Board & Staff

A HOUSING PARTERNSHIP

The Island Housing Trust is a partnership between the six island towns, the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority, member homeowners, and community members; each of whom are represented on our board of directors. Monthly board meetings are open to the general public and posted on the Calendar.

The organization’s by-laws, programmatic guidelines, policies, audited financial statements, and annual report can be downloaded from our Publications.  Copies of the corporation’s state and federal tax forms (Form 990) are provided to each island town and can be downloaded from GuideStar.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Richard Leonard, chair — is the Senior Vice President of Cape Code Five Cents Savings Bank, who serves on the board as a community-at-large representative, and is a resident of Oak Bluffs.
  • Paul Moreau, vice chair — is a paralegal for a local law firm, serves on the board as a homeowner/ lessee representative, and is a resident of Edgartown.
  • Dan Seidman, treasurer — is a registered investment advisor, who serves on the board as the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority representative, and is a Tisbury resident.
  • Wendy Swolinzky, Clerk — owns a boat rental business, who serves on the board as a homeowner/ lessee representative, and is a resident of Aquinnah.
  • Leon Brathwaite — is a retired state and city administrator,  currently a County Commissioner, who serves on the board as a community-at-large representative, and is a resident of West Tisbury.
  • Debra Cedeno — has worked as a Licensed Architect with 28 years of experience in Residential Building Design. She is the owner of Architecture + Indigo, LLC in Vineyard Haven and a resident of West Tisbury.
  • Matt Coffey — is an architect for South Mountain Company, serves on the board as a homeowner/ lessee representative, and is a resident of West Tisbury.
  • Cheryl Doble — is a landscape architect professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse where she was the founding director of the College’s Center for Community Design Research, who serves on the board as a community-at-large representative, and is a resident of Tisbury.
  • Marie Doubleday — is a practicing licensed mental health counselor, who serves on the board as the representative of the Town of Oak Bluffs where she also serves on the Oak Bluffs Affordable Housing Committee.
  • Jim Feiner — is the principal broker for Feiner Real Estate. Jim’s dedication to affordable housing has led him to privately create 4 houses for island families.  He is the Chairman of the Chilmark Housing Committee and a resident of Chilmark. In his free time he kayaks, windsurfs, balances rocks, mountain bikes and skis.
  • Bob Green — is chairman of Longfellow Real Estate Partners and trustee of the Keen Foundation, who serves on the board as a community-at-large representative, and is a resident of Chilmark.
  • Tristan Israel — owns a landscaping company, who serves on the board as the representative of the Town of Tisbury where he also serves on the Board of Selectmen.
  • Delos Lander – is Senior Vice President, Retail Banking, Lending & Marketing for The Edgartown National Bank, who serves on the board as a community-at-large representative, and is a resident of Edgartown.
  • Elizabeth Loucks — is a Southeast Massachusetts Land Steward at The Nature Conservancy, who serves on the board as a homeowner/lessee representative, and is a resident of Tisbury.
  • Sheetal Grande — is the administrative secretary for Town of Oak Bluffs, who serves on the board as a homeowner/lessee representative, and is a resident of Tisbury.
  • Doug Ruskin — is a business management consultant who has served on the Edgartown Affordable Housing Committee and the board of Habitat for Humanity of MV, who serves on the board as a community-at-large representative, and is a resident of West Tisbury.
  • Juli Vanderhoop – is owner of the Orange Peel Bakery in Aquinnah, who serves on the board as the representative of the Town of Aquinnah where she also serves on the Board of Selectmen.
  • Peter Freeman – is an attorney who specializes in affordable housing development, and serves on the board as a community-at-large representative.
  • Monica Miller – is the owner of an herbal and beekeeping business, who serves on the board as a homeowner/lessee representative, and lives in Oak Bluffs.

STAFF

  • Philippe Jordi, Executive Director — has worked for the past twenty-one years on Martha’s Vineyard as a developer and manager of affordable community housing for the Island Housing Trust and the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority, and as a community development planner for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).  Philippe lives with his family in West Tisbury.
  • Sarah Church, Development Director – has worked for over 20+ years in both corporate and non-profit development (e.g. MGH Cancer Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, IBM, Lotus and Apple Computer). A long-time admirer and home owner on the Vineyard and born and raised on Cape Cod, she recently relocated with her family from Boston to Edgartown to follow her passion and to make a difference with her fundraising skills for affordable housing.
  • Derrill Bazzy, Project Manager – has worked for the past twenty-five years as an architectural designer for the design/ build firm South Mountain Company on Martha’s Vineyard. He earned a master and bachelor degree in architecture from Virginia Tech and the University of Florida. Derrill lives with his family in Aquinnah.
  • Breeze Hodson Tonnesen, Communications Manager — has over 30 years experience in project and business management, marketing and communications. She has lived on the Vineyard since 1999 and has designed and built several houses here on the island.  Breeze lives with her family in Tisbury.