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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.

Tracy Flannery, Vice Chair

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.

Edward J. McCarthy, 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.

Jane A. Tyler, Secretary

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.

Bianca Bosker

New York / Nantucket. Bianca is an award-winning journalist and author who has a deep love of libraries. Her most recent book, Cork Dork, was a New York Times critics’ pick, and hailed as the “Kitchen Confidential of the Wine World.” In addition to serving as a contributing writer at The Atlantic, Bosker has written for publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New Republic, Food & Wine, and Roads & Kingdoms, and her work has been anthologized in the Best American Travel Writing. She previously authored Original Copies (University of Hawaii Press/Hong Kong University Press, 2013), the first definitive account of China’s “duplitecture” movement, and co-founded HuffPost’s tech section, serving as the site’s Executive Tech Editor until 2014. She grew up in Portland, Oregon, graduated from Princeton University, and lives in New York.

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.

William D. Cohan

New York City/Nantucket. Bill was a former senior Wall Street M&A investment banker for 17 years at Lazard Frères & Co., Merrill Lynch and JPMorganChase, and is now the New York Times bestselling author of three non-fiction narratives about Wall Street: Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World; House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street; and, The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co., the winner of the 2007 FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. His book, The Price of Silence, about the Duke lacrosse scandal was published in April 2014 and was also a New York Times bestseller. His book, Why Wall Street Matters, was published by Random House in February 2017. His new book Four Friends, about what happened to four of his friends from Andover, his high school, was published by Flatiron Press, a division of Macmillan Publishers, in July 2019. He is hard at work on his new book about the rise and fall of GE. Bill is a special correspondent at Vanity Fair. He also writes for The Financial Times, The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Atlantic, The Nation, Fortune, and Politico. He previously wrote a bi-weekly opinion column for The New York Times, an opinion column for BloombergView, as well as for the Dealbook section of the New York Times. He is a non-staff, on-air contributor to CNBC and also appears regularly on CNN, on MSNBC and the BBC-TV. He has also appeared three times as a guest on the Daily Show, with Jon Steward, The NewsHour, The Charlie Rose Show, The Tavis Smiley Show, and CBS This Morning as well as on numerous NPR, BBC and Bloomberg radio programs. He was formerly a contributing editor for Bloomberg TV. Bill is a graduate of Phillips Academy (Andover), Duke University, Columbia University School of Journalism and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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.

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.

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.

Duncan Macallister

Nantucket. Duncan and his family moved to Nantucket in August of 2015 and is a Vice President with Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank where he has worked for the better part of 15 years. He and his wife, Joan, have four daughters: Catherine, Isabella, Abigail, and Gabrielle. Two have graduated from college and two are still in college. Duncan has sat on many boards, including: The Chatham Chorale; Community Connections Inc. (Chairman); Duffy Health Center (Chairman); Rotary Club of Hyannis; Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket (PASCON); Linda Loring Nature Foundation (Treasurer) and he sits on the Advisory Board for the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. In addition to community involvement, Duncan shares a love of the stage with his daughters and has done several shows with his family including, most recently, Into the Woods.

Deborah Manus

Boston, MA/Nantucket. Deb is Nutter’s managing partner and chairs the firm’s Executive Committee. She focuses her practice on estate and trust administration and estate planning for high net worth individuals. She has extensive experience settling complex estates, helping clients structure large, tax-efficient gifts and implementing other planning techniques to reduce transfer taxes. Deb also assists clients with pre-nuptial planning and helps clients accomplish their philanthropic goals, advising on lifetime and testamentary gifts to public charities, private foundations and charitable trusts. The firm’s Trusts and Estates practice is ranked in top tiers in Boston and nationally by U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers. Deb serves as trustee of a significant number of private trusts. She is also a principal of Nutter Investment Advisors, LLC, which provides investment advisory services to trusts, individuals, foundations and retirement plans. Deb is active in many business and civic organizations. She is also a frequent contributor to professional publications related to her practice area. She co-authored “Strategies For Paying The Estate Tax That is Due” in MCLE’s A Practical Guide to Estate Planning. She is also a contributing author of MCLE’s Massachusetts Probate Manual (Chapter 2, “Pre Probate Considerations”) and MCLE’s Massachusetts Basic Practice Manual (Chapter 4, “The Probate and Administration of Estates in Massachusetts”).

