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Distinguished ‘40 Under 40’ 

Congratulations to the 2021 winners of our 12th annual 40 Under 40 Awards.

The awards spotlight the region’s top young business leaders who excel in their industry and show dynamic leadership. This program honors distinguished business people age 40 and under who have made a mark in our region at an extraordinarily young age.

As always, it was extremely difficult to choose only 40 of our amazing, talented honorees, who came from such diverse backgrounds, and who not only excel professionally, but who are also involved in giving back to their communities. We received more than 150 nominations.

The 2021 class best exemplified an entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to community service and potential to positively contribute to the future of the region. 

We look forward to your continued success!

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BayCoast Bank has named L’Oreal Reynolds of Lincoln, R.I., as Vice President, Marketing Director. Reynolds has more than 15 years as a marketing and media professional, most recently as senior marketing director with Collette Travel Service, Inc. in Pawtucket, R.I.
Melissa Byers of Lodi, Wisc. has been promoted to First Vice President, Merchant Program. Byers joined BayCoast Bank in March 2016 as Assistant Vice President of the Merchant Program. Her previous industry experience includes as director of operations with Automated Merchant Systems, Inc. in Altamonte Springs, Fla., and as operations manager with FIS in Madison, Wisc.

John P. Ficalora of West Islip, N.Y. was promoted to Vice President, Merchant Program. Ficalora joined BayCoast Bank in May 2017; his previous industry experience, dating back to 1998, includes roles as VP, Global Risk Management with Bank of America Merchant Services, VP, Merchant Services with Merrick Bank, and Director of Credit Risk with First Data.
Ashley Silva of Fall River has been promoted to Merchant Underwriting and Risk Officer. Silva, who has worked within the banking industry for nearly 15 years, began her career with BayCoast Bank in 2016 as a Bank Secrecy Act Analyst II, moving into the Merchant Program as Senior Underwriting and Risk Analyst. Prior to joining BayCoast Bank, she was an Anti-Money Laundering Analyst with Citizens Bank.

North Easton Savings Bank has announced that James J. Dell’Anno of Sudbury has joined the bank as Vice President, Residential Sales Director.

In this role, Dell’Anno will oversee a team of residential mortgage lenders who work with new home buyers looking to finance their purchase as well as customers who are looking to refinance their existing mortgage. Additionally, Dell’Anno will focus on technology to increase the speed and efficiency of getting a loan at North Easton Savings Bank.
Prior to joining North Easton Savings Bank, Dell’Anno was Vice President, Residential and Consumer Lending with Hingham Institution for Savings and previously held the position of Vice President, director of Mortgage Banking with NorthEast Bank.

Samuel Ho of East Walpole has joined the bank as a residential loan officer. In this role, he will assist customers with achieving their goal of home ownership, with an emphasis on supporting Asian clientele.

Ho, originally from mainland China, is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese and will employ those language skills when working with customers who require assistance as they navigate the mortgage loan process.

Prior to joining North Easton Savings Bank, Ho was a hardware engineer with engineering firms including Raytheon and EMC. He began his career in the banking industry in 2018.

New England Wellness Solutions announces that Diana Rasoul-Agha has joined the practice and will be treating patients at the Hanover clinic.

A resident of Needham, Rasoul-Agha’s specialties include orthopedic pain and fertility, her sub-specialties include mental health, stress and anxiety, depression, and women’s health. Rasoul-Agha’s roots are in Western medicine.

Rasoul-Agha, is a licensed acupuncturist by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine, is Board-certified as a Diplomate by National Commission of Certification for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a member of the American Society of Acupuncturists, State of Massachusetts (ASM) and a member of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts. Rasoul-Afha is certified in cosmetic facial rejuvenation and advanced acupuncture techniques and has training in Japanese acupuncture and orthopedic acupuncture.

The South Shore Economic Development Corporation has elected Peter Tedeschi as its new chairman. The Development Corporation is part of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce ( and leads the regional economic strategy, South Shore 2030.

Tedeschi brings extensive business and finance expertise to his role. He began his career as the founder of a computer company on the South Shore which he grew to three locations. In 1992 he became vice president at Wellington Management and then served as senior vice president and director of operations for Putnam Investments. In 2008 he joined the family business, Tedeschi Food Shops Inc., where he served as president and CEO until the business was sold in 2015.

