Who We Are

Building upon our rich history of success, the Community leadership Institute of Cape Cod and the Islands has made a strategic decision to broaden its offerings. To fulfill the mission of inspiring, developing and connecting current and future leaders for the betterment of the community, CLI has become Leadership Cape Cod.

Leadership Cape Cod will make more of an impact by offering more programs and services to more
people, businesses and community organizations.

Leadership Cape Cod goals are:

  • To provide the tools for leaders to thrive in their businesses and community.
  • To enhance leadership and civic engagement (community service) skills.
  • To cultivate connections and fosters thoughtful conversations and collaborative skills.
  • To offer a learning community network of friends and colleagues.
  • To drive change and innovation while helping to shape the future of the Cape Cod region

Board Of Directors & Staff

Bob Cody
Executive Director

Throughout his career Bob Cody has a demonstrated record of leadership, problem-solving, organizational development, maximizing individual contributions, and continuous operational improvement. He brings over 25 years of leadership experience in corporate, academic and non-profit organizations.

In positions of vice-president of worldwide research, development and engineering, dean of academic and student affairs, board member and board chair, Cody has led organizations in innovation and growth specializing in developing new programs, products and services, while increasing revenue and organizational growth, leading change management transformations to take those organizations to new levels of performance. He is currently the chief executive partner of Innoreate, a business consulting firm and the Executive Director of Leadership Cape Cod.

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A member of the Leadership Cape Cod’s CLI class of 2012, Cody brings a passion for community service with him to Leadership Cape Cod. He has previously been a member of the board of directors of Groundwork Bridgeport in Bridgeport CT, the Stratford CT YMCA where he also led a father-daughter youth program, and was a member and co-chair of the Stratford CT School District’s Board of Education.  Under his leadership, the school district board received a statewide leadership award from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. Since coming to the Cape, Cody has continued his commitment to the community by serving as a member of the board of directors of CLI, Open Cape, Cape Cod Technology Council and the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, where he is the board chair.

Jacob Stapledon
President

Jacob is a Cape Codder who has worked in a variety of human service and education roles with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Jacob received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and found his calling providing training and education to those supporting children and adults who have experienced trauma.

This passion of training, education and prevention lead him to Children’s Cove, the Cape & Islands Child Advocacy Center where he works to raise awareness of child abuse issues, provide prevention education for parents and caregivers, and conduct high quality training and education surrounding recognition and response to abuse of children for professionals. Jacob also coordinates the Teen TASK Force program in several local high schools.

More About Jacob

Jacob is a member of Cape Cod Young Professionals, a graduate of the Community Leadership Institute (2018), serves on the Board of Directors of Leadership Cape Cod is a partner to a wonderful woman, a father of incredible twins, and a craft beef enthusiast.

Jeni Wheeler
Vice President

Jeni Wheeler is the Owner/Chief Culinary Artist of Jeni’s Joy, a boutique prepared meals and catering company focusing on people with specific food preferences/needs such as Vegan, Keto, Gluten-free, etc. She also serves as the Executive Chef and Program Director of Faith Family Kitchen, a ministry of the Cape Cod Council of Churches, which feeds the homeless and food insecure.

More About Jeni

Jeni has a MBA, with a focus on social entrepreneurship, from Babson, and has extensive background working in start-ups, non-profits, and the political sector.

Mike Redfield
Treasurer

Mike Redfield was born and raised in West Yarmouth. He received his Bachelors degree in Business from Bryant University in 2004. Mike spent 9 years living in San Diego from 2007 to 2016 enjoying the ocean and the outdoors year round and experienced immense professional growth by seizing on an opportunity to start a niche business within the construction industry. He grew his business year over year and sold it in 2016 so he and his wife Robbi could move to the Cape to settle down and start a family. Mike is currently the Sales Manager of the Personal Insurance Team at Rogers & Gray Insurance Agency and is an active member in the community.

