Michael is a graduate of New York University’s School of Engineering and Science where he earned a BE in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds an MBA from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and is a licensed professional engineer in New York State.
His career began in the USAF and included service on active duty, in the NY Air National Guard at Westhampton Beach and in the Air Force Reserve. He retired in 2000 with the rank of Colonel. His early civilian career included several engineering positions in the utility industry in New York and on Plum Island. Most of his career has been at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he held several senior executive positions. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the National Synchrotron Light Source- II, the lab’s newest accelerator facility and the world’s brightest synchrotron.
Always involved in community service, Michael has been a member of the Youth Build Long Island Advisory Board, the Board of Little Flower Children and Family Services, and was President of Board of the Little Flower Union Free School District. On Shelter Island, he has served on the Board of the South Ferry Hills Association, was a charter member of the Shelter Island Housing Commission and is a currently a member of the Shelter Island Community Housing Board. He is the Second Vice Commander of the Shelter Island American Legion Post 281 and the Risk Manager for Our Lady of the Isle parish.
Michael began his association with the Shelter Island Library as a volunteer consultant to the Board during the lower level renovation where he evaluated the building’s energy usage, analyzed the adequacy of the HVAC system, and made several recommendations for improving the building’s energy efficiency. Since joining the Board, he developed a Risk Management Plan and recently chaired the committee that developed the Library’s 5-year Strategic Plan.
Michael and Trish, his wife of 46 years first came to Shelter Island in 1987 and after years of weekends and vacations on the island, bought a home in South Ferry Hills in 2002. They became full-time residents in 2015. Their home is often filled with the joyous chaos of their three daughters and families, including their six grandchildren.
William G. Martens has been a Shelter Island homeowner since 2001. After retiring from a distinguished career in international banking, he now makes his home here and in Darien, Connecticut, where he spends the winter. His familiarity and affection for the East End reach back to his and his wife’s grandparents, both of whom bought homes in Sag Harbor in the 1920s. His four children and many grandchildren love visiting him and his wife, Virginia, a retired English Teacher. William and Jini share a passion for travel, read voraciously and are avid book group members.
A native of Chatham, New Jersey, William is a graduate of Dartmouth College and served in the U.S. Navy for four years as an officer on a destroyer. He holds an M.B.A. degree from the Amos Tuck School and worked for Citigroup for most of his career, including ten years spent living in Asia. He is on the Board of Directors of The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), a non-profit leader in international education and cultural exchange. He looks forward to further supporting the education and growth of Shelter Islanders – young and old – through work as a Library Trustee.