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Leadership

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Kristen Vose Clothier

Chief Executive Officer

Kristen is dedicated to CCYP's efforts to shape the Cape as a vibrant and resilient region by providing opportunities for up-and-coming Cape Codders to connect, engage, advance, and lead.

Kristen has extensive experience in nonprofit management, higher education, and regional planning. She has held roles as Executive Director, Director of Development, and Regional Planner with organizations on the Cape and throughout New England with missions focused on education, economic sustainability, community resiliency, and the preservation of natural, historic, and cultural resources. She brings to CCYP expertise in strategic planning, fundraising, grant writing, marketing, and communications.

Kristen grew up in Massachusetts and obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees from Yale. She spent nearly five years managing national and international networking, continuing education, and community service events; professional development and alumni-student mentoring initiatives; digital and print communications; and distance-learning and engagement programs for her graduate school’s worldwide alumni community as Assistant Director of Development & Alumni Services.

Kristen lives in Chatham and, in her free time, enjoys exploring the Cape’s many museums, trails, bike paths, and beaches.

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Jesse Collins

Programming & Marketing Coordinator

Jesse was born and raised in Shrewsbury, MA. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Performing Arts Management with a Minor in Communications from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School, magna cum laude. During college, Jesse started working at a local theatre in West Hartford, CT. She moved to West Yarmouth in June 2021 and became the Executive Assistant at Payomet Performing Arts Center in North Truro, MA.

Deciding that she wanted to explore other areas of the nonprofit world, Jesse joined the CCYP team as Program & Marketing Coordinator in May 2022. In this role, Jesse will coordinate and market CCYP's events and programs which, combined, connect and engage many thousands of Cape Codders each year.

When she is not working, Jesse enjoys hiking with her dog, biking the rail trail, kayaking, and skiing.

Board of Directors

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Angelique Viamari

Board President

Senior Vice President, Deputy Chief of Staff | Cape Cod 5

Angelique is currently Senior Vice President, Deputy Chief of Staff at Cape Cod 5. She joined the Bank in 2011 as a Senior Paralegal and has served in her current role since 2019, managing the daily operations of the Executive Office, including providing support to the Chair and CEO and General Counsel on all corporate governance matters related to the Bank and its Board of Directors.

Angelique attended Northeastern University, where she earned a Master of Public Administration Degree. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Union College and a Paralegal Studies Certificate from Boston University. In addition, she completed the New England School for Financial Studies program at Babson College.

An ongoing, personal commitment to community involvement is one of the many things that drew Angelique to join CCYP when she first moved to Cape Cod. In 2018, she joined the CCYP Board of Directors, after having served on the CCYP Community Connect Committee and volunteering at the CCYP Back to Business Bash.

CCYP Committees: Executive Committee (Chair) | Governance Committee

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Craig Orsi

Board Vice President

Owner, Orsi & Company LLC

Craig Orsi is the owner of Orsi & Company LLC, a Cape Cod-based marketing firm offering digital and traditional marketing solutions to clients in the real estate industry and others across Cape Cod, the state of Massachusetts and beyond. Craig works with REALTOR® associations and other businesses to revamp their marketing programs to excel in the rapidly changing the 21st century. Craig also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Culinary Federation of Cape Cod.

CCYP Committees: Executive Committee | Development Committee (Chair)

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Marissa Cyr

Board Vice President

Chief Operating Officer, Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS

Marissa is currently the Chief Operating Officer at the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS, a 501(c)6 nonprofit that provides professional development and advocacy for over 2,500 REALTORS on the Cape & Islands. In her role, Marissa manages internal operations and leads staff, ensuring alignment with the mission and strategic priorities of the organization. Prior to her current position, Marissa worked in operations at a nonprofit biotech company in Cambridge, MA where she helped scale the organization from 10 to 50+ employees. Marissa received her BA from Smith College and her Masters in Management from Simmons College.

Marissa grew up in Truro where she spent summers working at her family's seasonal restaurant. After spending several years living and working in the Boston area, she decided to move back home to put down roots. Marissa now lives in Brewster with her wife, young son and an assortment of animals (dog, cat, and chickens!). In her free time, she enjoys hikes with her family in Nickerson state park and singing with the Outer Cape Chorale.

