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Danielle Laibowitz

project coordinator
 

A resident of Southampton and the parent of three children, two in college and one in high school, Danielle jumped at the chance to make a difference in the community through the efforts of SAFE in Sag Harbor. An active member of the community, she is president and a founding member of the Southampton Education Foundation, fundraising coordinator for diabetes research, 504/ADA/IDEA volunteer advocate for the American Diabetes Association and local parents,  and a volunteer advocate for The Retreat,  and a member of the Community Advisory Committee for Southampton/Tuckahoe Merger Study. She is passionate about the arts, STEM, mind body connections, and social advancement for women and minorities. In addition to her volunteer experience, she is an attorney and electrical engineer, graduating from the University of Virginia and the University of Rochester.  

 
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Kym Laube

program director
 

For 25 years, Kym has brought her leadership skills to Human Understanding and Growth Seminars Inc, known as HUGS, a nonprofit that serves Suffolk County by providing individuals, families, schools and communities with prevention education strategies aimed at reducing high-risk behaviors and fostering positive attitudes. She started with HUGS while in high school, learning first hand the impact of the organization. In 2002, she was named executive director. 

In addition, she is president of the National Association of Teen Institutes and the Quality Consortium of Suffolk County; a member of the NYS Association of Substance Abuse Professionals Prevention Committee, NYS Public Policy Task Force, and the Suffolk County Partners in Prevention. A key member of the East End Partnership for Youth, she was recently appointed to serve on Governor Andrew Cuomo's Opiate Task Force. She lives in Westhampton Beach with her husband and two sons. 


SAFE is the public face of the Sag Harbor Coalition, comprising representatives of key sectors of the community.

 

ella knibb, Youth Sector Representative:

Ella Knibb is student at Pierson High School. She is an active community member, with a focus on issues concerning the youth of Sag Harbor. Ella acts in musicals and plays at Pierson and, as a result, she has developed superior leadership and communication skills that serve her well in reaching her peers. She is involved in many community programs, as well as school extracurriculars such as Model UN and Quiz Bowl.

rebecca burnside, Parent Sector Representative:

Rebecca is the president of the Sag Harbor Elementary School PTA

kelly dodds, Business Sector Representative:

Kelly Dodds is the founder of the  Sag Harbor Music Festival and is involved with the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce. 

Gavin & Kathryn Menu, Media Sector Representatives:

As publishers and editors of The Sag Harbor Express, the Menus are the most influential local media people in the Sag Harbor community.  Kathryn assists the Coalition by publishing articles about the work of the Coalition, as well as articles related to the youth substance abuse issues in the community.  The Express is published weekly, has a very visible on-line presence and reaches more people than any other media outlet in the community.  The Sag Harbor Express also has a very active social media presence on Facebook, which is accessed by parents of Sag Harbor School District for school and sports news. 

Katy Graves,  School Sector Representative:

Katy Graves is Sag Harbor’s Superintendent of Schools.  Committed to the work of the Coalition, she has attended almost every meeting, always with several other representatives from the schools, including the President of the Board of Education and the Director of Special Education.  Under her leadership, the school district has implemented a K-6 and a 7-12 comprehensive, evidenced-based substance abuse prevention program. As a school sector representative, Katy can provide a direct link to the district’s schools, the School’s Board of Education, the PTA groups, the athletic community and other key parent and student groups. Katy has also made strong ties with community agencies, having joined the Chamber of Commerce, and frequents community events, such as the Fire Department’s pancake breakfasts and the Whaler Church spaghetti dinner. Katy will support the cultural shifts that will be needed to move a resort town that serves wine at the church spaghetti dinner fundraiser to just consider asking for proof that those they are serving wine to are of legal drinking age.

susan peterson, Youth-Serving Organization Sector Representative:

Susan Peterson, who grew up in Sag Harbor, is a leader of the Sag Harbor Youth Committee, a nonprofit dedicated to publicizing, facilitating and planning constructive and enlightening activities to engage, entertain and educate youth in Sag Harbor. Susan grew up in Sag Harbor. She has been a social worker on the East End for 18 years and has worked with children and adolescents in the local schools for the last 15 years. Her knowledge of the community and adolescent issues makes her an invaluable asset to the coalition. Susan currently is in private practice in East Hampton, NY.

austin mc guire, Law Enforcement Sector Representative:

A resident of Noyac for 17 years, Sag Harbor Police Chief Austin McGuire has been in law enforcement for 20, 18 years with the East Hampton Police Department working his way up from patrol officer, to detective, sergeant and, finally, lieutenant. While with the EHPD, he was the School Resource Officer and oversaw the DARE program in the local school district. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and criminal justice from Central Connecticut State University, and in 2014, graduated from the FBI National Academy's 256th session. He is married and has two children. Chief McGuire works closely with other police departments that have jurisdiction in parts of the Sag Harbor community.

Eileen Moskowitz, Religious/Fraternal Organization Sector Representative:

Eileen has served as the administrator of the Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor for the last seven  years. She is an active member of the Coalition, attending meetings and using her leadership skills and contacts in the community to develop and implement Coalition programming. Currently, she is working with Sag Harbor youth to film a public service announcement on social hosting laws. Eileen’s outstanding communication, leadership and contacts in the Sag Harbor community, along with her relationships  with other religious organizations and youth groups in the Sag Harbor community a make her a key sector representative.

karin schroeder, Civic/Volunteer Group Sector Representative:

Karin is involved with the Sag Harbor Boosters.

Healthcare Professional Sector Representative:

This position needs to be filled. Do you know someone who would like to keep our youth SAFE?

Nancy Lynott, Governmental Agency with Expertise with the Field of Substance Abuse Sector Representative:

Nancy Lynott is a licensed social worker with 25 years of experience working with children, youth and families in social service settings, both as a clinician and as an administrator.  She is a strong sector representative for a governmental agency with expertise in the field of substance abuse, bringing her role as director of Southampton Youth Bureau, a municipal agency that provides positive youth development services, which encompass prevention and early intervention services in the areas of substance abuse, mental health and juvenile justice.  She holds an MSW degree, a New York State LMSW license, and held the Maryland Prevention Specialist certification (CPS) from 1997 to 2000.  Nancy’s extensive background in substance abuse and understanding of the resort culture on the East End of Long Island and Sag Harbor give her valuable insight into the factors that put youth at great risk for alcohol use and abuse and the means to combat them. She has been a member of the Sag Harbor Community Coalition since its inception. 

Lottie Gaynor, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Network: