Vineyard House elects officers


Vineyard House voted its slate of officers at the organization’s annual meeting held February 18. Mark Jenkins remains as president of the Board of Directors, with Beth Toomey and John Early as co-vice presidents, Brian Mackey as treasurer, and Pat Gregory as clerk. Tim Dobel, Janina Kean, Sheila Shapiro, and Jack Shea continue as additional Board Directors for 2013.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve this terrific organization for one more year,” said Mr. Jenkins. “With substance abuse continuing to be the Island’s most serious health care problem, our mission is more important than ever.”

The Vineyard House also recently announced the addition of two new board members: Leslie J. Stark of Vineyard Haven, and Lucy Patterson Cox, a lifelong summer resident of West Tisbury from Connecticut.

Mr. Stark has a 40-year background in advertising and creative marketing and is active in a number of Island arts organizations.

Ms. Cox is a Senior Associate Athletic Director at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, specializing in academic and wellness support for over 730 Division 1 student-athletes.

Vineyard House is a 501(c) 3 Public Charity that provides housing for Islanders in early recovery from substance abuse. The organization owns three homes in Oak Bluffs, two for men and one for women. All residents must pay rent, attend support group meetings, submit to regular random drug and alcohol testing, and participate in the house meetings and activities.

At the annual meeting, treasurer Brian Mackey announced another year “in the black” thanks to a strong end-of-year appeal, the success of the organization’s annual Water Tasting fundraiser, and continued financial support, not just from major contributors but also donations from a grassroots constituency. Mr. Mackey also pointed out that thanks to a committed volunteer Board of Directors and the Resident Support Committee, Vineyard House runs a “lean operation,” with only one full-time employee and three part-time employees.

To find out more about Vineyard House, visit or call the office at 508-693-8580.