Time For Teens Board of Directors
Phil Keith, President
After graduating from Harvard, Phil Keith, a Harvard graduate, went directly into the Navy and served three tours in Vietnam. He served with distinction and was awarded, among other decorations, the Air Medal, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, and Navy Commendation Medal. As a business executive, he worked for two Fortune 500 firms and is a former assistant professor of business at Long Island University. Phil has authored two novels and three nonfiction books to date. Phil serves on the planning board for the Town of Southampton, writes a column for the Southampton Press, and is a member of VFW Post 5350, American Legion Post 924, the Disabled American Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans of America. I’m involved with T4T because of the dedication and altruism of its Founder, Laraine Gordon, whom I’ve know for a number of years. I have always been impressed with her care and concern for teenagers who have been placed in a situation similar to what Laraine faced–and overcame–as a young girl, without benefit of an organization like TFT. I believe in what she’s doing and am happy to contribute my time and energy to help her make this concept successful.
Thompson Holdsworth PGA, Vice President
Tom Holdsworth (PGA) has been involved in golf for approximately 38 yrs. starting at the Southampton Driving Range as a kid. I learned the game from some great teachers and then moved on to work at the Southampton Golf Club thru the 80’s as head of outside operations then became assistant professional.From there, Tom went on to teach golf at Noyac Golf Club in Sag Harbor, NY for 8 years as Teaching Professional: 3 yrs at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton as 1st Teaching Professional and then back to Southampton Golf Club in 2003 to the present as PGA Director of Golf. My wife is the Founder of Time for Teens and I lost my brother while I was in college and sure wish I had Time for Teens to help me back then. Tom has served on the board of TFT since its inception in 2007
Kathleen Crowley, Secretary
Kathleen Crowley is a Long Island native who graduated from St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue and has resided on the East End since 1992. She is currently a sales professional at Mercedes-Benz of Southampton where she has worked for the past six years. She was introduced to T4T in 2010, through a networking event at the Southampton Chamber of Commerce where she met Laraine Gordon, founder of Time for Teens. Once Ms. Crowley became familiar with the organization and its mission, she was connected to the cause due to her own experiences as a teen when her family was struck by tragedy. She is now currently serving on the board for T4T and is actively spreading the word and its mission. Kathleen Crowley currently resides in Baiting Hollow with her husband, Tom and her two teenage daughters, Grace and Christen.
Brian Tymann, Treasurer
Brian Tymann owns and operates BGT Consulting, a solar energy consulting firm and is also a co-founder of Hampton Cigar Company, a boutique brand of cigars based in the Hamptons. He serves on various boards and committees ranging from mentoring agencies for children to other community and environmental organizations. He resides in Westhampton Beach with his wife and baby girl.
Brian’s interest in TFT stems from his passion for supporting preventative services for our youth. He is a Big Brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters of LI and has been volunteering for them since he was a child. Through that involvement he has seen the effectiveness of preventative services and thinks that TFT is a very powerful, effective and much needed service and is proud to work with a true professional like Laraine and serve on the board of TFT.
Henry Hildreth, Director
Freddie McLaughlin, Director
Fred Mclauglin is a Vietnam veteran who owns Mclaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead, New York. He is the third generation in the funeral home business. His work is what brought his attention to Time for Teens. He saw that many people had nowhere to go when dealing with the tragic situation of losing a loved one and Time for Teens gives people a place to heal. Fred has happily served on the board of TFT since its inception in 2007.
Bill Tymann, Director
Bill Tymann is a native Long Islander. He graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School in 1966 and Fordham University with a B.A. in Sociology in 1970. From 1970 to 1979 he worked as a social worker, Program Manager and ultimately Assistant Director of Little Flower Children’s Services, a foster care agency based in Brooklyn and Wading River. During this time he was instrumental in opening one of the first group homes for residents released under the “Willowbrook Decree” and obtained a State Supreme Court ruling now considered a precedent for the opening of community based group homes. From 1979 to 2013, Bill was the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, a preventative mentoring organization. During his tenure the agency grew exponentially, investing in entrepreneurial endeavors and drastically reducing dependency on public money. He also designed and implemented a High School Mentoring Program which is now used nationwide.He is presently retired and enjoys working with several not for profits on the east end. After a profession lasting 43 years working with Long Island youth, he fully understands the importance of the Time for Teens mission and is happy to serve as a Board member.