A lifelong resident of the South Shore, Tedeschi serves on the board of Lil’ Drug Store Products and serves locally on the executive board for Friendship Home, Inc. and the North and South Rivers Watershed Association’s advisory council.

The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod has expanded its footprint into Provincetown with the opening of a new ATM location, with plans to open a fully interactive teller machine later this year.

The Coop was awarded the bid for the ATM location by the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce, following a comprehensive presentation of the bank’s long-standing commitment to and legacy of serving residents and businesses in the town. The ATM will be located adjacent to the chamber’s headquarters at 307 Commercial St.

Rachel McLellan has joined the Norwell clinic of Peak Physical Therapy & Sports Performance.

McLellan earned her doctorate in physical therapy from Simmons College. She became interested in physical therapy following her personal experience in recovering from several dance injuries while in high school. She works with patients recovering from a variety of orthopedic conditions by utilizing patient specific manual and exercise techniques. McLellan has completed Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation level one and plans to pursue pelvic health as a specialization.

Martha’s Vineyard Bank has welcomed William “Bill” Wishart of Falmouth as residential loan officer.

Wishart’s experience in residential lending and real estate spans three decades and includes lending, sales and development.

New England Wellness Solutions, a family practice providing healthcare services including acupuncture therapy, cupping therapy and Chinese medicine, has been named an official teaching center for the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS).

The New England School of Acupuncture program offers concentrations in Chinese acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Japanese acupuncture, and orthopedic acupuncture.

New England Wellness Solutions has offices in Hanover and Weymouth. For more information visit

Robert Muehlich has been named Director of Operations at Chatham Bars Inn. He will oversee the inn’s food and beverage, beach, pool, waterfront and boating operations.

Bringing his expertise from a variety of Forbes 4-Star and 5-Star U.S. properties, Muehlich is a graduate of the prestigious SHL, Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Lucerne, Switzerland, with a bachelor of science in Hospitality Management.

Muehlich is originally from Argentina and is fluent in six languages.

Kathy DeMeyer of Dennis is the new owner and CEO of Encore Construction in Dennis, effective immediately.

DeMeyer has been with Encore for more than 19 years and has been the company’s general manager for the past three. Dale Nikula, Encore Construction’s founder, will keep working for the company during the transition period.

DeMeyer obtained her Construction Supervisor license 25 years ago, and has worked in the construction industry for just as long. She started at Encore as the office manager and was promoted to production manager and then general manager before becoming the owner.

In 2017 DeMeyer was elected and installed as the first woman Chapter President of the Eastern Massachusetts National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI), now called the Professional Remodeling Organization New England.

In addition, she serves as the Immediate Past President of the Dennis Chamber of Commerce, as a board member of the Home Builders & Remodeling Association of Cape Cod, and is a mentor for WE CAN.

Narragansett Financial Corp, the mutual holding company of BayCoast Bank named Eric B. Mack to the BayCoast Bank Board of Directors.

Mack will promote the mission and vision of the bank along with other members of the Board of Directors and Corporators.

Mack is an attorney and shareholder with Littler Mendelson P.C. in Providence.

He earned his J.D. from Tulane University Law School and is chair of the Local Rules Committee, Civil Rights Subcommittee of the U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island, and a member of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Additionally, he is a member of the board of trustees at both St. Andrews School and Highlander Charter School and a member of the board of directors with the Star Kids Scholarship Program.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Robert Paul Properties, a division of Commonwealth Realty Group, LLC, has announced the acquisition of Real Living Coastal Real Estate in Scituate. This boutique real estate company, owned and operated by Joe Gibson, has been serving the South Shore since 2008.

Gibson purchased the company in 2017 from Amy Toth, a real estate broker who continues to work alongside Gibson and the rest of the team at Coastal Real Estate.

The Peabody Companies have named Edward McCormack of Braintree Director of Information Technology.

In this role he is responsible for developing the vision and management of the organization’s technological needs, in addition to overseeing all aspects of technology infrastructure, programs, and services.

McCormack joins the Peabody Companies with 30 years of experience in the information technology industry, most recently as director of IT and security with Ultra Maritime, Naval Systems and Sensors.

