About Us

 

Creating A Responsible Environment for the Cape & Islands (CARE)

 

What is CARE for the Cape & Islands

CARE for the Cape & Islands™ was founded in 2012 as the Cape and Islands’  first travelers’ philanthropy initiative.  More commonly known today as Impact Travel, CARE seeks to encourage, support, and create opportunities for visitors and residents to donate their “time, talent, and treasure” to help preserve and protect our region’s exquisite natural beauty, plant and wildlife habitats, Cape & Islands culture and history.

What is CARE’s Mission

CARE for the Cape & Islands™ mission is to inspire stewardship to preserve and protect the natural environment, cultural and historical treasures of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

Why Cape Cod and the Islands?

Cape Cod and the Islands’ scenic beauty and pristine coastline are enjoyed and appreciated by millions of visitors each year, presenting a need to protect its unique qualities.  This program will help sustain the region’s fragile ecosystem, culture and heritage that draw visitors and residents to vacation, work and live.

Ultimately, CARE for the Cape & Islands™ seeks to tap travelers’ growing interest in and support of eco-tourism and green-travel, and their philanthropic inclinations to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the Cape & Islands as a national treasure and travel destination.

How does it work?

CARE for the Cape & Islands educates and facilitates relationships among travelers, businesses, local organizations, environmental initiatives, and residents.  Working with travel industry businesses, CARE creates opportunities for travelers to contribute to local efforts to promote long-term environmental conservation and cultural heritage preservation. Visit our project criteria page to learn about our funding themes and proposal guidelines. Download our CARE Profile.

Meet our Founder and Staff

Jill Talladay

Director, CARE for the Cape and Islands

Jill Talladay:

Jill received her Master in Tourism Administration with a concentration in Sustainable Destination Management from The George Washington University in 2011, earning the Dr. Philip Ogilvie Academic Excellence Award. In 2012 inspired by her work with the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) at the third  Travelers’ Philanthropy Conference in Costa Rica and her graduate internship; she founded CARE (Creating A Responsible Environment) for the Cape and Islands, to help connect visitors, residents and businesses with opportunities to support the long term sustainability of Cape Cod and the Islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

Jill is co-Chair of the Yarmouth Recycling and Solid Waste Committee and an advocate to Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. She is passionate about using green practices and works hard to educate her friends as well as the public on simple steps they may take to make a difference on a daily basis. She became a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps in 2015, trained by Al Gore in Toronto, ON.

 

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 Fiscal Sponsor: CREST

Gregory Miller, Ph.D:

Executive Director , Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)

Gregory Miller, Ph.D:


Gregory Miller is the Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST). Gregory is a responsible tourism advocate and trained environmental scientist who believes in working globally, acting locally, and protecting our precious natural and cultural resources. He joined CREST in 2019, bringing to the organization a global track record of results in sustainable travel and recreation, biodiversity conservation, and policy development.

Prior to CREST, Gregory worked as a global consultant, providing expertise and leadership on projects focused on biodiversity conservation, climate change, corporate social responsibility, and ecotourism. Before that, he was President & CEO of NatureServe and previously served for 12 years as the President of American Hiking Society. He also led a distinguished 16-year executive career as Vice President for the Andes/Southern Cone Region at The Nature Conservancy, where he developed the Conservancy’s biodiversity project portfolio for South America, oversaw global ecotourism programs, and co-managed the Latin America and Caribbean Parks in Peril program.

A native of California, Gregory is fluent in Spanish and English. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Connecticut; was awarded a Science, Engineering, and Diplomacy post-doctoral fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Botany. In addition to his executive experience, Gregory worked for several years as a naturalist in South America, served as an environmental advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, and has held a lifelong commitment to environmental stewardship and exploring the outdoors responsibly.

 

Samantha Hogenson, M.T.A.

Program Associate, Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)

Samantha Hogenson, M.T.A.

