Board of Directors 2014


Board Members

Lee Ann Hesse, President

Lee Ann Hesse is a native of Maine who joined her husband on Cape Cod in 1993. Her love of the land began in her youngest years when she and her family lived on her grandparents’ 300-acre apple and dairy farm in the western Maine foothills. Lee Ann grew up hiking the mountains of Maine, braving the frigid waters of the Maine coast and taking every opportunity to enjoy nature’s gifts. After graduating from Bates College in Lewiston, she worked in Boston at Scudder Stevens and Clark, and at Lord & Taylor. Upon moving to the Cape, she became the Operations Manager and Treasurer at the CCB&T Investment Company; subsequently, she was Director of Human Resources with the former Cape Cod Bank & Trust Company, and a Vice President at Bank of Cape Cod in Hyannis. Currently, she is Vice President, Director of Human Resources at the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod. Lee Ann is married to a native Cape Codder who makes his living on the sea. They share a love of the land and magnificent ocean that make Cape Cod unique. Lee Ann was first elected to the BLT Board in 2008.

John Miller, Vice PresidentJohn Miller has owned J Miller, Pictureframer and Gallery in Mashpee since 1999, following successful careers in the broadcasting, advertising and marketing, and software industries. A Pennsylvania native, John came to Cape Cod in 1970 after majoring in Finance at Rider University in New Jersey. A committed volunteer, he has served on the boards of the United Way of Cape Cod, Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation, Cape Cod Symphony, Cape Cod Conservatory, Elder Services, the Latham School, Yarmouth and Mashpee Chambers of Commerce, and the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association, among others. John has been a member of the BLT Board since 2011; he is also a board member of the Cotuit Center for the Arts. A former member of the Dennis and Mashpee Conservation Commissions and the Dennis Water Quality Advisory Committee, he is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. John and his life partner Sharon Parkins reside in Mashpee. He has two daughters, a son, and a granddaughter.

Wendy Barker, TreasurerWendy Barker is Senior Vice President & Senior Trust Officer for Rockland Trust, and manages the Client Service Team for Rockland Trust’s Investment Management Group. She has over 30 years of experience in personal trust administration, estate planning, fiduciary and tax law, and business development. Wendy earned a BA from Elmira College, is a graduate of the New England School of Banking at Williams College, and attended Trinity College, University of Dublin in Ireland. She is a member of the Cape Cod Estate Planning Council and Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands. She has helped with fundraising activities for the Cape Cod Hospital Foundation, The Last Gasp Charity Bike Tour, and United Way events. Wendy has always had a deep appreciation of nature and is interested in protecting land in order to preserve its beauty and serenity. She has lived on the Cape for over 30 years and resides in Marstons Mills. Wendy first joined the BLT Board in 2011.

Thomas Burgess, ClerkThomas K. Burgess has been an educator throughout his professional life. He was an instructor of Greek and Latin as well as Modern Languages and Ornithology first at St. Stephen’s School in Rome, Italy and then at Brooks School in North Andover, MA, where he also chaired the departments of Classics and Modern Languages and served as Academic Dean. He received a BA cum laude in the Classics from Harvard College and a Master of Philosophy in Classics and Ancient History from University College, London. Tom speaks Italian, Dutch, French, and Greek and reads German and Spanish. A lifelong resident of Cotuit, Tom continues to race his 65-year-old skiff every summer under the auspices of the Cotuit Mosquito Yacht Club, where he has served as chairman of the Race Committee. A nature enthusiast, he received a diploma in Ornithology from Cornell University and a Bird Bander’s Certificate from the Wing Island Bird-banding Station in Brewster. Tom became a BLT Board member in 2011. He is a member of the Cotuit-Santuit Civic Association (Secretary, Executive Board), Historic New England, Trustees of Reservations, Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Massachusetts Audubon Society, and the Cape Cod and Brookline Bird Clubs. Tom is a steward of Cotuit’s Eagle Pond Sanctuary. He and his wife, Pieter, have a daughter and grandchildren in San Francisco.

