The Community Foundation for Nantucket is governed by a Board of Trustees that establishes the policies & procedures and oversees general management of The Foundation and the funds entrusted to its care. Our Board consists of highly qualified community leaders from across the country who are passionate about improving the health and well-being of the nonprofits in our region and the people they serve.
Geoffrey Verney, President
E. Geoffrey Verney has spent a portion of every year of his life on Nantucket. He is a former summer employee of numerous Nantucket businesses, most notably Red Roundsville’s Nantucket Construction Company. He is a recently retired sales and marketing executive of Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., headquartered in Bennington, NH. Monadnock is a family-owned paper manufacturer producing custom-designed specialty, industrial and fine papers for a wide range of markets and applications. Having worked at Monadnock for 38 years, he continues to serve on the board. In New Hampshire he served for 30 years on the board of the Sharon Arts Center in Sharon, NH serving as president for 4 years. He also served on the board of River Meade, a continuing care retirement community in Peterborough, NH. On Nantucket Verney served on the board of the Nantucket Historical Association for two terms, initially on the design and building committees for the refurbishment of the museum and later as president. He continues to serve on the development and governance committees. He is a former commodore of the Nantucket Yacht Club. Verney is married to Elizabeth Thayer and they split their time between Nantucket and Florida. They have two grown children who also have enjoyed Nantucket each year of their lives.
Robert Dean Felch, Vice President
Robert Dean Felch (Bob) and his wife, Marianne Hutton Felch, had been long-time summer residents of Nantucket until they became full-time residents of ‘Sconset in 2002. Bob has been involved with the Community Foundation since its formation in 2005, joining the original board as its first Vice President. Following a two-year absence from the Foundation board, he rejoined in 2016. He has served on other local boards including the ‘Sconset Trust, the Siasconset Union Chapel and the Siasconset Casino Association. He was the board president of the ‘Sconset Trust from 2004 to 2009 and its Executive Director from 2009 to 2015. In addition he served on the Advisory Council at Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Off island he was President of the board of the Chatham Township (NJ) Historical Society and Senior Warden of St. Paul’s (Chatham, NJ) Episcopal Church in the 1990’s.
Neil Marttila, Treasurer
Neil Marttila, Treasurer, is a Senior Vice President, Market Executive at Nantucket Bank, a division of Blue Hills Bank. Neil is an experienced banking executive with over twenty five years of experience in his field. Previously, Neil was Commercial Loan Officer and at Nantucket Bank as a Vice President of Commercial Lending. Neil has been a community banker since graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 1988 with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics. He is Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Nantucket Film Festival, a member of the Board of the Nantucket Lighthouse School, a member of the Board of the Dreamland Foundation as well as the Community Foundation for Nantucket, a former member of the Real Estate Advisory Committee for the Town of Nantucket, and served on the Board of Directors of Access Nantucket. Neil has lived on Nantucket since 1991 and is married to Lauren Marttila.
Magdalena Reid, Secretary
Magdalena Reid is the former Branch Manager of Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank on Nantucket. She previously held various positions at Nantucket Bank for eight years, and graduated from the Babson School for Financial Studies in 2010. Born in Warsaw, Poland, Magdalena speaks fluent Polish, and holds her heritage close to her heart. Magdalena moved to the US as a child and grew up in the Boston area. Prior to Nantucket, she worked in retail management in Boston, Hyannis, and Boca Raton, FL. Magdalena is mother to a very active little boy, Jacob, and she spends her time at Little League games and various island events supporting the community. Magdalena brings to the Community Foundation a strong desire to better the island she and her son have the pleasure of calling Home.
Maureen Fennessy Bousa
Maureen Fennessy Bousa resides in Wellesley Hills, MA and has enjoyed a summer cottage on Nantucket since 2003. She currently serves as a trustee of The Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA). Her previous non-profit board service includes Historic New England and the Nantucket Historical Association. In addition, Maureen is a former overseer of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society – from which she earned a Master Gardener designation. Maureen holds degrees from Wellesley College (BA) and Boston College (MBA). Maureen and her husband Edward are the parents of Marina, Eamon, Bridget, and Monica.
