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The Highfield Hall Staff

Lisa Walker
Co-Executive DirectorChief Development Officer
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.

Joanne Ingersoll
Co-Executive Director | Chief Interpretation & Engagement Officer
Tel: 508-495-1878 ext. 316


Tara Burke
Co-Executive Director | Chief Operating Officer
Tel: 508-495-1878 ext. 306


Keri Girts

Operations/Office Manager
Tel: 508-495-1878 ext. 308


Kim Courchesne

Membership Manager
Tel: 508-495-1878 ext. 310


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.

George Chapman
Landscape Director


Larry Silva

Facilities/Maintenance Manager


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.

Sally Girts
House Manager

Sandra Hadley
House Manager

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.