Dara Bryan is the Program Officer for The Cape Cod Foundation, the community foundation for Barnstable County, where she manages the grant and scholarship programs. Dara is also actively involved with the Foundation’s civic leadership initiatives including the Cape-wide Youth Action Plan, a master plan for the community to support the vision of “a healthy Cape Cod for all young people”.
Dara is passionate about her participation with CCYP and is the chair of CCYP’s Career Connect Committee and past co-chair of the Last Gasp Committee. Dara is also a member of the PR & Marketing Committee for the YMCA of Cape Cod, and was honored to be named one of the 2014 “40 Under 40” leaders by Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine.
Originally from Chicago, Dara moved to Cape Cod in 2011 with plans to spend the summer on the beach, realizing after a short time that she didn’t want to leave. Prior to moving to the Cape Dara lived in Boulder, CO and received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado.
Matt is the V.P. of Finance & Administration for School Leaders Network. SLN runs learning communities for school leaders in Los Angeles, Honolulu, San Antonio, Tampa, New York City, Washington DC and other urban areas throughout the United States. Matt started as an audit and business consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Philadelphia. While there, Matt obtained his CPA license. Matt also worked as CFO and subsequently CEO for Living Independently Forever, a Cape based nonprofit serving adults with disabilities.
Matt has an Executive MBA from Boston University and a BS from Villanova University in Accountancy with an English minor.
Matt is the volunteer Treasurer and Board Member for both the Cape Cod YMCA and the Community Leadership Institute of Cape Cod & the Islands.
In 2012, Matt was recognized by Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine as a “40 Under 40” Award Winner as one of the region’s young business leaders.
Matt lives in Sandwich with his wife Noelle and four children.
Chris is a dynamic designer and experienced digital strategist. He embraces complex problems and builds creative, effective solutions that help businesses succeed. He founded Dative in 2013 to assist local companies and organizations make the most of their online presence.
A 2013 winner of Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40 award, Chris volunteers on the marketing committee for CCYP and runs Build Guild Cape Cod, a local networking group for designers and web developers. Chris lives in Bourne with his wife and two children.
Bill is an original team member of Axial Financial Group℠ and started his career in finance at Smith Barney while acting as the Assistant Manager for his family's music store, Scotti Piano and Music.
A graduate of the Merrimack College Giraud School of Business, Bill has received Merrimack College's Certificate of Advanced Study in Financial Planning. In addition to being a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional, Bill holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations (held through Commonwealth Financial Network) as well as State Life, Accident and Health Insurance licenses.
A believer in a comprehensive wealth management process, Bill enjoys helping clients properly implement sound retirement/goal oriented saving strategies, retirement income funding solutions, and generational wealth planning.
Bill is an active member in his community through sitting on the Finance Committee for the Town of Bourne as well as the CCYP Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Financial Planning Association and Estate Planning Council of Cape Cod.
He resides in Sagamore Beach with his wife Brittany and enjoys golfing, playing the guitar, and fishing in his spare time.
Bill can be contacted at Axial Financial Group in Hyannis, MA at 508.771.4992 or emailed at Bill.Scotti@axialfg.com.
Tim has been at Nauset Disposal since the early days when the company consisted of his brother Shawn, Tim, and two trucks. In the following 12 years, Tim has been an integral part of the growth and expansion of Nauset Disposal and now oversees a staff of 20+ drivers, 26 trucks and an operation that covers the entire Cape from Provincetown to the bridges. Tim tackled each new hurdle the company faced while growing with passion and hard work and takes great pride in Nauset Disposal’s community involvement.
Tim’s passion has always been serving the younger generation on Cape Cod. This led to 7 years of coaching travel youth basketball, helping with boy scouts, and currently being a volunteer as a “big” with Big Brothers Big Sisters as well as being on their golf tournament committee. Tim was honored to be nominated as one of Cape and Plymouth Business’ 40 under 40 awards for 2012.
Tim has run 5 Boston Marathons raising money for charity. His first in 2005 was for Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the last 4 have been for Tedy’s Team and the American Stroke Association. He is running a series of races throughout the year culminating in his 6th Boston Marathon this coming April 21st, 2014 for Tedy’s Team.
Tim is a Firefighter/EMT serving on-call with the Orleans Fire Department. He also holds his Coast Guard Master Captains license which he uses to pursue his passion of offshore sportfishing.
Tim lives with his wife, Anna, in Harwich, MA.
Dan Chamberlain is an attorney at Rubin, Rudman, Chamberlain and Marsh the Cape Cod office of Rubin and Rudman LLP. Dan joined Rubin, Rudman, Chamberlain and Marsh in 2011 immediately after graduating law school. His practice is concentrated on civil litigation and business law. While in law school Dan was a summer intern at the Cape Cod and Islands District Attorney’s Office in 2010 and 2011.
