Sally Page Connolly, co-chair, received her B.A. from Tufts University, and an M.A. in German Literature from New York University. She has lived on City Island for the past 22 years, participating in a number of programs on behalf of children, as director of the Junior Sailing program at Stuyvesant Yacht Club and an officer of the City Island Little League. She served as the Deputy Director of Community Affairs for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for 15 years, organizing community-based events and developing curricula for young adults, and is an advisor for the Police Athletic League.
Mike Carew, vice chair, a ten-year veteran of the NYPD`s Scuba team, operates a five-star PADI Training Facility on City Island. He offers scuba diving instruction, scuba certification, and education on all related topics, from open-water scuba lessons to scuba instructor courses, including rescue and ice diving. He also offers adventures such as wreck diving and lobster and fish hunts, and hosts trips to destinations such as the Bahamas, the Florida Keys, and Bonaire.
Orion Lillyreed, vice chair, a lifelong resident of western Long Island Sound and now a resident of City Island, is an oyster- and fishmonger at Fulton Street Fish Market. He received a BFA in sculpture at SUNY Purchase and from 1998 to 2013 worked in graphics applications and printing production, most recently as sale and production manager for King Displays, Inc., where he was responsible for project management from client files to finished product. Since 2013 he has owned and operated Pacific Gold Seafood, responsible for the wholesale distribution of West Coast seafood to purveyors and rental markets throughout the tristate area.
Barbara Zahm, Ph.D., treasurer, received her doctorate in anthropology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School in New York in 1980. For many years she was a documentary film and video producer/director for public television and educational distribution. From 1998 to 2017, she served as director of product development and grants for It’s About Time, Inc. (IAT), a niche publisher and global leader in research-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curricula programs for kindergarten through college whose programs were mostly funded through National Science Foundation. She has been a City Island resident for 35 years and is a co-chair of City Island Indivisible.
Barbara Burn Dolensek, secretary, has been a writer and editor for over 50 years, including 15 years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as executive editor. She is the author of fourteen books, most of them on the subject of animals and gardens (her late husband was chief veterinarian at the Bronx Zoo). She has been a resident of City Island since 1976 and has served as copy editor and reporter for The Island Current since 1984, an officer of the City Island Civic Association since 1992, vice president of the City Island Historical Society and administrator of the City Island Nautical Museum since 1995. She lectures locally on City Island history and gives walking tours of the island.
Maria Caruso, a luxury travel consultant specializing in ecotourism for the past 39 years, has been a resident of City Island for nine years. She has served as the Director of Tourism for the City Island Chamber of Commerce since 2012, and in 2016, she accepted a tourism award from Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. at the 2016 Bronx Ball. In 2017, Maria organized a group of local volunteers to form a volunteer organization called the City Island Drift, whose focus is to keep City Island nautical and beautiful. She serves on Community Board 10 and in 2018 received the Chippewa Democratic Club’s Outstanding Community Service Award.
Ann (Adjie) Henderson, Ph.D. is a long-term resident of City Island and has served as Associate Dean of Research, Planning, and Facilities in the School of Arts and Sciences at Hunter College before joining the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President at the Graduate Center as Dean for the Graduate Sciences. She was a member of the Graduate Programs in Biology and Biochemistry. Dr. Henderson trained in genetics and molecular biology at the University of North Carolina, she has been affiliated with CUNY since 1984 and maintained active research laboratories at Columbia University and Hunter College until 2001. She has published over two hundred papers in diverse scientific research areas – the research range covers molecular genetics, forensics, and biologic anthropology to setting standards for environmental controls.
Paul Mankiewicz, Ph.D. received a BA in philosophy from the New School for Social Research, an M.A. in biology from Lehman College, an M Phil in biology from the City University of New York, and a Ph.D. in biology from the City University of New York/New York Botanical Gardens Joint Program in Plant Sciences. He has substantial experience with enhancing, restoring, and constructing wetland and terrestrial ecosystems. He is a member and former chair of the Solid Waste Advisory Board of the Bronx and Treasurer of the Soil and Water Conservation District for New York City. He serves as the Executive Director of the Gaia Institute and leads the staff in pursuing the Institute’s mission of exploring, through research, development, design and education, the interrelationship between human communities and natural systems.
Rose Rodstrom has lived on City Island for 34 years. Rose received her B.S. in Economics from Spring College, and her M.B.A. in Finance from Baruch College. She currently works as a Research Coordinator at Meritage Group LP, a hedge fund in Greenwich, CT. Before her work in the private sector, she volunteered as the PTA President of the local City Island School, P.S. 175, and during the next six years co-directed an educational marine science non-profit organization called IDEA (Innovative Directions, an Educational Alliance).
Heike Neumeister, Ph.D. (1963 – 2020) received her master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Tubingen working at the National Resource Center for Cephalopods, Galveston, TX. Throughout her career she had been deeply involved in conservation and environmental research. She did postdoctoral work at Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, CA, in association with the Department of Fish and Game, and at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY. As a Senior Research Associate at Hunter College of CUNY, Department of Psychology, her research focus became the social behavior of fish and its modification by the environment. She was on the faculty at the Animal Behavior and Conservation Masters Program of Hunter College, where she had extensive experience in training master, undergraduate, and visiting high school students. City Island was lucky to have Dr. Neumeister as a resident for 17 years.