in Ukraine. Melissa has an MA in Russian and East European Studies from the George Washington University and a BA in Political Science from McGill University.

Anna Riehl

Social Media Manager

A Pelham resident for more than 20 years, Anna became EcoPel's first social media manager in 2018. She co-founded EcoPel's annual Summer Solstice Community Yoga Practice in 2014 and has helped organize the event for the past five years.

Anna has been active in other community organizations, serving as board president of the Pelham Art Center from 2007-2012 and co-commissioner of Pelham Youth Lacrosse from 2006-2012.

Professionally, she has explored various entrepreneurial and managerial endeavors, as proprietor of AnnaHatha Yoga and YogaWorks as well as a sales rep for the HAVEN Collective line of yoga wear.

Anna hopes her social media outreach will inspire local consumers to change their personal and household practices to shift away from single-use plastic bags, bottles, and other disposable items toward a more sustainable approach for our planet and our future.

Anna is married to fellow EcoPel board member Peter Mullany and is proud mother to daughters Mae and Madeleine.

 

Aimee Linn Kaplan

Aimee Linn Kaplan has lived in Pelham with her husband and three children since 2005. Prior to becoming a full-time mom, she worked as a communications and media relations executive for Credit Suisse's Investment Bank. In addition to joining the EcoPel board, Aimee is vice chair of Pelham Preservation & Garden Society, volunteers with the Pelham Education Foundation, and serves as sustainability chair for the Colonial School PTA. One of her goals is to see that more trees are planted in Pelham to replace those lost due to age, disease, and storms.

Brett Grabel