Dan was born and raised on Cape Cod and currently lives in South Dennis. He has been involved with CCYP since 2011 and is currently Co-Chair of the Back to Business Bash Committee. He is also a member of the Town of Dennis Economic Development Committee, Harwich-Dennis Rotary Club and the Barnstable County Bar Association.
Dan earned a J.D. from Appalachian School of Law in 2011, a B.S. in Management and Business from Skidmore College in 2008 and graduated from Suffield Academy High School in 2004. His previous work experience includes owning a landscaping business, restaurant service and retail. He enjoys playing golf, boating, sailing and is always up for a good barbeque.
Kendra Wallin is a Staffing Consultant with The Executive Suite where she works with Cape Cod businesses to identify talent for their open jobs. The most satisfying aspect of her position is connecting professionals on the Cape with opportunities to advance and grow in their career.
Kendra attended Northeastern University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. After 7 years of living in Boston, she relocated back to Cape Cod, where she grew up and graduated from DY High School, to plant roots and eventually start a family. Kendra is proud to be an involved young professional on the Cape and lives in Marstons Mills with her husband Jared, their daughter Emma, and yellow Lab Maho.
Kendra is an active member of the Cape Cod Young Professionals, where she is currently Chair of the Events Committee, member and former In-Kind Chair of the Back to Business Committee, as well as a member of the Cape Cod Human Resources Association and American Business Women's Association. Kendra was honored to receive a 40 Under 40 Award from the Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine in 2013.
Paul Niedzwiecki, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commission, leads 40 talented, innovative professionals in transforming the Commission from a once static agency, into a more efficient, proactive organization fulfilling its mission- ‘Keeping a Special Place Special’- by protecting the natural environment, enabling economic growth, increasing transparency and encouraging community engagement. He is a leader in community consensus building and is routinely sought after by federal and state officials to advise on economic and environmental issues, most recently pertaining to wastewater planning.
Prior to joining CCC, Paul was Assistant Town Administrator, Barnstable; Special D.A., Barnstable County; and General Counsel/CFO at Commonwealth Corp. He graduated from Suffolk University, received his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. Paul is also a veteran, having served in the Marine Corps, and a father.
Mairead Graf is a Training Specialist at the Cape CodFive. Mairead trains all new tellers and Financial Services Representatives as well as assists in any other training programs the bank may have.
Mairead was born in NYC then moved to NH at a young age where she grew up. She studied communication at Keene State College and graduated in 2004. She met her husband at Keene State who is from Dennis. They married and bought their house in Yarmouthport in 2006 where they reside now with her dog Benny and their son Parker.
Mairead is the Chair of the CCYP Events Committee. She enjoys being part of an organization that has not only helped her build professional relationships, but personal friendships as well.
John joined Curley Direct in 2007. Curley Direct was founded in 1991 and specializes in all aspects of marketing including cross media, graphic design, digital print, social media, web design, application building and direct mail.
Prior to working at Curley Direct John lived in Boston and worked for John Hancock and the Pepsi Bottling Group. John is a graduate of Tabor Academy and Bentley University. John resides in Yarmouth Port, MA with his wife Lauren.
Stefanie Coxe has spent a decade serving the Cape Cod community, working for expanded economic opportunities, environmental preservation, and improvement of the public trust. Because of Cape roots that go back to the Mayflower, this Barnstable High School and UMass Boston alumni feels an imperative to ensure Cape Cod remains accessible for those who grew up here and to maintain the community character that natives, transplants, and tourists alike have come to cherish.
Recently appointed Executive Director of Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands, Inc., an anti-poverty agency, Stefanie and her team are working to eliminate barriers to self-sufficiency in a seasonal economy.
Early in her career, Stefanie worked for legislators representing Cape Cod's interests on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill. A 2010 winner of Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine's 40 Under 40 awards, Stefanie believes preserving the economic livelihood in advocating for their workforce will be determined by the involvement of its young people in advocating for their interests at all layers of government. She has been an active participant in Barnstable County Council for Children Youth and Families' annual Youth Summit, keynoting the 2008 conference on dropout prevention, and receiving its Community Champion Award in 2012.
Amanda Converse received her BA in Environmental Studies from Union College, and her Masters in Environmental Policy from The George Washington University, and has held positions as an environmental consultant and in various environmental nonprofits. In July 2008 Amanda and her partner Jitka Borowick created greenover, a green consulting company that helps individuals, businesses and organizations through the process of going “green.” Amanda was also the Development Director for the Hyannis Main Street BID from 2006 to 2010, during which time she worked with many small businesses on their marketing strategies and business models. And in November 2009, Amanda decided to open her own small business, Shift Eco-Boutique, an eco-friendly women’s clothing and gift store located in downtown Hyannis.
Melissa Sanderson moved to the Cape in 2004 to work with the environmental non-profit Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association (now known as the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance) after graduating with her Masters in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University. She has worn many hats at the Fishermen's Alliance prior to becoming COO: Cooperative Research Coordinator, Development Director, Program Manager, and Assistant Director.
