The Highfield Hall Staff


Peter Franklin
Executive Director
Tel: 508-495-1878 ext. 301

Peter has been assisting organizations with their finances and operations throughout his career.  He obtained his CPA working at Price Waterhouse and has held various senior financial positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and Pfizer, Inc.  He later managed Quantum Corporation’s worldwide marketing and disk drive development.  Most recently he founded a manufacturing technology company and authored three U.S. patents.  His most recent venture is, a website with all the latest events and attractions in Falmouth.  He enjoys sailing, tennis, platform tennis, and walking his dogs.



Annie Dean
Director of Programs and Exhibitions
Tel: 508-495-1878 ext. 313

Annie’s connection to Highfield Hall dates back 20 years when she was among the first community members to support the efforts to save the Hall. She fondly remembers Saturdays standing in front of the post office gathering signatures, while her toddler daughter sat in the red wagon nearby holding a “Save Highfield” sign and waving to passersby. Annie holds a master’s degree in Art History and has a long career in non profit arts administration that includes managing collections for the Smithsonian Institution, directing the Cape Cod Conservatory and founding Falmouth’s Creative Arts Workshop.


Lisa Walker
Development Director
Tel: 508-495-1878 ext. 311

Lisa has over twenty years of experience in fundraising and non-profit management.  She began her career at the Brookline Arts Center then travelled west to USC, UCLA, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, The Nature Conservancy, and eventually headed home to the Cape with the Woods Hole Research Center. Lisa lives in East Sandwich with her (mad!) scientist husband, teenage daughter, and two crazy dogs.

Janet Morgenstern Passani
Director of Marketing
Tel: 508-495-1878 ext. 304

Janet brings over 20 years of experience leading marketing programs for growing startups and established international brands. She founded Jute Marketing specializing in brand development, marketing communications, and outreach for mission-driven organizations and healthy, natural lifestyle brands. Janet also founded BostonEco, an online networking community to further sustainable, eco-initiatives in Boston and beyond. As a natural foodie and healthy living enthusiast, you can find her searching for her next favorite find at the farmers’ market, enjoying the beach and finding inspiration from nature. Janet holds an MBA from Babson College.

Robert Wyatt

Robert Wyatt
Director of Music

Robert Wyatt is a Steinway Artist who has performed throughout the United States and internationally in concert and recital, on NPR and on public television. A Smithsonian lecturer for twenty-five years, Wyatt is one of the nation’s foremost Gershwin scholars with a book, The George Gershwin Reader, published by Oxford University Press in 2004. He has been the Director of Music at Highfield Hall since 2007.

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Terry Soares
Landscape Director

Terry joined our team in the winter of 2015 and is the owner of Soares Flower Garden Nursery with her husband Reg Soares in Falmouth. She brings decades of experience and beauty to Highfield Hall & Gardens. You’ll see Terry out on our grounds every Tuesday morning working with our garden volunteers.

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Gail Blakely
Culinary Director

Gail Blakely has been teaching cooking and writing about food for almost 30 years.  She is best known as the longtime food writer for The Enterprise newspapers, where her column, Gourmets and Good Eaters, is published weekly.  Gail is an artisan bread baker who is passionate about sharing her knowledge regarding all things culinary with others.

Click here to read Gail’s column, Gourmets and Good Eaters

Deb dePunte
Director of Visitor Experience
Tel: 508-495-1878 ext. 315


Julie DeMello
Tel: 508-495-1878 ext. 308

Julie’s 35+ year career in finance & administration includes working for a multitude of individuals, businesses and non-profits. Over the course of her career she has acquired her diverse experience from working very closely with CPA’s, individual business owners and mentors.  She spends much of her spare time pursuing her other career of nature photography.




Jennifer Nemec
Assistant Director, Programs and Exhibitions
Tel: 508-495-1878 ext. 303

Jennifer has worked at Highfield Hall since 2011 managing visitor services and operations. As of 2017, she is focusing on programs and exhibitions utilizing her experience to continue the growth and popularity of what Highfield has to offer. Jennifer has a degree in graphic design and loves the visual arts, going to museums and enjoying the outdoors, she currently lives in Plymouth with her two sons and husband, Bill.


Keri Girts
Development Assistant
Tel: 508-495-1878 ext. 310


Marilyn Prindle
House Manager

Marilyn graduated from Vermont College and attended University of Hartford. She taught school in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Owned Harbor Casuals for several years at Kingman Marina. Enjoys working at Highfield Hall and attending the best parties in town.


Jean Wentzell
House Manager

Jean is a graduate of Boston University and Cambridge College. She formerly served as Vice President of Cambridge Savings Bank, a group sales manager for Hastings-Tapley Insurance Agency and a special education teacher for the Marblehead Public Schools.



Sally Byrne
House Manager

Sally started here as the volunteer manager who helps us schedule and organize our 200+ volunteers, she is now a house manager. She earned her MBA degree at Simmons College and undergraduate at Northeastern.  Most of her career was in the Leadership and Organizational Development field where she served as New England Regional Director for the American Management Association and National Account Manager for Linkage Incorporated.

Lisa Willow Dunne
House Manager, Education Coordinator, Archivist and Volunteer Coordinator

Lisa brings over 20 years of creativity and enthusiasm as an educator in both the public and private sector, working with children and youth. A life long resident of Falmouth, her first adult job was assistant conservation officer, patrolling and conducting tours in Beebe Woods. Lisa has now added another hat as our Volunteer Coordinator.

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