Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands
Elects Three New Board Members at Annual Meeting
HYANNIS, Mass, January 19, 2023– The Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands (PPCI) is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its volunteer Board of Directors: Adam Burnett of Boardwalk Business Group and Champ Homes, Christa Danilowicz of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts | Cape Cod & the Islands, and Heather Kelsey of Latham Centers, Inc. The three professionals involved in our nonprofit community were voted in during the PPCI annual meeting held on Thursday, January 19th at the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis. Each will serve a three-year term.
Adam Burnett, a native to Cape Cod, joined Boardwalk Business Group in 2017, working with non-profits to professionalize their accounting systems. In 2018, through Boardwalk Business Group, he began his work as Executive Director of Champ Homes, and has led this organization for 5 years. Adam continues his work with Boardwalk Business Group offering fractional operating support to clients throughout Cape Cod and Southeastern MA. A graduate of Barnstable High School, Adam went on to Bentley University in Waltham, MA to earn a B.S. in Managerial Economics. While at Bentley, he volunteered with Oxfam America and in a variety of schools helping at risk youth with their reading competency. After graduating, he worked at City Roots High School in South Boston as a math teacher and life skills coach. Shifting gears, Adam had a 10-year career as a regional manager of several Boston restaurants. He met his wife Andrea, a teacher in Barnstable Public Schools, and they were married in 2004. They moved back to the Cape in 2009 and have two beautiful children Abby and Ben who both attend Barnstable High School. Outside of his work with Champ Homes and Boardwalk Business Group, Adam volunteers his time with a variety of organizations. He has served on the Board of Directors of Cape Cod Young Professionals, and Barnstable Little League as well as being their treasurer. He enjoys cycling, hiking and travel, especially camping with his family.
Christa Danilowicz is the Regional Senior Philanthropy Officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts | Cape Cod & the Islands, managing all fundraising initiatives for the Cape and Islands, Plymouth, and South Coast service regions. Christa began her career in nonprofit fundraising with the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Charlotte, NC, where she managed the success and implementation of event operations and overall funds raised for the large scale peer-to-peer fundraising endurance event. Christa first joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters family in 2011 and rejoined in 2019 after five years working in fundraising roles for the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance and the American Heart Association of Southern New England. Her experience includes managing and collaborating with fundraising leadership committees, major gifts, annual fund, strategic planning, and special events. She thoroughly enjoys building relationships and is a big believer in the power of a handwritten thank you. Christa is an alumni Big Sister of the organization’s school-based mentoring program, former Co-Chair and committee member of PPCI’s Philanthropy Day on Cape Cod, and currently serves on the Fundraising Alumni Committee for the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund. Christa and her husband Brian, live in Sandwich with their five-year old son Teddy and almost two-year old daughter Lilly. In her free time, you can find Christa having family kitchen dance parties, reading the Little Blue Truck and Pout Pout Fish series for the millionth time, running, spinning at B/SPOKE, golfing, and spending as much time as possible at the beach during the summer.
Heather Kelsey has over 25 years of experience in institutional advancement and non-profit resource development. She has worked with secondary schools, hospitals, colleges and universities, arts organizations, and human services agencies to help them leverage resources and further their missions. Heather studied English and theater at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is currently Director of Advancement at Latham Centers in Brewster. Before relocating to Cape Cod in 2011, Heather worked in Boston at EF Foundation, Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center, and Hebrew Senior Life. In 2001 she launched an independent consulting business supporting non-profits in grant writing, special event fundraising, major gifts cultivation and solicitation, annual fundraising, and capital campaigns. Heather served as the capital campaign consultant for the Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation’s Dental Hygiene Clinic renovation campaign in 2011. Upon completing the campaign, Heather was hired as Director of Development at Harwich Junior Theater/Cape Cod Theater Company and then returned to consulting in 2015 as a Major Gifts consultant for Latham Centers’ Expanding Our Circle campaign for the Latham Campus Expansion Project. In 2017, Heather joined the Latham staff as Director of Advancement. Heather has been involved with several community groups, serving as Treasurer for the Brewster Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2018. She has served on the Education Committee for PPCI’s Philanthropy Day since 2017. Heather is a past member of the Annual Fund Committee for The Rectory School and a former Parent Agent for the Pomfret School. Heather Lives in Brewster with her husband and three children.
Also, during the annual meeting the following board members were re-elected for one-year terms as PPCI Officers: President, Christopher Ellis of Community Health Center; Vice-President, Jennifer Curran of Pleasant Bay Community Boating; Philanthropy Day Co-Chair, Cyndy Cotton, CFRE of Osterville Village Library; Treasurer, Vanessa Greene of Cape Cod 5; and Clerk, Rosemarie Resnik of Rosemarie Resnik and Associates, Inc.
The PPCI board further consists of Directors: Tamara Harper of Cape Cod Theatre Company / Harwich Junior Theatre; Laurel Hartman of Kinlin Grover Real Estate; Beth Howard of Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation; and PJ Richardson of YMCA Cape Cod.
About Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands
The Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands (PPCI) supports the philanthropic community through education, networking, and celebrating the impact of charitable giving.Governed and operated by an-all-volunteer, community-based board of directors,Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islandsis a local chapter of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners. PPCI annually presents Philanthropy Day on Cape Cod, slated for November 15, 2023.
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