Town Meeting 101: Cape Cod Civic Engagement Training


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Courtney Butler - Town Meeting 101 Facilitator

Courtney Butler is a proud public servant and self-proclaimed government geek. She moved to Cape Cod in 2015 to intern at the Cape Cod National Seashore for the summer; 8 years later, the Cape is her permanent home. While at the CCNS, Courtney served as the park’s Superintendent Assistant. Working with the many towns within the Seashore, Courtney discovered her passion for municipal government. In 2021, Courtney received her MPA from Roger Williams University. Courtney has previously worked for the Towns of Wellfleet and Dennis as the Executive Assistant to the Town Administrator and Select Board. Now, she is trying out state government, in her role as Legislative Aide to State Rep. Christopher Flanagan, who serves the communities of Brewster, Dennis, and Yarmouth.

Stefanie Coxe - Civic Engagement Training Facilitator

Stefanie Coxe is a government affairs strategist who believes the more the public understands how to engage effectively, the better the outcomes for them, for our democracy, and public discourse as a whole. Through her activism training and political consulting business, Nexus Werx LLC, she trains advocates and nonprofits to effectively lobby and helps them develop achievable advocacy plans.

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Amanda Bebrin

Amanda moved from her native Connecticut to Cape Cod eleven years ago, and transitioned from teaching high school into real estate. An elected Brewster Planning Board member, she is very involved in local government - and through her program with Leadership Cape Cod, the Take Your Seat Initiative, she's helping working-age Cape Codders be empowered to do the same!

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Andre King

Andre King is a Barnstable School Committee member and History teacher at Sandwich Middle-High School. Andre was elected to the school committee in 2021, and has worked in public education for fourteen years. As a graduate of Barnstable High School, Andre is proud to serve Cape Cod’s largest and most diverse school district, with nine schools and over 4,800 students. Student retention, academic achievement, and workforce integration are primary priorities in Andre’s school committee role. Andre holds an M.Ed. from Bridgewater State University and B.A. from Charter Oak State College.

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Sara Kohls

Sara 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 from law school in 2013, 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. Sara founded the Law Offices of Sara J. Kohls, located in Yarmouth Port, in 2021 where she focuses her law 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.

Sara 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 Past President of CCYP and has been actively volunteering with CCYP since 2014. Sara served on the Town of Yarmouth’s Finance Committee from 2018-2020.

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Constance Kremer

Constance Kremer presently serves on the Orleans Finance Committee. She has delivered public comment at Select Board meetings and has been asked to give the majority and minority comment(s) from the Finance Committee on several Warrants at Town Meeting.

Constance is not a Financial guru, but she loves her town and has been raising children as well as operating a small business in Orleans and she was frustrated by the lack of attention on items like recreation, affordable housing, and the blue economy, etc. were being given in a notoriously older population community.

Having a seat where the money decisions are being hashed out and having to understand all that goes into municipal financial decisions has made her a better voter and allows her to add a younger voice to future town planning.

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Amy Kullar

Amy Kullar is an attorney who has resided in the town of Bourne since 2013, where she lives with her husband and son. Amy is serving her second term as Moderator in Bourne, and has previously served Bourne as Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals, and Chair of the Charter Compliance Committee. Amy holds a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Art History from Wellesley College.

Devin McGuire

Devin grew up on the outer Cape and now lives in Brewster with her wife and four year old son. She is the General Manager at Nauset Rental, a local vacation rental management company, and in her free time you'd most likely find her outside with her family exploring our beautiful environment. Devin is an advocate for participation and accessibility for our local town governing processes.

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Taylor White

Taylor has been the elected Town Clerk in Sandwich since 2009. Prior to that he served 7 years as Chief of Staff for a member of the House of Representatives. He has a degree from Curry College in Communication and has served as the President of the Cape & Islands Town Clerk's Association.

Muska Yousuf

Muska Yousuf is a local attorney who opened The Law Office of Muska Yousuf, LLC in 2019 to provide the community with affordable legal services in the probate and family court. She is an active member of several local community organizations and boards, such as the Barnstable Bar Association and the Cape Cod Cinema. She is also a regular volunteer with the Lawyer of the Day Program and WE CAN. For about a year and a half before the Women and Girls Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation was launched, she served as a co-consultant along with Andi Genser and researched the status of women and girls on Cape Cod. Now, she is a co-chair of the Grants Committee of the Women and Girls Fund and just completed the first round of funding.

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