Board of Directors

Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation is overseen and served by its Board of Directors. Serving on the Board are:

Brien O’Brien, President
Peter Getsinger, Vice-President
Walt Looney, Treasurer
Susannah Bristol, Assistant Treasurer
Molly Glasgow, Clerk

Chris Alley
Michael Berwind

Jennifer Blum
Peter Brooks
Kim Burns
Susan Crampton
Mary Lou DeLong
Keith Dodge
Robert Egerton
Patricia Favreau
Lisa Foster
David Grain
Carol Hillenbrand
Bill Howell
Kathy Ham
Ellen Harley
Bill Maloney
Adam Moore
Hillary Noyes-Keene
William Plapinger
Nancy Randall
Alan Rappaport
Phil Regan
Tom Robinson
Peter Rodegast
John Schaefer
Samme Thompson

Honorary Directors
April Hamel
Edo Potter
Rez Williams

Chris Alley grew up on the island and attended the Oak Bluffs Elementary School and the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He graduated from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Engineering. After college, he served as a geotechnical engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Chris left the Army Corps to bicycle across the United States, trek in Nepal and return to the island. For roughly the past 15 years, he has worked for Schofield, Barbini & Hoehn, Inc. as a civil engineer/project manager. His work includes residential and commercial site development, land use consulting, and client representation.  As more environmentally sensitive sites are considered for development, Chris often finds himself educating prospective developers -early in the development process – to the engineering and regulatory challenges and opportunities. These range from the technical, such as the advantages of de-nitrifying septic systems, to the larger picture of how a project might be designed to minimize environmental impacts or whether development of a site may be inappropriate regardless of design.  Chris is the Oak Bluffs Board of Health appointee to the MV Land Bank Town Advisory Board. Chris married Kate Feiffer in 1996 at the Field Gallery and they have one daughter, Madeline. His parents and extended family also live on Martha’s Vineyard.

Brien O’Brien, President, was Chairman and CEO of Advisory Research, Inc (ARI). Prior to joining ARI, he was the founder of Marquette Capital, an investment advisory firm that merged with ARI in 1996. A former vice president at Bear Stearns, Brien began his career with Oppenheimer & Co. in 1981. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Boston College, a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago Medical Center, head of the Finance and Strategic Planning Committee at the University of Chicago Medical Center, a member of the Executive Committee of the University of Chicago Medical Center, and a member of the Investment Committee of the University of Chicago Endowment. Brien graduated with honors from Boston College with a B.S. in finance and theology.

Walt Looney, Treasurer, was a partner in the New York-based law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he practiced for more than 32 years, and recently retired as general counsel of Horizon Asset LLP, an asset management company based in London. Walt has been a Vineyard homeowner and seasonal resident since 1992. He is an avid birder, hiker, runner and cyclist, and throughout his life has been involved in conservation organizations. He and his family have been long-time supporters of Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation, and his son Adam served as SMF’s first summer intern, in 1993. A graduate of Boston College, University of Virginia and Harvard Law School, he is also a director of Stowe (VT) Land Trust and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and has served as a member of Edgartown Yacht Club’s finance committee. Walt and his wife Diane have three grown sons and four grandchildren, all of whom share their love for Martha’s Vineyard.

Susannah Bristol, Assistant Treasurer, of West Chop and New York City represents the fourth generation of seasonal residents in her family, and the Bristols have preserved the original family island home, which dates from the 1890’s. An active participant in the West Chop community, Susannah has served as Treasurer and President of the summer club. Currently president of a private land and mineral company founded in 1903 in western Virginia, Susannah also worked as a securities analyst specializing in telecommunications for Lehman brothers during the 1980’s. She and her brothers own and operate a tree farm in Maine. Susannah has been an active volunteer in the areas of education, land management and historic preservation. She has served as a trustee of the Groton School in Groton, MA and the Chapin School and the Episcopal School, both located in New York City. A graduate of Williams College and Columbia Business School, Susannah and her husband, Brian, have three grown children who enthusiastically share their love for all things Vineyard.

