Highfield Hall & Gardens is governed by a committed group of 20 individuals. Together they represent the varied interests of our community and serve the organization by championing our mission, acting as advocates and ambassadors, and ensuring fiscal and legal responsibility.
If you know of someone who would like to be considered as a trustee, please contact Nancy Porter.
Nancy Porter, Chairman
Nancy is a recent retiree who worked for Verizon for nearly 40 years in a variety of capacities, most recently as a systems analyst supervising teams of staff who managed major business accounts. She is a member of the First Congregational Church in Falmouth where she has served many roles.
Sandi Abrams, Vice Chair
Sandi is a graduate of Skidmore College with a BA in English and holds a Master of Education from Boston State. Leaving a teaching to career to raise her family, Sandi resided in Framingham, MA. Sandi moved to Cape Cod in 1999 and joined Murray & MacDonald Insurance Services, Inc. Recently retired, Sandi remains affiliated with MMISI as a Risk Manager for Private Client Group. Sandi is a member of the House Tour Committee and sits on the BOD of Mashpee Chamber of Commerce.
Sandra Smith, Secretary
Sandy has a degree in Business Administration and worked for Capital Research, a mutual fund management company in Los Angeles before moving to Washington, D.C. Married to Paul Smith, Sandy has helped manage his law practice for many years, both in D.C. and in Falmouth, while also serving many nonprofit organizations. She has been an active volunteer for Cape Cod Healthcare, Community Health Center, and the Cape Cod Conservatory and has exhibited a special affinity and expertise for leading successful fundraising events.
Alison Martin, Treasurer
Alison grew up outside of New York and graduated from Middlebury College. She moved to Washington, D.C. with her husband, a former member of the White House staff. As an interior designer, she traveled to the homes of interesting people in far-flung places. Alison served on the Board of Trustees for The Great Falls Concert Series, and the Advisory Council of Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens in Washington, D.C. and is currently a Hillwood trustee.
During her childhood, she frequently visited her grandparents’ Cape house in Wianno. In 2013, she moved to Falmouth to be closer to her mother and stepfather, Ruth and Jim Clark, who were instrumental in the restoration of Highfield Hall. Alison joined Highfield’s Board of Trustees in 2016 as Treasurer.
Woods Hole, MA and Durham, NC
Both Ellen and her husband, Rex, graduated from Duke University where he served as the Dean of the Fuqua School of Business following a career with ExxonMobil that took them all over the world. An avid gardener, Ellen is a past chairman of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens Board of Trustees. She maintains an extensive garden in Woods Hole and preserved a collection of heritage roses at her historic home in North Carolina, Chatwood.
Deborah Campbell Dougherty
West Falmouth, MA
Deborah Dougherty has over 40 years’ experience in health care marketing, public relations and fundraising. Debbie is currently a Senior Development Officer with the Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation and has received her designation as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).
Her community interests have included volunteer appointments to the Falmouth Substance Abuse Commission, Falmouth Housing Authority, Duffy Health Center, the Church of the Messiah, and Recovery without Walls, a charity her husband Bill Dougherty founded in 2005.
Debbie is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication (summa cum laude). Originally from Michigan, she has lived in West Falmouth since 1986.
Marilyn A. Fox
Marilyn is the owner of Cape Cod Bagel in Falmouth which she founded in 1990. She is a busy business owner and landlord who holds degrees in Art and English. She has served many nonprofit organizations including Young Children First and the American Medical Association Foundation. Involved with Highfield Hall & Gardens since its inception, Marilyn is now on her second leg of trusteeship having previously served a 9 year term.
West Falmouth, MA
Lynne is a graduate of Hiram College in Ohio. Lynne taught home economics to high school students before taking design classes at the New England School of Art and Design. In 1981, Lynne began an interior design business, Room for Change, which she continues to keep her busy with both residential and commercial clients. Lynne is active in the Falmouth Congregational Church and has been involved in the renovation of Emerson House in West Falmouth.
Frederic (Fred) E. Greenman
Wellesley and West Falmouth, MA, Naples, FL
Fred Greenman spent the bulk of his career at New England Electric (now National Grid), from which he retired as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Columbia Law School. Prior to employment at New England Electric, Fred served as a Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Health, Education and Welfare Division under Attorney General Elliott Richardson. Since 1984, he has been a Director of Yankee Atomic, Connecticut Yankee and Maine Yankee. After retirement, he has served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Committee on Substance Abuse, Chairman of Penikese Island School, a Director of Gosnold, Inc. and President of the Samuel Huntington Fund.
Charles (Chuck) Klotz
Wellesley and Falmouth, MA
Charles Klotz has served as Chairman and Chief Executive of various private and public companies, principally in Europe, controlled by Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay including a long period heading the Gotaas-Larsen Shipping Corporation which owned and operated tanker and LNG fleets worldwide. Before 1985 he was in corporate banking in Boston and London with Bank of Boston. Mr. Klotz earned a BS degree at Trinity College and an MBA at Dartmouth College. He was a Wellesley Country Club Board member for seven years and President for two. He is a member of the Trinity College National Alumni Association Executive Committee, the Woods Hole Golf Club Board, the former member of board of overseers Newton Wellesley and Partners Healthcare. He and his wife, Debby, live in Wellesley and West Falmouth.
Concord and Falmouth, MA
Joel Nimar is President and Co-Founder of Pyramid Technology Services, a global computer hardware and services firm. He has also ventured into the green economy with the Texan-based corporation ALR, a company which strives to make houses more energy efficient. Joel has served as the Vice President of the Open Table Food Pantry and is a volunteer with Be the Change, Concord Youth Theatre, and numerous other organizations. Joel and his wife, Claudia, who split their time between Concord and Falmouth, are both active with their neighborhood association, the Moors.
Camala A. Richardson, Esquire
Cam is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Massachusetts School of Law. Her firm, Richardson Law, concentrates on family law matters. Cam provides pro bono services every month to individuals who are unable to otherwise afford an attorney through programs such as Lawyer of the Day, WE CAN, Family Law Project, and Volunteer Lawyer’s Project. Cam has served on the board of numerous nonprofit organizations such as the Women’s Bar Association, Barnstable Bar Association, Cape Cod Center for Women and the Falmouth Art Center.
Boston and Quissett, MA
Dana Rodin is an attorney and litigation partner at the Boston law firm of Goulston & Storrs, P.C., concentrating in the real estate and construction areas. He has long standing ties to the Village of Quissett where he is active as the President of The Quissett Harbor House Land Trust and as a volunteer on the adjacent Knob property of Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries. He also serves on the boards of Quissett Harbor Preservation Trust and the Oyster Pond Environmental Trust.
Jean Sutherland holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nursing from Boston College and a Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Northeastern University. Jean was the founder and President of Omni Health Systems, a Global Health Services Company, working with businesses, hospitals and municipalities throughout the Northeast United States and in England.
As a Senior Executive of Acushnet Company (Titleist and Foot Joy Golf Brands Fairhaven, MA), Jean is responsible for worldwide health, safety and environmental compliance. Jean served on the board of The Woman’s Center based in New Bedford, was a VIP’s volunteer for Falmouth Public Schools, and currently serves on the Working Board of Penikese Island Program. Jean and her husband Ed have been residents of Falmouth for the past 24 years. They have adult children living in Woods Hole, MA and Baltimore, MD.