Samantha’s interests in responsible travel were sparked at a young age while traveling the country to art shows with her parents, who are professional potters, and two international trips with People to People International. She graduated from Missouri State University with a major in Entertainment Management and minors in Geotourism and International Management. Samantha holds a Master of Tourism Administration from the George Washington University, with a concentration in sustainable destination development. She is a strong advocate for sustaining and enhancing our world’s cultures and environments through travel, and using tourism as a mechanism for community empowerment. Samantha has worked with the American Society of Travel Agents, the National Tour Association, and the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations, and is a trained Climate Reality Leader.

 

 Meet Our Interns

Sasha

Fall 2020 Intern, CARE

Camille-Fleur Moraux-Pizano (Sasha) :

Sasha is completing her last semester of Nonprofit Leadership and Management at Arizona State University. Passionate about wildlife and the environment, she is an ambitious soon-to-be Certified Nonprofit Professional. At seventeen years old, she left France, her native country, to pursue her higher education in the United States. In Vermont first, she enjoyed the outdoors, snowboarding and reading, then in Arizona, where she developed new interests in astronomy, politics, and lifestyle development. As a Community Assistant and Campaign Finance Fellow, she enjoyed navigating various cultures and helping communities to thrive, through supporting fellow students in their university experience, or assisting local green leaders in building capacity. A life-long learner with endless enthusiasm, Sasha became vegetarian, volunteered at local shelters, and decided to live a personal and professional life where her actions would match her values. 

 

Ellie Hartmann

Summer 2020 Intern, CARE

Ellie Hartmann:

Ellie is a senior at the University of New Hampshire where she is completing a dual major in Sustainability and Business Administration with a focus in Entrepreneurial studies. She is from Orleans Massachusetts and enjoys running, surfing, and spending time with family and friends. While at school she is a member of the Women’s Track and Field Team and EcoReps. Through EcoReps she has helped spread the importance of sustainability and helped to organize beach clean-ups. Ellie also spends her summers Life guarding for the town of Wellfleet.

 

Abby Kandel

Summer 2020 Intern, CARE

Abby Kandel:

Abby is from Groton, MA, but have spent every summer of my life on the Cape! I am a rising senior at Connecticut College and a Government Major and an Environmental Studies minor, which is a recent, but very quick passion of mine. I am part of the Sustainability Club and the Outdoors Club; I absolutely love hiking and the outdoors (especially Cape Cod beaches). I volunteer at Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut and work in my school’s Admissions Office during the year and work at Jams in Truro during the summers. I spent the Fall 2019 semester studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world. I learned so much about sustainability and how much the United States can learn from Denmark and other countries around the world. 

Meet Our Board of Directors

Lorraine Janusas

President and Founder, Eventful Connections

Building on a foundation of thirty plus years of managing unprecedented growth and success at event firms in New England, Lorraine Janusas founded Eventful Connections with the goal of offering clients a quality experience every step of the way.  Using her proficiency to translate the big picture into a strategic step by step plan for achieving goals, Lorraine’s logistical expertise and intense client focus result in controlled costs and exceptional events. 

Personally involved in every project, Lorraine relishes the challenges and opportunities presented by her clients and each new event.  Confident in her abilities yet humble in her approach, Lorraine has earned an unparalleled reputation for exceptional attention to detail and the ability to always deliver while exceeding clients’ expectations. 

Naturally inquisitive, Lorraine greets each day as a chance to learn about new resources or possibilities that inspire her.  Described by a vendor partner as being “firm but fair,” Lorraine’s goal in each partnership is to form an alliance resulting in long term relationships.  Lorraine’s determination, ability to adapt, follow through, and tenacity are complemented by her sense of humor. 

Lorraine is a long-standing member of MPI (Meeting Professionals International) and a Past President of the Cape Cod Hospitality Marketing Association.

Mark Novota

Managing Partner for Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

Managing Partner for Wequassett Resort and Golf Club having held various positions such as CFO and General Manger for the Resort since 1986. Mark’s passion, vision and determination transformed the Wequassett into a world-class resort.   Over the years, every feature and amenity of the resort was renovated or refined. Mark established a unique service culture based on customer intimacy that helped to set the resort apart and developed an innovative training program that inspires his staff in all aspects of the hospitality business with a focus on personal service.  Most recently he has implemented a resort-wide sustainability initiative. He has also served on numerous boards and was recognized by the Massachusetts Lodging Association’s as Outstanding General Manager of the Year, and in 2003 Preferred Hotels nominated him as Hotelier of the Year.

