Board of Trustees

Nantucket Music Center
Leadership Team

Executive Committee

Deborah Beale
A conservatory-trained musician, Deborah taught Music Theory and the Fundamentals of Music at schools off-island, the Nantucket High School, and Nantucket Music Center. She was Director of NMC for the ten years before a 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. 

Bethany Oliver
Bethany holds a B.S. in psychology and child development from the university of Massachusetts at Amherst and a M.Ed. from Lesley University. Her varied career has combined education — as a classroom teacher, program administrator, and college instructor — with extensive experience in educational non-profit administration. As an educator, Bethany understands the importance of quality music instruction in the life of a child.

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.



Judy Belash

Laura Titman Burnett

Chris Skehel 

Laura Gallagher Byrne 
Laura is a well-known actress, director, and teacher on Nantucket. She has been a board member of Theatre Workshop of Nantucket for many years. Having earned a degree in musical theatre and her master’s – she is now the Director of educational Programming at the Nantucket Dreamland. She has taught acting and voice as well as served many years on the board of Theatre Workshop Nantucket. Laura’s son, Phin, studies string bass at NMC.

Justin Cerne 
Justin Cerne is an accomplished director, choreographer, and playwright. His work includes more than 20 productions across the country — most notably choreographing Sony Classic Pictures’ Damsels in Distress by the Oscar-nominated Whit Stillman — as well as dance and musical staging, acting, and teaching. Additionally serving on the Nantucket Cultural Council and Nantucket Cultural District Steering Committee, Cerne is currently the Artistic Director of Theatre Workshop Nantucket and is a member of AEA, SDC, and SAG-AFTRA.

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 
I. 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 withe 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.

Georgia Urbano Raysman 
A retired corporate attorney, Georgia Raysman publishes, an online magazine about island life from the local perspective. In addition to opera and piano, she is a particular fan of ancient history and architecture and has served as a trustee and president of the Nantucket Preservation Trust.

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 Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery Sales Manager for the Artists Association of Nantucket.

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 BCMC.

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.



Gussie Beaugrand
Dorothy Hesselman
Ana Patricia Hull
Peggy Kaufman
Richard Loftin
Jeff Lucier
Grace T. Noyes
Robert Patterson
Martha Polachi
Mary Saffell
Peggy Kaufman
Dallas Kirk


President Emerita
Susan P. Jarrell

Executive Director Emeritus
Dr. Gerald Mack

Trustees Emeritus
Eva-Maria Tausig
Hans Tausig