Board of Directors 2013


Board Members

Lee Ann Hesse is a native of Maine who joined her husband on Cape Cod 19 years ago. Her love of the land began in her youngest years when she and her family lived on her grandparents’ farm, a 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, Lee Ann was the Operations Manager and Treasurer at the CCB&T Investment Company and subsequently the Director of Human Resources with the former Cape Cod Bank & Trust Company. Currently she is a Vice President at Bank of Cape Cod in Hyannis where she oversees human resources, marketing and investor relations. Lee Ann is married to a Cape Cod native who makes his living on the sea. They share a love of the land and magnificent ocean that make Cape Cod unique.

john-millerJohn 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. In addition to Barnstable Land Trust, John is 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 is a Mashpee resident along with Sharon Parkins, has two daughters, a son, and a granddaughter.

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 over 20 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 the Cape Cod Planned Giving Council. 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.

Sheila 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 currently chairs the Green Sanctuary committee at the Barnstable Unitarian Church. Over the years she has developed a keen interest in environmental issues and considers conservation to be absolutely critical. Sheila has lived on Cape Cod with her husband Jerry for 17 years. She has three daughters and two grandsons.

Thomas 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. 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.

pollyPolly Dana-Schumacher lives in Barnstable with her husband Bill and dog Molly. She is a graduate of Cape Cod Community College and Greensboro College in North Carolina. She has 39 years of volunteer management in not-for-profit organizations; in 2007 she retired from Hospice & Palliative Care of Cape Cod where she was Director of Volunteers. Polly and her husband became BLT members in 1988 and have been regular volunteers at the annual Gifts From the Sea fundraiser. Polly also volunteers in the BLT office, supporting staff in the management of volunteer services.

Susanne 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. She has been a supporter of Barnstable Land Trust since 1996.

Tom Mullen retired after 15 years as the Director of the Department of Public Works for the Town of Barnstable, having worked previously as Superintendent of the Barnstable Water District. He has brought his extensive knowledge of water supply protection 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 been involved with the effort to extend and maintain the county-wide Cape Cod Pathways trail system through 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 all major decision points along the trails. Tom and his wife Evelyn live in Barnstable Village.

Jim O’Conor is originally from East Hampton, NY, and has lived on Cape Cod for 18 years.  Jim is Vice President and Director of Residential & Consumer Lending 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 St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School.  He is a member of BLT’s Finance Committee.  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.

robBarnstable 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.

Terrie ReillyTerrie Reilly has lived in West Barnstable with her husband Mark Wirtanen for 13 years. Terrie joined Robert Paul Properties in January 2011 after more than 13 years of experience successfully selling real estate. Her clients appreciate her honesty, integrity, straightforward manner and refinement. 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 the historical significance the Cape has to offer from Bourne to Provincetown. Terrie is a member of the West Barnstable Civic Association, Friends of Barnstable Harbor, Massachusetts Board of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Cape Cod and Islands Association of Realtors, and Barnstable Land Trust since 1999.

Mary-Gaines Standish and her husband Peter were always interested in land conservation while living in western Pennsylvania. When they moved to Cape Cod 14 years ago they became ardent supporters of Barnstable Land Trust. Although Peter passed away several years ago, Mary-Gaines has continued to be actively involved with BLT. She also volunteers at a soup kitchen in Hyannis and is making arrangements to volunteer at hospice.

Joe Wood has an extensive financial background. He was a vice president at the World Bank, where he was responsible for the Bank’s financial policy for over a decade. In addition, he led the staff effort to create the Global Environment Facility, and was in charge of the Bank’s operations in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan. Joe retired in 1998 after 31 years at the World Bank and co-founded the Bridge Fund, a non-profit organization that runs development projects (education, health, water) in Tibetan communities in Western China. Joe recently stepped down as chairman of the Fund, and currently serves as treasurer and board member of Unnitti Foundation, which supports empowerment projects for women in India and Nepal. Joe has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Yale and an advanced degree Economics from Oxford. He and his wife Kathleen (Sinclair) reside in Hyannis Port, where Kathleen’s family has had a home since 1911. He is the Chairman of BLT’s Finance Committee.