Marissa was excited to join the Board of CCYP to help support the vital work of ensuring the Cape is a community where young professionals can thrive.

CCYP Committees: Executive Committee | Governance Committee (Chair) | Civic and Community Engagement Committee | Shape Your Cape Summit Committee | 2022 Shape Your Cape Summit Co-Chair

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Patrick Ehart

Board Treasurer

Chief Operating Officer & Owner, Cape Cod Commercial Linen Service, Inc.

Patrick owns and operates Cape Cod Commercial Linen Service, Inc. in Hyannis, MA. He began working for the family business full-time in 2011 and transitioned into his current role a couple of years ago. He is the third generation involved in the business.

Patrick grew up on Cape Cod and attended St. George’s School in Newport, RI for secondary school and went on to Babson College in Wellesley, MA, graduating in 2010. Following Babson, Patrick worked in Boston prior to deciding to move back to the Cape to be involved in the family business.

As a full time resident of Osterville, Patrick spends his free time boating and traveling. He is a member of The Beach Club in Centerville and the Wianno Yacht Club in Osterville. Patrick was excited to join the CCYP Board to help bring together locals who otherwise might not have met in their everyday lives.

CCYP Committees: Executive Committee | Finance Committee (Chair) | Development Committee | Professional Advancement Committee

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Charlotte Green

Clerk

Assistant Residential Mortgage Sales Manager, Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod

Charlotte has spent most of her life on Cape Cod; she grew up in Falmouth and currently resides in Bourne. After graduating cum laude from UMass Amherst in 2010 she moved back to the Cape and found a job with a local mortgage company answering phones and improving their marketing strategy. By 2012 she obtained her license to originate mortgages. Since then, Charlotte has helped countless people achieve their dream of homeownership by educating buyers about their purchase options. Charlotte started working at The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod in September of 2018 as Assistant Residential Mortgage Sales Manager. Her goal is to be constantly improving and evolving the mortgage process to provide a seamless purchase and refinance experience for customers.

Charlotte’s involvement with CCYP started when she attended the Back to Business Bash in 2013 followed by various networking event across the Cape. What excites her about the organization is their drive to make the Cape a better place to live, work and play. The focus on engaging a younger demographic resonated as many of the people she grew up with have left Cape Cod to seek opportunities elsewhere.

In her spare time, Charlotte takes advantage of everything Cape Cod has to offer! She is actively involved in the theater community, honing her acting skills and serving on the board for the Woods Hole Theater Company. She participates in a variety on intermural sports leagues, enjoys exploring the ever evolving restaurant scene, and finding new places to catch a sunset!

CCYP Committees: Executive Committee | Professional Advancement Committee (Chair)

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Sara Kohls

Ex Officio; Past Board President

Owner and Principal Attorney, Law Offices of Sara J. Kohls

Sara was born and raised in Acton, Massachusetts and grew up vacationing in Chatham. 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.

After graduating law school, Sara served as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts, and was assigned to assist the Justices in both Plymouth and Barnstable Counties. In 2021, Sara founded the Law Offices of Sara J. Kohls, located in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts, where she focuses her practice on criminal defense and civil litigation. As part of her criminal defense practice, Sara serves as a Bar Advocate in Barnstable County, where she is certified to represent indigent criminal defendants. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts.

Sara received recognition as a 2021 Massachusetts Rising Star by Super Lawyers and was named a “40 under 40” winner in 2017 by Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine. She is the co-founder and past president of the Barnstable County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Bar Association.

She is a graduate of the 2017 class of the Community Leadership Institute (CLI) of Cape Cod. An avid animal lover, she has done extensive volunteer work for the MSPCA Cape Cod. Most recently, Sara served on the Town of Yarmouth’s Finance Committee from 2018-2020.

Sara has been actively volunteering with CCYP since 2014. In addition to serving as Board President from 2020-2021, she has served in leadership roles on both the CCYP Events Committee and the Shape Your Cape Summit Committee.

Sara currently lives in Yarmouth with her husband, son, and two cats, and enjoys reading and running in her spare time.

