Spring was a season of transition for Seatuckâ€™s Board of Directors as the two-year terms of the boardâ€™s officers came to an end and new officers were elected. Richard Dahab finished his term as Seatuckâ€™s President, a term during which the organization made considerable progress in expanding its policy and educational work. Most prominently, Rich oversaw the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Suffolk County Environmental Center on Earth Day, April 22, 2010. Rich played a central role in negotiating and finalizing Seatuckâ€™s long-term custodial contract with Suffolk County to operate the facility. He also oversaw the expansion of Seatuckâ€™s role in conservation policy and research, including the initiation of the Puleston Policy Project through the partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund. Rich, who lives in Brightwaters and is the President of Dahab Associates, Inc., an investment consulting firm, will continue to serve as an at-large member of the Board of Directors. Thanks for a great tenure as President, Rich!
Succeeding Rich as President is Tom Moldovan (pictured above). Tom is a relatively new member of the Board, but has been a very active volunteer at Seatuck for the past few years. He has been instrumental in planning and organizing Seatuckâ€™s Eco-Carnivals and the inaugural Owl Prowl 5K in 2010. He has been particularly successful in getting local and regional businesses interested in supporting Seatuck and the Environmental Center. Tom works as a financial representative for Forest Hills Financial Group in Melville.
The new slate of Board officers also includes Steve Terr, who was Vice-President, but will now serve as one of two co-Vice-Presidents. Joining Steve as co-Vice-President is Cindy Mullin, who has served on the board for more than 10 years and played a prominent behind-the-scenes role, but will be taking on her first official leadership role. Christine Costigan will continue her generous service as an officer, but will move from Secretary to Treasurer. She replaces Elizabeth Cochrane who has been a leading figure on Seatuckâ€™s Board for more than 15 years â€“ thankfully she will continue her service as an at-large member of the Board. Rounding out the officers as the new Secretary is Betsy Mayo, one of the relatively new group of Board members that are bringing new energy and ideas to the organization.
Finally, in addition to the new slate of officers, the Board also welcomed Domenick Claudio as a new member to its ranks in May. Domenick is Executive Director of SOX & Financial Controls for The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. in New York with corporate-wide responsibility for managing the companyâ€™s global Sarbanes Oxley compliance effort. He previously volunteered with the Islip Arts Council on the New York Philharmonic Free Concert Committee, which brought the annual summer concert to Hecksher State Park. Welcome aboard, Domenick! Seatuck is grateful for the generous service of these and all members of its Board of Directors.