Youth Development Team

Anne Caldwell
Youth Development Professional

Anne has been working with children in some capacity for almost 28 years. After earning her BFA, she volunteered in an after-school club in her hometown of Lawrence, MA teaching art to children while also working as a graphic artist for a local newspaper. In 1994, Anne started teaching computer classes in a bilingual elementary school while completing her graduate studies at night. She continued teaching K-8 educational technology in both public and private schools, before meeting her husband Glen in 2000 and moving to the Vineyard a year later. Anne has taught in several island schools to students from pre-school to high school ages. Her tech career has also involved teaching her colleagues, and students' parents, and she has enjoyed these opportunities to work with all-ages. She was a Girl Scout leader and now volunteers her time on two committees at the Tisbury School. A few years ago, Anne started teaching children's yoga and mindfulness, and eventually got certified for adults' too. She has brought her yoga/creative movement to a few preschools, libraries, and to Tisbury School where her two daughters are in middle school. Besides the activities already mentioned, Anne spends her time fishing & swimming, writing, learning, crafting and spending time with family and friends. She has been at the Club since February and loves seeing the kids walk in excitedly every day.

Vitoria DeOliveira
Junior Youth Development Professional
Gertrude "Trudy" Gavin
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!

Brigelle Gibson
Youth Development Professional

Brigelle joined the Club in October 2018 and enjoys her role because she is making a positive impact on children’s lives.  She grew up on the Vineyard and attended MVRHS for one year, the Charter School for one year and graduated through the Rebecca Amos program.  She participated in a variety of athletics including soccer, gymnastics, basketball and softball.  Brigelle has enjoyed working with children her entire life and has been part of various preschool programs.  She is also a licensed nail technician and graduated from the JetBlue University for airport operations management.  When she has free time, she enjoys craft projects, scrapbooking and any outdoor activities.  She has two children who attend the MVBGC and knows first-hand what a life saver it can be for working parents.  It gives them peace of mind knowing that their children are in a safe, fun place that is also affordable.        

Brenda "Bren" Grandizio
Youth Development Professional

Brenda ‘Bren’ Grandizio has over 30 years of experience working with children. She has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Immaculata College, PA and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, PA.  She began work at the MVBGC in July 2018, and enjoys the interactions and relationships with the amazing Club kids and their families.  She especially liked running a group for preteen girls called Girl Power.  Bren grew up on a dairy farm in northern New Jersey and has been on the Island for 7 years.  Her hobbies include hiking, yoga, and reading. She has the best cats in the world – Lisa Marie and Priscilla.

 

Chelsea McCarthy
Youth Development Professional

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!

Mary S. Meyers
Youth Development Professional

Mary joined the Club in September 2017 because she wanted to work with children.   She loves knowing she is part of an organization that provides a safe place for kids where they can be supported and loved.  Mary grew up in Whitman, MA but has lived on the Vineyard for 35 years.  She has worked as a substitute in Oaks Bluffs with the special needs program and The Bridge Program.  She also worked as an assistant in the transportation department of the public schools focusing on children with special needs.  She has been married for 23 years and has 4 beautiful children. 

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 at MVBGC.  Maria grew up in Brazil where she attended Catholic University of Paraná specializing in education and technology. She has 28 years of experience as a teacher to students from kindergarten through college level. During school she was a swimmer, and still enjoys swimming, along with photography, film and cooking.

Mary Seveland
Art & Garden Program 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.

Lynne Silvia
Coordinator All-Stars Youth Basketball League