Board

ACE MV  Board

Judith H. Miller President
Kathy Teel Vice President
Norm Werthwein Treasurer
Pamela S. Brock Secretary
Devin F. Reston
Don Leopold
Barbara- jean Chauvin

ACE MV Board Bios:

 

PRESIDENT
Judith H. Miller received a B.A. in history at Skidmore College in 1960 and completed a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1961. She taught social studies at Winchester (MA) High School, Lakewood High School in Colorado, and finally at Mt Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown MA.
In 1989 her interest in teacher education led her to a doctoral program at the School of Education at the UMASS/Amherst. She received her Ed.D in teacher education in 1993. At UMASS, she taught undergraduate education courses and supervised student teachers in the Holyoke (MA) junior and senior high schools.  Judy was visiting professor of teacher education at Middlebury College from 1993-1995 and became a full professor at Castleton State College where she worked from 1995 until her retirement in 2007.
In 1985 she became an associate with the Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking where she led teacher workshops in writing and thinking and writing to learn.  In her past, she has served as the founder and chair of the Lebanon Day Care Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire and the Lenox MA Planning Board.

Since moving to Vineyard Haven, she has been associated with ACE, teaching the Essential English course from 2009 to 2013. She has been a member of the Board since June 2013.

VICE PRESIDENT
Born and raised in Michigan, Kathy Teel received her undergraduate BS degree from University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in 1977, and MBA in Finance/Accounting from University of Houston in 1984. She is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas.
Kathy was a chemist at Exxon from 1978-1984 and then worked as an internal auditor from 1984-1989. In 1989, she was transferred to New Jersey and held various audit and accounting supervisor positions at the Exxon Refinery and Chemical plant in Linden, New Jersey. Her final position for over 10 years prior to retirement in 2013 was Refinery Finance Manager (Plant Controller).
Kathy’s Board experience includes serving on the Board of Directors of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway from 2010-2013, where she was on the Finance and Audit committees. She was also on the Board of the Bayview Condominium Association in Beach Haven, NJ as Treasurer for three years.

Now retired, she and her husband, Derrick, have called Martha’s Vineyard home since 2013. They maintain the family homestead in Chilmark, where Derrick’s family, descendants of the Tiltons, has been for generations. They have two daughters. The oldest is a teacher in Boston, and the youngest is in her senior year at Rutgers in New Jersey.

TREASURER

Norman Werthwein CPA. Norm graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 1967 with a B.A. in Accounting. After serving two years in the US Army he began his career with a Public Accounting Firm obtaining his CPA and Partnership with the large International Firm. He then joined Tiffany & CO. as Chief Financial Officer and then became Chief Accounting Officer for Avon Products Inc, Subsequently he has been Chief Financial Officer for both privately held and Public Companies in a variety of Industries. He has also served on the Boards of both national and local not-for profits. He is married with two adult children and resides in Chilmark MA.

SECRETARY

Pamela S. Brock has had a lifetime of work in education, mental health and travel industry. Most recently, she worked in the Special Education Dept. at Newton South High School and at Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA as the Substitute Coordinator. Previously, she worked at Bright Horizons Family Solutions in Watertown, MA. as the Head Infant Teacher and at McLean Hospital Women’s Treatment Program in Belmont, MA.A resident of Tisbury, Pam currently serves on the Tisbury Finance Advisory Committee. Previous volunteer interest include: Shady Hill School, Vincent Club, Unicef, Friends of Tanzanian Schools and the Jonathan O. Cole Mental Health Resource CenterPam holds a B.S. in Elementary Ed. from Lesley University and an A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education from Bennett College in Millbrook, NY.

Devin F. Reston comes from a strong entrepreneurial background with varied experiences in creating and building startups in the fields of optical hardware, energy beverages, and medical software. He studied corporate finance as a business administration masters student at the University of Iowa Tippie School of Business. He is currently a year-round resident of the island working as a business consultant and in real estate sales.

Devin is committed to the economic sustainability of the Martha’s Vineyard community, and the efforts to create a more sustainable island and a more fulfilling intellectual life for its residents through a local education with the goal of personal advancement. In the words, of Marian Wright Edelman, “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” He hopes to help his fellow island community members in that quest.

Don Leopold is a professional affiliate of the Center for Leading Organizations and senior partner of Sherbrooke Partners, a consulting firm offering a unique blend of strategic planning, management, and organizational expertise. Don’s consulting focus is on helping clients develop and articulate their business strategies, and on building organizations that are capable of implementing those strategies. He has applied a highly facilitative approach to his work since he began his consulting career with Harbridge House in 1980. Representative engagements have included conducting an industry assessment, facilitating a strategic planning process, leading an organizational redesign and providing 360-degree feedback and coaching for a major private equity firm; conducting Organizational Audits and leading organization development initiatives with a private equity firm’s portfolio companies; creating and facilitating a strategic planning process for a national furniture retailer; serving as a strategic planning, change management and executive development consultant to the CEO of an international public policy research and consulting firm; leading planning retreats for the Dean and Chairs of a leading medical school; providing organizational development consulting, including use of the Work-Out process, to an academic health care system; and designing and delivering a 360-degree-feedback based leadership development program for the leaders and managers of a Fortune 50 consumer foods company. Don holds a BA from Harvard College, cum laude in general studies, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He serves on the Board of The Brandon School and Residential Treatment Center.

Barbara-jean Chauvin has been an educator for nearly thirty years and is currently the Assistant Principal/Career Technical Education Director at MVRHS. Prior to coming to the Vineyard, she was a teacher and administrator serving other Massachusetts districts. Barbara-jean holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Fitchburg State University, and Master’s degrees in Professional Communication from Clark University and School Leadership & Administration from Worcester State University. She is currently a doctoral student at Plymouth State University. When not singing with the All Island Community Chorus, Barbara-jean lives in Edgartown with her husband Claude.