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Leadership

Staff

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Lauren Barker

Chief Executive Officer

Lauren joined the CCYP staff as CEO in October 2017, bringing more than a decade of nonprofit and local government experience. Previously, she served as the Program Manager/Executive Director of Keep Denton Beautiful, Inc. in Denton, TX, a unique public-private partnership organization that works with more than 6,000 volunteers each year to offer programs that improve community vibrancy and livability. Lauren holds Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology from the University of North Texas and is currently completing a second Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Karen Vale-Vasilev

Program and Outreach Manager

Karen has worked with nonprofits across Cape Cod and beyond for the past sixteen years. She joined CCYP in January 2018, and comes from a diverse background that includes program and project administration, environmental science, policy, legal, and advocacy work. Most recently she managed the Cape Cod Bay Watch program, which she successfully helped launch in 2012. She also worked as an aerial observer for the past seven years, in the Atlantic and Alaskan Arctic, where she helped collect data concerning marine mammals and other ocean critters. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Bridgewater State and a M.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management from the University of Arkansas.

Karen has a passion for working in the nonprofit sector and making a positive difference in local communities, especially in Massachusetts where she grew up. She currently lives in Plymouth with her husband Georgi, dog, and two cats.

Executive Committee and Board of Directors

Ryan Castle
Ryan Castle

CCYP President
CEO, Cape Cod and Islands Association of Realtors and MLS

Ryan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® and the Cape Cod & Islands Multiple Listing Service. In this role, he is responsible for managing the two companies that serve as the ‘Voice for Real Estate on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket”, provide member value to enhance the REALTOR® ability to represent their clients, and runs the technology and database system that facilitates the listing service of homes for sale by member firms.

Prior to this position, Ryan served as the Government Affairs Director for the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® in South Carolina and also has previous experience as a communication advisor to a South Carolina governor, the editor a twice weekly suburban newspaper and worked as a political consultant to more than dozen political candidates.

Ryan has earned the REALTOR® Certified Executive (RCE) designation, was a 2010 ’40 under 40’ honoree from the Charleston Regional Business Journal, co-founded the Summerville/Dorchester (SC) County Young Professionals Council and has served on numerous town and regional advisory groups and committees.

Ryan moved to Cape Cod for his current job in 2014. He is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA, where he played collegiate golf and even played professionally for a year after college. He grew up in Summerville, SC, a suburb of Charleston. He now resides in Yarmouth Port with his wife, Mary.


Dara Gannon
Dara Gannon

CCYP Vice President
Director of Programs and Donor Services, The Cape Cod Foundation

As the Director of Programs and Donor Services, Dara manages the Foundation’s grant and scholarship programs, as well as builds relationships with donors and develops strategies to meet their needs and the needs of the community.

Dara is passionate about the mission of CCYP and joined the Board of Directors in 2014. She has held various roles with the organization, including as past co-chair of the Career Connect and Last Gasp Committees. Dara is also a member of the Board of the Cape Cod Technology Council, current co-chair for Philanthropy Day on Cape Cod, member of the Cape & Islands Workforce Development Board Youth Council, past graduate of the Community Leadership Institute of Cape Cod & the Islands, and was honored to be named one of the 2014 “40 Under 40” leaders by Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine.

Originally from Chicago area, 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. Dara is currently pursuing a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership through the Institute for Nonprofit Practice at Tufts University. She lives in Dennis with her husband, Sean, and their three dogs.

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Stacie Peugh

CCYP Vice President
President & CEO, YMCA of Cape Cod

Stacie is currently the President & CEO of the YMCA Cape Cod, in Massachusetts in her 24th year as a YMCA professional.  She relocated to the Cape in December 2010 after an eight year leadership role in Albany, New York at the Capital District YMCA where she was the District Executive Director for the Southern Saratoga YMCA Branch.  There she led a staff of 300 in a twice expanded, 64,000 square foot YMCA facility with over 12,500 members and a 19,000 square foot, 12 classroom, day care center adjacent to their facility.  Stacie grew this operation from $4.1 million in 2000 to $6.2 million in 2010.  Her primary focus was on the development of a 35 member board, community relations & partners, facilities, and charitable contributions.  Stacie was the key leader of fiscal stewardship & growth and the overall operations in the delivery of the YMCAs mission in the Southern Saratoga community. 

