Advisory Committee

The independent Advisory Committee is made up of individuals from our community. They are responsible on an ongoing basis for:

  • Selecting charities to receive grants from the General Fund
  • Determining the amounts to be distributed to the selected charities
  • Monitoring the actions of the Trustee

Advisory Committee Members:

Mary C. Gavin (Chair)
Board Member since: 2009

Mary Gavin is Certified Public Accountant and a principal of Gavin and LaVigne, Inc., a firm offering capital financing to hospitals and nursing homes. She has held fundraising, leadership and board positions with the Girl Scouts, Saratoga Hospital and Saratoga Central Catholic School.

Ms. Gavin lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband and their three children.

Jean Dugan
Board Member since: 2015

Jean Dugan is an Information Technology and Project Management Professional who retired after a thirty year career in the financial services industry. Jean has lived and volunteered in Saratoga Springs since 2006.

Mary Hallquist
Board Member since: 2015

Mary Hallquist is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and is currently employed by Four Winds Hospital. She was born and raised in Saratoga Springs, NY and returned in 2013 after living in Vermont for 8 years. She currently lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with her husband and two small children.

David R. Meager

Board Member since: 2009

David Meager is currently employed as Consultant for Adirondack Trust Insurance Agency.  He is a member of Malta Sunrise Rotary Club, Malta Business and Professional Association, Malta Director of the GlobalFoundries/Town of Malta Foundation, Inc., charter member of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern Saratoga County, and a member of the Saratoga County Ethics Board.

Mr. Meager was formerly Supervisor of the Town of Malta and a member of the County Board of Supervisors for 34 years.  He was the former owner of Round Lake Company, Inc., an independent insurance agency acquired by The Adirondack Trust Company in 2001.

S. Scott Perkins
Board Member since: 2009

Scott Perkins is a lifelong resident of Saratoga County and is an attorney with a private law practice in Saratoga Springs.  He has served as a director or trustee of the Saratoga County YMCA, AAA New York State, AAA Northway, Brookside Museum, The Allegiance Bowl Committee, Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau, and the Racing City Chorus.

David H. Porter
Board Member since: 2009

David Porter is the Tisch Family Distinguished Professor at Skidmore College, where he teaches in the classics, English, and music departments.  Educated at Swarthmore (B.A., 1958) and Princeton (Ph.D., 1962), he previously taught at Carleton College, Princeton University, Williams College, and Indiana University, and was president of Carleton and Skidmore Colleges.  He is the author of books and articles on classics, music, 20thcentury literature, and education. Among the boards on which he has served are those of The Adirondack Trust Company, the Institute for the International Education of Students, and the Willa Cather Foundation.

Caroline Putman

Board Member since 2014

Caroline has lived in the Saratoga region for most of her life. She has volunteered for organizations such as SPAC, Yaddo, and BH-BL High School.

While living in Irvine, California she volunteered as Treasurer and Communications Secretary on the Board of the National Charity League – Rancho Irvine Chapter, as Board Communications Chair for Operation Valentine, as Registrar for FC Irvine soccer club, and as a volunteer on multiple school projects.


Advisory Committee members are appointed for a three-year term.