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Marion Bihari 

7 Pondview Circle

East Falmouth, MA 02536

Home: (508) 563-6170

Cell: (508) 274 0989

marionsb@comcast.net

Michael Bihari

President

7 Pondview Circle

East Falmouth, MA 02536

Home: (508) 563-6170

Cell: (508) 444-0257

mbihari@comcast.net

Carol Casey

85 Two Ponds Road

Falmouth, MA 02540

Home: (508) 299-8330

Cell: 

mccrwc@hotmail.com

Carol Chittenden

MSAC Co-Chair

37-11 Carlson Lane

Falmouth, MA 02540

Home/Cell: (508) 540-3082

Chitlit15@gmail.com

 

Vicky Cullen

Honorary Director

P.O. Box 687 

West Falmouth, MA 02574

779 Palmer Ave.

Falmouth, MA 02540

Home: (508) 548-1027

vcullen@whoi.edu

Nan Denton

19 Gregory Lane

Falmouth, MA 02540

Home: (774) 763-2777

Cell: (508) 277-4109

nan.denton@comcast.net

Jack Easterling 

10 Holland St.

Falmouth, MA 02540

Home: (508) 495-0787

Cell: (518) 225-3814

Easterling.jack14@gmail.com

Marcia Easterling

MSAC Co-Chair

10 Holland St.

Falmouth, MA 02540

Home: (508) 495-0787

Cell: (518) 429-6271

Measterling7@comcast.net

 

Martha Gavenas

Vice President

340 Maravista Avenue

Falmouth, MA 02536

Home: (508) 444-6800

Cell: (860) 480-1473

gavenas12@gmail.com

 

Margaret Gifford

31 Woodland Trail 

Teaticket, MA 02536 

Cell: (508)360-3778

margaretmgifford@gmail.com  

Sue Gnospelius

P.O. Box 1932

18 Gray Rocks West

North Falmouth, MA 02556

Home: (508) 540-1355

Cell: (617) 512-2995

Sueg1939@comcast.net

 

Carol Kenney

23 Katy Hatchs Road

Falmouth, MA 02540

Home: (508) 548-1382

Cell: (508) 566-2587

cakenney@verizon.net

 

Mary Pat MacKenzie 

419 Sippewissett Road

Falmouth, MA 02540

Home: (508) 274-9686

Cell: (508) 303-5942

mpatricmac@aol.com

Karen Rinaldo 

Karen Rinaldo Gallery

227 Clinton Ave.

Falmouth, MA 02540

Cell: (508) 566-6318

rinaldoart@aol.com

 

Karen Roberts

Treasurer

79 Ostrom Road

Waquoit, MA  02536

Cell: (617) 875-5169

klroberts813@gmail.com

 

Tom Sbarra 

338 Elm Road

Falmouth, MA 02540

Home: (508) 548-2855

Cell: (617) 435-5577

tomarathon@verizon.net

 

Janet Bestic Totten

P.O. Box 155 (mailing)

Falmouth, MA 02541

29 Counting House Way 

Falmouth, MA 02540

Home: (508) 540-7288

Cell: (508) 274-4894

JanetBTotten@gmail.com

 

Lee Turner

88 Oyster Pond Road 

Falmouth, MA 02540

Home: (508) 540-3263

Cell: (508) 496-5512

capelee@comcast.net

 

Joanne Voorhis

Honorary Director 

54 Whitman Rd.

Woods Hole, MA 02543 

Home: (508) 548-3980

Cell: (508)648-7167

jovoorhis@gmail.com

 

Grant Willis

Secretary/Clerk

21 Pearl Lane

East Falmouth, MA 02536 

Home: (508) 540-1990

bgw622@aol.com

 

Susan Loucks

Executive Director

P.O. Box 435 (NF mailing address) Falmouth, MA 02541

12 Ravenwood Circle

Falmouth, MA 02540

NF office (508) 564-7543

Cell: (508) 878-0437

director@neighborhoodfalmouth.org

Neighborhood Falmouth Board of Directors Bios

 

Marion Bihari

Marion grew up in Chicago. She became a medical technologist specializing in hematology and then a number of years later became a blood bank technician at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Marion continued to work as a technician after moving to Georgia and then New York, where she worked at the Montefiore Medical Center as a Financial Manager and then an Administrator of a Community Health Center.  In 1990 she changed careers and became a Real Estate agent until she moved to Falmouth in 2001.

