Board, Not Bored

The Dynamics of a Highly Functioning, Energized Group of Organizational Stewards

Are board members born or made? Can they be taught? As an Executive Director, are you really listening to the notes your board members are playing or are you trying to conduct over discord? How can you help your board to tune in and march ahead in harmony?

Join us remotely on Wednesday, June 16th at 9:00 a.m. for Board, Not Bored; moderated, and presented in part by Barbara Cotton from the American Red Cross of Southeastern Massachusetts.

Hear from Robert Dwyer, Executive Director at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on how his board has evolved and continues to evolve as the Museum strategically plans for the final stages of acquiring Thornton Burgess/Green Briar Nature Center.

Cindy Horgan, Executive Director at the Cape Cod Children’s Place, will share the leadership trajectory over the last decade that has moved her organization from uncertain to confident, navigating necessary development that has positioned the organization to survive and thrive through the pandemic.

Barbara Cotton, new to her role as Executive Director with the American Red Cross of Southeastern Massachusetts during the pandemic, was charged with growing her board. Barbara will share HOW with a plan in hand and uncompromising determination, in just one year, she grew a board of just seven to now twelve board members who are highly functioning, engaged, and mission driven.

This event is FREE to attend with advance registration for current PPCI members; and $10 per person for non-members. To attend this event, please register online via the link below.

Register to attend June 16th

About Our Panelists

Robert "Bob" Dwyer

Robert “Bob” Dwyer

Robert Dwyer
Bob Dwyer has been the President of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History located in Brewster, MA since 2006. Founded in 1954, the Museum’s mission is “to inspire appreciation, understanding and stewardship of our natural environment and wildlife through discovery and learning.” The Museum has three organizational strands – a museum, a nature education center, and a steward of conservation land. Housed in a 17,000 square foot building on an 80-acre site abutted by over 300 acres of conservation land; the Museum has approximately 1.600 members, supported by over 250 volunteers and has an annual visitation exceeding 55,000.

Bob retired from the University of Massachusetts/Boston where he was Director of Public Affairs and Educational Programming for the Center of Media Development. His responsibilities included management of interactive multimedia projects; research and application of new technologies; Producer & Director of Local Focus, a public service cable television series broadcast throughout the Commonwealth; project manager for the origination of international teleconferences; and supervision of a print design department. He received numerous awards for both cable programming and design.

During the thirty years he has been on Cape Cod, Bob has served on a number of local non-profit Boards including the Cape Cod Light House Charter School, Cape & Islands Boy Scouts, Cape Cod Technology Council, Cape & Islands Historical Association and Brewster Chamber of Commerce to name a few.

Bob holds a B.S. from Northeastern University in Business Administration and an Ed.M. in Interactive Technology in Education from Harvard University.

Cyndy Horgan

Cyndy Horgan

Cindy Horgan
Cindy Horgan is the Executive Director and Family Support Coordinator of the Cape Cod Children’s Place in North Eastham. Her background is in Family Work began with her work with teen parents in residential care. She taught preschool for five years as well. She recently completed her master’s degree in education with Wheelock College.

She is trained in many curriculums Family Development Credentialing, Parenting Journey, Nurturing Program, Talk About Touch, Babies Cry Have a Plan, Strengthening Families, and Connected Beginnings. Cindy has created her own curriculum Raising Healthy Families and created a DVD series of her work. Cindy has also coordinated the McKinney Vento Grant for the Dennis Yarmouth Regional School District creating awareness regarding the educational rights of homeless children, as well as the Coordinator for the Dennis Yarmouth Mental Health Grant which provided resources and programs for children ages 0-8.

Cindy has worked throughout the Cape providing Bullying Awareness training for many communities. Cindy provides both family support and education in many of our communities working with families of promise such as area shelters, and our local House of Correction. Cindy and her husband Dan continue the journey of raising 5 children ranging in age from 33 to 26.

Barbara Cotton

Barbara Cotton

Barbara Cotton
Barbara Cotton leads the Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter of the American Red Cross as the Executive Director. Charged with building and strengthening community partnerships, promoting programming and awareness around home safety and fire prevention, supporting our military, and communicating the need for a constant blood supply and the need for a diverse, well-trained and ready volunteer workforce, Barbara is the Red Cross ambassador to 81 cities and towns across Southeastern Massachusetts.
No stranger to the non-profit sector on Cape Cod, Barbara has held leadership positions at the Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod and the Islands, and the Cape Cod Military Support Foundation. Partnering with numerous community agencies to leverage resources, she serves on several boards and committees, including Boston College Alumni Association of Cape Cod, Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands as both a member and former Philanthropy Day Chair, and represents the American Red Cross on the Emergency Food and Shelter Program local board for the counties of Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket.

Barbara graduated from Boston College with a BA in English and a master’s degree in Education. A proud graduate of both CLI (Community Leadership Institute) and INP (Institute for Non-profit Practice through Tufts University,) Barbara lends her professionalism, expertise, and enthusiasm to advocate for those most in need.

Barbara lives in Mashpee with her husband, their three children and their new puppy, Charlie.

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

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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