About Us

About A Frog House:

 Today, the problem of global climate change can be taken for granted, but change can seem inaccessible to the individual. A Frog House makes huge alterations palpable for the greater Rochester community through, you guessed it, frogs! 

The challenges to and survival patterns of frogs and toads, exploring topics like frogs’ place in the food chain; the impact of pollution and chemicals; and what we can do to help are extremely relevant to all of life.  

But it’s not all serious at A Frog House; we are also dedicated to learning through play at our charming house on the Erie Canal, making A Frog House a nature destination for the whole family and an easy way to get kids involved in nature.

Mission Statement:

A Frog House is a center for ecological education and local government advocacy which offers workshops and events for all ages to learn about the crucial role of frogs in the environment.

We believe every small collective action for the tiny frog can bring  big results for our world.

Values: 

In agreement with Rochester People’s Climate Coalition, we support respect, inclusion, nonpartisanship, collaboration, science, and is committed to social, racial, environmental, and intergenerational justice.

Founder

Margot Fass

A Frog House founder, Margot Fass, is an activist, artist, author, educator, presenter and psychiatrist.

Endangered species, especially frogs, are her passion. Her deep awareness and celebration of the cycles of life, the planet, and its organisms, are reflected in writings about wetland adventures in south and central American countries; her whimsical illustrated children’s book, Froggy Family’s First Frolic; and in her many paintings of frogs seen regionally.

Euphoric for frogs, Margot and her infectious enthusiasm touch children and adults through presentations in schools and organizations, and in every opportunity for public presence. Her lively frog clothes, hat to socks, belie her sophisticated activism, and she works with local politicians and governments in the protection of wetlands and prevention of destructive development. In just a year under her leadership, A Frog House has engaged hundreds of regional supporters to help implement significant protection of our regional environment.

She hopes her work will bring joy, healing and raise consciousness about the preciousness of each unique life.

https://mlfassmd.com/
https://frog-artist.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AFrogHouse
https://www.facebook.com/frogbooks/

Advisors

Robert Corby

Robert Corby is a graduate of the Syracuse University School of Architecture and has served as the mayor of Pittsford for the last twenty-seven years. During his tenure as mayor he has used his professional experience in architecture, historic preservation, and planning to revive the village’s historic waterfront mill district, integrate preservation into the village’s planning policies, and enhance the village’s public realm. He has also functioned on the Executive Board of the New York Conference of Mayors for the last fifteen years. The successful results of Corby’s leadership have garnered numerous awards for the Village. In 2014, the City Mayors Foundation of London named Corby a “Mayor of the Month.”

Bill Smith

As Pittsford Town Supervisor since 2013, and previously as town councilman, Bill Smith has advocated for strong community environmental policies. He helped implement Pittsford’s Greenprint Plan, preserving farmland; and led the designation of the town as a New York State Clean Energy Community. He also established a town solar energy program. If it weren’t for his commitment to the regional wetland ecology, dedication to our mission, and cordial good humor, we’d have to call him William.

Board Members

Pearl Brunt 

Pearl Brunt, a welcome new resident hailing from England, has a track record of helping small/medium sized businesses define innovative solutions and maximize ROI (Return on Investments). With years of experience as a Management Consultant focusing on consulting services for international businesses, her credentials include a BA in Political Science, an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy, and an MBA in International Business. She also taught an MBA course at a French university in Paris.  

A Frog House definitely can benefit from her professional advice on entering new markets, change and people management, and product positioning and branding. She also brings expertise in strategic planning, innovative ideas creation, and C-level problem-solving to drive efficiency and profitability. Besides, we love her intelligence, honesty, and resilience. 

Eileen Buholtz

Eileen Buholtz, Esq. currently serves in the New York State Bar Association’s House of Delegates and on the boards of the National Association of Women in Construction (Rochester Chapter) and Friends of Eastman Opera. In 2016, she rode the Erie Canal end to end as part of Parks & Trails NY’s  eight-day ride called “Cycling the Erie Canal”. After she received a bachelor of music degree in clarinet with a minor in humanities from the Eastman Music school, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University College of Law.  She lectures frequently on legal topics, has won several awards, and is recognized by Thomson Reuters as a “Superlawyer®”.  A member of DRI (Defense Research Institute), her practice includes areas of special interest to A Frog House including Toxic Torts & Environmental Law, Diversity and Inclusion, and Retail/Hospitality.  How very fortunate Eileen also has joined A Frog House Board!

Bonnie Garner

Bonnie has too many credentials to do more than list! B.S. degree from Lock Haven University, M.S. from Syracuse University, M.S in Administration from Brockport U, taught at Brighton and Pittsford School Districts, retired as Assistant Superintendent of Technology in 2017 after more than 20 years at Fairport BOCES #1, was integral in installing the Challenger Learning Center at RMSC and also subsequently the BUBL Lab at the RMSC.