Marc Feigen is an expert in CEO performance and governance. He is the CEO and Founder of Feigen Advisers and IR Hercules, a software tool for CEO. In 2007, Marc conceived and created the Bower Forum, McKinsey & Company’s roundtable for new CEOs. To further advance the “Art of the High Performing CEO,” Marc co-founded Prium, a leading CEO roundtable. Between 1998 and 2009, Marc founded and built a 200 person management consulting firm with offices in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Houston later acquired by Booz & Company. From 1994-2002, Marc taught governance to directors of public companies at the Wharton Spencer Stuart Director’s Institute. In 2014, the result of three years of his research into boardroom governance was published in the Harvard Business Review. Marc has also written on CEO/Founder successions and CEO retirement.
Marc is co-founder and Vice-Chairman of Cambridge in America, an organization that has raised over $700 million for Cambridge. In 2013, Marc was named an Honorary Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge.
Marc has a BA with honors in History from the University of Pennsylvania, an M. Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University, where he was a Thouron Fellow, and an MBA from Harvard. Before starting his own firms, Marc was an Associate at McKinsey & Company, where he co-authored a best-selling business book on creating growth and performance. Marc has appeared on CBS, and has published articles in the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, USA Today, and Directors and Boards. He lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters.
Andrew Forsyth was born in St. Louis, MO, in 1960. He first came to Nantucket aboard the MV Nobska from Woods Hole in the summer of 1970; it would be the beginning of a long and wonderful relationship with the Island and her inhabitants that continues to the present day. He is an avid sailor and fisherman and has been both since he was first introduced to Nantucket; he enjoys small sailboats and surfcasting especially, and is particularly fond of Great Point for fishing and swimming whenever he is afforded the opportunity. He is currently a member of the Acquisitions Committee of the Friends of the NHA and looks forward to becoming a member of the board of the Nantucket Preservation Trust. He and his wife, Kelly Williams, are avid collectors and supporters of the arts of Nantucket and the AAN; they have assembled a lovely selection of Nantucket arts and crafts over the past 26 years, especially paintings, baskets (old and new) and scrimshaw. They are frequent contributors to a number of philanthropic organizations devoted to the arts and education, as well as to the housing, feeding, and mental health care of underserved communities. They are longtime supporters of the Maria Mitchell Association, the Conservation Foundation, and the Trustees of Reservations, as Andrew is somewhat of an amateur naturalist and particularly enjoys the birds, wildflowers, and trees of Nantucket; he looks forward to making a positive contribution to the Nantucket community through his service upon the board at CFN.
Ellen Hoeffel has been coming to Nantucket for over 25 years and has been a homeowner since 2003. A graduate of Northwestern University, Ellen has spent her career as a human resources executive in the retail industry working for Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers and Saks Fifth Avenue. A full time resident of Greenwich, CT, she and her husband Christopher have two boys, Jack and Oliver.
Hudson “Tucker” Holland III, is the Independent Housing Consultant serving the Town of Nantucket in its efforts to address the workforce / affordable housing crisis here. Tucker previously spent fourteen years as entrepreneur and partner in a privately-held winter sports company based in Burlington, VT and Cowansville, QC. While based in Vermont, Tucker was active as a fundholder with the Vermont Community Foundation and served for eight years on the Shelburne Planning Commission including as Chair. Tucker has spent time annually on Nantucket since 1970, having even more exposure when his parents moved the family to Nantucket year-round in 1980. Tucker’s own family returned to Nantucket full-time in September ’12. Tucker’s wife, Michelle, runs the Holland family’s business here, Nantucket House Antiques & Interior Design, in addition to owning similar businesses in Shelburne, VT. Tucker is an avid marathon runner, fly fisherman, snowboarder / skier…and budding sailor. The Hollands have been blessed with elder son, Eli (age 8), and their twins, Edward and Beatrix (age 6).
