Board of Directors
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.
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.