The Friends of the Ashley Schiff Preserve Executive Board is composed of four officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer), a community liaison, and the chairs of all standing committees. We meet monthly, and any member of the FASP is welcome to attend our meetings.
Schiff Family Representative: Dorothy Schiff-Shannon
President: Michael Schrimpf
Michael is a PhD candidate in the Stony Brook University Department of Ecology and Evolution, where he works with Dr. Heather Lynch studying Antarctic birds. He joined the FASP during his first year at the university because he wanted to learn more about local ecosystems and connect with the public and campus community about environmental education and conservation.
Vice-President, and Scholarship Committee Chair: Paul Siegel
Paul has been a member of the Friends since its resurrection by the campus environmental committee. He has at various times served as vice chair and chair. As chair he is most proud of having worked with the membership to create and enshrine the by-laws and creating the Guardian of the Glade award to recognize those individuals who have provided exceptional service to the Friends. He sees the Preserve as providing a tangible measure of honoring the University’s beginnings and one of its early professors.
Secretary: Sue Avery
Sue is a botanist, a certified landscape designer and has experience volunteering for various conservation organizations, namely Seatuck Environmental Association, Long Island Native Plant Initiative and Four Harbors Audubon Society. She is passionate about conserving open space for the benefit of all.
Treasurer: Donna Digiovanni
Donna is the Assistant to the Chair for the Department of Ecology & Evolution at Stony Brook University. She joined the Friends of the Ashley Schiff Preserve in 2005 when the committee was recruited to advocate for the preserve. She echoes the goal pf the Friends: to ensure that it would not be developed and to keep the preserve “forever wild”, highlighting the importance of natural areas.
Community Liaison: Nick Acampora
Nomination Committee Chair: Lauren Donovan
Education Committee Chair: Elise Lauterbur
Management and Planning Committee Chair: Chart Guthrie
Membership and Development Committee Chair: Maureen Murphy
Although not members of the Executive Board, the following members play prominent roles in the FASP:
Social Media Coordinator: Melissa Cohen
Preserve Monitor: Abigail Higgins