Zeldy Lyman has been coming to Nantucket since 1953. Her career included work at the Rockefeller Family philanthropic offices and 30 years in financial services marketing, where she held executive positions at Merrill Lynch, Kidder Peabody, OppenheimerFunds and John Hancock Funds. Before retiring in 2012, she was a Development Officer at The Rhode Island Foundation specializing in planned giving and outreach to nonprofit organizations.
Zeldy lives in Providence with her husband Duncan White, also a generational summer resident. They divide their time between Providence and Nantucket and particularly enjoy exploring the island’s conservation properties. In Providence, Zeldy is a trustee of the Roger Williams Park Conservancy, which is dedicated to the renovation, marketing and stewardship of the City’s extensive Roger Williams Park. She is a past board member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Rhode Island.
Kevin Marshall has been employed with the Nantucket Police Department for the past fifteen years and was promoted to Patrol Sargent in 2008. Along with his regular duties as Patrol Sergeant, at the direction of the Chief, Kevin is assigned to oversee and direct myriad programs such as the: Crime Prevention Unit, Community Service Section, School Resource Officer Program, Elder Affairs, Bicycle Safety, Honor Guard and is the Coordinator for the Volunteer in Police Service Program (V.I.P.S.). In the last few years Kevin has received certifications in several trainings allowing him to educate first responders how better to respond to behavioral health calls for service. His trainings include: Crisis Intervention Team training, Signs of Suicide, Connect the Trainer, Law Enforcement Question- Persuade- Refer and Mental Health First Aid. To date he has educated over three hundred and sixty community members on becoming suicide prevention gatekeepers. When Kevin is not on patrol he serves on several committees including: Cape and Islands Behavioral Health Provider Coalition, Nantucket Behavioral Health Task Force, Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and most recently as a sector leader for mental health during Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s “Nantucket Healthy 2020” grant program. Kevin and his partner John reside on Nantucket Island.
Victoria McManus has served as Trustee since 2012 as both Treasurer and President. She has more than 20 years experience as both a CEO and public company board member in the financial services, equipment leasing and equipment manufacturing sectors. She and her husband, John McDermott, reside in Palm Beach and have spent as much time as possible on Nantucket since 2005.
Melissa Philbrick moved to Nantucket in 1986 with her husband and two young children to practice law. She left the active practice of law in 2008 to become the founding Executive Director of ReMain Nantucket. She retired as Executive Director in 2018 and now serves as an Advisor to ReMain. Melissa has also served on a variety of Nantucket non-profit boards over the past 3 decades. She grew up on the Cape, graduated from Brown University and received her law degree from Columbia University School of Law.
Rev. Linda Simmons went to Harvard Divinity School in 2008, a few years after leaving her job of 12 years where she was senior manager working for a Department of Labor funded non-profit that helped youth who had dropped out of high school get GEDs and jobs.
With the few years between Divinity School and that job, she worked at a hospital in the Integrative Therapies Department offering people who were suffering relaxation strategies and compassion. The chaplain at that hospital and she became fast friends through many theological conversations, and over time he offered her a volunteer chaplaincy position. It wasn’t long before she knew that her next step was to become a Unitarian Universalist minister.
Through some grace and good luck, the stunning Unitarian Universalist church full of whole hearted people on Nantucket Island chose her to be their minister in 2013, the year she graduated from Harvard Divinity School.
She’s been here ever since, learning how to live into her humanity with grace. Her mission in life is to increase the measure of love and justice in the world.
Robert Tichio is currently a Partner at Riverstone Holdings, the New York-based private equity firm, with which he has been associated since 2005. Prior, Robert was in the Principal Investments Area at Goldman Sachs, and began his career in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at JPMorgan. Robert received his AB from Dartmouth College and his MBA from Harvard Business School. The Tichios have called Nantucket home for over two decades, and have been actively engaged in a number of philanthropic endeavors related to youth, arts and education. An active supporter of a number of Island-based organizations whose principal focus is addressing the needs of the year-round community, Robert also serves on the Boards of the Egan Maritime Institute and the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club.