Linda McGrath

New York City/Bermuda/Nantucket. Linda and her family started coming to Nantucket in 1993 and quickly fell in love with the history and beauty of the island and made it their summer escape from city life. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1981, Linda moved to Manhattan, where she has remained, after having met and married her true love, Ben, and raised two daughters, Mollie and Emma. Linda began her career in advertising at Ogilvy & Mather and, after working for several other smaller boutique agencies, went to work for Conde Nast as the promotion director for Allure magazine. After fifteen years, Linda retired from the publishing world and threw all of her energies into volunteer work at her daughters’ school, The Convent of the Sacred Heart, where she spent seven years on the Board of Trustees, including as the chair of the development committee. Linda also started and ran a successful interior decorating business for fifteen years. She now hopes to spend the next fifteen years doing meaningful work for those organizations that she holds near and dear to her heart, including Nantucket Community Sailing where she has been deeply involved for the past ten years, The University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholars Selection Committee and, more recently, the board of the Rome Chamber Music Festival. Linda and her dog, Maeve, are a certified therapy team and volunteer at Mount Sinai Hospital at the Dubin Breast Cancer Treatment Center. Linda is an avid golfer, bridge player, sailor, traveler, and book club member. A prolific reader since day one, Linda has fond memories of weekly trips to the library, and has enjoyed seeking out and spending time in libraries her entire life. Linda looks forward to the opportunity to serve on the board of the Atheneum.

Allan D. McKelvie, Esquire

Ashburn, VA/Nantucket. Allan is President and sole shareholder of Darala Investment and Development Corporation, which he founded in 1983. Prior to founding DIDC he worked for five years as an associate, specializing in real estate, with the Washington law firm of Dunnells, Duvall, Bennett & Porter. Since founding DIDC, Allan has been involved in a number of real estate projects, as a general partner and developer. He has also acted as a local representative of a number of Swiss and Italian investors with real estate holdings in Washington, D.C. He has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate development including acquisition, renovation, leasing, management and project finance. For the last 18 years, his primary focus has been the planning, zoning and development of Goose Creek Village, a walkable, mixed use development which includes 650 homes, a retail center, day care facility, 230 unit apartment project, two churches and an office development. In the late 1980s, one of his most significant works was the acquisition and renovation of a distressed 200 unit property in the Anacostia section of Washington, which was one of the earliest projects of its scope and led the efforts to rejuvenate a long neglected part of Washington, DC. As an integral part of the rejuvenating effort, the owners built a Learning Center for the school age children living at the property, donating all of the equipment and salaries for the after school staff. During the 1990s, he was a consultant to The National Housing Preservation Foundation (PHPF), a national nonprofit with the mission of providing quality affordable housing throughout the country. NHPF currently owns over 8,000 apartment units and expects to acquire 2,000 additional units this year. Mr. McKelvie was chairman of The Council of the Woodrow Wilson House, a property owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, from 1992 to 1997. From 2003 to 2016, he was on the board of the Green Door, a DC based non-profit which serves approximately 1,800 clients dealing with a variety of mental illnesses. In 2008, Allan joined the Board of Trustees of Bullis School, a 3rd – 12th grade school in Potomac Maryland. While on the Board, he served as chairman of the Annual Fund in 2009 and 2010. He and his wife, Darina, are active donors to myriad non-profits, firmly believing in providing financial support to many worthy causes. Darina and Allan have two children, Margot and Roddy. The McKelvies purchased Isle Dew, on Nantucket, in 2012 and have enjoyed every minute of their time on the island. While Allan enjoys biking, golf and sailing, Darina spends much of her time biking and painting.

Nathaniel Philbrick

Nantucket. Nat was born in Boston, raised in Pittsburgh, and has degrees from Brown and Duke Universities.  He and his wife Melissa moved to Nantucket with their two young children in 1986.  Nat is the author of close to a dozen books, including Away Off Shore, Abram’s Eyes, In the Heart of the Sea, Mayflower, Why Read Moby-Dick?, and most recently, In the Hurricane’s Eye. He has served on the boards of the Nantucket Atheneum (during the capital campaign to build the children’s library in the 1990s), the Maria Mitchell Association, and Nantucket Community Sailing.  He is the founding director of the Egan Maritime Institute and a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association.

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.

Thomas S. Roeder

London/New York/Nantucket. Tom first came to Nantucket to visit his grandmother who spent the summer at the White Elephant when he was eleven. He has been coming to the Island ever since, first with his wife Susan and then with their children and now with grandchildren. After receiving an MBA from Wharton School of Commerce and Finance he spent nearly his entire professional career in the securities industry in Europe. Tom first worked in Paris and then was offered an opportunity in London. He and Susan decided to try life in London for one or maybe two years and forty-four years later decided to spend more time in the States. Tom was a member of the Executive Committee at Mabon Nugent & Co., a U.S. investment firm, and was responsible for the London and international effort. Today he and Susan spend their time in New York and London and the summers in Nantucket on Hinckley Lane. Tom has always felt that the Atheneum is a wonderful part of the Nantucket Community.

Bonnie J. Sacerdote

New York/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 ahs 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 the 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.

Randee Seiger

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.

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