President: Rev. Jonathan Drury
Jonathan Drury views himself as a compassionate person, a good communicator,
and a hard worker. He models his love for people on the love demonstrated by
Jesus Christ, and has always felt called to care for folks who appear to have been
disregarded or marginalized by the world. Jonathan approaches his ministry with
humility, and recognizes he is called to bring people’s attention to the Gospel. He
tries to do this in his life by sharing the good news of Christ’s story and by helping
folks to recognize the presence of God’s Spirit all around them. He is currently
serving as Senior Pastor of the First Congregational Church in Falmouth.
Vice President: Philomena Hare, M.Div, MSW, Pastor of First Congregational Church
of Wareham, is an authorized minister of the United Church of Christ. She has almost
30 years of experience serving on nonprofit boards in the areas of governance,
board development, and volunteer recruitment and retention. Rev. Philomena’s
primary passion for ministry is stewardship and the relationship between the way
we manage our time, talents and finances for the fulfilment of mission and vision.
She also recognizes that all work and no play eventually leads to burnout. So when
she is not working, you will find her at the movies, visiting museums, reading,
cooking, or attending a Providence Bruins game.
Treasurer: Beverly Hopkins, Beverly Hopkins joined the Board in 2019 as Assistant Treasurer and is now Treasurer. Beverly is currently a volunteer at the Council’s Hands of Hope Food Pantry in Harwich and was previously a volunteer at our Faith Family Kitchen in
Hyannis. Prior to her retirement in 2019, Beverly worked 13 years as Payroll
Manager at the Latham Centers in Brewster, and also for 10 of the 13 years as Staff
Accountant at Transitions Center in Yarmouth. Prior to moving to the Cape in
1998, Beverly worked as a pension consultant for several firms in the Boston area.
She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor's degree in
Assistant Treasurer: currently vacant
Secretary: Sarah Kanaga joined the Board as Secretary in September 2018, and feels privileged to serve as one of the younger members of the Board. (We feel privileged to have her!) Sarah is a Web Developer at Paraclete Press, a Christian publishing company out of Brewster, and is a member of the Community of Jesus in Orleans. Aside from web development, she is a member of the world-renowned choir, Gloriae Dei Cantores, and an actor in Elements Theatre Company.
Ex-Officio: Edye Nesmith, Executive Director
Rev. Heather R. Bailes Baker, Board member since 2017, serves alongside the
beautiful people of the United Methodist Church in Osterville. Before moving to
Cape Cod, she served United Methodist churches in Connecticut, Western
Massachusetts and California. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and earned
her Master’s in Divinity at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. She
is married to Sam Baker, and they have two school-age children.
Katia Regina Dacunha is a passionate woman who is energized by endeavoring to
be the best wife, mother, and lovely servant to the families around her as she can
be. Her life’s goal is to lead a healthy life -- spirituality, mentally, emotionally, and
physically in a way that pleases God.
Katia serves the immigrant community as well the Brazilian Presbyterian Church
in Hyannis alongside her husband, Alonso Dacunha. Their children are Klark and
Tirza. Katia’s experiences cover a diverse background, which includes elementary
education teacher, nurse, teen counselor (Brazil), tri-lingual domestic/sexual
violence and homicide survivor advocate/counselor. With joy, she is an active
volunteer for the Cape Cod Council of Churches, Barnstable No Place for Hate,
and the Cape Cod and Island Commission on the Status of Women.
Katia’s passion is to empower women to speak up, to really be what God has
designed for them to be in a world filled with inequality and oppression. In Katia’s
down time, you will find her gardening, painting, crocheting, and knitting.
Stephen Hawley, Pastor at Faith Assembly of God Church in Hyannis, joined the
Board in 2014. Stephen is ordained with the Assemblies of God and has been the
Lead Pastor at Faith Assembly since October 2007. Stephen is married to Lauri
Hawley, and they have three adult children and two grandsons. He loves spending
time with his family and friends, backpacking, gardening, fishing, and watching
Rev. Tiffany Nicely Holleck is an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) minister serving St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Harwich with her husband and Co-Pastor Christian Holleck. Together they and their congregation have long supported the ecumenical work of the Council of Churches. Tiffany is passionate about knitting and reading (especially when she can do both at the same time!), liturgical art and creativity, and warm from the oven chocolate chip cookies. She currently chairs the Public Policy committee.
Elizabeth (aka Betty Anne) and John Holman became year-round Cape residents in 2003 when they relocated after five memorable years in Boston. “Our goal has
been to enjoy a healthy life of service and learning.” The Harwich-Chatham
Newcomers’ Club, Our Lady of the Cape Church, Harwich’s Friendly Visitor
program, and The Family Pantry’s Second Glance program have offered
meaningful activities and new friends. Betty Anne welcomes Muslim, Jewish, and
Christian women to Cape Cod Daughters of Abraham, a small book group,
committed to learning and understanding how religion and faith influence
members' lives. She is serving a third term on the Board of the Council of
Churches and as a recent Board member of Church Women United, Women of
Faith. As partners with the Refugee Support Team (an initiative of the Nauset
Interfaith Association), Betty Anne and John have hosted Summer Welcome
Weekends by the sea at Holman Haven, where family, friends, and one-time
strangers are always welcome!
