Session Bios – 2018

Joe Carleo
President and CEO
AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod

Joe Carleo is the President and CEO of the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, a position he has held for the past 7 years.  In his work Joe oversees all aspects of the operation of the agency Cape Wide.  Joe’s professional background includes over 25 years within the area of HIV/AIDS.

Prior to coming to ASGCC, Joe served as the Executive Director of the AIDS Housing Corporation (AHC) located in Boston.  AHC’s mission was to help facilitate the development of new housing opportunities for people living with HIV/AIDS all over New England and down the East Coast to the mid-Atlantic region.  One of the many projects that AHC helped develop was the Foley House program located in Provincetown, which is a program of ASGCC.  Joe also worked for many years for the AIDS Action Committee in Boston as the Associate Director of Public Policy and Legal Affairs.

Joe is a long-time HIV/AIDS advocate with a strong background in public policy.  He worked in the Massachusetts State Legislature before beginning with AIDS Action as a Government Affairs liaison.  During this time Joe was involved with helping to create many of the HIV/AIDS policies and programs that people continue to rely on today to access services.  During his time with the AIDS Housing Corporation Joe also served as the president of the National AIDS Housing Coalition in Washington, DC, an organization advocating for responsible housing policy and development for people with HIV/AIDS and all across the United States.

At ASGCC Joe works with the entire staff and board to help the agency achieve its mission.  Joe has lived in Massachusetts for his entire life having grown up in Newton.  He has been a full-time resident of Provincetown for the past 14 years.

Matt Cronin
Founder and President
Boardwalk Business Group LLC
CCYP Ex-Officio (Former Board Chair)

Matt founded Boardwalk Business Group in 2014.  Boardwalk Business Group provides outsourced CFO, strategic advisory and bookkeeping services for nonprofits and small businesses.

Matt has served as CFO for two national nonprofit organizations, School Leaders Network and Resources for Human Development.  In addition, he served as CFO and subsequently CEO for a Cape based nonprofit, Living Independently Forever.

Matt started as an audit and business consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Philadelphia.  While there, Matt obtained his CPA license.

Matt has an Executive MBA from Boston University and a BS from Villanova University in Accountancy with an English minor.

For ten years, he served as a volunteer for the Cape Cod YMCA, as Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Board Member, soccer/basketball/baseball coach.  Matt was also Treasurer / Board Member for the Community Leadership Institute of Cape Cod & the Islands for 4 years.

Matt has also served as a volunteer for Cape Cod Young Professionals.  He started as a volunteer on CCYP’s Scholarship Committee in 2011.  He subsequently became a Board member, served as Treasurer and as Board Chair for two years.  He currently is an Ex-Officio member of the CCYP Executive Committee.

In 2012, Matt was recognized by Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine as a “40 Under 40” Award Winner as one of the region’s young business leaders.

Vicki Goldsmith
Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod

Vicki Goldsmith has worked on Cape Cod in the field of affordable housing since 1983 and has served as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity since 1999 while it was completing its 19th home. The organization, which, to date, has developed 132 affordable homeownership homes spread across Cape Cod, has a model that uniquely relies upon many rich layers of partnerships and collaborations throughout the community and the world, including its well-known sweat equity requirement for home purchasers, broad-based community volunteerism, and a diverse funding stream with strong reliance upon the local community.  Habitat is an ecumenical housing ministry that welcomes all to participate in its work.

Vicki raised her three children in Brewster and continues to reside in the Lower Cape, enjoying family life, the great outdoors, music and the people of Cape Cod.

Ian Ives
Ashumet, Barnstable Great Marsh and Skunknett River Wildlife Sanctuaries on Cape Cod
Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture

Ian Ives is the Director at Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture, Ashumet, Barnstable Great Marsh and Skunknett River Wildlife Sanctuaries on Cape Cod.  His job responsibilities include overall management of the sanctuaries and staff, community outreach, development, advocacy, environmental stewardship and education.  One of his primary goals is to engage the community in Mass Audubon’s mission work and expand activities at the wildlife sanctuaries he oversees.

He holds a Masters degree in conservation biology from Antioch University – New Hampshire.

In his 12 years of development work for Long Pasture, Ian has created fundraising plans to meet the needs of a rapidly growing and autonomous Sanctuary budget, in line with the mission work of Mass Audubon, and overseen strategies to meet annual, programmatic, capacity building and capital goals.  During the first year of operations in 2006, his goal was to raise, $8,836.00. Ian now leads a comprehensive development program which exceeded the FY’18 goal by more the $25,000, raising over $178,000 in unrestricted support. Next up is an ambitious $1.3 million campaign for the Long Pasture Discovery Center.