Despite her Minnesota roots, the Cape Cod salt and sand have gotten under her skin and she is “hooked” on the Cape. After living in Los Angeles and North Carolina, the Cape’s demographics were quite a change, so Melissa was delighted to discover a network of young people to interact with professionally and socially. She has been a member of CCYP since its first year and credits her involvement with the organization as a major factor in her decision to stay on the Cape. Melissa joined the Board in 2009 and is excited to assist CCYP in strengthening the voice of Cape Cod’s young professionals and growing as a non-profit. She chairs CCYP's Advocacy Committee and received the Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine's 40 Under 40 Award in 2013.
Melissa lives in Dennis Port.
Abigail was raised in upstate NY and spent summers on Cape Cod. She earned her BS degree from Ithaca College via IC London Campus and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Upon graduation, she remained working in SE Asia. After enjoying travel in the region, she decided to return to Europe and relocated to Prague. In 2002, she came to visit family in Eastham, and decided to make the Cape more of a permanent home, and settled in Orleans.
Not knowing the local business environment here, she began commuting to Albany, NY, to work for a career consulting firm. After a few years, local employment made sense. In 2005, she began her career on the Cape at The Executive Suite, an established recruiting firm. Working there served as a great tool for learning about business in the region. In 2011 she had the opportunity to accept a position at Secure Networks, a local IT firm that provides outsourced IT solutions to small businesses on Cape Cod and the South Shore. Her role has since been a mixture of client services, marketing and business development.
Abby became involved in CCYP early on and took on the Co-Chair role of the Membership Committee. She joined the board in 2010 and currently operates our Career Connect program. In addition to CCYP, she has been on the board of the Cape Cod Human Resources Association since 2007, the board of the Community Leadership of Cape Cod since 2012, and is on several committees for the Workforce Investment Boards Youth Council. She was thrilled to be named one of Cape and Plymouth Business’ 40 under 40 in 2012.
She feels attached to the mission of CCYP, as she came to the Cape with no local connections and has seen first-hand what the power of networking with like-minded individuals can do both professionally and personally.
Lisa is the Director of Community Benefits for Cape Cod Healthcare. In this role, she is responsible for directing a system-wide community benefits program and promoting positive relationships between Cape Cod Healthcare and community organizations and coalitions, task forces, public health providers and governmental agencies. Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod.
Early in her career, Lisa built her skill set in commercial real estate ventures and the hospitality industry. In 2004, she founded Building Impact, an award winning non-profit organization in Boston dedicated to increasing corporate citizenship in the small and medium business sector. Lisa has been recognized as a Social Innovator for her non-profit business ventures by the Social Innovation Forum in Cambridge and was selected a '40 Under 40' rising business leader by the Boston Business Journal in 2007 and Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine in 2012.
Lisa is a graduate of Harwich High School and Wheaton College. She resides in West Barnstable and is committed to building a vibrant and healthy Cape Cod through her involvement with many organizations as an advisor, volunteer and board member.
Matt is the 3rd generation owner of Cape Associates, a local custom building, painting and property management company that now employs over 110 year-round talented craftsmen and professionals. Matt re-joined Cape Associates after working in commercial construction out of New York City for seven years. Matt earned an engineering degree from Bucknell University after graduating from Nauset High School.
Matt is a member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Cape Cod, the Orleans Athletic Association (Firebirds Cape League team). Matt serves on the Orleans Zoning Board of Appeals and as the CCYP’s Board President.
Matt currently lives in South Orleans with his wife Katie, their son Hudson, and their dogs Porter and Eb.
Melissa Ellis was hired in April 2013 as the Office Administrator for Cape Cod Young Professionals. She was born and raised on Cape Cod and has lived in Yarmouth for 28 years. Melissa graduated in 2004 from D-Y High School and she graduated from Keene State College in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Melissa has spent the last four years working at One Pointe Property Management in New Seabury. She has also volunteered as the Marketing Assistant with the Cape Cod Baseball League since 2007. In her spare time Melissa enjoys planning parties and going to the beach. Melissa also participates in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod and the Islands and is on the Town of Yarmouth Community Housing Committee.
Anne Van Vleck joined CCYP in 2010 as the organizations first Executive Director. In this role, Anne leads a dynamic organization of 850 members who are committed to retaining and recruiting a diverse workforce for our region, building healthy and vibrant communities and increasing civic engagement for the betterment of the future of Cape Cod. Prior to her leadership of CCYP, Anne served in marketing and communications roles and most recently as the Event Director for the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fisherman’s Alliance. She currently serves on the board of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, the Community Leadership Institute of Cape Cod & the Islands, the Youth Council with the Cape & Islands Workforce Investment Board, and was recently elected to The Needy Fund board of directors. She also volunteered as a mentor for WE CAN in their PathMaker Program. She is a graduate of Loomis Chaffee and Dickinson College and lives in Chatham with her husband and three sons.