Meet Our Board Members



Jack Potz is the chair of the foundation and has extensive endowment investment experience including serving as Director of the West Tisbury Library Foundation, South Salem Library, South Salem Fire Dept and the Ward Pond Ridge Reservation. Jack was managing director of the Commonfund for thirteen years.

Carolyn Potz is a Financial Advisor with J.P. Morgan Securities and is a member of The Starker Delehanty Group as a financial advisor. She earned her MBA from Yale University in Finance and Strategy and graduated from Colby College with BA in Economics and Art. Carolyn serves as an Athletics Committee Member at The Yale Club, and as a Board Member of the Yale Alumni Association

Samantha Look works for Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation and Vineyard Conservation Society, and formerly owned Crow Hollow Farm. She grew up riding horses on Martha’s Vineyard and graduated from the Regional High School and Swarthmore College. Samantha played a key role in the Horse Center’s 2016 pilot programs. She is married and has two children in the MV school system.

Doug McNeely is a Managing Director of BlackRock Asset Management and Head of the Institutional Focus Group. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2012, Doug was President of the Commonfund Securities and a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley. Doug earned a BA in Economics from Duke University where he played varsity basketball. Doug is currently a Trustee of the Duke University Perkins Library. Doug is married to Lori McNeely (a member of our Advisory Board) and has two grown children; they live in West Tisbury.

Julie Skinner lives in West Tisbury overlooking Nat’s Farm and Misty Meadows. Julie has held extensive leadership board positions at non-profits in the arts. Since moving to the Vineyard in 2005, she has served on the Chamber Music Society and the Martha’s Vineyard Donors Collaborative boards.  She has a degree in Education from University of MI. Julie and her husband Bill have three children and five grandchildren. Julie is a horse lover and an avid rider; she currently owns “Graphite,” a Dutch Warm Blood.


Sarah Nixon is engaged in the hands on management of three family-owned historic properties in Menemsha.  Sarah is part of the Earth Conservation Corps, the Washington Ballet, YMCA of MV, Wings Over America and the American Heroes Saltwater Challenge.

Tracey Olsen is a USDF bronze and gold medalist and the vice-president of the MV Horse Council. Tracey competed most recently in the USDF Dressage Finals Grand Prix in 2014 and 2015 in Lexington, KY.  She currently owns and operates Woodbe Farm in West Tisbury, a dressage training facility. 

Nicole Cabot is a Private Chef and Caterer and Island Grown Schools Coordinator at the West Tisbury School.  She is a former Director for the MV Hebrew Center.

Dan Doyle is a newcomer to the island.  He currently works for the NYC Build it Back program, an office created to construct homes that will better endure flooding for Hurricane Sandy impacted residents.

Cat Garfinkle has a diverse background in marketing and the healing arts. She is creative and results-oriented with strong planning skills and has been motivating teams to surpass goals for over 25 years. Cat is also a yoga / meditation practitioner and teacher. She currently lives in West Tisbury with her husband Myron.

Barbara Bates Conroy is a long time equestrian enthusiast. As co-founder of BBD Brand Development, Barbara brings with her a unique blend of expertise which includes business, marketing, and healing arts. Barbara’s professional career includes Registered Nurse, Vice President of Global Retail Development at Polo Ralph Lauren, and President of Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Division.  Barbara is certified in Hatha Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Medicinal 0ils, and Reiki Level 2.  Barbara is on the board of Fly Yoga Outreach (MV) and a volunteer at Norwalk Housing Authority (CT). She is an author, publishing early 2018, a mother of four and resides in Menemsha.