Sheila Rogers, President
In 1991, as a volunteer, Sheila helped to convert the library’s book collection from card catalog to the first searchable computerized database in the library. Since then, she has worked as a staff member and consultant for the library’s annual fundraising and capital campaigns. For the past several years as Co-Chair, she has helped to organize the library’s exciting annual Author’s Night event. Prior to 1991, she was Administrative Manager of the New York City office of an international law firm. Now, as Director of the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation, she has her office at the East Hampton Healthcare Center, where she’s in charge of administration and programs. Sheila lives in the Northwest Woods with her family, which includes Oliver, her standard poodle.
Ann Chapman, Executive Vice-President
Has spent hundreds of hours helping the library since 1979. As Chair of the Long Island Collection for many years, Ann has rejuvenated the efforts to preserve and expand its extensive archives. As a member of the East Hampton 350th Anniversary Committee, Ann helped raise several hundred-thousand dollars which became the core of a special fund at the library to benefit the Long Island Collection. In addition, Ann was at the center of the fundraising campaign 10 years ago to build the 1997 addition to the library.
Maureen Egen, First Vice-President
Maureen Mahon Egen has spent more than 40 years in the world of book publishing, retiring in 2007 as Deputy Chairman, President and Publisher of Hachette Book Group, USA, which includes Little, Brown and Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books). A graduate of Trinity College, Washington, Maureen began her career at Doubleday & Company, where she enjoyed stints in editorial, ﬁnance, and marketing, and where she rose to be Publisher of the Doubleday Book Clubs. Maureen moved to Time Warner Book Group in 1990 as Editor in Chief of Warner Books and in 1998 was named President & Publisher of the TWBG. In 2006 she helped orchestrate the sale of the company to Lagardere, owner of Hachette. Maureen has lectured widely on all aspects of book publishing. She has received numerous awards, including the Advertising Age Marketing 100 and the Time Inc Chairman’s Award. She is a member of the Board of Poets & Writers, which annually gives two emerging authors the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, which is sponsored by Hachette. Maureen has been living part-time in East Hampton since 1968 and is delighted in the ability to now spend the majority of her time here.
Bruce Collins, Second Vice-President
Bruce has been volunteering his considerable talent to the library for many years. As Co-Chair of the Long Island Collection and Chair of its Acquisition Committee, he has led the efforts to secure donations of important rare documents from the old families in town. He is now Co-Chair of the Capital Building Committee. Bruce has served as the Chair of The East Hampton 350th Anniversary Committee, has been East Hampton Town Supervisor, Chairman of the Bank of the Hamptons, a director of Suffolk County National Bank and a trustee of the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation.
Charles Soriano, Treasurer
Charles R. Soriano is one of Long Island’s education leaders, currently serving as Principal of the East Hampton Middle School. Charlie earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania (Organizational Leadership and Education), which followed degrees earned at Middlebury College (Masters in English Literature) and Holy Cross College (Bachelor’s in English). He also holds a second Masters degree from Rutgers University in educational leadership. Charlie received a Fulbright Award for study abroad in Japan’s Nagano Prefecture; in addition, he has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities teacher grant and was named 1997 Distinguished Teacher of the Year in the Westfield (NJ) Public Schools.
Sara Davison, Assistant Treasurer
Sara Davison is a not for profit leader in our community. For over three decades she served not for profit organizations including as immediate past Executive Director of the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons and The Nature Conservancy on Long Island, and leadership positions with the Conservancy in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She currently is an independent consultant for environmental and animal welfare organizations including the Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation. Her passion for the East End includes its unique environment, rich history and the East Hampton Library. She has served as the library’s Treasurer, Vice-Treasurer, and on the business committee. She is excited to be now serving on the long-range planning and Long Island Collection committees. She holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from Tulane University and a MS from Rutgers University.
Ellen Collins, Recording Secretary
Ellen Collins, Recording Secretary of the Board of Managers, is a teacher in the East Hampton School District. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Ohio, her Master’s degree from Georgetown University, and another Master’s from C.W. Post University. She volunteered for the Library Fair for several years and now volunteers in the library’s book sale room. As Recording Secretary, she produces the monthly board minutes both in English and in Spanish.
Gail Parker, Corresponding Secretary
As a former educator and middle school administrator in the East Hampton District for 38 years, Gail was well aware of what the library could and could not provide for students. She joined the Library Board to galvanize support for children’s services. She feels strongly that additional space and additional resources are necessary to meet the needs of the youngsters in the community. Currently, Gail serves on the Book Sale, Personnel and Special Events Committees. Having lived in East Hampton more than 40 years, Gail has volunteered her time for a variety of local organizations, the LVIS, Guild Hall, St. Luke’s Church, Fighting Chance, and she presently sits on the board of East Hampton Healthcare Foundation. Gail is now pursuing a second career in Real Estate with Hamptons Realty Group in Amagansett.
Diana Dayton Deichert
Diana’s dedication to the Library began in 1989 as a staff page. After obtaining her Masters of Library Science, Diana is perhaps best known for heading the Long Island Collection from 1998-2003. It was during her tenure that the East Hampton Historical Series was published, funding from East Hampton’s 350th Anniversary was received, and the foundation was set for the digitization project that continues today. A 12th generation East Hampton Dayton, Diana continues to be involved with several local organizations.
