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Joan L. Gulley, Chair

Vero Beach, FL/Nantucket. Joan retired in 2014 from the PNC Financial Services Group where she was Chief Human Resources Officer and a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Over her 20 year career with PNC, she held a number of senior roles including CEO of PNC Advisors, the company’s wealth management group, Deputy Director of Retail Banking, Chief Marketing Officer and Director of Strategic Planning. She joined PNC in 1994 when the company acquired the Massachusetts Company, a banking subsidiary of Travelers Insurance, where she served as CEO and Chairman. Prior to joining PNC, Joan was Senior Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. During her 16 year career with the Federal Reserve she held a variety of positions at both the Board of Governors in Washington and the Boston Reserve Bank. She holds a BA in economics from the University of Rochester where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. Joan has served on many community and educational boards. She was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Chatham University, Vice Chair of the Board of the Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh, and has served on the Board of the PNC Foundation, the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh City Theatre, Goodwill Industries, and Seton Hill University. She is currently a director of Pennsylvania American Water Company, a board member of the Dreyfus Family of Mutual Funds, a trustee of the Maria Mitchell Association, and a director of the Visiting Nurses/Hospice of the Treasure Coast. Joan and her husband Phil acquired their first Nantucket home on Liberty Street in 1988 and now reside in Pocomo. They have one son, Colin.

Norbert P. Donelly, Vice Chair

Osprey, FL/New York, NY/Nantucket.  Norb is the Chair of Tervis Tumbler Company, a family owned manufacturer of insulated drink ware. Prior to joining Tervis he worked for several firms in banking, finance and real estate. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in Economics. He is a board member of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation having chaired several committees. He has also been a board member and supporter of many nonprofits including the Sarasota Ballet, the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe, the Gulf Coast Heritage Association and UnidosNow a startup organization dedicated to empowering Latino families through literacy and education. Norb has also been actively involved in the installation of STEM programs in schools with high populations of students eligible for the NLSP programs. Norbert and his wife Ann Winslow have been married for 40 years and have two children and three grandchildren who are frequent visitors to Nantucket.

David Ross, Treasurer

Houston, TX/Nantucket. David first came to Nantucket in 1989 and has owned a home in the Shawkemo area since 1994. Prior to his retirement, he was the founder and CEO of the Sterling Consulting Group, independent consultants to the energy industry, and an adjunct professor of finance at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business Administration at Rice University. A New York native, he holds a BA in mathematics from Yale and a MBA from the Harvard Business School. Until recently David was a director of Cameron International, and Advisory Director of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation (Executive, Finance and Wildfire Risk Reduction Committees) and an Emeritus Member of the Council of Overseers of the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business Administration. He has been a member of the Budget and Audit Committee of the US Olympic Committee, a Director of the Aloha Foundation, President of the Friends of the NHA and Board member of DaCamera of Houston. David and his wife, Ellen, who are members of the Great Harbor Yacht Club, enjoy sailing, tennis and summer visits by their son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. During the winter months, the Rosses reside in Houston, Texas.

Edward J. McCarthy, Asst. Treasurer

San Marino, CA/Nantucket/Delray Beach, FL.  Ted and his wife Deedie, both Massachusetts natives, began spending time in Nantucket in the early 1980’s. They bought a home on Main Street in 1993 and in 2004 moved to Hinckley Lane.  Ted is a Villanova graduate with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He worked briefly as an engineer before earning an MBA in Finance from Wharton. He spent eleven years with Citigroup in New York City; Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles in a variety of positions.  Following Citigroup, Ted purchased and operated two Los Angeles area manufacturing businesses. Ted sold his business interests in 2012. He has served as a member and Treasurer on the Board of the Pasadena Museum of California Art and currently serves on the Engineering Advisory Board at Villanova University. He has also served on the boards of several private companies. Deedie and Ted have two adult children and two grandchildren.

