The East End Seaport Board of Trustee and Volunteers are a team, whose success rises from a common thought
and objective, enabling all to work together in the fulfillment of the Museum's mission.
DAVID GILLISPIE, Co-Chairman / TREASURER
Born in Greenport in 1945, David is the eight generation of North Forkers having descended from an Orient farming family. He started his schooling in Orient, then Pittsfield, Massachusetts and finally earned his finance degree from Penn State University and an MBA from St. John’s University. In 2011 he retired from his career in industrial sales and marketing. He and his wife Roda, have lived in Greenport for the past 30 years
Since retirement David has spent his time indulging his passion for gardening with a flourishing tomato garden, selling them at a roadside stand and donating the proceeds to CAST. With the help of Ancestry.com, he has explored and expanded both his and Roda’s family genealogical chart. Every week, David joins the Tuesday Crew to do volunteer carpentry projects for nonprofits such as the Southold Historical Society and Hallockville Museum.
Adding to this impressive list of community activities, David has taken on the position of EESM Treasurer. We delight in his company, talents and dedication to the Seaport Museum
DAVID ABATELlI, co-chairmain
Raised in Bayside, Queens, David spent summers at the Shinnecock Bay home his family has owned since 1945. David joined and served in the Navy Reserves from 1970-1976 and then spent 2 years active duty in Key West and Bermuda as an Ocean Systems Technician. Upon finishing his enlisted career he graduated LIU Southampton, married Lydia and moved to Greenport. There he worked at Sterling Harbor Marina for 2 years, moving on to CAST for an additional 2 years, the Village of Greenport 12 years, and the North Fork Housing Alliance for 5 more years. His final career choice was spent as the Greenport Village Administrator for a total of 17 years and retired in July 2014. David’s wife owns the charming “Lydia’s Antiques and Stained Glass” on Main Street in Greenport and they, along with daughter, Rebecca, and 3 golden retrievers, live in Cutchogue. Presently, David is busy helping out at his wife store and is a member of the Cutchogue Lions Club, Chairman of the Greenport Carousel Committee, serves on the Board of the Greenport Improvement Committee as well as being a member of the 2015 Greenport Tall Ships Steering Committee. The East End Seaport is fortunate to have David on its Board of Trustees.
MARY HERRICK, DIRECTOR AT LARGE
After the untimely passing of her beloved husband, Bo, Mary filled his position as a Trustee with the EESM. As owners of a South Fork boat yard, their love and respect for the sea resonated throughout their marriage.
We all take great pride in the work Mary continues to do – managing the Museum Chandlery, chairing the highly successful Land & Sea Gala during the annual Maritime Festival, and assisting with numerous Museum sponsored educational events.
The Seaport Museum thrives due to the generosity of time, work ethic and dedication of people such as Mary. She is much appreciated by the entire organization.
The extraordinary thing about this extraordinary man, is that he is so modest. A native Greenporter, Bob received his undergraduate and Master’s degrees from SUNY Geneseo. He retired from his teaching career in the Riverhead School District after 39 years accumulating an extensive list of accolades and accomplishments. This list can fill an encyclopedia but most notable are his developments of programs for both gifted and minority students in the fields of math and science, national acclaim as NASA’s “Educational Resource Teacher”, News Review’s Educator of the Year, Riverhead School District “Teacher of the Year”, finalist for the U.S. Teacher in Space Program and receiving the National Science Teacher award from the federal government. Outside of his classroom, Bob was named Firefighter of the year by the Greenport Fire Department in 2001 and 2003, holds membership in a number of educational and scientific associations, is an active member of his religious organization, participates in the Peconic Bay Science Program aboard the Glory, maintains the 750 gallon salt water fish tank at the Seaport Museum and owns a chimney sweep company.
Privately, and there is a very important private side, Bob has been devoted to his wife Diane since their marriage in 1971. They have raised five extraordinary children.
Bob Jester is exactly the kind of man an organization such as the EESM needs. We know this and are deeply appreciative of his extensive knowledge, input and shared commitment to the nautical roots of our community.
The East End Seaport is pleased to have Wayne as a Trustee. He comes to us as a Mattituck- raised, multi-generational North Forker. Wayne’s great grandfather came to the East End via Ellis Island in 1896. The Sailor family’s connection continues with his sister and father owning Greenport’s Front Street Station and nephew, Paul Drum’s, stint as Honorary Mayor of Greenport during the 2014 EESM Maritime Festival.
After graduating Mattituck High School, he studied Criminal Justice at Suffolk County Community College in addition to a number of courses in continuing education. He attended the Suffolk County Police Department Academy in 1990 and worked as a traffic control and part time police officer until 1997. He then went on to graduate from the Executive Protection Institute of Virginia as a Personal Protection Specialist and took the position as executive driver and body guard for a New York City top CEO of a fortune 500 company. For the past 29 years, Wayne has been an active member of the Mattituck Fire Department in addition to owning his own executive security business.
Wayne provides the EESM with a level of ethical professionalism and personal commitment along with integrity, intelligence and humility.
There is something about the air and beauty encapsulating the East End. Why else would a young female attorney leave California and return to her hometown? Morgant Fiedler Young is that woman. Born and raised in Greenport to parents who are 5th generation East Enders, she graduated from Greenport School and attended the University of New Hampshire, then traveled 3,000 miles to enter Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. Upon passing the California bar, she worked as an attorney for a year before the East Coast salt air drew her home.
As a child she remembers her father, Rich Fiedler, a well-known local artist, tend the EESM salt water fish tank. Morgant’s first job was as a volunteer in the Museum working the front desk. Multiple generations of Fiedler’s were commercial fishermen and that love of the sea is part of her genetics. After passing the New York State Bar examination, she set up her law practice. The maternal half of Morgant, the Price side, is served as she works at her grandfather’s desk, surrounded by cousins also working in the McMann Price Insurance building on Front Street, Greenport.
Recently married to Christopher Young, a native Southolder, Morgant feels there is no more beautiful place to settle into and raise a family than the East End. Her love for community, the sea and respect for her surroundings has led Morgant back to the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation. What could be a more perfect fit than to circle back and help preserve our maritime history for generations to come and to help the EESM attain their mission?
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.
As founding partner at Rogue Post NYC, Ian’s company won accolades as one of the top 50 Independent Film Friendly companies in the country. His projects represented the full spectrum from the smallest independent film to multimillion dollar feature films with clients as diverse as MTV and the White House.
After 12 part-time years, Ian now resides full-time in Greenport with his wife Rosalie and son Jackson, a student at Greenport School.
A firm believer in the responsibility of citizens to be involved in their communities, Ian has sat on the Economic Development Committee for Southold Town and was heavily involved with the successful East End Student Film Project, providing professional mentorship to local students interested in a Media path.
Ian is the founder of the Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market. The storefront is located in a quaint old bait shop on Greenport’s waterfront. The farm is right outside its front door in Peconic Bay. This ecologically sound enterprise is a thoroughly modern oyster aquaculture operation. Not only will it provide oysters for hungry markets, the “little shack that can” offers diverse community and educational outreach programs.
As a Trustee, Ian provides ingenuity, creativity, a deep well of talents and the determination to bring any activity to fruition thereby benefitting all of the East End.
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.
General building contracting.
Manager Mitchell Park Marina and Harbor Manager for the Village of Greenport. Hold a Coast Guard 200 ton Master Near Coastal license with towing endorsement and radar unlimited tonnage endorsement. President of Greenport Yacht Sales and Services, engaging in yacht sales, yacht deliveries and operations, compass repair and adjusting, boat handling instruction.
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.