Thomas Hashagen came to Shelter Island in 1979 as the chef at the Shelter Island Yacht Club after working as an apprentice cook for nearly ten years. Two years later, he met and married Lisa Shaw, an Island native. Together they raised a daughter, Sara and a son, Adam, and are now proud grandparents of Lucy and Sam. Thomas began a second career as a culinary arts instructor for Eastern Suffolk BOCES in 1993 and spent the next twenty years in the vocational classroom.
Although now retired, Thomas is a frequent substitute at the Shelter Island School, as well as a part-time employee of Sylvester Manor, producing their musical events. He has shared his knowledge of food and music as a featured presenter and panelist for several different organizations and a Shelter Island Reporter columnist from 2007-2014. He enjoys playing music with his wife Lisa, sailing, traveling and doting on his two grandchildren.
Thomas has is a member of the Lions Club and has volunteered for many Island organizations, including the Shelter Island 10K and 5K races, the Shelter Island Bucks, the Historical Society, St. Gabriel's and the Gift of Life. He considers the Shelter Island Library one of the Island’s premier assets and hopes that his experience will be an asset to the Board of Trustees.