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Welcome new board members and staff

New board members

During our January meeting, David B. Smith and Beth Opishinski were elected to the Cape and Islands United Way's board of directors. David, a resident of Falmouth, is Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer at Rockland Trust and replaces longtime board member Brian Griffin, also with Rockland. CIUW board chair Christine Eosco noted Rockland Trust’s longtime commitment to the organization.

We are thrilled to have David’s insights and expertise on our board and we are so grateful to Brian Griffin, who worked tirelessly and effectively for many years on behalf of the Cape and Islands United Way - Chris Eosco

At Rockland, David oversees and manages the Investment Management Group. In this capacity, he is involved in performing research and setting investment policy, as well as managing client portfolios.

Beth recently moved to the Cape full time. She is certified financial planner at Beacon Financial Planning in Hyannis and has more than 30 years experience in financial planning, most recently with TD Bank and prior to that with Bank of America. Beth said she is thrilled to be a part of the board and making an impact in any way she can.

In recent years, I have had the opportunity to to coach students as well as cancer patients around the steps they can take to get on the road to a good outcome. Understanding how all of these challenges intersect – and finding ways to address them in a meaningful and enduring manner – is an issue I am excited to tackle with the team at United Way as I begin my board membership. – Beth Opishinski

New staff members

Shortly after welcoming two new board members, we had the opportunity to also welcome two new staff members to our team.

Megan Yaps Development & Philanthropy Manager Megan joined the Cape and Islands United Way in February 2021 with over 15 years of experience in marketing and events from New York to the Cape. After leaving New York City in 2009, Megan worked in events at Ocean Edge and Chatham Bars Inn before joining the global marketing team at Syniti, formerly BackOffice Associates. Her love for our local community drives her work to advocate for and further the mission of the Cape & Islands United Way.

Jackie Barber

Community Outreach & Administration Manager

Jackie Barber brings more than 30 years of customer-service experience to her work at Cape and Islands United Way. She loves making a difference in a nonprofit setting and knows CIUW well, having spent three years on the community impact committee. She gained further wisdom as a Big Sister mentor and honed her business chops as general manager at The Wine List in Hyannis and server and bartender at Tosca in Hingham. She loves cooking, the beach, red wine, Target (wink), and most of all, time with family and friends.

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