Our Board

Charles Gueli, President

 

Charles and his wife Dolores have lived in Laurel since early 2003. They have been married 50 years and have five children and 11 grandchildren. 

Charles was recently the civic association’s treasurer as well as member-at-large..

He has worked in the construction industry for 42 years and is presently the Property Manager for a 62-unit residential complex in East Marion. He is a past president of a Rotary Club (and a Paul Harris Fellow Awards recipient), a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of his church's committee to build a new parish hall.  

Jean Schweibish, Vice President

A native Long Islander, Jean became a Mattituck resident in 2011. She was attracted to the MLCA by the high-caliber programs presented on issues near and dear to her heart respecting the preservation of our community, and heard the call for active participation. She has served as Secretary.

 

As the legal assistant to a South Fork attorney for the past 20 years, she has a working knowledge of planning, zoning and general municipal law. As a longtime proponent of environmental preservation, she sees the North Fork as one of the few remaining areas on Long Island that maintains its bucolic nature, and believes that Mattituck and Laurel residents must make their voices heard for it to remain this way.  

Chris Shashkin, Secretary

Chris began summering in Mattituck as a baby, which led to spending weekends in "God's Country" all year round in the 1970's. He is married to his wife Sofia for 20 years and they have 3 boys. As the boys have started to leave for college,
his family decided to downsize from the hectic pace of life in Nassau County and now call Mattituck home 24/7/365.

 

He has served as Secretary of the Captain Kidd Estates Civic Association and now serves as Board Member-at-Large of same. Chris has a background in office management, serving for over 3 decades as Department Administrator at Columbia University.

 

George Maul, Treasurer

George has been living in Mattituck since 2006 with his wife, Morgan, and his two young daughters. Although he grew up in Patchogue, his love for North Fork began as a child, spending summers with his family in New Suffolk.

 

George graduated Stony Brook University with a degree in Environmental Engineering and now spends his days as an Environmental Consultant, running a successful business out of Patchogue, but traveling the country, wherever the work takes him. He has dedicated his life to making the world a bit safer, testing for various environmental contaminants. 

 

This is George’s first year on the board and he has enjoyed getting to know his neighbors, being involved in important community issues and preserving the beauty of the North Fork.

Melvyn Morris

Melvyn Morris is a founding member of SUNY Stony Brook where he received his BS in Biology. He has a Master of Science degree in Marine Science from CW Post and a Masters and Doctorate in Education from the University of Florida.

Dr. Morris has been in education for over 40 years having taught science at the junior high, senior high and university levels. He was the first science faculty hired to start Shoreham-Wading River high school and retired after 24 years during which time he helped to shape the science program. After spending 2 years at Southampton College he joined the Office of Educational Programs at Brookhaven National Laboratory as an Educational Programs Administrator. He is responsible for student internship programs, started the successful Open Space Stewardship Program, The Day in the Life of a River program and organizes teacher workshops.

 

Dr. Morris was awarded the New York State Outdoor Education Association Leadership Award. The Dowling College Outstanding Educator Award and the North Fork Environmental Council Environmentalist of the Year  award.

 

He was president of the SUNY Stony Brook alumni association for 7 years, is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of NSTA, STANYS, NYSOEA

He has been a member of the Civic Association since its inception

Mary Ellen Tomaszewski

 

I live with my husband Tom in Laurel. We’ve been here for over 40 years and raised our family here.  And still there are places for me to discover in our town; places of interest or some natural beauty that I’ve yet to experience.  I love that we have a civic association.  Through civic meetings I’ve learned about the workings of our town and have enjoyed hearing from town officials and others who influence Southold’s future. It’s also given me the opportunity to meet new people and to reconnect with others. I always hope that my contributions, small as they may be, will be helpful.  

Anne Smith

Dr. Anne Smith had a distinguished career as an educator.  She received the Anti-Bias Task Force of Southold Town as Citizen of the Year related to her work in the district on Diversity education and the Helen Prince award in 2017.  She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from St. John's University in 2009.


She served the Mattituck Cutchogue School District as Superintendent of Schools from 2014-2018.


Anne and her husband Ron are residents of the North Fork since 1985 where they have raised their three children, Jacob,
Rebekah and Caleb. Currently she is leading a Behavioral Health initiative called the North Fork Coalition for Behavioral Health continuing to lead work she started as Superintendent. Her work with the MLCA is focused on the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan for Southold Town and the Last Green Corner and related initiatives connected with the Smart Growth Development in our community.

Mary Eisenstein, Founder & Past President