Past Recipients


Jonathan Thompson was born and raised in Hyannis and is passionate about our Cape Cod Community.  His energy and charisma are dynamic.  With a big smile and warm hug, he makes every person he meets feel like they are somebody special.

Jonathan is a community leader and he works tirelessly to inspire positivity and team work among those around him.  His personal mission is "One love, one family and one community."

When racial and law enforcement issues created tension throughout the country, Jonathan was among one of the first people to bring people together on Cape Cod.  He and other members of "People of Action, a grassroots group focused on mentoring and unity, planned a community day with the local police and area businesses, and invited the public to come out and have fun together.

Jonathan is often at the forefront of things. He helps to organize the Cape Cod Flag Football for Kids and Cape Cod Warriors Youth Basketball leagues.  After a car crash claimed three young lives, he coordinated a community vigil.  Additionally, JT can always be found dancing in the streets of Hyannis during "Hyannis Open Streets" events and has served as Master of Ceremonies for countless events, including the recent "Dancing with the Docs" benefit.

Furthermore, Jonathan as started "JT's Chronicles," a Facebook page dedicated to sharing kindness, motivational messages and promoting good things going on in the community.  The site has thousands of followers. When asked what he thought about that he said, "I love the way our community is coming together."

2017 Leadership Award Winner



After graduating from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School in 1968, Joel Crowell attended Northeastern University where he studied business and accounting. During this time, he also started his career at The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, working as a teller at the East Dennis branch. After graduating, he served for many years as assistant branch manager, then treasurer and chief financial officer, and was named president and CEO in 1983. During Crowell’s tenure, the bank has grown from $21 million in 1968 to $69 million when he became president and CEO to $875 million today.


Over the years, Joel has provided guidance and support to numerous local institutions and non-profit organizations in various capacities as board member, trustee, chairman, director or volunteer. He has been an active member of the Cape’s business and philanthropic communities. He is a true leader, forging the way through his example of patience, kindness, thoughtfulness, and truly caring about the people around him. In all his years as president of The Coop, he's made it a point to know every employee by name and greet them when he sees them. He's the epitome of humility and wisdom.

Joel currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, the Cape Cod Needy Fund, the Board of Trustees of Cape Cod Academy, and director and past chair of Cape Cod Healthcare. He is a trustee and the president of the Kelley Foundation, and was awarded the Outstanding Business/Organization of the Year on behalf of the Bank at the 2012 Philanthropy Day award ceremony. The same year, Crowell received the Community Bank Heroes Award sponsored by the Banker & Tradesman. 

In the past, he has also been active on the boards of such organizations as Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Cape Cod Foundation, Coastal Community Capital (Cape & Islands Community Development, Inc.), Duffy Health Center, and Rehabilitation Hospital of the Cape and Islands (RHCI), among others. Other awards he has received include the Housing Assistance Corporation’s Leadership with Compassion Award in 1999, and the Paul Harris award given by the Rotary Club of Hyannis in 2014. Crowell served as a Dennis Selectman from 1978-1985, acting as chairman for three years.

2016 Leadership Award Winners



Lorraine and Tony Shepley both admit they are “wash-a-shores” who moved to the Cape in their late teens. They fell in love with Cape Cod and got so busy they never left. Lorraine became a nationally ranked triathlete and later a ski professional and Tony started a lumber business with a partner, no experience, a single truck and $4,000 in capital. In the early days, he doubled as the human forklift.


Between family (sons Niles and Cole), business (Shepley Wood Products Inc) and community involvement (Cape and Islands United Way, Kelley Foundation, Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Cape Cod, The Barnstable Mutual Insurance Company, Trinity Christian Academy, The Mass Retail Lumber Dealers Association, and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce), they have kept themselves busy and involved for their careers. Their approach to involvement has been to jump in with both feet and to constantly reinvest in the communities that support them.


Back in 1990, Tony remembers a friend’s teenage son asking “Who are the business leaders on the Cape?” Both the friend and Tony realized that many of the established and recognized business leaders were retired, had moved away or been diminished by the Recession of 1990. There was a visible leadership vacuum that was alarming, yet full of opportunity for future business leaders.


As the world moves in cycles, that vacuum soon filled with a new generation of leaders and that supply we know is important to maintain and care for. CLI is an important part of what helps us build and awaken new leaders in our community. From providing role models to follow, to tapping into inner unrealized potential to help young leaders push past their uncertainty, CLI represents the type of investment effort we need to make in our future leaders. Let’s not wait for them to show up, let’s start growing them now by giving them the tools and experience to fuel their ambition and grow into their roles.


Lorraine and Tony are pleased to have been able to help grow leaders in their business, their community and in their own two sons, who at age 16 and 17 show great promise. Bring on the next generation!