In 1991, Lorna first visited East Hampton and immediately fell in love with the beautiful, historic village.Upon first sight of town pond, the village green and the red roofed library, Lorna knew she had found the place to call home. In that same year, she moved to East Hampton and opened Bonne Nuit and two decades later she has two boutiques in the village. In 2010, Lorna joined the Library board having been a long time patron of the library. She has served as Co-Chair of the Children’s Fair and feels strongly about the importance of the library in the fabric of the town. Lorna and her husband live in the
village with their two daughters.
Stuart has worked energetically for many years to keep the library on a sound financial footing and one of the best-run libraries in the county. He is currently President of the East Hampton Business Alliance. Stuart brought to the table his business success as an owner of Devlin-McNiff Real Estate in East Hampton Village, and previous to that he was a successful executive at a New York City advertising agency.
Patti has been helping the library for years. She serves on the Library Society, Building & Grounds and Book Sale committees of the board. She is a past president of the Ladies Village Improvement Society and lives in the village.
Isabel was drawn to the library many years ago when she decided the library needed a better children’s library for her grandchildren. Since then, she has worked endless hours to accomplish just that. Her family’s commitment, led the way to a successful Capital Campaign in 1997, resulting in the construction of the beautiful Olin Wing. During this same period, Isabel also served as President of the Historical Society. She lives in the Village.
Brooke Kroeger Goren
Brooke Kroeger is a professor of journalism at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, director of its graduate Global and Joint Program Studies unit and faculty liaison for the NYTimes.com The Local East Village. She was department chair from 2005-2011 and the Institute’s inaugural director from 2008-2011. As a journalist, she had postings in Chicago, Brussels, London, Tel Aviv and New York City, and is the author of two biographies Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist and Fannie: The Talent for Success of Writer Fannie Hurst, the 2003 Passing: When People Can’t Be Who They Are. Forthcoming in August 2012 is Undercover Reporting: The Truth About Deception (Northwestern University Press)and its companion database, a joint project with NYU’s Bobst Library, at http://undercoverreporting.org. Brooke is also the author of the forthcoming “The Suffragents.”
Chuck is the retired Dean of Southampton College where he had been a member of the faculty since 1975. A few years earlier, he earned his PhD in sociology from New York University. Chuck serves the community as a member the East Hampton Town Preservation Advisory Committee and the Town Democratic Committee. Over the years, he has served as Chair of the East Hampton Zoning Board of Appeals; President of the Retreat; Co-Chair of the East End Gay Organization; Chair of the United Campus Ministries of Long Island; and as a Head Start social worker and as an officer of the Anti-bias Task Force of the Town of East Hampton. Chuck is also a non-governmental delegate for Peace Action International to the Civil Society of the United Nations.
Howard John Lebwith
Howard has served on the Special Events committee of the board since 2001, helping organize to everyone’s glee, events as diverse as poetry readings and road races. For many years Howard served as the Chair of the Springs Citizens Advisory Committee and has been involved in virtually every community activity in that hamlet.
Jenny started as an Author’s Night volunteer and now as a Board Member works on the Business, Budget and Investments Committee. She worked many years in advertising and owned her own business. She holds a CFP certification from NYU. Her background also includes building and renovating numerous homes including overseeing both construction and landscaping and was past president of a home-owners’ association. She lives with her husband in Northwest Woods.
Chip Rae was a Director of Human Resources covering Investment Banking at Cowen and Company from 1998-2014. Over 37 years on Wall Street he held similar positions at Solomon Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, and JP Morgan. Harvard Business School profiled him in the well known 2002 recruiting case “SG Cowen – New Recruits” which is still widely taught at business school and college campuses. He received his BA/MA from Penn in 1976 in American Civilization, and an MBA from Amos Tuck at Dartmouth in 1982. His passion has always been architectural history. He lives in East Hampton, where he has been a long-serving Trustee of the East Hampton Historical Society, and a newly elected Board member of the East Hampton Library. Since the 1970″s he has been a keen observer of the changing local landscape. His 200 book Images of America – East Hampton, is a broad look at the architecture and changing face of this village and town.
Janet has served on the board since 1997, lending her insight and interest. She has served on the House, Long Island Collection and Budget Committees. Her council and board memberships on the Preservation League of New York State and the Municipal Art Society in New York City reflect her interest in civic matters of all kinds. Her affinity for libraries began in her younger years when she was drawn to and spent many hours in the town library in Huntington, West Virginia. She recalls seeing European refugee families from World War II making full use of the children’s library and thought at the time that they were perhaps beginning to feel at home.
Deborah Walter taught mathematics in the East Hampton School District for 34 years, and is now retired. She chairs the LVIS Scholarship committee and is Co-President of the East Hampton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She graduated from East Hampton High School, got her Bachelors degree in Mathematics from SUNY Oswego, and her Masters degree in Computer Technology from C.W. Post. She has been volunteering for the library’s book sale room for the last two years.
Tom joined the board in 1995, became its President in 1998 and Chairman in 2006. Over the course of twenty years, he proved to be an extraordinary leader with an unmatched dedication to making this small library one of the finest in America.
Among his many accomplishments was chairing the Library’s successful capital campaign of 1997 and his tireless advocacy and fundraising efforts which helped make the Library’s 2014 state-of-the-art Children’s Addition and lecture room possible.
As a civic leader, Tom had numerous other roles. He was the founding partner of the law firm of Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo and was active in East End and local community affairs. He helped lead the East Hampton Town 350th Anniversary Committee and was a member of the board of Guild Hall. Gov. Mario Cuomo named him to lead the East End Economic and Environmental Institute, which has been key, through the creation of the New York State Farmland Preservation Program, in preservation efforts in the area.