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Bag It movie night panel members:


Adam Maurer (Moderator)

Adam Maurer is the Sustainability Manager for Hobart and William Smith Colleges having a B.S. in Management/Marketing and a Masters in Environmental Studies from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry.


Margaret M. Reston, Esq.

Margaret Reston attended Colgate University and obtained an honors degree in Political

Science/International Relations in 1988. After graduation, she worked in politics in Rochester and on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. for the following three years.


Ms. Reston attended law school at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She

worked for Blake, Cassels & Graydon in Toronto during her law school summers and the year preceding her admission to the Ontario Bar. She then practiced with a small firm in Toronto in the areas of family, matrimonial, and criminal defense before moving to the Rochester area in 2002. Meg was admitted to practice in New York State in 2004.


Meg is currently a partner at Muldoon, Getz & Reston, specializing in the areas of matrimonial

and family court litigation. Her practice experience in New York includes work with Gray Feldman &

Rosenbaum LLP in the areas of matrimonial, family, wills and estate, real estate and bankruptcy, and

with the Legal Aid Society of Rochester, in the Attorney for the Child Program, where she practiced in the area of child representation for six years.


Meg is a former member of the City Council for the City of Canandaigua and was the former

Chair of the Environmental Committee for the Council. She has a personal interest in environmental conservation issues. Meg also sits on the Board of Directors for the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center.  She is a member of the Monroe and Ontario County Bar Associations. Her current practice in the areas of family, matrimonial, and wills/estate proceedings is concentrated in both Monroe and Ontario counties. She resides in Canandaigua with her husband and their three children.


Lisa Marie Thompson 

Lisa Marie Thompson joined the Canandaigua Business Improvement District as its new Downtown Manager this past summer. In her part-time role for the BID, Lisa serves as the chief executive officer of the organization and is responsible for administration of day-to-day operations. In partnership with the BID Board of Directors, City officials, and other strategic partners, the Downtown Manager’s job responsibilities include managing capital improvements, safety, and maintenance; public relations and promotions; budget, staffing and contractual management; and recruitment efforts to ensure the continued occupancy of downtown retail, residential, and business investments. 

Lisa, a resident of Canandaigua for 15 years, brings 25-plus years of public relations, fundraising, and management experience to the position.  In addition to her role at the BID, Lisa works as a freelance writer, public relations consultant, and co-owner of Lavender Cottage, a home business she established with her husband, Jack. From 2008 to 2013, Lisa held the position of vice president of Advancement at Finger Lakes Community College. From 2000 to 2007, she served as vice president of company communications for Constellation Wines U.S., a division of Constellation Brands, Inc. From 1994 to 2000, Lisa served as  director of communications and development for the University of Rochester Medical Center and its affiliates. Prior to this, Lisa lived in Manhattan and Washington, D.C. where she worked in public affairs for the National Wildlife Federation, the Association of Junior Leagues, and Geer DuBois Advertising. 

Lisa has a master’s degree in communications management from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and a bachelor’s degree from SUNY’s Binghamton University. Lisa is accredited as an Advanced Public Relations Practitioner (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America and is currently enrolled in an Advanced Social Media Strategy certificate program offered by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School and Hoot Suite.


Thomas Drennen, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

  • Chair of Environmental Studies 

  • Co-chair of the Presidents’ Climate Task Force

  • Serves on the new HWS farm committee

  • Teaches courses in Energy, Environmental Economics, and Resource Use

  • Began teaching at HWS in 1997

  • Undergraduate degree in Nuclear Engineering from MIT, M.A. in Public Policy from the U. of Minnesota, and Ph.D. in Resource Economics from Cornell.

  • Research interests include:  international policies to confront climate change, economics of alternative energy systems, and advancing campus sustainability

  • Likes to claim his new car is at powered by solar and wind!

"Undesirable Baggage"

by Barbara McPhail

A framed fine art print (shown above) by local artist, Barbara McPhail, will be auctioned off at the Bring Your Own Bag NY presentation of the film Bag it.

Next Meetings:

Geneva: TBA

Canandaigua: TBA