Board of Trustees

 

Amanda Abraham

Amanda grew up in Garden City, NY and attended Connecticut College, where she received a BA in Classical Civilizations with a minor in Art History.  She has over 15 years of experience in the not-for-profit fundraising field.  Most recently, Amanda was the Assistant Director of the Annual Fund at Stony Brook University, and is currently the Director of Development at the Peconic Land Trust in Southampton, NY.  Her career has given her experience in all aspects of fundraising, including events, major gifts, planned giving, and annual funds.  She lives in Baiting Hollow with her husband Charles and two children, Peconic Community School students Maddy and Liam.

Elizabeth Casey Searl

Elizabeth has a Master of Arts from New York University's Gallatin School where she studied how drama and education can intersect to promote social change and empower young people. Liz worked in the field of education and drama for over fifteen years, creating programs that use theater games, movement, storytelling and drama strategies as vehicles for learning and discovery. Currently her days are spent at Peconic Community School, working with students, teachers, and parents fulfilling the mission and vision of the school. Liz grew up on the North Fork, and lives in the home she grew up in with her husband and three boys, Owen, Connor, and Aidan.

Kathryn Casey Quigley

Kathryn holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University. She has over 15 years of experience in non-profit management and leadership, program implementation and evaluation. Prior to starting PCS, Kathryn worked as a community organizer, civic engagement program director and professor of service learning at Pace University. In addition, a classically trained ballet dancer, she has over 25 years experience dancing and teaching ballet. Kathryn grew upon the North Fork and returned to the area in 2011 to raise a family. 

Phyllis Constan

Phyllis is a retired educator who has been a teacher and administrator at various levels. She began her career as a science teacher at Scarsdale High School.  A family move took her to Winnetka, Illinois where she was a middle school science teacher, curriculum coordinator, and assistant principal. Phyllis then became a principal, first at Miami Valley School, a small independent school in Dayton, Ohio, and then at Central School in Wilmette, Illinois. During her career, she focused on math and science education, gifted education, moral development and character education, peer counseling, and staff development. When she retired, Phyllis and her husband moved to Peconic, where the family had spent summers since the 1970s.  

Patricia Eckardt

Patricia's passion lies in education and teaching learners of all ages. Her doctoral research explored productive academic discourse and the implications of peer-to-peer scaffolding. Such research has informed Patricia's instructional approach as she strives to help children discover intrinsic inquiry. Patricia grew up in NYC and taught at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan. She and her husband later moved to the North Fork to be close to family, and she began teaching at Ross School in Bridgehampton. Patricia is a professor of education at Molloy College where she guides instruction on literacy development in inclusive classrooms. She holds a PhD in Language, Literacy, and Learning, a Master of Science in Teaching, and a BA in Literature from Fordham University. Patricia maintains her NY State permanent teacher certification PreK‑6th Grade, is certified by the Dyslexia Training Institute in the Orton-Gillingham approach (in progress), and received her Project Wet certification from the DEC. Her greatest teachers are her children: JP, Jack, and Therese.

Stephan Roussan

Stephan has always lived in a household of educators, and holds honors degrees from New York University in Political Science and French Literature. After a stint as a journalist and photographer at Times Review Newspapers he founded ICVM Group, a creative design and web development firm servicing a diverse array of prominent national and international firms and organizations. In both professional and volunteer capacities, Stephan has been involved with promoting and growing numerous non-profits for more than 20 years. He is a parent of a PCS student, a lifelong North Fork resident, and an avid surfer and sailor.

Stephen Searl

Stephen has a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and a Master of Science in natural resources from the University of Vermont. He was a land conservation manager at the Peconic Land Trust (a local conservation nonprofit) where he built an expertise in land management, local real estate, farming and conservation until 2012. Stephen is currently the Director of Land Conservation at the North Shore Land Alliance, a conservation organization that serves Nassau County and Western Suffolk County, where he leads the nonprofit's conservation projects and initiatives. He was raised on a family farm on the North Fork and returned in 2006 to raise his family.

Herb Strobel

Herb grew up on the family dairy farm in Center Moriches and graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science and a Ph.D. in Rumen Microbiology. He was on the faculty at the University of Kentucky for nearly 20 years and published more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles in the field of anaerobic microbiology. In addition to research responsibilities, Herb taught undergraduate and graduate classes and helped establish a program in sustainable agriculture. He returned to Long Island in 2008 to become the Executive Director of Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead. Herb serves as a board member for the Peconic Land Trust and Long Island Native Plant Initiative and is a past member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension board. He also serves on the Agricultural Advisory Board and Open Space Committee of Brookhaven Town. He resides on the family farm in Center Moriches. 

Jeff Zeiger

Jeff is founder and managing member of Old Block Capital, a venture capital and advisory firm with primary focus on the financial technology, data and information services spaces. Jeff has held senior leadership positions in banking, technology and private equity in North America, Europe, the United Kingdom and Australia at firms that include JPMorgan Chase, NM Rothschild, Ion Trading and the portfolio companies of Warburg Pincus. Jeff holds a BA degree in English and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Yale University. He is a member of the board of directors of several privately-held technology companies and serves on the board of trustees of the Down Town Association in New York City.