More About Mike

Mike is an alumnus of the Community Leadership Institute class of 2017 and is happy to be involved with the organization on the Alumni Committee and as Board Treasurer. Mike lives in Plymouth with his wife and cute 1 year old daughter Charlotte. In his free time you will find him enjoying time with his family and being active outdoors.

Mike loves participating with Leadership Cape Cod as it enables him to connect with likeminded individuals who are passionate about their own personal growth and the growth of their community.

Abigail Adams
Director

Abigail is originally from upstate NY and summered here throughout childhood. In 2002 she bought a home in Orleans.

She began her Cape Cod career here with an HR consulting/recruiting firm. That was a great introduction to business on the Cape. She started changing from a recruiter into more of a consultant to assist small businesses. She has worked for a few companies in business development and is at Secure Networks as the Director of Business Development.

More About Abigail

Abby has held board positions with several non-profit organizations, such as the Cape Cod Human Resource Association and Cape Cod Young Professionals. She feels attached to the mission of CCYP, as she came to the Cape with no local connections and has seen first-hand what the power of networking with like-minded individuals can do both professionally and personally. She has been recognized by Cape & Plymouth Magazine as one of the “40 Under 40” top young business leaders in southeastern Massachusetts. She sits on the boards of Orleans Chamber of commerce, serves on the Youth Council and volunteers for both WE CAN and the Lower Cape Outreach Council.

When she is not working or volunteering you can most likely find her camping out on Nauset Beach.

Catherine Baker
Director

Catherine joined Housing Assistance Corporation as Assistant Director of Development in December 2018. Through her work at the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Cape Cod Young Professionals, Cape Cod Academy, and the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance she realized how rewarding it was to assist a nonprofit organization in exceeding its goals and fulfilling its mission. She has had the great honor of working with dedicated and passionate professionals that share her commitment of supporting the nonprofit sector on Cape Cod and looks forward to contributing to Housing Assistance Corporation.

More About Catherine

Catherine was adopted from Lima, Peru as a baby and raised on Cape Cod. After graduating from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School in 2009 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Endicott College in 2013. Most recently, Catherine was a recipient of the 2018 Cape & Plymouth Business’ 40 Under 40 Award. She kickstarted her professional development by graduating from the CCYP Mentor Exchange Year II program in May 2016, and Leadership Cape Cod’s Community Leadership Institute program in June 2016. She joined the Leadership Cape Cod Board of Directors in October 2017 and enjoys volunteering for the Philanthropy Partners of the Cape & Islands Philanthropy Day Marketing Committee.

In her free time, Catherine loves traveling, spending time with family/friends, and taking advantage of the Cape’s beautiful beaches. She currently lives in Cotuit with her boyfriend, golden retriever, and cat. She plans to remain on Cape Cod for the foreseeable future and looks forward to the exciting journey ahead!

Rob Cushing
Director

Raised in Hyannis, Rob Cushing spent his high school years in Iowa. Upon graduation, he entered into the Navy for 6 years, serving during the Persian Gulf War and at duty stations in Florida, Italy and Virginia.

At Cape Cod Community College he served as Vice President of the Student Senate and as part of the WKKL Radio Club. He graduated with an associate’s degree in Information Systems, and then to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for his bachelor’s degree in 2000. Rob has run a digital marketing company since 2014 and is an active participant in the local Cape Cod community.

More About Rob

For over 15 years Rob had worked in the field of technology project management with various Fortune 500 companies before starting his own company, Port & Starward Digital Marketing. Port & Starward specializes in digital marketing including reputation management. search engine optimization (SEO), social media management, and web design/business development.

Rob is an active member of Cape Cod Young Professionals and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. He is also a musician and has toured throughout the country with music having been featured on MTV. Rob spends his free time with his 8-year old son Leo, working on his music, enjoying and exploring the Cape, and on genealogy.

Mairead Graf
Director

Mairead grew up in Manchester, N.H. She received her bachelor’s degree from Keene State College. After graduation, she moved to Peabody, Mass., and worked for Enterprise Rent A Car. Two years later she married her husband, whom she had met while studying at Keene State. He is from Dennis, works as a teacher and runs a charter fishing boat in the summer. The most logical thing for her to do was relocate to the Cape!

