- Joseph Hawley, President (Centerville)
- Karen Daley, Vice President (Cotuit)
- Deborah Reuman, Treasurer (Cummaquid)
- Patricia Berkey, Clerk (Cotuit)
- Wendy Barker (Marstons Mills)
- Robert Carey (Sandwich)
- Polly Dana-Schumacher (Barnstable)
- Karen Hanesian (Cotuit)
- Justine Laugharn (Barnstable)
- Beth Odence (Cotuit)
- Terrie Reilly (West Barnstable)
- Leigh Townes (Cotuit)
Joseph Hawley has more than 40 years of local experience assisting individuals and business owners in meeting their financial goals. He has worked for the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank as a Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor since 2005. 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. A Certified Financial Planner, Joe is a board 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 spent more than 25 years in clinical nursing practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Among her career recognitions, she has been recognized as a living nurse legend by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, and has been listed among Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Health Care” as well as its “Top 25 Women in Healthcare.” 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. Elected to the Board in 2015 she is supportive of BLT’s work to protect and preserve our precious resources.
Deborah Reuman began her career in nonprofit management and finance over 40 years ago. She earned her MBA from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in Chapel Hill, NC and passed the Uniform CPA examination. Deb joined Justice Resource Institute in 2003 as Budget Director, was promoted to Director of Finance, then Chief Financial Officer. She has overseen budget and contract development, capital management, debt and cash structuring, investments, and financial reporting in the nonprofit field. Deb participates in designing business and leadership development strategies. Deb is most interested in developing financial models that assist creation of innovative programming responses in the often challenging nonprofit fiscal environment. Currently semi-retired, Deb and her husband live in Cummaquid and have been members of BLT since 2009. Deb looks forward to supporting BLT’s mission of preserving and protecting Barnstable’s unique coastal open land and water resources.
Pattie Berkey spent 35 years in public education in Ohio and Massachusetts, and has worked as an elementary school teacher, curriculum specialist and elementary school principal. She has volunteered at Women and Infants Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI, for various church activities, and as a member of the Cotuit Library Board of Directors. Pattie received a BS in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA, a Masters of Curriculum and Supervision from Miami University in Oxford, OH, and an Administration Certification Masters at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. She and her husband, Scott, reside in both Cotuit and Boston. Their love of walking and boating enables them to enjoy the beauty of Cape Cod and as a result, Pattie is eager to become more involved in preserving this amazing paradise.
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.
Robert 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. He 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 is retired and lives in Barnstable. 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. A BLT member since 1988, Polly joined the 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.
Karen 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.
Justine Laugharn is founder (with husband Jim) and a Principal of Covaris, Inc., a small bio-tech company located in Woburn where she runs the Finance, HR, IT, and Administration teams. She holds a BA, Biology from Boston College and MS, Computer Engineering from Boston University. Justine is an avid reader, loves to cook and eat well, is a hiking and natural history enthusiast, has a profound interest in land preservation across Massachusetts, and spends summer weekends at her home in Cummaquid. Justine and Jim have been members of BLT since 2008 and recently became more engaged as they have been able to spend more time on the Cape. They are also engaged with Wright Locke Farm in Winchester and MassAudubon’s Long Pasture Sanctuary.
Beth Odence is the owner and Principal Designer of Design No. Five, a boutique interior design firm in Cotuit. An experienced local businesswoman with strong marketing, fundraising, small business development and networking skills, she has worked in several diverse industries including technology, consulting and real estate; she has extensive experience renovating historic properties and designing new construction. Beth is a former Board member and Past President of the Codman Community Farm in Lincoln, MA; Past President of the Upper Valley (NH) Chapter of the League of Women Voters; past Fundraising Chair and representative to the Board of Trustees for the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA; and a Fundraising Committee member of the Association of the Cotuit Mosquito Yacht Club. She received a BS in Music from Daemen College in Buffalo, NY. A resident of Cotuit, she is pleased to assist BLT in advancing its mission.
Terrie 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.
Leigh Townes lives in Cotuit. She and her husband moved here a few years ago from Princeton, NJ where she worked for many years managing global clinical trial programs for the development of new medicines for cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Leigh graduated with a BSN from the University of Rochester, where she worked as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit and later, in diagnostic cardiology. She earned her MBA from Temple University in Philadelphia. Now retired, she is active with a variety of groups that are focused on maintaining and improving the environment on Cape Cod, including Barnstable Association for Recreational Shellfishing, Barnstable Clean Water Coalition, Heritage Museum and Gardens and The Barnstable Land Trust.
Leigh became active with the BLT shortly after moving here, and has spent many hours working as a Land Steward. She has helped with a number of special projects at properties including Mill Pond Overlook, Jenkins Lane, Meadow Point and preparing the new BLT office for the installation of the parking lot. She is also starting to formulate property management plans. She and her husband have enjoyed many BLT walks and talks.