Who We Are
Leadership Cape Cod will make more of an impact by offering more programs and services to more people, businesses, and community organizations.
Leadership Cape Cod goals are:
- To provide the tools for leaders to thrive in their businesses and community.
- To enhance leadership and civic engagement (community service) skills.
- To cultivate connections and foster thoughtful conversations and collaborative skills.
- To offer a learning community network of friends and colleagues.
- To drive change and innovation while helping to shape the future of the Cape Cod region
Board Of Directors & Staff
Throughout his career Bob Cody has a demonstrated record of leadership, problem-solving, organizational development, maximizing individual contributions, and continuous operational improvement. He brings over 25 years of leadership experience in corporate, academic and non-profit organizations.
In positions of vice-president of worldwide research, development and engineering, dean of academic and student affairs, board member and board chair, Cody has led organizations in innovation and growth specializing in developing new programs, products and services, while increasing revenue and organizational growth, leading change management transformations to take those organizations to new levels of performance. He is currently the chief executive partner of Innoreate, a business consulting firm and the Executive Director of Leadership Cape Cod.
President (CLI Class of 2018)
Jacob is a Cape Codder who has worked in a variety of human service and education roles with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Jacob received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and found his calling providing training and education to those supporting children and adults who have experienced trauma.
This passion of training, education and prevention lead him to Children’s Cove, the Cape & Islands Child Advocacy Center where he works to raise awareness of child abuse issues, provide prevention education for parents and caregivers, and conduct high quality training and education surrounding recognition and response to abuse of children for professionals. Jacob also coordinates the Teen TASK Force program in several local high schools.
Vice President (CLI Class of 2019)
Jeni Wheeler is the Owner/Chief Culinary Artist of Jeni’s Joy, a boutique prepared meals and catering company focusing on people with specific food preferences/needs such as Vegan, Keto, Gluten-free, etc. She also serves as co-founder of the Family Table Collaborative, and was previously the Executive Chef and Program Director of Faith Family Kitchen, a ministry of the Cape Cod Council of Churches which feeds the homeless and food insecure.
Secretary (CLI Class of 2019)
Kara currently serves as the executive director of the MassHire Cape & Islands Workforce Board.
Martin “Marty” Brummel
Treasurer (CLI Class of 2012)
Marty has a strong and extensive business background. He spent 32 years as an entrepreneur as owner of Prestige Valet Parking. In addition, he has worked for a variety of businesses on the Cape in and around tourism, hospitality, and radio. In addition to his business experience, Marty has volunteered his time to serve on community boards. He is a past board member of the Cape Cod Hospitality Marketing Association, Dennis Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce. He previously served as the President of the Board of Directors for both Leadership Cape Cod and The Cape Cod Community Media Center. Marty is passionate about helping businesses and looks forward to supporting local businesses along that path to success.
Director (CLI Class of 2019)
Raised in Hyannis, Rob Cushing spent his high school years in Iowa. Upon graduation, he entered into the Navy for 6 years, serving during the Persian Gulf War and at duty stations in Florida, Italy and Virginia.
At Cape Cod Community College he served as Vice President of the Student Senate and as part of the WKKL Radio Club. He graduated with an associate’s degree in Information Systems, and then to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for his bachelor’s degree in 2000. Rob has run a digital marketing company since 2014 and is an active participant in the local Cape Cod community.
Director (CLI Class of 2008)
Liz has nearly 20 years of professional experience working in various managerial capacities for municipalities on Cape Cod: Provincetown, Wellfleet, Yarmouth, and presently serves as Director of Licensing and as Assistant Director of Planning & Development for the Town of Barnstable. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington DC and was a professionally trained dancer with the internationally renowned Maryland Youth Ballet. She studied, interned, and performed with both American Ballet Theater and Joffrey Ballet Company in NYC and in Washington DC at the Kennedy Center. Upon graduation from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX with a Bachelor in Fine Arts, Liz decided to change course and was hired by the National Park Service as a Park Ranger for Yosemite National Park and Boston National Historic Park.
Director (CLI Class of 2016)
Chris Hedetniemi was born and raised in Gloucester, MA. He attended St. John’s Prep, then on to study Management at Bentley University. Chris worked in event management for Bentley and Brandeis before coming to Cape Cod fourteen years ago.
Upon his arrival, Chris became employed at the Dan’l Webster where he was for 2 years, then moved to Asst. Store Manager for American Eagle Outfitters, and finally onto insurance with HUB International where he is still employed today. Chris was originally hired as a Branch Assistant in HUB’s North Chatham office. Within an eight month period, he obtained his insurance licenses and was promoted to a Client Relationship Manager position in the Employee Benefits Division. Three years later, he branched into Commercial and Personal Insurance while remaining at HUB. Most recently back in 2016, Chris was promoted to Assistant Vice President and Account Executive, continuing to offer clients his expertise across all lines of insurance. Chris is now approaching his eleventh year with HUB.
Director (CLI Class of 2019)
Mike graduated from Syracuse University and Suffolk University Law School and now serves in several capacities in the Cape Cod area as an attorney, an associate broker with Kinlin Grover, and as the founder of AccomplishedRE.
Director (CLI Class of 2015)
David Troutman has worked in the restaurant industry for over 46 years; the last 32 of which were spent as co-owner of Scargo Cafe.
A 1976 graduate of Barnstable High, he received his bachelors degree from Suffolk University in 2006 and is a graduate of the class of 2015 Community Leadership Institute.
He is a founding member and immediate past Chair of Calmer Choice and as such was the United Way recipient of the Ron Reed award for dedication to a board. David is also an active member of the YMCA “Achievers” steering committee, an active Trustee on The Cape Cod Chamber board, member of the PAWs advisory board as well as recently becoming a member of the board of WE CAN.
Director (CLI Class of 2018)
Vana Trudeau graduated from Barnstable High School and Cape Cod Community College before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in English summa cum laude from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She completed her Master of Arts in Drama at Tufts University and spent several years producing corporate “theatre” for Infinium Software, a pioneer in the SaaS (Software as a Service) industry.
In 2004 she founded Essential Rentals, a full-service vacation equipment rental company. Now employing more than a dozen people from May to October, it is the largest vacation equipment rental company in the region.
Vana joined CCCC as an adjunct faculty member in 2010 and served as Performing Arts Coordinator before becoming the Tilden Arts Center and College Events Coordinator in 2016. She is a member of the leadership of the Cape Cod Theatre Coalition, the Vice Chair for Region 1 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, a former member of the Dennis Port Revitalization Committee, and former Chair of the Dennis Arts and Culture Council.
Ex-Officio / Consultant (CLI Class of 2017)
Mike Redfield was born and raised in West Yarmouth. He received his Bachelors degree in Business from Bryant University in 2004. Mike spent 9 years living in San Diego from 2007 to 2016 enjoying the ocean and the outdoors year round and experienced immense professional growth by seizing on an opportunity to start a niche business within the construction industry. He grew his business year over year and sold it in 2016 so he and his wife Robbi could move to the Cape to settle down and start a family. Mike is currently the Sales Manager of the Personal Insurance Team at Rogers & Gray Insurance Agency and is an active member in the community.