Board

Peter Meyer | Cape Cod Needy FundPeter Meyer
President

President and publisher of the Cape Cod Media Group, which publishes Cape Cod Times, Cape Cod View, PrimeTime magazine and CapeCodOnline.com. He is also president of SouthCoast Media Group, which publishes The Standard-Times in New Bedford, SouthCoast Today, New England Business Bulletin and six Hathaway Publishing weeklies.

Peter earned an MBA from Suffolk University and BS degree from Western Michigan University. He is president of the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund and board member of Cape & Islands United Way, Joshua A. Nickerson Society and Kelley Foundation. He has served on various local non-profit boards including Cape Cod Conservatory of Music and Art, Horace Mann Charter School, Cape Cod Community College Foundation, Osterville Rotary Club, Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and member of Beta Gamma Sigma. He is also a board member of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association.

Peter and his wife Jeannie live in Osterville. They have three children, one in high school and two in college, and a feisty little Cairn terrier. Peter is an avid snowboarder, tennis player and aspiring golfer.

“The Needy Fund earns my energy and financial support because it helps Cape Codders in need in an extremely smart and efficient way. The Needy Fund ensures contributions to the Fund have the greatest impact by not only providing assistance to those in need but advising them on how to better manager their finances in order to avoid future hardships. The Needy Fund also weaves together support from a variety of agencies to best address the challenge and uses a voucher system to be certain donor contributions are used appropriately. The Needy Fund helps thousands of Cape Codders weather financial setbacks that would otherwise seriously impair their ability to be a part of a healthy community, which in the end benefits all Cape Codders. The Needy Fund is a smart way to help thousands of people in need right here on Cape Cod.”

Mary Pat Messmer
Vice President

Chief Executive Officer of Cape Cod Child Development Program for the past eighteen years, Mary Pat oversees the operation of the largest child and family serving not for profit on Cape Cod and the Islands. She holds a Masters Degree from University of Massachusetts and has been involved with a number of community and government boards including the Commonwealth’s Board of Early Education and Care, Department of Children and Families Advisory Board, Neighborhood Support Coalition Advisory Board ,and the Salvation Army. She is also a member of the Osterville Rotary.

Mary Pat and her husband live in Centerville where they raised their two children, now grown. They are proud new grandparents and enjoy golf and travel.

“The Needy Fund represents, for me, the true spirit of community- neighbors helping neighbors. The clarity of its mission, the efficiency of its service delivery, and the heart of its staff has a powerful impact on the hundreds of people helped each year. The return on investment is just tremendous.”

Stan Hodkinson | Cape Cod Times Needy FundStan Hodkinson
Treasurer

Stan is a Government Banking Officer with The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, serving Municipal Entities across Cape Cod,  and has 25 years of banking experience here in the Hyannis area.  A resident of Cape Cod for 38 years, Stan currently resides in the village of Centerville.  Stan also serves as the Treasurer of the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District, a board member of the BlueCoats of Barnstable and was a past Chair of the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce.  A graduate of Bryant University, Stan holds a BS in Business Administration and Finance.

“I joined the Needy Fund as the Treasurer in 2006. I have always admired the work that the Needy Fund does and the dedication to helping our friends and neighbors. I am proud to say that I am a volunteer for this great organization.”

Timothy T. Telman, SecretaryTimothy Telman | Cape Cod Needy Fund

President, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder of Bank of Cape Cod where he directs the strategy and daily operations of the bank. He drove the establishment, organization and capital raising efforts to create the bank garnering $14.1 million to realize the project.

Mr. Telman has been active in youth sports for the YMCA, Barnstable Little League, Barnstable Youth Soccer and Barnstable AAU Basketball. He is also an active board member for Saint Francis Xavier Preparatory School, the Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, the Cape Cod Needy Fund, the Hyannis Youth & Community Foundation, and a member of the Advisory Board for Sturgis Public Charter School. He is a past board member of the Marstons Mills East Horace Mann Public Charter School. He resides in Barnstable, Massachusetts with his wife Mary Catherine and two sons, Sam and Jack.

“In my opinion, the Needy Fund is one of the worthiest causes in our fine community. I enthusiastically support this great organization and the many ways in which it supports and positively touches so many individuals.”

Gerry Desautels | Cape Cod Times Needy FundGerry Desautels, CFRE

Gerry Desautels of West Yarmouth has worked in the development and communications field for Cape non-profits since the late 1990s. Since that time he has assisted in raising more than fifteen million dollars for various health, environment and education-focused nonprofits, including HopeHealth, where he serves as the Corporate & Foundation Relations Officer. Gerry holds his CFRE and graduate and undergraduate degrees from Boston University. A former co-chair of Philanthropy Day on Cape Cod, he continues to serve on the conference committee, and the Steering Committee of Plymouth’s 2016 Thanks4Giving Day. In his “spare time”, Gerry volunteers on the Calmer Choice Advisory Board; the Cape Cod Hospital Patient & Family Advisory Council; and the Needy Fund Board. He lives in West Yarmouth.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board of directors of The Cape Cod Times Needy Fund. The fund serves such a variety of residents with varying life-essential needs across Cape Cod and the Islands. Equally important, the fund provides a wonderful opportunity for a strikingly wide variety of individuals, businesses and foundations to support those in need from year to year under a common cause. Giving back is what it’s all about, and I am proud to be able to advance this cause by putting my experience and love of Cape Cod to such good use.”

Joel G. Crowell | Cape Cod Times Needy FundJoel G. Crowell

President Cape Cod Cooperative Bank. Former Dennis Selectman, Chair of Cape Cod Healthcare and Cape Cod Foundation.

