About The Board
Tom Vautin, President, is a full time resident of Brewster. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Sheep Pond Beach Association (Sheep Pond Estates). He is also currently the PALS tester for Sheep Pond and assisting the Brewster Department of Natural Resources with the Brewster FLATS (Friends of Lands, Aquatics, Trails, and Shellfishing) volunteer group. Tom served Harvard University for 32 years in numerous leadership positions, most recently as acting Vice President for Administration/Campus Services, before retiring in 2010. At Harvard, he led the creation of the University's Green Campus Initiative and the Office for Sustainability, one of the earliest higher education environmental sustainability programs in the United States. He continues to be professionally engaged in campus operations and sustainability efforts with other research and higher education clients. Tom has been a member of several other boards of directors, including the Harvard Student Agencies, Cambridge Energy Alliance, Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization in Boston, and the South Coastal Bank. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts, and holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine.
Konrad Schultz, Vice President, is a retired media professional whose experience includes sales and marketing, advertising, public relations and website design/building. He co-founded the Rhode Island Monthly publications group of glossy lifestyle magazines. Konrad served on the Board of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, as well as the Finance Committee, and Industrial Development Commission for the Central Massachusetts town of Uxbridge Ma, where he previously resided. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Emerson College, and majored in Mass Communications. He is active in local water quality issues, is a founding member of Save Blueberry Pond as well as a PALS water quality pond tester for Sol's Pond. He and his wife live between Sol's and Blueberry Ponds.
Gwen Pelletier, Clerk/Treasurer, has been a Cape resident for 42 years, moving to Brewster from Eastham in 2012. She loves Brewster ponds for swimming and kayaking. She retired in 2006 from Executive Director of the Community Development Partnership for 12 years, serving the 8 Lower Cape towns in affordable housing and economic development. Her career in non-profit and government positions included: Director of the Office of Energy Conservation, Massachusetts Department of Communities and Development; Associate Peace Corps Director in Grenada; Executive Director of the Massachusetts Non Profit Housing Association; Assistant Executive Director at Housing Assistance Corporation. She also served as Moderator of the Town of Eastham for 7 years and on various Town Committees in Eastham. In Brewster, she volunteers with the Natural Resource Department, helping with trail clearing and Beautify Brewster Day.
John S. Keith, P.E., has been a part-time resident of Brewster for 17 years, living on Elbow Pond. He has deep roots in Brewster – he came every summer while young, his father grew up here, and his ancestors have lived here since the early 1800’s. He is an environmental engineer with over 40 years experience and has traveled throughout the world studying and working on water resource, air pollution, waste, and contaminated site clean-up problems. John is now semi-retired, working part time for Blacksmith Institute, developing remediation plans for toxic chemical contamination sites in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Before retirement, John was Vice President for Environment, Health and Safety for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer and Assistant Commissioner of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. In the 1990’s he served as Mayor of Fair Lawn, NJ. He holds a degree in civil engineering from the University of Michigan and a masters in environmental engineering from the NJ Institute of Technology. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Malkus-Benjamin, has lived year round on Long Pond in Brewster since 1996. Although she was born on the other coast, in Los Angeles California, Cape Cod has been part of her DNA since the beginning. Every summer her family drove cross country to Falmouth, where her parents worked at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute until they moved to Massachusetts when Karen was seven. Karen was surrounded by scientists at home, which lead to a love for science and the natural world. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology and Human Development from Colby College, and a M.Ed. from Tufts. She has spent many years in the research setting and teaching science. Karen currently works for the Barnstable Health Division as the Coastal Health Resource Coordinator- where the main focus is looking for sources of bacteria pollution in water resources, and developing remediation strategies. She also teaches part time at the Partnership School in Orleans. Karen is active in Brewster water quality issues; she is one of the founding members of the Long Pond Watershed Association, President of the Friends of Long Pond, and has been a PALS volunteer water quality tester. Email: email@example.com
Judy Pirani has been a part time Brewster resident since childhood, celebrating 50 years of swimming in Sheep Pond in 2016. She’s been an independent market research consultant for almost 20 years, working primarily with higher education non-profits and major universities on technology related issues. Judy named her business Sheep Pond Associates in recognition of the many ideas that come to mind while swimming across the pond. Prior to her independent practice, Judy was a vice president at local consulting firms around Boston, managing staff and research programs in North America and Europe. She served on the Sheep Pond Beach Association Board for several years. She has a BA from Simmons College and an MBA from Hofstra University. Her husband and she look forward to retiring full time in Brewster.
Susan Day Searles is originally from Wilbraham, MA, where her first job was as a lifeguard and swimming instructor on a small pond, Sue came to the Cape 14 years ago as a part-time resident of Yarmouthport. In 2007 she became a year-round resident of Brewster, residing on Lee's Pond, off of Vesper Pond Drive. Prior to moving to Cape Cod, Sue worked for the South Orangetown Central School District, in Rockland County, NY for 40 years; first as a Physical Education Teacher and teachers' union president, and then as a lifeguard and Director of Continuing Education. Kayaking the ponds, rivers and marshes of the Cape is Sue's favorite recreational activity, along with hiking and biking. She is also an active community organizer in her East Brewster neighborhood. Sue holds a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Springfield College, a Masters in Physical Education from Montclair State Teacher's College in NJ, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from SUNY, New Paltz.
Dawn Walnut is the Volunteer Manager at WE CAN, where she organizes and directs a cadre of 300 volunteers. Dawn’s career managing volunteers began in 2012, as the Volunteer Services Manager at Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod. Prior to that, Dawn has held a variety of eclectic jobs. She has been an artist’s assistant, a theatrical dresser on Broadway, a downtown guide for the City of Portland, Maine, an elementary school teacher, a seamstress, and a pollster. She also has considerable volunteer experience herself. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cooper Union in New York and a degree in Education from the University of Southern Maine. Dawn and her husband were married on the shore of a Brewster Pond; they now have two sons.