LI-DOG Board of Directors
Ginny Munger Kahn, President
Ginny has served as a Director of LI-DOG since 2004 and now serves as President. Since 2002, she has led efforts to create dog parks at West Hills, Blydenburgh, Coindre Hall, Robinson Farm, Cherry Ave., and the off-leash beach at Mud Creek County Park in Patchogue. Along with LI-DOG Founder Barbara Buscareno, Ginny was an integral player in the passage of legislation in 2007 to create five new dog parks in Suffolk County. Ginny also serves as LI-DOG representative on the Huntington Greenway Trails Citizens Advisory Committee. She enjoys walking her Golden Retrievers in several Huntington parks as a result of the Town’s 2013 dog walking trails initiative, which LI-DOG supported.
Peggy Heijmen, Vice President and Secretary
Peggy is the leader of LI-DOG’s campaign for dog parks and dog owner access to beaches and parks in the Town of Oyster Bay. She was responsible for gathering hundreds of names on petitions submitted to the Town Board in June 2010, and was key to getting the Town of Oyster Bay Dog Park at Massapequa created in 2012. Since 2013, Peggy has been a key player in LI-DOG’s campaign to gain on-leash access to Nassau County parks and now serves as vice president and secretary of the organization. For 14 years, Peggy was Administrative Manager for International Consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers in NYC. She now works as the Parish Administrator for Christ Church in Oyster Bay. Peggy takes her dog Lilly to parks throughout Nassau and Suffolk County.
Chris Laubis, Vice President
Chris is a trial attorney for a major insurance company and a founder of LI-DOG’s Nassau Committee. As such, she is the leader of LI-DOG’s campaign to gain on-leash access to Nassau County parks. Chris gathered more than 1,200 names on a petition to create a dog park in Eisenhower Park a few years ago and later represented LI-DOG in discussions between Nassau County and the park’s sponsor Pet Supplies Plus that resulted in the opening of the Eisenhower Dog Park in October 2012. In addition to her work for LI-DOG, Chris has been a volunteer dog walker at a local animal shelter since 1995. Chris enjoys taking her rescue dog Casey to the Eisenhower Dog Park and also hikes with her in other area parks.
Lynn Kiraly, Treasurer
Lynn is a CPA and Adjunct Professor of Accounting at SUNY-Old Westbury. She has served as Treasurer of LI-DOG and has been a member of the Board since Feb. 2009. Lynn has frequented Coindre Hall for years with all of her Labrador retrievers.
Marie leads LI-DOG’s campaign for more dog owner access to parks in the Town of Hempstead, Nassau County and she is the chair of LI-DOG’s Events Committee. Throughout 2014, Marie gathered more than 600 signatures on a petition for access to Hempstead Town parks. In Oct. 2015 she got a commitment from the Town Supervisor to work with LI-DOG on such an initiative and in Sept. 2016, Hempstead opened its first dog park at Newbridge Road Park. Marie also leads LI-DOG’s Events Committee and in that capacity organizes and manages all of LI-DOG’s fundraising events including our Pints-n-Paws Luau, Barkentines Day, and Barkin’ Brunch at The Refuge. Marie also founded and runs MarieDogWalker, a pet sitting business and brand, while at the same time serving as Subscription Manager for Playbill magazine. Marie’s Shetland Sheepdog Dallas enjoys playing at the Newbridge Rd. and Bay Park Dog Parks as well as walks in her Oceanside neighborhood. Marie has served on LI-DOG’s Board of Directors since July 2017.
Barbara is the founder of LI-DOG and has been a Director since May 2004. Barbara has been an integral player in all of LI-DOG’s organizational efforts beginning with her work on Coindre Hall in 1998 and continuing through the creation of dog parks in East Northport, West Hills, Blydenburgh, Robinson Farm, Cherry Ave., and the off-leash beach at Mud Creek County Park in Patchogue. In 2013, Barbara played a key role in LI-DOG’s efforts to organize dog owners and gain support for the designation of on-leash dog walking trails in the Town of Huntington. Barbara trains and exercises her Irish Setter on open land throughout Long Island. She has a new addition, an English Cocker Lexi, who also loves the outdoors and participating in agility and other performance events.
Joann is a software designer and has been developing databases primarily for accounting and municipal software for over 20 years. She has been actively involved with LI-DOG since 2013 and was elected to the Board of Directors in October 2017. As a key member of LI-DOG’s Events Team, Joann has helped organize, promote and manage all of LI-DOG’s primary events including LI-DOG’s Pints-n-Paws™ Luau, LI-DOG’s Pack Walks™, Barkentine’s™ Day, and LI-DOG’s Pups and Popsicles™ Ice Cream Social. In addition, Joann has worked on LI-DOG’s campaign for more access to Town of Hempstead parks, serves as LI-DOG’s primary photographer, and creates many designs and design elements for the organization. Joann’s rambunctious dog Bailey enjoys playing at both Eisenhower and Newbridge Road Dog Parks and together they enjoy walking in parks and wineries around Long Island. They are looking forward to walking and playing on Long Island beaches one day soon.
Elizabeth is a marketing, promotions and public relations professional and has been actively involved in LI-DOG since 2010. She has developed promotions that generate content to further our goals of more access to public parks and beaches for LI dog owners and their dogs. She now serves on the Communications Committee where her focus is on helping to create and design our organization’s marketing and promotional materials as well as contributing to our newly designed website, all with the goal of increasing awareness of LI-DOG and its mission. Liz and her Mutt-i-gree/Terrier mix Maxwell can be found enjoying parks and beaches around Long Island.
Ed has played a key role in LI-DOG’s campaigns and organizational efforts since 2004, including the creation of the Blydenburgh Dog Park and other dog parks under the Five New Dog Parks initiative. As webmaster and the head of LI-DOG’s Technology Committee, Ed redesigned and re-launched the organization’s website. Ed, his late wife Arlyne and their Shelties have visited over 100 dog parks throughout the U.S. and Canada.