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.”
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. “
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!”
Resident of: Barnstable
Occupation: Financial Advisor at Northwestern Mutual
Board Service: Technology Committee Board Liaison
Civic Groups/Community Affiliations: Chair of the Finance Committee at Osterville United Methodist Church
Together, Matt and his wife Robyn have three terrific, active children. As a family, they are most apt to be found outdoors in some form of physical activity. Matt is avid mountain biker. In addition, they love to ski as a family which surely helps the long New England winters.
“Cape Cod Child Development Program helps children and families get a healthy start in life and that makes our community a better place for all us. I am proud to serve on the board of directors and help in some way to support our mission of providing exceptional care for children and families across the Cape.”
Occupation: President, Cape Cod Charitable Funraisers
“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.”
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.”
Resident of: Barnstable
Occupation: Executive Director, Southfield Redevelopment Authority
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 the Southfield Redevelopment Authority, Paul served as 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.
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.”
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.”
Other Board Members
Stephanie Abdina, Chair of Policy Council