ACE MV board members

L to R: 2020 ACE MV board members Norm Werthwein, Nancy Hoffman, Pam Brock, Kathy Teel, Don Leopold, Barbara-jean Chauvin and Executive Director Holly Bellebuono. Photo by Melissa Clay

In addition to a professional staff, ACE MV has an engaged Board of Directors who oversees the governance and fiscal policy of the organization. The Board works closely with outside advisors, including SCORE, MV Donors Collaborative and retired business and education leaders and other nonprofit community members.

The ACE MV Board of Directors continues to attract members from diverse backgrounds, including academia, accounting, healthcare and business. It now includes 8 members and has governance, finance and development and outreach committees that ensure proper governance, fiscal transparency and accountability.

Nancy Hoffman is a vice president and senior advisor at Jobs for the Future (JFF), a national nonprofit based in Boston focused on improving educational and workforce outcomes for low income young people and adults. She is currently co-lead with Prof. Robert Schwartz of the Pathways to Prosperity State Network, a collaboration among eight states, Jobs for the Future, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The Network seeks to ensure that many more youth complete high school, attain a post-secondary credential with currency in the labor market, and get launched on a career while leaving open the prospect of further education. For a decade at JFF, Hoffman led JFF’s Early College High School Initiative, a network of over 270 schools in 28 states blending high school and two years of college. She continues to work with states on aligning and integrating high school and college and developing new pathways to degree completion and careers. Hoffman’s career spans many years of work in high schools and higher education. Prior to joining JFF, she was a senior lecturer in education at Brown University and served as director of the President’s Office and secretary of the Brown Corporation. Hoffman served as vice provost for undergraduate studies at Temple University and director of the University Honors Program, with faculty appointments in English and women’s studies. She was the academic services dean at Harvard Graduate School of Education from 1988-1990. She also served as a program officer at the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education and a founder and faculty member of the College of Public and Community Service at UMass Boston. She has held teaching positions in English and comparative literature at the University of California Santa Barbara, Portland State University, MIT, and UMass Boston. She co-convened the Academic Environment Unit of HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration. Hoffman has served as a consultant for the education policy unit of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Her most recent book, drawing on the OECD’s Learning for Jobs initiative is Schooling in the Workplace: How Six of the World’s Best Vocational Education Systems Prepare Young People for Jobs and Life (Harvard Education Press, 2011). She speaks and writes about high-quality vocational education in the United States and abroad. Hoffman holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California Berkeley. Other recent publications include Women’s True Profession: Voices from the History of Teaching (2003), and, edited with Richard Kazis and Joel Vargas, Double the Numbers: Increasing Postsecondary Credentials for Underrepresented Youth (2004), and Minding the Gap: Why Integrating High School with College Makes Sense and How to Do It (2007), edited by Hoffman and Vargas with Andrea Venezia and Marc Miller. Hoffman serves on the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

Donald R. Leopold is a professional affiliate of the Center for Leading Organizations and senior partner of Sherbrooke Partners, a consulting firm offering a unique blend of strategic planning, management, and organizational expertise. Don’s consulting focus is on helping clients develop and articulate their business strategies, and on building organizations that are capable of implementing those strategies. He has applied a highly facilitative approach to his work since he began his consulting career with Harbridge House in 1980. Representative engagements have included conducting an industry assessment, facilitating a strategic planning process, leading an organizational redesign and providing 360-degree feedback and coaching for a major private equity firm; conducting Organizational Audits and leading organization development initiatives with a private equity firm’s portfolio companies; creating and facilitating a strategic planning process for a national furniture retailer; serving as a strategic planning, change management and executive development consultant to the CEO of an international public policy research and consulting firm; leading planning retreats for the Dean and Chairs of a leading medical school; providing organizational development consulting, including use of the Work-Out process, to an academic health care system; and designing and delivering a 360-degree-feedback based leadership development program for the leaders and managers of a Fortune 50 consumer foods company. Don holds a BA from Harvard College, cum laude in general studies, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He serves on the Board of The Brandon School and Residential Treatment Center.

Former Fortune 100 executive turned entrepreneur Heidi Feldman founded Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt™, the first and only cuisine sea salt operation since the British Blockade. Along with her husband Curtis Friedman, co-owner of South Mountain Company, Heidi cultivates ground crops and raises chicken for eggs which she sells alongside MV Sea Salt at the West Farmers Market. MV Sea Salt is also available online and in several fine retailers. Heidi has a Master’s in Education from Cambridge College after studies at Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts College of Public and Community Service. Heidi applied her teaching skills in the corporate environment. In addition to farming, Heidi offers project management consulting services across verticals in the areas of mission critical software application selection and implementation, software vendor selection, and a bit of website building. Heidi is a frequent participant in business and entrepreneurial panel discussions. She volunteers for organizations including the MV Agricultural Society and ACE MV. Down Island Farm – Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt is a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Change of Commerce.

Tilma Johnson is Vice President and Regional Manager for Rockland Trust, Martha’s Vineyard. She is the former Vice President for the Edgartown National Bank. Tilma is actively involved with our island’s community – she is a SCORE mentor and serves as Board Member for the Edgartown Board of Trade. In 2015, Tilma was recognized by the MV Chamber of Commerce as one of the “40 under 40” most influential people on Martha’s Vineyard.

Richie Smith is the Assistant Superintendent for Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools.

