2023 Summit Presenters

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Pam Andersen - Director of Business & Credit Programs, Community Development Partnership

Pam has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University and worked in the field for twelve years before relocating to Cape Cod to raise her family. She spent 9 years as the owner and manager of a bed and breakfast in Eastham. Pam has been working with small businesses on the lower and outer cape for 10 years. Pam lives in Eastham with her husband, Don, and their two children. She can be found taking walks in the early morning darkness armed with a flashlight. She volunteers as a Girl Scout Troop leader.

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Carlos Barbosa - Owner, Colors of Cape Cod, Inc.

Carlos Barbosa is the owner Colors of Cape Cod, Inc., a full service general contracting business operating on Cape Cod and Nantucket, and of Copacabana Realty Investments. Carlos opened the first Brazilian restaurant on Cape Cod, Copacabana Restaurant in Hyannis, in 1994. He has a degree in Business Administration from Centro Universitario de Barra Mansa. He serves on the Town of Barnstable Local Comprehensive Planning and Human Services Committee; and Boards of Directors for Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and Health Ministry.

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Ryan Castle - CEO, Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS

Ryan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Cod & Islands Association and MLS, where he spearheads the regional organization's efforts to advocate for and professionalize the real estate industry, homeownership, and private property rights.

Amanda Converse - Executive Director, Love Live Local, Inc.

Amanda Converse is the co-founder and Executive Director of Love Live Local, an organization founded in 2013 that is dedicated to community advocacy and educating consumers on the importance of shopping local. Until 2019 Amanda was also the editor and publisher of The Current Quarterly, the Cape’s only dedicated local fashion and shopping magazine and Ebb & Flow, a publication that highlighted the health, wellness, and sustainability community on the Cape, as well as the owner of Shift Eco Boutique, an eco-boutique in downtown Hyannis which she opened in 2009. Amanda is currently the President of the Board of Trustees of the Hyannis Public Library, is a founding Board member of Amplify POC Cape Cod, and sits on the Town of Barnstable’s Local Comprehensive Planning Committee.

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Julian Cyr - State Senator

Julian Cyr (pronouns he/him/his) serves in the Massachusetts Senate representing Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. First elected to the State Senate on November 8, 2016, Julian is now serving in his fourth term and is among the youngest senators in the 40-member body. He is the Senate Assistant Majority Whip and serves as the Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Heath and Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery.

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Kathryn Eident - Director of Marketing and Communications, Housing Assistance Corporation

Kathryn Eident joined Housing Assistance in 2022 as Director of Marketing and Communications and is proud to be part of a regional agency that is on the front lines of the housing crisis. Kathryn previously worked at CAI, the region's NPR station, where she was the award-winning host of Morning Edition and Senior News Producer for six years.

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Dylan Fernandes - State Representative

Representative Dylan Fernandes has served Falmouth, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket in the legislature since 2017 where he has focused on combating climate change, advancing affordable housing, and addressing the opioid and heroin epidemic. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, and has seats on the Committee on Ways and Means, the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy, and the Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. Rep. Fernandes is a fourth-generation Cape & Islands resident and is the son of two local small business owners.

Christopher Flanagan - State Representative, 1st Barnstable

Chris is a husband, father, a public servant, and a leader. Chris has served two successive terms on the Dennis Select Board, three of those years as the chair of the board. He is the Executive Officer for the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod and was selected nationally as their Executive Officer of the Year. With over a decade of public service, Chris has served regionally as a member of the Cape Covid-19 Response Taskforce and the Barnstable County Economic Development Council. At the federal level, Chris has served on the staffs of two U.S. senators from Massachusetts and a U.S. secretary of state.

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Brittany Hoffnagle - Climate Resiliency Specialist, Woods Hole Group

Brittany Hoffnagle received a Masters of Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies at Coastal Carolina University. Brittany helps clients assess coastal climate change risks (I.e. storm surge and sea level rise) and helps them develop creative strategies rooted in green and nature based themes to reduce those risks. In her spare time, you can find Brittany swimming in the ocean and riding her lime green bike.

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Cindy Horgan - Executive Director, Cape Cod Children's Place

Cindy will be celebrating her 19th year at CCCP this coming July. She has followed her passion of supporting families in all shapes and sizes for the past 27 years. She feels her most important responsibility is to be an advocate for children and families throughout Cape Cod and the Islands.

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Elizabeth Jenkins - 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.

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Genein M. Letford, M.ED - Founder and Chief Creative Officer, CAFFE Strategies, LLC

CCYP is honored to welcome Genein Letford, M.Ed., as the Keynote Speaker at our 2023 Shape the Cape Summit. Genein is an award-winning educator, best-selling author, and international speaker.

Genein is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of CAFFE Strategies, LLC, a consulting, coaching, and training company that trains C-Suite executives, employees, and educators. She is often called "America’s Creative Coach" for her work in reigniting intercultural creativity within our workforce.