Carris Flynn, Director
Carris Flynn is a Time for Teens alumni and is currently attending collge at Fordham University in New York City. Carris attended Time for Teens in 2009 following the tragic loss of her father. Laraine and the TFT staff helped her in countless ways both during and after the retreat. In 2015 Carris joined the board of Time for Teens, wanting to give back to the youth in our community who currently need the help of Time for Teens. Her outstanding commitment to spreading the good word is just one aspect that makes this young woman a strong asset to the board of Time for Teens.
Sheila Mulford, Director
Sheila Mulford is from Babylon, NY. After a 20 year career in the financial industry, Sheila now works with Special Education students in the West Babylon High School and is a Certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer. She is also an avid runner, triathlete and Ironman. Sheila discovered Time for Teens in 2012 while looking for a resource to help her son handle issues surrounding the loss of his father. Her son has attended Time for Teens retreats both in Southampton and Martha’s Vineyard. Sheila hopes her position on the board will help expand the reach of time for teens so that many teens can benefit and heal from the same outstanding experience provided to her son.
Honorary Board Member
Hon. Mark Epley
Board of Advisors
Dr. Natalie Winters
Dr. Natalie L. Winters has recently joined Time for Teens as a board advisor and will be co-leading our annual bereavement retreat in August of 2015. Time for Teens is thrilled to have Dr. Winters join our team with her vivacious spirit and wealth of experience. Dr. Winters, Ed. D., C.Hy, TEP, DAPA, is a licensed psychologist, certified psychodramatist, certified hypnotherapist, lecturer and Diplomat of the American Psychotherapy Association. She is the recipient of the American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP) 2010 honored J.L. Moreno Life-time Achievement Award, the 2003 Innovators Award and the 2007 Professional Service Award. Dr. Winters received her doctorate from Rutgers University. She was in private practice in NJ for 12 years before moving to Florida where she resided for 13 years. She is a former adjunct professor for Nova Southeastern University, Florida, where she taught in the graduate department of psychology for eight years.
Shannon Quaranta, Executive Assistant
Shannon Quaranta is 23 and grew up in Shoreham, NY. She attended the University of South Carolina and received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In the fall, Shannon will be pursuing her graduate studies in Industrial Organizational Psychology at the University of Baltimore. After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree, the timing was finally right for her to join Time for Teens, which she had wanted to do for some time. The work that Time for Teens does is unique. Shannon is not so far removed from being a teenager herself and can see the extreme need for this organization, having witnessed many of her friends suffer significant losses as teens. Teenagers are a notoriously tough group and Laraine is one of the few people equipped and dedicated to helping them. She hopes to continue to see Time for Teens grow for a long time to come. Shannon is happy to be Executive Assistant for Time for Teens since May 2015. Volunteering at the bereavement retreat in August 2015 as an intern will be an exciting addition to her resume.
Laraine Gordon LCSW-R, Founder
Laraine Gordon is a Registered LCSW in the state of New York and holds a Masters Degree in Social Work. Laraine specializes in Addictions, Grief and Loss and has had a private practice in Southampton NY for the last 18 years. You can go to her website www.larainegordon.com to learn more about her professional experience. In April of 2007 Ms. Gordon established a not for profit organization called Time for Teens, Inc (TFT). TFT was developed to hold bereavement retreats, counseling and workshops for teenager’s ages 12-19 who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Laraine suffered her own traumatic losses as a teen. It began with the death of her older sister when she was 12 and continued throughout her adolescent years, losing many close friends during her high school years. Laraine believes these losses are what guided her to become the therapist, coach and program director that she is today. Please visit www.time4teens.org to view films and learn more about this wonderful charity organization. Time for Teens was patented and trademarked in 2010; Ms. Gordon’s vision is that TFT will develop as a franchise across the United States, reaching as many grieving teens as possible.