Christine Vineis (Chris) has spent her career in public affairs in Washington, DC, New York City and Columbus, Ohio. Chris began her career in the US Congress working for the ranking member on the House Commerce Committee and then served as Government Affairs Assistant Vice President for IC Industries representing the now CN Railroad. She and her husband moved to New York where she managed the pharmaceutical industry’s first consumer advertising campaign for Pfizer, Inc. As a sales associate for a corporate jet manufacturer, she got her pilot’s license in New York. Chris launched her public affairs consulting firm, Capital Partnerships LLC, in 1997, specializing in federal government relations, innovative project financing and grants management. The firm is an affiliate of The Livingston Group. A national client portfolio includes a range of large, complex and expensive projects to smaller, independent non-profit programs including some on Nantucket. In Columbus, she chaired the CHOICES Board – a domestic violence support agency, COMPASS – a program fighting homelessness, was Executive Director of the Upper Arlington Chamber of Commerce and served on the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. She is currently leading a capital campaign to build two new day cares within job training sites in Columbus. On Nantucket, Chris is a board member of the Nantucket Education Trust, development chair of the Nantucket Book Festival Committee and loves volunteering with kindergartners at the Nantucket Elementary School.
Catherine Ward, Cathy, moved to Nantucket from West Orange, New Jersey, in 2010 after having been a summer resident since 1983. She spent nearly 40 years in the health care industry, including research at NIH, then moving into the pharmaceutical industry as Vice President of Sales, Marketing, Training and Development, and Operations with Roche Labs and Yamanouchi Pharma America. She was President of the RJO Group, a NYC communication company, Past President of the Board of Directors for the Hospital Thrift Shop and remains as an advisor, Co-Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for Nantucket Cottage Hospital, is a member of the Quality Assurance Committee, the Patient and Family Advisory Council and the Hospital Advisory Council at Nantucket Cottage Hospital, she also served as an advisor on the Board of Nantucket Community Sailing. Cathy served as a member of the Vestry at St. Paul’s and remains on their Altar Guild. She was the project organizer for the Egan Institute’s Nantucket Maritime Festival and is member of the Board of Directors for the Nantucket Preservation Trust and a member of the Nantucket Garden Club. (Photo credit: Lisa Frey)
Finn Wentworth is an investor in businesses that have included commercial real estate, media and sports ventures. He is a past President and Chief Operating Officer of YankeeNets, LLC and a founder of the YES Network, a regional sports network with over 12 million subscribers. During his tenure, he also served on the boards of the YankeeNets and the National Basketball Association as well as the team boards of the New York Yankees, the New Jersey Nets and the New Jersey Devils.
Wentworth is a founder and managing principal of Normandy Real Estate Partners, a $2 billion discretionary fund that acquires and invests in commercial real estate properties, primarily in the Boston to Washington corridor. Among the fund’s key acquisitions has been the Boston’s iconic John Hancock Tower.
A philanthropist and community improvement activist, Wentworth has served in leadership positions on several nonprofit organization boards in the New York Metropolitan area. He is a Chairman for the Foundation of Morristown Medical Center. He is a trustee the Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge Foundation, as well as a Trustee Emeritus of the Yogi Berra Museum. Wentworth is a member of the Washington Association of New Jersey and patron of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. He also serves as a Board Member of the Nantucket Historical Association. He has served on the Board of the Princeton National Regatta Association, an organization that supports the U.S. Olympic Rowing Team, and received the Jack Kelly Citizenship Award from the U.S. Rowing Association. He also has served on the boards of trustees of his alma maters, Lehigh University and Morristown Beard School, where he was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame. Wentworth was also inducted into NJBIZ Magazine’s Hall of Fame which honors those who have a long-term commitment to business success in New Jersey, and is a member of the Board for the New Jersey Hall of Fame Museum.
Wentworth is an avid sportsman who has climbed 49 US State Highpoints, including Mount Whitney, California, Mount Rainier, Washington, and Mount Hood, Oregon.