Board of Trustees

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.

Officers

Geoffrey Verney, President

E. Geoffrey VerneyE. 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 Marianne, his late wife, had been long-time summer residents of Nantucket before 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.

Tom Anathan, Treasurer

Tom is a retired Managing Director of UBS Realty Investors who served on its Investment Committee and headed all marketing, client relations, communications and reporting for over 30 years. He has been a Board Member of numerous charitable organizations including Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum ( oldest public art museum in the United States), The Mark Twain House, and the Nantucket Historical Association ( Treasurer and Member of its Executive Committee ).  Both Tom’s family and his wife’s family have been summer and/ or year round residents of Nantucket for over 60 years and have actively supported many other Nantucket charitable organizations during that time.

Marsha Kotalac, Secretary

Marsha [Reis] Kotalac was born and raised on Nantucket Island. She attended Nantucket High School and graduated from Plymouth State College with a degree in Elementary Education. Marsha earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from American International College. Upon returning to Nantucket, she taught 3rd and 4th grade at Nantucket Elementary School from 1974 to 1983. That same year, she debuted “The Nantucket Sportslocker” on Main Street – a retail establishment she owned and operated for more than two decades. Following “The Sportslocker’s” success, Marsha turned her retail vision toward Nantucket Memorial Airport, operating “Nantucket Airport Gifts” until 2012. Ms. Kotalac has served on numerous boards including The Nantucket Bank, Nantucket School Committee, and Community Foundation for Nantucket. Through her retail business proprietorship, Marsha has been a longtime supporter of local Island charity events and programs such as Nantucket Boys & Girls Club, Nantucket Junior Miss, Nantucket S.T.A.R. and Blooming Bids Supporting Kids.

Trustees

Frank Anton

Frank Anton is the former CEO of Hanley Wood, a business to business media company that served professionals in the home building and architectural businesses. Now retired, he has long been an active supporter of Habitat for Humanity. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Frank is now a fellow of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Lisa Botticelli

Lisa was born in Louisiana and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  In 1980 Lisa left Hawaii to attend college at the Rhode Island School of Design where she met her husband Ray.  After receiving a BA in Architecture in 1985, Ray and Lisa moved to Boston where she worked for an architecture firm specializing in commercial interiors and residential architecture.  In 1991 Ray was asked to move to Nantucket to manage the Nantucket office of Design Associates for whom he had been working for in Cambridge.  Looking for a new adventure they moved to the island in June of 1991 ostensibly for one year.  They both fell in love with living on Nantucket with their small family and continued to work at Design Associates until the spring of 1994 when they started Botticelli and Pohl.  28 years later they are still here here.

Lisa has two daughters, Camille and Phoebe, and two adorable pugs named Timothy and Wesley.  She has served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the past 10 years and enjoys biking around the island in her spare time.

Michael Cozort

Michael has spent his life in education, most recently serving as the Superintendent of Schools for the Nantucket Public Schools. He served in that capacity for ten years, retiring in June of 2020. Prior to that, he was a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent of schools in New Hampshire.
Michael has served on several boards on Nantucket, including the Nantucket Historical Association and Harvey Foundation and presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Nantucket Education Trust, Addiction Solutions of Nantucket, and as a member of the Nantucket Parks & Recreation Commission.

Michael lives on Nantucket with his wife, Martha. They have two daughters, Abigail and Elizabeth, and enjoy visits from their four grandchildren.

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) and the White Heron Theatre (Nantucket, MA).  She supports the Library of Congress as a member of the James Madison Council.  Maureen’s previous board experience includes Historic New England (Boston, MA) 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).  She and her husband Edward are the parents of four….who have relished Nantucket summers since childhood.

Marc Feigen

Marc Feigen

Marc is one of the world’s leading CEO Advisors, counseling Chief Executives on all aspects of value creation. Marc’s clients have enjoyed extraordinary performance, almost all outperforming their peer groups.

An expert on the role of the CEO, Marc counts among his clients some of the world’s best-known enterprises, including the CEOs of 10 companies in the Fortune 150, a global University, a ballet, a hospital system, and a leading global cancer charity.

Marc is often retained by the Board or the CHRO to prepare a chief executive designate for the CEO role.

In 2017, Shawn Tully profiled Marc’s work in a five page article in Fortune Magazine.

