Meet our Project Team

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STAR Board and Team

The STAR Aqua Board is comprised of 16 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, Maria's 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.

Binh Douglas Is a Southampton native and a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation. Spanning a career of over 25 years, Binh has led the operations and opening concepts for dozens of successful restaurant, hotel and nightlife venues throughout the country. While his expertise is in venue openings, systems, operations and training, Binh grasps a global perspective of the hospitality industry. As a leader in the industry, Binh has been tapped by many hospitality groups to lead teams to success. His experience encompasses: MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, BR Guest, SBE’s XIV by Michael Mina, 1 Hotel and The Guitar at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. A new chapter for him, Binh intends to use his vast experience to build DC Hospitality, his Southampton based Hospitality Group, into a world class brand focused on international cuisine, exceptional guest service and innovative concepts. As operator of the Coopers Beach Concession, Binh sees the STAR Aqua Center’s programming as imperative to help promote and build a safer community through water safety.

Linda Filardi is a Senior Director and Associate General Counsel at Capital One Bank, where she is the lead lawyer for the Corporate Bank. Previously, Linda joined the Global Financial Restructuring Business of GE Capital as Senior Counsel and Compliance Officer in Tokyo, Japan. She received her J.D. Magna Cum Laude from Seton Hall University School of Law. She completed a Master’s Program from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and holds a B.A. in Political Science from SUNY Plattsburgh, including studies abroad in Paris, France, and McGill University in Canada. She lives in NYC and Quogue with her husband, two children, and two dogs. Linda grew up as a competitive and synchronized swimmer. Linda is committed to improving the lives of all communities on the East End by expanding swimming facilities for year round residents and school age children.

Joy Flynn, retired Assistant Superintendent, Three Village Schools in Stony Brook, received her BS from Cornell U; MS from Michigan State U; and Ed.D, from St. John’s U. She is a swimmer and international senior competitor in track & field. For the past 8 years she’s been the president of the Southampton Democratic Club and Democratic committeewoman. Current VP for the Town of Southampton Dark Skies Advisory Board, a Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener, a Federated flower show judge, the past-president of the Westhampton Garden Club, and current WGC Conservation Chair, caring for the environment has always been Joy’s primary concern. For 7 years she has been taking 3 Mexican American children to weekly swimming lessons. Joy is committed to the STAR project because she believes in the power of swimming to transform and to protect the lives of children.

Jimmy Mack’s adult life has centered on the themes of water safety and enjoyment, and life-saving and health. Raised in Westhampton Beach, he has given his heart and soul to the Southampton community. A former ocean lifeguard; renowned top fundraiser as The Mermaid at the Polar Bear Plunge for Heart of the Hamptons; Southampton Volunteer Ambulance driver, EMT, CPR/AED/First Aid instructor, board member, and former chief; top fundraiser for The Edie Windsor Center for LGBT/HIV health care; planner for Sunset on the Harbor to benefit the LGBT Network of the Hamptons: these are just a few of Jimmy’s projects to benefit the East End.

Deirdre McDonald has a BA from Fordham University, where she was a member of its swim team, and has been a lifelong swimmer. She has over 15 years of insurance industry experience in underwriting and brokerage and currently works for a leading professional services and consulting firm. As a former collegiate swimmer, Deirdre has experienced first hand the positive impact swimming has had on her own life. It has taught her innumerable lessons, helped her form lifetime friendships, and has contributed to her professional success. She has become involved in STAR to help ensure that our Southampton community has the same opportunity through the STAR AquaCenter.

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.

Elin Stromberg-Rumph, originally from northern Sweden, graduated from New York Institute of Technology in 2020 with a bachelor's degree in Advertising & Public Relations. At NYIT, she earned the Media Production Award, having displayed exceptional skill in visual communication. Before attending NYIT, she received an associates degree in Graphic Design from Suffolk County Community College. Elin currently lives in New York City with her husband Karl with their Miniature Dachshund Henry.

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.

Excecutive Director: Kim Folks is an East End native, with extensive experience in marketing, strategy, event planning and community building. She has had her own Events Management firm and also launched and created the events departments for both Bedell Cellars and Wölffer Estates vineyards. Kim gained her non-profit experience while working at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm in Shelter Island where she initiated and developed year-round programming, planned their annual gala and worked in fundraising and development.

Kim has been described as a mission-driven leader with a life-long passion for learning, contribution and collaboration. She has been deeply committed to the community serving on various committees for The Parrish Art Museum, Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, East End Arts, Southampton Youth Services, Suffolk Community College and most recently on the board of Slow Food East End. Kim lives in Sag Harbor with Kazoo, her loyal Pomeranian.


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