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

Sandra Saiegh

Howard Shainker

Katie Sonnenborn

Fredrica Wachsberger, Emerita



William McNaught

William McNaught has been Curator of OHS since 2012. He was previously Director of OHS, 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 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 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 NYC 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 the past 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)


Heritage Day
Catherine Chaudhuri
Sarah Olmstead



Contact Us

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


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