Stacie’s first job with the YMCA was as a summer camp counselor and she returned every summer between college semesters. She is a graduate of The College of St. Rose in Albany, New York and holds a degree in Elementary Education and Biology.  Stacie also worked in YMCA after-school programs while attending school as a full time student.  After graduation, she served as the Head Teacher in a YMCA kindergarten wrap-around program for a short period before being promoted to a leadership position within the YMCA organization.  Stacie served as the Child Care Director at the Albany YMCA for four years learning the ins and outs of management and collaborations with school districts and other community based organizations serving children and youth.  Stacie then relocated to the YMCA of Greater Rochester as the Program Development Director where she oversaw quality initiatives, training; grant development, and community collaborations for 9 YMCAs and 55 child care programs in Monroe County.

At the YMCA Cape Cod, Stacie is responsible for the strategic leadership of YMCA programs and services throughout the Cape.  Under Stacie’s leadership, this YMCA has received national recognition for their fiscal turnaround over the last three years.  In a recent employee satisfaction study, nearly 81% of the employees at the YMCA understand the mission of the organization, far exceeding the national average of 51%.  Stacie believes in leading the organization through a fiscally strong business model through efficiency and strong productivity of charitable giving in order to sustain the mission into the future.  She grew up in a small village, Scotia, New York, with her mother, father and older brother.  She has vacationed on the Cape since early childhood and has always had a dream to work for the Y in this community.  Stacie currently resides in Hyannis with her dog “Brindie.”

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Katrina Fryklund

CCYP Clerk
Director of National Outreach, Latham Centers

Katrina Fryklund grew up in Wellfleet and is delighted with her decision to pursue a career in the non-profit field on Cape Cod.

Starting at Latham Centers in 2013 as Development Associate, she was promoted to Director of Development, and is now a member of the Admissions team as Director of National Outreach. Latham Centers is a life-changing residential program for students and adults with complex special needs, located in Brewster, MA. Latham provides educational, clinical and vocational services for its residents. In 2017 she was a recipient of Cape & Plymouth Business’ 40 Under 40 Award.  

Katrina has always been guided by the principle of giving back to those causes that are important to her. Since the winter of 2014 Katrina has been involved with CCYP, first serving as Secretary and Co-Chair of the Career Connect Committee, and now as Board Clerk. After losing a close friend, she co-founded the Live for Lou Fund, a go-thru organization helping to fight the local drug epidemic on Cape Cod and the Islands. In addition to providing scholarships to local athletes, as well as professionals returning to Cape to pursue a career in the field of Addiction Therapy and Counseling, Live for Lou engages in and donates to community organizations and activities helping to prevent addiction on Cape Cod. She remains Co-Chair of the fund.

Katrina graduated from Clark University in 2013 with a Master’s of Science in Professional Communication, and worked at Girls Inc. during her college tenure. There, she volunteered, interned, and worked on after-school program implementation for girls in the Worcester area with a spectrum of different needs, as well as Girls Incs. marketing and development programs. 

Katrina currently lives in Orleans, and plans to remain on Cape Cod for the foreseeable future where her family has also settled. Other interests include art, travel, and taking advantage of Cape’s beautiful beaches and walking trails.


Adam Lynch
Adam Lynch

CCYP Treasurer
Director of Finance, Convention Data Services

Adam is the Director of Finance at Convention Data Services (CDS), a custom event registration and lead management company headquartered in Bourne, MA. Adam has 20 years of experience in the financial sector.  At CDS, he manages all accounting and financial functions for Convention Data Services, such as developing and maintaining timely and accurate financial reports, ensure compliance with internal financial and accounting policies and procedures, and budget to mitigate risk, as well as ensuring that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles.  