Bobbi CoxBobbi Cox grew up in Williamstown, MA and spent summers as a teen in Wellfleet. That began her love affair with Cape Cod. After graduating from college and teaching school, a summer romance on the Cape blossomed into marriage. Thirty years ago, Bobbi and her family moved from Cohasset to the Cape, living in a historic home on Route 6A in Barnstable. She and her husband instilled in their children a sense of how fortunate they were to live here. Feeling a need to give back to this special place, Bobbi became involved with several charities including Hospice and Cape-abilities, and civic organizations including the Barnstable Historical Society and Civic Association. She managed the Claire Murray store in Osterville for over 20 years until it closed, and remains active in the business community as an officer in the Osterville Business and Professional Association and a real estate agent for Kinlin Grover. This is Bobbi’s first year on the BLT Board. Her membership and commitment to BLT underscores her strong belief that we must continue to work diligently to preserve Cape Cod for future generations.

Polly Dana-SchumacherPolly Dana-Schumacher lives in Barnstable with her husband Bill. They have been BLT members since 1988. She is a graduate of Cape Cod Community College and Greensboro College in North Carolina. Polly has over 30 years’ experience in not-for-profit organizations including Executive Director of the Rock River Valley Council of Girl Scouts, Management Consultant for Girl Scouts of the USA, and Director of Volunteers and Community Events for Baylor Health Care Grapevine Campus. After retiring in 2000, Polly and Bill moved back to Cape Cod. Not quite ready for retirement, Polly became Director of Volunteers for Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod, finally retiring in 2007. Polly joined the BLT Board in 2009 and currently serves as chair of the Gifts from the Sea committee.

Susanne Lavoie-LagaceSusanne Lavoie-Lagace manages her own company, Identity Marketing, focusing on fundraising and event management. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she pursued a career in marketing communications and has held various marketing and advertising positions including Executive Director for Corporate Identity and Branding for DeSola Group New York City and NYNEX/Bell Atlantic/Verizon. Currently she has a leadership role in several community organizations and serves as the Executive Director of the Wharf District Council in Boston. Susanne is also on the Board of Directors for the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. She is a former trustee and board chair for the Harbor Towers Condominiums and a past director of the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park in Boston. Susanne and her husband Ken live in Cotuit. A supporter of Barnstable Land Trust since 1996, Susanne has been on the Board since 2011.

Tom MullenTom Mullen retired after 15 years as the Director of the Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works, having worked previously as Superintendent of the Barnstable Water District. He has brought his extensive knowledge of water supply protection in the Town of Barnstable to bear on BLT’s Land Acquisition and Stewardship programs. Tom’s active interest in environmental protection is evident in his love of woodland walkways. For nearly a decade, he has worked to extend and maintain the Cape Cod Pathways trail system throughout the town of Barnstable. Many trails have been created and linked with pre-existing trails. The entire system has been marked with Pathway tags, and map kiosks are in place at major decision points along the trails. Tom first joined the BLT Board in 2003. He and his wife Evelyn live in Barnstable Village.

Jim O'ConorJim O’Conor is originally from East Hampton, NY, and has lived on Cape Cod for 18 years.  Jim is Senior Vice President, Chief Retail Banking Officer at The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank. Prior to joining Cape Cod Five, Jim held management and lending positions with Cape Cod Bank & Trust and TD Banknorth. He is a trustee of The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust and a current member of its Youth & Education Donation Advisory Committee. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Pope John Paul II High School and St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School. Jim lives in Centerville with his wife Sonja and twin daughters, who have all rolled up their sleeves to help with numerous BLT property clean-up efforts. Jim joined the board in 2009 and is a member of BLT’s Finance Committee.


