Board of Directors

Sheryl Walsh

Chair and President of Board

Resident of: Centerville

Occupation: Sr. Vice President, The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod

Civic Groups/Community Affiliations: Board member of the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce

Occupation: Sr. Vice President, Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod

She carries expertise in directing long-term vision/strategy for business growth. She is currently a Sr. Vice President with The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod. Her role is as Chief Consumer and Business Banker driving he goals and objectives of the branch delivery system within the organization. Over the many years Sheryl has sat on numerous boards with business and non-profit organizations. Currently Sheryl is a board member of the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce along with her responsibilities as a board member of Cape Cod Child Development. Her hobbies are running, reading and gardening. Sheryl and her two daughters, Jennifer and Samantha live in Centerville. She recently welcomed a new member of the family—a golden retriever puppy.

“The core of my life is family. Cape Cod Child Development Program cares for each child as an individual, but they also support their families. I am convinced that CCCDP’s child-centered, family approach is the reason we see such tremendous impact on the children we serve.”

Sally Fogerty 

Vice Chair of Board

Resident Of: South Yarmouth

Occupation: Independent Consultant

“I began to work with children and families over 50 years ago, first as an obstetrical nurse and then with the Mass. Department of Public Health. Being involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of early childhood programs including Early Intervention I knew the importance of strong, community services for young children and their families. As a long time, Cape resident, I was aware of the important role that Cape Cod Child Development program played in assuring families and children had access to critical services such as Head Start, Child Care, and Early Intervention.  When I retired I was delighted to be able to provide leadership as an interim Director of Early Intervention and then to join the board so that we can continue to make sure this organization retains and continues to enhance its strong programs and services into the future to meet the needs of the Cape and Islands infants, children and adolescents and families. “

Dave Chase


Resident of : Marstons Mills

Occupation: Chase Solutions Inc., CEO and Casual Gourmet Inc., Partner

Board Service: New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (Past Secretary), New England Development Research Association (Past Treasurer), Former President, Hyannis Youth & Community Center Foundation Inc.

Civic Groups/Community Affiliations: Association of Fundraising Professionals and Former Founding Chairman, Community Advisory Board, Sturgis Charter Public School

A native Cape Codder, Dave has been very active in community affairs. When Dave is not working, he enjoys watching his beloved Patriots with his wife and partner at the Casual Gourmet, Olive.

“For me, it’s all about the kids. Cape Cod Child Development provides a desperately needed safety net for at risk children and families in need of support. I can’t imagine a world where we do not take care of our most vulnerable children – or of a Cape Cod without Cape Cod Child Development. Deal me in!”

Paul Niedzwiecki


Resident of: Barnstable

Occupation: Vice President of Strategy and Government Affairs, Cape Cod Healthcare

Public Service: Paul is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, International City/County Management Association, Massachusetts Municipal Association, Massachusetts Military Civilian Community Council, and served as the Senate president’s appointee to the state’s Water Infrastructure Advisory Committee.

Before joining Cape Cod Healthcare, Paul served as the Executive Director of Southfield Redevelopment Authority. Previous to that, Paul was Executive Director to the Cape Cod Commission. As Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commission, Paul coordinated the activities of 19 appointed board members and led 40 talented, innovative professional planners and technical experts in transforming the Commission from a once static agency into an efficient, proactive organization fulfilling its mission- “Keeping a Special Place Special” – by protecting the natural environment, enabling economic growth, increasing transparency and encouraging community engagement.

Paul earned a Bachelor of Science degree in public administration from Suffolk University and a law degree (Juris Doctor) from Suffolk University Law School. He is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Stephanie Abdina

Occupation: Policy Council Chair and Full-Time Mom

Raising her children; third generation Cape Cod natives, Stephanie’s favorite pond is Hathaways and favorite beach is Grays Beach.  When not spending summer days on the water with her family she is active within the Dennis-Yarmouth school system, where she attended until graduation in 2002.  After pursuing her Bachelor of Science from Simmons College in 2006, she married and returned to Yarmouth to raise a family.

“Cape Cod is a unique place in the world and has great resources available to brighten children’s lives.  Cape Cod Children’s Development provides positive outreach into children’s lives and vast benefits for families living in the community.   I have had children in Cape Cod Children’s Development since 2014 and agree with their practices in children development and impressed on the impact made on families.”

Sharon Hawkins

Occupation: Owner, South Street Beautification Trust

Board Service: President, Blue Coats of Barnstable

Sharon is the retired Senior-Vice President of Dowling and O’Neil Insurance Agency, Hyannis and former co-owner of The Optimist Café in Yarmouthport. A graduate of McGill University and resident of Cape Cod since 1977, Sharon has been very active in community service on the Cape. Past volunteer service includes: Board Chair of Cape Cod Charitable Funraisers, Board Chair for both the Cape Cod and Massachusetts/ Rhode Island chapters of the American Red Cross; Board Chair of the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce; President of the Hyannis Rotary Club; and Board Member of Cape and Islands United Way. She is a recipient of Hyannis Chamber of Commerce’s “John F. Kennedy, Jr. Community Service Award.”

Sharon’s community involvement also incorporates hands-on activism, embodied by her participation in Hyannis West Elementary School’s Reading Buddy Program and as a volunteer member of the Supervisory Committee overseeing Operations of the First Citizens Federal Credit Union.