Molly Glasgow, Clerk, her husband, Eric, and their two boys moved to Martha’s Vineyard in 2009 after falling in love with its natural beauty on several summertime visits. Molly and her family purchased a working farm and started The Grey Barn. After having taken the land through the process of organic certification they currently run a herd of 35 heritage-bred Dutch-belted dairy cows, raise heritage breed pigs and also have about 300 laying hens. The farm now supplies the Island with raw milk, cheese, pork, beef, veal, eggs and sometimes a few veggies from their family garden. Molly is a graduate of the Pratt Institute, was an art director for many years and enjoys photographing the loveliness of the Island that she now calls home.

Michael Berwind is a fifth-generation family investor who oversees the family’s portfolio of businesses. An avid mountain biker and hobbyist photographer, he and his wife, Carol, reside in Edgartown.

Jennifer Blum moved to Edgartown in 2013 after enjoying 24 years as a seasonal resident here. Born and raised in MA, Jennifer has lived and worked in New York, Chicago, Singapore, Hong Kong, California and Louisville, KY. Her professional background is in advertising (Young & Rubicam in New York, J. Walter Thompson in Chicago and Singapore), and marketing (Citibank in Singapore). Jennifer, her husband Jonathan, and twin sons Andrew and Christopher have long enjoyed regular hikes on SMF trails. Jennifer serves as our Education Committee Chairperson; she’s very enthused about SMF’s school based program and our general public programs of guided walks and free lectures.

Peter Brooks Peter is a Managing Director and Co-Founder of CornerStone Partners LLC, a Charlottesville based CIO firm managing the assets for twelve endowment and foundation clients, with total firm assets of approximately $10 billion. CornerStone’s largest and oldest client is The Nature Conservancy, based in Washington, DC. Peter has over three decades of investment management, management consulting, business development and corporate management experience in Asian and US markets. Prior to establishing CornerStone in 1997, he founded and managed his own private equity firm, Naushon Capital LLC, Boston through which he participated in the acquisition, financing or restructuring of over twenty companies in a variety of businesses ranging from sophisticated medical research to high technology and innovative sports equipment manufacturing. Before establishing Naushon Capital, Peter was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in their Washington D.C. and New York offices. Peter graduated from Harvard College and received his MBA and MA degrees from Stanford University.

Kim Burns was born and raised on a cattle ranch in East Texas. After attending Abilene Christian University for 2 years, studying range and pasture plants, she transferred to Texas A&M University to graduate with a double major in Parks & Recreation and Botany. She went on to work for the next several years for the Soil Conservation Service, USDA in Wyoming. Then she went on to work in Pottstown, PA managing a private estate renowned for its specimen trees. Kim is married with one child and lives in Concord, MA. She works with the Concord Garden Club as a plant specialist and is a watercolorist. She spends the summer and as much of the fall, winter and spring on the Vineyard as possible.

Susan Crampton has been a seasonal resident of Hines Point, Vineyard Haven, since 1971.  A CPA by training, she has worked in public accounting and government and has served on many boards. She currently serves on the Board of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. She and her late husband Steve also lived for many years in Vermont, enjoying the outdoors both there and on the Vineyard. Steve was President of Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation from 2006 to 2008.

Mary Lou DeLong recently retired as Vice President and University Secretary of Boston College, a post she held from 2004 until 2012. Appointed Vice President of University Advancement at BC in 1992, she was the first woman to head a vice presidential department. In this capacity, she was responsible for the areas of Development and Alumni Affairs. Her previous positions included Director of Major Gifts at Harvard Medical School, Director of Planned Giving at Phillips Academy, Director of Annual Giving at Stevens Institute of Technology and Director of Programs and Events at Boston College. In 2012 she received an Honorary Degree from BC. Mary Lou served five years as a Trustee of Boston College and as a Trustee of Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. She was a Board member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and President of the Planned Giving Group of New England. Mary Lou and her husband live full time on Martha’s Vineyard and she serves on the Boards of Mink Meadows Golf Club, Deep Bottom Pond Owners Association and the Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club.