Heather Kelsey
Latham Centers

Heather has over 20 years’ experience working with non-profits including secondary schools, hospitals, colleges and universities, arts organizations, and human services agencies. Heather studied English and theater at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She began her career at the Bridge International School in Denver, Colorado teaching English as a second language to foreign executives and university students. While at Bridge, she expanded their homestay program and created a series of special events designed to build relationships and facilitate cultural connection. This experience provided the catalyst for Heather’s career in fundraising.

Prior to relocating to Cape Cod in 2011, Heather worked in Boston at EF Foundation, Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center, and Hebrew Senior Life. In 2001 she launched an independent consulting business providing counsel in the areas of grant writing, special event fundraising, major gifts cultivation and solicitation, annual fundraising, and capital campaigns. Heather served as the capital campaign consultant for the Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation’s Dental Hygiene Clinic renovation campaign. Upon the successful completion of the campaign, Heather was hired as Director of Development at Harwich Junior Theater/Cape Cod Theater Company and then returned to consulting in 2015 serving as Major Gifts consultant for Latham Centers’ Expanding Our Circle campaign for the Latham Community Center. In 2017, Heather joined the Latham staff as Director of Development.
Heather has been involved with several community groups, serving on the Board of the Brewster PTO, Lower Cape Figure Skating Association, and Mars Area Youth Lacrosse. She serves on the Annual Fund Committee for The Rectory School and is a Parent Agent for the Pomfret School. Heather Lives in Brewster with her husband and three children.

 Katie Leeman
Leeman Communications

Leeman Communications Collaborative (LCC) was founded in 2011 by Katie Leeman. LCC helps individuals and organizations of all shapes and sizes communicate more strategically and creatively. Over the last 18 years, Katie has worked with multi-national banks (BBVA, SunTrust Bank), high-tech brands (Dell, Microsoft), insurance companies (Amica Insurance, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care), large arts organizations (Boston Symphony Orchestra, Trinity Repertory Company), universities (Michigan State University, Harvard Business School) and many other non-profits (Greater Boston Stage Company, Charles River School).

Katie has spent nearly 15 years as a professional improv comedian, performing and directing over 700 shows with ImprovBoston and at other improv theaters around the country.

Katie holds a B.A. in Theater from Ithaca College and an MBA with concentrations in Marketing and Organizational Behavior from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. She also has a certificate in Mediation and Conflict Management from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

Megan MacDavey
Program Officer
The Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation

Megan MacDavey is a program officer at the Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation, a family foundation located in Buffalo, New York. With a background in nonprofit program management and development, she thinks every day about how to make life a little easier for nonprofits in her role in philanthropy. She spends most of her time at community meetings wearing an imaginary sandwich board that reads “Don’t forget about young people with disabilities!” or “Don’t forget about young people with mental health issues and substance use disorder!” depending on the day. She loves talking/thinking/reading about capacity building, creative problem solving strategies, and redesigning systems. Megan received her MS in Social Administration with a focus on community development from Case Western Reserve University and a BA in sociology from the State University of New York College at Geneseo. When she isn’t working, she is wrangling two small, wild children and curating her ever-growing list of podcasts to listen to while washing dishes – in peace.

Lynn Mason-Small
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Rogers & Gray Insurance

Lynn is the Chief Marketing Officer at Rogers & Gray Insurance, where she oversees the marketing efforts and community relations efforts of the company as well as the Rogers & Gray Charitable Foundation.

She is a founding Board Member of the Cape Cod Young Professionals.  In addition to her 6 years of leadership with the organization, she has served on Boards and Committees for local non-profits including the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cape & Islands, Community Visions, the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, the United Way of Cape Cod and The Cape Cod Foundation. She chaired Philanthropy Day on Cape Cod in 2016 and 2017.

Lynn is a Cape Cod native and graduate of the University of Massachusetts.  She lives with her husband, Nathan Small and 2 sons in South Yarmouth.

Mark O’Donnell
Big Brothers Big Sisters

Mark oversees the entire Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay development department consisting of individual giving, annual fund, special events, advancement services and corporate and foundation relations. Mark joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay in March 2011 and brings fifteen years of successful non-profit management and fundraising experience. In his previous role, he held the position of Associate Dean of Advancement at Northeastern University. Prior to Northeastern, Mark was the Executive Director of Development at Bentley University and has also held the positions of Associate Director of Leadership Giving and Leadership Giving Officer at Babson College.

