Lynn Brown


Lynn Brown

Board Chair

Lynn joined the board of the Indian River Lakes Conservancy in January of 2022 and became the Chairperson in July. Her enthusiasm for nature, hunting and fishing, and enjoying the great outdoors comes from her father, Bob, who is an avid outdoorsman. Lynn states: “I look forward to leaving a legacy to my children and grandchildren, knowing they can come back to the North Country to a relatively unchanged and pristine environment through our efforts at the Conservancy.”

Lynn’s educational background is a B.S. in Business Administration, Management & Human Resource Management. Her philosophy in management is ‘to lead is to serve.’ She has a passion for developing a positive corporate culture, staff development and empowerment. She believes herself to be an agent of change because, as an organization, if you’re not growing, you’re dying.

Lynn Brown worked for WPBS-DT from June, 1999 - June 2019. Lynn served in a number of capacities at WPBS and was appointed President & General Manager in July 2013 and retired in June 2019.  Lynn was honored with the status of General Manager Emeritus upon retiring from Public Media. WPBS-DT is a state-of-the-art public media facility that was chartered in 1958, has an annual budget of approximately $3-Million and serves more than 650,000 households in Northern New York and Eastern Ontario Canada. After almost seven years, Lynn and her husband, Scott, sold their Valero gas station, Land of Lakes, a full-service deli and convenience store in Theresa, New York.

Lynn has served several professional affiliations and boards including Chairperson for The Association of Public Broadcasting of New York (APBS-NY); the Small Station Association Board; Northern Regional Center for Independent Living, American Association of University Women; and, the North Country Council of Social Agencies Board. Lynn was a long-standing member of the Rotary Club of Watertown, the Elk’s Club, and currently serves on the board of River Hospital, and the Northern New York Community Foundation Cultural & Historical Committee. She is also active in Theresa by serving, in the recent past, on the Santway Park Revitalization Committee. Most recently, she and her husband, Scott, developed the Theresa Small Business Coalition. Lynn attends the Indian River Baptist Church and serves on the Finance Committee.

Fun Fact

The Indian River Lakes Conservancy (IRLC) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2023! Starting with protecting 27 acres in 1998, IRLC has grown to protect and manage 2,732 acres in the Indian River Lakes region.