Keith Dodge was born and raised in Belmont, MA. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in English in 1971 and in September of that year he first visited Martha’s Vineyard, which was to become the love of his life. For the next ten summers he worked in restaurants on the Vineyard, primarily the old Navigator Restaurant/Boathouse Bar in Edgartown. During the winters he worked in establishments such as the Club Casablanca in Cambridge, MA and Joe Allen in New York and London. For five years he managed restaurants in the Boston area. At age 36 he became a teacher and for the next 26 years he taught English and history at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. Keith holds a Master’s degree in Writing, which he earned at Northeastern University. As a teacher he served as class adviser, National Honor Society adviser, newspaper adviser, and the English department chair. He coached basketball and tennis, and he estimates that he wrote 500 college letters of recommendation. He retired in June 2013 and will miss his students. He lives in Oak Bluffs and continues to work as the editor of the Dodge Magazine for his family business, the Dodge Company of Billerica, MA.

Robert Egerton spent his career in agricultural finance, most recently with CoBank, ACB, a $92 billion cooperatively owned bank based in Denver, Colorado. Bob served as President of the Eastern Division of the Agribusiness banking Group with customers in 27 states and loan commitments over $8 billion. He is a graduate of the Stockbridge School of agriculture, and has a B.S. from the University of Maine and a MBA from the University of Hartford. In addition to the board of Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation, he serves as Treasurer and Board member for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services and he serves as a board adviser for MFA Oil Company in Columbia, Missouri. He and his wife, Angela, live in Edgartown, where they enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking and horseback riding.

Patty Favreau is the Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for the Church Pension Group (CPG), a $12B not-for-profit employee benefits firm that serves Episcopal Church employers and employees around the world. Patty is a member of CPG’s Executive Leadership Team that works with The Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees to establish policy and set long-term strategic priorities for the organization. A graduate of Amherst College and The University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a member of the Virginia Law Review, Patty has a long and deep background in strategic communications, risk management, strategic planning, staff management and budget oversight. Prior to joining CPG, Patty served as president of Redscout, a mid-size strategic consultancy that helps household brands reach their full potential through innovative advertising and new product development. She has also served as chief marketing officer for New York Life insurance Company’s domestic life insurance and annuity business, and as a litigation associate at Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP. In 2016, she was inducted into Jack and Jill of America, a selective membership organization of mothers with children of color ages 2-19, that is dedicated to nurturing future leaders through volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. Patty, her husband Marc, and their sons Owen and Emmett are year-round residents of West Tisbury and are active participants in the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury community.

Lisa Foster founded 1 Bag at a Time in 2005 to offer reusable shopping bags to American consumers. Foster was among the first to advocate for reusable bags and to publicize the damage of disposable bags in our environment and our economy. She served on the Los Angeles County Taskforce for Plastic Bag Reduction as well as the Polystyrene Waste Reduction taskforce. Lisa currently serves on the Corporation for Northeastern University. A graduate of the Putney School and UC Berkeley, she earned her Ph. D. from USC and was an English teacher at Harvard Westlake School for 10 years. With her husband Gary, she has a house in Aquinnah and spends winters in Los Angeles.

Peter Getsinger, Vice-President, is the third of five generations to summer or live year-round on Chappaquiddick.  His grandparents (the Bunkers) arrived on Chappaquiddick in 1927, and fostered a love for Chappy that continues.  With time and as the family expanded over the years, they eventually looked to Sheriff’s Meadow to help resolve the generational issues that often arise.  Peter founded Nexstar Capital Partners in March 2004 and has primary responsibility for managing the assets of the Fund.  Prior to forming Nexstar, he was head of global investment banking for Latin American at Deutsche Bank, held the same role at Banker’s Trust and previously served as senior vice-president at Lehman Brothers.  Peter is currently a director for Electro Dunas S.A.A. (Peru) and previously served on the board of GPU Argentina Holdings, Inc.  He is a past co-president of the Chappaquiddick Island Association, a trustee of Kent School and board member of the Featherstone Center for the Arts.  He graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in American Civilization.