Adam is a strong believer in giving back to his local community.  He has participated as a Mentor in the SMILES program out of Fall River, MA mentoring a junior high school student. Adam also volunteered for the United Way as a member of its financial allocations committee.  Additionally, Adam is a member of the CDS Corporate Giving Committee.  The committee was designed to facilitate participation and assist in the allocation of corporate funds to local charities.  The committee also encourages other employees to take part in service-based projects and donation initiatives.   Adam is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, and has also received his MBA from Curry College.  He resides in Lakeville, MA with his wife, Heather, daughter, Teagan, and son, Chase.

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Nicholas Berardi

CCYP Director
Sr. HR Business Partner, Cape Cod Healthcare

Nicholas grew up in Western Massachusetts and graduated from Pace University in New York City.  Upon graduating, he started his career at The Plaza Hotel, NYC.  After working in various areas of the hotel industry, he found himself drawn to human resources and joined the HR Department at the Loews Regency during their grand reopening.  After years of exceeding guest satisfaction in NYC, he found himself looking for even more.

Since 2008, Nicholas has been visiting Cape Cod on a consistent basis.  The decision to move here was an easy one.  In 2015, he took the next step in his career with Cape Cod Healthcare.  In his current role as Sr. HR Business Partner, he works with various departments within the organization on both a strategic decision basis and handling day to day employee engagements.  His main focus is making the employee experience at CCHC a positive one, leading to excellence in patient care.  Living on Cape Cod has been a dream come true.  Joining Cape Cod Young Professionals is an exciting time for him and he is thrilled to join the group and help make a difference in the community.

Christina Bologna
Christina Bologna

CCYP Director
Marketing Coordinator, Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod

Christina Bologna is almost a native Cape Codder. Moving to the Cape at the ripe age of three, she grew up in Brewster and Harwich. Graduating with a degree in Communications from Waynesburg University located in southwestern Pennsylvania in 2006, she promptly moved home and started working jointly for the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and Coastal Community Capital as an administrative assistant. In 2009, she moved to Pittsburgh, PA to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh. During her time there, she successfully completed the first Faith Build in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh as the Faith Relations Coordinator. Before moving back to Cape Cod in 2011, she spent some time in Brooklyn, NY where she worked at an art gallery, coordinating special events and managing daily operations. She is currently the Marketing Coordinator for The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod where she manages the bank’s Charitable Giving Program; serves on the Marketing Committee for Calmer Choice; co-chairs the Membership Task Force for CCYP; co-chairs the Sponsorship subcommittee on the Philanthropy Day committee; is the secretary on the board of directors for VoiceBox Media, a media outlet that reports on the people, models, policies and organizations working to alleviate global social issues; and, in true full-circle, sits on the Faith Relations Committee for Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod. Christina was selected as a 2015 40 Under 40 honoree by Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine. She currently lives in Harwich, is active in her local church, and can be seen at most CCYP events or anything involving supporting local businesses and nonprofits.

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Sarah Colvin

CCYP Director

News Director, Cape Cod Community Media Center
Morning Show Co-Host, Cape Cod’s Frank-FM

Sarah is a lifelong Cape Codder with a passion for local issues. As a broadcast journalist, Sarah has reported from one end of the Cape to the other covering local politics, the environment, housing, and so much more. She first went on the air at Cape Cod Community College in 1996, and never looked back. Sarah’s reporting career began at WQRC in 2005, before moving on to host and produce the Town of Barnstable’s daily live news television program, “Barnstable This Morning”. These days, Sarah begins her day co-hosting the Frank Morning Show on Cape Cod’s Frank-FM and then heads to the Cape Cod Community Media Center in Dennisport, where she serves as News Director for Cape Cod’s local newscast, Cape Media News. 