2015 Leadership Award Winner



Brigadier General Don Quenneville is a retired pilot who spent more than 36 years serving both the active and reserve components of the Air Force. He is currently an independent consultant and owner of Great Pointe Consulting, LLC, advising his clients on how best to work with and develop business opportunities with military and federal government agencies.


Gen. Quenneville was formerly the Senior Vice President for Defense Sector Initiatives at Mass Development and served as the Executive Director of the Commonwealth’s Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force.


He was Commander of the Massachusetts Air National Guard's 102nd Fighter Wing on Sept. 11, 2001, and pilots and aircraft from the unit were the first to respond to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers. In his Air Force career, Quenneville achieved Command Pilot status with more than 4,500 flight hours and received numerous major military awards and decorations, including the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross.


Since retiring from the Air Force in 2007, Gen. Quenneville has been active in the community as a volunteer with Gosnold on Cape Cod and serves as chairman of Gosnold’s board of directors.

2014 Leadership Award Winner



In 1999 Shawn opened Nauset Disposal with a pickup truck and a pair of gloves. Over the past 15 years Shawn has built the company off strong relationships with local businesses and a dedication to giving back to the local Cape Cod community.


In addition to being the president of Nauset Disposal, Shawn currently sits on the board of the Cape and Islands United Way and Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. Shawn and Nauset Disposal are also a major sponsor to the Cape Cod Young Professionals and other organizations such as the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Cape Cod Charitable FunRaisers, and Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance. Over the past few years Shawn has won awards such as, Cape and Plymouth Business Magazine’s 40 under 40, the Jack Gay Ambassador Award, and the U.S. Small Business Administration's Massachusetts Rising Star Award.


Shawn is also a strong advocate for the Community Leadership Institute. Nauset Disposal has had three employees attend CLI. Gil Ricci, Nauset Disposal’s business manager graduated in 2013 and Anne McGovern, marketing and community investment manager, graduated in 2014.


2013 Leadership Award Winners



Paul and Carolyn Hebert founded the Housing For All Corporation in 1988 to better aid their fellow Cape Codders who had nowhere to sleep on cold winter nights but the streets of Hyannis.  "How can we enjoy our cozy bed while someone is huddled in a doorway?" asked Carolyn.  While working full time as a chef to support his wife and three daughters, Paul, with Carolyn's help, envisioned and manifested the NOAH Shelter, the Miracle Kitchen, Gleaners Second Harvest and the Day Star Place.
These deeds caught the attention of Alice O'Neill, who implored Paul to do more good works, and generously offered her resources to bolster the efforts.  The Heberts took the next step in faith and opened CHAMP House in 1991, which was to be home to those who had come to be without.
Over the years, CHAMP House has evolved to become CHAMP Homes and provides affordable, supportive family-style living to a co-ed inter-generational fifty member family at the School Street Campus.
They have served over 1,400 individuals and continue to offer flexible, personal care to those with no other housing resources available.

2012 Leadership Award Winner



Through almost 35 years of hard work and determination, I have built a business of which I am very proud. I still feel the excitement as I head off to my office early every morning because I truly enjoy what I do. In over 34 years in the home building industry, I have met so many great people - customers, architects, suppliers, tradesmen, and employees. Building these long-term relationships has been the key to our success.
My wife, Terry, and I are both native Cape Codders, and live in Osterville with our three boys. We feel fortunate to be part of such a great community and we feel very strongly about giving back to it.  Terry and I actively participate in our community in order to instill that sense of responsibility in our children. I served on the Planning Board for the Town of Barnstable, I am a Board member and past President of the Osterville Anglers Club. After working on the planning and building committees and serving as a trustee on the Board of Directors of the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, I was very excited to see the opening of the new center and how it has improved the lives of so many in our community.
I served on the board and was president of the Barnstable Youth Hockey Association for 7+ years. I continue to support the association by organizing and running a fishing tournament which is going into its 4th year. Terry served on the Board of Trustees of the Osterville Village Library for many years and still serves on committees for the new library. Terry and I both serve as committee members of the Joe Cronin Memorial Fishing Tournament to benefit The Jimmy Fund and the Cape Cod Fall Classic to benefit The Genesis Fund. We are personally committed to organizing and running these events to benefit these great organizations.
I feel very fortunate that I am able to give back to our community in many ways. It is important to me that I thank all of our friends, neighbors and business partners who have joined us with their support. I have enjoyed working with all of you on the many events and causes, and look forward to continuing that relationship for years to come.