David Grain is the Founder and Managing Partner of Grain Management, LLC and the CEO of Grain Communications Group, Inc..  Prior to forming the Grain entities, David was President of Global Signal, Inc., had been the Senior Vice President of AT&T Broadband’s New England Region and had spent a decade in the financial services industry.  David is extensively involved in national civic affairs and has served on many public, private and non-profit boards and committees.  Among other affiliations, he currently serves as President Barack Obama’s appointee to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, as a Trustee on the Board of the College of the Holy Cross, and as the Chairman of the Investment Advisory Council for the Florida State Board of Administration. David graduated from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, received a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in 1984 and a MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth in 1989.  David resides with his wife, Lisa, and their children in Chilmark and in Sarasota, Florida.

Kathryn R. Ham, a resident of Edgartown and Boston, is Counsel for Reynolds, Rappaport, Kaplan & Hackney, LLC. She served as partner of the firm from 1993 to 2000, at which time she moved to Boston temporarily for family reasons.  She has over 25years of experience in real estate law, with a focus on analyzing troubled titles. Kathy has served as a volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT) for the Towns of Tisbury and Edgartown for many years, as a tutor in the Martha’s Vineyard Literacy Program, and as a member of the Edgartown Historic District Committee. She is currently a corporator of the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank and does legal work pro bono for the Home for Little Wanderers in Boston.  She is active in land conservation and had previously served as a Director for Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation from 1995 to 1998.  Kathy helped found and now consults North Star Land Foundation, a private charitable corporation dedicated to conservation on Chappaquiddick, is an overseer for the Vineyard Open Land Foundation, and has represented the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission in acquisition of land for conservation purposes for several years.

Ellen Harley holds a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a B.A. in English from Monmouth University. In 2004 she founded and chaired the Southern Women’s Campaign School, a non-partisan organization that provides training and information for women seeking to run competitive campaigns. In 1995 she founded the Center for Regional Cooperation in Philadelphia and directed the Center from 1995 to 1998. Ellen serves as a Pennsylvania State Legislator from 1990 to 1994, during which term she served on many committees, including the Local Government Committee, Urban Affairs Committee, State Government Committee, Health and Welfare Committee, as well as the Pennsylvania State Planning Board. She co-authored the Pennsylvania Land Use Plan and also the Federal Standards for Manufactured Housing. Ellen and her husband, Ed, reside in Edgartown and also in Charleston, South Carolina. She has served on the boards of many charitable organizations, including her current service on the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust.

Carol Hillenbrand is an avid equestrienne who rides and shows American Saddlebreds as she has done all her life, continuing to win national and world championships. She also is actively involved in several philanthropic endeavors, currently serving on the Board of the American Saddlebred Museum in Lexington, KY and formerly serving as President of SAVE, an animal shelter in Princeton, NJ. Carol graduated from Wheaton College and is married to Roch Hillenbrand. Formerly of Princeton, NJ where she raised her two children, Carol now divides her time between Naples, FL and Martha’s Vineyard while doting on her four granddaughters.

Bill Howell was first introduced to Martha’s Vineyard 25 years ago by his wife, Nina, and moved the family full-time to Harthaven in Oak Bluffs in 2007.  After graduating from Colgate University and after traveling while in the military, he worked for Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in Boston and then spent 18 years at Silicon Valley bank as a Managing Director in various client and venture capital facing roles. In 2015, he left the commuting world to spend more time at home with his wife and their three teenage children. He joined Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank in April 2016. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and Army National Guard after serving 16 years in the infantry as a non-commissioned and commissioned officer. He is a former board member of Martha’s Vineyard Youth Soccer and coached several island teams. In any spare time he likes to read military history, ski, hunt, work in the yard and explore with his family.

