AFTEE is a unique 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2013, with a singular mission: to support and celebrate the vital work of the non-profit organizations of the East End: East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island, Southold and Riverhead.
The East End of Long Island has a reputation as one of the most beautiful communities in the world. And for those who live, work and visit here, we feel very lucky. But, because of its reputation many people think there are no problems. This community is challenged by all the issues that concern any city: hunger, housing, health care, the environment, children and families.
All For The East End (AFTEE), is working to address those issues by offering financial support to the local non-profit organizations to help them deliver their services, while offering a voice for the concerns of the entire East End.
Our Board: A Group of Dedicated Volunteers
Joseph B. Andreassi Jr.
“J” is a long time Watermill resident, as well as founder and owner of PERT Construction Co. He has a long history of dedicated community involvement and has contributed fundraising and leadership skills to many community programs. He has left his mark on iconic local institutions such as: The Rogers Memorial Library, where he led the fundraising and donated construction services as well as the Southampton Youth Services b(SYS), where he was the principle fundraiser and creator. He and his wife also own the restaurant Subrosa in Watermill.
Born and raised on Long Island’s east end in Northampton, Connie is a seasoned communications professional with tenure as both a Radio and TV reporter and anchor. She recently launched and directs Southampton’s Public Access TV station. She has been an award winning reporter for News 12 Long Island, and Long Island Public Radio. She also taught broadcast journalism at Stony Brook University and LIU CW Post.
Michael is an East End community organizer and a North Haven resident. He believes our unique community should work together on issues like food insecurity, housing needs and employment opportunities. Michael is the founder of East End Yimby—Yes in my backyard—an advocacy group that works on many of those inequities. He is also a member of many community organizations including, the Peconic Land Trust Public Policy Committee, North Haven Village and Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals, Southampton Town Anti-Bias Task Force, a volunteer Coordinator of the Sag Harbor American Music Festival and a Trustee at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork at Bridgehampton. Michael works as an Associate Broker at Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
Myron is a long time summer resident of the South Fork and was original voice of AFTEE in 2013. He returns to AFTEE as an advisor Emeritus. In 1976 he founded Autolog Corporation which was the first company granted a license by the Interstate Commerce Commission to transport automobiles for individuals in the United States. He sold Autolog in 2008. A graduate of Brooklyn Law School, he worked as Director of Enforcement at the New York Stock Exchange and Counsel to their Regulatory Group. He and his wife Susan, spend winters in Jupiter, Florida, but their home in Sag Harbor is still the place their family gathers. He served on the Board of Overseers at Southampton College, as well as the Board of Directors of Peconic Public Broadcasting. He founded AFTEE, to give back to the East End Community for all they gave to his family after a personsal tragedy.
Bret is a Sag Harbor native and proactive member of the East End Community. He is the acting President of “Have a Heart Community Trust”, a 501(3)c that assists individuals and families on the East End during times of personal crisis. He has over 17 years of experience in the finance and insurance industries. In 2012, founded Harbor Financial Partners, a boutique insurance agency based in Southampton, NY. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stony Brook University. Bret has also served as the Secretary of the Bridgehampton Lion’s Club. Through his years of involvement in these organizations, he has developed close working relationships with many of the East End Food Pantries currently resides in Sag Harbor with his wife, young daughter, and two rescue dogs.
Claudia Pilato – AFTEE Board President
Claudia is the founder and president of Pilato PR + Marketing Consultants, a firm that brings strategic thinking and smart marketing skills to a diverse group of businesses and non-profit organizations. Formerly, Vice President, Director of Marketing for BNB Bank (now Dime Community Bank) she is a tenured marketing professional. Claudia is also a community activist and was a founding executive board member of All For The East End (AFTEE). She is a former board member of the Long Island Community Foundation (LICF) and current co-chair of The Retreat, an organization that offers temporary shelter and education programs to stem the tide of domestic violence. Pilato is a former Chair of the Board for the YMCA, East Hampton RECenter, as well as a former board member of the East Hampton School Board and the East Hampton Day Care Center. She was honored in 2018 as a Long Island Power Woman.