Mark Pearson
Artistic Director
College Light Opera Company
Mark received his MFA in theatre design from BU.  Mark has had an active career as a designer, stage manager, assistant director and arts administrator at such houses as Musik Theatre in Revier in Gelsenkirchen, Germany; the Aalto Opera in Essen, Germany; and the prestigious Deutsche Opera in Rhein in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Veronica Rosa
Keene State College

Veronica is a career fundraising and marketing professional with over 20 years of non-profit experience and 14 years’ experience as a member of senior leadership teams. Veronica brings a wealth of experience leading teams within large health care organizations, community hospitals, colleges, and universities. She is a results-oriented leader and team player with a proven track record for reinvigorating relationships and teams and growing stagnant or non-existing fundraising and marketing campaigns, strategic thinking, planning and execution skills, and delivering exceptional events. Veronica effectively responds to organizational challenges with confidence, determination, focus and enthusiasm with particularly robust entrepreneurial, motivation and communication skills. She has expertise in building highly productive relationships with internal and external key stakeholders and is recognized for her professional perseverance in challenging and ever-changing business environments.

Most recently, Veronica joined the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) as Vice President, Development & Engagement, overseeing the fundraising and community engagement program throughout four states and five regional offices. Prior to joining CWE, Veronica was vice president of external affairs and marketing for UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance and Clinton Hospitals located in North Central MA. In this capacity she helped implement the successful merger of Clinton and HealthAlliance Hospital. Additionally, she led dynamic teams of development and marketing professionals overseeing leadership giving, cultivation and fundraising events, community benefits, strategic development and marketing, public and media relations and communications. Veronica was formerly vice president of advancement at Becker College located in Worcester, MA. While there, she helped rebrand the college through their inaugural Presidential Speaker Series and Golf Classic and helped secure the largest alumni gift in Becker’s history. She holds a master’s degree in communications and counseling from Duquesne University and a bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications from Bentley University.

Charlie Summer
Executive Director
Pleasant Bay Community Boating

Born and raised in Waltham, MA, Charles attended undergraduate school at Suffolk University and graduate school at Northeastern University. He served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the towns of Acton, MA and Littleton, MA from 1980 to 1986. In 2015 he retired as the Town Administrator for the Town of Brewster after 30 years of service. Currently Charles is employed by Pleasant Bay Community Boating as the Executive Director. He resides in Brewster with his wife Cynthia Johansen where they raised three children.

Currently he is volunteering in the following areas: Brewster Town Moderator, Brewster Ladies Library Building Committee; Cape Cod Regional Technical High School Building Committee; Brewster Fire Station Building Committee, Brewster Conservation Trust and the Association to Preserve Cape Cod.

Larry Thayer
Interim President and CEO
Cape Abilities

Larry Thayer served as the President/Executive Director of Cape Abilities for 25 years and recently stepped into the Interim President and CEO role with the organization.  He has been a Cape resident for 44 years and currently resides in Cummaquid with his wife, Beth. He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science in 1970 from Assumption College, and also a Masters & CAGS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Assumption College in 1972.

In 1974, Larry was appointed the Area Director of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and supervised all vocational rehabilitation services on Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Cape Cod. From 1978-1989, he held a number of positions with the Department of Mental Health including; Director of Outpatient Services, Director of Inpatient Psychiatric Care, and Director of Administration.

He is the founder and current Board member of the Cape Cod Disability Network as well as a member of the Board of The Cape Cod Foundation, where he serves as Clerk, the Cape Cod Association, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod,

Previous activities include being the co-chairman of the Exit 6 ½ Committee, member of the Executive Committee of the Barnstable County Health & Human Services Committee, past president of the Barnstable Civic Association, a member of the Board of the Cape Cod Art Association, past president of two homeowners associations, member of the Board of the Cape Cod YMCA, the Fitchburg-Leominster Detox Center, Board member of the Barnstable Village Business Association, and past chairman of the Workforce Investment Board.

David Troutman
Scargo Café

David Troutman has worked in the restaurant industry for over 45 years; the last 32 of which were spent as co-owner of Scargo Cafe.

A 1976 graduate of Barnstable High, he received his bachelors degree from Suffolk University in 2006 and is a graduate of the class of 2015 Community Leadership Institute.

He is a founding member and immediate past Chair of Calmer Choice and as such was the United Way recipient of the Ron Reed award for dedication to a board.  David is also an active member of the YMCA Teen Achievers steering committee.  He is also this Year’s Honorary Chair of ASGCC’s “Night at the Chef’s Table”.

David lives in West Barnstable with his beautiful wife Pam, and his lovely daughter Kate.

