Holly Bellebuono, MPA, CH has served in leadership capacities for private and nonprofit entities for 25 years. As CEO of Bellebuono Holistic International, she is renowned as a medical herbalist offering curricular training and certification in natural medicine and leading workshops and lecturing internationally. Holly received Small Business Owner of the Year Awards from both SCORE MV Cape Cod and the Islands and the MV Women’s Network and serves on panels and lectures about entrepreneurial innovation and creative strategy. She is the author of seven nonfiction books, with the most recent published in the spring of 2020. Her documentary presentation and book, Women Healers of the World, received the Book of the Year Award from the International Herb Association, and celebrates women’s empowerment, history and contributions to medicine and research. Holly served as Executive Coordinator for Healthy Aging Martha’s Vineyard and prior to that as Program Director for Appalachian Voices, an environmental advocacy nonprofit in North Carolina, where she earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration at Appalachian State University. Holly has lived, worked, and volunteered on Martha’s Vineyard since 2005.
Born and raised in Detroit, Rachel Hines moved to New York City at 18 to study photography at the School of Visual Arts, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Soon after graduation, she was granted an internship with Career Israel to work and volunteer in Tel Aviv for eight months. During her time there, she realized one of her greatest passions in life was to help foster community engagement and education. Back in New York, she found a job at her alma mater, SVA, as the Assistant Studio Manager in the same photography department that she had attended a few years prior. Being back in the school environment, she was inspired to continue her education, and earned a Masters of Professional Studies in the Arts and Cultural Management program at Pratt. Her thesis focused on cultural resilience and was published and recognized at the International Congress on Arts and Cultures. After one short visit to the island with her boyfriend, an island chef, she packed up her life and is now happy to call Martha’s Vineyard home. She is thrilled to be working within a community that fosters and encourages community and cultural development as well as lifelong learning.
Sheila grew up on Martha’s Vineyard, she is currently getting her M.Ed/Ed.S degrees at UMASS Amherst’s School Counselor Educator program while working at ACE MV and the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School as a guidance counselor intern. She is very excited about the impact that this role will have on current high school students, and the island community as a whole.
A native of Cambridge, MA, Lisette Williams traveled south for college and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana. She continued her education at Cambridge College, earning both a Master of Education in School Guidance Counseling and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Mental Health Counseling. Prior to joining ACE MV, she worked for a youth workforce development program in Cambridge, MA and helped expose students ages 16-24 in pursuit of their high school equivalency (HiSET) credential to continuing education and employment opportunities. A long-term summer resident who was introduced to Martha’s Vineyard as a kid, Lisette is excited to be working with the young people on the island and helping them develop post-secondary plans.
Jeni Zern brings with her a unique combination of skills developed from her years of experience as as a graphic designer and marketer, as an Operations Coordinator for The Association of Travel Marketing Executives (ATME), and more recently, as a restaurant manager for Little House Café in Vineyard Haven. As a freelance creative director and as VP Creative at her family’s marketing company, Zern Associates, she helmed marketing campaigns for American Express, Viacom, and tourism bureaus all over the world. At ATME, she mastered the day-to-day of nonprofit organization management, from grassroots membership drives to large-scale event planning. At Little House, she kept the front-of-house running smoothly and excelled in delivering top-notch customer service. Jeni studied at CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (Home College: John Jay College of Criminal Justice) for a self-tailored degree in the history of oppression. A New York native and erstwhile Los Angeleno, Jeni has lived year-round on Martha’s Vineyard since 2011.