Heritage Museums & Gardens Elects New Board Members

Re-elected Chair plus three new trustees...
2017-18 Board Members at Heritage Museums & Gardens (See story for full photo caption)

The Board of Trustees of Heritage Museums & Gardens, the premier cultural attraction on Cape Cod, recently re-elected their Board Chair and three new members of the Board of Trustees at its 49th Annual Meeting of the Corporation. Tracy Isham of Hyannis Port, MA, and Boca Grande, FL will retain her seat as Board Chair. New board members elected are Harry L. Alverson, III of Boston and Cape Cod, Therese Murray of Plymouth and Tad Shultz of East Sandwich.

Ms. Isham, has served as Board Chair for the past year. She previously served as vice chair of Heritage’s Board of Trustees and is an active member of the community, having served as a longtime board member of the Hyannis Port Civic Association and as a board member of the Hyannisport Club from 1997 to 2003. She is closely involved with the Alliance to Save Nantucket Sound. She also served as vice president of the Boca Grande Woman’s Club in Boca Grande, FL, and has worked for Polo Ralph Lauren, in New York City, and sold residential real estate in Manhattan.

Harry Alverson, III is a retired Partner and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, the second largest alternative investment management firm. With Carlyle, Mr. Alverson was based in Washington, D.C. from 1996 through 2015, focusing on fund formation and capital raising. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Alverson was based overseas for 15 years. He is currently a senior advisor to Miller Investment Management and a consultant on private equity matters. Mr. Alverson is also on the Board at Skidmore College, The Beach Club (Craigville) and on the Finance Committee of the Hyannisport Club. He is a graduate of Skidmore College (BA) and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (MBA).

Former Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray served for over 20 years in the Massachusetts Senate.  During her tenure Murray emphasized the importance of our health care industry, working on the original health care reform legislation and authoring three additional health care bills focused on cost containment, quality and access to care.  During her tenure as President of the Massachusetts Senate, Murray made international economic development a priority, seeking out partnerships and opportunities for Massachusetts companies and organizations to expand their reach.  Seeing the importance of international economic development to the Massachusetts economy, Murray founded MassIgnite following her departure from the Massachusetts Senate.

Her success in these international collaboration efforts has afforded her the opportunity to speak about economic development around the world. Murray has earned numerous honorary degrees including: Master’s Degrees from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Westfield State University; Juris Doctorates from Suffolk University of School Law and New England School of Law and an honorary Doctorate in Health from the University of Plymouth (UK). She has also been awarded the medal of St. Olga from the Pskov region of Russia, and the 2014 Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award presented to her by Irish President Michael Higgins.

Murray currently serves as Chair of the Board of Massachusetts Education International, Trustee for Eastern Bank, and the Vice President of the Pilgrim Society.  She also is a member of the Advisory Board for Rasky Strategic Communications and a member of the Plymouth 400th Executive Board.

Tad Shultz is the owner and founder of International Stadia Consultancy, an innovative architectural consultancy firm with a focus on the planning, design, and development of dynamic sports venues. Mr. Shultz has established a reputation over the past 25 years for creating vibrant and innovative sports projects world-wide. Recent projects include SRP Ballpark Development, North Augusta, SC; Monroe Events Center, Monroe, LA; Wintrust Arena at McCormick Square, Chicago, Il; AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX; Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO.

“I am honored to continue the role of Chair of the Board at Heritage,” said Tracy Isham. “Not only is Heritage recognized as the premier cultural institution on Cape Cod and the largest public garden in southern New England, but it has also established a strong reputation of service regionally and nationally. Its educational focus, expertise in horticulture, and dedication to museum innovation will assure its continued community service and high standards of excellence. I look forward to continuing to lead an active and engaged board.”

Photo caption:  The 2017-18 board of trustees at Heritage Museums & Gardens included From left to right: Hope Baker, Tracy Isham, Mariah Lilly, Melissa McGraw, Frank Minard, Amy Corcoran, Bill Catania, Tom Rockwell, Rebecca Brooks


“We are grateful for the hard work, dedication, and generosity of our Trustees, whose vision and support makes Heritage’s service to the community possible,” said Heritage President & CEO, Ellen Spear.

Heritage Museums & Gardens’ Board of Trustees is responsible for strategy, policy, long-range planning, and the organization’s fiscal health.

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