After arriving on the Cape Marion became a volunteer at the Falmouth Service Center, and currently serves as their Donor Relations Coordinator. She joined Falmouth Newcomers in 2002, became a board member until moving on to Encore of Falmouth Newcomers where she was a board member and president for two years. For the past sixteen years, she has been the chair and host of the Meet the Author Program bringing celebrated authors to the community. She has served on the board of the Samaritans and is currently on the Gala Committee for the Falmouth Education Foundation and the Gala Committee for Neighborhood Falmouth where she has been a volunteer for two years.

 

Mike Bihari

President

Mike moved to Falmouth in 2001 after a long career as a pediatrician, community health center director, and the management of his own healthcare consulting firm. After moving to Falmouth Mike continued to work for an Internet-based health education company in Boston as well as continuing his consulting work, which included a gig with the New York Times to develop and manage a website for consumers about Health Insurance and the new Obamacare law. Since retirement, Mike has been active in the community with healthcare programming. He joined the board of the Falmouth Free Clinic and after becoming president of the board, helped steer the organization from a small free clinic in Town Square to a federally qualified health center serving more than 15,000 patients at three locations on the Upper Cape. After 10 years of service at the health center, Mike joined the board of the newly organized Falmouth Education Foundation and helped to design the process for selecting teacher projects. In 2008 Mike was one of the founding members of the Falmouth Prevention Partnership, a federally funded project to help reduce substance use among Falmouth Teens. For most of his 8 years in the organization, Mike chaired the partnership’s Steering Committee. Additionally, he created and developed all the content for the partnership’s website as well as writing more than 150 articles for the Risky Business column in the Falmouth Enterprise. Mike has also volunteered at the Falmouth Service Center, VIPS, and taught classes in community and school settings.

 

Carol Casey

In 1969 Carol Casey and her husband attended a family wedding in Woods Hole and fell in love with the town of Falmouth. Thirty-three years later, when they were looking for a permanent home in the U.S. while they continued to work abroad, they visited family here and decided this was the place for them. In 2008, when Bob retired, they began living here full-time. Since then Carol has been active in the Woods Hole Woman’s Club, as a volunteer for Falmouth Hospital, and at the Church of the Messiah in Woods Hole. She followed her brother as a volunteer for Neighborhood Falmouth, realizing that some help from friends and neighbors as we grow older allows us to continue a satisfying independent life in the homes we love. She is looking forward to introducing NF to those who don’t know it’s there for them, as volunteers and later on as a lifeline.

 

Carol Chittenden

Carol has lived, chronologically, in these locations: Atlanta, GA; Seattle, WA; Newark, DE; Champaign Urbana, IL; Raleigh, NC; Manhattan, KS; Lawrence, KS; Bloomington, IL; Lawrence, KS; Munich, Germany; Falmouth, MA (with many commutes, 2006-2008, to Poughkeepsie and Rhinebeck, NY).  Many of her occupational efforts have been book related, but secretly it was always the pictures that attracted her attention.  Her face is familiar to many in Falmouth as the former owner of Eight Cousins Bookstore, 1986-2014.  In retirement she has taken up pottery with gusto, along with volunteering for Neighborhood Falmouth and the League of Women Voters.

 

Vicky Cullen

Honorary Director 

Vicky was a science writer, editor, and group manager for more than 30 years at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where she served on and chaired many committees. She was board chairman during start-up of the VNA Child Care Center, and later supported Falmouth soccer activities while her two sons were active in the sport. She joined the Neighborhood Falmouth planning effort in 2006, soon after retiring from WHOI, and became president the following year. Vicky is also a member of the Woods Hole Public Library Board of Trustees.