Pamela S. Brock has had a lifetime of work in education, mental health and the travel industry. Most recently, she worked in the Special Education Dept. at Newton South High School and at Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA as the Substitute Coordinator. Previously, she worked at Bright Horizons Family Solutions in Watertown, MA as the Head Infant Teacher and at McLean Hospital Women’s Treatment Program in Belmont, MA. Pam also worked at Crimson Travel Services and New England Sights as a travel consultant. A resident of Tisbury, Pam currently serves on the Tisbury Finance Advisory Committee. Previous volunteer interest include: Shady Hill School, Vincent Club, Unicef, Friends of Tanzanian Schools and the Jonathan O. Cole Mental Health Resource CenterPam holds a B.S. in Elementary Ed. from Lesley University and an A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education from Bennett College in Millbrook, NY. When she is not on the island, she is most likely visiting her two sons, one of whom lives in Brooklyn and works for CITIbike while the other son lives in Los Angeles and works as a screenwriter.

Barbara-jean Chauvin, Ed.D., is in her sixth year as Asst. Principal/CTE Director of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. She recently completed her doctoral studies at Plymouth State University (conferral November, 2020). Her research focused on whether general education teachers were equipped to meet their English language learner students’ needs. Before coming to the Vineyard, Barbara-jean was a teacher and administrator serving other Massachusetts school districts. She earned her Bachelors’s degree in Education and Business from Fitchburg State University and Master’s degrees in Professional Communication from Clark University and School of Leadership & Administration from Worcester State University. While completing graduate work, Barbara-jean was a Graphic Design teacher and continues as an adjunct professor in curriculum development and communications. Barbara-jean is a member of the Cape and Islands Board of Directors, ACE MV Board of Directors, All Island Community Chorus, and a past Advisory Board Member for MV Youth’s Workforce Development Scholarship program. A product of public technical education, Barbara-jean grew up in the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor dedicated to the early American Industrial Revolution’s history. She lives in Edgartown with her husband, Claude Chauvin.

Aletheia Donahue is a native of Northampton, Massachusetts, and a proud graduate of Northampton High School and Smith College where she majored in physics and astronomy. After earning bachelor’s degree, she went on to work as a sexual health educator at Planned Parenthood of Philadelphia, and as an intake counselor at Family Planning of Martha’s Vineyard. She graduated from medical school at Drexel College of Medicine where she focused on women’s health and went on to Yale New Haven Hospital to complete a residency in internal medicine. After medical school she earned a Master’s in Public Health at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine where she was able to work with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on environmental health with a focus on carbon monoxide poisoning and effects of extreme heat and climate change on health. She now works as a primary care doctor at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

Kim Garrison is a PhD student in Human Development at the University of Rochester, and acting Behavioral Health Coordinator/Research Specialist for Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools. Kim Garrison has worked in the education and human development fields in both Massachusetts and New York State for over twenty-five years. She has experience in the public Pk-12, private higher education, and non-profit sectors. She has worked as a teacher, supervisor of teacher candidates, consultant to school districts on multi-tiered systems of supports, program evaluator, and researcher.

Kim’s research focuses on structures for promotive educational systems that drive positive youth development (e.g., school climate, social emotional learning, educator collaboration, and teacher burnout). She is also a 2020 Martha’s Vineyard Vision Fellow. Under this award, Kim is leading a system-wide initiative at MVPS to develop a multi-tiered system of care model framed by the National School Mental Health Curriculum (National Center for School Mental Health and MHTTC Network Coordinating Office, 2019). Using the School Health Assessment and Evaluation (SHAPE) System and improvement science methods (Carnegie Foundation) she is leading a team of school counselors and school psychologists to map and evaluate school needs according to the quality standards for school mental health and trauma responsiveness. In addition, as acting project fellow and research specialist, Kim is leading a feasibility study for a school-based health center at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School using The Community Guide framework for community preventive services (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Kim grew up on Martha’s Vineyard and went through the MV school system K-12. She has taught at both Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and West Tisbury School, and she is excited to watch her daughter Kennedy learn and grow here on MV.

Born and raised in Michigan, Kathy Teel received her undergraduate BS degree from University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in 1977, and MBA in Finance/Accounting from University of Houston in 1984. She is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas. Kathy was a chemist at Exxon from 1978-1984 and then worked as an internal auditor from 1984-1989. In 1989, she was transferred to New Jersey and held various audit and accounting supervisor positions at the Exxon Refinery and Chemical plant in Linden, New Jersey. Her final position for over 10 years prior to retirement in 2013 was Refinery Finance Manager (Plant Controller). Kathy’s Board experience includes serving on the Board of Directors of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway from 2010-2013, where she was on the Finance and Audit committees. She was also on the Board of the Bayview Condominium Association in Beach Haven, NJ as Treasurer for three years. Now retired, she and her husband, Derrick, have called Martha’s Vineyard home since 2013. They maintain the family homestead in Chilmark, where Derrick’s family, descendants of the Tiltons, has been for generations. They have two daughters.

Norman Werthwein graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 1967 with a B.A. in Accounting. After serving two years in the US Army he began his career with a Public Accounting Firm obtaining his CPA and Partnership with the large International Firm. He then joined Tiffany & CO. as Chief Financial Officer and then became Chief Accounting Officer for Avon Products Inc, Subsequently he has been Chief Financial Officer for both privately held and Public Companies in a variety of Industries. He has also served on the Boards of both national and local not-for profits. He is married with two adult children and resides in Chilmark.