Board of Trustees
Mary Ellen Ackerman, President
Mary Ellen Ackerman retired as a Consultant for the College Board. As an Independent Consultant she has been an invited Presenter at International Educational Conferences in Europe, Asia and South America. She is a former Board Member of the Western American Literature Association and retired English Department Chair at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. She is a former Teacher Trainer for the MA Department Education in Portfolio Assessment and former Steering Committee Member of the Advanced Placement Annual Conferences.
Rob Kluin, Vice President
Rob Kluin is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Plimoth Plantation, a world class, Smithsonian Affiliate museum. He has extensive experience in strategic marketing, communications and development for a variety of organizations. Previously he was Director of Communications for Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, an organization that uses science and civil conversation to promote a sustainable world. Prior to Manomet, he held senior communications and marketing positions with IBM, including the role of speechwriter to the President of IBM’s Federal Systems Division.
Rob serves on the Executive Board of Destination Plymouth, the destination management organization for the Town of Plymouth, Massachusetts. He is a member of Rotary International. He holds a master’s degree in Corporate Communications from Ithaca College.
Ben deRuyter, Treasurer
Ben grew up in Brewster and graduated from Nauset Regional High School in 1995, where he took great pleasure in studying music under Bruce Abbott and playing tenor saxophone in the concert and jazz bands. At UMASS Amherst he studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and considered a career in the sciences. Ben earned his MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at UMASS, and returned to Cape Cod in the early 2000’s to begin his business career. Since that time he has worked across the Cape on numerous commercial real estate and small business projects. Ben is the managing partner of Whalers Wharf, the Aquarium Marketplace, and New Art real estate developments in Provincetown. He founded Provincetown businesses Aqua Bar and 1620 Brewhouse. His interest in public service led him to serve on Brewster’s Finance Committee beginning in 2012, and to his election to the Brewster Board of Selectmen in 2013. Ben serves as President of the Community Development Partnership. He lives in West Brewster with his wife Jackie and their three school-aged children.
Marion Hobbs, Secretary
Marion has been a self-employed attorney in Brewster since 1989. She has a BA from Smith College and a law degree from BU. She has been engaged in the general practice of law since 1983, with an emphasis on real estate, including representation of lenders, buyers and sellers in residential and commercial real estate transactions. Qualified to testify as an expert witness, regarding title matters, Barnstable Superior Court. Appointed Land Court Title Examiner, 1989. Massachusetts Real Estate Broker, 1991 to date.
Seminar Presentations & Pro Bono work include WE CAN, Harwich Port, MA, legal clinic volunteer. Her Board affiliations include, Trustee, Cape Rep Theatre, Brewster, MA, 2014; Trustee, Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School, a public charter school, Harwich, Massachusetts, 2005 to 2011. Chair of Site & Building Committee; Board of Directors, Academy of Performing Arts, Orleans, MA 2011-2012; Volunteer, Brewster Elementary Schools, 1998-2007
South Orleans, MA
Patricia Ares served as the Director of Education and Outreach at the Academy of Performing Arts, Orleans, Massachusetts for 20 years. She was a piano instructor in Montclair New Jersey and translator in Madrid Spain. She has a BA from Boston University, a Translator’s Diploma from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain; the Title of Incorporated Linguist from the Institute of Linguists, London; and a Certificate of Language Distinction from the London Chamber of Commerce.
She is a former Board member of the Academy of Performing Arts, The Cape Cod Education Foundation and the CH Dodge Foundation, NYC. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at Cape Cod Repertory Theatre, Development Committee and The Chatham Orpheum Theatre, Grant Writing. She is former Chair and current member of the Orleans Cultural Council and on the Advisory Council of the Orleans Community Partnership..
Jeff Cusack is a lifelong New Englander and was raised on Cape Cod. Educated at Boston University School of Management, he returned to the Lower Cape after a few years of world travel and embarked upon a restaurant career at the famous Land Ho! Restaurant. He entered the real estate business in 2000 and has since transacted nearly $175 million in residential and commercial sales and is active in the Massachusetts, Cape & Islands and National Association of Realtors. Jeff’s passion is conservation, animal welfare and local organizations such as WildCare and the Animal Rescue League of Boston as well as several private dog rescue agencies. A love of live theater and a chance encounter with his former English teacher and now Cape Rep President Mary Ellen Ackerman led to his appointment as treasurer at Cape Rep Theatre.