Randee Seiger, Secretary

Los Altos Hills, CA/Nantucket.  Randee first visited Nantucket in 1960 and has returned regularly with her family since 1980.  When not summering on Nantucket, Randee leads an active life at her home in Los Altos Hills, where she and her late husband Joe raised their family. She has had a lifelong interest in dance, originally as a student and then as a board member of several dance companies including chairing the board of San Francisco’s Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. Most recently, she was elected a trustee of The San Francisco Ballet. Randee took a short hiatus from the dance world to pursue ceramics. Her non-functional teapots appeared in shows and galleries throughout the country, including New York City’s Museum of Arts and Design’s exhibition “The Tea Party”. Randee enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren and is delighted to see that The Atheneum is becoming a part of her granddaughters’ Nantucket summers.

Samuel Bailey, Jr.

Farmington, CT/ Vero Beach, FL/ Nantucket. Sam and his wife Janet began coming to Nantucket in 1975 and acquired a house on Fair Street in 1978.  Since 1992 they have lived at 11 Mill Street.  From 1969 through 1989 Sam practiced law with Robinson & Cole in Hartford, CT and subsequently became owner of T.O. Richardson Company, an investment advisory firm, in Farmington, CT. until his retirement in 2006.  Sam has extensive experience in community service and charitable volunteer work.  He was a Councilman and Mayor of Farmington, CT from 1971 – 1979.  He was a trustee of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association, the Village for Families and Children, Renbrook School, Farmington Land Trust (Chair), New Britain Museum of American Art, Trinity College Alumni Association Executive Committee, Nantucket Preservation Trust and the Warrington Foundation (Chair). Sam has been an active pilot for more than 40 years.  He has based his plane at Nantucket Memorial Airport since 1978 and has recently been asked to join a working group of residents, businesses and community organizations to provide input and feed back to consultants, the Airport Commission and Airport Manager in the development of a new Master Plan.

Kathryn Cramer Brownell

West Lafayette, IN/Nantucket.  Kathryn is assistant professor of history at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana where she teaches courses in 20th century American history. She received her B.A. from University of Michigan and her Ph.D. from Boston University. Her research and teaching examine the intersection of media, politics and popular culture in modern America, with a particular emphasis on the American presidency. Married to Nantucket native, Jason Brownell, she splits her time between Indiana and Nantucket. Her first book, “Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political Life”, traces the key personal relationships, institutions, and government policies that established the foundation for a celebrity political culture and made entertainment a central feature of American politics over the course of the twentieth century. Her new book project, Republic of Entertainment: Cable Television and the Transformation of American Democracy, examines the political transformation of cable television from the Nixon administration to the Clinton era. Along with publishing articles and essays in academic journals, she regularly contributes to Reuters, and her writing has also appeared in other popular media, including Time, The Nation, Newsweek, and Fortune.

Annye Camara

Nantucket. Born in New Bedford to one of the last independent whalers out of that city. She is a “military brat” who traveled to and attended school in other nations, principally Libya and Okinawa. Annye was educated at Loretto Heights College in Denver, and the University of Colorado in Boulder. After several years of teaching high school journalism and English literature, she began a career in book selling, culminating in twenty years as owner of Books and Company in Dayton, Ohio, winner of the American Booksellers’ Association Bookseller of the Year award in 1985.  Before settling on Nantucket in 1999, Annye worked for Workman Publishing, as director of marketing, and then Modern Curriculum, a division of Simon and Schuster, also as director of marketing.  On the island, she is owner (and chief customer service officer) of Annye’s Whole Foods. Annye is immediate past president of the Nantucket Book Foundation and Nantucket Book Festival Literary Committee member.  A member of the Little Free Library organization, she maintains a little free library within Annye’s Whole Foods.

Porter G. Dawson

Washington, DC. Porter grew up in southwestern Virginia. He attended Guilford College, in Greensboro, NC, where he received an A.B. degree in history; The University of Chicago, where he received a M.Th. (Masters in Theology) and a D.Mn. (Doctor of Ministry); and Harvard Business School, where he received an MBA degree. Porter worked in real estate development and investments for most of his professional career. He was with the Louis Dreyfus Property Group, in New York City, Montreal and Washington, DC, from 1973 – 1978; and again from 1998 – 2000; he was at The Holladay Corporation in Washington, DC, from 1978 – 1998; and he was at the JBG Companies in Washington, DC, from 2000 – 2017, when he officially retired. Porter is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the City Lights School, in Washington, DC; of The Washington Chorus in Washington, DC; and of The Sidwell Friends School, in Washington, DC, where he was also Chair of the Board for a term. Currently Porter is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Kendal Corporation, and of the Nantucket Atheneum. Porter is married to Lisa Dawson, and they have two children, Catherine and Will. The family belongs to Bethesda Friends Meeting, in Bethesda, Maryland. Porter’s hobbies are golf, skiing, sailing, biking, reading and travel.

