Elliott Hillback


Elliott Hillback

Board Member

Elliott D. Hillback, Jr. (also known as Sandy) and his wife Margie have owned a camp on the  Western shore of Butterfield Lake since 1977. The cottage was originally purchased by her grandparents over 100 years ago in 1914. Elliott and Margie were founding members of the Indian River Lakes Conservancy in 1997.

Elliott retired in 2011 after 39 years in general management positions the health care and biotechnology industry (Baxter-Travenol, British Oxygen, Genzyme). He was also very active in the development of both industry and public policy related to health care, genetic testing, the use and growth of biotechnology and bio-ethics.

Elliott is a member of the New York Advisory Board of the Land Trust Alliance. He has been a long term member of the Advisory Council to the Dean of Cornell University’s College of Arts & Sciences and is a member of Cornell’s University Council. He also served as a Board Member of Berklee College of Music for nine years.

Mr. Hillback earned a BA in Anthropology from Cornell University in 1970 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1972. Before attending Cornell he served as an artillery Officer in the US Army for 4 years which included a tour in Vietnam. Elliott is an active nature photographer, fisherman and traveler. Elliott and his wife Marjorie have been married since 1965 and have three married adult children and 7.3 grandchildren. They reside near Boston in the winter and at Butterfield Lake in Redwood, NY from late spring to mid-fall.

Fun Fact

Common Loons are some of the most iconic Indian River Lakes residents. Unlike most bird species, loons have solid bones. This makes them less buoyant and more effective at maneuvering through water.