Our Board

Anne Smith, President


Dr. Anne Smith has had a distinguished career as an educator, and served the Mattituck Cutchogue School District as Superintendent of Schools from 2014-2018. She currently leads the North Fork Coalition for Behavioral Health, which continues the work she started as Superintendent.


She has served as a director on the MLCA Board, and co-chair of the Last Green Corner Committee, and is eager to take up the reins of the presidency to focus on the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan for Southold Town.  

John Carter, Vice President

John Carter directs communications and community outreach for the U.S. Department of Energy at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he has worked for 25 years. For the MLCA, he has served as President, Board Member-At-Large, and Secretary, and he has led or supported an array of committees and initiatives, particularly The Traffic Calming Project and The Last Green Corner Committee.

As Vice President, Mr. Carter intends to support the Association’s vision and to follow the President’s direction toward improved quality of life in Mattituck and Laurel.  

Chris Shashkin, Secretary

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

Chris is seeking a second term as MLCA secretary, to continue his work on MLCA social media platforms, as well as doing the layout for our quarterly newsletter.

George Maul, Treasurer

George Maul graduated Stony Brook University with a degree in Environmental Engineering and runs a successful environmental consulting business based in Patchogue. His work finds him travelling across the country, testing for
various environmental contaminants, helping make the world a bit safer. 


George is seeking a second year on the board as Treasurer and in that capacity has been on top of our financial record keeping with the same thoroughness that he brings to his consulting business.

Melvyn Morris, Appointed Director

Dr. Melvyn Morris is a founding member of SUNY Stony Brook, and has a Master of Science degree in Marine Science
from CW Post and a Masters and Doctorate in Education from the University of Florida.


He has been in education for over 40 years and is currently an Educational Programs Administrator under the Office of Educational Programs at Brookhaven National Laboratory. 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.

Charles Gueli, Past President


Charles Gueli now takes on the position of Past President on the board. With over 40 years in the construction industry he recently retired as Property Manager for a 62-unit residential complex in East Marion. Charlie’s many hats for MLCA since he signed on have included treasurer and (unofficial) recording secretary.


Under his presidency there have been marked aesthetic improvements in our community, to be seen at the Mattituck train station and in the newly redone Dean Municipal Parking lot, and he credits and thanks all those who were involved. Amongst other things, Charlie has brought an openness to others’ ideas and a marked ability to reach out to business members, municipal officials and residents in the interest of the MLCA’s mission.

Jean Schweibish, Appointed Director

Jean Schweibish has been a legal assistant for the past 23 years, which has sharpened her critical thinking skills and her writing. Her concern for the preservation of the North Fork prompted her to join MLCA and continues to drive her interest in being actively involved.

She is past Secretary and has been on the Board these past 2 years as Vice-President.

Mary Ellen Tomaszewski, Advisor

Mary Ellen Tomaszewski has been a public-school teacher, founder and head teacher of a pre-school, and taught ESL classes to adult students. For several years she has been a student in a writing workshop offered by Southold Town’s Recreation Center. Out of that experience she self-published a book of memoir essays and is working on a second collection.


Mary Ellen’s writing skills have been instrumental in polishing up the newsletter that goes out to membership each quarter. She considers civic organizations to be valuable community resource and looks forward to continuing to contribute her time and energy to MLCA.