Clementina V. Durkes

Siasconset, MA. Clement and her husband Rick had their honeymoon on Nantucket 45 years ago. They bought their home in ‘Sconset in 1996 enjoying 20 summers with their two daughters before deciding to move here permanently in 2016. Clement is a 1973 honors graduate of Northwestern University with a BA in Art History. She followed that interest by volunteering in the Education Department at the Art Institute of Chicago from 2006 to 2016. Another interest in early childhood education led to five years teaching preschool at St. Chrysostom’s Day School in Chicago. She joined the Women’s Board of the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1985, served as President from 2007 to 2010 and remains a Life Member. In 1997 she joined the Metropolitan Opera Guild and is now an Emeritus Member. She currently serves on the Board of the Sconset Trust.


Douglass N. Ellis

Nantucket. Retired Partner Ropes & Gray LLP, headquartered in Boston, Chairman and managing partner 1999 – 2004. His practice included mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate governance, investment management and insurance. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1965 and from Boston College Law School in 1972. He served in the Army from 1966 to 1969. He has served on the boards of public and private companies and charitable organizations. He is married to Caroline Ellis and has one daughter, Sarah.

Barbara J. Fife

New York City/Nantucket. Retired. Formerly director of External Affairs at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs. From 1990-1994 she was New York City’s deputy Mayor for Planning and Development, overseeing city agencies related to land use, housing, environment, parks and cultural affairs. She was a member of the board of Metropolitan Transportation Authority and chair of its Real Estate Committee and vice-chairperson of the Hudson River Park Conservancy. She also represented the mayor on the boards of the New York Public Library and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Fife serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Museum of the City of New York, Citizens Union, Regional Plan Association, Manhattan Theatre Club and the New York League of Conservation Voters. She has extensive political experience including past membership on the Democratic National Committee. She and her family have been summer residents of Nantucket for over 40 years. She is a long-time supporter of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, the Nantucket Cottage Hospital, and the Atheneum, as well as other island-based organizations. Ms. Fife is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College.

Tracy Flannery

Boston/Nantucket, MA. Tracy recently relocated to Boston after numerous moves within the US and abroad. Her spouse’s career has led the Flannery family to Buenos Aires, Wilton, CT, Tokyo, New Delhi, London and, most recently, Chicago. Tracy has volunteered for numerous civic and charitable organizations throughout her travels, including serving as President of the Wilton Family Y in Wilton CT and Treasurer and Development Committee member of the Wilton Library. While in Japan, she was Treasurer and Teen Mentor of the Tokyo Chapter of Room to Read, a global literacy NGO and Treasurer of Tokyo English Life Line, a mental health advocacy group. While in New Delhi, she and several friends established a new chapter of MAD Make a Difference) to teach remedial English to over 60 slum children residing near the American Embassy School. A graduate of Wesleyan University (BA) and The University of Connecticut (MBA), Tracy spent 15 years in the banking industry prior to her retirement in 1996. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, travel and exercise. The Flannerys (including their three now grown children) have been coming to Nantucket for 26 years.

Samuel A. Flax

Chevy Chase, MD/Nantucket. Sam and his wife Meg began coming to Nantucket in the early 1990’s, when their children were very young, and became summer residents in 2010. Until its sale in 2017, Sam was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of American Capital, Ltd., a publicly-traded asset management and private equity firm based in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to joining American Capital, he was a senior partner in the corporate and securities practice group of Arnold & Porter, a Washington, DC-based international law firm. Sam is a graduate of Georgia Tech, where he majored in Industrial Engineering, and from the Washington & Lee University School of Law. He is currently a fellow at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative. Sam is a member of GTAB, the Georgia Tech President’s advisory board, the incoming President of Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, MD, and the past President of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington. Sam and Meg have three children, all of whom are delighted to call Nantucket their second home.

