© 2016 Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club, Inc.

Jessie Damroth

Executive Director Jessie joined the Club in September 2016.  She has worked in higher-education fundraising and development for over a decade; most recently at Williams College (Williamstown, MA) and previously at Duke University (Durham, NC).  Jessie grew up in Chilmark attending both the Chilmark School and the West Tisbury School. She is a graduate of American University, and has a non-profit management certificate from Duke University.  Jessie has two kids; her son, Logan is in third grade and her daughter Ayden, is in kindergarten.  Jessie is the daughter of David Damroth of Chilmark and Mary Jane “Cooky” Nevin originally of Edgartown.

Abigail Leighton

Program Director   Abby joined the Club in 2012, and has worked at Boys & Girls Clubs in Boston (MA) and Westfield (MA). Abby grew up in Edgartown attending the Edgartown School, MV Regional High School, and was a member of the Club. She is a graduate of Westfield State University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Fun Fact: Abby’s father was once the Program Director at the Club when both Abby and Pete were Club members.

Kara Ryan

Athletic Coordinator (School Year)   Kara joined the Club’s staff in the Spring of 2014. She is a transplant from New York and graduated from Plymouth State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. Kara is an experienced volleyball coach and a certified archery instructor.

Mary Seveland

Art Director   Mary has worked at the Club since 1994 as a Lifeguard, Art Instructor & Art Program Director. Before coming to the Club, she worked in numerous museums and community centers, and as a professional artist. In addition to directing the art programs at the Club, Mary started, and continues to maintain, the Club’s gardening program (Positive Sprouts). She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Jan Hyer Office Manager Program Assistants Greg Allan Rykerr Maynard Alissa Purda - Homework Program Coordinator Lynne Silvia Heather Tilton - Camera Club Coordinator