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Casey Chatelain

Director

Deputy Director, Barnstable Clean Water Coalition

Casey is currently the Deputy Director at Barnstable Clean Water Coalition, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to restore and preserve clean water throughout Barnstable. Casey grew up in New York, spent her summers in Cotuit, and currently resides in Brewster. Upon graduating from College of the Holy Cross with a BA in Environmental Studies in 2014, she moved to Cape Cod full-time to work for Barnstable Land Trust. She was soon appointed to the Town of Barnstable’s Water Resources Advisory Committee, which opened her eyes to the breadth of the water quality problems facing Cape Cod. This inspired her to return to school to obtain a Masters of Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.

Casey now lives with her husband in Brewster, loving the outdoors while taking care of their cats, dog, chickens, bees, and garden. Having served on the CCYP Connect Events Committee, currently as Committee Chair, Casey is excited to join the CCYP Board of Directors and further advance CCYP’s incredibly important mission.

CCYP Committee: Connect Events Committee (Chair)

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Elizabeth Jenkins

Director

Director of Planning & Development, Town of Barnstable

Elizabeth S. Jenkins, AICP is a senior municipal manager in the field of community planning and economic development. She is committed to building engaged, creative, and sustainable communities through supporting neighborhood revitalization, opportunities that create jobs and housing for an intergenerational community, the protection and preservation of our natural resources, and resilience in the face of a changing climate. Elizabeth has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a 2018 Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine 40 Under 40 winner. She also serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association. The Jenkins family resides in Yarmouth Port and enjoys the beach, hiking, canoeing, Sunday driving, art, music, and baseball.

CCYP Committees: Scholarship Committee (Chair) | Governance Committee

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Sarah Mason

Director

Founder and Owner, Cape Cod Nail Company

Sarah is a Cape Cod native, small business owner and entrepreneur. She is a mom of two young boys, fitness enthusiast, lover of adventure and the outdoors. Sarah founded Cape Cod Nail Co. in 2016, one of two mobile nail salons in the state and the only servicing South of Boston. In three short years she has more than doubled her business growth and launched a product line of eco friendly nail lacquer that promotes Cape Cod culture and gives back the the community. The innovation of Cape Cod Nail Company has caught the attention of media outlets including the Cape Cod Times and Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine, and the South Coast Times after her success in the EforAll Business Accelerator Program.

Prior to the launch of her business, Sarah worked in high end spas, exploring life on the other side of the bridge. Knowing the Cape was the only place that would ever feel like home, she returned to raise her children and became primarily a stay at home mom. Sarah worked part time as an instructor at a woman's fitness club and fed her passion for nails working at the club's in house salon. After 13 years in the nail industry she began to grow restless with the lack of job opportunities available to suit her family's needs. Driven by her desire for more, she combined out of the box thinking and a recent shift in state legislature to pave the way for her mobile business. This is the energy Sarah hopes to share with her involvement as a CCYP board member. She is passionate about cultivating relationships within the community, highlighting the best parts about living on Cape Cod, and helping and connecting others. She prides herself on her resourcefulness and always welcomes a challenge.

Sarah is a huge supporter of EforAll, serves as a mentor and resource for EforAll Cape Cod, sits on the Cape Cod Chamber Wedding Committee, and volunteers time and service within the special needs communities on Cape Cod. When she's not brainstorming ways to grow her business, she spends quality time with her boys exploring different parts of the Cape and sampling the local restaurant scenes.

CCYP Committee: Development Committee

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Sarah Nitsch

Director

Senior Marketing Manager, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

Sarah is the Senior Marketing Manager for Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, assists with philanthropy and event coordination for the Provincetown Film Society, and owns and operates the digital marketing and social media company NitschWorks, LLC with her husband Rob. Sarah was previously the Marketing & Events Coordinator for Cape Cod Children’s Place.

Sarah and her family moved to the Cape from the west coast, where they lived for 12 years. While there, Sarah attended Film School at the Academy of Art University, and she and her husband worked in different areas of the film business (in VFX & Animation and in commercials, TV and indie films, respectively).When their first son, August, was born, the draw to small town, community-focused living became the priority, and they moved to Brewster in 2011.Getting involved locally came easily through nonprofit work and assisting local businesses on their social media strategies. Sarah translated her film making and storytelling experience into creating compelling content for cohesive online branding and greater marketing presence.

In her free time, she is commissioner of the Dennis Women’s Flag Football League; enjoys time with her two sons; skiing and leaf peeping trips to Vermont with her husband, who shoots landscape photography; the natural beauty of the Cape; cooking; traveling; and socializing with friends. Sarah is excited to be a member of the CCYP board and strengthen all the Cape has to offer for young professionals and families. It all starts with getting involved, so GET INVOLVED!