Recently widowed, Bonnie will continue to enjoy the many church, arts and theater programs that she and Jack supported. Thank you and bless you, dear Jack, for bringing not only your own talents, but Bonnie’s as well, to Rochester in 1970. You are both treasures.

Lindsay Graham

Lindsay Graham is founder and owner of Car Pal National Car Buying Service. Car Pal saves considerable money for clients who want new or used car purchases (and new car leases). Lindsay is known for her sharp mind, loving soul and witty engagement with her community. Lindsay offers both the land and building for her mother Margot’s newest project, A Frog House.

Occasionally Lindsay opens the doors to her own home on the property, and AFH visitors must guard against stepping on her tiny Maltese pup, Busby. (Busby barks ferociously when people arrive, and then hides, safe inside Lindsay’s roomy jacket, for the duration). Lindsay is a superb matchmaker, bringing social and political change makers, engaged people, and surprising resources to A Frog House. It couldn’t happen without her.

Nannette Nocon 

Nannette is a strong believer in the personal freedom that financial certainty brings.  She’s made it her mission … to help clients meet their financial goals so they can get back to the things that make them happy and fulfilled … She’s earned recognition for her 28-year-long financial advisor career, having recently received the prestigious Ameriprise Hall of Fame Award and has been in the Chairman’s Advisory Council for several years.

… She also sits on several [other] boards, among them the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and The Friendly Home, a Rochester, N.Y.-based nursing care and rehabilitation center. A graduate of Cornell University, Nannette enjoys live theater, films and visual art. During her free time she travels and cooks. She’s also an author, having published several children’s books.  (excerpted from the author’s bio in https://www.financial-planning.com/author/nannette-nocon)

 

Staff

Stephanie Kromash Baum

As a writer, researcher, and technical resource, Stephanie maintains primary content for our two Facebook pages, A Frog House and Frog. Her dedication keeps aficionados of both serious environmental science and whimsy engaged. She provides support and ideas for Margot’s blogs and A Frog House website. Though she lives in New Jersey, she is thoroughly present online.

­­Katherine Denison

Katherine Denison is a wildlife advocate, book designer, and social activist. Katherine designed Margot’s first book, Froggy Family’s First Frolic, and enlisted again for both skills and interests, Katherine is an essential right hand as A Frog House designer of promotional materials, writer, and planner.

Katherine’s ardor for environmental survival compelled her to walk with rangers in the rugged terrain of Tanzania and Kenya to better understand the possibilities and desperate challenges in standing against extinction. First focused on the larger companions on the planet—elephants, rhinos, gorillas, bears, and wolves—now Katherine, seeing the chain of loss from the tiniest to the huge, brings zeal to stopping the extinction of amphibian life and aiding the survival of the essential, delightful, and dangerously diminished creatures we serve at A Frog House.

Matthew Fass

Matthew Fass has built all of Margot’s web sites, keeps her extensive digital portfolio online, and maintains Margot’s current presence on afroghouse.org.

Matthew lives in Kingston, NY and works at as a digital asset manager at Scenic Hudson  and is the lead programmer for Thinking Partners in Red Hook, NY.

Matthew is an accomplished accordionist, specializing in (but certainly not limited to) Balkan music. He and his lively groups keep audiences on their feet and on their toes, dancing to this joyous, humorous and heart-rending music.

When we’re lucky enough to nab him on a visit home, he plays for A Frog House events, charming both adults and youngsters. Likely you’ve guessed, Margot and Martin Fass are Matthew’s parents.

Emily Johnson-Erday

We are delighted to welcome Emily as our Frog House administrator.  Creative, innovative and organized, she will keep everything straight for us and “the table cleared.” She is based in Brooklyn, NY, and works as a theatre industry jane-of-all-trades: wrangling mics and hanging speakers off-Broadway as well as writing and performing music for the off-off-Broadway circuit. Emily is a 2020 Wildacres resident artist and her music has been featured in PBS’s online series ‘UnCommon Voices’ as well as the Walnut Valley Festival’s New Song Showcase. She is immensely proud to join the AFH team and is inspired by our belief in creating big change through small individual and collective actions. 

Jeannie Sheneman

Jeannie is a manager-organizer for A Frog House with 25 years of experience in customer service, skilled leader and planner with in-depth knowledge in communications and program coordination. She describes herself as honest, down to earth, innovative, adaptable, self-motivated and a tireless learner. For the short time A Frog House has known her, she lives up to her description.  What caught our eye is that for 7 years Jeannie worked as the head event coordinator for the CrossHatch Center for Art and Ecology in Michigan, putting on and overseeing scores of events, including the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference.  Interestingly, like Emily, Jeannie started out with an interest and a major in theatre, and another coincidence, she managed a store Lindsay visited often in Saxapahaw, North Carolina.