Board Members

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President: Nancy Lawrence 

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 now 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.

Vice 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.

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: Kim Crowell
Kim Crowell joined the Board in September 2019. Kim has held senior-level positions in both the educational technology and life sciences industries. She was VP, Partnerships at StudentVox, a company that worked with college admissions teams, connecting prospective students with current college students. Preceding her time at StudentVox, Kim spent two decades leading Healthcare Consulting and Innovation efforts in the biopharmaceutical sector (both as an Independent Consultant and as a VP at Decision Resources Group). Kim currently splits her professional time between her consulting efforts and strategy/grant-writing efforts for various local non-profit organizations. She and her husband, Brad, love raising their adventurous and community-minded children, three 15th-generation Cape Codders, in Dennis. Kim earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology from Dartmouth College.

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

Members at Large

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. Christian Holleck, an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church

in America, has served as Co-Pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in

Harwich since 2006. St. Peter's has long participated in and supported the

work of the Cape Cod Council of Churches, and Christian was delighted to join the

Board in 2014. He finds the ecumenical collaboration in serving the greater

community deeply rewarding.He served as president of the Board from 2017 to 2019. Currently, he chairs the Nominating Committee and is Liaison to the Covenant to Care Program for Foster Families.

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 second 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!

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.

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.

A native of Brazil, Claudia Kennedy earned a Bachelor’s degree in education

(English/Portuguese Majors Teaching) and a Master’s degree in Brazilian and

Portuguese Literature. She has extensive teaching experience with intermediate

and high school students as well as at the collegiate level. She currently teaches

Spanish for middle school students at Cape Cod Academy. She is also an

experienced trilingual interpreter and translator in English, Spanish and Brazilian

Portuguese, covering any field such as medical, law, education, etc. Adding to her

academic field, she has also built a strong network as a community advocate,

mostly with the Spanish and Brazilian communities on Cape Cod.

Walley King joined the Board in 2020. He is the retired owner and clinical director

of North River Counseling, a licensed mental health and substance abuse clinic in

Marshfield. He is a former moderator of First Church, Sandwich, where he is a


He received a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Fitchburg State University and

earned a Master’s degree in Social Work at Boston College.

He lives in East Sandwich with his wife Wendy and has two grown children.

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. 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.

Bill Mills, the long-time Editorial Page Editor of the Cape Cod Times, joined the

Board in September 2020. Prior to joining the Times in 1992, Bill was Director of

Communications for the International Catholic Migration Commission in Geneva.

Previously, he was Editor of The North Carolina Catholic, a statewide weekly

newspaper serving the dioceses of Raleigh and Charlotte. He earned a bachelor's

degree in English from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and took

graduate-level courses in Theology at Duke University in Durham, N.C. He and his

wife Deborah Pickett Mills live in East Sandwich and they have two adult


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. Dr. Jane O’Hara Shields  joined the Board in September 2018 and is Chair of its Public Policy Committee.A Lutheran pastor, Jane led congregations in Wilmington and

New Castle, Delaware, for 21 years, and St. Peter’s in Harwich for eight years. In

2005, Jane was called by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to be the

Director for Evangelical Mission in its New England Synod. In those 10 years, she

helped to plant 15 new ministries, most of them with leaders of newer immigrant

communities. Jane and her spouse, Thomas A. Shields, have two daughters living

in New Hampshire with their families.

Emir Sehic

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.

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