WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD
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.
Barbara-jean Chauvin has been an educator for nearly thirty years and is currently the Assistant Principal/Career Technical Education Director at MVRHS. Prior to coming to the Vineyard, she was a teacher and administrator serving other Massachusetts districts. Barbara-jean holds a bachelor's degree in education from Fitchburg State University, and Master's degrees in Professional Communication from Clark University and School Leadership & Administration from Worcester State University. She is currently a doctoral student at Plymouth State University and serves on the Board for ACE MV. When not singing with the All Island Community Chorus, Barbara-jean lives in Edgartown with her husband Claude.
Sam Hart is Executive Director of Adult Community Education (ACEMV) since 2015. Before returning home to the island in 2011, he worked for nonprofit organizations in New York City and the CIS states (the former USSR), where he has been a program coordinator and workshop training facilitator for human rights groups at the United Nations. Prior to starting work at ACE MV, he taught English at the Martha’s Vineyard Adult Education Program (MVALP) and at a private school in Moscow, Russia. He holds a MA in East European and Russian Studies from NYU and speaks fluent Russian. Sam lives in Aquinnah with his wide and son.
Sarah Hughes is a Vice President at Martha’s Vineyard Insurance. As an active volunteer and passionate about her community, Sarah has spent a great deal of time working with various non-profits and organizations. Sarah is a founding member of the Martha’s Vineyard Builders Association and was instrumental in establishing the group to support local builders and trades people. Sarah currently sits on the Board of the MVBA and is one of two founding members that remain on the Board. Other volunteer work includes being an Ambassador for the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce and initiates food and clothing drives every year designed to benefit the Island Food Pantry. Sarah lives in Edgartown with her husband and 10 year old son.
Chrissy Gould is Director of Human Resources at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. She has spent many years directing Human Resources for medical organizations. Prior to MVH she worked at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, as the Director of Compensation, Benefits & HRIS. She also worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth, and Chartercare Health Partners in Providence, RI. Chrissy has a degree in Accounting from Merrimack College, and a Masters in Leadership/Human Resources from Northeastern University. Chrissy moved to the Vineyard from Watertown, MA in January with her two golden retrievers (Calvin and Callie). She enjoys running, practicing yoga and spending time with family and friends.
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.
Robert “Spike” Smith has owned and operated Walter Smith Plumbing & Heating, Inc. since 1985. Spike grew up on Martha’s Vineyard and began his plumbing training at age 16. He is a graduate of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. Spike is a founding member of the Martha’s Vineyard Builder’s Association and MV@Play. Spike is committed to expanding the opportunities of MVRHS technical education graduates through career training and mentorships. Spike lives in West Tisbury with his wife, Tracey and his daughters Olivia & Isabel.
Liza Williamson is the Clerk Magistrate of the Edgartown District Court, having served since 2004. Simultaneously, she was Acting Clerk Magistrate of the Nantucket District Court in 2010 and 2011. Prior to her current position, she had a private law practice in Edgartown. Previous to that, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex and then Suffolk County District Attorney's Offices. While an Assistant District Attorney in Boston, she was assigned to the Gang Unit and the Homicide Response Team. She has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1997 and graduated with a J.D. from Suffolk Law School. She has two children, ages 9 and 14.