Lou and his wife Dottie have been active members of St. Paul’s since 2005, when they made Nantucket their year round residence after living in Sudbury, MA for 23 years. Lou enjoyed a successful management and executive career in the computer and high technology industry and earned a BA from Fordham University and an MBA from Long Island University. He has served as Search Committee Chair for the last two Rector searches at St. Paul, as well as six years on Vestry, and committee work with the Finance Committee and the Every Member Canvass. Additionally, Lou has been President of the Habitat for Humanity (Nantucket), and Treasurer of the Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket Board (PASCON.) Dottie and Lou have three married daughters and seven energetic grandchildren, and are thankful for the opportunity for parish service at St. Paul’s and community service on Nantucket.
Pam was born and raised in Texas, graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University with a degree in German literature, and considers herself extremely fortunate to have made the decision not to continue working for the C.I.A., instead making her way to Nantucket Island in the spring of 1993. She met her husband, Eric, that same year, and after spending the following winters in Portugal and then Switzerland, they settled on Nantucket year-round. They joined St. Paul's in April 1995, and were married there shortly thereafter. Pam and Eric have three children, Keaton, Zachary, and Tierney, who are all lifelong members of St. Paul's. Though she never made it to the other C.I.A.(Culinary Institute of America), Pam did work as a baker at Espresso Cafe and the Ships Inn before starting her own business. She has volunteered for numerous organizations over the years in many capacities, none more important than one of her current roles as the behind-the-scenes support person for the Town Crier. When she is not in the kitchen or at the gym, Pam enjoys spending time with her family, no matter what they are doing, as well as traveling, reading, and watching the Red Sox and the Patriots.
Martin and his wife, Toni, moved to Nantucket in 2007, after summering here since 1966. He concluded his 36-year career in the financial services industry in 2006, when he retired from Neuberger Berman, where he served as a Managing Director. In addition to serving on the St. Paul’s Church Vestry, Martin was also Board Chair of Bloomfield College (New Jersey) and President of Nantucket Community Sailing. He is on the executive committee of the Nantucket Shellfish Association and a Governor of the Nantucket Yacht Club. He earned a Bachelor of Arts at Kenyon College and a Master of Business Administration at Columbia University.
The McKerrows have been married for over 50 years. They have two sons and five wonderful grandchildren. He is an enthusiastic amateur photographer and, together, Toni and Martin enjoy traveling, gardening, golf, and water activities.
Peter Barnes recently moved full-time to Nantucket with his wife, Cheryl, after a 40-year career in business journalism. Lifelong Episcopalians, they were married at St. Paul’s in 1990 and were summer residents and parishioners here. In his church life at their previous home in Virginia, Peter was an usher, lay minister, vestry member, annual stewardship campaign co-chair and senior warden at Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria, VA. Peter earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State and and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business. He worked at multiple news organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fox Business Network and Bloomberg News before retiring last year. Peter and Cheryl are authors of numerous children’s books, including an island favorite, Nat, Nat, the Nantucket Cat. They have two daughters and four grandchildren, who love Nantucket as much as they do.
Mark was raised in Concord, Massachusetts and has been coming to Nantucket continuously since 1940, residing on island year-round since 1983 with a brief interlude in Boston and Florida. He was christened at St. Paul’s in 1952 and was a member of the Choir during the Richard Busch era. A graduate of Boston’s Suffolk University (BS and BA), he is the former Finance Director of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation and Executive Director of the Nantucket Historical Association. He has served on the boards of the Nantucket Atheneum, the Nantucket Historical Association, the Nantucket Cottage Hospital, the Nantucket Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Nantucket Planning Board. Additionally, he is a former Commodore of the Nantucket Yacht Club and Senior Warden of St. Paul’s. Mark and his wife Deborah have four boys and live on Meadow View Drive.
A cradle Episcopalian, Beverly has been involved with St. Paul’s since arriving on Nantucket in 1965. She served on the Vestry under Joel Ives, Andrew Foster and the late Gene McDowell. Her New York City spiritual home was the Cathedral of St. John the Divine where she was the photographer-in- residence for over fifteen years.
In 1998 she began a journey that had been contemplated for years by entering the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. In 2002 she received her Master’s in Divinity with a major in pastoral studies. Previous to that her education consisted of a degree in English and Art History from Columbia University and a Masters from Johns Hopkins.
