Ronald Rappaport is a founding director of Reynolds, Rappaport, Kaplan & Hackney, LLC, in Edgartown. He was a partner at Friedman & Atherton in Boston, before returning to his native Martha's Vineyard in 1985 to start his own firm. Mr. Rappaport is town counsel for five of the six island towns (Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and West Tisbury) and is counsel to the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission. Ron plays a significant role in Martha’s Vineyard civic organizations and is currently a Trustee for Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank. Ron lives in Chilmark with his wife, attorney Jane Kaplan. They have one grown daughter, Julia.
Meg Bodnar washed ashore in 2004, moving from Telluride, Colorado where she was working in development for the Telluride Foundation, a community foundation serving that region. As part of the start-up team and core staff there, she brings her experience in community initiatives, fundraising and grant making to MVYouth. On the Vineyard, Meg worked as a professional photographer for many years and has been a real estate broker at Tea Lane Associates since 2006. She is currently working on the campaign to save the historic Gay Head Lighthouse from imminent cliff erosion. Meg lives in Aquinnah with her husband and daughters.
George Davis is an attorney in private practice on Martha’s Vineyard, representing clients in a wide range of civil, criminal and administrative matters. George is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the Georgetown University Law Center, and also attended the Berklee College of Music. In addition to his work with MVYouth, George has served on the Board of Directors for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services and the Board of Trustees for the Edey Foundation since 2007.
Brian Mackey is the Chief Financial Officer of the YMCA of Martha's Vineyard. In 2000, Brian retired from a 26 year career with the international certified public accounting firm KPMG, LLP. He was a tax advisor for many major banking institutions throughout the U.S. He was the Executive Director of Vineyard House, Inc. from 2005 through 2007 and today is a member of their Board of Directors, and the Treasurer of the organization through 2013. Brian lives in Chilmark and has three married daughters and eight wonderful grandchildren.
Duncan Pickard, a 2006 graduate of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, is a lawyer in New York focusing on international dispute resolution. He previously worked for Democracy Reporting International, a Berlin-based organization promoting democracy worldwide. He holds degrees from Stanford Law School, the Harvard Kennedy School, and Tufts University.
Elizabeth Reisner Pickman works as an advisor in education and youth development. After teaching in the public schools of Brookline (MA) following grad school, Elizabeth served as an education analyst in the U.S. Department of Education and then founded Policy Studies Associates, Inc., a Washington DC firm that conducts research and evaluation in education and youth development. Drawing on her 32 years as a research manager at PSA, Elizabeth now advises foundations and nonprofits in the areas of education and youth services, with a focus on the design of performance management systems and the measurement of program impact. Elizabeth graduated from Smith College and Harvard Graduate School of Education. She and her husband Jim divide their time between Aquinnah and New York City, and have two grown sons.
Jane Seagrave was named publisher of the Vineyard Gazette in 2011 after a long career in journalism and media management. Prior to moving to the Vineyard, she was senior vice president and chief revenue officer for The Associated Press in New York. She holds a master’s degree from the Kennedy School at Harvard and a B.A. from Bowdoin College, where she serves on the Alumni Council. She also sits on the boards of the New England and Massachusetts press associations and of Vineyard House. She and her husband, John Kennedy, live in West Tisbury and have a grown daughter, Emily.
Jim Weiss has been an educator for over 46 years. For the last ten, he served as the Superintendent of Schools for the Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools, retiring in June 2015. Prior to coming to the Vineyard, he was a teacher and administrator in Connecticut and served two districts in New Hampshire as their superintendent. During his time as the leader of the Vineyard schools, he served on the Governing Board of Cape Cod Community College’s Graduate Center, as a Board Member of the Cape Cod Municipal Health Group and on the Dukes County Health Council. Jim lives in Oak Bluffs and has one son, Joel, who lives in New Hampshire.