After retiring from a twenty-five year career in the banking industry including global roles on three continents, Christine (Chris) now serves as an Advisor for My Next Season, a consulting firm working with executives in transition. As an experienced executive, philanthropist and educator, Chris brings a depth and diversity of experience to Cape Rep. She currently serves on the board of the Cape and Islands United Way and is the co-chair of Women United, a United Way affinity group. Previously she held roles on the board of the Bank of America International Financial Corporation, Bank of America Overseas Corporation, and Merrill Lynch Menkul Degerler A.S., as well as Legacy 2020, an organization created to ensure the local London community retained lasting benefits following the 2012 Olympics.
Chris has an MBA from Simmons College, Graduate School of Management and a BA in political science from Emmanuel College. Before entering the world of corporate banking, she worked as a high school teacher. She and her husband have two grown sons and three grandchildren. They share a passion for travel and split their time between Cape Cod and Italy.
Tina has lived on Cape Cod for five years, after moving from the Washington, DC area where she served on two theatre boards (MetroStage and Synetic Theatre). She owns her own consulting/coaching business where she serves highly-creative women who want to make their mark in the world through creative activism and artistic endeavors. She is also a contributing writer for a variety of print and online publications, and a licensed workshop facilitator.
Tina is the Chair of the Harwich Cultural Council, Programs Chair of the Cape & Islands Commission on the Status of Women, and Public Relations Chair for the Harwich Voter Information Committee, and is heavily involved on school-related issues for the Monomoy Regional School District. She is also an accomplished fundraiser, having raised significant amounts of money for a variety of nonprofit organizations, causes, and campaigns focused on the general welfare of women and children, as well as charitable organizations focused on the arts and education. Through her volunteer work, Tina has utilized her creative, visionary, and organizational skills to plan and execute an array of successful programs, projects, and events.
East Orleans, MA
Tom has been a fan of theater since his first experiences as a member of the Hingham High School Drama Club. After high school, Tom attended Tufts University and Suffolk University Law School. He had a long career in Human Resources, most recently as the Global Head of Employee Relations at State Street Corporation. Tom retired from financial services in 2014 and moved full-time to Cape Cod in 2015. He is a member of the Snow Library Marion Craine Room Gallery Committee and the Town of Orleans Personnel Advisory Committee. Tom is a former board member of ArtsBoston. He is currently a Realtor at William Raveis Real Estate in East Orleans.
Susan P Lindquist s a long time resident of Brewster and has been involved in the nonprofit world for most of her working and volunteering career. She began working on Cape Cod at the Dept of Mental Health where she was the Coordinator of Early Intervention Services. She was Assistant Director of the Dare School in Mashpee, a Supervisor of Adolescent Services for the newly created Dept of Social Services and a Program Director at the Latham School in Brewster. For twelve years she was Executive Director and CEO of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. During those years she also served on the Mass Cultural Council Advisory Board, and was a founder of the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School. She was also involved early on as the Community Development Corp.(now the CDP) was just beginning to be established, more than twenty years ago. Through the years she has sat on many nonprofit boards and committees. She is currently serving on the board of WOMR/WFMR in Provincetown.
Lindquist has been a long time trustee of the Cape Cod Five, and has served on numerous committees.For a total of twelve years she chaired the Arts and Culture and also the Youth and Education sub Committees of the Cape Cod Five Charitable Foundation. Currently Susan host a radio show/TV show ‘This Place Matters’ (12:30 Wed. 92.1 or 91.3 FM)She interviews folks who are living their lives and making a living on Cape Cod. Her goal is to educate her listeners about the businesses, organizations and causes in our community that they may not be aware of. Last but not least, she is a Master Gardener and organizer of the Children’s Garden in Brewster.
South Orleans, MA
Elia Marnik, a teacher/reading specialist, is currently an Education Consultant (ElMar Consulting Co.). She has served as a Trustee of Middlesex Community College for almost 10 years, serving as Chair of the Student Success Committee, Presidential Search Committee, Presidential Evaluation Committee. Elia served on the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners for 13 years and held Vice Chair and Chair positions. She also Chaired the Massachusetts Center of the Book (an affiliate of the Library of Congress). Elia has been invited the keynote speaker at state, regional and local community library events and conventions. She has facilitated many educational workshops. She has participated in State House hearings, secured legislative sponsors for MBLC bills, resulting in 12 million dollars to be distributed to Massachusetts libraries for construction projects. Elia has held leadership positions in Catholic Charities North’s Annual Fundraising Galas. She is a Founding Member of RPL Foundation and was Chair of the Board of Trustees for over 20 years.
