Sheila Rogers, Chair
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.
Sara Davison, President
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.
Deborah Walter, Executive Vice-President
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.
Charles Soriano, First Vice-President
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.
Chip Rae, Second Vice-President
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 2000 book Images of America – East Hampton, is a broad look at the architecture and changing face of this village and town.
Rick Gilbert, Treasurer
Originally from San Francisco, Rick Gilbert earned a mathematics degree at the University of California at Berkeley as well as a computer science graduate degree from Stanford University. After college, Rick worked for IBM research and development spending more than a decade at the company. Following this, he moved into executive management of telecommunications companies. Rick Gilbert has served as the President of ADC Kentrox, the Chariman and CEO of Copper Mountain Networks, Kineto Wireless, Westell Technologies, and has also served on several Boards of Directors.
Over the years Rick and his wife Belinda have lived and worked in several parts of the United States and Europe, finally settling in East Hampton Village and New York City.
Patti Ferrin, Assistant Treasurer
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.
James Pool, 2nd Assistant Treasurer
Ellen Collins, Recording Secretary
Ellen Collins, Recording Secretary of the Board of Managers, is a retired teacher from 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, Gail originally joined the Library Board to galvanize support for children’s services. Currently Gail serves on the Buildings and Grounds Committee, working to secure a new Children’s Courtyard Garden, and Co-Chairs the Book Sale Store with Board member Debbie Walter. Having lived in East Hampton more than fifty years, Gail has volunteered her time for a variety of local organizations, the LVIS, Guild Hall, St. Luke’s Church and Fighting Chance. Gail is presently an active member of the East Hampton Garden Club and sits on the board of the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation.
Susan is the Senior Vice President, Local and Cultural Platforms, Global Corporate Innovation for The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. In her position she works with the ELC’s 30+ brands and across geographies to identify, develop and expand innovation and business opportunities that increase relevancy with emerging market and global multi-ethnic consumers.
Susan is a frequent speaker on the subject of Cultural Marketing, Relevancy and Innovation at industry events as well as at universities and business schools including Harvard University,
MIT Sloan School of Management, University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. Susan has been profiled in Vogue, Essence and Jones as well as written about global beauty for Vogue. In 2010, she was named one of Ebony’s “Power 100”. She was the 2012 recipient of the Business Achievement Award from the Black Retail Action Group (BRAG) and named one of Black Enterprise Magazine’s Top Women Executives in Advertising & Marketing in 2013 and 2016. Recently, Susan was recognized by WWD BeautyInc as one of the 50 Most Influential in the Multicultural Beauty Market.
Susan lives in Manhattan and East Hampton with her husband and their two Italian Greyhounds: Baby and Pierre.
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.
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. 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.
Brooke Kroeger Goren
Brooke Kroeger has been a journalism professor at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute since 1998, having held positions as department chair and the institute’s founding director. As a journalist, she worked for the original UPI in Chicago, Brussels, London, Tel Aviv, and ended her time with the agency as its London-based chief editor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa before moving on to Newsday as a reporter and editor. She is the author of five books: Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist, Fannie: The Talent for Success of Writer Fannie Hurst, Passing: When People Can’t Be Who They Are, Undercover Reporting: The Truth About Deception (and its companion database at http://undercoverreporting.org
Ken Lipper served as investment banking partner of Lehman Brothers and Salomon Brothers, Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and is currently Chairman of Lipper & Co. He authored novels Wall Street and City Hall; Ken was Chief Technical Adviser on the film Wall Street, wrote the original screenplay and produced City Hall; and produced The Winter Guest. He received the Academy Award as producer of The Last Days. Mr. Lipper is the Publisher of the acclaimed biography series “Penguin Lives”. Mr. Lipper was the Deputy Mayor of New York City under Ed Koch. He is a resident of East Hampton Village.
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.
Amy Levin Schaeffer
Anne P. Thomas
Anne Thomas, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a full-time resident of East Hampton since 2010, served as President of the Ladies Village Improvement Society from 2015-2018. During her tenure, she initiated and oversaw the renovation of the historic Gardner Brown House, preparing the building to serve our community for generations to come, and planned the 125 Anniversary celebration – a year’s worth of activities, including the publication of LVIS’s 13th Cookbook , co-authored by Florence Fabricant and published by Rizzoli.
After serving as Director of Special Events at Carnegie Hall where she oversaw the Grand Reopening following its restoration in 1986 and the Centennial Celebration in 1991, she established her own special events management company serving clients such as NY Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, Habitat for Humanity, Parsons School of Design, NYC Outward Bound Center, Cathedral of St. John the Divine among others.
Linda A. Willett
Linda A. Willett spent almost 30 years in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, most recently as EVP, General Counsel and Secretary of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. She retired from that position, after 12 years, in December 2021. Prior to attending law school, Linda moved through a series of positions within the American Cyanamid family of companies, transitioning from Lederle Laboratories to the Shulton, Inc. subsidiary where she was Product Development Manager for major consumer brands. After completing her law degree at the Rutgers School of Law, Linda joined the firm of McCarter & English as a litigator representing major pharmaceutical and medical device companies. She became a partner of the firm during her third year of practice. In 1996, Linda joined her largest client, Bristol Myers-Squibb as Deputy General Counsel managing the worldwide law department. She has been widely recognized for her efforts to increase the number of women and people of color going into the profession of law, joining corporate law departments and being appointed to corporate boards. Linda is a member of the Women’s Forum of New York and served as that organization’s President in 2018 and 2019. She is also a member of the Economic Club of New York, the Metropolitan Club, and the Devon Yacht Club. Linda is a Director on the board of CareSource Healthcare, the nation’s largest Medicaid administrator and is a Trustee of the East Hampton Library as well as a Trustee of LongHouse Reserve. Gardening has long been a passion of Linda’s and she spends many hours tending to her own gardens at her home in the Village of East Hampton.
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.