The Highfield Hall Staff

Nancy Porter
Interim Executive Director
Tel: 508-495-1878 ext. 301

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.

Lisa Walker
Director of Development
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
Curator of Programs and Exhibitions
Tel: 508-495-1878 ext. 316


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


Tara Burke
Visitor Services Manager
Tel: 508-495-1878 ext. 306


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

George Chapman
Landscape Director


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.

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.