 

Jack Easterling

Chair Volunteer Committee

Jack was living in Troy, N.Y. in 1995 when he and his wife Marcia bought a summer house in Falmouth Heights. Over the next decade they came to appreciate Falmouth in so many ways that they never expected.  In 2008 Jack retired from many busy years of teaching, coaching, and administering at Emma Willard School--an old boarding school for girls--and decided to retire and live in Falmouth full-time.  Since moving here Jack has enjoyed the time and opportunities to volunteer in a number of areas:  at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, is a member of Friends of the Library and the sorter of Classics, Classic Fiction, Poetry and Drama for the library book sale. He volunteers at the Service Center, on a local committee to inform and lobby and reduce foreclosures, and of course, as a volunteer for Neighborhood Falmouth.  Jack believes that organizations like these make Falmouth the exceptional and fine town that it is, and he enjoys working for them and knowing the many other people who also do. 

 

Marcia Easterling

Chair Membership Committee

Marcia moved to Falmouth from Troy, New York in 2008 after a 40+ year career in independent schools teaching mostly history and English.  She and Jack have twin daughters, both of whom are also teachers.  Marcia volunteers at Falmouth Service Center, is on the board of the League of Women Voters, and secretary of the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth.  Retired now for ten years, she enjoys traveling, spending as much time as possible with her daughters and their families, reading, and cooking.  She takes piano lessons to help keep little gray cells as active as possible.

 

Martha Gavenas

Vice President

Martha and her husband, Emil, became permanent residents of Falmouth in September of 2013.  They had a vacation home in Teaticket for about ten years and then decided to build their retirement home on the same piece of property on Maravista Avenue.  Martha and Emil lived in Washington, Connecticut, where Emil taught, for over thirty years.  Martha was a paralegal for twelve years and then decided to go to law school after her two children graduated from college.  She practiced in a small law firm, specializing in personal injury and elder law.  She has retired from practice in Connecticut but is still licensed in Massachusetts.  One of the first things Martha did when she became a permanent resident of Falmouth was become a volunteer for Neighborhood Falmouth because it allowed seniors to remain in their homes which was Martha’s goal as an elder law attorney.

 

Margaret Gifford

Born in Pocatello, Idaho, and lived on grandparents’ homestead in the Buckskin Valley until work could be found in California.  Father was journeyman lineman and mother was a school teacher.  After building phone lines on the east side of the Sierras our family settled in Barstow CA—an old route 66 town mentioned in the song! Schooled in Barstow, college at the University of Redlands, CA, with a degree in music.  Married after college, supported then husband by secretarial jobs—one at the Venereal Disease Research Laboratory in Chapel Hill, NC.  Had 3 children in 4 years.  After divorce in 1970, married Cameron Gifford, professor at Earlham College, Richmond, IN, then moved to Woods Hole, MA.  

Worked at Marine Research Inc, in Woods Hole, and when Cam’s WHOI project moved to Florida purchased HV Lawrence, an 1886 landscape, greenhouse, flower shop doing business there for 17 years.  During that time I was involved in the Falmouth Band Parents, Woods Hole Historical Society, Falmouth Inter-faith Choir, Falmouth Chamber of Commerce board, fund raising for Falmouth Hospital including being on the foundation board. Before they hired a functions person a group of concerned ladies planned all the fundraising galas!!   In 1993 the trickle-down economics did not trickle to HV Lawrence and we went bankrupt. 