CCYP Committees: Shape Your Cape Summit Committee (Chair) | Civic and Community Engagement Committee | 2022 Shape Your Cape Summit Co-Chair

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Patrick Phelan

Director

Certified Financial Planner, Eagle Strategies LLC

Patrick works as a financial planner with Eagle Strategies, LLC and has lived on Cape Cod full-time since 2014. He works with motivated individuals and business owners to help them accumulate, protect, enjoy, and ultimately distribute their wealth. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Wake Forest University and holds several designations including CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. He is also a Chartered Financial Consultant, a Chartered Life Underwriter, and Certified for Long-Term Care through the American College of Financial Services. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association, the Million Dollar Round Table, the Estate Planning Council of Cape Cod, and the President’s Council at New York Life.

Prior to moving to Cape Cod, Patrick spent six years playing professional soccer for various clubs around the world. Upon retiring from soccer in 2013, he and his wife relocated to the Cape to raise their family. He joined CCYP in 2014 after seeing firsthand the challenges that young professionals face on Cape Cod.

He lives in Eastham with his wife, their three children, and their yellow lab. When not working, he enjoys skiing and sailing with his family, soccer, golf, and enjoying the relaxed lifestyle on Cape Cod. Patrick is excited to work to help advance the mission of CCYP and to create a community where all can thrive.

CCYP Committees: Finance Committee | Development Committee | Professional Advancement Committee

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Michael Pillarella

Director

Executive Chef, Wianno Club

Michael Pillarella, a Southeastern Massachusetts native, has been cultivating his passion for food since childhood. He started his formal education at the preeminent culinary school in the area, Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts. Throughout his career, Michael has always pursued meaningful opportunities to train with well-respected chefs in the industry, including two Certified Master Chefs: Edward Leonard CMC at The Westchester Country Club, and also Lawrence McFadden at the Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, FL. In 2017 Michael participated in three American Culinary Federation Cooking Competitions earning two gold medals and one silver medal as well as earning the title of Northeast Regional Chef of the Year. He is also President and co-founder of the Cape Cod and the Islands Chefs Association Chapter of the American Culinary Federation, and earned his Certified Executive Chef status in 2011.

CCYP Committee: Professional Advancement Committee

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Matt Scinto

Director

Founder and Music Director, Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra

Matt is an emerging conductor based on Cape Cod, where he currently serves as Founder and Music Director of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, the Music Director for the Civic Orchestra of New Haven (CT), and Director of Music at Pilgrim Church in Harwichport. He studied conducting at the Tanglewood Music Center and currently serves as a cover conductor for the Portland Maine Symphony. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University, where he received the Conducting Department Award for Excellence in Conducting. As the Founder and Music Director of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, he has established the only professional chamber orchestra serving the region, with a mission to commission music collaboratively with individuals and organizations. The orchestra was awarded first prize in the American Prize Competition for Orchestra performance in 2020 and was named "Best New Cultural Attraction" by Yankee Magazine in 2019. Matt has been involved in Alzheimer’s care for the past several years, working with memory care facilities at Maplewood Senior Living and the Alzheimer's Family Support Center. By using aspects of music appreciation and conducting, he has developed a curriculum for working with individuals dealing with memory loss in order to allow them to reconnect to their loved ones.

CCYP Committee: Shape Your Cape Summit Committee

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Megan Terrio

Director

Owner, Megan F. Terrio CPA LLC

Megan is the President and owner of her own accounting business where she provides accounting support, bookkeeping and tax services to local individuals and businesses here on Cape Cod. Megan earned her Bachelors degree from the University of New Hampshire and her Master's degree from Northeastern University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with over 10 years in the accounting industry.

After graduating Megan began her career in Boston, working for a public accounting firm before moving to Cape Cod in 2011. Her first job on Cape was with Cape Cod Healthcare, where she worked for over five years in general accounting and also budgeting and operations. From there she moved on to a smaller CPA firm before stepping out on her own to work towards fulfilling her entrepreneurial goals.

