Meet our Board Chuck Bassett
Chuck Bassett spent 40 years working in government, environmental affairs and the news media. His career started in newspapers, including NYS Capital correspondent for United Press International. Before retiring, he spent 15 years as publisher of an independent environmental regulatory newsletter, New York Business Environment. He also served as assistant commissioner for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and was press secretary to the Monroe County government as well as NYS Assembly Minority Leader. He has a degree in economics from the University of Rochester.
Since retiring, he lives in Clifton Park, NY and The Villages, FL where he pursues his hobbies: golf and photography. He has been a member of the Clifton Park Environmental Conservation Commission for 21 years and has served on the Audubon International board for four years, being named chairman of the board this year.
Jan Bel Jan
Jan Bel Jan comes from a Pittsburgh, PA golf family. From her PGA professional uncles and her pro-superintendent father, she learned the game and business of golf. Jan began her design career with Tom Fazio with whom she held a senior position in golf course design, construction and project management for more than twenty years. Her experience as a registered Landscape Architect, Certified Arborist and former assistant superintendent, provide her with a unique outlook on the playability, strategy, ecology, economics and aesthetics of golf courses.
Jan was elected into the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) in 1990, and she represents the ASGCA as a board member of the National Alliance for Accessible Golf. Jan formed her golf course design firm in 2009 and is a managing partner in the National Women’s Golf Alliance. She is a long-time contributor to the multiple disciplines of golf. In December 2000 and February 2005, Jan was noted in Sports Illustrated Plus lists of the “Top Ten Most Influential Women in the Game of Golf.” In January 2014, Jan was presented with the Women in the Golf Industry’s President’s Award.
Matt Ceplo is the golf course superintendent at Rockland Country Club in Sparkill, NY where he has spent most of his career. In 2000, he guided the course through certification in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf. He expanded his involvement with Audubon International to become a member of the Audubon Steward Network and has been a tireless advocate for various environmental initiatives. Matt is a graduate of the State University of New York-Delhi’s two-year associate’s degree program in horticulture. He is a 28-year member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, and served on the MGCSA board for 18 years, including serving as president in 2008. He currently serves as president of