Board of Directors 2017


  • Joseph Hawley, President (Centerville)
  • Karen Daley, Vice President (Cotuit)
  • Robert Carey, Treasurer (Sandwich)
  • Polly Dana-Schumacher, Clerk (Barnstable)

Board Members

  • Brendan Annett (Cotuit)
  • Wendy Barker (Marstons Mills)
  • Sarah Colvin (Hyannis)
  • Ingrid Epperly (Osterville)
  • Katherine Garofoli (Hyannis)
  • Karen Hanesian (Cotuit)
  • Susanne Lavoie-Lagace (Cotuit)
  • John Miller (Mashpee)
  • Terrie Reilly (West Barnstable)
  • Stacy Austin Reinhart (Duxbury)
  • Nancy Ridley (Cotuit)

Hawley_2012_photo croppedJoseph Hawley has more than 41 years of experience assisting individuals and business owners in meeting their financial goals. Most of his experience is rooted on Cape Cod, having worked on the Cape since 1975. Originally from Upstate New York, Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Computer Science from the State University of New York at Oswego, where he graduated magna cum laude. He is also a Certified Financial Planner. He is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Cape Cod and a corporator of Cape Cod Healthcare as well as Heritage Museums & Gardens. In addition to his many years of dedication to Barnstable Land Trust, Joe has been actively committed to numerous nonprofits over the course of his career. Joe and his wife have two children and live in Centerville.

Karen Daley-125Karen Daley has spent more than 25 years in clinical nursing practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She has been recognized as a living nurse legend by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, was listed among Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Health Care” and its “Top 25 Women in Healthcare.” She is past president of the American Nurses Association, the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, and the Massachusetts Center for Nursing. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Nurses Foundation and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Karen holds a diploma in Nursing from Catherine Labouré School of Nursing, a BS in Nursing from Curry College, an MPH from the Boston University School of Public Health, and an MS and PhD in Nursing from Boston College. A resident of Cotuit, Karen is drawn to the Cape’s natural beauty and openness. Elected to the Board in 2015, she is supportive of BLT’s work to protect and preserve our precious resources.

rob-careyRobert Carey is an Assistant Vice President at The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod. As a Commercial Loan Officer, Rob provides business owners and investors tactical solutions for their lending needs. Rob held positions at Sun Life Financial, Ridgewood Securities and most recently as a Regional Vice President of Pioneer Investments residing in California. Rob holds an undergraduate degree and MBA from Bryant University in Rhode Island. Having grown up on the sandflats of Sandy Neck, sailing on Lewis Bay and lifeguarding for the town of Barnstable, it was always a dream to work and live on the Cape full time. In 2013, after almost a decade in the financial services field, Rob decided to follow his childhood dream. He now resides in Sandwich, where he enjoys taking advantage of all that the Cape has to offer: fishing, sailing and swimming. Rob joined the BLT Board in 2016.

Polly Dana-Schumacher, ClerkPolly 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, she 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 Board secretary. A member of the Board Development committee, she was co-chair of the Gifts from the Sea committee for a number of years.

Brendan_Annett PhotoBrendan Annett is the Vice-President of Watershed Protection for the Buzzards Bay Coalition. He leads this regional environmental organization’s land protection, stewardship and habitat restoration programs and has secured and managed more than $10 million for implementing conservation projects over the past five years. Brendan previously served as Director of the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. He grew up spending summers on the Cape and has been a year-round resident since 2001. Trained in water resource management, fisheries and aquatic ecology with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and a Master’s from the Boston University Marine Program in Woods Hole, Brendan’s career with research institutions, government, private industry and conservation organizations has focused on watershed resource management and restoration. Brendan lives in Cotuit with his wife and son, who attends Barnstable public schools. He joined the Board in 2014.

Photography for Rockland Trust web site and publications. Head shots of employees and professionals.

Wendy 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 more than 40 years of experience in personal trust administration, estate planning, fiduciary and tax law, and business development. Previously, Wendy was Vice President and Trust Administrative Officer for MNB Investment & Trust Group of The Milford National Bank, and held Trust Officer positions at BayBank, State Street Bank and BankBoston. 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. She has lived on the Cape for over 30 years and currently resides in Marstons Mills. Wendy joined the Board in 2011, having served as Treasurer for several years.

sarah-colvin-nelsonBroadcast journalist Sarah Colvin has reported from one end of Cape Cod to the other, talking with local leaders and experts on a myriad of local issues. Sarah began her career in 2005 at Cape Cod Broadcasting, writing and anchoring morning newscasts and producing segments for the weekly public affairs program Sunday Journal; eventually, she moved up to the position of News Director. She joined the Town of Barnstable as News Coordinator in 2011, and serves as producer and host of the Town’s daily municipal newscast, “Barnstable This Morning.” Sarah serves as a Board member of the Cape Cod Community Media Center and Cape Cod Young Professionals. A 2015 graduate of the Community Leadership Institute of Cape Cod, she holds a Certificate in Municipal Government Leadership and Management from Suffolk University. Sarah is a lifelong Cape Codder. She enjoys cycling, yoga, and photography. Sarah joined the BLT Board in 2016.

