Board of Directors
The board of directors plays a crucial role in the success of the Pines Care Center. Comprised of a group of dedicated volunteers, the board provides strategic direction, oversight, and support for the organization. They work tirelessly to ensure that the Pines Care Center can fulfill its mission of providing critical healthcare services and support to the LGBTQ+ community in the Fire Island Pines area. It’s important to note that the board members are not paid for their work – they volunteer their time and expertise because they believe in the importance of the organization’s mission. Their selflessness and commitment to the cause is truly inspiring and helps to ensure that the Pines Care Center can continue providing vital services to the community.
Demetrios Sengos has been a board member since 2009. He has been coming to the Pines since 1989 and has been a homeowner since 2001 with his husband, Peter Thambounaris. He is the President and owner of West 10th Dental in Greenwich Village and has been practicing for 31 years. He received his DDS degree at NYU and his BS degree at Rutgers University.
Mark Ricigliano, DO, joined the board of directors in 2010. He is the President and Founder of Family Care Associates in Pennsauken, New Jersey. A graduate of Widener University, Dr. Ricigliano received his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1985. He also serves on the National Advisory Board of Answer Sex Ed, Honestly, an organization dedicated to providing and promoting comprehensive sexuality education to young people and the adults who teach them, and the board of the Fire Island Pines Arts Project. When not in the Pines, he resides in the Queen Village neighborhood of Philadelphia.
This year will be David’s thirteenth summer in Fire Island Pines. He became a proud resident of the community in 2018. A successful tax practitioner for 15 years, David has owned his tax and accounting practice since 2015. He holds degrees from the University of Rochester and New School University. David is a strong advocate for the bravery and dedication of the Fire Island Pines Fire Department. David enjoys the beautiful Pines beaches and singing show tunes on Sundays and the Piano Bar at the Blue Whale in his free time.
Chris Shirley currently serves as Secretary of the Board as of 2023. He leads Employee and Executive Communications for Corbridge Financial and has over 20 years of marketing and communications experience. He is the former President of the Board of Lambda Literary and the author of the award-winning LGBTQ+ novel, Playing by the Book. He received his Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University and later completed his MBA at Columbia University, where he frequently lectures on strategic communications. Chris lives with his partner, Alan Brodherson, on Holly Walk and the Upper West Side.
Reed Caldwell, MD, joined the board in 2019. He is an Assistant Professor and an Associate Chief of Emergency Medicine at NYU. Following his chief resident year at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, he returned to his home state of Colorado—where he was an attending physician and associate medical director of a fire department. He is the EMS Medical Director for the NYU Health System and a member of several committees, including the Physician Quality Leadership Council, Sepsis Oversight Committee, and New York City Regional Medical Advisory Committee. In addition, Reed enjoys spin classes, travel, and pretending to know a little about wine. He, and his husband, Anthony, have been coming to the Pines since 2007 and have been homeowners since 2016.
Jane Groveman joined the Pines Care Center Board in 2017. Jane first came to the Pines in the late 80s, fell in love with the island, and purchased her home on Pine Walk shortly after. She served on the FIPPOA Board for four years (2009 to 2013) and continues as an Audit & Finance Committee member. Jane is the President of Big City Management, Inc., and a licensed Real Estate Broker. She earned a BA in History from Syracuse University and an MBA in Accounting from NYU. Jane resides in the West Village of Manhattan when not in the Pines.
Stephen Hayes has been a director of The Pines Care Center since 2003. He served as the Vice President of the Board since 2003 and became President in 2011, and also served as Secretary. In addition, Stephen has served as a Fire Island Pines Property Owners’ Association director and is a member of FIPPOA’s Life and Property Protection Task Force. Stephen is the Executive Vice President of The Carey Group LLC, a real estate development and government relations specialist firm in New York City. Stephen lives with his partner, Mark Ski, on Teal Walk.
Albert Lepage is retired and was the chairman of a leading commercial wholesale baking company based in Auburn, Maine, serving the northeast United States. Albert was chairman of St. Mary’s Health Systems, one of Maine’s largest healthcare providers, for six years. He has served on the boards of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Lewiston-Auburn Arts, and Hebron Academy. Lepage has also served on the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Governor’s Business Council. Albert holds an undergraduate degree from Villanova University and a Master of Business Administration from Tulane.
