Martha’s Vineyard Hospital board adds two new members


The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital board met March 26 and elected John H. Schaefer of Edgartown and New York and Walter S. Teller of Chilmark and California to the hospital board of trustees.

Mr. Schaefer retired from the brokerage firm of Morgan Stanley in 2006, where he most recently served as a member of the management committee. He is an active member of the New York and Vineyard communities.

Mr. Schaefer is vice chairman of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and an advisory director of New York Needs You, a leadership development program that targets high-potential first generation college students. Mr. Schaefer is also vice president of the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation.

“We’ve met such a great group of people here. Supporting the hospital and ensuring that quality healthcare is always here for everyone seems like a no-brainer. I’m truly honored to have been asked to serve on the board and look forward to helping support and promote the important mission of Martha’s Vineyard Hospital,” he said.

Walter Teller is a founding partner of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman LLP, in Beverly Hills, a firm that specializes in entertainment law, representing individuals and companies in all areas of the domestic and international film, digital, and television industries.

Mr. Teller first began coming to the Vineyard in 1946 with his family. He and his wife, Claudia Weill, a film, television, and theatre director, live in Chilmark.

The Tellers are enthusiastic supporters of many Island organizations. Mr. Teller has also served on the advisory board of the Vineyard Energy Project for several years. “The good health and wellbeing of our community are very important for us all, and we were very supportive of the new hospital project. I’m pleased to be able to continue our support by also serving on the board,” he said.

“Mr. Schafer and Mr. Teller bring a great deal of business experience to our board, and more importantly, a love of the Island and a long history of reaching out and giving back to the Vineyard community,” Tim Sweet, chairman of the hospital, said. “We are lucky to have them and welcome them aboard.”