Board of Directors

Sally Fogerty 

Board Chair & President

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

Vice President & Treasurer

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!”

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.”

Sheryl Walsh

Immediate Past Board Chair & President

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

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.”

Judy Connors Tarver

Resident of: South Yarmouth

Occupation: Retired Early Childhood Educator and Administrator

Civic/Community Affiliations:  Town of Yarmouth Capital Budget Committee and Department of Public Works Building Committee.  CCCD Policy Council, Education and Special Education Committee, Health Advisory Committee, Volunteer Committee.

My professional career was devoted to working with families and children to maximize outcomes for all.  I was privileged to work in many settings, private and public, in programs and classrooms serving babies to secondary students, and to provide a significant amount of staff development. In all of these environments, the connections with families have been the most important.  I believe we are obligated to provide the best learning environments and social supports we can for the good of all.  Cape Cod Child Development is in a unique position to provide high quality services across the Cape, and I am proud to be part of this talented and committed Board.

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.”

John Kenney

Occupation: Attorney at Law   

Resident of: Centerville

General practice of law with emphasis on Commercial and Residential Real Estate Development, Conveyancing, Zoning, Business Law and Estate Planning.

Memberships and Affiliations: Massachusetts Bar Association, Barnstable County Bar Association, Massachusetts Conveyancers Association and the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce

His education includes: 

Boston University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, L.L.M. in Taxation, 1980.

New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, Juris Doctor, 1979.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, B.S. Economic, 1976.

Marissa Noble 

Occupation: emBargo and The West End, Proprietor

Resident of: Centerville

“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. “