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Alisa Magnotta - CEO, Housing Assistance Corporation

Alisa holds the honor of being the second CEO Housing Assistance Corporation has had since its inception in 1974. She arrived at Housing Assistance in January 2017, bringing with her more than two decades worth of experience in the nonprofit sector. She has served as the COO at Gosnold, the executive director at Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod & the Islands and the development director for The Cape Cod Foundation.

Sarah Nitsch - 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!

Neal Price - Senior Hydrogeologist & Associate Principal, Horsley Witten Group

Neal Price – Senior Hydrogeologist & Associate Principal, has over 29 years of professional experience in the fields of hydrology and hydrogeology. Neal is responsible for developing client relations, supervising staff activities, and managing various water resources related projects within the firm.

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Daniel Rodrigues - Director of Substance Use Disorder and Outreach Programs, Duffy Health Center

Daniel Rodrigues is the Director of Substance Use Disorder and Outreach Programs at Duffy Health Center located in Hyannis. Daniel’s background is as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, graduating from Smith School for Social Work in 2013. Daniel has worked in the field of substance use disorders and mental health since graduation, having worked in inpatient co-occurring treatment, outpatient residential, hospital based Social Work on Maternity and Pediatrics, before transitioning to his current role at Duffy.

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Leslie Sandberg - Select Board, Provincetown

Leslie Sandberg has served as a member of the Provincetown Select Board since 2021. Leslie’s thirty year career in the public sector has established her as an expert in strategic communications and public policy. She has advised labor unions, non-profits, advocacy groups, political candidates and elected officials how to successfully handle public affairs issues, campaigns and manage crises.

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Matt Scinto - 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.

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Kristen Vose Clothier - Chief Executive Officer, CCYP

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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Julie Wake - Executive Director, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod

Julie Wake is the Executive Director of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. She has guided the 35-year-old regional nonprofit in the next steps of its evolution, expanding its annual grant giving; launching AFCC Access to connect underserved students to year-round extracurricular arts activities; convening arts organizations at the local, regional, and state levels to better understand the needs, challenges, and opportunities of the Cape’s arts sector; and reimagining its Creative Exchange program to empower a culture of resilience among artists.

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Jeni Wheeler - Executive Director & Co-Founder, Family Table Collaborative

Jeni Wheeler is the owner and Chief Culinary Artist of Jeni’s Joy, a boutique prepared meals, private chef and catering company, focusing on dietary restrictions and/or preferences, such as gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian, and the Executive Director, Co-Founder, and creative mind behind the Family Table Collaborative. The Collaborative was formed as a rapid response to Covid-19, but uncovered many reasons to form a full blown 501(c)3, to increase nutritional security on Cape Cod, which led to taking over the old Riverway Lobsterhouse and becoming a full social enterprise that’s building to becoming a self sustaining nonprofit.

Though a recent “wash ashore”, arriving on Cape Cod in October of 2017 to go to Spaulding after suffering life altering injuries, she has immersed herself in becoming part of the fabric of Cape Cod. She was among the 2019 Class of Fellows with the Community Leadership Institute and now serves as Vice Chair of Leadership Cape Cod. The United Way of Cape Cod chose Jeni to be their featured partner in 2020 for their Big Night virtual celebration, and then chose the Family Table Collaborative to be their Best Night Fund a Need in 2021, featuring the best of what amazing partnerships can accomplish. Jeni was the lunchtime keynote of CCYP’s 2021 Shape Your Cape Summit, where the theme was Resilience. She was also recently awarded an inaugural Emerging Community Leader Award by CCYP. Jeni is committed to utilizing her journey to be a beacon of hope for others and create positive sustainable change for the betterment for all on Cape Cod.

Jeni has a MBA (’05) with a focus in Social Entrepreneurship from Babson College, where she sat on the Alumni Board for 6 years. She regularly guest lectures in Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy Entrepreneurship. She was the President of New England Sports Academy, Chief Operating Officer of 2 start-ups, the Interim Executive Director of the MA Commission on the Status of Women, an Essex County Commissioner on the MA Commission on the Status of Women, National Chair of the 2005 National Association of Women MBA Conference, owner of a successful swim school (the first of its’ kind to accept students with diverse abilities), and a Div. III All American swimmer for Franklin and Marshall College. She resides in South Yarmouth, MA.

Jeni believes her journey has led her to do what she was meant to do. It’s truly amazing what can happen when passion collides with purpose

Elizabeth Wurfbain - Executive Director, Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District

10 years as Executive Director with the Hyannis Main Street BID and active in The International Downtown Association and the MA BID's, Elizabeth has worked as a Non Profit Director, Entrepreneur and Marketing Manager. Having grown up in the Hyannis area, she lived and worked in NYC and Amsterdam and finds travel a great portal to best practices.