Youth Development Team

Caio Proti
Assistant Program Director

Caio Proti, a Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club alumnae, has worked at the Club since October 2017 as a Youth Development Professional and was named Assistant Program Director in June 2019.  Originally from Governador Island, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; he moved to the Island in 2001.  He is graduate of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, and is fluent in Portuguese, German and English.  A New England Patriots fan.  Caio’s favorite part of his job is watching the Club and its members grow.

Danielle Zukowski
Membership Coordinator

Danielle Zukowski has worked at the Club since 2019 as the Membership Coordinator.  Originally from Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts she has lived on the Island for 16 years. She is graduate of the University of Massachusetts – Boston with a BA in Early Childhood with a Concentration in Early Intervention.  She has a passion for hiking and the outdoor; photography, and loves her family.  When she is not working at the Club she is an artist who focuses on incorporating resin in acrylic mediums.  Danielle truly loves giving back to her community by working with kids through the Club.

Brian Donegan
Youth Development Professional, After School Program

Brian joined the Martha's Vineyard Boys & Girls Club in the Fall of 2019 after studying at a liberal arts college for several years in Minnesota. Before that he grew up on Martha's Vineyard and attended the Tisbury School, MVRHS, and Falmouth Academy. He enjoys history, politics, and working with children and animals. For sports find him on the tennis court, skiing on a mountain, or playing/watching eSports. Brian enjoys making dad jokes although he is not, in fact, a dad. 

Gertrude "Trudy" Garvin
Youth Development Professional

Trudy started working at the Club in 2018. She enjoys working with the kids and loves seeing them so happy having a great time, but also acting as a mentor and providing them structure.  Trudy was born on the Island and has lived here full time most of her life. Her maiden name is Vanderhoop and she celebrates her family’s long history on this Island that she loves so much. She has worked with kids from the Wampanoag Tribe After School Program and Turtle Program for almost a decade.  Trudy and her husband have three children and two grandchildren, with another one due soon.  Her children attended the Club and now her grandchildren are Club Kids too!

Chelsea McCarthy
Youth Development Professional, After School Program

Chelsea has been a fan of the Club ever since they awarded her Best Costume on Halloween when she was in 6th grade! As an adult, Chelsea is actively involved in many areas of local theater. Last summer she co-directed the outdoor production of Hamlet for the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse, where she is co-creator of the popular Shakespeare For the Masses series.  She also spent many years as an instructor for The Fourth Grade Theater Project and was assistant director for Mary Poppins at the Oak Bluffs School last fall. Chelsea is in her fourth season costuming the MVRHS show choir - The Minnesingers.  And her fifth season as resident costumer for the MVRHS annual musical, even appearing on stage in their recent As You Like It as Bronco the Wrestler!

Maria Moreira
Youth Development Professional

Maria joined the Club two years ago and loves working here because of the focus on children’s well-being and the care provided to every member of the Martha's Vineyard Boys & Girls Club.  Maria grew up in Brazil where she attended Catholic University of Paraná specializing in education and technology. She has 28 years of experience teaching students from kindergarten through college level. During school she was a swimmer, and still enjoys swimming, along with photography, film and cooking.

Anne Nevin
Youth Development Professional

Anne Nevin is the Learning Center Coordinator and a licensed teacher. She graduated from the MVRHS and Boston State Teacher's College. She worked for the MVRHS special needs deptartment for twenty years. Anne lives in West Tisbury and her great niece and nephew are members of the club. The Learning Center supports all of the Educational  needs of grades K-12.

James Notor II
Youth Development Professional

James Notor is from Robbinsville, New Jersey, and a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in history. After graduating from PSU, James moved to the Island and worked for the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks as well as the Seafood Shanty. James enjoys all sports, group activities, working with children, and hopes to continue his sports broadcasting career as the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks public address announcer this summer!

Nadia Sahila
Youth Development Professional

Nadia Sahila is motivated to provide students with socioemotional support that is inspired by her own experiences as the child of parents who immigrated to the US when she was four years old. Nadia provides Educational Support at the Oak Buffs School to grades 4-6, along with directing the SMART GIRLS program at the Martha's Vineyard Boys & Girls Club. Nadia is focused on completing her M.Ed. from Fitchburg State University in the hopes of providing students with differentiated instruction that they can connect to on all levels. 

Mary Seveland
Youth Development Professional, Art & Garden

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.

Lynne Silvia
Athletic Coordinator, All-Stars Youth Basketball League

Lynne has worked at the Martha's Vineyard Boys & Girls Club for several years, and currently runs the All Stars Youth Basketball Program, from Biddy Ball (K-2) to Division 2 (3rd & 4th grade), to Division 1 (5th & 6th grade).