2022 Silver Beaver Recipients
We are thrilled to announce our 2022 Class of Silver Beaver Recipients. Please join us in congratulating the following volunteers on this prestigious honor:
To read the full bio's of our amazing volunteers please click here for the pdf booklet.
Baiting Hollow Scout Camp – Pine Chapel
Saturday, October 1, 2022 – 1:30pm
Matthew was destined to be involved with Scouting. His father, Harold, was a member of Troop 49’s Committee for over 20 years and his mother, Patricia, was instrumental in helping all three of her sons succeed in Scouting and achieve the rank of Eagle. As a youth, Matt worked at Yawgoog summer camp staff for three summers, attained his Arrow of Light, became an Ordeal Member of the Order of the Arrow, before earning his Eagle on February 4, 1987. Matt continued the Bollerman tradition in Scouting after his son, Frank was born 2002. First by joining Pack 138 Mastic Beach and later Troop 130 Bayport where Matt became an Assistant Scoutmaster, soon followed by Scoutmaster. As Scoutmaster, Matt worked on developing a Patrol Leader Council that understood their role in directing the Troop. A more active camping and day activity program, which included a week long summer camp and attending all four Boy Scouts of America High Adventure bases helped grow the Troop. All aspects of the program were held in balance and Scouts were encouraged to use the program to explore their interests. Using training programs, including, Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops, National Youth Leadership Training, Wood Badge, and Outdoor Ethics Training helped ensure that all involved understood the program’s aims and methods. Over a period of six years, Troop 130 became the model Scout led troop it is today. Taking part in Trailblazer Roundtables, camporees and events allowed Matt to meet others and share what he learned in order to help other units succeed. Matt has served as Scouts BSA Activities chair, ran a number of fall and winter camporees in addition to serving as District Webmaster, Associate Chapter Advisor of the Montauket Chapter of Shinnecock Lodge and as a second Scoutmaster at the 2017 National Jamboree. After his son Frank became an Eagle Scout and graduated high school in 2019, Matt stepped down as Scoutmaster of Troop 130, but continues his career in Scouting by continuing to serve on the training team for Trailblazer District, Outdoor Ethics, staffing Wood Badge and National Youth Leadership Training, where he has served as course director. Matt is a Leave No Trace Master Educator and a Vigil Member of Shinnecock Lodge. In 2021, he became Assistant Council Commissioner and is expecting to take on the Council Commissioner position in February 2022. When he has too much free time on his hands, his wife Jennifer makes some phone calls to get him out of the house. And he can be found lending a hand at the climbing wall at camp. Matt is the Chief Executive Officer of the Hauppauge Public Library. He has been the President of the New York Library Association and is the co-founder of the Sustainable Libraries Initiative where he currently serves as the Vice-President of its Advisory Board. Matt lives in Blue Point with his wife of 24 years and endless patience Jennifer. Two cats and a dog Rocky share their home with us. Frank is a sophomore at the University of Buffalo in their architecture program. Matt is a fan of music of all kinds, televised sports, movies, baking, hiking and backpacking.
Stephen E. Hoey
Steve grew up in Huntington, NY, attending St. Hugh of Lincoln in Huntington Station for grades 1-6 before moving to R.J.Toaz Jr. High and graduated from Huntington High School in 1977. Steve played basketball and baseball for both Toaz and Huntington HS and won the Outstanding Athlete award in 9th grade at graduation from Toaz. Steve’s father, Edward Hoey, was one of five brothers who grew up in Brooklyn where all five were Boy Scouts. Steve, his brother, and male cousins all were scouts during their school years. Steve began his scouting career with Troop 310 at Jefferson Elementary School in Huntington where his first troop campout was at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp in the old Greenwood Cabin. With Troop 310 Steve spent two weeks at Camp Nooteeming in Dutchess County his first year and two weeks each of the following two years at Camp Barton on Lake Cayuga north of Ithaca NY. Those six weeks of summer camp over three years allowed Steve to earn over 24 Merit Badges in a short period of time and he earned the Eagle Scout rank by the end of 9th grade. Steve was also a member of the Order of the Arrow. Steve attended the University of Notre Dame where he earned a BBA in Accounting and a varsity Monogram as a member of the first Fighting Irish