Beverly has been a resident of Madaket since 1965, when she created and established the CHILDREN’S GALLERY on Old South wharf. In 1972, she transitioned into BEVERLY HALL PHOTOGRAPHY with a specialty in family portraits. Beginning in 2016, she has expanded her repertoire to include becoming Hanna Monaghan at Greater Light. “Through all these experiences, I have felt the guiding presence of the Spirit in my life choices,” Beverly said.
In 2013 she married David Billings and together they have established a welcoming home for friends and guests as well as creating an Asian Art Museum surrounded by a magical garden and three fish ponds.
Robert was born in Edenton North Carolina and raised on a family farm. He grew up as an Episcopalian. Robert took his high school education at a Quaker boarding school in greater Philadelphia and came back to North Carolina to give engineering school a short try. He subsequently worked for about five years each in agriculture, commercial fishing, and construction. In 1989 he married Alison Golding on Nantucket and moved to the island full time in 1991. With the move to Nantucket, he took up a new field of work at the Surfside Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Robert held a variety of senior positions at the Town’s Surfside and ‘Sconset WWTPs. He retired in mid-2019. During employment with the Town of Nantucket he completed a bit more education with a Certificate in Public Administration. Robert serves as lay reader and member of the Building and Grounds Committee at St. Paul’s. Robert and Alison have two adult children who live on the Massachusetts mainland: Maya in Cotuit and Ashleigh in Dorchester.
Sandy has been on the St. Paul’s Vestry beginning in 2016 and a member of St. Paul’s since 1990 when she and her husband Marshall decided that Nantucket would be their physical home and St. Pauls Church would be their spiritual home. She has a bachelor's degree from Douglass College of Rutgers University, a master's degree from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Harvard. Her experience before going to Harvard Business School included writing for educational television, college development, and public relations. After Harvard, Sandy had a rewarding career as a fund manager for pension funds and high net worth individuals, first as a Vice President at Gardner and Preston Moss in Boston, and then as President and CEO of an investment management company with substantial clients in the UK and the US. She and Marshall have two grown children and two grandchildren. While they consider Nantucket home, they also spend a good deal of time with family in the Boston area and in Richmond, Virginia.
Lucy has lived year-round on Nantucket since 1979 and was married to the late Cap’n Tobey Leske for 35 years. An executive recruiter for higher education and non-profit executives since 1992, she is currently a Senior Partner for Witt/Kieffer, an international executive search firm based in Chicago. She has been a weekly columnist on gardening and naturalist issues for the Inquirer & Mirror for over 30 years, served one term as a member of the Nantucket Conservation Commission, and was a co-founder of the Invasive Plant Species Committee of the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative. She served on the Board of Trustees of Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut, for ten years. She first attended St. Paul’s Church in the company of her late grandmother, Mary Louise Apthorp, a Nantucket summer resident and member of St. Paul’s for many decades. Lucy’s volunteer service at St. Paul’s Church includes serving as a member of St. Paul’s choir, chaperone and volunteer on the Hurricane Katrina youth group mission to Bayou La Batre, Alabama, and member of the 2008 rector search committee. An alumna of Mt. Holyoke College, she has many interests including sailing, gardening, hiking, outrigger canoe paddling, cooking, writing, and spending time with her two adult sons Colin of Encinitas, CA, and Wyatt of Plymouth, MA.
Malcolm and his wife Karen made Nantucket their year-round home in 2006, but their time in Nantucket dates to the 1980s. He is a research physician who has specialized for over 45 years in pharmaceutical research and development in the area of cardiovascular medicine. Malcolm received his MD and PhD from Temple University in the mid-70s. He is presently President of Great Point Research, a company providing scientific and medical consulting services for the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector.
Malcolm is a member of the Nantucket Board of Health and works for the Nantucket Historical Association. He previously served on the Vestry of St. Paul’s. When living in New Jersey, he was on the Vestry of St. Bernard’s Church, a member of his local Board of Health and Trustee for the Bonnie Brae School, a school for troubled boys. Karen and Malcolm were married in 1971 and have two grown children.
Jay Riggs grew up in Baltimore and has lived on Nantucket since 1982. Jay has been a long- time member of St. Paul’s and recalls serving on the Vestry in the past, and is honored by the opportunity to serve again. Jay also serves on the Altar Guild and recently was a member of a Rector Search Committee. Jay loves spending time with her three children and five grandchildren, all of whom enjoy visiting Jay and Nantucket. Jay also serves on the Sherburne Commons Board and the Advisory Boards of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. When she is not busy with family and board work, Jay enjoys playing bridge and working in her garden.
