Board of Directors for 2018
Barbara Wildfeir is a retired Nurse Practitioner and an RN. Her avocation has been gardening (in a sustainable fashion as possible) for many years. She is one of the “founding” gardeners at Gateway and has been active in the garden since its inception.She became a Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener in 2013 and now chairs the garden’s agricultural committee. She is also the Park Steward for Gateway Park.
Irene Moore. An avid gardener since the inception of Gateway, Irene chairs the Gateway Garden Donation Committee and the Outreach Committee. Among many accomplishments, Irene chairs the Town of Huntington African American Historic Designation Council and serves on the Executive Committee of the NAACP Huntington Branch as 1st Vice President, where she provides oversight for programs including the Youth Council, ACT-SO and scholarships. She is also a Trustee with the Huntington Historical Society and serves as 2nd Vice President. Irene, a retired higher education practitioner, has resided in Huntington Station over forty-five years.
Carmella Stephens. A patent attorney, Carmella chairs the fund-raising team.
Nancy Berg is a retired business owner, former Registered Nurse and grandmother. Nancy lives in Huntington Station and has been a Gateway Gardener since 2010.
Before retiring Gertrude worked in advertising at J. Walter Thompson as an account supervisor and as an account executive at The Forum Group, an employment agency. In addition to volunteering as a new Trustee for Gateway Garden, Gertrude gives her services to “The Grateful Paw,” a homeless shelter for cats, and to the Harry Chapin Food Bank (Long Island Cares) on Railroad Ave. in the Station.
Idalia (Dali) Boczek works with LI Cares and manages the veterans garden beds.
Naomi Brown resides in Huntington Station with her husband James Jr. She retired after more than thirty years of working in banking, but returned to work and is currently working with the Huntington School District. She enjoys working with students and gardening. Naomi serves on Gateway Garden Donation and Outreach Committee. She also volunteers with the Food not Bombs Program and serves on the Executive Committee of the NAACP Huntington Branch.
Lauren Kacprowicz. An original Gateway gardener, is a graphic designer with a business in Huntington.
Tina Marrow Earnestine (Tina) Marrow serves on the Donation and Outreach Committee. She volunteers for the Food-Not-Bombs Program weekly. Tina has lived in Huntington Station over forty years and is an active member of Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church. Her hobbies include cooking, gardening and helping others.
Tish McCrea is an acupuncturist with a private practice in Huntington Village. She is enthusiastic about healthy living through exercise and gardening and enjoys organic cooking. Tish has been a gardener since 2012.
Donald Perry. Donald (Duke) heads our maintenance team.
Frances Whittelsey is a co-founder of the garden and managed Gateway as executive director of the Long Island Community Agriculture Network until the transition to an independent non-profit in 2015. Frances has a long and varied career as a staff reporter for Newsday and The New York Times; a business owner; author and magazine journalist; adjunct assistant professor at Hofstra University; and, social justice activist. Her blog, The Equalizer, can be found at http://theequalizerfcw.blogspot.com/
Frederica Williams. Frederica, or Rica, as she likes to be called, is the first trustee who does not have a bed at Gateway. A Huntington resident for the past 30 years, she was the director of a non profit that managed community gardens in Manhattan and the Bronx. She says she “enjoyed working with community gardeners in the city,” and has been helping with weeding the bioswale and other tasks at Gateway. She plans to assist with outreach for new gardeners.