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THE STAR AQUA BOARD

The STAR Aqua Board is comprised of 12 talented people who are passionate about their community and the success of the project. Board members come from diverse backgrounds with specialties in business management, education, government, marketing and operations management. The STAR Aqua Board members are excited about the project as they continuously dedicate their time and efforts to make the vision of the community aquatics center a reality.

President:  Jo DeVincenzi, Dr. “D”, has been a resident of Sag Harbor for 34 years.  Originally from Boston, she came to the East End to serve as Southampton High School principal following the completion of her doctorate from Columbia University. Her life’s work has been educating and supporting children and families.  She became a member of STAR following the drowning deaths of two of her students; she made a promise then that she would stay involved until the dream of a public indoor aquatic facility would became a reality.

Vice President: Maria Greenlaw: A lifelong resident of Southampton whose family has been here for 4 generations. Maria is a local business owner and avid swimmer who became passionate about this project in order to promote swimming as not only a recreational activity, but also as a life skill that is essential to living on the East End, surrounded by water. Maria got involved in this project because she believes that it is an important & essential part of our community.

Secretary: Terry Wildrick is a retired teacher and avid ocean and fitness swimmer. She has summered in Hampton Bays since 1957 and has been a permanent resident since 2016. As a member and coach of United States Masters Swimming, she recognizes the need for the STAR AquaCenter and has been eager to bring it to life. She serves on the board of directors of the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island and the North Fork as co-chair of the Education Committee and Natural Resources Committee. She works with Neighbors in Support of Immigrants and Centro Corazon de Maria.
Treasurer: Susan Rumph is a retired music teacher from the Southampton School District and a seasoned swimmer and past tri-athlete. While her children did not grow up learning to swim in a pool, Sue is 100% committed to ensuring her grandchildren and ALL children in Southampton can get a proper swimming education, year-round.
Tim Bishop is a lifelong resident of Southampton and a member of the 12th generation of his family to live in Southampton. He worked at Southampton College for 29 years and served as a member of the U.S. Congress for 12 years representing NY-1, which includes all 5 East End towns, as well as Brookhaven Town and parts of Smithtown and Islip. Tim believes that great communities, such as Southampton, have great facilities, and that this multi-purpose facility will be a jewel for our community for many generations to come.
Joy Flynn is a retired school administrator. She is a swimmer and international senior competitor in track & field. She is active in local Democratic politics as a committeewoman and is a recent past-president of the Westhampton Garden Club. She is committed to the STAR project because she believes in the power of swimming to transform and to protect the lives of children.
Jill Raynor is a lifelong resident of Southampton who has shown a commitment to community and youth athletics throughout her life. She holds a dual BS in Movement & Sports Studies, and Psychology from Springfield College, a Masters in Physical Education from Hofstra University, and is a NYS certified Physical Education and Health teacher. Jill has taught swimming for over 20 years, and currently works as a Program Leader with i-tri Girls, a locally based 501(c)(3) empowerment program for middle school girls that culminates in a youth length triathlon. In addition to STAR, she currently serves as a volunteer board member for the Water Mill Community Club. Growing up surrounded by water, Jill is passionate about helping bring to our community comprehensive and accessible water safety, recreation, and rehabilitation programs for all ages.
Judi Roth has lived in Southampton for 20 years. She is an avid year-round swimmer enjoying pool swimming at home and at the YMCA and open swimming at Big and Little Fresh Ponds in North Sea and in Peconic Bay at Long Beach. She wants an aquatic center for Southampton Town to provide all East End children and teenagers with safe water lessons and for our schools to have swim teams. Judi is a past-president and board member of the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island and the North Fork and a member of the Southampton and East Hampton Trails Preservation Society. Judi’s career was in hospital administration at large academic medical centers in New York.
Marguerite Smith , born in Southampton, is an enrolled citizen of the Shinnecock Nation. She is a lawyer specializing in health and equity advocacy and has served on numerous health-related boards. Aware that swimming is an important health and recreational activity, she is dedicated to bridging the gap of disparities and divisions that exist in the Southampton community. She believes that the STAR AquaCenter will provide an accessible swimming and health facility for the underserved and aging population.
Ann Welker is an Exercise Physiologist in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at Southampton- Stony Brook Hospital. She has spent her life in and on the waters of the town of Southampton. As a former ocean lifeguard and a founding member of the Southampton Village Ocean Rescue Team, Ann is passionate about the importance of the creation of an indoor pool for the wellness and water safety of our local community. She is the first woman in 400 years to be elected to the Board of Trustees for Southampton Town and is now serving her second term. Ann is a swimming instructor and a member of the Surfrider Foundation.

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