Martha’s Vineyard Community Services appoints new board members


Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) has named five new members to its 19-member board of directors. They are Bruce Eckman, Robert Egerton Jr., Iris Freeman, John Kennedy, and June Manning, longtime contributors to MVCS.

Mr. Eckman is a marketing consultant and psychotherapist. Robert Egerton Jr., is the Eastern region president of the Regional Agribusiness Banking Group of CoBank, ACB. Ms. Freeman, a longtime advocate for elder rights, is an associate director of the Center for Elder Justice and Policy at the William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota.

Mr. Kennedy is a journalist and educator who has worked for the Associated Press and the Boston Globe and written for other publications, including Time magazine. Ms. Manning has provided home care for the elderly for many years and served on several Island boards, for which she recently received recognition with a state Unsung Heroine of 2011 Award.

“We’ve been fortunate to have had a lot of interest in serving our organization,” MVCS executive director Julia Burgess said in a press statement.

In a letter of interest the board received from Mr. Kennedy, he wrote, “MVCS helps those most in need, and I am drawn to serving in some capacity those who haven’t had the privileges of birth, education, and opportunity that I have enjoyed in my lifetime.”