Maureen Graf

Houston, TX/Nantucket. After a twenty-year career in retail banking where she managed a 100plus branch network, Maureen returned to school and earned an M.A. in American Studies in 2006. She has invested her time over the last ten years with several non-profit organizations, but her passion lies in making a difference with youth and education. In that spirit, she served as Chairman of the Board of St. Agnes Academy, a highly regarded all-girls high school in Houston, Texas, for four years. Recent “empty-nesters”, Maureen and her husband John now share their time between Houston and Nantucket. A proud mother of two daughters, Carly and Delaney, Maureen also loves running, reading, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Patricia Harding

Nantucket. Patricia was born in Bogota, Colombia. She attended Xavier University and graduated with a degree in psychology. She moved to Nantucket and married John Harding. They have two teenage children, Joshua and Caroline. Patricia is currently working at the Nantucket Public Schools as a liaison between the Nantucket community and the Spanish population. She believes literacy and education are the keys to success in the building of a strong, responsible, and caring community.

Patrick Hehir

Nantucket. Patrick, with his wife Lucy, came to Nantucket from Ireland in 1987 and quickly realized that this was where he wanted to be for the long term. After running the construction side of Bruce Killen Company for a number of years, he formed his own business, Hehir Group Builders. His deep understanding of construction on Nantucket and his solid relationships with town agencies has attracted loyal and discriminating homeowners to his business. Even though his business caters to new and existing structures, Patrick has a reverence for the old architecture and is aware of the importance of retaining the historical identity of the island. Patrick has been a trustees on Nantucket Ice and Nantucket Lighthouse School and has contributed time and expertise to many other island organizations. When he is not at work, Patrick and Lucy, and their two children enjoy the many riches the island has to offer. He looks forward to his tenure on the Nantucket Atheneum Board. And he recognizes the vital role the Atheneum plays on the island and believes that the many cultural and educational events offered at the library contributes to a sustainable year round community.                  

Hudson Holland, III

Nantucket. Tucker and his wife, Michelle, are principals in the Holland family’s business, Nantucket House Antiques & Interior Design, in addition to owning similar businesses in Shelburne, VT. Prior to joining the family business in Nantucket, Tucker spent 12 years as Partner and Executive Vice President of Trak Sports Inc., a privately-held winter sports company based in Burlington, VT and Cowansville, QC. While in Vermont, Tucker served as a member on the Alumni Executive Committee for Deerfield Academy, and served for eight years on the Shelburne Planning Commission. Tucker has spent time annually on Nantucket since 1970, having even more off-season exposure when his parents moved to Nantucket full-time in 1980. Tucker and Michelle’s own family has made Nantucket home since September 2012. Tucker currently also serves on the boards of both the Nantucket Lighthouse School and the Community Foundation for Nantucket. The Hollands have been blessed with elder son, Elijah (age 7), and their twins, Edward and Beatrix (age 5). Tucker’s passions beyond his family and community include: running, fly fishing and creative pursuits of many varieties.


Elizabeth McHenry

New York/Nantucket. Elizabeth is an Associate Professor of English in the English Department at New York University. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and her B.A. from Columbia University. Her areas of teaching and research include African American literature, culture, and intellectual history; 19th and 20th century United States literatures and cultures; and the History of the Book. She is the author of Forgotten Readers: Recovering the Lost History of African American Literary Societies (Duke University Press, 2002), a study of book clubs and reading groups organized by African Americans in the United States between 1830 and 1940, for which she received the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) book prize as well as the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction in 2003. Her scholarly articles have appeared in such diverse publications as American Literary History, Callaloo, and the Harvard Library Bulletin, and she is the recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research (Harvard University), and the National Humanities Center. She is currently completing a project on African American literary and intellectual culture in the early twentieth century that focuses on various literary situations and attempts by black authors, including those that failed or were only partially achieved.