“Early Intervention programs run by Cape Cod Child Development Program are proven to help children at risk of developmental delays or disabilities to grow into more confident, successful children, and reach their full potential—that benefits the children, their families, and our whole community.”


Christine Johnson-Staub

Resident of: Sandwich, MA

Occupation: Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Law and Social Policy

 Civic Groups/Community Affiliations: National Association for the Education of Young Children, National Association for Regulatory Administration, Sturgis Charter Public School Parent Association

As a senior policy analyst on the Child Care and Early Education team at CLASP, Christine’s expertise is in the areas of early childhood systems building, design and implementation of quality rating systems, child care subsidy programs and policy and technical assistance. During her 20 years in the early childhood policy field, Christine has worked with state and federal legislative offices as well as a variety of public, private, and non-profit agencies. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from The George Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Christine lives in Sandwich with her husband Peter and their two children.

 Board Service: Vice Chair, Public Policy, Finance and Governance

“I spend most my professional life focused on the state and federal policies that impact the most vulnerable children and their families. I support CCCDP because it embodies best practices in supporting child development, strong parenting, and healthy families. Seeing children and families thrive at CCCDP brings the policy work to life and shows me that we can in fact make very real and lasting impact for at-risk children and families.”

Frank A. Mello, CPA and CFP

Occupation: Partner, De Paola Begg and Associates, PC

Education: B.S., Accounting, University of Massachusetts

Professional Associations: Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants; American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Practice Areas: Audits, reviews and compilations; Personal and corporate tax preparation and planning; Personal financial planning; Trust and estate tax preparation and planning; Business and non-profit consulting.

Frank is a local product born at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis Massachusetts and currently resides in the local Barnstable community. As a child he traveled to and lived in a variety of different states being the son of a career military father. Frank graduated from MacArthur High school in Hollywood Florida and went on to attend his first 2 years of college at Nova University in Davie Florida. He ultimately completed his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting at the University of Massachusetts with honors after returning to Cape Cod with his family.

His leisure activities include exercising and sporting activities as well as maintaining his collection of fine exotic Italian sports and touring automobiles at his facility in Harwich, Massachusetts. Frank also enjoys following open wheel automobile racing of all kinds both foreign and domestic.

Frank has had a well-rounded and diverse work experience that began in the industry sector as a staff accountant and accounting supervisor for 2 public companies in the construction supply industry. During this time period he acquired the knowledge necessary to be one of his industries leading small business consultants. After Joining DePaola, Begg & Associates, P.C. as a staff accountant in 1986, Frank became a partner in the firm in 1990. He also has a diverse client group that he currently serves in the dental, medical industries and other professional service groups, to manufacturing and leisure industries. During Frank’s 32 years in public accounting his articles on accounting and taxation have been published in the Cape Cod Business Digest and the Massachusetts Dental Society Magazines.

Consistent with DePaola, Begg & Associates, P.C. long history of community service and development, Frank has served as an Officer and Director of many local nonprofit organizations with a special focus on youth education and development. Additionally, Frank has served on the boards of organization focus on the development of the arts and cultural development in the local community. He also spent 16 years as an Osterville Rotarian and served as the Treasurer of the regional Rotary International Organization for 3 years. In addtion, Frank was the past treasurer of Sturgis Charter Public School.

Frank’s technical expertise is in the service areas of financial audits and reviews, personal and corporate tax compliance and planning, personal financial planning, estate tax planning and compliance and compiled financial statement reporting.

Marissa Noble 

Occupation: emBargo and The West End, Proprietor

“The early intervention team at Cape Cod Child Development Program has been so helpful to me and my children, and I know to so many families as well. Often early intervention staff are the first people to reach out a hand to parents who may not know how to best support their child with a disability or delay. I’m happy to help keep the organization strong so we can be there for children and families into the future.”

Michael Pierce

Resident of: West Barnstable

Occupation:  Attorney at Pierce Law, P.C.

Board Service:  Thornton W. Burgess Society, Barnstable Bar Association, Cape Cod Young Professionals, and Cape Cod Academy

Civic Groups/Community Affiliations:  Cotuit Athletic Association

Michael grew up on Cape Cod, graduated from Cape Cod Academy, and attended Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where he obtained a B.A. in Environmental Studies.

Michael graduated from Vermont Law School and began his legal career in Florida.   In 2013, Michael excitedly returned home to Cape Cod to establish his own law practice Pierce Law, and to raise his young family.  Michael’s firm is predominately litigation based with a focus in commercial and business disputes and collections, construction, residential and commercial landlord/tenant, and personal injury.

Michael is committed to the Cape Cod community, and is excited to join the Cape Cod Child Development Board.  He and his wife Emalee, with their children Luke and Betsy enjoy spending time together as a family, especially outdoors.

“Cape Cod Child Development is an incredible, necessary, and highly influential Cape wide organization.  This organization is dedicated to providing children and families with endless support in the areas of education, child-care, social and family skills, and emotional development.  It is an honor to support Cape Cod Child Development and to observe its wonderful impact and effect on our Cape Cod family communities. “

Robert J. Rice

Occupation: Vice President/Senior Financial Advisor, THE DRG GROUP
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.

“I’m proud to support Cape Cod Child Development Program in helping families navigate the critical challenges of raising emotionally and physically healthy children.”