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 management, 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.

Jim Underwood, Treasurer

Hello, I’m Jim Underwood.  I’ve lived in Laurel since 2000, but have been a member of the community much longer, having taught in the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District for 30-plus years, teaching health and coaching.  I am presently the President of the Board of Trustees of the Mattituck Laurel Library and am on the Southold Town Aircraft Noise Committee.  I look forward to bringing my energies to the Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association and continuing its fine work.

Katie Girandola, Director

Katie Girandola recently joined the Mattituck-Laurel community as a full-time resident after moving here from West Windsor, New Jersey, and having been a part-time resident of the North Fork since 2008.

Over the past 30 years, she has been an active member in many organizations and community affairs in West Windsor. Katie is a certified Master Gardener, former Vice Chairwoman of West Windsor’s Shade Tree Commission, former Vice-President of GME Homeowner’s Association for 25 years, and a religious education teacher. She enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, sailing, gardening, and raising oysters at the Cornell Extension in Southold.

Katie spent her childhood summers with her grandparents here on the North Fork, admiring its bucolic beauty, vibrance, and American spirit. She is delighted to be part of MCLA and plans to devote her love of community and robust civic values to Mattituck/Laurel.

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.

Stephen Kiely, Director

 I have been a resident of Mattituck for approximately 13 years and am extremely fortunate to call it home. I am a Board member because I feel I have the necessary municipal, land use, and administrative law experience to assist the Association in navigating the present and future hurdles to maintaining what I deem the “capital” of Southold Town.

I am a land use attorney with my office located in Mattituck, a former Southold Assistant Town Attorney, current prosecutor for the Village of Greenport, and counsel to the Mattituck Park District.  More importantly, I am a proud husband, father of four, CYO Basketball coach, and North Fork Lacrosse coach.

Aaron Bokros, Director