ingrid-epperlyIngrid Epperly is a trusts and estates attorney at La Tanzi, Spaulding & Landreth, PC, where she represents and advises clients on all aspects of estate planning, estate settlement, trust administration, and charitable planning. Ingrid, who lives in Osterville with her husband and two sons, moved here from Washington, DC so her children could be closer to her grandparents and to nature. Born and raised in New York City, Ingrid fell in love with Cape Cod on her first visit as a young child. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Harvard Divinity School, and SUNY Binghamton. Previously, she was an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, DC, where she had an active pro bono practice focusing on issues of constitutional law, nonprofits, and human rights. Ingrid has advised government officials on education, homeland security, housing, environmental protection, and land use, and has overseen operating and capital budgets for nonprofits and public schools. She is on the Barnstable County Bar Association Executive Committee, a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands’ Golf Fore Kids Committee, and the Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod Investment Committee. Ingrid was elected to the BLT Board in 2016.

Katherine Garofoli

Katherine Garofoli moved to Cape Cod in 2006, after attending the University of Connecticut, receiving a BA in Coastal Studies. She served as a Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod member, where she addressed various environmental issues and disaster preparedness in Barnstable County. During this time, Katherine fell in love with the Cape and made it her mission to start a life here. In the fall of 2007, she joined the staff at the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, working on several projects including the APCC Agricultural Study, the Herring Monitoring Program, and the Salt Marsh Monitoring Program. After four years with APCC, Katherine accepted a position with the Barnstable County Resource Development Office as a Resource Development Officer. She provided technical assistance and grant writing resources to Barnstable County departments and municipalities. In an effort to return to her environmental roots, she is now the Administrator and Land Manager for the Dennis Conservation Trust. Katherine lives in Hyannis with her husband John, their son Walter, and two beloved dogs. Katherine was elected to the Board in 2014.

karen-hanesian_croppedKaren Weston Hanesian has practiced law in Hyannis for over 20 years, most recently with the Law Office of Karen Weston Hanesian, P.C., a firm concentrating in the areas of elder law and estate planning. She grew up on Cape Cod and returned to live on the Cape in 1992 after marrying her husband Deran Hanesian. Karen and Deran live in Cotuit and have two children, Jack and Anna. Karen is a graduate of Suffolk Law School in Boston, Massachusetts and Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. Her past and present nonprofit affiliations include: Director of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, President of Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc., Trustee for the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Cape and Islands (now Spaulding Cape Cod), and Director of Calmer Choice. She is also a member of numerous local organizations. Karen joined the BLT Board in 2016.


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.


John Miller is the owner of  J Miller, Pictureframer & Gallery in Mashpee and past president of Barnstable Land Trust. A Pennsylvania native, John came to Cape Cod in 1970 after majoring in Finance and Accounting at Rider University in New Jersey. A committed volunteer, he has served on the boards of United Way of Cape Cod, Cape Symphony, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, the Latham Schools, and Yarmouth and Mashpee Chambers of Commerce. He is a past president of the Cape Cod Conservatory, Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, and chairperson of Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation. He was a longtime general manager of WQRC and WFCC, and co-founder of WOCN Radio. He was the founder and CEO of an advertising agency, vice president of marketing for a digital technology analyst firm in Boston, and customer support director for Software 2000, a Cape-based technology company. John is a board member of the Cotuit Center for the Arts and of the Mashpee Cultural Council. 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. A Mashpee resident, John has been a BLT Board member since 2011.


Terrie Reilly, Vice PresidentTerrie 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 is 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. Terrie, who joined the BLT Board in 2011, also served as Board Vice-President.

Stacy Austin ReinhartStacy Austin Reinhart is a Managing Director at Boston Financial Management. As a wealth manager, she invests and advises affluent individuals and families. 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 she worked at E.F. Hutton and PaineWebber in institutional equity sales in NYC. She is a member of the Finance Committee of the Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Boston Club and the Boston Racquet Club. 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. She joined the Board in 2013 and has served as Board Treasurer.

Nancy Ridley

Nancy 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 was a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, where she served in many leadership roles. She also served on the Warwick Chamber Education Foundation, United Way Strategic Directions Committee, the Ocean State Association of Partners in Education, and the Center for Women and Enterprise. Both Nancy and Ken were on the board of the Burrillville (RI) Land Trust. She is a past president of the Friends of the Cotuit Library, is currently treasurer of the Pantera Owners of New England and serves on the Board of the Cape Cod British Car Club. She has been an active BLT member and volunteer, co-chairing the planning committee for our major fundraiser, Gifts from the Sea. She also chairs BLT’s Development Committee. Nancy joined the Board in 2013.