Edye Nesmith, Executive Director
The Council is led by Executive Director Edye Nesmith of East Sandwich who assumed this role in 2015. Edye earned her Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Yale University in New Haven, Conn., and her Master’s in Social Work degree from Smith College in Northampton, Mass.
Edye has a rich background in business, religious and nonprofit projects. She is the child and sister of clergy and has “always valued a Christian spiritual life as a source of understanding one’s place in the world.” She is passionate about ecumenical work that enables a broad spectrum of the Christian community to work together in ministry to help those among us who struggle for a firm footing.
She is the proud mother of two daughters.
Julie Malloy, Administrative Assistant
Julie Malloy joined the Council’s staff in 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. After years dedicated to raising a family, Julie is now honored to support the work of the Council in an administrative capacity. In her spare time, she enjoys walks with her Newfoundland dog and rowing on Lake Wequaquet in Centerville.
Cathy Driscoll, Director of Hands of Hope Food Pantry and Outreach Center in Harwich, has been a volunteer, Assistant Director, and Director at Hands of Hope since 1992. Originally from Connecticut, she lives in Orleans and has loved living on Cape Cod for 45 years. She has three children and two grandchildren.
Robin Hayward became the Director of A Baby Center in March 2016. Prior to her work with the Council of Churches, Robin worked in many roles at the YMCA Cape Cod, beginning as an office administrator, after-school programmer, school bus driver, Kiddie Camp Director, and Camp 132 Director. While directing Camp 132, she began the summertime breakfast program that was used as a model by the CDC. After nine years at the YMCA, Robin went back to college while in her 50s to study Psychology and Communications. She traveled the United States, representing Cape Cod Community College as a non-traditional honor student and a promoter of women’s rights on campus. Robin lives in Hyannis with her husband Jeffrey and they have two grown daughters.
Rev. Edwin Larson, Chaplain at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Sandwich, has served as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) since 1974. Most of his service was in parish ministry in the Springfield, Mass., area. His interest in chaplaincy began in 1987 when Mercy Medical Hospital in Springfield added him to the staff as the only Protestant Chaplain in that Catholic organization. Upon retirement and relocation to Harwich in 2017, he served with the Rev. Mary Hansen-Joyce at Cape Cod Hospital and at Spaulding under the guidance of the Rev. Dr. Linda Shaw. He and Janet, his wife of 50 years, have two daughters, a son-in-law, and two grandsons.
Natalia Frois is Program Director for our Covenant to Care for Foster Families ministry. Natalia is a native of Brazil and the mother of a 10-year-old daughter. She has built her career around the healthcare and business administration industry. She has a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a master's degree in business administration. She has worked as a trilingual medical interpreter and as a helpdesk assistant in the Information System Department for Cape Cod Heath Care. She has also been employed as a business relationship manager for Latinc Corporation. In addition, she also has worked as a trilingual domestic and sexual violence counselor and advocate at Independence House.
Marilyn Lariviere, who directs the Council’s Homeless Ministries, is a native Cape Codder and graduate of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. Married to Edward for 60 years, they have four children (all living in Barnstable), 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Marilyn has been involved with the Cape Cod Council of Churches since 1980, serving as a Board member and as President of the Board. Since 2014, she has been a staff member directing the Youth StreetReach Program, which she founded in 2007. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Religion/Education from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and has worked as Director of Christian Education at North Falmouth Congregational Church, the Federated Church of Hyannis, and St. John the Evangelist Church in Pocasset. A parishioner at Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville, she was the first Roman Catholic national president of Church Women United (CWU) and currently serves as president of CWU of Cape Cod. Her passion for working with youth led her to many years of directing various youth retreats as well as with the Residents Encounter Christ program at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility.
WELCOME our new Faith Family Kitchen Director, Denene Shimkus:
"Throughout the past 26 years, I have worked in the non-profit sector serving adults, children, teens and families. Across settings, I have created internal & external programs to support agency mission using best practice approaches, training teams on how to provide exceptional care, with focus on increasing quality of life using positive behavior techniques, effective communication & motivational interviewing....all while encouraging healthier lifestyle choices through diet, exercise, and social engagement.
I am elated to be a part of this mission. It is an honor!
I look forward to our future together serving Cape Cod."