Our Team

Our Team 2018-04-24T15:23:57+00:00


Our Water Matters Team is made up of people who all have the same dream to see pristine and productive bays and estuaries in Eastern Long Island. The heart of the team are local communities, who have contributed their time, their expertise, their physical help and their monetary support to help make this dream come true. Many hours have been spent by volunteers cleaning, counting and sorting oysters, all of which are essential for oyster aquaculture.

Many thanks also to our Southampton Town Representatives, State Representatives, Fred Thiele, New York State Assembly and Tim Bishop, former U.S. Congressman for all of their help and support.

The major goal of our Board of Directors, put simply, is to keep working toward our goals of restoring shellfish to our bays and estuaries and at the same time become a sustainable organization. This will better enable us to move forward with our broad educational goals.

The next component of our Water Matters Team is our Science Advisory Board.

This group of distinguished researchers works with us to provide specific scientific information to us when needed. The information is based mainly on their individual research interests. These include biology and ecology of bays and estuaries, shellfish aquaculture and eel grass research.

The last component of our team is our Webmaster, Colin Goldberg. Colin’s talent is much appreciated. He has designed our logo, print collateral and website. Many thanks Colin.


The Board of Directors for the nonprofit Conscience Point Shellfish Hatchery has experience in research and education; marine biology; environmental stewardship; business management and finance; construction and design; and grant writing and non-profit management. Many board members contribute financially, volunteer with ongoing operations and apply their expertise.

Mark Matthews


  • Principal, Mark C. Matthews Architecture, P.C., in Southampton for 39 years


  • Rhode Island School of Design BFA 1970, B-Architecture 1971

Professional Memberships:

  • Member, American Institute of Architects since 1978
  • Director, Breakwater Yacht Club, 1988-2000; Commodore 1989, 1990 and 1992
  • Treasurer, AIA Peconic, 2014, 2014
  • President of Conscience Point Shellfish Hatchery, 2014 – present; designer of the hatchery

Donna Olson
Vice President


  • Non-profit consultant in New York and Florida, working primarily as a researcher, grant writer and strategist for non-profits seeking government, corporate and foundation grants
  • Other work includes fundraising benefits, special events, and non-profit enterprise.


  • Worked with Southampton Town Trustees to establish “The Shinnecock Bay Stewardship Fund” at the Long Island Community Foundation, to encourage charitable giving for clam seeding efforts in Shinnecock Bay.
  • Worked with Stony Brook University’s SoMAS program to raise clam seeding funds for their Shinnecock Bay Restoration program.


  • New York University, MA, Theatre
  • Tulane University, BA English and Theatre

Howard Reisman

Professor Emeritus of Marine Science and Biology, Long Island University.

Research Interests:  

  • Ichthyology
  • Marine fish and fisheries of Long Island

Community organization experiences:

  • Southampton Historical Museum (Trustee Emeritus)
  • Peconic Land Trust (Stewardship Comm.)
  • Cornell Coop. Extension (Former member of the Marine Program Adv. Comm.)
  • Southampton Trails Preservation Soc. (Board member)

Emoke Boldvay


Mt. St. Mary College in Newburgh, NY, 1966.


  • First National City Bank (now Citibank), 1967 – 1987 in IT and Data Processing
  • Business Partner, 1987 – 1995 in a screen printing & embroidery business
  • Sole Proprietor, 1995 – current
  • Community Associations:  St. Mary’s Episcopal Church for over 23 years; the League of Women Voters for 27 years; Homeowners Association for over 30 years.
  • Experience in business management, finance and accounting

Arthur Goldberg
Public Relations/Photographer

Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Long Island University

Research Interests:

  • Water Pollution
  • The consequences of chelation in the aquatic environment
  • Trace metals
  • Bioremediation of water and soil and chelation in the aquatic environment.
  • Co-taught Tropical Marine Ecology course in Australia and Tropical Field Studies courses in the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon


  • National Science Foundation Instrumentation Grant
  • US-Australia Cooperative Science Grant for Marine Research in Australia at James Cook University
  • Eppley Foundation Grant to support sabbatical research at the University of New South Wales

Francis Vail
Membership Chairperson  

Background and interest in environmental education through volunteer activities with Science East, Scouting, and The Riverhead Foundation. Applies her knowledge and expertise by volunteering for ongoing hatchery operations.

Brian C Vail,  CFP®, MBA, CLU®, ChFC®, APMA®

Newest board member.  Brian has lived his whole life on Long Island and has worked in finance for the last thirty years.


John “Barley”  Dunne
Operations Consultant

B.S. Wildlife & Fisheries Biology, U. Vermont ’95
M.S. Fisheries & Allied Aquaculture, Auburn U ’01

Peace Corp Volunteer (Solomon Islands, 3 yrs)

Director of the Aquaculture Dept. of the Town of East Hampton since 2011

Ashley Oliver


B.A. Environmental Sustainability with concentration in Earth Science/Geology, Long Island University
A.A. Liberal Arts & Sciences General Studies, Suffolk County Community College


Town of East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery – Environmental Aide
South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center – Nature Educator


Our science advisors are all active researchers in marine and environmental science.

Christopher J. Gobler

Ph.D., 1999, Stony Brook University, Professor of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Research Interests:

  • Coastal ecosystem ecology
  • Climate change
  • Harmful algal blooms
  • Phytoplankton
  • Ocean acidification

Bradley J. Peterson
Associate Professor, Stony Brook University – School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences


Ph.D., 1998, Dauphin Island Sea Lab/ University of South Alabama

Research Interests:

  • Community ecology of seagrass dominated ecosystems
  • The role of organisms in changing nutrient availability and how these interactions might affect community development and stability

Stephen T. Tettelbach

Professor of Biology, Long Island University, CW Post Campus

Research Interests:

  • Research on bay scallops for over 35 years; topics include restoration, larval biology, population ecology, predator-prey interactions, impacts of brown tide algal blooms, and aquaculture.
  • Current research projects include: restoration of Peconic bay scallop populations and fisheries.
  • Specialties are Shellfish Restoration, Bay Scallops, Mollusks, Marine Biology, Fisheries Biology, Aquaculture, Coral Reef Ecology, Scuba Diving

Gregg Rivara
Cornell Cooperative Extension

Site Director, Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center, Cornell University Cooperative  Extension of Suffolk County

Research Interests 

  • Shellfish Aquaculture