Phil Smith and his wife, Ann, have been long time summer residents of Nantucket and parishioners at St. Paul’s since 2000. Phil has been active in the Episcopal Church for many years serving as a vestry member and the treasurer of the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City. After moving to lower Manhattan, he and Ann joined The Church of the Ascension where he is also on the vestry.
Phil attended Tabor Academy and then Stevens Institute of Technology where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His business career began at The Bank of New York, where he worked for over 15 years. Since then, he has worked in investment banking and is currently with a boutique firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions and capital raising for middle market firms in the healthcare information technology sector.
In May 2017, Phil was elected Trustee Emeritus after stepping down from the board of Tabor Academy after 30 years where he had served as its treasurer and chairman of its Finance and Trusteeship Committees. He currently is on the board of the Nantucket Shellfish Association and is a member of the Nantucket Yacht Club.
Phil and Ann have three children, their residence is now in Nantucket with a pied-à-terre in Manhattan, and they split their time between these two islands. Phil is an enthusiastic sailor and late in the day can often be found on the waters of Nantucket Harbor. He is also a golfer and enjoys a game of pool. Ann serves as president of Postpartum Support International and has worked for Planned Parenthood for many years.
Although not born on Nantucket, Yvette St. Jean has lived on island since the age of three and has been a regular member of St. Paul’s except for the years she lived in Illinois. Since her return in 1999, she has been a regular attendee, mostly at the eight o’clock service. She has been a reader, usher and has been able to indulge in one of her passions, baking, by helping provide goodies at coffee hours, the summer fair and the Christmas market.
In her spare time, Yvette enjoys crafting, reading, traveling and hanging out with her four-kids.
Even as a visitor to the island, St. Paul’s has always been a welcoming and loving community to me. So when I made a decision to fulfill a bucket list aspiration to live here for a year, my sister Randy Wight said," welcome to your new spiritual home, you will love getting plugged into us”. She was right about that. Prior to my island move, I was a member of St. Paul's church in Riverside, CT, a place where passion for service and dedication to healthy growth of the parish family were evident. Prior to that affiliation, my husband and I were members of the All Saints Episcopal Church of Brookline MA. He was a member of the Vestry there, and head of the search committee for a new rector. Joel Ives was their choice!
Libby was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., graduated from Washington University, and after her children were born, began a long period of nursing education, the focus of which was oncology. She received her Nurse Practitioner degree in Oncology from Yale University. Her doctoral dissertation researched nursing compassion. In 2014 Libby finished the academic requirements for a master's degree entitled "Theology in Healthcare" which she began at Boston College, and while she has many clinical hours for degree completion, there is a space on the bucket list! She has 3 sons and a daughter named Randall, and seven grandchildren. Libby is the Clinical leader of the Oncology Program at Nantucket Cottage Hospital as well as the Case Manger for the MGH-ACK program called Integrated Care Management. She begins her third year on the island next summer. She is honored to become a new member of the St. Paul’s Vestry, and welcomes the opportunity to serve.
Scott Widmeyer has had an extensive career in the communications field. For several decades, he has been a trusted advisor to top leaders in American politics, business, education and labor.
Scott founded Widmeyer Communications in 1988, and sold his company in 2013 to Finn Partners. With 550 employees, Finn has practice areas devoted to consumer/tech/finance, education, public affairs, social responsibility, travel/lifestyle, research and digital/creative. Finn is now the fastest growing independent firm in its field with 14 offices in the U.S. and Europe. At Finn Partners, Scott is a Founding Managing Partner, and he serves on the management council while advising key clients in education, public affairs and crisis relations.
Scott is active in many civic and philanthropic efforts and plays a key role on numerous boards including Chair of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University and Chair of the Capital Campaign for the College of Media at West Virginia University from where he graduated in 1975. Other honors bestowed to Widmeyer include the Diversity Distinction award from PR Week/Council of PR Firms, PR News Hall of Fame, the Governor's Distinguished West Virginian Award and induction into the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni, the University's highest award.
His Nantucket journey first began in the 1980s when he started visiting the island for summer holidays, and in 2014, he and his partner, Alan Yount, bought a home in Tom Nevers where they now spend about one-third of the year. Most recently, Scott and Alan co-published A Walk Around Nantucket, America's first island resort-centric adult coloring book. The book (www.colormenantucket.com) has sold thousands of copies and is now in its second printing. Scott has been regularly attending St. Paul's as a "summer resident" since 2013, and he looks forward to getting more involved in the church community.
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