2011 Leadership Award Winner



Beth Marcus moved to Cape Cod in 1999 with her husband Todd to pursue their dream of opening their own brewery. She had never owned a home, had never worked for a small business and didn't really understand the potential of life in a small community. For the first few years she worked in a variety of jobs including office manager for a builder and a local land trust, and IT director of a now defunct tech company. She even spent a couple of years as the Community Leadership Institute’s program coordinator.
In 2004 she and her husband started Cape Cod Beer, the Cape’s only microbrewery. An active member of the community, Beth is a member of the board of the Cape & Islands United Way; she co-chairs the Hyannis Village Civic Association Marketing task force and is a former Community Leadership Institute board member. She also organized a bike team for the 2010 Last Gasp event, which raised more than $30,000 for six local charities. In her spare time she helped the 6th and 7th graders at Barnstable Intermediate School start and run their own school store. She is an avid recycler and champion of all things “local”.

Beth admits she has a hard time saying “NO” to good causes.
She is a proud "hockey-mom” to her two sons Harrison, 10, and Jacob, who is 12 years old.

2010 Leadership Award Winner


Five important events in our world of philanthropy, spanning thirty years
I grew up five houses down the street from my grandparents in West Dennis. They lived, breathed, and enjoyed visual and performing arts. My grandmother was a painter and played the melodeon. My grandfather loved the theatre. Prior to his passing, he talked to my father and me about his concern for the stability and sustainability of arts on Cape Cod. In 1985, we formed and funded the John K. and Thirza Davenport Foundation for the Arts (one of the largest Foundations in the supporting the Arts on Cape Cod), supporting a commitment to excellence in the visual and performing arts. The John K. and Thirza Davenport Foundation grants scholarships to Barnstable County residents in their last two years of undergraduate study or, preferably, graduate work in the visual and performing arts. Preferences are given to projects, activities, or capital needs that are one-time, student driven situations.
The second important event was when we decided with our partner the Mugar Family to sell the Cape Cod Mall because of changes in the retail landscape. My father raised the question, “Because Cape Cod was so good to our families what should we do to give back?” During a five-minute call with David Mugar, it was decided that we would donate one million dollars to build a Cancer Center and install a linear accelerator at Cape Cod Hospital. The Davenport Mugar Center was the first major step toward the on-Cape oncology treatments we have available to us today.
Third, our team wanted to sponsor an event that would capitalize on our organizational skills and creativity. There were lots of golf, fishing, and tennis tournaments, as well as walks, runs, and biking for great causes. In Hyannis on September 15, 2001, we ran the first Seaside Lemans, a Formula 1 kart race that raised $120,000. We covered all the expenses of that first event. In the eight years since, this annual endeavor has put three million dollars into the hands of fantastic organizations assisting children, health and human services, and social services on Cape Cod.
Our fourth endeavor was borne out of a conversation with my mother. One day a few years back, she asked how we could improve the quality of life for Cape Codders, especially with regard to health care. The answer was, with the creation and implementation of new technology, to build much needed new facilities with improved access. Our company matched her gift and, in 2007, the Jane and Palmer Davenport Foundation was formed. To date, because of large grants from this Foundation, over a dozen organizations have raised their service bar.
Fifth and finally, in 2008, Cape Cod Healthcare faced some tough decisions due to budget constraints. Capital spending was curtailed. Our concern was that the Cancer Center, which we continued to support with software enhancements over the previous decade, could lose its edge. So, with persistence and creativity, I am proud to say a stereotactic radiosurgery unit has been ordered and will be installed this summer, allowing doctors to treat cancer patients with a non-invasive procedure, providing massive amounts of radiation with incredible precision. We will be able to treat targets in the brain, spine, and other extracranial organs with precision, speed and improved outcomes.  Once again, Cape Cod Hospital will be on the leading edge with the treatments available to its cancer patients.

2009 Leadership Award Winner



  • Bachelors Degree, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, 1970. Masters Degree, Bridgewater State College, 1981.

  • Piloted multi-engine P-3 Orion anti-submarine aircraft throughout Atlantic and Mediterranean. 

  • Plane commander, mission commander, instructor pilot, Naval Air Stations Brunswick, Maine and Weymouth, Massachusetts.

  • Joined Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 1978, Company Officer, introducing a wide variety of leadership, discipline, personal development programs, improving Regimental structure of MMA.  Promoted to Assistant Commandant in 1981, and Commandant of Cadets in 1983.  Assumed duties of Dean of Students, 1991.  Promoted to Vice President of Students Services, 1994, and Executive Vice President, 2003.

  • Elected Academy President June 2005 by vote of the MMA Board of Trustees with military rank of Rear Admiral conferred by the U.S. Maritime Administrator.

  • Current and former community service includes: Vice Chairman, Buzzards Bay Village Association; Director, Bourne Financial Development Corporation; Treasurer, National Marine Life Center; Member, Boston Marine Society; Member, American Bureau of Shipping; Member, Columbia University’s Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy.

