Board of Directors
Lois Howes - President
Lois was born in Brooklyn and moved to Freeport at the age of 1 week. Her family has been in Freeport since the early 1900's and she is the second generation to graduate from FHS. Her daughters Sarah and Heidi also attended FHS and her grandson is now at Dodd. She is a home-based Travel Agent, 1st VP of the Freeport Chamber of Commerce, on the board of the LI Arts Council at Freeport and on the National Board of the American Society of Travel Agents. She currently serves as the President of Friends of Freeport and is one of its founding members.

Shari Wolf -Vice President
Shari is a life-long resident of Long Island. She is a graduate of Baldwin High School and SUNY Fredonia. She has called Freeport home twice (from 1985-1994 and from 2010 to the present).  She was displaced by Superstorm Sandy for seven months and is grateful to be home. She is married to Ray for 19 years. She is a music therapist and loves to play the guitar and sing. She is a lapsed runner who is primarily walking and bicycling now but has previously competed in numerous running races from 5k to the marathon distance, and hopes someday that she will be able to compete again. Shari has been a volunteer in the past at races and with the Three day walk and loves giving to the community around her. She brings energy, a "can do" attitude and a willingness to learn and grow with her wherever she goes. Shari served as captain of the Weekday Warriors volunteer crew until her appointment to Vice President in March 2015.

Linda Steurzel - 2nd Vice President
Linda was born and raised in Freeport and is a graduate of Freeport High School. She has been employed by the Freeport School District for the last 18 years, currently serving as Cook Manager at Freeport High. She is the proud mom of two daughters and a son, and the grandmother of one grandson. She has been a member of the Friends of Freeport since March 2013 and serves as the Captain of our Chow Thyme.

Donna Cantwell - Treasurer

Donna Cantwell is no stranger to Freeport, her family ties date back to Guy Lombardo’s era when her great-great uncle owned a home and a business on Woodcleft canal…the family home still stands.  In 1979 she bumped into a dashing Rich Cantwell, a Freeport Fireman!  Some will say it was love at first sight, but it wasn’t until she grew to love boating, being on the water, and spending time in Freeport and at Short Beach with Rich and his friends that she knew it was forever!  Donna worked previously for the Freeport Public Schools, managed a waterfront water-rescue business, and most recently works for JRS Architect in Mineola.  With two grown and married daughters, Donna enjoys spending time with granddaughter, Arianna and looks forward to another grandchild this coming winter.  When not doing Friends of Freeport work, Donna teaches cake decorating, is a Tupperware and Uppercase Living consultant but loves spoiling her boys, two rescued golden retrievers, Rudder & Tiller.  Rich Cantwell is married to Donna for 33 years.

Martha Green - Secretary

Martha and her family moved to Freeport in 1952. She has fond memories of playing at NE park, the summer craft programs at Columbus Ave School, square-dancing on summer evenings with "Prof" Wettlaufer playing his fiddle. She and her Freeport High School classmates will celebrate their 50th reunion June, 2014. After graduating from Hofstra University, Martha and her husband Bill traveled the world compliments of the US army. Returning to Freeport was a given. She was an active PTA mom, serving as president of the Bayview Ave chapter when her boys, Bill and John, were in attendance. Both her boys also graduated from FHS. She substituted in the Freeport Schools, then taught Math at Baldwin HS until her retirement in 2005.  Martha currently adjuncts at Molloy College. She began volunteering with Friends of Freeport Spring '13 after her mother, Martha Sweeney, another Sandy refugee, returned to her Freeport home. Martha serves as Co-Lieutenant of our Green Thumbs. 

Rich Cantwell
Rich is a life-long Freeporter with deep ties to the community.  A graduate of Freeport High School class of '76, Rich and his family moved to Freeport in 1958 and opened Freeport’s first Carvel Ice Cream Store in 1966.  In 1990, the first Carvel “mall-store” opened at Elk’s Plaza and Rich quickly became known as the mayor of the mall.  A long time fireman and boater, Rich is an associate member of Freeport’s Hose Company No. 3, and a Coast Guard Auxiliarist.  He joined the Auxiliary in 1977 volunteering and teaching safe boating in Freeport for many years, becoming a licensed Captain in 1985.  Rich’s deep devotion to the fire service started when he rode his bicycle to the firehouse on Church Street as an Explorer, later joining the famed Engine Company, and moving to Hose 3 with his young family.  Rich works full-time as a fire dispatcher, is a father of two married daughters, with one granddaughter and another grandchild on the way.  He is married 33 years to his wife, Donna and is a founding member of the Friends of Freeport and served as our President for 2 years.

Robert Gort
Robert is a lifelong resident of Freeport graduating from Freeport High School in 1990.  He is a member of IATSE Local One and is the Master Carpenter at WNYW Fox Television where he has worked since 1994.  Robert Joined Friends of Freeport in April 2013. He serves as the Co-Captain of the Weekday Warriors crew where he uses his jack of all trades skills to help rebuild homes damaged by hurricane Sandy. Robert has been with his wife Erin since 1997 and they have two daughters Sienna and Arlo.

Alison Haab-Corell
Alison and her husband Kurt live in south Freeport with their 2 teenage boys. Alison works in the Homecare Dept. for NS LIJ Health system. Alison has been on the Board of Friends of Freeport since November of 2013. Alison also serves as VP in the Freeport Harbor Civic Association. She has been involved with the Friends of Freeport since November of 2012. She gradually increased her role and went from dropping off coffee to being the lieutenant of Chow Thyme. When she became a board member she turned her reins over to her husband Kurt who now serves as the Chow Thyme Lieutenant. In addition to continuing as a Chow Thyme volunteer she also serves as the Friends of Freeport Nurse and has handed out many Band-Aids and medical advice.  Although Alison was directly affected by Superstorm Sandy she defines that day as an event that has changed her life for the better.

Sharon Gabler
Sharon Gabler is a second generation Freeporter. Born and raised in Freeport, Sharon is a graduate of Freeport High School. She has worked at the Freeport Memorial Library as an administrative assistant and treasurer for 32 years. Sharon's family was directly impacted by Super Storm Sandy. The homes of Sharon, her mother, and sister suffered much damage from the hurricane leaving them displaced for several months. Sharon has been a volunteer for the Friends of Freeport since January 2013 and serves as the Lieutenant of the Green Thumbs. She is the proud aunt of Allison, Matthew and Collin.


Kurt Corell
Kurt has been a resident of Freeport since 1989 when he moved from Queens to Long Island and married his wonderful wife Alison. They have two boys, Zac and Nic. Kurt started assisting Alison with her Chow Thyme duties, and replaced her as Lieutenant when she became a board member in November 2013. He is an active member of the Freeport Cub Scout and Boy Scout community and is currently a committee member for both. Since retiring from the NYC Sanitation Department, he is a stay at home dad.


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