I worked at the Falmouth Housing Authority until I helped start a new real estate company called Act 1 Carol O’Loughlin Real Estate.  It still made sense to keep helping Falmouth Hospital as they merged into Cape Cod Health Care as well as continuing with the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce.  In 2000 the Falmouth Historical Society (Museums on the Green) needed planners for the first Heritage Dinner and I have been involved with them ever since.  I have continued to work in real estate since 1993 and am at Sothebys. The earliest Neighborhood Falmouth organizational group met with Joanne Voorhis, Paul Ferris Smith and other concerned Falmouth folks and until real estate became too demanding I met with the beginnings of that wonderful, caring group.  I have supported NF since that time

 

Suzanne Gnospelius

Sue became a full-time resident of Falmouth in April of 2012 after many years of summer residency.  She grew up in Braintree, Massachusetts, but in 1972 she moved from Hingham, MA, with her husband and three small children, ages  4, 3, and six-months old, first to Stamford and then Wilton, CT, and then on to Lake Forest, IL  Houston, TX, Philadelphia, PA and then in 1999, back to the South Shore of Boston.  She was a stay-at-home Mom to her children, and became an active volunteer in her various communities serving the schools, civic organizations, and her Church.  She especially enjoyed volunteering with the aging community.  Shortly after returning to Massachusetts, she became a full-time college student.  In 2008 she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Gerontology from the College of Public and Community Service at the University of Massachusetts, Boston Campus.  In Falmouth Sue serves on the Pastoral Care, Strawberry Fair, and Christmas Fair Committees at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, as a volunteer at the Falmouth Service Center’s Hand in Hand Thrift Shop, as a member of the Membership Committee, and Co-Chair of the 2019 Gala at Neighborhood Falmouth, and as the Assistant Membership Chairman at Falmouth Newcomers.  Her son and his family including a granddaughter and grandson, live outside of Chicago, she has a daughter-in-law and two grandsons in Ridgewood, NJ, and her daughter, son-in-law who is Australian by birth, and granddaughter live in Melbourne, Australia.  She spends as much time as possible traveling to see them all.  Sue is happy to be living in Falmouth, one of the most caring communities that she has lived in.  The level of volunteerism here is spectacular.

 

Carol Kenney

Carol, an Air Force brat, came to Falmouth in the fifties when her Dad was in Korea. She graduated from Falmouth High School, went off to college and met her future husband, Ray Kenney, the day she began her teaching career at Otis Air Force Base Elementary School. When their three kids were in high school, Carol went to law school in Boston thereafter opening a practice in Falmouth. She was assistant town counsel for twenty years but now limits her practice to elder law. She was a town meeting member for twenty-eight years, Cape Cod Community College Foundation board member, United Way board member, Falmouth Hospital board member and volunteer attorney for Falmouth Human Services. Presently she is a member of the Council on Aging board, a volunteer attorney at the Falmouth Senior Center, and a member of the Falmouth Hospital Ethics Committee. She enjoys travel, learning to play golf, and most of all the company of her six grandchildren.

 

Mary Pat Mackenzie

Chair PR Committee

Mary Pat and her husband Don Grant moved back to Falmouth in 2015, after 19 years living in Maine and New Jersey. They had originally moved to Massachusetts from their native Canada with their older children Andrew and Alex in 1983. Both Mary Pat and Don were brought up in Nova Scotia and met while attending Dalhousie University in Halifax. In Canada, Mary Pat worked as a freelance journalist for the CBC and in 1985, after moving to Falmouth, she went to work for Bill & Caroline Banks at the Market Bookshop – a job she kept part-time even after moving to New Jersey! While living in central New Jersey Mary Pat became a Rutgers Master Gardener, sat on the board of the Garden Club of New Jersey, and volunteered at a local nursing home. Mary Pat is delighted to be back in Falmouth with old friends and near her extended family and is pleased to be part of the Neighborhood Falmouth “family”.

 

Karen Rinaldo

Karen, artist, started her business Karen Rinaldo Gallery in Falmouth in 1972 and has been a member of the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce since then. Her involvement with nonprofit organizations in Falmouth has always been an active one and one way of being supportive of and giving back to a place that is very special to her. Her activities include serving as a Board Member for the Falmouth Historical Society, 2016; a Board Member of the Falmouth Preservation Alliance, 2015; a member of the Falmouth Christmas Parade Committee since 2014; a 25 year plus member of the Falmouth Fireworks Committee; and in 2015 she was the recipient of a Falmouth Historical Society Heritage Award. 