  • Resides in Buzzards Bay with wife Linda; foster parents with Massachusetts Department of Social Services since 1990.  Two grown sons: a professor of chemistry at DePauw University and a research chemist.  A teenage son and middle-school daughter remain at home.  

2008 Leadership Award Winner



  • Born and raised in Medway, Massachusetts.

  • Bachelor’s Degree from the College of the Holy Cross (1958) and Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School (1964).

  • United States Navy (1958-61), separated from active duty with rank of Lt(jg).

  • Active member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Barnstable County Bar Association, Massachusetts Trial Lawyers Association, City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Massachusetts Judges Conference, and the American Judges Association.

  • Worked in private law practice from 1964 through 1992.

  • Town Counsel for Mashpee (1977-92) and Counsel to Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire District  (1987-92).

  • Associate Justice (Aug-Oct 1992), Presiding Justice (Oct ’92-Dec 2006) in the Barnstable Division, District Court Department of the Massachusetts Trial Court.  

2007 Leadership Award Winner



  • Probation Officer for the Barnstable District Court (Barnstable Action for New Directions program) since 1994

  • Earned a B.A. in Human Services from Lesley College and a Master’s in Social Work from Boston University

  • Member of the Advisory Board to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health•  Member of Barnstable Town Council’s Human Services Committee

  • Creator of and managing volunteer for the Salvation Army’s program “Inn from the Cold”, organizing more than 3,000 beds annually for homeless men and women in 44 churches from Falmouth to Orleans

  • Outspoken advocate, bringing attention, private and government funding, and support for the sheltering/housing of Cape Cod’s homeless

  • Organizer of the Cape Cod National Homeless Persons Memorial Event to remember the homeless men and women who died on Cape Cod

  • 2002 and 2003 Recipient of the American Red Cross “Heroes Award”

  • 2004 Recipient of the John Hinkley Community Service Award

  • Inducted into the National Register of “Who’s Who: Professionals in Human Service” 

2006 Leadership Award Winner



  • Manager of the Hyannis Branch of the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank since 1996

  • Member of the Board of Directors of Housing Assistance Corporation since 1996 and Board Treasurer since 2004

  • Member of the Board of Directors and Clerk of the Consumer Assistance Council since 1992

  • Chairman of the Town of Barnstable Fourth of July Committee since 1998

  • Past President of the Orleans Rotary Club

  • Member of the Hyannis Rotary Club since 1994

  • Facilitator for the Money Smart Program to help women learn about banking and related topics

  • CLI Graduate (’94) and Member of the Board of Directors of CLI from 1994 through 2005

  • Member of the Cape Cod Five Foundation for Arts and Culture

  • Anne fills her free time with Golf, Painting, Gardening and loving her grandson

2005 Leadership Award Winner



  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Rehabilitation Hospitalof the Cape and Islands

  • CLI Cape Cod & the Islands alumna (1997)

  • CLI Board of Directors (1997-2004) Treasurer, Program Chair

  • Member, Board of Directors, Cape Symphony Orchestra

  • Member, Board of Directors, Consumer Assistance Council

  • Member, Board of Directors, Sandwich Chamber of Commerce

2004 Leadership Award Winner



  • Vice President, Director of Electronic & Telephone Banking, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank

  • CLI Cape Cod & the Islands alumna (1998)

  • Trustee, Cape Cod Five Charitable Foundation Trust, Member of its Culture and Environment Donation Advisory Committee

  • Vice-Chair, Town of Sandwich Finance Committee

  • Treasurer and Trustee, Waldorf School of Cape Cod Board of Trustees

  • Corporator, Heritage Museums and Gardens

  • Member of Development and “Enchanted Evening” Committees

  • Active Supporter, Yale Alumni Assoc. and Saengerfest Concert Chorus

2003 Leadership Award Winner



Principal, Harwich High School. Coursework complete for his doctoral degree (EdD) in Educational Leadership from Northeastern University with graduation date of June 2015. CAGS from Bridgewater State College in Educational leadership, MAT from Bridgewater State College in Teaching Social Science, BA from UMass Amherst in Political Science. Currently Headmaster at Mashpee Middle High School, Senate District Coordinator for the Massachusetts Teachers Association, and adjunct professor at American International College. Principal of Harwich High School 2004-2014, Director of Cape & Islands Special Olympics 2000-2005. Housemaster, Social Studies Teacher, and Varsity Boys basketball Coach at Barnstable High School 1995-2004. Serves on the Executive Board of the Children’s Cove, Chair of the Barnstable Recreation Commission, and Member of the MSSAA Legislative Committee. Board member of the John F. Kennedy Museum. 

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