Rob O'LearyBarnstable resident Robert O’Leary is a longtime community leader, educator and environmental advocate. Rob, who holds a doctorate in history, began his career as a public school teacher and is a professor at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He was elected County Commissioner in 1987; from 1988-1990, he helped garner voter approval that led to the adoption of the Cape Cod Commission Act. Elected State Senator in 2000, his commitment to the environment followed him to the State House. He was a strong supporter of legislation that put Massachusetts at the national forefront of energy efficiency, carbon emission controls, and renewable energy. A key force in the development of the Cape Light Compact, Rob helped combine energy conservation, green energy incentives and consumer protection to change the way the region generates and consumes electricity. His work on the Cape Cod Land Bank made environmental and open space preservation a priority and established a model used by communities across the Commonwealth. In recognition of Rob’s extraordinary efforts, he was the recipient of BLT’s 2010 Founders’ Award. He joined the BLT Board in 2011.

Sheila PlaceSheila Place attended Niagara University and the Rochester Institute of Technology. She worked for 20 years as an administrator in multi-disciplinary ambulatory health care facilities and was a consultant surveyor for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Ambulatory Health Care facilities. She also participated in a health care management fellowship, sponsored by the Group Health Association of America. Sheila is a longtime volunteer, having served on the boards of the Cape Cod Chorale, the Indian Ponds Association, and the Academy for Lifelong Learning; she is also active in the Barnstable Unitarian Church. Over the years she has developed a keen interest in environmental issues and considers conservation to be absolutely critical. She joined the BLT Board in 2011. Sheila has lived on Cape Cod with her husband Jerry since 1994. She has three daughters and two grandsons.

Terrie ReillyTerrie Reilly lives in West Barnstable with her husband Mark Wirtanen. Terrie joined Robert Paul Properties in 2011 with more than 13 years’ experience successfully selling real estate. She moved to the Cape from Manhattan after a long career as a senior executive in the fashion industry. Terrie has extensive knowledge of the area both personally and professionally and enjoys the national parks, beaches, cultural institutions and historical significance the Cape has to offer. Terrie joined the BLT Board in 2011, and is also a member of the West Barnstable Civic Association, Friends of Barnstable Harbor, Massachusetts Board of  Realtors, National Association of Realtors, and the Cape Cod and Islands Association of Realtors.

Stacy Austin ReinhartStacy Austin Reinhart is currently a Managing Director at Emerson Investment Management in Boston, MA. As a registered investment advisor, she works with affluent individuals and non-profits. Previously, she was a Senior Vice President in the Trust and Investment Department of U.S. Trust, Bank of America, State Street Bank, and Cape Cod Bank and Trust. Earlier in her career, she worked at E.F. Hutton and PaineWebber in institutional equity sales in New York City. A member of the Finance Committee of the Boston Chamber of Commerce, Stacy also manages the endowment funds of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. She received a BA from Yale, an MBA from Wharton and attended a Stanford University Executive Education Program. Married with three children, Stacy has enjoyed both summer and year-round living in Cotuit since childhood. Favorite pastimes include sailing, squash and outdoor activities. This is Stacy’s first year on the BLT Board.

Nancy RidleyNancy Ridley started vacationing with her parents in Osterville in the 1950s. Eventually, she and her husband Ken decided to retire to Cotuit. Nancy was the Regional Director of Human Resources Services at Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., enjoying a career that spanned more than 25 years. Later she co-founded HRXpress, Inc., a group of professionals serving the HR needs of small businesses. Nancy was an active member of HRM-RI, serving as Charter President, and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, where she served in many leadership roles and chaired two regional conferences. She served on the Warwick Chamber Education Foundation, United Way, the Ocean State Assn. of Partners in Education, and the Center for Women and Enterprise. Both Nancy and Ken served on the board of the Burrillville (RI) Land Trust. She has served as president of the Friends of the Cotuit Library and on the board of the Cotuit Bay Shores HOA. She has been an active BLT member and volunteer, spending much of her time on our major fundraiser, Gifts from the Sea. This is Nancy’s first year on the BLT Board.

Mary-Gaines StandishMary-Gaines Standish and her husband Peter were always interested in land conservation when they lived in western Pennsylvania. After moving to Cape Cod in 1996, they became ardent supporters of Barnstable Land Trust. Although Peter passed away several years ago, Mary-Gaines continues to be actively involved with BLT and has been a Board member since 2010. She also volunteers at a soup kitchen in Hyannis.