varsity Lacrosse team, in 1981. Following graduation from Notre Dame, Steve joined the accounting firm of Deloitte Haskins & Sells in their Woodbury Long Island office. Steve earned his CPA while with Deloitte before moving on to two startup businesses in the technology field. In 1987 Steve began his career in private equity with General Atlantic Partners. He first became a Chief Financial Officer at Stonington Partners and was CFO of the Quantum Industrial Fund in the Soros Organization and at KPS Capital Partners. A thought leader in the private equity industry, Steve has served on numerous industry boards and counsels, spoken at industry events in the US and in Europe, and received the 2017 Private Equity Leadership Award at Private Equity International’s annual CFO/COO Forum in New York. Currently in semi-retirement, Steve serves as part-time CFO of Vertica Capital Partners a Venture Capital firm, Senior Advisor and member of the Investment Committee at Turnspire Capital, a middle market turnaround buyout firm and Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of Irish Angels. A Notre Dame- affiliated angel investor network. Steve met his best friend and the love of his life, Michele, in 1983 and they married in 1985. Steve and Michele are the proud parents of three sons, Chris, Drew and Jon. All three earned the Arrow of Light at Pack 181 where Steve and Michele were each Den Leaders and Steve also served as Cubmaster. All bridged over to Troop 12 where Chris earned the Life rank and Drew and Jon each earned the Eagle rank. Steve and Michele each served on troop committees. Steve is presently on his second stint as a member of the Executive Board of the Suffolk County Council, having first joined the board in 2001. In November 2017 Michele and Steve were proud to dedicate the new Boathouse Cabin at Baiting Hollow to their fathers, Edward Hoey and John Capri, two men who each led non-profit organizations benefitting children and youth.
Joe joined the scouts in 7th grade, at the request of his best friend’s father who was the scout leader of Troop 435. He achieved the rank of Eagle and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. Joe is a graduate of Fordham University, with a degree in economics, and earned an MBA in accounting from Saint John’s University. He joined the accounting firm Deloitte in 1985 and is a CPA. During his 10 years with Deloitte, Joe built a solid foundation of accounting, finance, and consulting experiences. A native Long Islander, with a wife, a 2-year-old girl, and another on the way, Joe left Deloitte to accept a CFO opportunity with one of his clients, dragging them all south, to the State of Georgia. Over the years that followed, and a relocation back home to NY, Joe has served as CFO, COO and CEO for public and private entities, in varied industries including consumer products, manufacturing and healthcare. In his various roles, Joe has managed growth opportunities, led restructuring / turnaround situations and financial statement restatements, and navigated a bankruptcy process as a decisive, effective CRO. He has raised over $1 billion in debt and equity capital, served as the CFO during a successful IPO, and managed multiple ERP implementations. Today, Joe finds himself traveling back down South, as the COO & CFO of SMP Pharmacy Solutions, a Miami-based specialized pharmacy focused on fertility and specialty care. Joe is also a Special Investment Partner with Galen Partners, a Private Equity firm focused on the healthcare industry. Joe is a skilled and seasoned leader with the proven ability to collaborate, build or restructure management teams and advise on acquisitions, post-acquisition integrations and exit strategies. He has successfully sold several companies with 3x to 4x multiple returns for their shareholders. Joe has worked closely with numerous private equity sponsors either as a leader within the operating team of their portfolio company, or as an evaluator of investment opportunities. Through his work and affiliations with private equity sponsors, Joe has advised and served on several boards. Joe returned to scouting at the request, or better said insistence – of Rudy Santoro & Tony Stupore. He has been a Board member of the council since 2006, serving initially as a fundraiser and a member of various committees. Today, Joe serves in the volunteer role of Executive VicePresident/Treasurer. Joe and his wife Karen have been happily married for over 37 years and have been blessed with four children: Alison (Villanova ’15), Kathryn (Villanova ’17), Kristen (Providence ’20) and Joseph (Providence ’23). They currently live in Cold Spring Harbor, patiently awaiting a Villanova vs. Providence Final Four. Joe enjoys golf and international travel with his family.
