Board of Directors
Margo L. Fenn, President
Margo Fenn is an environmental consultant, currently working with the Friends of Herring River, the National Park Service and other local, state and federal agencies to oversee the largest salt marsh restoration project in New England.
Margo is the former Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commission, the Cape's regional land use planning and regulatory agency. She was Chief Planner/Deputy Director of the Commission from 1990 to 1999 and Executive Director from 1999 to 2007.
She served as a member of the Cape Cod Transit Task Force and the Cape Cod Business Roundtable and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Housing Land Trust for Cape Cod. She is also a member of the Town of Harwich Real Estate and Open Space Committee.
Prior to joining the Commission staff in 1990, she served in other planning positions in Chatham, Massachusetts, St. Lawrence County, New York and Teton County, Wyoming.
She has a B.A. in History from Pitzer College, Claremont, California and an M.A. in Environmental Planning from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at UCLA. She and her husband Dan Hamilton live in Harwich.
Charlie Sumner, Vice President
Born and raised in Waltham, MA, Charles attended undergraduate school at Suffolk University and graduate school at Northeastern University. He served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the towns of Acton, MA and Littleton, MA from 1980 to 1986. Since 1986 he served as the Town Administrator for the Town of Brewster, and will be retiring this coming fall of 2015. He resides in Brewster with his wife Cynthia Johansen where they raised three children.
During his service in Brewster he has been actively involved in improving many of the environmental regulatory controls, the land acquisition program as well as a significant number of environmental efforts aimed at protecting Brewster's natural resources. Of special note he has worked cooperatively with a number of Federal and State agencies, as well as APCC, to undertake two salt marsh restoration projects in Stony Brook Valley and Freeman's Pond.
Currently he is volunteering in the following areas: Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Fiscal Policy Committee; Barnstable County's County Administrator Selection Committee; Brewster Ladies Library Building Committee; Cape Cod Regional Technical High School Building Committee; Open Cape Corporation Board of Directors; Cape Cod Mosquito Control District Board of Directors; Pleasant Bay Community Boating Association; Brewster Herring Run Volunteer
Robert Summersgill, Treasurer
Bob was elected to the Board of Directors in 2012. He retired as the Executive Director of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra in 2005. Post college he served in the Navy, was a sponsoring editor for McGraw-Hill, a commercial banker with Bank of Boston and Mellon, and Director of Business Development for TPI, a philanthropy consulting firm. His board activities include President of the RFK Children’s Action Corps, Boston Historical Society, USS Constitution Museum, Orleans Historical Society, New England Center for Arts and Technology in Boston, Namequoit Sailing Association in Orleans, and Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. He has served on the nominating committee of Friends of Pleasant Bay and is active with the Orleans Community Partnership.
Bob graduated from Williams College, earned an MBA from Columbia University and studied Spanish at Cape Cod Community College. He and his wife Abby live in Orleans where she is co-chair of Life Time Learning, a program of the Friends of Snow Library. They have two married sons and four grandchildren who live in the Boston area.
Elizabeth Jenkins, Clerk
Elected to the Board of Directors in 2013. Elizabeth moved to Cape Cod in 2010 to join the Town of Barnstable’s Growth Management Department. As Principal Planner with the Town, she is involved with comprehensive land use planning projects, economic development and downtown revitalization initiatives, and partnerships to promote climate change awareness. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, she worked as a planner for a rapidly developing exurban community in the Kansas City metropolitan area, conducted research for the Minneapolis Department of Community and Economic Development in support of a legislative campaign for sustained and increased brownfields remediation funding, and, with AmeriCorps VISTA, initiated a service-learning program at a private university in St. Paul. She has a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Elizabeth and her husband, Nathan, reside in Yarmouth Port.
Elected to the Board of Directors in 2012. Elliott is a retired banker who moved to Brewster in 1982. He has served Brewster as a member of the Nauset School Committee and other roles, and is presently serving as Chairman of the town’s Community Preservation Committee.
Carr has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Bankers Association, Cape Cod Hospital, Cape Cod Community College, and the Center for Coastal Studies. He currently chairs an advisory panel for the Massachusetts Audubon Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary, and serves as a member of the Brewster Conservation Trust.
He graduated from Dartmouth and Harvard Business School and has two daughters; a doctor in Vermont and a former reporter and freelance writer in New Orleans.