Hillary Hedges Rayport

Boston/Nantucket. Hillary is a Vice President with EF Education First, where she leads strategy and branding initiatives that further EF’s global mission of opening the world through education. Prior to EF, Hillary was a Senior Investment Consultant with Cambridge Associates, where she advised museums, foundations, and private clients with assets up to $1 billion. Hillary has seven years of venture capital investing experience, living and investing in both New York and London. Hillary was also Vice President of Cytel Software, a data analytics company serving the pharmaceutical industry. Hillary holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in English, cum laude¸ from Princeton University. Hillary is Chairman Emeritus of the literary arts center GrubStreet, a Director of The Trustees of Reservations, and a Director of The Boston Public Market Association. She is a co-producer of the Nantucket Memoir Project, and a member of the Peabody Essex Museum Art and Nature Committee. Hillary is an avid naturalist, chef, and gardener. She and her husband Jeffrey are parents to two young boys, Abe and Milo.

Bonnie J. Sacerdote

New York, NY/Nantucket. Bonnie has been coming regularly to Nantucket every summer since 1969. She and her late husband, Peter, enjoyed vacationing on Nantucket from the time their three children were young — it provided a time to be together as a family and away from their busy life in New York City. A Smith graduate with a degree in Art History, Bonnie has been active in several non-profits. Currently she serves on the Board, the Executive Committee, and as Chair of the Education Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she has worked with staff to create education programs and tours for young people and adults. She has also served as a Volunteer Education Tour Guide at the MET since 1978. Bonnie serves on the National Board of Review of Films, and on the Friends of the Nantucket Historical Association. She is a former board member of Manhattan Theatre Club, and a former teacher in the Learning to Look program conducted in Inner City Catholic Schools in New York, and a former member of the Smith College Museum of Art Visiting Committee. Bonnie is a member of the Nantucket Yacht Club, Sankaty Head Golf Club and Nantucket Golf Club. She enjoys spending time with her three children and five grandchildren.


Jane A. Tyler

Brookline, MA/Vero Beach, FL/Nantucket. Early in her career, Jane was in the community health field and later became a market research director in the pharmaceutical industry. After moving to Boston, Jane became involved in the Beacon Hill Civic Association as Chair of the Nominating Committee and Treasurer as well as Hill House, the community center on Beacon Hill. She is currently involved with the Beacon Hill and Chestnut Hill Garden Clubs. She splits her time between Brookline and their home on Pleasant Street. She has one son, John, and three step-children, Mary, Cecily and Wat.

Cathy Weinroth

New York / Nantucket.  Retired from the practice of law at Weil, Gotshal & Manges where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions and securities law for fifteen years. She recently stepped down as chair of the board of Wave Hill, a public garden and New York cultural institution. Prior to that, she served as president of a settlement house in the northwest Bronx. Cathy recently was elected as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Hunter College Foundation. She and her husband Stephen are active contributors to the arts, particularly dance and theater. They also enjoy collecting art and traveling together. Cathy’s free time is spent playing the piano, exercising and spending time with her family. They have two married children, Melissa and Andrew, and one grandson, Archie. Mrs. Weinroth graduated from Hunter College and New York Law School.

Marcia P. Welch

Key Largo, FL/Nantucket. Marcia brings extensive experience working with non-profit organizations. She is a former board member of the Nantucket Historical Association and chair of the capital campaign and the nominating committee, having also served as chair of the auction wine committee for the NHA Gala Dinner and Wine Festival. She is a past trustee of Sconset Chapel and Sankaty Head Golf Club. She was a founding Director of Ocean Reef Club, chair of the first Event Committee 1993-1995 initiating many enormously successful club traditions that continue today. She was chair of House and Grounds a 4000 acre facility, 1993-1995.  Marcia and her late husband, Joe, resided in Wyomissing, PA from 1974-2008 and have been coming to Nantucket since 1976. Marcia is a Smith graduate and is very involved with her family – five daughters and nine grandchildren. 

Chairs Emeriti

Alice F. Emerson
Robert A. Greenspon
John W. Loose

Trustees Emeriti

Nan Geschke
Nancy A. Newhouse

Honorary Trustees

Margaret Ritchie Battle
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Diamond Jr.
Lucile W. Hays
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Menschel