Dr. Charles. A. Montorio-Archer is a lawyer, author, speaker, adviser, entrepreneur, researcher, the co-founder and former CEO of The THRIVE Network, and now the President and CEO of One Hope United. His enthusiasm for advocacy, community development, business sustainability, and policy reform has led him to receive a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Public Policy. He has successfully maneuvered the delicate balance between dedication to mission, the need for bold entrepreneurial initiatives, and the application of sound business management.
Isaac Namdar, MD, is an Ear, Nose & Throat surgeon at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. Dr. Namdar graduated valedictorian of his class at SUNY Stony Brook. He then attended SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine and graduated residency at the Cornell/Columbia ENT program. Before joining the hospital as faculty, he served as the managing partner of his private practice. Aside from his professional medical obligations, he has served on the Boards of Jewish Queer Youth, A Wider Bridge, Stony Brook Hillel, and the UJA Federation of New York. Dr. Namdar has been coming to Fire Island since 2003. During a casual picnic, he fell in love with his future husband on the beach near Ozone Walk and was proposed to be on the beach in front of Coast Guard Walk. In addition, Dr. Namdar is an avid photographer. Some of his art has won awards, and some has been featured in our business district stores on the Pines.
John Nasonte joined the board of the Pines Care Center in 2023. He has been a resident in the Pines since 2010, first as a boat owner in the marina, then purchasing his first home in 2013. In 2021, he moved into his new bayfront home with his Husband, George Entio, and French Bulldog, Rosie. John and George were married on Pines Beach in 2013 and will celebrate ten years of marriage this year. John holds a BS degree from Ramapo College and works for Stryker Corporation’s Orthopaedics division, where he has held many leadership positions in marketing and sales for almost 40 years. When not in the Pines, he resides at his home on the Hudson River in Weehawken, New Jersey.
Dr. Stefan T. Samuelson, a Board Certified Anesthesiologist, Pain Medicine physician, and Physician Acupuncturist, volunteered proudly as a Pines doctor for 12 years before joining as a director and has felt at home in the Pines since his first trip across the bay. As a PCC doctor, he came to know many fascinating people in our community and learned to cherish the rich and tumultuous history that makes the Pines unique and irreplaceable. A native of Washington State, he previously studied theatre and opera at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He worked the nightlife in Miami Beach while completing his BA from Florida International University. He completed his MD at Columbia, residency and fellowship training at Mount Sinai, and acupuncture training at Harvard, and he has been a New Yorker ever since. When not working, he is co-parenting Tosca (possibly the best dog in the universe) and working toward mastery of the Bel Canto vocal technique.
Dr. Ed Schulhafer has been on the Pines Care Center Board of Directors since 1994. He served as president from 2000-2010. In addition, he has been a FIPPOA director since 1993. His Bayfront house is located at 225 Bay Walk. He and Crayton Robey are the producers of “When Ocean Meets Sky,” the fifty-year history of Fire Island Pines, a documentary on Logo since 2006. (More Info.) Dr. Schulhafer is an allergist-immunologist at his private practice, Allergy, Asthma, and Sinus Center, in three New Jersey counties. He also runs a cosmetic medicine practice called Capri Medical Spa in the same three locations.
Past Board Members
1984-2006 – Brett Baccus
1984-2016 – James R. Cashel
1984-1989- John F. Fenoglio, Jr., MD.
1984-1986 – Robin Jacobson
1984-2009 – Edward Karlin
1984-1986 – Ted Krulwich
1984-2010 – Marilyn S. Levin, RN
1984-2000 – Robert S. Levin, MD
1984-2019 – Ron Martin
1984-2001 – Joyce Reich
1984-2001 – Fredric Weber
1987-2005 – Michael Schaible
1989-2011 – Emile C. Riendeau
2000-2001 – Alan Gandolfi, MD
2012-2021 – Paul Hopkins, II
2001-2006 – Robert H.McDowall, MD
2005-2017 – Paul A. Teixeira, DrPH
2006-2010 – Juanita Evereteze, MD
2007-2015 – William Hayden
2010-2015 – Anthony Santomauro, MD
2012-2021 – Paul Hopkins II
2003-2020 – Karen Nicosia
2017-2018 – Ira Rogers
Thank you for helping us!
Donating to the Pines Care Center is important because it helps to ensure the LGBTQ+ community in this area has access to medical care and resources, which include HIV and STi testing and treatment, vaccines, mental health services, access to life-saving medications like Naloxone for fentanyl overdoses, and educational training all of which will help keep our community safe and healthy, regardless of their ability to pay.