Elected to the Board of Directors in 2010. Michael graduated from Cornell University with an B.A. in History and received his law degree from Fordham University School of Law. Michael practiced law for 37 years with the firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City. As a partner in the firm, he specialized in complex civil litigation, including a variety of national and international environmental cases. He and his wife, Marcia, have a long term and abiding interest in environmental issues on Cape Cod and elsewhere and have supported many organizations devoted to the preservation and conservation of Cape Cod’s natural resources. They have owned a home in Chatham since 1989.
Elected to the Board of Directors in 2008. Anne is Principal of Appraisal Services of Cape Cod & the Islands. She is a lifetime Cape Codder (born and raised in Orleans) and has been a real estate professional since 1980. She has served as Chair of the Cape Cod Chapter of the Massachusetts Board of Real Estate Appraisers as well as on the Orleans Board of Assessors. Anne lives in Bourne and is the mother of two grown daughters.
Elected to the Board in 2012. Katherine moved to Cape Cod in 2004, after attending the University of Connecticut, in Groton, CT, receiving a B.A. in Coastal Studies. She served as an AmeriCorps-Cape Cod Member, volunteering for 10 months addressing environmental issues and disaster preparedness in Barnstable County. She was placed with APCC, assisting with the Salt Marsh Monitoring Program. In the fall of 2007 Katherine joined the staff at APCC, assisting with administrative duties, the APCC Agricultural Study, the Herring Monitoring Program, Salt Marsh Monitoring Program and grants administration for the organization.
Katherine accepted a position with the Barnstable County Resource Development Office in the spring of 2011, as a Resource Development Officer. She currently provides technical assistance and grant writing resources to Barnstable County departments and municipalities.
Katherine lives in Hyannis with her husband John, their son Walter, and two dogs.
Elected to the Board in 2016. Since moving to Chatham permanently in 2004, DeeDee considers herself a “professional volunteer.” She served for 7 years on the Chatham Conservation Commission, the last 4 as Chair, and is currently a member of Chatham’s Planning Board. She is President of Friends of Trees, serves on the Board of Friends of Chatham Waterways, and until recently was Treasurer of Wild Care for 6 years. The motivating force behind each of these commitments has been the need to protect the environment that makes Cape Cod a special place.
DeeDee’s professional career has included positions in both the for-profit and non-profit spheres where she has held executive roles in software development, pension plan management, and large-scale fundraising event management. She retired in 2004 as a database consultant working with non-profit organizations. Career opportunities have taken her to Manhattan, Denver, Chicago, and Cambridge before retiring to Chatham.
DeeDee holds an MBA in marketing and project management, a CLU designation, and a bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy from St Lawrence University.
Elected to the Board of Directors in 2013. Thom is a Principal of Second Nature Gardenworks, a Landscape Design firm, and holds a Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License. Thom graduated from the Community Preservation Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and also has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and has pursued graduate studies at Boston Architectural College toward a Masters of Architecture.
A longstanding volunteer with the town of Dennis, Thom has been: Chairman, Mahoney Property Building Committee, Chairman of the Dennis Port Revitalization Committee, served as liaison to Town’s Comprehensive Wastewater Management Task Force and was DRC Treasurer 2012-2013. Thom continues as a member of the Town’s Road Safety Task Force.
Thom has been a Naturalist for the Web of Life and Cape Outdoor Discovery as well as Senior Residence Instructor for DYS Project LEAP. He also currently holds a position as Life Skills Counselor to Brain Injured Adults with Community Support Associates. As an Eventide Arts Board member Thom has been an Actor and worked in Set Design and Construction.
Thom is a PADI Certified Advanced Open Water SCUBA Diver and his environmental experience includes being trained for the Whale Stranding Network. His life has been shaped by having survived cancer twice. He lives in Dennis Port with his wife Shannon Goheen.
Elected to the APCC Board in 2016. Pat is the Director of the Marine Policy Program at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown. She collaborates with Center scientist and others to bring unbiased science to public policy discussions, including coastal water quality, state and regional ocean planning initiatives and coastal change. Pat has worked on shellfish aquaculture projects and was a member of a team of scientists assessing the feasibility of North American lobster aquaculture, working on projects in Massachusetts, Maine and California. She previously worked for the Cape Cod Commission and the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Program. Pat served on the Massachusetts Coastal Erosion Commission in 2015 and recently completed her second term as a Brewster selectman. She served on the APCC board from 1982 to 1984.
