Board of Trustees
Penny Dey is a Broker/Owner of Atlantic East Nantucket Real Estate. In the real estate business for nearly 3 decades on Nantucket, she has served two terms as President of the Nantucket Association of Real Estate Brokers and has also been a Director of the Cape Cod & Islands Association of Realtors, the Nantucket Planning & Economic Development Commission, Sustainable Nantucket, the Finance Committee for the Town of Nantucket and Habitat for Humanity. Penny was most recently a director of Housing Nantucket, a non-profit helping to house middle income islanders.
Penny first came to Nantucket with her family in the summer of 1963 and her family still spends time each summer in Quidnet. Nantucket has been her home year round since 1977; her summer job cooking at the Club Car was extended to Christmas that year. Penny never left and, before working in real estate, did many things for a living including scalloping during the winter months. She feels fortunate to call Nantucket home, and enjoys the challenges of running a locally-owned business.
Penny believes it is important to have choices in education and is excited to have joined the board of the Nantucket Lighthouse School.
Sabrina Elwell, Secretary
Sabrina came to Nantucket through her love of art and her grandmother who lived here. She nurtured her love of art through NISDA and fell in love with Nantucket in the process. Since living on the island, Sabrina has worked mainly with children, as a nanny and at Small Friends. As an advisor on a family Foundation, she has contributed to many worthy island projects in the arts and education. Sabrina's son Ben graduated from the Lighthouse Middle School in 2012. Her devotion to Lighthouse School comes from her son's transformative experience and her genuine appreciation of the school's integrated curriculum that focuses on both arts and academics.
Lizbet Carroll Fuller, Trustee Emerita
Lizbet co-founded Lighthouse School with Elizabeth Sundell in 1999 where she has served as the Director of Education, Trustee, classroom teacher and faculty advisor. She has worked with young children for over 25 years in pre-school and elementary school classrooms. She moved to Nantucket in 1991 to teach at NES before leaving and creating her own pre-school turned Kindergarten program, which evolved into the Lighthouse Small School and primary program."We set out to create a school that honors the magic of childhood while creatively introducing children to the ideas, information, and tools they will need to construct meaningful and rewarding lives. In turn, the school has generated a wonderful and caring community of teachers, staff members, families, and friends." Lizbet's philosophy of education is inspired and informed by the work of Rudolf Steiner (founder of Waldorf Education), the Integrated Day approach of the Antioch New England Graduate School, the social curriculum and philosophy of the Mead School, her practical experience in the classroom and the talented staff she has worked with. As a Trustee Emerita, she currently serves in an unofficial advisory role.
Cary Hazlegrove moved to Nantucket from Roanoke, Virginia in the spring of 1978. She has worn many hats in her year-round life, including housecleaner, scalloper, baker, musician, and photographer. Nantucket has been her home and central to her work for more than thirty years. Cary lives in the village of Siasconset with her musician, composer husband, Andy and their daughter, Virginia. Virginia began at the Nantucket Lighthouse School in the Small School when she was 3.5 years old, and is the first student to matriculate through the entire Lighthouse program, graduating from the Middle School in 2013.
Mark Lucas, President
His work led to him to Nantucket working at the Nantucket Golf Club while the course was under construction, and he is currently the golf course manager at the club. Mark is proud of the club’s successes; its reputation world-wide as a premier golf club, the club’s strong environmental record and programs, and the Nantucket Golf Club Foundation that supports so many youth programs for children on Nantucket.
Mark is active in community programs and activities including: coaching Little League and T-ball; being a director for the Partnership for Harrier Habitat Preservation (PHHP); being a member of the Naushop Architectural Review Committee (ARC); being a member of the Nantucket Board of Health’s Fertilizer Advisory Board; and having been a member of the Town’s Article 68 Workgroup, which revolutionized how fertilizers are appropriately applied and regulated on Nantucket.
Mark and his wife, Sarah Holton-Roth, met on the island and both feel fortunate to be raising their three children on Nantucket. Their children (Colby, Sammy, and Aleah) attend NLS, and all have had wonderful and great experiences. Providing their children with an education that is developmentally appropriate and respects the pace of childhood is very important to both Mark and Sarah, and they are so pleased to have found that in the Nantucket Lighthouse School.
Neil Marttila, Treasurer
Neil graduated from the University of New Hampshire and moved to the island in 1991. He is the Market Executive at Nantucket Bank, a division of Blue Hills Bank. Nonprofit organizations have a supporter and advocate in Neil. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Nantucket Film Foundation, a Board Member of the Nantucket Dreamland Foundation, and a Board Member of The Community Foundation of Nantucket. Neil previously served on the Board of Directors Access Nantucket and the Town of Nantucket’s Real Estate Advisory Board. Neil is member of the NLS Finance Committee. He is married to Lauren Marttila.
