Board of Directors

Mary J. Post, President

Mary J. Post is owner and director of the Love of Learning children’s school. She has volunteered on the Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance as an EMT for the past 17 years and has served on their board of directors for over 14 years. She is the secretary of the Quogue Community Foundation and is an active member of the community. Enjoying the Wildlife Refuges’ beauty is a favorite pastime and she loves to share it with her students, friends and family.

Deborah Shishido, Vice President

Debi is a native Long Islander, and after living in Tokyo, Japan for seven years, now resides in Quogue year round with her husband and two sons. Debi and her family regularly attend and volunteer at Refuge programs and are frequent hikers on QWR’s trails. She has a MA in 3D Design from NYU, worked for 8 years as an Art and Spanish Teacher on the Junior High and High School levels, and is a trained volunteer organizer for Long Island Climate Action Network (LI-CAN). “I feel the Refuge has enriched our lives on so many levels. My Family has learned a great deal about wildlife and the environment. We have come to realize how a secluded natural place such as the Refuge, is precious and we all must do our part to make sure it is preserved and protected.”

Henry Lokaj, Treasurer

Hank is a Certified Public Accountant specializing in corporate/business tax compliance and planning. He is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a BBA in Accounting. Hank has 25 years experience in his field and is recently self-employed. He is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA).

Edward Necarsulmer III

Ted Necarsulmer is a year-round Quogue resident. He is actively involved in the Quogue Fire Department, serves as President of the Quogue Firefighters Benevolent Association, and is a Trustee of the Village of Quogue. He has spent the majority of his career with the investment firm of C.J. Lawrence Inc., and at successor firms in New York City. Ted was also the head of the US equity business for Deutsche Bank Securities, and subsequently joined the firm of Wasserstein Perella as CEO of the equities business. In addition, Ted serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the William George Agency for Children in Freeville, and is past president of the Board of Trustees of Saint David’s School in New York City. He has been married to his wife, Terry, for 39 years, and together, they have one son, Edward, who is a literary agent in New York City.

Linda Schoeck


Gigi Spates

“I have explored the Refuge in many capacities: as volunteer, naturalist/educator, assistant director and director. Through the years I find the Refuge fascinating yet peaceful, and urge all to experience the interesting yet comfortable wild areas of this dynamic place.”

Evelyn Voulgarelis

Evelyn has been involved with the QWR since the 1970’s when her children were in the Summer Ecology Program. She has been a volunteer and paid employee, and is now a board member (and still volunteers). She is a resident of Flanders and is a retired librarian.

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