He is a graduate of Boston University with a bachelor of arts in economics.
Andrew Leichtman of Medford has been named as vice president of portfolio operations. In this role he provides leadership while actively developing and directing his assigned portfolio to allow for exceptional operations standards and new business growth.
Leichtman has extensive experience in the affordable housing and property management industry, most recently as regional manager with WinnCompanies in Cambridge.
He is a graduate of Babson College with a bachelor of science in Business.
Kimberly Liu has obtained the National Affordable Housing Professional (NAHP®) designation.

This level of designation certifies Liu as meeting the skills and expertise required to function in the affordable housing industry with a high degree of competence and professionalism.

Liu, the property manager at Presidential Courts in Stoughton, joined the Peabody Companies in 2016.

Marisa Goodman of Everett has received Certified Professional of Occupancy designation through the National Affordable Housing Management Association.

Goodman is the assistant property manager at Chelsea Village/Burroughs Building. She joined Peabody Properties in September 2018.

BayCoast Bank is pleased to announce Kevin J. Briggs of Cranston, Rhode Island as Vice President, Strategic Initiatives.

In this role, he focuses on delivering the business community with the service, commercial products, and financial advice that business owners have come to expect from BayCoast Bank.

Briggs joins BayCoast Bank with more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently as Senior Business Initiatives Manager with Bank of America.

He holds a master’s degree from Harvard University – Extension School and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of New Haven.

BayCoast Bank announces that John F. Clark of Plymouth has joined the bank as First Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer.

In this role, his responsibilities are to deliver the business community with the service, commercial products, and financial advice that business owners have come to expect from BayCoast Bank.

Clark joins BayCoast Bank with 33 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently as First Vice President/Lending Center Manager, Commercial Lending Division with Rockland Trust Company.

A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a bachelor of arts degree in Economics, Clark received his Juris Doctor from Southern New England School of Law.

The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod has bolstered its small business banking relationship team with the hiring of Allyson Brainson and the promotion of Donald Robicheau to the newly created role of Vice President, Small Business Relationship Manager.
In 2020, the bank introduced the role of Small Business Specialist at each of its nine branches. That move was pivotal in helping clients navigate PPP and weather the economic impact of the pandemic. The specialists, supported by a full credit and lending team behind the scenes, created customized solutions for clients.

Brainson, who has more than 30 years of banking experience, joins The Coop from Citizens Bank, where she held senior business banking positions and supported more than 50 branches in southeastern Massachusetts. A resident of Mashpee, she is active with the Mashpee Kiwanis Club, The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and Mashpee Public Schools.

Robicheau, who has more than 10 years of experience, joined The Coop in 2018 as Branch Manager in Hyannis. He was instrumental in establishing the small business specialist role at the Hyannis branch. A resident of Marshfield, he is actively involved with raising awareness of multiple sclerosis, leading and participating in local fundraising events and participating in two annual bike rides sponsored by the National MS Society.

BayCoast Bank has named Robyn R. Andrade of Fairhaven, as Branch Manager of the New Bedford location at 1000 Ashley Boulevard.

In this role, she will administer all daily operations of the branch and will train and develop branch employees to deliver the exceptional customer service that BayCoast Bank has built its reputation upon.
Prior to joining BayCoast Bank Andrade was a Multisite Branch Manager with Citizens Bank.

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Outer Cape Health Services has added a Structured Outpatient Addiction Program (SOAP) to its Recovery Services offerings.
SOAP is designed for residents requiring short-term, clinically intensive, structured day services. SOAP patients receive individual and group support to help them understand, develop and enhance recovery skills by establishing and reaching self-identified goals, including achieving and maintaining sobriety; setting educational and employment goals; securing stable housing; and improving health and wellness via multiple pathways of personalized support.

The program currently meets virtually Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, call 508-905-2892 or email

Jennifer Costa has been appointed board chair of The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.
The nonprofit, based in Chatham, works in collaboration with shark science experts, community partners, public and government officials, researchers, donors, friends and followers to augment scientific research, improve factors that affect public safety, and educate both the local and broader community to inspire a greater understanding of white sharks and conservation of the species.

Costa succeeds Stephen Daniel, who will transition to a new role with the organization.

Costa is a nonprofit development and advancement consultant and former director for Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll and Attleboro Springs wildlife sanctuaries. She spent more than 10 years working on both coasts in fisheries-related quality control and corporate communication before transitioning to the nonprofit world.

She holds a bachelor of arts degree in Biology and Marine Science from Northeastern University.

