The MVCMA Board of Directors
Welcome to Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association (MVCMA) Board of Directors information page. The Board of Directors welcomes you to the Campground and encourages everyone to take part in the community.
The MVCMA Board of Directors consists of 21 members who are nominated and elected by the Board itself. Members are elected to three-year terms and 7 board members are elected to the board annually at the August board meeting.
The Board of Directors typically. meet four times a year: in August at the Annual Meeting of the board, and in October/November, January/February and May.
Act of Incorporation and Bylaws of the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
All committee members are asked to sign a commitment form, similar to the one Board members sign after being elected. This helps protect sensitive information from being shared outside the context of a committee meeting. You can see that form by clicking below:
The board is organized into the following committees:
Standing Committees: Audit, Buildings & Grounds, Finance & Investment, Long Range Planning, Nominating, Personnel, Programs, Residential Lease, Special Lease, Spiritual Life, and Visitor & Museum.
Ad Hoc Committees: Architectural Review, Development, Historical Preservation & Archives, Memorial Gifts & Scholarships, Tabernacle House & 4 Montgomery Sq., Tabernacle Restoration, Communications, and the Social Justice, Diversity & Inclusion Task Force.
You are invited to engage with the Board of Directors. During the summer season, you can share your ideas at the “Board Member on the Porch” forum sessions scheduled periodically throughout the summer, or by approaching board members with your ideas and feedback.
Members of the MVCMA Board make policy and operational decisions concerning the Association. Because the MVCMA has a small paid staff (above right), members of the Board are also called upon to assist the MVCMA Staff in the management and operation of the MVCMA’s daily operations, particularly during the busy summer months.
Members of the MVCMA Board are selected by existing members of the board from among those who have applied to join the board. Consistent with the MVCMA’s history and tradition, the current bylaws require 2/3 of the 21 members of the Board to be members in good standing of an established Christian church or Jewish synagogue. Otherwise, anyone willing to serve and to fulfill the fiduciary duties of a member of the Board is eligible to serve. The MVCMA Articles of Incorporation and its current bylaws are available here.
Applications for an open position on the MVCMA Board are solicited in June, July, and August. Applicants are asked to submit an application form and to attend a reception to get acquainted with current members of the Board, in mid-August
Downloadable Application Form - available here.
If you would like a blank form printed for you to pick up at the office, please email: email@example.com.
2023 Board Nomination Timeline:
Wednesday, July 5th, 4-5:30PM | Informal Q&A
Thursday, August 3rd, 4-5:30PM | Informal Q&A
Curious about applying to be on the Board and want to know more about what the work entails? Stop by for refreshments and a casual chat with the Nominating Committee.
Wednesday, August 9th | Deadline for Applications
Board member applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at the Office during office hours.
Monday, August 14th, 4-6 PM | Reception/Interviews with Board Applicants
Attendance at this event is not mandatory but is strongly recommended. This is a chance for current Board Members to get to know applicants and their strengths, skills, and interests.
Saturday, August 19th | Board Meeting/Election of New Board Members
Applicants are informed of results after the meeting.
Sunday, August 20th, 4PM | Leaseholders Meeting
Announcement of New Board Members to the Campground Community.
OFFICERS OF THE BOARD
Building & Grounds
Long Range Planning
Trish is a retired Research Technician, first working at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NY and then at the University of Illinois. Leaving behind her research career, Trish followed her second dream of landscape design and studied Landscape Architecture at the University. She started her own business, Hahn and Assoc. Changing careers once again, Trish became President of the Mahomet-Seymour Schools Foundation. Soon after, she was hired as the Executive Director for 11 yrs.
Trish and Ned purchased their cottage, Hahnshafan, in 1997. They have 4 children and 3 granddaughters who all love the cottage and the campground. Trish was first elected to the MVCMA Board in 2009 and served for 9 years, during which time she served at VP for 3 yrs and President her last year. When not on the island, they winter in Nokomis, FL.
Long Range Planning
Wendy is a retired educator after working 34 years as a Computer Science teacher and Director of Technology and Libraries for the Falmouth Public Schools. Wendy and her husband, Barry, have been visiting Martha's Vineyard for over 30 years, first by sailboat. They bought their cottage, "Seas the Day", in 2009 and have embraced life in the Campground. When they are not on the island, they live in Marion, MA and winter in Bonita Springs, FL.
Finance & Investments
Long Range Planning
Tabernacle Restoration (Co-Chair)
Eliza has worked for Marriott International for over 16 years in various financial leadership roles, currently acting as a Bench Director of Finance supporting 150+ managed hotels along the East Coast. Her professional work often includes implementing new systems and initiatives, and streamlining local policies and procedures. Eliza's cottage has been in her family since 1960, and previously had a year round presence when her grandparents retired here in the early 80's. Now taking up the role of fourth generation owner; Eliza, her husband, and two sons, along with two dogs and a cat, enjoy the harbor views year round themselves.
Anastacia Awad, Ph.D
Social Justice, Diversity, & Inclusion Task Force