The Oysterponds Historical Society is led by a Board of Trustees elected by the membership. The Trustees work closely with the professional staff and volunteers who make the Society’s mission possible.


Trustees 2022


Stephen Rotella, President

Jessica Frankel, Vice President

Michael Simon, Treasurer

Ted Harris, Secretary


EJ Camp

Nina Caufield

Catherine Chermayeff

Leslie Cohen

Charles Dean

Tom Dyja

Suzanne Gluck

Ted Harris

Susan Holden

Lydia Irving

Wilfred Joseph

Leslie Koch

Jerie Newman

Sarah Olmstead

Lindsay Pollock

Donna Richardsen

Howard Shainker

Katie Sonnenborn

Fredrica Wachsberger, Emerita



John Holzapfel
Interim Executive Director

John Holzapfel is a retired teacher who taught science at the high school and junior college level with degrees in chemistry and marine science. He has been a Southold Town Trustee, a founder of Oysterponds Shellfish Company and a lecturer on nature, the environment and local history. He is a Past President of OHS and has acted as OHS’s Interim Executive Director on three prior occasions.



William McNaught

William McNaught has been Curator of OHS since 2012. He was previously Director of the American Museum in Britain, New York Regional Director of the Archives of American Art for the Smithsonian Institution, and Curatorial Assistant and Lecturer at The Frick Collection. He has served on the boards of The American Friends of the Attingham Summer School, The Attingham Trust in London, and The Bath Preservation Trust.



Amy Folk
Collections Manager

Amy Folk has been Collections Manager of OHS since 2003. She is also Archivist and Curator for the Southold Historical Society and Southold Town Historian. Ms. Folk is currently the immediate Past-President for the Long Island Museum Association, as well as the co-author of several award-winning books on Southold history.



Scott A. Robbins
Development Associate

Scott A. Robbins joined OHS in February, 2020. He has worked at numerous media, publishing, and entertainment industry companies during his career, including Random House, Time Inc., Sony Music, Warner Music, and NBCUniversal, among others, specializing in online, offline, and digital direct-to-consumer marketing and promotion. Over the years he has served on the boards of several 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations. Scott graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. in English Literature. He became a full-time resident of nearby Shelter Island in 2016, where his family has had a house for over 60 years.



Melissa Groeneveld
Office Administrator

Melissa Groeneveld, born and raised on Long Island, decided to stay and earned her degrees at LIU Southampton while also playing collegiate volleyball there.  With a Communications degree and a minor in Marketing, she spent 10+ years working in New York City for USA Today and Sports Business Journal. Melissa fell in love with the North Fork when she met her husband and they have been calling Southold home for over 15 years.



Michael Simon, Chair



Howard Shainker, Chair


Buildings & Grounds

Jessica Frankel, Chair


Karin Constant, Chair



Suzanne Gluck, Chair


Community Engagement

Leslie Cohen, Chair



Steve Rotella, Chair


Special Events Committees


A Moveable Feast (Picnic in Poquatuck Park)

Donna Richardsen, Co-Chair

Lydia Irving, Co-Chair


Heritage Day

Catherine Chaudhuri, Co-Chair

Sarah Olmstead, Co-Chair




Contact Us

Mailing address:
Oysterponds Historical Society
PO Box 70
Orient, NY 11957


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