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Jake Tibbles named as TILT’s new executive director

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CLAYTON — The Thousand Islands Land Trust has named Jake R. Tibbles to succeed Martin A. Yenawine as its executive director.

Mr. Yenawine, who led the organization since last April, said one of his primary jobs at TILT was to mentor and prepare Mr. Tibbles to take over.

Now that his successor is “ready for the post,” Mr. Yenawine said, he would like to refocus his interests on further developing the Onondaga Commons in Syracuse as principal partner of the health and human service park project.

Mr. Yenawine — a former executive with United Way in Central New York who has more than 35 years of experience with leading and expanding public and private corporations and nonprofit organizations — said he and his wife, Linda B., will remain residents of Wellesley Island.

He will work with TILT until May 31 in a consulting capacity to ensure a smooth transition.

Carl Lueck, TILT’s board president, said in a news release that the organization was “grateful” to Mr. Yenawine for guiding it through a difficult economic time and for playing “an integral role in strengthening TILT as one of the leading conservation organizations in Northern New York.”

Mr. Tibbles grew up in Redwood and started working at TILT in 2007 as an intern.

In 2008, Mr. Tibbles was hired as the organization’s director of stewardship, and near the end of 2010, he briefly took charge of the land trust as its interim director after Executive Director Andrew T. Wood retired.

When TILT found Mr. Wood’s replacement last spring, Mr. Tibbles was named assistant executive director.

He earned his bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry from SUNY Cortland. He is also a certified diver and studied rain forest ecology and coastal marine biology in Belize.

“Working for the land trust has given me an even deeper appreciation of the uniqueness of our region,” Mr. Tibbles said in a news release. “I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work with our many volunteers and supporters, conservation partners and local communities to help protect the water quality, historic and cultural resources, wildlife and wildlife habitats, and the natural beauty of the Thousand Islands.”

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