Board of Directors

Officers: 2017

Recent changes to the Shippan Point Association By-laws provide that officers of the Association are elected in January of each year.  Members of the Board, the Directors, are elected by the general membership at the Annual Meeting which is held during May each year.  The Annual Meeting is usually held at Stamford Yacht Club and features a guest speaker. Past speakers have included Eric Knott, Harbor Master (2016); Wes Haynes, Executive Director, Historic Neighborhood Preservation Program (2015); Mayor David Martin (2014); City of Stamford Police Chief Jon Fontneau (2013); Captain Mathew Palmer, City of Stamford Fire Department (2012); and Bobby Valentine (2011).

Lisa Salmons Stone
Debbie Kniffin

Richard Recker

Vice President

Valerie Rickens

Charlie Dill

Directors: 2017

Term Expiring May, 2017

Lisa Butler
David Lasnick
Steve Lincoln
Richard Recker
Bob Unnold


Term Expiring May, 2018

Valerie Rickens
Kara Hanson
Frank Forte
Lisa Stone

Term Expiring May, 2019

Tom Brennan, Sr.
Charlie Dill
Ted Fine
Shelley Gibson
Andrew Krill
Debbie Kniffin
Jill Luciani
Jay Keeshan
Lyda Ruijter


Director Bios:

Jill Luciani and her family, husband Tom Bouchard and children Alison and Nate moved to Shippan from Boston in 2006. They chose Shippan over other areas in Fairfield County because of its neighborly atmosphere and natural beauty. They are members of the Stamford Yacht Club and Our Lady Start of the Sea Parish. Currently, Jill is the Senior Director of Marketing for Hair Fashion Appliances at Conair Corporation in Stamford.

Ted Fine has lived in Shippan since 2003 with his wife, Michelle, and three children, Noah, Lily, and Piper. He works at Bloomberg Television, after many years with CNN in New York in Atlanta, and local television news in Denver and Boston. Ted is a graduate of Boston University and fan of the Red Sox and Bruins. He served on the vestry at St. Paul’s Church Riverside and coached his children’s hockey, soccer and baseball teams.

Lyda Ruijter from Harbor House has been a resident of Shippan for the last 8 years. Educated as a sociologist in the Netherlands, and as a linguist in the US, Lyda worked in academia in the Mid-West before settling on the East Coast. Lyda was on the Board of Directors of the Harbor House for 4 years and has volunteered on behalf of cultural, environmental, political and neighborhood issues for the last 8 years. Lyda currently serves as a Commissioner for Parks and Recreation in Stamford.

Thomas Mark Brennan, Sr. Thomas, his wife Kathrine and son Tucker moved to Shippan Point from San Diego in September 2013, just before the birth of their son Jack. Thomas is a licensed architect who works in real estate development. Thomas is an avid long distance runner and logs many miles on the streets of Shippan Point and beyond. With two young children, Thomas has a sincere interest in the SPA for a host of reasons focusing on the health, safety and welfare of all Shippan residents, but with an eye towards general safety and security and community building through social events.

Shelley Gibson  and her husband  moved to Shippan in July of 2014 after spending a few years residing in London, UK. The Gibsons were fortunate to have a friend who introduced them to Shippan. Since relocating to Shippan they have participated in several SPA events and have become members of the Shippan Gourmet Club.

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