Mairead has been with the Animal Rescue League since September 2017. She loves starting each day giving a “pat on the head” to our four-footed friends! She is the first Development Officer the league has hired on Cape Cod. The league has been on the Cape for almost 100 years and Mairead is excited to work with their Cape donor base and assist in keeping animals happy and healthy in their habitats and homes.

More About Mairead

Mairead has lived on the Cape since 2006.  She resides in East Dennis with her husband, their son and daughter.  Mairead is also an active member of the Cape Cod Young Professionals and served on their board for over five years. In 2013 she was recognized by Cape and Plymouth Magazine as one of the Cape’s top “40 under 40.” She also sat on the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce board for four years and spends one day a week doing project work for them. Her favorite time of the year is the summer, when she enjoys spending time on the beach and boat with family and friends.

Chris Hedetniemi
Director

Chris Hedetniemi was born and raised in Gloucester, MA. He attended St. John’s Prep, then on to study Management at Bentley University. Chris worked in event management for Bentley and Brandeis before coming to Cape Cod fourteen years ago.

Upon his arrival, Chris became employed at the Dan’l Webster where he was for 2 years, then moved to Asst. Store Manager for American Eagle Outfitters, and finally onto insurance with HUB International where he is still employed today. Chris was originally hired as a Branch Assistant in HUB’s North Chatham office. Within an eight month period, he obtained his insurance licenses and was promoted to a Client Relationship Manager position in the Employee Benefits Division. Three years later, he branched into Commercial and Personal Insurance while remaining at HUB. Most recently back in 2016, Chris was promoted to Assistant Vice President and Account Executive, continuing to offer clients his expertise across all lines of insurance. Chris is now approaching his eleventh year with HUB.

More About Chris

Chris really enjoys keeping busy with non-profits. He is currently Vice President and Education Coordinator for the Cape Cod Insurance Agents Association and a Director on the board of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, Chris was Co-Chair of the Cape Cod Young Professional’s largest annual event, The Back to Business Bash. He was also in the CCYP’s Mentor Exchange Program, Class of 2016 and a Mentor for the class of 2017. Chris was in the CLI (Community Leadership Institute) Class of 2016 where he and a group had volunteered at Children’s Cove, the Cape’s local child advocacy center. He has assisted the Community Health Center of Cape Cod in getting a YP group formed, intended to get more young people involved at the center. Chris also teaches the insurance portion of the First Time Home Buyers class through the Community Development Partnership in Eastham. He also has a passion for animals, being an owner of multiple cats and dogs, he volunteered for the MSPCA in Centerville organizing a linen drive and Chairing their Annual Walk for Animals fundraiser. Chris’s involvement doesn’t stop there as he was also a board member of Sail Cape Cod, an organization dedicated to making sailing affordable and accessible to all, including those with disabilities, given another passion he has, bringing people out on the water to experience the beautiful ocean seascapes that surround our everyday life.

When time permits, Chris likes to have BBQ’s at his home in Dennis Village, go boating with friends and his dogs to Sandy Neck, Provincetown, and Crowes Pasture, travel to new places, and fish from his boat in Cape Cod Bay.

Stephanie Nadolny
Director

Stephanie Nadolny serves as the Vice President of Hospital Operations at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod. She also oversees ancillary services (pharmacy, laboratory, radiology and spiritual care) for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network.

Stephanie began her career as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, joining the Spaulding Rehabilitation family in 1989. Stephanie has held administrative roles at various Spaulding locations throughout the years. In 1997, Stephanie became the Director of Inpatient Programs at the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Cape and Islands, overseeing inpatient operations, including therapies and nursing. In 2003, she was promoted to the position of Vice President of Clinical Services. In her current role as VP of Hospital Operations, Stephanie serves as the site leader of the organization.

