Bill Bleyer – President
Mitch Kramer – Vice President
Eric Swenson – Secretary
Glenn Kempa, CPA – Treasurer
Barry E. Lamb – Immediate Past President
Beth Dalton Costello – President Emerita
Matthew T. Meng
Bill Bleyer was named to the board of Friends of the Bay in the fall of 2018. The following year he became secretary and then president in January 2020.
Before joining the FOB board, in 2018 Bill was a founder of the Coalition Against An UnSound Crossing, serving as the nonprofit organization’s vice president.
Born and raised in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich area, Mitch has spent his entire life on or in the waters of Oyster Bay. Upon graduation from Oyster Bay High School, Mitch earned a degree from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Immediately returning to his hometown, Mitch started a marine towing and salvage company which has become a well-respected company utilized by many of the major insurance companies and law enforcement agencies in New York and Connecticut areas.
Eric Swenson has been executive director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee since 2003. He is the former chair and current Village of Mill Neck representative on the Oyster Bay / Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee. Swenson was superintendent of environmental control for the Town of Oyster Bay from 1988 to 2012. He is past president and treasurer of the New York State Association for Solid Waste Management and was the founding director and secretary of the Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations.
Rob Brusca is an attorney in Oyster Bay, resides in East Norwich, and a nearly lifelong resident of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich community. Rob also serves on the Board of Directors of the East Norwich Civic Association, Oyster Bay Railroad Museum, and Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce, on the Advisory Board of the Oyster Bay Main Street Association, and is counsel to (and former Board member of) the Oyster Bay Civic Association.
Betsy Lawrence is the founder and president of the New York School of the Arts and THE HUB at the New York School of the Arts, a not-for-profit art school and cultural center. She is also a psychologist and psychoanalyst, practicing in New York City.
Betsy and her husband Hunt received the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy for their outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing.
David R. Relyea was born in Glen Cove and moved to Bayville in 1954. In 1964 he started working part time at Frank M. Flower & Sons (FMF) on the dock and in the hatchery. He continued working there during the summers and started full time in 1969 as the hatchery manager after graduating from Colgate University with a B.A. in biology. Dave married Eileen Griffin in 1970 and they had three children – Renee, Jeremiah and Martha – and now have four grandchildren.
John Taylor, of Bayville, is a retired advertising executive and now is engaged in funding and advising startup companies in the marketing, publishing and digital broadcasting areas. Taylor began his career in advertising in 1973 and worked for top national advertising agencies, co-founding his own agency in 1986, which grew to handle top Fortune 500 clients throughout North and South America.