 

Karen Roberts

Treasurer

Karen consults with life science companies, utilizing her extensive management, financial and human resource experience to provide services on an as needed project basis.  She has held numerous senior financial positions in multiple industries.  Karen earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Salem State College.  Along with her husband, Jeff MacDougall, they raised two sons and after lengthy challenging careers, they settled in Waquoit Village of Falmouth in 2015.  In her free time, Karen enjoys the beach, Pilates, learning to play golf, boating, being with family and friends, travel and all that Cape Cod has to offer.  While participating with her siblings in the care for her own aging parents, both of whom desired to stay in their own home, Karen quickly realized it takes a village to make that happen.  When she moved to Falmouth and discovered Neighborhood Falmouth, it was an organization she could easily support, both volunteering time and financial contributions.  In addition to NF, Karen volunteered for over a decade raising money for cancer research and patient support, held volunteer positions for cub scouts, school and sports activities for her children and serves on the Salem State University Board of Overseers.  

 

Tom Sbarra

My wife Judy and I met during my training program in Boston and moved to Falmouth to set up a mom and pop practice in 1980.  It grew to include 150 employees and 14 cardiologists and surgeons.  We left the practice in 2005 and I worked in various places around the world and around the country for the next 10 years, retiring in the spring of 2015 with the thought in mind that we were lucky to have our two children nearby, we should not go off and leave them! …And we missed Falmouth! I am enjoying not working and spend my time sailing, playing tennis and golf, trying to learn how to write, as president of our neighborhood association and various golf club committees and volunteering for NF. I enjoy working with the talented people on the board of this wonderful organization.

 

Janet B. Totten

Janet is originally from Philadelphia, where she hopes she has left that distinctive Philly accent. She was as surprised as anyone that her political science major actually prepared her for a career conducting survey-based research and consulting projects across several industries. After moving to Jamaica Plain, she began working for Time-Warner Communications and opened JP Licks, a local ice cream store. From JP, she fled to Falmouth and shifted her focus to non-profit management, first at Falmouth Historical Society and later at Highfield Hall. She has served on the boards of Falmouth Service Center, Cape Cod Theatre Project and Friends of Fairwinds, and is currently serving as vice president with Falmouth Education Foundation. She also enjoys lending a hand to West Falmouth Library, Falmouth Art Center and Museums on the Green.

 

Lee Turner

Lee was born and raised in Akron, Ohio and graduated from Smith College in 1959. She married Louis Turner in 1960 and began married life in a dorm at Mt. Hermon School, where Lou taught math and physics. His teaching took them to Athens College in Athens, Greece and finally to Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, OH, where Lee became the Reference Librarian at the school’s library. They retired to Falmouth in 2001. Lee’s volunteer interests include: hospitals (member of Women's Board of Children's hospital in Akron), libraries (was a trustee of Hudson Library), church (member of First Congregational Church in Falmouth), and she currently volunteers at the Falmouth Library. Lee and Lou have three adult children, all married, and from them they have six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. 

 

Joanne Voorhis

Honorary Director

Joanne served the Falmouth Schools as a teacher, psychometrist, and assistant elementary school principal. A long association with the League of Women Voters includes having served the group as president and currently as treasurer. Active in town affairs, she was a Town Meeting member for 36 years and served on the Finance and Human Services Committees. She is a former president of both the Falmouth Education Association and the Woods Hole Child Center. She is one of the three founding members of Neighborhood Falmouth.

 

Grant Willis

Secretary/Clerk

Grant practiced civil and criminal law on Palmer Avenue for 30 years, and prior to that in New York City.  Education included Phillips Academy '57, U.S. Air Force Academy '61, Brooklyn Law School '78.  Although new to Neighborhood Falmouth, he has had the privilege of serving on several local nonprofit Boards, most recently Falmouth Historical Society/Museums on the Green, Gosnold on Cape Cod and Falmouth Community Television.  After washing ashore in Falmouth with the Hurricane of '44, he decided to stay.