Finger Lakes Museum hires Development Director

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Richard Lane

The Finger Lakes Museum announces the appointment of Richard Lane as Development Director.  Lane brings over 20 years of extensive senior level experience in the non-profit sector to the Museum, which will open its Discovery Campus, in Branchport in 2013 and plans to open its exhibit-based museum facility and aquarium in 2014-2015 at Keuka State Park.

While serving four nationally-recognized organizations, Lane has worked on capital campaigns, including construction projects, ranging from $12 million to $18 million.  He has extensive experience in community outreach and advocacy, working diligently with non-profit boards to accomplish those projects.

Executive Director Don Naetzker stated, “We are very pleased and excited to have Richard on our team.  We are impressed with his capabilities and look forward to working with him.”  

Lane said “Having vacationed on the Finger Lakes since 2001 at my in-laws, and having been married at Norton Chapel, Keuka College, I have grown to love this very special region with all it has to offer.  I am especially attracted to the Museum’s focus on protecting and sustaining the natural beauty and resources of the Finger Lakes, while promoting a green economy. I am truly excited about working with Board and staff to realize the Finger Lakes Museum, which will greatly benefit the region.”

Contact Richard by email at or by phone at 315-418-0536 to set up a time to meet with him to discuss giving opportunities, questions about future donations, or to get to know one another over a cup of coffee.  

In April, The Finger Lakes Museum launched its annual campaign titled “Preserving your Passions.” With public support, by the end of December, the museum hopes to raise $450,000.  Donors can help the museum make its first annual giving campaign a success so they can continue supplying the Finger Lakes community and its visitors with educational programming focused on the preservation and stewardship of this beautiful Finger Lakes region.  

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