March 31, 2020 in CCYP News

PRESS RELEASE: CCYP Names New Board Members, Officers for 2020

Barnstable, MA – Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works to connect, engage, and advance Cape Cod’s young workforce and leaders, has appointed five new board members to its Board of Directors, and named new officers to the organization’s Board Executive Committee. CCYP’s five new board members include Marissa Cyr, Patrick Ehart, Sarah Nitsch, Patrick Phelan, and Matthew York. The organization has tapped board member Sara Kohls as incoming President, Craig Orsi as second Vice President, and Megan Terrio as Clerk. Stacie Peugh will continue as first Vice President, and Kevin Skrickis will continue to serve as Board Treasurer.

“With this incoming cohort of board members and officers, CCYP is very excited to grow our Board of Directors, both in overall size and in its representation of the many industries that make up Cape Cod’s workforce,” said Lauren Barker, CEO of CCYP. “The passion and diversity of expertise brought to the table by this group of individuals is truly impressive and CCYP could not be more proud to have them on our team as we work to support year-round opportunities and quality of life for young workers on Cape Cod.”

Marissa Cyr of Brewster is Chief Operating Officer of the Cape & 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 is 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.

Patrick Ehart of Osterville 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 about two years ago. He is the third generation involved in the long-running Cape Cod family business. Patrick grew up on Cape Cod and attended St. George’s School in Newport, RI for secondary school, then 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. 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 is excited to join the CCYP Board to help bring together locals who otherwise might not have met in their everyday lives.

Sarah Nitsch of Brewster is the Marketing & Events Coordinator for Cape Cod Children’s Place, 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 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 filmmaking 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.

Patrick Phelan of Eastham works as a financial planner with Eagle Strategies, LLC and has lived on Cape Cod full-time since 2014. 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.

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.

A full list of CCYP Board Members and Officers can be found on the CCYP website at The CCYP Board of Directors accepts applications for new board members on a rolling basis, with review of applicants occurring each fall. Learn more about CCYP and stay apprised of opportunities to get involved at