More About Stephanie

Stephanie is a “double grad” from the University of New Hampshire, having received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Health Administration Degrees at the institution.

Stephanie completed the Community Leadership Institute of the Cape and Islands (CLI) in 1999.

Noëlle Pina
Director

Noelle moved to Cape Cod from Nassau, Bahamas. She studied public relations at Florida Southern College and completed her Master’s degree at West Virginia University in integrated marketing communications. She worked in Nassau with many well-known U.S. consumer brands, assisting and directing their marketing strategy to connect with Bahamians.

In 2010 Noelle relocated to Mashpee and began working at the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. She is now Executive Director of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce. Her passion for small business and its challenges has led the Chamber to transform their list of services. She manages the Chamber’s image; writing press releases, marketing material, and website content. She leads the publication of “Truly Orleans” an annual magazine, manages all aspects of 35+ annual events, directs operations at the Chamber, promotes Orleans as a destination, and promotes members to visitors, second home owners and residents of Orleans.

More About Noëlle

She is married to Parish Pina, Superintendent at The Ridge Club, together they care for sons Kyle and Pierce.

Will Rubenstein
Director

Will, a graduate of Ithaca College (and graduate of CLI Class of 2008!), is co-owner of Camp Wingate*Kirkland with his wife Sandy. Camp W*K is a day and overnight summer camp and outdoor education center in Yarmouth Port, MA. He lives there year-round with two daughters, two four-legged children, one Teacup Pig and 14 hens. Will is also Community Engagement and Recruitment Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & The Islands.

More About Will

He became a Big Brother for the first time in 1997 while working at the JCC in his native Baltimore. He’s had a second match for four years on Cape Cod. Will started Reboot Game Lab in 2018 to bring screen-free games and events to all Cape Codders. He is a former board member of CCYP, Leadership Cape Cod, Cape Cod Child Development, and Massachusetts Camping Association, as well as a former Recreation Commissioner for The Town of Yarmouth.

David Troutman
Director

David Troutman has worked in the restaurant industry for over 46 years; the last 32 of which were spent as co-owner of Scargo Cafe.

A 1976 graduate of Barnstable High, he received his bachelors degree from Suffolk University in 2006 and is a graduate of the class of 2015 Community Leadership Institute.

He is a founding member and immediate past Chair of Calmer Choice and as such was the United Way recipient of the Ron Reed award for dedication to a board. David is also an active member of the YMCA “Achievers” steering committee, an active Trustee on The Cape Cod Chamber board, member of the PAWs advisory board as well as recently becoming a member of the board of WE CAN.

More About David

With volunteerism as a primary passion, David has been featured in recent years as a dancer for Cape Wellness Collaborative’s “Dancing With the Docs”, a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters as well as a presenter for several of SCORE’s educational seminars.

David lives in West Barnstable with his beautiful wife Pam, and his lovely daughter Kate.

Vana Trudeau
Director

Vana Trudeau graduated from Barnstable High School and Cape Cod Community College before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in English summa cum laude from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She completed her Master of Arts in Drama at Tufts University and spent several years producing corporate “theatre” for Infinium Software, a pioneer in the SaaS (Software as a Service) industry.

In 2004 she founded Essential Rentals, a full-service vacation equipment rental company. Now employing more than a dozen people from May to October, it is the largest vacation equipment rental company in the region.

Vana joined CCCC as an adjunct faculty member in 2010 and served as Performing Arts Coordinator before becoming the Tilden Arts Center and College Events Coordinator in 2016. She is a member of the leadership of the Cape Cod Theatre Coalition, the Vice Chair for Region 1 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, a former member of the Dennis Port Revitalization Committee, and former Chair of the Dennis Arts and Culture Council.

More About Vana

She is a frequent collaborator with arts and culture organizations across the region, serving on various committees and initiatives.

Vana also spent time as an amateur competitive cyclist and triathlete, completing more than 15 triathlons, 2 marathons and 2 full Ironman triathlons. She loves traveling with her husband and daughters, aged 16 and 18.

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