The East End Seaport Board of Trustees and volunteers are a team whose success rises from a common thought and objective, enabling all to work together toward the fulfillment of the Museum's mission.

Museum Board

DAVID ABATELlI

- chairman -

Raised in Bayside, Queens, David spent summers at the Shinnecock Bay home his family owned since 1945. He served in the Navy Reserves from 1970-1976 and then spent two years active duty as an Ocean Systems Technician in Key West and Bermuda. Upon finishing his enlisted career, hegraduated 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. 

Tracey Orlando- SECRETARY

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.

MARY HERRICK

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.

 

ROBERT CHRISTENSEN

 

Linda Kessler

LYNN SUMMERS

- TREASURER -

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 School Districts, as well as for BOCES. She has also 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.

BOB JESTER

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. Most recently, he headed the committee and was instrumental in developing the children’s room, Captain Bob’s Quarterdeck.

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. 

Museum Staff

 

Jennifer Curtin
Office Administrator 

Christina Stankewicz
Archivist

Brendan Curtin
Concierge

 

Consultants

 

  Steve Benthal
    Website & Technology

       Yvonne Lieblein
   Marketing & Development