Marc taught governance at the Wharton Spencer Stuart Director’s Institute and has published on governance in the Harvard Business Review. Marc is a co-founder and Executive 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 The Harvard Business School. Previously, Marc was an Associate at McKinsey & Company, where he co-authored a best-selling business book on creating growth and performance. From 1998 to 2007, he founded and built a management consulting firm with expertise in strategy and value creation. The firm was sold to Booz & Company (now part of PwC). 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 and Nantucket with his wife and two daughters. A sailor, Marc is Rear Commodore of the Nantucket Yacht Club. 

Ellen Hoeffel

Ellen Hoeffel

Kevin Marshall

Kevin MarshallKevin 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.

Melissa Philbrick

Growing up in Falmouth on Cape Cod, Melissa graduated as an American Civilization major from Brown University in 1979 and received a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1984. In 1986, after practicing law in Boston for 2 years, Melissa moved to Nantucket with her husband, Nat, and their two young children. Here on Island her legal practice was primarily real estate and corporate (for-profit and non-profit) law based. She left the active practice of law in 2008 to become the founding Executive Director of ReMain Nantucket, from which position she retired in 2018 and now serves as a Strategic Advisor to ReMain. Melissa has been a member of a variety of Nantucket non-profit boards over the past 3 decades, including a prior stint on CFN’s board. She currently serves on the Boards of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital, the Residences at Sherburne Commons, and the Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror.

Martha Polachi

Martha Johnson Polachi first experienced Nantucket in 1977 with her husband, Charley, and summered here for decades until moving to Sconset full time in 2012. After graduation from College of the Holy Cross, Martha worked in Human Resources for Raytheon Data Systems and Prime Computer. An active alumna of Holy Cross, Martha served on several committees and task forces over the years and most recently was co-chair of the President’s Council for three years. A member of the Board of the Sconset Civic Association for 12 years, she served as President from 2015-2020, and presided over many projects in the village including the renovation of the Sconset Rotary. For the past six years Martha served on the Board of Directors at the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, and continues to serve on the Advisory Board of the Nantucket Community Music Center. She is actively involved with Nantucket Platform Tennis and Pickleball Association, helps at the Nantucket Food Pantry, and sings in the NCMC Women’s Chorus and the choir at St Mary’s of the Isle and Sconset Chapel. Before moving to Nantucket, Martha volunteered for many organizations in Sherborn MA including the historic 1800 House, Sherborn Public Library, Sherborn Girl Scouts, and served as President of the Bogastow Garden Club, ECDC Nursery School, and Sherborn Newcomers Club.

Magdalena Reid

Magdalena Padzik Reid has Nantucket for almost 20 years coming from Burlington, MA.  Worked for two local  local banks on Island for close to 15 years in various positions including management.  Currently working for Hanley Development managing day to day operations including financials, investor relations and anything and everything in between.   Served on the board for Community Foundation previously for a number of years and really enjoyed being part of the Grants Committee and Scholarship Committee as it allowed her to really get to know our community.  Magdalena has also been involved with Holidays for Heroes from inception and am currently on the PFAC board at NCH.  She enjoys staying active, cooking, traveling when time allows and spending time with my family including my two favorite 4 legged critters, Minnie and Louie.

Chris Vineis

Chris Vineis 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.

Finn Wentworth

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.

Max Wolf

Max  Wolf is the priest at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Fair Street, he and his wife Olly moving to Nantucket in June 2018. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island and Episcopal Divinity School, Max served in Delaware as President of the Board of Directors of The Way Home prison ministry for sixteen years (working to prevent recidivism), on the Board of Immanuel Shelter for the homeless, and was appointed by Governor Markell to the Delaware Council for Faith-based Partnerships. On island Max serves on Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s PFAC, and was recently elected President of the Nantucket Interfaith Council.

Joe Wright

Joe Wright has a long history of working as an investment banker in Canada and internationally. He joined Citibank in 1964 and worked in NYC, Geneva and in Toronto from 1975 to 1986. Eight years as an investment banker in Toronto and 2 years as CEO of Swiss Bank Canada. 15 years as a corporate director of 16 public and private Canadian companies in Toronto and Montreal. Married to Betsy Breslin since 1968 with two children one of whom, Amanda Wright is Clinical Director of Fairwinds here in ACK and a married actor son & one grandchild in Brooklyn.

Joe has served on the board of the The Clark Institute (Toronto psychiatric hospital) and then The Center For Addiction & Mental Health known as CAMH, The Donwoods (Addiction Rehab Facility),  The Addiction Research Foundation (addiction treatment facility) and The Queen Street Hospital (inpatient mental health hospital). Joe is proud of his work on these boards and is excited to bring his background in finance and mental health to his role on the Board of the Community Foundation for Nantucket.