ARLENE KLEIN, VICE-CHAIRWOMAN
Arlene was born in Woodmere, Long Island, to a recreational boating family. Summers traveling on the water remain some of her favorite memories. After graduating from Hofstra University with a BS in Education, she taught third grade in Roosevelt, Long Island. She and her husband, Artie, purchased their first power boat 1966.
While raising their 3 children in Dix Hills, Arlene was publisher and editor of her religious organization’s monthly award-winning newsletter, served on the Huntington Public Arts Advisory Board, started a pop-up “construction” company selling custom created gingerbread houses to commercial ventures, sold commercial landscapes, and made more than her share of elaborate-themed house parties, weddings, and religious celebrations. In her capacity as a decorative artist, she painted murals and furniture on a commission basis to decorators as well as private clients.
Upon Artie’s retirement, the Klein’s relocated to their home in Greenport much to the delight of their 4 grandchildren. Eventually, Artie took on a new position as Parts Manager at Port of Egypt Marine.
Arlene has served as the EESM’s secretary, co-chaired the Maritime Festival from 2014 to the present, developed and produced the Art & Culture Series and the Paul Drum Nautical Educational Program. She is a member of the Greenport Carousel Committee, and a Director of the Gull Pond Yacht Club.
LYNN SUMMERS, SECRETARY
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lynn was educated through high school in their public school system and then attended the Tyler School of Fine Arts of Temple University. In 1968, she married Pastor George Summers of New York and they relocated to Franklin Square, Long Island, then moving to Mattituck in 1970. In 2013, Lynn and George moved to their home in Southold. While on the North Fork they raised daughter, Marcia, now married with two children, living in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
In 1980 and 1991 Lynn received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education from Southampton College of Long Island University.
She has worked as a teacher in Mattituck-Cutchogue, Southold, Greenport, New Suffolk and Riverhead schools districts, as well as for BOCES. Additionally, she has worked in retail and at sales and event planning at Palmer, Bedell, and Clovis Point Vineyards.
Lynn served as Mattituck –Cutchogue PTA President for five years, on the Aids Awareness Committee, and with the School’s Advisory Committee in Mattituck-Cutchogue District. Civic-minded, she has been involved in ad hoc committees regarding Wolf Pit Pond and Main Road Master Planning. For the past 5 years, Lynn has held the office of Secretary of the Southold Town Democratic Committee and ran for Southold Town Trustee in 2011.
Lynn hopes to lead the EESM in close partnerships with other organizations developing educational programs. She has been especially involved with the Seaport’s existing associations with SoundWaters sailing vessel, Captain David Berson of Go Glory Green, and for 4 years ran the Captain Kidd’s Art Corner during the Maritime Festival.
Sarah Phillips Loth, Director at Large
Raised in Babylon Village, Sarah completed high school as a student athlete. To raise tuition money, she catered private events and nannied. While studying education at SUNY Cortland, she realized her passion leaned more towards the culinary arts. She completed her degree at the Institute of Culinary Education.
Similarities between Babylon and Greenport solidified her decision to open her restaurant, First & South in the Village of Greenport. Her enthusiasm for and connection to the community through food and wine has created an immense network of talented and passionate people invested in the development of the North Fork, especially Greenport.
Sarah serves on the Greenport Board of the Business Improvement District, has worked with the North Fork Promotional Council, East End Tourist Association and with the Long Island Wine Council. Adding to her triumphs was the 2014 Land & Sea Gala which she co-chaired with EESM Board member, Mary Herrick.
The East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation is, indeed, fortunate to have Sarah serving on its Board of Trustees.
Linda has been “hanging around” the East End since she was a child. Growing up, she and her family lived in Queens, New York, but summered on Shinnecock Bay. That childhood continued into young adulthood as she attended Southampton College.
After their 1969 wedding, she and her new husband, moved to Missouri where George attended medical school. Eventually, they moved back to New York where George opened his medical practice and Linda started an upper Eastside antique business. Their love of the East End persisted, and to that end they became part time Southold residents and Linda opened a satellite store in Greenport. Eventually she closed the Manhattan store and Kessie’s became a year ‘round business.
As Linda’s business grew, so did her family and responsibilities. They are now proud parents of two successful daughters and are enjoying a “very cute grandson”.
Linda’s involvement with the EESM began four years ago when she assisted in reorganizing the Maritime Festival. She has been the Committee Head of Vendors and Merchants during Maritime Festival weekend for the past three years. In addition to sitting on our Board, she works closely with the Greenport BID and is working towards making the Greenport’s Tall Ship event a huge success.