Board of Directors

Katherine Leahy Birch, Chairman

Robbianne Mackin, Vice Chair

Robbianne Mackin is the Director of Philanthropy for the Audubon Society. Prior to joining Audubon, she was the the Director of Development and Communications at HEART (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers).  Before that, Robbianne was an independent consultant lending expertise to organizations and individuals in program evaluation, strategic planning, and fundraising. She has worked at the highest levels of fundraising in education, and in the environmental arena at The Nature Conservancy and Wildlife Conservation Society where she directed the Global Conservation Fundraising program. She has presented at the American Evaluation Association’s national conferences, and holds a B.A. from Rollins College in Environmental Studies and English, and a Master’s Degree in Forest Resources from The Pennsylvania State University. She resides in Quogue and New York City.

William Ryall, Vice Chair

Harris A. Barer, Treasurer

Harris A. Barer is a lawyer and real estate investor with offices in New York City. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) an international organization aimed at finding a cure or acceptable treatment for alopecia areata and a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of Homes for the Homeless (HFH), a national non-profit organization focused on providing solutions for homeless families. He is a graduate of Colgate University (magna cum laude) and Yale Law School. He is married to Helen, who is a novelist, and they reside in Water Mill and New York City.

Susan Abdalla Louis Bevilacqua

W. Marco Birch

W. Marco Birch is a Partner of Moore Capital Management LLC and a Senior Portfolio Manager, focusing primarily on investing in non G-7 countries. Marco is most passionate and committed to conservation, particularly on the East End of Long Island. He believes that we have reached a critical juncture in regard to conservation of dwindling resources, and that what we do now will determine what remains for the future. Marco has also been supportive of Boys Harbor, Fresh Air Fund, St. David’s School, Southampton Fresh Air Home, Peconic Land Trust, Shelter Island Community Preservation Fund, Mashomack Preserve, Peconic Baykeeper, NRDC and the Land Trust Alliance. He is a graduate of Princeton University.

Kristen Briner Graciela Dauhajre

Andrew Goldstein

Andrew Goldstein is a securities attorney practicing in New York City. In addition to his activities on behalf of the Group, Mr. Goldstein serves on the Boards of the East Hampton Village Preservation Society and The East Hampton Health Care Foundation. Mr. Goldstein currently serves as the Chairman of the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals.

Stuart Goode

Gregory Hoogkamp

Gregory Hoogkamp is a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs & Co. in their Private Wealth Management Business. He currently lives in New York City and Quogue with his wife and two boys. In addition to his involvement with the Group for the East End, he is a Trustee of his alma Mata, Hamilton College. Greg  received an MBA from Harvard University.

Jennifer James

William S. McChesney, Jr.

William McChesney has broad experience in banking at JPMorgan Chase and the not-for-profit sector as Director of the New Jersey Field Office for The Trust for Public Land and Director of Development for Regional Plan Association. A year-round resident of Quogue, Bill advocates land/historic preservation, balanced growth, and education serving on the boards of Group for the East End and The Quogue Association while fund-raising for Princeton University. Bill is a graduate of Princeton University and the Columbia Graduate School of Business.

Sandra Meyer

Peter Schellbach

Peter Schellbach is Vice President at Ingalls & Snyder LLC. He was a reporter for The Southampton Press and a graduate of Princeton University. He lives in Quogue and New York City.

John Shea

John Shea is one of the founding partners in the law firm of Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo, LLP, a general practice firm on Long Island with a 55 person staff of attorneys, paralegals and legal secretaries. Prior to establishing his firm, he served as Counsel to the White House Council on Environmental Quality and earlier as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York in the Environmental Protection Bureau. He has frequently written and lectured on environmental law and been involved in environmental issues both professionally and on a volunteer basis for over 35 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and his law degree from Fordham University . Mr. Shea is a full-time resident of East Hampton.

John C. Waddell

John C. Waddell is Vice Chairman of the board of directors of Arrow Electronics, Inc. and the retired former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company. Arrow, headquartered in Melville, Long Island, is a major global distributor of electronic components and computer products. Waddell is a graduate of Yale College and the Harvard Business School. He resides in Montauk and New York City.

Mary Walker

Mary Walker is a veteran fundraiser, activist and philanthropist for Group for the East End, as well as several animal welfare charities. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Village of Dering Harbor and has devoted much of her life to preserving the rural character of Shelter Island. She served on the first board of The Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve. She lives in Dering Harbor and New York City with her husband Ken.

Donna Anne Winston Kurt Wolfgruber