William P. Maloney is an independent consultant representing firms involved in estate planning, benefit consulting, risk management and health care consulting. Prior to becoming an independent, he spent four years as Senior Vice President of Liberty Investment Management, an asset management firm.  Prior to joining Liberty, Mr. Maloney had been an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions with Kidder Peabody & Co.  Mr. Maloney joined Kidder Peabody in 1982 after spending seven years with Paine Webber, where had been involved with the Blyth Eastman Paine Webber mergers and acquisitions group and the Paine Webber Mitchell Hutchins research department.  Prior to that, he had been a partner in institutional sales and research at Parker/Hunter Inc. Mr. Maloney graduated from Holy Cross College in 1959 and attended business school at McGill University and Duquesne University.  He is an Advisory Board Member to the College’s Business Program. Mr. Maloney currently serves as Board member of the Teton Literacy Center and the Friends of the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center. He is a former Board Member of the Jackson Hole Land Trust. He has served on the Advisory Board of a private equity partnership, on the Board of one of its portfolio companies, and as a Board member of a publicly listed company. He is also President of Osprey Holdings, Ltd., an investment partnership. Mr. Maloney’s firm invests in private equity and venture capital opportunities. He and his wife, Carol, reside in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Adam R. Moore has been the Executive Director of Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation since 2008. Prior to his service with Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation, Adam was the Executive Director of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association from 2001 to 2008, the Land Superintendent for the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission from 1998 to 2001, and a forester for Connwood Foresters from 1996 to 1998. Adam is the author of A Year on Martha’s Vineyard, published in 2015. He earned a Master of Forestry degree from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in 1995 and a B.A. in biology from Yale College in 1992. Adam was introduced to Martha’s Vineyard by his wife, Melissa. He and Melissa reside at Quansoo Farm and have four children – Madeleine, Isabel, Ingrid and Huck.

Hillary Noyes-Keene grew up in rural upstate New York and summered on Martha’s Vineyard, which led to a true love of landforms and nature. She attended Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, graduating with a degree in fine arts and elementary education. After traveling extensively and teaching young children for a number of years, Hillary continued her education at the University of Colorado, Denver, graduating with dual master degrees in Landscape Architecture and Architecture. While studying in Prague and working in conjunction with the city government, Hillary assisted with design proposals of the edges between urban and rural landscapes – a theme she focused on while in graduate school. With degrees in hand, Hillary moved to Martha’s Vineyard. She continue her landscape architecture while working with Stephen Stimson Associates and then Indigo Farm, until she started her own business, Noyes Design, which she headed for over ten years. In the midst of those transitions, Hillary married John Keene. Together they have four children who roam the greater Vineyard landscapes and waterways. When her fourth child was born, Hillary traded in her design tools for her camera and a sketch book. Slowly, she is making her way back to the fine arts. While a member of the Vineyard community, Hillary has been Coordinator of the Chilmark School Outing Program, an outdoor education program where ‘learning has no limits’ and served as President of Island Children’s School Board of Directors. Hillary is currently director of MV United’s Recreation Program, a soccer program serving over 300 Island youths, preschool to 5th grade, and a member of their Board of Directors. Ultimately, though, it is hiking and glimpsing the ever-changing colors and textures of the surrounding landscapes that renew Hillary’s spirit.

William A. Plapinger is Of Counsel to the international law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, and prior to that was a corporate partner and associate of the firm for more than 35 years, including 25 years based in London. Bill and his family have been seasonal residents of the Vineyard since 1968, and he and his wife Cassie Murray built a home in Cedar Tree Neck in the mid-1990s and now split their time between New York City and the Vineyard.  Bill and Cassie are long-time supporters of Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation, and for many years have enjoyed hiking the SMF trails with their family. Bill recently completed a two-year Fellowship at Harvard University in the Advanced Leadership Initiative, and holds an AB from Vassar College and a JD from New York University School of Law.  He is chair of the board of trustees of Vassar College, a commissioner on the US-UK Fulbright Commission, a national director of The Posse Foundation, and a director of the American School in London Foundation, and he is currently working on a venture to provide finance to students from Africa studying in the United States.  Bill and Cassie have three grown children who spent their childhood summers on Martha’s Vineyard and who return to the Vineyard as often as they can.

Nancy Randall has been a summer resident of Edgartown for the past 30 years. Her mother-in-law, Alison Cannon, had been involved with Sheriff’s Meadow for decades and lived next door to Henry Beetle Hough and the sheriff’s Meadow Sanctuary. Nancy’s first memories of Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation were of the summer galas which were laid back casual gatherings at which children, including her own, would pass the hors d’oeuvres. Nancy grew up on a farm on the North Shore of Boston where her father believed in keeping and donating as much open space as possible, primarily to those who rode horses in the Myopia Hunt. Her mother still lives on the farm where most of the land has been protected by donated easements. Nancy has been on the board of the Noanett Garden Club for the past eight years, and has served as the chairman of programs and special events. She has just finished a four-year tenure at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she designed floral arrangements for the public spaces and special events.

