Board of Directors

Nantucket Music Center
Leadership Team

Executive Committee

President
Deborah Beale
A conservatory-trained musician, Deborah taught Music Theory and Fundamentals of Music at schools off-island, in the Nantucket public school system, and at Nantucket Music Center. She was Director of NMC for ten years before a part-time hiatus off-island. She is retired and again living full-time on island.

Vice President
Ann Colgrove
After 35 years as a political appointee and fundraising consultant in Washington, D.C., including eight years as a trustee of the Cathedral Choral Society, Ann moved to Nantucket full-time in 2012.  She is now the music director at St. Paul’s Church. 

Treasurer
Lucy Hehir
Volunteering her time and knowledge with a cross section of local organizations, Lucy has volunteered as a money manager for the Landmark House for over ten years.  She was the chairwoman of the Parent Association of Lighthouse School for two years, an organization she help create.  She is a member of the Lighthouse School Board.  She is married to Patrick and has two children, Ashley and Declan, who are learning to play piano under the guidance of Jennifer Maxwell at NMC.

Secretary
Beth Davies
A visual artist by training, Beth has worked as a free-lance textile designer and currently weaves for the Nantucket Looms. She has served on the Board for Sustainable Nantucket and now serves as co-chair. Her love of music comes through her children, former students of NMC, Nicholas and Sophie.

 

Trustees

Gussie Beaugrand
Gussie, her husband, Ken, and their family moved to live full-time on Nantucket in 1994. Since then their three children have moved off-island to pursue their lives in Boston and California. Gussie has served several terms on the Nantucket Ice board, the PASCON Foundation Board and has returned to the NMC Board after four years on the Advisory Council. She has also served on committees at the NHA as well as at St. Paul’s Church. Much of her work has involved event planning, finance and development and for each of the Boards that she has sat on, Gussie has served as an officer – president, vice-president or secretary.

Judy Belash
Judith aka Judy and her husband John retired to Nantucket in June 2002 having no prior connections to the island. Since that time Judy has served successive terms on the Boards of Maria Mitchell, A Safe Place and the Nantucket Cottage Hospital where she currently is Clerk of the Board. She has sung in the choir of the Congregational Church of Nantucket, in the community choruses and in the Women’s Chorus. She was active in the Short Play program and the Armchair Theatre for several years. She also was a historical interpreter at the Nantucket Historical Association for 8 years. Judy is a lawyer who practiced in New York City for over 35 years, 31 one of which as an Associate General Counsel in the areas of litigation and regulatory affairs for Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Chris Skehel 

Galen Gardner 
An educator for 30 years, Galen Gardner is currently a physical education teacher at the Nantucket Elementary School. While earning a B.S. in PE/dance and a M.Ed. in instructional technology, she traveled to Europe and around the northeastern U.S.A. for ballroom dance formation team competitions. Her son, Ivan, began violin study at NMC at the age of five and is currently in his sixth year at New England Conservatory Prep, as well as studying at Walnut Hill for the Performing arts. “As a ‘violin mom,’ ” she says, “I have come to love fiercely everything musical — composers, history, instruments — but as a teacher, I have become passionately engaged in the connection between music and education.”

Dr. Craig Henderson 
Craig Henderson, M.D., is President and Director, Access Oncology and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. He serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Opera Association and has volunteered his time with the Boston Conservatory and the San Francisco Conservatory.

Larc Jaycobs 
Larc is a licensed physical therapist and certified integrative wellness counselor. Having grown up in a musical home, where her mother played the cello and harp, Larc learned piano and music theory, in addition to studying classical ballet at the New York City Ballet’s School of American Ballet. Today, she sings with NMC’s Women’s Chorus, and her younger daughter, Anastasia, studies piano at NMC.

Robert Sarkisian 
A real estate broker and owner of the Nantucket Beach Chair Company, Robert has lived and volunteered on Nantucket for 22 years. He serves as an advisor to Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, a director of the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce, a Brother Mason and officer at union Lodge, F&AM, and Moderator of the First Congregational Church. A former board chair and trustee of the Nantucket Lighthouse School, Robert still serves on the school’s Board of Advisors. As a founder and co-chair of Nantucket License Plate, an organization that supports non-profits on the island that benefit children, Robert was instrumental in raising more than $3000,000 for Nantucket’s youth in the organization’s first year. He is a graduate of the Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business.

Peter J. Greenhalgh
A descendant of Nantucket Whaling Captain Edmund Gardner, Peter enjoys giving back to the island he has called home since 1991. He has served on the boards of the Theater Workshop, Nantucket Arts Council, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, and St. Paul’s Vestry.  He is the Gallery Manager of the Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery, a member of Nantucket’s Masonic Lodge, and was on the Nantucket Golf Club Scholarship Review Committee for eight years.

Joshua Lothian
A fifth-generation islander, Joshua lives on the island year round with his wife, Lisa and son Leo. He is a graduate of St. George’s School and UVM and works now as a broker at Killen Real Estate. Josh was a member of the, now defunct, local rock band “The Undergraduates.” He has co-produced and recorded albums with brother Ted, both locally and at Verdant Studios in Townshend, VT. Josh is committed to making the local music environment readily accessible to anyone with interest and passion.

Ann Barnes Maury
An elementary school special education teacher, Ann has lived on Nantucket for more than 35 years.  All three of her children, now adults, studied music at NMC, and her middle son, Michael, went on to major in music in college.  Ann has played the trumpet in the Jazz Band since its beginning.

Margot Townsend Young
Margot is a life-long summer resident of Nantucket, and lives in McLean, VA.  She is a singing member of the Cathedral Choral Society at Washington National Cathedral, where she serves as Community Engagement Manager.  Margot holds a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and a Masters in Church Music from Boston University, where she specialized in choral conducting and organ performance.

 

Advisory Council

Laura Gallagher Byrne
Justin Cerne                                                                                                                                                              Bess Clarke
Dorothy Hesselman
Peggy Kaufman                                                                                                                                                Dallas Kirk
Nick Miller
Jeff Lucier
Grace T. Noyes
Martha Polachi

Emeriti

President Emerita
Susan P. Jarrell

Executive Director Emeritus
Dr. Gerald Mack

Trustees Emeriti
Eva-Maria Tausig                                                                                                                                                    Hans Tausig

Artistic Director Emerita
Molly Glazer