Julia Kuratek Maury
Julia grew up on Nantucket and developed her love of learning early in life when she had Lizbet as a first grade teacher, received reading instruction from Sandy, and rode the school bus with Mr. Cranston. Julia attended Columbia University in New York City, where she earned her BA in American Studies. While in college, she lived abroad in Cape Town, South Africa and tutored young children in language, writing, and life skills. Julia has her certification as a Lead Teacher with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and recently received her certification in Early Childhood Education with the American Montessori Society. She spent two years as a Lead Teacher at the Montessori Children’s House of Nantucket and has previously held the positions of Extended Day Instructor and Small School Teacher at Nantucket Lighthouse School.
Jane Miller has been a real estate broker in Nantucket for the past twenty years, currently with Atlantic East Nantucket Real Estate. Before entering real estate Jane taught French and Spanish at Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Connecticut, and in the Nantucket Schools, where she started the AFS student exchange club. She continues to support AFS, believing strongly in the study abroad experience. She has tutored adult English language learners through the Literacy Project at the Nantucket Atheneum, served two terms on the Nantucket School Committee, and has served on the Town Association, an affiliate of the Civic League, for the past eight years, where she just began her second year as president of the organization. She loves reading, participating in the Atheneum World Voices Book Club, spending time with her five grandchildren (two of whom are students at Lighthouse School), and traveling with her husband, John.
Kitty Pochman, Vice President
Rachael Freeman Slosek
In 2003, after completing her graduate studies, she decided to move here year-round for a job at the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. Currently she is the Environmental Coordinator at the Nantucket Land Bank and is married to Sam Slosek, who co-owns Moors End Farm with his family. Together they have 3 children, Sophia, Ben and Eli, all of whom attend the Lighthouse School.
Both Rachael and Sam are pleased to have the opportunity for their children to attend a school that is educating them both academically and emotionally. They feel strongly that the Lighthouse School, is teaching their children to be confident thinkers, learners and problem solvers. What an amazing foundation for life!
She moved to Nantucket from the Cape in 1997 to run the investment program at Nantucket Bank. For 13 years, Sue served as senior vice president for the Investment Services division at Nantucket Bank. She developed strong partnerships there that inspired her in 2010 to establish her own wealth-‐management practice called Storey Financial Services. Sue has a special passion for proper asset management and financial planning, with a focus on helping self-‐employed individuals, women, and retirees.
She has been actively involved in the Nantucket community. An accomplished sailor, Sue has served as a Board member of Nantucket Community Sailing, as well as Coaching Assistant and Women’s Clinic Instructor since 2005. In addition, she was a Board member of Small Friends on Nantucket where she was also involved in the capital campaign for building the new LEED-‐certified school. In 2014, Sue joined the advisory board of Family and Children’s Services. She has been a long-‐time member of the Advisory Board of Nantucket Lighthouse School.
Sue lives on-‐island with her dog, Mike.
Candice became a Nantucket Lighthouse School supporter shortly after her daughter Clementine was born in 2008.
In 2010, Candice founded 30 miles out productions, inspired to continue the production work she loves. It would come to support NLS's communication campaign in the future.
In 2013, Clementine joined the NLS kinder class, and Candice joined the NLS Communication and Garden Festival committees.
More recently, her time working for Fairwinds Counseling Nantucket, in a School and Court Liaison role, offered her insight which reinforced her dedication in supporting NLS, and its extraordinary integrated curriculum, designed to honor the whole child - head, heart, hand.
The school's philosophy of addressing a child's mind, body and individual spirit, while teaching and supporting skills for critical thinking, creative problem solving, and the navigation of one's social-emotional life, has allowed her daughter Clementine to thrive in her academic experience.
"We couldn't have asked for a better school for our daughter, anywhere, let alone on this little island! We love our Nantucket Lighthouse School Community."
He started his design career at Design Associates of Boston and Nantucket and striving to get a more thorough understanding of the design-build process in construction worked with many construction companies on the island. With twenty-five years of experience in design and construction, and increasing demand for private consultation, Joseph decided to venture into private practice in 2015 with his own firm, Topham Design, a full service architectural design firm specializing in the design of large and small classic island homes and cottages, new additions and renovations to existing homes, as well as historic preservation projects.
No stranger to nonprofits and community service, he serves on the Nantucket Conservation Commission and is a member of the Maddequet Admiralty Association where he serves on the Maddequet Admiralty Association Scholarship Committee. In 2016 he was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Nantucket Lighthouse School to fill a vacancy and will continue to serve a regular term. His family started the John Topham Jr. Spirit Fund to benefit local youth who are making a difference in the fight against HIV/ AIDS. In the past, he was a board member of the Nantucket Ice Rink and Roller Hockey.
Joseph resides on the island with his wife and two daughters who both attend the Lighthouse School.
Eric was born in New Hampshire and spent summers on Nantucket with his family. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island, he moved to the island year round in 2001. He is an associate member of the Conservation Foundation and has a deep interest in protecting Nantucket’s open space. Eric met his wife Jenne on Nantucket and together they run a landscaping business. They have a two-year-old daughter Jimmie and after being introduced to the Lighthouse School is very grateful that there is an on island education very similar to the one he grew up with in New Hampshire at the Well School. In his free time he enjoys skiing, surfing, and spending time outdoors with his family.