Megan grew up in Central Massachusetts and now resides in Sandwich with her husband, Chase, and their three young (and energetic) children. As a mom and small business owner, she is passionate about creating a sustainable and vibrant community for her children and business to thrive in as they grow. Megan is excited to join the Cape Cod Young Professionals and work to improve and make a positive impact on what is already a wonderful place to live and work.

CCYP Committee: Professional Advancement Committee

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Tara Vargas Wallace

Director

Founder and CEO, Amplify POC Cape Cod

Tara is originally from the Bronx, NY, and moved to Cape Cod nearly 25 years ago. She is a 2007 Cape Cod Community College graduate. Tara was awarded the 2020 “Unsung Hero Award” by the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission and a 2020 “40 Under 40” award from Cape & Plymouth Business Media. She is a 2020 graduate of Leadership Cape Cod. Her professional experience has been in working with marginalized populations with severe socio-economic challenges, such as family trauma, addiction and recovery, domestic and sexual violence, barriers to employment, and extreme housing and food insecurity. It is through this work that she has developed exceptional advocacy skills and strong community partnerships which have been instrumental in strengthening community awareness for hard to serve populations. After working over 20 years in human services for Cape agencies such as Housing Assistance Corporation, Independence House, Homeless Prevention Council, and Department of Transitional Assistance, Vargas Wallace founded a nonprofit organization, Amplify POC Cape Cod. Amplify POC is a racial justice initiative with the mission to eliminate the racial wealth gap for communities of color on Cape Cod and beyond. Tara is also actively engaged in her local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), MLK Jr. Action Team, and the Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition. She serves on the board of Housing Assistance Corporation.

Tara currently lives in Hyannis with her family and 2 cats. She loves to laugh and spend quality time with friends and family taking trips and going on adventures. She is also an artist and loves to be creative in a multitude of ways in her free time.

CCYP Committee: Shape Your Cape Summit Committee

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Chris Widegren

Director

Manager, Marketing Communications, Cape Cod Healthcare

Chris is a Manager, Marketing and Communications, for Cape Cod Healthcare located in Hyannis, MA. In this role, he leads digital advertising efforts with a specific focus on data analysis and channel optimization. Chris began his digital marketing career in 2013, working in qualitative market research at CSpace and marketing analytics at Digitas LBI for Fortune 500 companies in consumer-packaged goods, financial services and food & beverage.

Chris was raised in Harwich, attending the Harwich school system before graduating cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2011 with studies in marketing and psychology. Growing up on the Cape, Chris worked at several restaurants throughout Harwich and Chatham, building skills in both culinary arts and customer service. This experience, paired with an eagerness to immerse himself in other cultures, led him to St Croix, US Virgin Islands where he lived and worked in hospitality and marine tourism for nearly two years.

Chris is passionate about the natural beauty of Cape Cod and can often be found hiking with his dog near his home in Dennis or fishing off of Monomoy Island with family and friends. Chris strongly believes in the strategic priorities of CCYP, specifically their goal of promoting Cape Cod as a vibrant place for young people to live and work, year-round.

CCYP Committees: Development Committee, Shape Your Cape Summit Committee

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Matthew York

Director

President and Owner, York Building & Remodeling, Inc.

Matthew York is President & Owner of YORK Building & Remodeling Inc. out of Sandwich Massachusetts that services Cape Cod and Boston’s South Shore. After moving to Sandwich in 1987, Matt attended Sandwich Public Schools as well as Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree before completing two years at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. During and after his college years, Matt gained valuable industry knowledge and a love of the building trades while working for a reputable local builder for 10 years. He then branched out to start his own building & remodeling business in 2008.

Matt and his company prioritize giving back to the community, and he has been involved in several projects for the local school system in Sandwich as well as with Habitat for Humanity’s “Blitz Builds” sponsored by The Home Builder’s & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod. The event brings together local suppliers and tradesmen to build a quality home in one week for one deserving family in the community. He is a volunteer member on the YMCA of Cape Cod board, a member of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Cape Cod and is now happy to be on the board at CCYP.

Matthew resides in Sandwich with his wife Alycia, sons Cameron and Callan, and their Chocolate Lab Emma. Outside of work, Matthew enjoys spending time with his family, playing hockey, working in the yard, golfing and boating. Matt views himself as “just a regular guy” and thinks he can bring a new perspective to CCYP as someone who can truly relate to many in the community.