Kari Parcell

Waste Reduction/Diversion Expert, Barnstable County/MA DEP

I have a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics and a master’s degree in Public Administration and Emergency Management.  Prior to moving to Chatham, MA she lived on the West Coast earning a degree from the University of Oregon.  Once I completed my undergraduate degree, I spent many years traveling the country settling in various states.  Although I loved to see the county, I found home when I landed on Cape Cod.  

Professionally, I provide regional technical assistance to the 23 municipalities in solid waste management/reduction/diversion through comprehensive reduction, diversion, reuse, recycling, composting, anaerobic digestion, and wastewater treatment programs.  I am also an Adjunct Professor at Mass Maritime Academy teaching “Strategies in Solid Waste Management”.  I sit on the Cape Cod Commission’s Climate Change Initiative working group, and I am on the Board Of Directors at Upper Cape Tech’s Environmental Technology Dept.  Everyday, I feel delighted to live in such a beautiful place and be able to breathe the fresh ocean air and walk the beaches and trailheads knowing that I contribute to the uniqueness of the communities that strive to protect the ecology and cleanliness of our region!  

Michelle Pino

Co-Founder, Co-Owner and Vice President of Northeast Unlimited Tours, Inc.

Co-Founder, Co-Owner and Vice President of Northeast Unlimited Tours, Inc. based in Sandwich, MA (Cape Cod). With 28 years of experience in the tourism industry, Michelle’s expertise in sales, marketing and product development enables her to successfully cultivate strong long-lasting client relationships by providing creative, unique and memorable tour packages along with unparalleled customer service. Her entrepreneurial drive and leadership has helped guide Northeast Unlimited Tours to become one of the Northeast’s leading Receptive Tour Operators.

Mary Vilbon

Community & Economic Development Committee

Mary relocated to Cape Cod in July of 2015 for the position of executive director for the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce. She received her degree in Community Development and Organizing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Over the past 15 years her experience includes, strategic planning, grant writing, program development, fiscal management, cultivation and coordination of strong public and private partnerships, budgeting, marketing, public relations, and oversight of economic development projects.

 

She was responsible for developing and managing the 17th Cultural District Designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In 2013 she became a film liaison, assisting the Massachusetts Film Office with two major film productions; Labor Day and The Judge. In 2014 I was the recipient of the Larry D Meehan Award from the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, honored for her success in leveraging tourism, the arts, and film production.

Internship Opportunities

CARE for the Cape and Islands (CARE) is seeking a Fall/Winter and Spring intern to assist with promotional efforts as well as to provide general support for CARE programming. CARE is based on Cape Cod, MA, however, remote internships will be considered. It is a great opportunity for someone to expand their knowledge of responsible and sustainable travel in hospitality, events, and/or destination management, sustainability and community development. The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic, creative individual who’d like to develop marketing and communication skills and gain experience working in the non-profit sector.

Possible intern responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting with coordination and planning of CARE’s educational, fundraising and volunteer events
  • Assisting with partnership development
  • Working with social media, website content and other promotional marketing initiatives
  • Designing promotional material
  • Researching grant opportunities
  • Assisting with administrative tasks
  • Staffing events (webinars, fundraisers, beach cleanups) virtually or in person

Skills/Requirements

  • Excellent written and spoken communication (English)
  • Ability to work independently in a dynamic environment
  • Creative, flexible, and organized
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Proficiency with social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WordPress and Wix platform.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Illustrator or other design a plus)
  • Previous substantive research or fundraising experience an asset

CARE interns must be available for a minimum of 15 (20 preferred) hours per week, primarily during business hours. The internship is unpaid, however, we are happy to work with students for academic credit. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, two references (name, position, and contact information), and a short writing sample to jill@careforthecapeandislands.org.

Contact:

P.O. Box 638, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675

508-760-8187