Meet the NFWFWF Board of Directors
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For over 15 years I have been a practicing certified financial planner and own an Ameriprise franchise in midtown. I have lived in Manhattan for the last 25 years and have been a part-time resident of Cutchogue since 2001.
I attended my first NFWFWF auction in 1999. My favorite North Fork activities include paddle boarding by Nassau Point, beach walks, cooking all the beautiful food available and vineyard hopping.
I look forward using my experience as Past President of NFWFWF to help define the organization and to move forward, progressing on our original mission and helping to position ourselves for beneficial and sustainable service for members and those who need our support.
I was born and raised in NYC and reside on the upper west side with my dog and cat, Tess and Billy. I am a 35-year veteran of the NYC Police Department, currently a Lieutenant, working in the Office of Labor Relations.
I fell in love with the North Fork in 1979 when my sister and her husband moved to Greenport. I’ve been coming to the North Fork for 37 years, and recently became a part-time resident. Though I work full-time in NYC I spend as much time as possible on the North Fork.
I’m a college sport enthusiast — especially women’s basketball and have recently been introduced to pilates and loving it. I am honored and excited to sit on the board of NFWFWF and look forward to working with this interesting and talented group of women.
Cat grew up in St. James, NY and now resides in Brooklyn with her wife, Sue. Cat frequented the north fork as a child and continued to spend summers on the east end working as a lifeguard for the Town of Southampton.
Cat is currently a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Friends Seminary in NYC. Cat and Sue have lived part time in Greenport for the past four years. They both were drawn to the North Fork for the beach, vineyards and friendly community.
Cat is honored to be a member of the board and she looks forward to the continued growth of the North Fork Women for Women Fund.
Bernadette D. Hoban is a Corporate Vice President with New York Life Insurance Company where she recently celebrated her 40th anniversary. In her spare time, Bernie enjoys spending time with her lovely wife Marianne Kristoff and travels between her hometown of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and Greenport, Long Island. They enjoy with their wonderful dog Nellie, gardening and sailing the east end waters of Long Island.
Bernie is an active member of her Brooklyn and Greenport communities and recently was voted President of the Peconic Bay Estates Homeowners Association in Greenport. She is also the past president of the Friends and Neighbors of Owl’s Head Park Community Group in Brooklyn and is an active member and past board member of the Knickerbocker Gay Sailing Association in NYC.
She has been a NFWFWF supporter for many years and now living in Greenport allows her to be more active with the group. She looks forward to helping advance its mission by being the president-elect of the organization.
Marj and her wife Annie have had a home in Greenport since 1999 and have become full-time residents. They feel a close connection to NFWFWF since it was Jan Swanson who encouraged them to move here and actually found them their home.
Marj is currently a consultant in nonprofit management, research and education. She serves as the Research Director for the Women’s Sports Foundation, which she has been passionate about for almost 30 years. Otherwise she can be found playing golf, swimming, biking, skiing, etc.
Marj enjoys working with the rest of the talented board and engaging with supporters to make sure NFWFWF continues to enhance the health and well-being of the community it serves. Marj holds the position of the President of NFWFWF.
Elly is a native of Long Island and grew up on the Sound. In recent years, she and her partner Rama have fallen in love with Orient and the rediscovery of the north fork spending summers enjoying the community , the sun, beaches and numerous outdoor activities.
Over the prior ten years, Elly and her colleagues work with investment businesses providing outsourced finance and compliance services. Her career has been in financial services in both large and small settings principally holding accounting and operational roles. Elly holds her MBA in Accounting from Bernard Baruch College. She earned her BA at Long Island University and is a CPA.
She has held various Board roles over her career span, often in the role of Treasurer. She has been a supporter of NFWFWF since discovering Orient and looks forward to working with a fabulous team of women and community in continuing the good works of the Foundation. Elly is the current Treasurer for NFWFWF.
I lived in Merrick as a child but was lucky enough to spend my summers at my grandmother’s summer house in Cutchogue. I was in the navy for four years and was stationed in Orlando where I worked in the legal office.
After the navy I worked for UPS as a full-time driver. At UPS I was promoted to management which included preload, on-road, twilight and midnight supervisory positions. I also worked in the industrial engineering department and was the district coordinator for new technology of Internal Package Level Detail — which was the start of package tracking.
Finally I made a decision to move home to be closer to my family. I started a business contracting painting and handiwork. Simultaneously I became a caretaker and property manager which now includes 17 homes, Kimogenor Point in New Suffolk and Breezy Shores in Greenport,.
I am a proud member of the Narrow River Singers and now am a proud member of the NFWFWF board.
I was an actuarial student and then taught elementary school for 32 years. I have a MBA in Business Statistics and a Masters in Elementary Education.
I volunteer at CAST, sing with several choruses and play the piano and harmonica.
I want to help NFWFWF in any way I can. I have the experience to implement ideas and have a good knowledge of the history of the organization and what has worked in the past. I made the original NFWFWF website, their email and worked on the office computers for about 10 years. I know many women in the community and I can do a lot of outreach.
It’s time to officially do my share. I also I make really great desserts, just ask around.