New Board Members Elected at 2021 Annual Meeting

Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands
Elects Three New Board Members at Annual Meeting

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass, January 28, 2021 – The Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands (PPCI) is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its volunteer Board of Directors: Vanessa Greene of Cape Cod 5, Laurel Hartman of Kinlin Grover Real Estate, and P.J. Richardson of YMCA Cape Cod. The three professionals involved in our nonprofit community were voted in during the PPCI annual meeting held virtually on Thursday, January 28th. Each will serve a three-year term.

Vanessa Greene

Vanessa Greene

Vanessa Greene is the Director of Risk and Compliance at Cape Cod 5 and also serves as the institution’s Community Reinvestment Act Officer. She has twenty years of experience in the financial services industry serving in roles within the areas of project management, internal audit, risk management, and compliance. She holds a BA in Economics and Psychology from Wellesley College, an MBA from Bentley University, a degree from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, a Wharton Leadership Certificate, and a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) designation. Over the last several years, she has been increasingly involved in advocacy initiatives for affordable and accessible housing and currently serves on Brewster’s Housing Partnership.


Laurel Hartman

Laurel Hartman

Laurel Hartman is a graduate of Nauset Regional High School, has a B.S. from Northwestern University and an MBA from University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. Her 20+ year career in the hospitality industry with leading organizations including Hilton, Marriott and Starwood has taken her from Chicago to NYC to Boston and back to her home on Cape Cod. In conjunction with the completion of her MBA, Laurel joined the team of Cape & Plymouth Business Publishing as their Director of Sales and Content Marketing before eventually taking on the role of Publisher, VP of the company. She has now taken her extensive experience with customer service, marketing and sales to serving buyers and sellers of residential real estate as a REALTOR® with Kinlin Grover Real Estate. She is a certified meeting professional (CMP), certified sommelier and certified meditation trainer with extensive experience in human resources, training, food service and event planning. Active in her community, Laurel serves on the board of directors and a number of committees of the YMCA of Cape Cod and is the immediate past board chair, is a member of both Cape Cod Young Professionals and South Shore Young Professionals, is a graduate of the Community Leadership Institute of the Cape & Islands, co-founded the Cape & Islands Wedding Group and is a past president of the organization, and is a past board member of the Lower Cape Business and Professional Women.

PJ Richardson

PJ Richardson

P.J. Richardson has worked at the YMCA Cape Cod since early 2000 when he was hired to expand the YMCA’s Camp Lyndon property in order to better serve the year-round community with an emphasis on teen and family programming as well as community development. In 2010 the YMCA Cape Cod promoted PJ to Chief Financial Development Officer. PJ now utilizes his community development skills to help tell the Y story to the community and ensure the Y has the necessary philanthropic support to deliver on their mission. PJ believes that it is his responsibility to nurture the potential of children and teens. By instilling core values in children, we change our future in subtle life-altering ways. PJ has enjoyed a successful career focused on securing the resources needed to ensure that the YMCA Cape Cod is able to keep our promise to the community. PJ embraces the Y’s promise that no child will be turned away from its supportive programs and enriching opportunities due to an inability to pay. PJ considers himself to be part of a team of professionals who pride themselves on being the change they want to see in the world. PJ received his B.A. from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a Major in Government and a Minor in Sociology. He lives in Centerville with his wife Naomi, their sons Sam, twins Henry and Simon, daughter Annie and their golden retriever, Poppy. PJ and his family spend their time hiking, paddling, fishing, volunteering and just enjoying all the natural beauty of Cape Cod.

Also, during the annual meeting the following board members were re-elected for one-year terms as PPCI Officers: President, Sarah Tribuzio of Decatur House; Vice-President Education, Jennifer Cummings of Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation; Vice-President Marketing & Membership, Christopher Ellis of Community Health Center of Cape Cod, Inc.; Treasurer, Kathy Zagzebski of Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center; Secretary, Beatrice Gremlich of Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation; and Immediate Past President, Kristin O’Malley of The Cape Cod Foundation.