The YMCA Cape Cod has selected SV Design as the architect for their Upper Cape YMCA Facility project.

Jen Hocherman, LEED AIA, will serve as the lead architect for the Beverly-based design firm, which has a local office in Chatham. The schematic design will begin immediately for the future project, which will be located on a seven-acre parcel on 485 Brick Kiln Road in Falmouth.

This project aims to bring a 47,000-square-foot facility that will include a pool, wellness center, group exercise spaces, children and youth spaces, play spaces and multi- purpose program space to meet the needs of the Falmouth and Upper Cape communities.

Following completion of the schematic design’s rough draft, the YMCA Cape Cod plans to seek community feedback on design elements.

Barnstable Land Trust (BLT) welcomed Karen Weston Hanesian as new board president and elected new board members Ben Canavan, John Curtis and Stacy Reinhart at their annual meeting on July 14 at Lowell Park in Cotuit. The Land Trust also debuted a new walking trail at their Lowell Park Woodlands conservation area and celebrated the recently published Barnstable Trail Guide.

A member of the board since 2016 and a resident of Cotuit, Hanesian has practiced law in Hyannis for more than 20 years, most recently with the Law Office of Karen Weston Hanesian, P.C., a firm concentrating in the areas of elder law and estate planning.

Curtis, a resident of East Sandwich, recently retired from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch after a 40-year career in management and securities.

Canavan, of Cotuit, is an owner at Solar Rising, a photovoltaic solar panel installer.

Returning board member and Cotuit resident Reinhart, is Managing Director and Wealth Manager for Boston Financial Management.

BLT also honored two women for their efforts in conservation and volunteer leadership at the annual meeting.
Cotuit’s Jaci Barton was honored with the Founder’s Award in recognition of her decades of passion, leadership and commitment to land conservation.

Polly Dana-Schumacher of Barnstable received the President’s Award in honor of her 20-plus years of dedicated support to the volunteers, board and staff of BLT.

Nina Cantor has joined the staff of the Community Development Partnership, based in Eastham, as its Chief Development and Communications Officer.

She is responsible for ensuring achievement of the organization’s fundraising and communication goals through collaboration, strategy, planning and execution.

Cantor has been living and working in Provincetown for the last four years for Provincetown’s Office of Tourism. She has served in numerous fundraising and communications positions for more than a dozen years, working for several non-profit organizations while living in New Jersey.

Since 2018 she has served as the co-chair of the fundraising committee for the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Provincetown.

Old Colony Elder Services has announced a new Supportive Housing Program in Easton, led by Jessica Parson as Supportive Housing Specialist.

She will be based at the Robert J. Keefe community building on Parker Terrace in Easton. Parson previously worked at OCES as a Care Manager in the Home Care Program.

The goal of supportive housing is to integrate community resources, information, and services for the individuals who reside at a particular local housing authority site and essentially to enrich the lives of those residents.

Through the Supportive Housing Program, a specialist from OCES’ housing team conducts an assessment to determine the specific needs of residents residing within the Easton Housing Authority. All residents at these sites are eligible for information and referral services, case management assistance, and access to social or educational programs. Depending on eligibility, many other services are available as well.

For more information visit

Barnstable Land Trust recently welcomed Sue Dahling Sullivan of Mashpee as their new Director of Communications.

With more than 30 years of nonprofit management experience, Sullivan has worn many hats within organizations focused on growth, innovation, transformative strategic planning, and best practice governance. Most recently she was Chief Strategic Officer/Chief of Staff at the Boch Center (Wang) in Boston, a nationally recognized performing arts center. There she developed ArtWeek, a community initiative, into an award-winning statewide arts festival celebrated in 170 towns including many on Cape Cod.

Sullivan has also served on the Business, Government, and Society Advisory Board at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business where she received her MBA, has published several articles on nonprofit best practices, and been a speaker and guest lecturer at various colleges and conferences.

Calmer Choice, a thought leader in secular mindfulness and social emotional health and wellbeing in schools and communities, has named Emily Smalley as its next Chief Executive Officer.

Smalley will succeed Fiona Jensen, founder and current Chief Executive Officer of Calmer Choice, who will retire on Dec. 31 after more than a decade at the helm of the nonprofit.

Smalley, who joined Calmer Choice in 2017, previously served as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer.