Nancy Lawrence joined our Board in September 2015. She served as the Board
Liaison to A Baby Center and as a member of the Personnel Committee before
becoming the Vice-President and President. Nancy has served at the
Association, state and national levels of the United Church of Christ. She is a
member of First Church, Sandwich, and volunteers as Clerk and Coordinator of the
Visitors Committee. She was an early childhood educator for 32 years, serving 22
years as the Director/Lead Teacher of the Joyful Noise Preschool at First Church.
She then became Director of Christian Education for both First Church, Sandwich,
and the Congregational Church of South Dartmouth. She and her husband of 49
years raised three children, and now dote on three beautiful granddaughters.
Tom Lavin: I attended St. Mary’s Church in Holliston as a kid and completed my CCD work there and First Communion. In high school, I attended Portsmouth Abbey School where I participated in Masses as a Master of Ceremonies (altar boy). I was also Confirmed at Portsmouth Abbey. I transferred to Brooks School in North Andover which offered Protestant services. On the Cape, I have attended masses at St. Anthony’s (now St. Joseph’s) and I have also gone to services at Cape Cod Church. I suppose you could say my faith is a cross-section in itself!
I consider myself a wash-ashore Falmouth resident in my house my grandfather bought over seventy years ago.
Andrea Kelton-Harris is First Lady of Zion Union Church, a multicultural,
multiethnic, multigenerational ministry in Hyannis. As First Lady, she serves in a
leadership role and supports her husband, Pastor Bernard Harris Sr., in leading the
church. In addition to her work at the church, she is a Senior Human Resources
Consultant for Harvard University. Andrea earned a bachelor’s degree in
Management from Lesley University in Cambridge and a Juris Doctorate from
Suffolk University Law School in Boston. She is currently admitted to the
Massachusetts Bar and resides in Whitman with her husband.
Hon. J. Thomas Kirkman (Ret.). Tom Kirkman is a U.S. Air Force veteran, graduate from the University of Illinois with a B.A. and from Rutgers University, Camden, School of Law, with a J.D. He served as a Legal Services lawyer in Chicago, and then on Cape Cod and the Islands for nine years. He was a trial lawyer in private practice for four years. He then served for sixteen years as the Director of the Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit in the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office.
In 2009, Governor Deval Patrick appointed Mr. Kirkman to the Massachusetts District Court as an Associate Justice in the Orleans District Court. In 2015, he was appointed the Presiding Justice in the Edgartown District Court where he served until his retirement in 2019. Throughout his judicial career, Mr. Kirkman served on the Trial Court’s Domestic Violence Committee.
Tom has taken graduate courses in Judaism at the Harvard Extension School, Cambridge, MA; Community Ministry at the Starr King School of Ministry, Berkeley, CA; and pastoral care courses related to domestic violence, sexual assault, child and elder Abuse at Andover Newton Theological School when it was located in Newton, MA.
Tom currently serves on the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, and the Advisory Board for Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse, Boston, MA.
Tom is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministries and has been an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth, MA, since 1985.
Jean McCutcheon joined the Board in September 2020 after serving on the
Council’s Finance and Development Committee for three years. Jean has enjoyed a
career in development focused on education. She spent her early years working in
Boston at The Boston Latin School Foundation and Beaver Country Day School . She then served as Director of Development at Cape Cod Academy for 19 years and is
currently the Director of Major and Planned Giving at Wheaton College in Norton.
Jean earned her Bachelor’s degree in French and Political Science from the
University of Vermont. She lives in Cotuit with her husband and has two sons.
Wilma Morris spent most of her life as an educator. She began as an elementary
school teacher in Pennsylvania public schools, then continued in parish day
schools in Long Island, N.Y. After 20 years on Long Island, she returned to the
Pennsylvania public schools as a speech/language pathologist. She wrapped up her
professional career as a reading tutor in the Harwich Elementary School. Her most
recent educational experience has been as a mentor for Education for Ministry, a
program of the Episcopal Church for Adult Religious Formation. Working beside
her husband, Charles, a priest in the Episcopal Church for more than 50 years, she
has been closely involved with the ministries in several parishes. Added to the
blessing of retiring to Cape Cod is the fact that their two children and
grandchildren live nearby. Seeking to widen her sphere of ministry, she is pleased
to serve on the Board of Directors, a rewarding and happy experience.
Rev. Steve Youd is the former State Director of Mission and Stewardship for the
American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts. Most recently, Steve served as Senior
Pastor of the Mashpee Congregational Church. Steve is a graduate of Yale Divinity
School, where he was awarded the prestigious “Mersick Prize” for superlative public
address. It was bestowed by the late A. Bartlett Giamatti, former president of Yale
and subsequently commissioner of Major League Baseball.