CDP Welcomes New Board Members, Elects Officers

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At the Community Development Partnership’s 31st Annual Meeting on April 13, more than 60 members unanimously elected a slate of board officers and three new board members to the CDP’s board of directors. This year’s meeting was held at Wellfleet Preservation Hall.

New members Aaron Polhemus and Mary Kay Leonard were elected for a three-year term.

Aaron Aaron Polhemus is the owner and CEO of Polhemus Savery DaSilva (PSD), a fully integrated architecture and construction firm based on Cape Cod. He joined PSD full-time after graduating from the University of Vermont and has led the firm for over 10 years. He has served on Cape nonprofit boards, including most recently at WE CAN. Under Polhemus’s direction, PSD also maintains its PSD Fund for Working Families, which provides support to those facing challenges living and working on Cape Cod.

CDP boardMary Kay Leonard is a seasoned leader with more than 30 years of experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She has served as an executive, board member, advisor, coach and consultant to dozens of organizations, gaining expertise in a wide variety of fields, including child, family and elder services, economic and community development, education, housing, health care, and workforce development. She graduated from Colgate University and received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

Cape AirCape Air founder and board chair and former Cape & Islands state senator Dan Wolf, who was appointed to the board in the fall, was elected to a full three-year term by the membership.

Members also re-elected the slate of officers for the coming fiscal year. Steve Cole of Eastham will continue to serve as Chair; Carole Ridley of Harwich, as vice-chair; Paul Ruchinskas of Brewster as treasurer, and Jennifer Cusack of Eastham as clerk.

“We are excited to welcome our new board members who each bring their own set of experiences and skills that will help us move forward as we enter our 31st year,” said Jay Coburn, CEO and president of the CDP. “Serving as a board member is a strategic way to serve the Lower Cape community and contribute to the economic diversity and sustainability of our region.”