Eagle Scout Jeff Stern has had four Scouting careers over the past 50+ years. It began in the driveway of his home in Commack, New York when the ‘village’ was gathered in their lawn chairs and the topic was that he needed outdoor activity. Regularly ill as a child, competitive sports were not in the cards, and the miracle drugs that control asthma were still in the labs. Mr. Dave Metal (he will always be Scoutmaster or Mr. Metal) suggested Scouting and the journey began. Pack 307, sponsored by the Marion Carle PTA was the first stop, where he earned his Arrow of Light Award followed by Troop 387, sponsored by Temple Beth David, where he earned his Ner Tamid and Eagle Scout Awards. His Eagle Project at Hoyt Farm, a transformation of a cove of trees into a raised garden and stone wall, still stands today. Four years at the University of Albany were next where he gained both an accounting degree and met his wife, Sharon. His five years at Coopers & Lybrand auditing and consulting in both the financial and not for profit world led to banking. Jeff was a Banker for just under twenty years. During this time, Jeff was privileged to work on many key and industry changing initiatives. This was an area of consolidation and he was a part of the merger teams that moved Manufacturers Hanover Trust to become Chemical Bank that became Chase Manhattan Bank that became JP Morgan Chase. Jeff was the Bank’s point person for this new-fangled thing called ‘the internet” and worked with other banks to build the digital pipes that allowed for online value movement between banks, aka, we could now buy things online. This led to leadership roles in the creation of EZ-Pass and Chase Online Banking. During this time, Jeff led his area’s digitization efforts, i.e., removing paper from processes, supporting online billing projects, and driving down unit costs and improving revenues. Jeff is now a CEO Whisperer; a business consultant working with business owners to develop and implement strategies to grow their businesses and set themselves up for the exit of their choice whether it is to maximize a selling price or to minimize taxes as the firm passes to the next generation. Jeff’s next career in Scouting began when he was asked to represent his Bank on the Board of Theodore Roosevelt Council in Nassau County. He served on the Board in various capacities including Vice President of District Fundraising, Vice President of Council Fundraising, Vice President of Membership and Marketing and Chair of the Learning for Life/Explorers Committee. Jeff served on the Finance Committee, overseeing the Endowment Fund and helping to outsource the Council’s accounting function. Within the same year as joining the TRC Board, his son Adam turned 8 and the fun began as a Green Shirt. Over the next ten years, Jeff held various positions including Tiger Leader, Cub Committee member, Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster and Eagle Coach. With ASMs Jeff Weissman, Lou Krell Sue Solberg and Committee Chair Evelyn Hennessey, Jeff is proud to have supported sixteen Scouts as they earned their Eagle Scout Awards and saw Troop 377 grow from twelve to thirty Scouts during his tenure. Jeff is now the District Chairman of Benjamin Tallmadge District of Suffolk County Council. The team has changed generations over the past five years and with District Commissioner Chris Philp and District Executive Bobby Rabbitt, the District is stronger and ensures that every youth has the opportunity to ‘Change the World’. Jeff has been well supported by his wife Sharon, his son Eagle Scout Adam, and his daughter, Lauren (with the official title of Scoutmaster’s Daughter). His success begins with them.
Stuart was born in Brooklyn. It took him a few years to correct this situation, finally settling in Farmingdale. As a youth he did try scouts for a bit but it didn’t take. Staying on the island he attended Stony Brook University. While at school he pursued his two great passions, computer programming and Dawn, a fellow computer science student and the person who would become his wife. His other claim to fame while at Stony Brook was starting their most popular, and still ongoing tradition, the Roth Pond Regatta. Just ask him, he’ll be more than happy to talk about it! After graduation he had a few jobs finally settling in at a software company called DBC where he is still today. Dawn and Stuart got married and moved to East Northport where they had two boys Matthew and Jason. When Matthew the oldest was seven, his wife announced one day that she signed him up for cub scouts in pack 403, thinking “it would be good for him” (it was!). Stuart said fine, but don’t expect him to get involved. We know how that went. After seeing the program, he started slowly at first but eventually became the pack treasurer, then the assistant den leader, then the assistant Cubmaster, and eventually den leader for his younger son. As if that wasn’t enough, he found himself on the district training team and roundtable staff. As his oldest crossed over to troop 125 Stuart followed becoming an assistant scoutmaster and their webmaster. He also took the opportunity to move from the Cub Scout side of roundtable to lead the Scouts BSA program. Still not having learned there is a word that means the opposite of yes, he also became part of the district committee and their “tech” guy, handling their electronic communications and website. Eventually his son Matthew aged out of the troop (as an eagle scout) and has since graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in computer science (some things run in the family), while brother Jason is currently attending the Rochester Institute of Technology studying computer game design (not so far from the tree either). Stuart is now a committee member of Troop 125 and apparently has so much extra time that he has become the District Safety Champion as well. As for life outside of scouting, he is eager to discover it.