Board of Trustees

The Community Foundation for Nantucket is governed by a Board of Trustees that establishes the policies & procedures and oversees the 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 on our Island and the people they serve.


Melissa Philbrick, President

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 and the Cape Cod 5 Bank.

Michael Cozort, Vice President

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. He also presently serves as the Program Director for Our House Nantucket, an initiative serving teens on our island.

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

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.

Lisa Botticelli, Secretary

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.



Georgine Anton

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster is the Executive Director of the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club.  He has been with the Club for 16 years and has been involved with the design of the current facility, developing an employee housing plan, enhancing program curriculum, and creating collaborative relationships with a number of other island organizations.
He has a BS from University of Mary Washington and an MS from Western Kentucky University.
He serves on a number of island boards and was awarded the Nantucket Advocate for Children Award in 2011 by the Nantucket Community School.  Jamie and his wife, Courtney, a guidance counselor at Nantucket High School, live with their two sons on Nantucket.

Pammy Brooks Griffin

Pammy Brooks Griffin has been on the island for over 50 years as a summer resident and is now a year round resident. She had a successful 30 year career in the media business in New York in both Marketing and Human Resources roles. In senior HR leadership roles, she provided strategic direction to senior management in a number of key areas including organizational structure, integration of acquisition companies, executive professional development, performance management and training and development. Pammy was also a partner with a large global search firm, based in the New York office and also a Principal with a boutique firm. During her time in executive search,, she managed recruitment of publishers, editors and senior executive teams for major publishing companies and has also placed full management teams and key senior executives in multiple Internet start-ups.

Pammy graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in History. She has been a long time volunteer for Nantucket organizations such as Nantucket Community Sailing and Swim Across America. In addition to the Nantucket Community Foundation, Pammy is also on the Board of The Egan Maritime Institute. Her past Board experience includes the Carver Center, the largest and longest-running community center in the village of Port Chester, NY, with educational and recreational programs for families and individuals of all ages. She has also been a past Patient to Patient volunteer with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Pammy is Chair of The CFN Development Committee and is also on The Grants Committee.

Rachel Hobart

Ellen Hoeffel

Ellen Hoeffel

Wendy Hudson

David Johnson

David Johnson has been involved in the financial services business in various capacities over the past 35 years and has served on many corporate and non-profit boards. He is currently a member of the Board of Regents of Sewanee: The University of the South, chairing the economic development committee, and serving on several other committees including the executive committee, the investment management committee, and the resources and operations committee, among others. He also is a founder and serves on the board of Sewanee Village Ventures, an entity of the University of the South whose mission is the pursuit of a vibrant and thriving university community.

He and his wife, Edie Carell Johnson, have been summer residents of Nantucket for 25 years and have supported many organizations and businesses on the island over the years. They have two adult children, both of whom have spent every summer they can remember on Nantucket, enjoying the community and camaraderie that the island offers.

Doug Kepple

Rachel Mandel

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 several years, Martha served on the Board of Directors of the Nantucket Lightship Basket museum and the Advisory board of the Nantucket Community Music Center. She is actively involved with Nantucket Racquet Sports 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 Reid has been living on Nantucket for almost 20 years coming from Burlington, MA.  She has worked for two 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.  Magdalena has been on the board for Community Foundation for several years and has really enjoyed being part of the Grants Committee and Scholarship Committee as it allowed her to really get to know our community.  Magdalena is also a member of the Patient and Family Advisory Council at Nantucket Cottage Hospital.  She enjoys staying active, cooking, traveling when time allows and spending time with her family including her two favorite 4 legged critters, Minnie and Louie.

Roberto Santamaria

Roberto Santamaria serves as the Director of Health and Human Services for the Town of Nantucket, Massachusetts, where he led the town’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  He also served as an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University and, before coming to the Town of Nantucket, he served as the Interim Director of Public Health and Deputy Director of Public Health for the town (Now city) of Framingham, Massachusetts; Director of Public Health for the City of Everett, Massachusetts where he also served as emergency preparedness coordinator; and a research assistant and hazardous waste assistant in the chemistry department at the University of Central Florida.  He holds a B.S. in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from the University of Central Florida; a master’s in public health (MPH) from Boston University; a Master of Business Administration from Salve Regina University, and he is about a year away from receiving his Doctor in Public Health from the John’s Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also has several certifications, including one in biochemistry from Harvard University; Six Sigma Green Belt from the Aveta Business Institute, and he is also a registered Environmental Health Specialist/ Registered Sanitarian from the National Environmental Association.

Geoff Verney

Geoff is a retired sales and marketing executive of Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., a family-owned paper manufacturer producing custom-designed industrial specialty and fine papers. Having worked at Monadnock for 38 years, he continues to serve on the board. In New Hampshire he served as president of the board of the Sharon Arts Center. He also served on several local boards including River Meade, a continuing care retirement community.

Geoff has spent a portion of each year of his life on Nantucket. He is a former president of the board of the Nantucket Historical Association. He is a former commodore of the Nantucket Yacht Club and served on the board of Sherburne Commons. He is the immediate past president of the Community Foundation for Nantucket. Geoff is married to Elizabeth Thayer, and they split their time between Nantucket and Boca Grande, Florida. They have two grown children, Lizzie and Spencer, who continue to enjoy Nantucket for a part of every year.

Max Wolf

Max Wolf is the Rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Fair Street. He and his wife Olly moved 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 Ethics Committee, and recently served as President of the Nantucket Interfaith Council.

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