Anne Van Vleck
Chief Development Officer
Housing Assistance Corporation

Anne joined Housing Assistance Corporation in the summer of 2017, after almost seven years as the Executive Director at CCYP (Cape Cod Young Professionals).  While at CCYP, Anne was able to lead and promote a culture focused on addressing the Cape’s workforce issues through mentoring, civic engagement programs, and creating opportunities for housing that are affordable, accessible and available to young professionals on Cape Cod.  Anne lives in Chatham with her family.

Julie Wake
Executive Director
Arts Foundation of Cape Cod

As the Executive Director of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Julie believes the arts make us stronger and more vibrant and allow us to grow, both individually and as a community. Julie began her career in high-tech marketing and spent many years in Boston and San Francisco before transitioning into the nonprofit sector in 2008. Since then, she has worked in organizations focused on seniors, families, housing and homelessness, and now arts and culture. Julie holds a BFA in architecture from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston and is a 2017 graduate of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice program, which is affiliated with Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life.

Anita Walker
Executive Director
Mass Cultural Council

Anita Walker has served as Executive Director of the Mass Cultural Council since April 2007. Walker is the Commonwealth’s highest ranking cultural official, overseeing a range of grant programs, services, and advocacy for the arts, humanities, and sciences in communities across Massachusetts.

Walker has raised the visibility of the nonprofit creative sector as a driving force for growth and prosperity in Massachusetts. She led advocacy for the Mass. Cultural Facilities Fund, which has invested $91.9 million in arts and cultural building projects statewide over eight years. CFF grants are leveraging more than $1.9 billion in spending on cultural building projects, providing more than 21,000 jobs, restoring many important historic structures, and attracting more than 28 million cultural tourists to Massachusetts annually.

Walker also launched Mass Cultural Council’s Cultural Districts Initiative to help cities and towns attract new visitors and commerce through new arts and cultural activity. And she led the creation of a new Cultural Investment Portfolio for more than 400 outstanding nonprofit arts, humanities, and science organizations that simplified the state’s support system for the nonprofit cultural sector. Coupled with DataArts, it is helping organizations better understand their finances and become better advocates for their work and the sector as a whole.

Under Walker’s leadership, Mass Cultural Council also has put new emphasis on defining and building a new field of practice called Creative Youth Development. As part of that effort Mass Cultural Council launched SerHacer, a program to support intensive, aspirational, ensemble music making as a vehicle for education and social change.

Walker also led development of Mass Cultural Council’s UP Initiative to support organizations that recognize the power of inclusive design to grow audiences and enhance cultural experiences for all and embrace inclusivity as core to their mission. The intent is to generate transformational experiences for participants that will not only build capacity but fuel insight and action.

Before coming to Massachusetts, Walker was director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for seven years, serving as executive director of the Iowa Arts Council, administrator of the State Historical Society, and the state historic preservation officer. Walker is a native of California and a graduate of The University of Arizona. She lives in Beverly.

Maureen Wallbeoff
Nonprofit Strategist & Technology Coach

A resident of Sandwich, Maureen started her nonprofit career at Planned Parenthood of Connecticut, rising from counselor to eBusiness Director over a seventeen-year tenure.

In 2008, along with several silent business partners, she opened the doors to Firefly Partners, a creative digital agency for nonprofits. Maureen has worked with hundreds of organizations across every mission and vertical, including Be The Match, UNICEF USA, Tufts Medical Center, New Hampshire Public Radio, and the American Kidney Fund.

A skilled facilitator and warm national presenter, she loves to bring people together to breathe fresh life into their digital programs and grow through the right use of technology. Maureen has authored two guides to nonprofit engagement software, along with the newly-released Grassroots Galvanizer Playbook.  She regularly blogs at her website and is a regular contributor to Nonprofit Pro and NP Engage.

Maureen has recently left her role as Vice President of Firefly and is now working as a solo practitioner focused on helping the accidental techies working at nonprofits learn to navigate today’s complex technology platforms, design the right digital strategy, and get a good ROI on their technology investments.
Contact Maureen:  [email protected]

Cynthia Wigren
CEO & Co-Founder
Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

Cynthia holds a Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management from University of New Hampshire. Cynthia spent twelve years working for online trading companies in the energy industry, with a focus on project management and strategic planning. She is an avid traveler and a scuba diver with a deep appreciation for wildlife on land and sea. Her underwater experiences with whale sharks, great hammerheads, nurse sharks, and great white sharks, inspired her to leave the corporate world and establish the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy to support shark research and conservation. Cynthia also serves on the Massachusetts Ocean Advisory Commission.