Smalley holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has also earned certificates in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Tufts University and Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

The 2021 class, chosen from among hundreds of nominees, best exemplified an entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to community service and potential to positively contribute to the future of the region. The 2021 40 Under 40 Awards honorees are:

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What a summer! Businesses have welcomed an above average number of visitors – on and off Cape – while managing staffing and supply difficulties. At The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, we’ve been inspired by our clients’ steadfastness during what has been a challenging season on top of an unusual year with the pandemic. As we head into the off-season and businesses can begin to take a breath, now is the time to re-evaluate and assess your financials.

Clean Up Needed In Back Office
Get your books in order. If you wait, that will not help you come tax season. Now is the time to straighten your files and take stock of what worked during a hectic summer. Did your accounting software make things easier? Did you get frustrated and ditch it? If you’re not using software, how does your ledger book look? If you need more help, check in with your bookkeeper or banker. You can take training classes or workshops through your local chamber of commerce, too. SCORE Cape Cod and WE CAN also are great resources for learning and mentoring.

Schedule Your Financial Checkup
If you took out a SBA Paycheck Protection Program loan, have you applied for forgiveness? Check with your banker to make sure you’re on track with PPP forgiveness. Your banker also can review your accounts and any other loans you have to make sure they’re the best fit for your needs. For example, with low rates, now may be the time for you to consider refinancing. Or maybe you’re thinking of renovating or adding onto your business, so a construction loan or commercial mortgage may be in your best interest. Your banker can talk you through your options.

Make Payday Easier
How’s your payroll system? Do you have a system? Your banker may be able to help you with that, too. At The Coop, we’ve partnered with Complete Payroll Solutions to offer payroll and tax payment services. Our experts handle tax payments, vacation/sick time, and all other aspects of your company payroll. We can do the paperwork so you can concentrate on other aspects of running your business.

Protect Your Business
Fraudsters never take a break. To keep your business safe from corporate account takeover, the first step is education. You and your employees are the first line of defense. A strong security program paired with employee education about the warning signs, safe practices, and responses to a suspected takeover are essential to protecting your company and customers. Talk to your banker about programs that safeguard you from unauthorized transactions. Services can include call backs, device authentication, multi-person approval processes and batch limits help protect you from fraud.

Running a business isn’t easy, but remember you’re not alone. Your banker is one of your most vital resources to help you strategize for the future and benefit from the latest services and programs. Our Relationship Managers listen to clients, ask questions, and create customized solutions. We’re here to help you succeed.

Donnie Robicheau is a Vice President, Small Business Relationship Manager, with The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod. Learn more at and 508.568.3400.
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Cape Cod Cares 4 The Troops
1831 Long Pond Road
Brewster, MA 02631

Total number of employees: All volunteer, no paid employees
Annual revenues: $100,000
Year established: 2005

Sending care packages to our deployed troops, supporting our
veterans, wounded warriors and our military families, and honoring our Forever Heroes and their Gold Star Families.

Geographic Area
We send care packages to anyone who is deployed. Help military
families and veterans here on the Cape/New England, wounded
warriors at Fort Belvoir.

Dylan DeSilva
Michelle DeSilva
Cynthia DesLauriers

2021 Goals
Our goals for the remainder of 2021 are to send 500 Christmas
Care Packages to our deployed troops, provide 50 Christmas
Stockings to local veterans and to help our military families at
Christmas time.

Fundraising Events/Opportunities
Due to COVID we are not able to host any fundraising events.

Giving Opportunities
We will be asking people to sponsor a care package to deployed
troops. This can be done as a Christmas gift to someone on your

Volunteer Opportunities
2021 17th Annual Troops in the Spotlight. See our web site for
more details.

Center for Coastal Studies
5 Holway Avenue
Provincetown, MA 02657

Total number of employees: 35-40
Annual revenues: $4 million
Year established: 1976

To understand, preserve and protect marine ecosystems and the
coastal environment.

Geographic Area
Primarily the Cape and Islands and Gulf of Maine, but our work
is applied in countries around the world.

Rich Delaney

The Center is a global leader in whale conservation and marine policy. Our diverse research and education programs address right and humpback whale biology, population status and protection, sustainable fisheries, marine debris and plastic pollution, marine animal entanglements, and climate change impacts on the environment. Learn how you can support the Center and ensure a healthier future for our oceans and ourselves at

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