Mike Bebon divides his time between his home in Rocky Point, NY and Shelter Island, where he spends weekends plus one or two nights a week. Well know to the Board of Trustees, Mike worked on the recent and well-received renovation of the lower level, performing valuable analyses and recommendations on the boiler and heating system. He is also familiar to Islanders as a member of the Housing Board and the former Housing Commission which established the Shelter Island Community Housing Program.
An Engineer and manager by profession, he brings valuable technical expertise and some forty years experience in organizational management, strategic and facilities planning, construction and maintenance as well as labor negotiations, environmental compliance, emergency management and worker safety. Currently, he serves as Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, with responsibility for all non-scientific functions at the Lab. His tenure dates to 1980 when he served the Brookhaven Area Office for the US Department of Energy. Prior to that, he headed the Engineering and Plant Management organization at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center for the US Department of Agriculture and was an engineer at (then) Long Island Lighting Company’s Power Engineering Department.
His engineering career began in the USAF and includes 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. A licensed professional engineer in NY State, he holds a B. E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from NYU and an M.B.A from the University of Utah.
In addition to his volunteer work at the library, Mike serves on the Youth Build Long Island Advisory Board and the Little Flower Children and Family Services Advisory Boards and is a past president of the Little Flower Union Free School District in Wading River, NY. Mike has been married to his wife Patricia for 40 years. They have three daughters and three 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 reaches 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. Bill and Jini share a passion for travel, read voraciously and are avid book group members.
A native of Chatham, New Jersey, Bill is a graduate of Dartmouth College and served in the U.S. Navy for four years as an officer on a destroyer. He holds a 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.