“The Needy Fund is the go to agency for individuals down on luck. It is a place 12 months a year those in need can turn for help and guidance. The support by so many is indicative of a society where those with resources help those without. It is refreshing to participate.”

Steve Abbott | Cape Cod Times Needy FundSteve Abbott

Steve recently retired following a ten-year career as the President and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare, the Cape’s largest employer with over 4600 full and part time employees. Cape Cod healthcare included Cape Cod Hospital, Falmouth Hospital, VNA of Cape Cod and a variety of other healthcare providers. Steve was also on the Boards of the Mass. Hospital Assoc., the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Mass Council of Community Hospitals, and the Voluntary Hospitals of America-Northeast. He currently sits on the Board of Cape Cod Cooperative Bank and serves as the Co-Chair of Cape Cod Focus, a new group to help support efforts to regionalize more tax supported services and provide greater opportunities for younger residents.

“The Needy Fund is a grass roots organization with minimal paid staff where funds raised go directly to those most needing them. It provides a lifeline to those in jeopardy of losing basic life necessities such as food, shelter and warmth.”

Dyanne Cooney | Cape Cod Times Needy FundDyanne Cooney

Dyanne is a selectman in Brewster and co-owner of CC Construction Inc., South Dennis.

Dyanne has been a Needy Fund supporter for over ten years. CC Construction has been an active and generous donor because we work very hard and we are very fortunate. It is important to share with others all over Cape Cod, especially during the holidays.

“I have been a Needy Fund supporter for over ten years. CC Construction has been an active and generous donor because we work very hard and we are very fortunate. It is important to share with others all over Cape Cod, especially during the holidays.”

Sam Faulkner

Samuel D. Faulkner is the owner of The UPS Stores of Cape Cod since 2000. Sam graduated from the USC with a degree in Computer Science and from the University of Florida with his MBA. Sam played professional football for two years. He works with local sports injury doctors giving speeches on “The Correct pre-training of Athletes for Preventive Injuries” around the country. Sam is also on the Board of Directors of Independence House, the National Board for AIDS Prevention, and the United Way representing Bank of America. Sam has lived on Cape Cod since 1996 with his wife Donna and their two Dachsunds.

“The Needy fund is an organization that helps a multitude of families with multiple issues who by calling one point are helped from many points. Many solutions are tried in order to help them to survive. The whole organization is a well-oiled machine and the diversification of the employees to get the job done was what I wanted to be part off. To combine revenue achieved by the generosity of the great people of Cape Cod to help to support those who need it the most is the Needy Fund.”

Sarah Flores | Cape Cod Needy FundSarah A. Turano-Flores, Esq.
Nutter McClennen & Fish, LLP

Sarah is an attorney with the Hyannis office of Nutter McClennen & Fish, LLP.  Sarah focuses her practice on permitting and title  litigation, with a concentration in municipal law, land use, state and local permitting matters and title litigation, including right of way disputes, title registration and related litigation.  Sarah and her husband, Michael Flores, have lived full-time on Cape Cod since 1993, and now reside in Orleans with their three children.  Sarah is also on the Board of Directors of Outer Cape Health Services, a federally qualified, non-profit, community health organization committed to providing quality health care for all who live and visit the Lower Cape.

 “It was important to me to serve on the Needy Fund board due to the organization’s extensive track record in helping those in need who live and work on Cape Cod.  What is particularly compelling is the success the organization has had in providing temporary assistance at times of critical need.  Since 1936, countless individuals have staved off more serious financial difficulties with help from the Needy Fund.  Most importantly, the financial assistance comes from their friends and neighbors on Cape Cod.  As its slogan says, the Needy Fund is about “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” which, when all is said and done, is the only thing that truly matters.”

Anne Van Vleck | Cape Cod Needy FundAnne Van Vleck
Cape Cod Young Professionals
Executive Director

Anne Van Vleck joined CCYP in 2010 as the organizations first Executive Director. In this role, Anne leads a dynamic organization of 850 members who are committed to retaining and recruiting a diverse workforce for our region, building healthy and vibrant communities and increasing civic engagement for the betterment of the future of Cape Cod. Prior to her leadership of CCYP,  Anne served in marketing and communications roles and most recently as the Event

Director for the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fisherman’s Alliance. She currently serves on the board of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, the Community Leadership Institute of Cape Cod & the Islands, the Youth Council with the Cape & Islands Workforce Investment Board, and was recently elected to The Needy Fund board of directors. She also volunteered as a mentor for WE CAN in their PathMaker Program. She is a graduate of Loomis Chaffee and Dickinson College and lives in Chatham with her husband and three sons.

 “Giving back to our community is essential to the health, vibrancy, and future of Cape Cod.  What inspires me to join the board of The Needy Fund is the organization’s true sense of helping an individual in need at a particular time given certain difficult circumstances, complete with a listening ear, thoughtful guidance and follow-up to someone’s situation.  Without a doubt this organization is making a tremendous difference for so many.”

Cape Cod Times Needy Fund | Matthew BresetteMatt Bresette
Managing Partner of the Hyannis Office of Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP, of Boston and Hyannis

Matt Bresette is Managing Partner of the Hyannis Office of Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP, of Boston and Hyannis, and concentrates his practice in the area of trusts and estates. He is a graduate of St. Michael’s College and the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis. Bresette is dedicated to serving the Cape community and serves on various nonprofit boards, including Cape Cod Child Development (current Board Chair); South Coastal Counties Legal Services, (outgoing Board Chair); the Cape Cod Foundation; and past President of the Barnstable County Bar Association.  He lives in Barnstable Village with his wife Allison and three children, Isabelle, Thomas and John.

“The Needy Fund provides temporary “bridges”so that people who would otherwise be permanently derailed in their life’s path, instead have a chance to continue forward.”