Cheryl has had a long career in the life sciences industry working in operational and executive management roles. For the past ten years she has been an independent consultant and advisor to investors, inventors, academics and start-up companies. She specializes in business development, business management and strategic marketing. She has a passion for science, education, and the environment, and has been instrumental in creating STEM programs in K-12 schools.
Twenty years as a summer resident of Chatham have engendered a love and respect for the coastal environment. She and her family recently became full-time residents in Chatham.
Elected to the Board in 2014. A life-long summer resident, she commutes between Cambridge and her Barnstable home on land once farmed by her great grandparents and still farmed by Tim Friary of Cape Cod Organics.
She has a long career in marketing and public relations, promoting public understanding of the field sciences, environmental conservation, and natural history. After almost three decades as head of media relations and volunteer recruitment at Earthwatch Institute, she is now Director of Public Affairs for the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, and its flagship, Harvard Museum of Natural History. A graduate of Harvard, she currently serves as an appointed Director of the Harvard Alumni Association. She and her husband John Hurwitch, former Commodore of the Barnstable Yacht Club, and national racing champion, now sail a Marshall 18 catboat, with the help of their 23 year-old son.
Elected to the Board of Directors in 2013. A life long summer resident, she is now enjoying the Cape year round, on property that includes the "3-Towns Cranberry Bog" in Brewster, Harwich and Orleans. She has a BA in Geography with a specialization in Cartography and a Ed.M. with specialization in Educational Media and Technology. She began her professional career as a Cartographic Researcher at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and served as University Cartographer at Boston University. She has taught Cartography at Boston University and Bridgewater State University.
She and husband Herb Heidt, dba MapWorks, have designed a number of Open Space Maps and Trail Guides for both Cape and off-Cape Communities. They also have produced several Town Open Space Plans and helped produce the 1990 APCC Cape Cod Critical Habitat Atlas. They were both active with environmental groups in Norwell, MA and Eliza served on the Board of the Norwell Chamber of Commerce. On Cape, she was on the Board of the Friends of Pleasant Bay, serving as FOPB Vice President, Membership Chair and Database Coordinator. When not designing/producing maps, Eliza and Herb enjoy sailing on Pleasant Bay in a circa 1900 Charles H. Crosby Catboat.
Maureen is a developmental psychologist with a background in college teaching, applied research and strategic planning in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She relocated to Cape Cod in 2013 to accept an appointment at Cape Cod Community College as the Director of Institutional Research and Planning. Maureen earned a BA from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of CUNY. In addition, she has completed certificates in horticulture and landscape design from Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.
Maureen’s volunteer work includes serving as a native plant gardener at Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA. This experience led to founding and leading a chapter of the national organization Wild Ones, dedicated to sustainable landscaping. The chapter, Habitat Resource Network, organized monthly educational events and collaborated extensively with regional environmental organizations.
Donald J. Palladino
Elected to the Board of Directors in 2012. Following a 28 year career as an engineer officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers serving in worldwide assignments, Don worked for National Broadcasting Company, and then 12 years for Save the Children. Since retiring in 2001 he has continued to work with Save the Children as a volunteer in global assignments, primarily emergency response and recovery operations that include the Indonesian tsunami, the Haiti earthquake and most recently, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Don grew up in Winchester, vacationed on the Cape with his family, and returned to the Cape with his wife Martha in 2006. He is a resident of Wellfleet and active in community affairs. He is founder and President of Friends of Herring River, Wellfleet/Truro, and is currently Treasurer of Wellfleet Conservation Trust. He has served on numerous other non-profit boards and is a former member of the Town Zoning Board of Appeals.
Elected to the board in 2011. Daniel is a lifelong resident of Falmouth, MA. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, from Rice University, 1986. He is a former president of Webb Research Corporation, (currently named Teledyne Webb Research), which specializes in development and manufacturing of scientific instruments for oceanographic research and naval applications. Presently he is the owner and manager of Notus Clean Energy, LLC, a small company located in Falmouth, developing renewable energy facilities. He is the father of two young children.