Sarah is proud to serve as a Member of the Board of Directors for CCYP, the Community Leadership Institute of Cape Cod, and the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, she was named one of Cape and Plymouth Business Magazine’s 40 under 40, and holds a Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management from the Massachusetts Municipal Association and Suffolk University. 

Sarah is an avid cyclist and aspiring yogi. She lives in Hyannis with her partner Jim and their dogs Robbie and Taco. 

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Sara Kohls

CCYP Director
Litigation & Business Associate, Law Offices of Bruce A. Bierhans, LLC

Sara currently lives in South Yarmouth.  She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst cum laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Academic Honor Society.  She attended Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated cum laude in 2013.  At Case Western, Sara was elected the Executive Articles Editor & Symposium Coordinator of the Journal of Law, Technology & the Internet and volunteered for the Cleveland Legal Aid Society.

After graduating law school, Sara served as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts, in Plymouth and Barnstable Counties.  Sara joined La Tanzi, Spaulding & Landreth, P.C as a litigation associate in 2015, where she focused her practice on civil litigation and criminal defense. Most recently, in 2018, she joined the team at the Law Offices of Bruce A. Bierhans, LLC as a Litigation & Business Associate.

Sara was the 2016-2017 Regional Director to the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division for Barnstable/Dukes/Nantucket. She is the co-founder and president of the Barnstable Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. She on the board of Cape Cod Young Professionals, and is the Chair of the Shape Your Cape Summit Steering Committee. She also does extensive volunteer work for the MSPCA Cape Cod.

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Michael Pierce

CCYP Director
Principal, Pierce Law

Michael grew up on Cape Cod, graduated from Cape Cod Academy, and attended Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where he obtained a B.A. in Environmental Studies. 

Michael graduated from Vermont Law School and began his legal career in Florida.   He worked from the judicial perspective as a Trial Court Staff Attorney and performed extensive legal research and drafted judicial orders and opinions for Circuit Court Judges. He then began practicing law as a litigation associate with a firm in Gainesville, Florida.  In 2010, Michael joined the law firm, Dell Graham, P.A.  and focused his practice in the areas of commercial and general civil litigation, personal injury, real estate, and insurance defense.

In 2013, Michael excitedly returned home to Cape Cod to establish his own law practice Pierce Law, and to raise his young family.  Michael's firm is predominately litigation based with a focus in commercial and business disputes and collections, construction, residential and commercial landlord/tenant, and personal injury.

Michael is committed to the Cape Cod community, and is excited to join the Cape Cod Young Professionals' Board of Directors.  He serves as a Trustee for the Thornton Burgess Society and Cape Cod Academy.  He is also on the board of directors for Cape Cod Child Development, serves on the Executive Committee with the Barnstable Bar Association, and a volunteer for the Cotuit Kettleers and Cotuit Athletic Association. 

Michael and his wife Emalee, with their children Luke and Betsy, live in Sandwich.  They enjoy spending time together as a family, especially outdoors.

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Rodrigo Sena

CCYP Director
Sales Manger, Cape Cod Marble & Granite

Rodrigo Sena was born and raised in Brazil. He moved to Cape Cod in 2001 by himself when he was 16 years old, right after he graduated from High School. For the past 16 years, Rodrigo has considered Cape Cod his hometown and that is where he has built his life, with no intention of moving out.

Rodrigo has been a Sales Manager at Cape Cod Marble & Granite for the past 5 years. He has dedicated his professional skills to the growth of sales and customer service to one of the largest manufacture of natural and engineered stone countertops on the Cape. Prior to this position, Rodrigo had worked as General Manager with BEM – an International moving company. He doubled the sales goals and improved the customer service. In addition to that, Rod has experience in the restaurant industry and as Event Planner.
Rodrigo’s goals are to be a great citizen model to his community. As a natural Cape Cod lover, Rod is motivated by the power of volunteering. He has been involved with non-profit organizations and Church social services. He is a great believer that the more you give, the more you have back. Others of his interests include: traveling, baking, cooking and taking advantage of great local restaurants around the Cape.

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