Marylouise Conway, Emeritus
Fran Weller, Emeritus
Frank Weller, Emeritus
served as the president of Cape Cod Five Cents Saving Bank from 1982-2004. He is the former president and chairman of the Massachusetts Bankers Association and a graduate of Dartmouth and of Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He is the co-chairman of the Cape Cod Business Roundtable and is also the vice president of the Brewster Community Preservation Committee. A resident of Brewster, he is also interested in writing and photography. Carr writes frequently on the environment and economy for the Cape Cod Times and Cape Codder. He is the author of Walking the Shores of Cape Cod.
Preston Scott Cohen
Preston Scott Cohen is the Chair of the Department of Architecture and the Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is the author of Contested Symmetries (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001) and numerous theoretical and historical essays on architecture. His work has been widely published and exhibited and is in numerous collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard. He lectures regularly in prestigious venues around the world. Cohen’s work has been the subject of numerous theoretical assessments by renowned critics and historians including Sylvia Lavin, Antoine Picon, Michael Hays, Nikolaus Kuhnert, Terry Riley, Robert Somol, Hashim Sarkis and Rafael Moneo. He was the Frank Gehry International Chair at the University of Toronto (2004) and the Perloff Professor at UCLA (2002). He has held faculty positions at Princeton, RISD, and Ohio State University.
has spent over the last 43 years in health care administration, management and development. Her primary focus has been quality community based long-term care programs for adults with brain and spinal cord injury. She has worked to promote the least restrictive living environments for very medically compromised people. Devine currently is the proud owner and operator of Rose Meadow, two specialized Supported Residential Care facilities in New Boston, New Hampshire. Her other love is promoting the arts and theater and the wonderful productions of Cape Rep Theatre for her brother Art Devine and very talented sister-in-law Maura Hanlon.
has appeared in over 65 films, and will next star in the highly anticipated film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play, August, Osage County opposite Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. Additionally, he will star in jOBS as Apple’s first financier, Mike Markkula. Dermot recently starred Nicole Kidman in Stoker. His film credits include: The Grey with Liam Neeson, Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar with Leonardo DiCaprio, Baltasar Kormukur’s Inhale, Big Miracle with Drew Barrymore, Struck By Lightning with Allison Janney and Rebel Wilson, Marc Abraham’s Flash Of Geniuswith Greg Kinnear, Garry Marshall’s Georgia Rule with Jane Fonda, David Fincher’s Zodiac, The Family Stone with Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker and Claire Danes, Must Love Dogs with Diane Lane and John Cusack, The Wedding Date with Debra Messing and Amy Adams, David Gordon Green’s Undertow,About Schmidt with Jack Nicholson, The Safety Of Objects with Glenn Close, Where The Money Is with Paul Newman, My Best Friend’s Wedding with Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz, Robert Altman’s Kansas City with Jennifer Jason Leigh, Copycat with Holly Hunter and Sigourney Weaver, Tom DiCillo’s Living In Oblivion, Point Of No Return with Bridget Fonda, Young Guns with Kiefer Sutherland and Blake Edward’sSunset with James Garner and Bruce Willis. On television, he recently guest starred in the second season of HBO’s Enlightened opposite Laura Dern and as Zooey Deschanel’s love interest on Fox’s New Girl. He will next star as the lead in NBC’s new series Crisis opposite Gillian Anderson.
Dermot is a classically trained cellist who has played with the scoring orchestras for Academy Award winning composers such as James Newton Howard and Michael Giacchino.
is an American film producer and politician. A two-time Tony Award winning producer, Paleologos was also the recipient of a prime time Emmy Award nomination for the HBO film In the Gloaming. His last production on Broadway was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Feature films include Ghosts of Mississippi and Hurlyburly. He was the executive director of the Massachusetts Film Office from 2007 until 2011. During his tenure at the film office, he was responsible for bringing several major motion pictures to shoot in Massachusetts including The Town, Shutter Island, The Social Network, Knight and Day, The Fighter, Edge of Darkness, The Proposal, and The Company Men. In addition, Quixote Studios opened a $1.5 million operation in Boston. Paleologos represented the 33rd Middlesex district in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1977–1991. He was appointed Executive Director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 2011.
Hon. Sarah K. Peake
has served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2007. She represents the Fourth Barnstable district, a Cape Cod district that includes her hometown of Provincetown. She previously served on the Provincetown Board of Selectmen. Peake earned an A.B. from Colgate University and a Juris Doctor from Pace University School of Law. In the legislature, she serves as the vice-chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, as well as being a member of the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight and the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets.
is an American stage, film and television actress. She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Robins attended the Yale School of Drama, (MFA) and received her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, (BA). She has won several awards for her work including the Actors’ Equity Foundation Joe A. Callaway Award, the Helen Hayes Award nomination, the Jefferson Award, the Drama League Award and the Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress.
is currently the Morning Edition host for WGBH, 89.7 – FM radio. He was also the former morning host at WRNI Rhode Island Public radio. He served for several years as the executive director at WOMR in Provincetown, Mass., and was the former news director at WQRC on the Cape. In a former life Seay was an actor whose work was seen in many productions and theatres throughout the Cape including developing new plays by Gip Hoppe at WHAT and The Academy of Performing Arts with his dear friends Art Devine and Maura Hanlon.
