SOUTH FORK BAKERY
FOR THE SPECIAL NEEDS
SHIRLEY A. RUCH: PRESIDENT
Shirley Ruch is the founder and President of South Fork Bakery. Shirley has a Master's in Speech and Language Pathology and certification as a family coach. She has been working to improve the lives of adults with disabilities and their families for over 25 years in her private practice in Sag Harbor. She has presented at state and local educational and parenting organizations as well as led parenting and teacher training workshops. She founded the bakery in 2016 and it has become an extension of her work with the special needs population into the job training and employment sector.
ROBERT STEIN: VICE PRESIDENT
Robert Stein is a Child Psychoanalyst, Adult, Couples and Family Therapist who has practiced in England and the USA for 40 years. Dr. Stein also has a degree in Neuropsychology with a specialty in sleep disturbance. He has been a staff member of the Tavistock Clinic and Director of the Family Day Unit of the Marlborough Hospital in London. He is the former Director of Child and Family Services of the Harborview counseling Center in Sag Harbor New York. In addition to his private practice in New York City and the East End of Long Island. He has lectured throughout the world in Hospitals. Clinics and Schools helping professionals and parents better understand the relationships between child development, and family dynamics. He is an independent consultant to several philanthropic trusts, specializing in generational education. Besides writing for journals on child and family therapy he has written on art, and literature for several European magazines, and has been interviewed on NPR and for articles appearing in O, and New York Magazine among others. He has been a Trustee and Deputy Mayor of the Village of Sag Harbor elected in 2009 and the Chair of the Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals, and served on the Boards of Bay Street Theater, Mashashimuet Park, The British Mental Health Film Council, The Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center, and the Board of Space on Ryder Farm.
KATHLEEN S. MULLIGAN:TREASURER
Kathleen S. Mulligan has been involved in her family’s successful retail food business on the South Fork for over 40 years. Her volunteer experience includes serving as an officer for South Fork Special Education PTA for seven years, founder and co-chair of the East End Transition Committee, Chair of the Housing Task Force for SEEN ( a local special needs network) and member of the Center Stage committee at The Southampton Cultural Center. She is an honors graduate of Boston University who has taken graduate classes at New York University and UCONN.
MEIKLE BLOSSOM: SECRETARY
Meikle Blossom has a graduate degree from Bank Street College of Education, M.S. in Special Education, and in Pre-K - 8th grade and is licensed to teach in NY State. Meikle has taken many post graduate courses in Child Therapy, Play Therapy, and in Facilitating Parenting Groups.
She taught Special Education to preteens in Manhattan for several years. On the East End she has written Parenting Articles for the Independent Newspaper, lead Parenting, Communication, and Problem Solving Workshops for parents. Meikle has worked privately as an Educational & Parenting Consultant for over twenty years. This work has taken her into many East End private and public schools where she has observed kids, and supported parents and teachers in finding the best practices to help kids learn. She taught English as a Second Language at The Ross School to teens from China, Japan, South Korea, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Germany. Meikle also taught English as a Second Language to adults in Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, and East Hampton.