Board & Staff

MEET OUR ISLAND HOUSING TRUST STAFF

Philippe Jordi

Philippe Jordi has worked for over 20 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.

Philippe Jordi

CEO
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Breeze Hodson Tonnesen 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.

Breeze Tonnesen

Communications & Operations Dir.
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Christopher Anderson brings his 20+ years of experience as a writer and educator to IHT’s fundraising mission.

Christopher lives in West Tisbury with his family.

Christopher Anderson

Deputy Director of Advancement
Derrill Bazzy

Derrill Bazzy worked for the 28 years as an architectural designer 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.

Derrill Bazzy

Design Development Manager
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Inspired daily by the generosity, spirit and warmth of the Martha’s Vineyard community, Joanna McCarthy brings 25+ years of Major Gifts Fundraising and Advancement Management expertise to the island.

Joanna has been an island visitor for the past twenty years, always dreaming of working in a place she and her family love.

Joanna McCarthy

Chief Advancement Officer
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After starting an ecological cabinetry business in Manhattan during the 90’s, Keith obtained a degree in Architecture. He and his wife, Hara, moved to Tisbury in 2000, where he established his residential design and project management  company. 

Keith McGuire

Project Development Director
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Liz Volchok is a planner, social preservationist, and architectural historian with experience in community and housing development. Her work threads the integration of critical research and spatial data analysis in order to design spaces of equity. She is also a passionate advocate for a more just and sustainable future, particularly within marginalized communities.

Liz lives in Vineyard Haven.

Liz Volchok

Project Development Manager
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Paige Leahy brings her professionalism, organziational skill and team building talent to IHT’s mission. She is a lifetime vineyard visitor who is passionate about helping to create more year-round affordable housing on the Island and helping to sustain our vibrant community . She is a graduate of Saint Michael’s College.

Paige lives on the Cape.

Paige Leahy

Advancement Officer
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Pam Scott has a Masters of Science in Real Estate Development and a Masters in City Planning. Pam also has an extensive background in real estate project management and owner’s representative services to residential, commercial and non-profit entities.

Pam lives in Edgartown with her family.

Pam Scott

Project Development Associate
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Elissa is interested in housing equity both on and off the island. She has worked with island non profits and local government on a variety of projects that include housing equity and food security.

An island resident since 2005, Elissa lives in an IHT-built house with her two young daughters in Vineyard Haven.

Elissa Turnbull

Office and Stewardship Manager

MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Business management consultant and a West Tisbury resident.

Doug Ruskin

Chair
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Senior Vice President of Rockland Trust Bank and a resident of Edgartown.

Delos Lander

Vice Chair
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Attorney who specializes in affordable housing development and a seasonal Tisbury resident.

Peter Freeman

Clerk
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Retired Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Avaya, and a resident of Edgartown.

Pam Craven

Asst. Clerk
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Norman has worked in the CFO role for both privately held and public companies in a variety of industries. He has served on the boards of national and local non profits. He resides in Chilmark..

Norman Werthwein

Treasurer
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For over a decade, Michelle has been the Access Coordinator and Instructor for MVTV. She is an IHT homeowner and HOA President at Greenwood Avenue in Tisbury, and also serves on the boards of The Martha’s Vineyard Diversity Coalition and The MV ASALH Organization. 

Michelle Vivian-Jemison

Richard Leonard

Cape Cod 5 Regional President – Martha’s Vineyard and a resident of Oak Bluffs.

Richard Leonard

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Sophia is the Assistant to the Aquinnah Town Administrator and Planning Board Plan Review Committee. She is also a member of the Aquinnah Affordable Housing Committee and of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe.  Sophia is a year-round resident of Aquinnah.

Sophia Welch

Trey Rasmussen

Banking Officer at Rockland Trust Bank specializing in Construction loans and a Tisbury resident.

Trey Rasmussen

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Victoria is the social outreach worker for older adults in the town of Edgartown. She works at the Council on Aging and is involved in numerous civic activities. She is a year-round resident of Edgartown.

Victoria Haeselbarth

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A social policy analyst and philanthropist who organizes women and the men in their lives in support of progressive social change. She is a seasonal resident of Chilmark.

Wendy C. Wolf, Ph.D

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Jefrey is an independent real estate developer, broker and founder/principal of The New Urban Collaborative, a development company operating throughout Boston and Martha’s Vineyard. He is also a member of the West Tisbury Affordable Housing Committee and a year-round resident of West Tisbury.

Jefrey DuBard

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Robert is a retired bank executive lending to farmers and agricultural cooperatives. He serves on several nonprofit boards and is a resident of Edgartown.

Robert Egerton

COMMITTEES

AUDIT COMMITTEE

Pam Craven, Chair

Richard Leonard

ADVANCEMENT & COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Delos Lander

Elaine Miller

Lupi Robinson

Michelle Vivian-Jemison

Sophia Welch

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Doug Ruskin, President

Delos Lander, Vice President

Norman Werthwein, Treasurer

Peter Freeman, Clerk

Pamela Craven, Assistant Clerk

Advisory Council

Co-Chairs, Diana Barrett/Bob Vila

Sheryl Berke

Steve Bernier

Polly Brown

Phillip Clay

J Durst

Sam Feldman

Brook Katzen

Marilyn Meyerhoff

Bob Green

Marni E. J. Grossman

Jeremy Henderson

Pamela Kohlberg

Drew Marcus

Deborah Rappaport

Wendy Wolf

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

Pam Craven, Chair

Doug Ruskin

Norman Werthwein

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Jefrey DuBard, Chair

Debra Cedeno

Faren Worthington

Mark Baumhofer

Matt Coffey

Pam Swan

Peter Freeman

STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE

Victoria Haeselbarth, Chair

Jonathan Holter

Kim Laird

Tim Brown

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Norman Werthwein, Treasurer/Chair

Bob Egerton

Delos Lander

Mary Bihlre