Alan Rappaport is an Adjunct Professor at the NYU Stern School of Business, Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and Advisory Director of Roundtable Investment Partners. Mr. Rappaport spent his career in the financial services industry at Oppenheimer, the Beacon Group and Bank of America and currently serves on a number of corporate boards. He has served on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations including the American Museum of Natural History, the NYU Langone Medical Center, as chair of the board of GuideStar, and as Co-Chair of the Parents Committee of Duke University.  He received his BA from Harvard College and MBA from Stanford University.  A life-long resident of Martha’s Vineyard, he lives with his wife Jill and two children in Chilmark and New York.

Phil Regan, a 1988 graduate of the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Architecture, joined Hutker Architects in 1988 and serves as Principal and the Senior Project Designer for Hutker Architects’ Vineyard office. A Vineyard native with a deep understanding of the nature of the coastal landscape, Phil brings over 20 years of professional design and development experience with residential and publi projects on the Island. Phil has combined his skills with an unfettered understanding of the region, delivering throughout the island defining projects that complement and withstand the beauty and nature of the landscape, while also challenging it with a fresh definition of a traditional aesthetic. Phil heads up the Vineyard office of Hutker Architects, mentoring over 15 talented architects and designers. Phil is a founding member of both the Cottage City Historic District Commission and Vineyard Baseball, Inc. and currently sits as a Historic District Commissioner and as a consultant for Vineyard Baseball, Inc. Phil also serves on the Board of Directors of the Martha’s Vineyard Little League and as a youth sports coach for the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club. He and his family reside in Oak Bluffs.

Tom Robinson is an arborist with a BS in Forestry and Resources Management from SUNY Syracuse. He is the owner and operator of Island Timber Tree Service. Tom has been active in a variety of civic endeavors including the Energy Resource Group, MV Surfcasters, MV Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby Committee, and MV Multisport (sponsor of the MV 20-miler road race). He has been the Tisbury representative to the MV Land Bank Commission and is a longtime member of the Tisbury Conservation Commission (currently the chairman). Tom and his wife, Alice (nee Hough), have lived in Vineyard Haven since 1977 and have raised 3 sons.

Peter Rodegast has lived in West Tisbury year round since 1978. He was a summer kid before that, his parents having bought a house on Old County Rd in ‘55. He has worked as an architectural designer and occasional builder of a variety of projects throughout the island. His wife, Nancy Cole, is the Edgartown School librarian and they have 2 grown children. He has served on various town boards including nearly 20 years on the West Tisbury Conservation Commission. Peter works hard to enjoy the outside as often as possible, biking, hiking, running and getting out on the water. Trails and hiking have been an interest for much of his life. He has hiked extensively throughout the northeast and anywhere else he travels. Last fall he completed a hike of the entire Appalachian Trail. Having accomplished that he resolved to give back and volunteer for trail work of all kinds.

John Schaefer has been a seasonal resident of Edgartown since 1978. He and his wife, Pam, live next to Ox Pond Meadow and Little Beach preserves. John was a member of the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation Board of Directors from 2005 to 2015 and served as its President from 2011 to 2014. He rejoined the Board in June 2016. He retired from Morgan Stanley in 2006 where he was a member of the management committee and was President and Chief Operating Officer of the Global Wealth Management Group. John is a member of the Board of Directors of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Annaly Capital Management. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Harvard Business School.

Samme Thompson is the founder and President of Telit Associates, Incorporated, a consulting and financial advisory practice that addresses telecommunications and information technology businesses. Samme has a deep background in corporate strategy, investment banking and global business development. He served as Chief Strategy Officer for Motorola Corporation; Senior Vice-president of the investment banking firm, Kidder, Peabody & Co.; Chief Strategy Officer for AT&T Information Systems; and as Senior Engagment Manager for McKinsey & Company. He currently serves on the boards of American Tower Corporation, USA Mobility, Inc. and the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Entrepreneurial Development Center. He holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate Business School and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University. Samme and his wife, Janet, reside in West Tisbury and Chicago.

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