Omar Sharif, Jr.
Born on November 28, 1983 to a Jewish mother and Muslim father, Omar Sharif Jr. was given his name by his iconic grandfather. With maternal grandparents who were Holocaust survivors and paternal grandparents who were famous actors, Omar was assured a colorful life. As a child, he shuttled frequently between his birthplace of Montreal, and Paris and Cairo. Omar obtained a Master’s Degree in Comparative Politics from The London School of Economics at Queen’s University, by the age of 23. Omar balanced his studies with living the life of an irresponsible socialite. He garnering considerable attention from international ad and spokesperson campaigns for Calvin Klein and Coca Cola, as well as from his celebrity relationships. He was offered a role in a hit Egyptian TV series in 2007, which piqued his interest in “the family business”.
In 2013, shortly after the Muslim Brotherhood was elected to parliament in Egypt, Omar published an open letter in The Advocate, in which he came out as gay and half-Jewish and questioned the new Egyptian government’s commitment to basic human rights and diversity. He is the first public personality to ever come out as openly gay in the Arab World. He immediately faced a barrage of condemnation, criticism and threats of violence. From 2013 to 2015, Omar served as the Eastern National Spokesperson for GLAAD; an organization which serves to promote LGBT equality by ensuring positive media portrayals of the gay, lesbian and trans community.
is a New York City based freelance director and acting coach. Off Broadway credits include The Temperamentals (Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble); Lemon Sky, The Dining Room (Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Director; Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble), Tea and Sympathy, I Never Sang For My Father, and The Hasty Heart (Keen Company, Resident Director); Red Herring (New York International Fringe Festival, Outstanding Direction Award); Indiscretions (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble); Blueprint (Summer Play Festival); The Rats Are Getting Bigger (New York International Fringe Festival); Greater Messapia (Queens Theatre in the Park); and The Train Play (Clubbed Thumb). His regional theatre credits include The Old Globe, Cleveland Play House, Dorset Theatre Festival, and The Theatre at Monmouth. In the Boston area, he has worked at Merrimack Repertory Theatre and Cape Rep Theatre. Mr. Silverstein is a graduate of the MFA directing program at University of California, San Diego, an alumnus of The Drama League Director’s Project, and a member of SDC.
is an award-winning Romanian-American poet, playwright and journalist. She is currently the NYSCA playwright-in-residence for Women’s Project, writer-in-residence of East Coast Artists, and Director of New Drama Program for the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York. She taught at New York University, Tisch School of Arts, Drama Department, and currently is a BA Generalist faculty member at Ithaca College, where she teaches script analysis and playwriting. She holds an MA in Performance Studies (Fulbright fellow) and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. Works include Aliens with Extraordinary Skills – a play, world premiere 2008 at the Women’s Project,Waxing West – a play, 2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-Length Script “Google Me!” – poetry in English Black Milk – An English-Romanian anthology of 4 plays The Inflatable Apocalypse – a play which won Best Play of the Year 2000 Uniter Award.
Judi & Terry Vose
make their home in Duxbury, Massachusetts, where they are involved in a number of community initiatives, including Sustainable Duxbury, for which Judi served as a co-chair. Terry is co-president of Vose Galleries Inc., a prominent art gallery on Newbury Street in Boston. He recently published Tales of an Art Dealer: The History of the Vose Galleries Boston from 1841 to 1995, written by his father Robert C. Vose, Jr. Terry is also part of several organizations focused on preserving the history of Duxbury, including the Duxbury Historical Commission and Duxbury Community Preservation Committee.
Senator Dan Wolf
is a state legislator, representing the Cape and Islands district in the Massachusetts Senate since January 2011. He is a resident of Harwich and a member of the Democratic Party. He is also the president, CEO, and a founding member of Cape Air, an airline based in the Hyannis village in Barnstable, Massachusetts. Wolf has served on a number of boards, including the Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Regional Airline Association, the Cape Cod Business Round Table, the Association for the Preservation of Cape Cod, the Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod, and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. He was named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for New England in 2008. Wolf is a 2014 gubernatorial candidate for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.