Robert I. Ross
Robert is a longtime resident of Hampton Bays and is currently Vice President of Community and Government Relations at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, a position he’s held since 2008. Prior to that he served for six years as Southampton Town Deputy Supervisor. His many accomplishments include contributing to saving the 106th Rescue Wing at Gabreski Airport from the Federal BRAC Commission. For many years he served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the “Friends of the 106th Rescue Wing”. Robert is deeply rooted in the Community and has served in many community and civic organizations including as an honorary member of the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corp, a member of the Audit Committee of the Hampton Bays Beautification Association, President of the Squire Woods Homeowners Association, a former member of the Charity-In-Action Board of the Dominican Sisters, a member of the Southampton Rotary, a former director of the Southampton Business Alliance, a former director of the Hampton Bays Civic Association, a former director of the Peconic Institute, a member of Southampton Town’s SEA-TV committee and a member of the Southampton Town Board of Assessment Review. Since 2009 he has served as Chair and Commissioner of the Southampton Town Public Safety Commission. He also serves as the Treasurer of the Town of Southampton Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee. One of his proudest accomplishments, his longtime successful lobbying efforts to create the 9-11 commemorative License Plate.
Dan is a lifelong resident of Bridgehampton. His business career includes sports marketing, promotion, television production and distribution, licensing and player representation. The ‘93 New England Entrepreneur of the Year, he created Score and Pinnacle baseball, football and hockey cards. He inked endorsements, event promotions and documentaries including Muhammad Ali, Joe DiMaggio, Bobby Orr, Olympic Gold medal winning US Hockey team, Eric Heiden, Mark Messier. Dan was a consultant to the Department of Navy, Bristol Myers and Pizza Hut. The Father of five and grandfather of ten graduated from Bridgehampton Grade School, All Hallows, and Fordham College where he was an All Star baseball player and member of the USA track team during the ‘62 Caribbean Games.Later he invested in land donating farm reserves to the Peconic Land Trust in East Hampton, Sagaponack and Bridgehampton. His past and present community board memberships include the Eleanor Whitmore Child Care Center, Children’s Museum of the East End, South Fork Natural History Museum, Bridgehampton Museum, and the Armory Foundation. His third career covers equity investments and trading.
Robert C. Ward
Robert C. Ward is a veteran of the financial services industry; he has held multiple positions at various financial institutions providing financial consulting and advisory services since 1990. Bob joined Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor in 2015 and was promoted to the Resident Director of the Riverhead Merrill Lynch office in 2018. Bob and his team focus on serving the unique wealth management needs of business owners, entrepreneurs, and affluent individuals – a dynamic group that often faces sophisticated and competing financial demands as they balance professional and personal commitments. His focus is on developing tailored strategies for clients, their families and their businesses to help them pursue short- and long-term financial goals. Bob works closely with each client and their other advisors to help address their financial needs — from increased liquidity to raising capital, from funding retirement to preparing for a second career. Bob is experienced at managing corporate 401K plans, as well as nonprofit endowment and foundation assets. Passionate about delivering excellent service, Bob works to help clients make more informed financial decisions and drive progress.
A leader in the community, Bob serves on the board of directors of East End Arts in Riverhead, and sits on many committees helping nonprofits raise money and make a difference. Bob supports Big Brothers Big Sisters, Junior Achievement, and the United Way just to name a few. In 2017, 2018, and 2019 He received the Presidential Volunteer Award from the White House.
Bob was recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2011 as the Man of the Year at their Presidential Gala.
Bob currently resides in Manorville with his wife Laura and their two children. When he is not working he enjoys boating, golf, mountain biking, and photography.
Fred W. Thiele, Jr. – Board Advisor
Fred W. Thiele, Jr. is a New York State Assemblyman representing New York’s 1st Assembly District which includes the Towns of East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island, and southeastern Brookhaven. A lifelong resident of Sag Harbor, Fred graduated from Pierson High School, and attended Cornell University, Southampton College, and Albany Law School. Fred has also served as Southampton Town Attorney, Suffolk County Legislator, Southampton Town Supervisor, and Sag Harbor Village Attorney. In 1995, he was elected to the New York State Assembly and has been re-elected ever since. Fred is Chairman of the Assembly Local Governments Committee and serves on the following Assembly Committees: Ways and Means, Environmental Conservation, Oversight, Analysis and Investigation, and Transportation. Fred was a founding member of Aftee and guided its establishment as an organization.
AFTEE Community Outreach Committee
Understanding the issues and concerns of the non-profits across the East End, is the role of the Community Outreach Committee. The committee composed of both Aftee board members, community leaders and members of various non-profits meet periodically to share ideas, discuss common challenges and possible solutions. This information helps to guide the best use of available funding and direct the issues to which Aftee can provide a unified voice.
AFTEE Grant Committee
Aftee works in partnership with the Long Island Community Foundation to administer the grant process and distribute funding. The committee that reviews all grant submissions is composed of one member from each of the five east end towns. Members of the committee offer insight into the environment and needs of their specific region, and collaborate on how best to allocate funding. Currently the committee meets twice a year in support of the grant process.