The PPCI board further consists of Directors: Barbara Cotton of American Red Cross; Cyndy Cotton of Osterville Village Library; Gerry Desautels, CFRE of Outer Cape Health Services; Tamara Harper of Cape Cod Theatre Company / Harwich Junior Theatre; and Rosemarie Resnik of Rosemarie Resnik and Associates, Inc.


About Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands

The Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands (PPCI) supports the philanthropic community through education, networking, and celebrating the impact of charitable giving. Governed and operated by an-all-volunteer, community-based board of directors, Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands is a local chapter of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners. PPCI annually presents Philanthropy Day on Cape Cod, slated for November 9, 2021.

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Nonprofit Networking: February 24

The Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands (PPCI) invites you to a free Nonprofit Networking Event at 9:00 am on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021.

Join fellow nonprofit professionals, volunteers and board members to network remotely and learn more about each other and celebrate Philanthropy.

This event is FREE to attend with advance registration for both PPCI members and non-members, please register online via the link below. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021.

Register Now for Feb 24th


Brought to you in part by Cape Cod 5, Eastern Bank, Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, Kelley Foundation, and The Cape Cod Foundation.

Premier Sponsor: Cape Cod 5

Champion Sponsor: Eastern Bank

2021 Annual Meeting with Vu Le

The Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands (PPCI) is thrilled to welcome Vu Le, nationally recognized speaker and author of the popular blog Nonprofit AF, as the keynote speaker at the upcoming Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 12:30 pm.

Join Vu in this virtual presentation as he shares his candid, humorous approach to nonprofit work-the good, the bad, and the ugly-while also celebrating the power of the sector.

A Time for Boldness: Equity, Unrestricted Funding, and How to Unlock Our Full Awesomeness!

During these challenging and tumultuous times, nonprofits have played a vital role. We are as essential as air. While the pandemic and society’s reckoning with systemic racism brought about some changes in our sector, we still have many philosophies and practices that are archaic and ineffective. These include the idea of restricted funds, the nonprofit hunger games, the concept of self-sustainability, and the way we do fundraising and advance equity. It is time for nonprofit and philanthropy to let go of some things, embrace some new ideas, and get others to come along. Get ready to be entertained, challenged, and provoked.

This event is FREE to attend with advance registration for current PPCI members; and $25 per person for non-members. To attend this event, please register online via the link below. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, January 26th.

Register to attend January 28th Meeting

PPCI Board President Sarah Tribuzio will preside over a very short business meeting, followed by the guest speaker.

The following slate of officers and directors to be voted on at the Annual Meeting on January 28, 2021:

Officers for 2021:*

President: Sarah Tribuzio, Decatur House
Vice President (Education): Jennifer Cummings, Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation
Vice President (Marketing & Membership): Christopher Ellis, Community Health Center of Cape Cod
Treasurer: Kathy Zagzebski, Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
Clerk: Beatrice Gremlich, Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation
Immediate Past President: Kristin O’Malley, The Cape Cod Foundation

Directors for 2021:*

Barbara Cotton, American Red Cross
Cyndy Cotton, Osterville Village Library
Gerard Desautels, Outer Cape Health Services
Vanessa Greene, Cape Cod 5
Tamara Harper, Cape Cod Theatre Company / Harwich Junior Theatre
Laurel Hartman, Cape & Plymouth Business Publishing
Rosemarie Resnik, Resnik Associates
P.J. Richardson, YMCA Cape Cod

*By means of written notice received by the Secretary at least seven (7) days prior to the date of said Annual Meeting, any group of Members exceeding three (3) in number may nominate additional candidates to fill forthcoming vacancies on the Board and among the officers.

About Our Speaker: Vu Le

Vu LeVu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the former Executive Director of RVC, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities.

Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. There’s tons of humor in the nonprofit world, and someone needs to document it. He is going to do that, with the hope that one day, a TV producer will see how cool and interesting our field is and make a show about nonprofit work, featuring attractive actors attending strategic planning meetings and filing 990 tax forms.

Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at, formerly

Brought you in part by Cape Cod 5, Eastern Bank, Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, Kelley Foundation, and The Cape Cod Foundation.

Premier Sponsor: Cape Cod 5

Champion Sponsor: Eastern Bank