Board of Directors

Ron Breuer: Chair
Ron spent his childhood in East Marion and has returned to the East End full time with his wife upon his retirement.  He has 3 children and 5 grandchildren who also live on the Island.  Ron has over 32 years in executive management with 25 years at JP Morgan Chase where he had global responsibilities and 7 years as CEO of a Technology Project Consulting Firm, which implemented major technology infrastructure programs in corporations.  His past experience in non-profits/governmental agencies include SCORE: US Small Business Administration, Suffolk County Chairman, responsible for the design, reorganization, marketing growth of SCORE’s Suffolk County small business development, mentoring, education & training.  He has served as a Senior Business Consultant for the Lighthouse International to advise and develop business services profiles and the implementation of business visions and strategies for the Senior Management/Board of Directors.  Ron has served on various Advisory Boards for RIT/ NTID, the MTA, Churches and Financial Services companies.  He served in Vietnam with the 195 Assault Helicopter Company.  Ron holds a BSIE, MBA and a PMP.

Karen Doherty: Director at Large
Karen Doherty heads up Membership and Volunteer Activities for the museum.  In her day job, she is head of marketing for Exaclair, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Exacompta Clairefontaine, a French company known for its high quality stationery, notebooks, art papers, agendas and pen inks.  One of their companies – J. Herbin – made sealing wax and inks for Louis XIV, the Sun King. The founder, M. Herbin, was a sailor who traveled to India to get the ingredients for his secret formula.

Karen’s love of history, and her appreciation for the continuing usefulness and value of historical places and objects, led her to volunteer for the museum.  She believes the museum has a vital part to play in preserving our maritime heritage, and educating people about the East End’s colorful role in our nation’s wars, the whaling era, ship-building and Prohibition. She is also very interested in legends and lore of the sea, including mermaids, sea serpents and selkies. Though a relative newcomer to the area, Karen’s great-grandfather, Karl Andersen, a Norwegian immigrant, helped John Holland build the first submarine at New Suffolk over a century ago.  She loves to go kayaking in Hallock's Bay and fishing in Plum Gut.

Richard Gillooly: Vice-Chair
Dick has been coming to the North Fork since birth and has been active in volunteer work to support and preserve the area for many years.  His four children have been raised on the water and share his passion. His lifelong work in Corporate Real Estate, construction and property management brings a unique skill set to the board. 

Michael Mitchell: Treasurer

Mr. Mitchell is retired from both military and civilian civil service.  His military service included eight years of active duty aboard submarines and 22 years of reserve duty in a variety of staff and command positions in the Submarine Reserve.  He played a principal role in establishing and maintaining the US Naval Submarine Reserve Program until his retirement as a Captain in 1994. 

Mr. Mitchell served from 1971 to 2000 as a professional engineer, program manager, program management expert and Senior Executive at the Central Intelligence Agency.  He held a wide range of staff and line management positions throughout the Intelligence Community.  His 30-year career focused on planning and managing the development, test and field operation of large scale, state-of-the-art technical intelligence collection systems for space, terrestrial, and marine classified applications.           

Mr. Mitchell is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, American University Business School, and Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.  He holds degrees in electrical, mechanical and nuclear engineering, and an MBA.  He and his wife Janet Deremer of Mattituck, have three grown children and six grandchildren. They spend their retirement consulting, teaching, volunteering, visiting the grandchildren, sailing and traveling.

Ted Webb: Secretary
Past chairman, 2003 and 2011, and current secretary of East End Seaport Museum & Marine Foundation.
Past president, Oysterponds Historical Society, Orient, NY.
Current president and chairman of the board, Brecknock Hall Foundation, Greenport, NY.
Past commodore, Orient Yacht Club.
Currently flotilla staff officer-public education, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Southold, NY.  Vessel safety examiner, USCG Auxiliary.
Retired senior vice president, American Heart Association.
Graduate of Adelphi University, Master of Science, Communications and Speech Language Pathology

Robert Christensen: 
General building contracting.

Jeff Goubeaud:
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.

Mary Herrick:
Mary Herrick is a new board member and hopes to continue her husband's wishes. They have both loved the water their whole lives and were fortunate enough to have been around it all the time. Whether owning a boat yard, fishing or having their family with them, Mary has such respect for the sea and what it offers to us all. Through the Museum she helps to give people a better understanding of how our history of shipping, boat building, rules of the water etc. is so valuable. She is real proud to be a part of this organization.

Bob Jester:
Bob Jester, a resident of Greenport, is well-known in the community, and is respected as a "teacher's teacher." He retired as a science teacher from Riverhead High School in 2010, including courses in Marine Biology and Regents Biology. He began his teaching career in 1973 and has received numerous district, county, state, and national awards and accolades  He was known for promoting a "can do" atmosphere for his students and colleagues, and was elected Teacher of the Year in 1984 by the District. Bob was a finalist for the U.S. Teacher in Space Program in 1986 and one of the first teachers in the country to receive the National Science Teacher award from the federal government. Every summer, Bob participates in the "Peconic Bay Science Program" aboard the Glory with the Capt. Dave Berson.  This 5 day program is an interactive marine ecology, local maritime history and boating safety course. Students will learn the basics of the scientific method by testing for the health of Peconic Bay.

Lynn Summers:
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lynn was educated through High School in public schools there.In 1968 she married Pastor George Summers of Queens, New York.They moved to Franklin Square, Long Island, until 1970. At that time they moved to Mattituck, and have lived there since.
In 1980 and 1991 Lynn received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees 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 at retail at Hagar Clothing, Eagles Eye Store, and the Love Lane Shop. She has worked at sales at Palmer, Bedell, and Clovis Point Vineyards.
Lynn has served as PTA President, on the Aids Awareness Committee, and Schools Advisory Committee at Mattituck-Cutchogue District. She has been involved in ad hoc committees regarding Wolf Pit Pond and Main Road Master Planning. She is Secretary of the Southold Town Democratic Club, and has run for elective office in Southold Town.

Paula Thorp

Kenny White:
emi retired life long "Greenporter". Knowledge of Greenport Harbor from the mid 1950's  to the present.

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