The Commission has a professional staff of ten, including planners with expertize in a wide variety of areas of fields including water resources, coastal management, transportation, economic development, affordable housing, and GIS, as well as an executive director, an administrator, and an administrative assistant.
Adam Turner - Executive Director
Adam is responsible for the overall management of the agency including the planning and regulatory activities, staff, finances, as well as relations with public entities, the media and the public.
Adam joined the MVC in August 2015. He was previously Town Planner in Colchester, Connecticut, where he has worked on land use regulations and zoning, among other initiatives. Earlier in his thirty-year professional career, his experience includes coastal management work in island environments such as the Florida Keys and Northern Marianas.
Sheri Caseau - Water Resources Planner
Sheri is responsible for the MVC's efforts dealing with water quality. A major thrust is dealing with the challenge of limiting excessive nitrogen -- from wastewater,agriculture, stormwater, fertilizer, and other sources -- that is threatening the Vineyard's coastal ponds. This includes coordinating an extensive program of water quality testing, and working with the Massachusetts Estuaries Program and the Department of Environmental Protection to find the most cost-effective ways to bring nitrogen loading down to acceptable levels.
Christine Flynn - Economic Development & Affordable Housing Planner
Christine handles planning efforts relating to economic planning, affordable housing, and non-geographic data. She coordinates the Joint Affordable Housing Group and a variety of efforts related to affordable housing issues. She helps inform towns and other entities about grant opportunities and state programs and assists towns in participating in various state affordable housing programs. She coordinates MVC collaboration with other Island organizations such as the DCRHA and the Chamber of Commerce. She is also responsible for collection and analysis of demographic and economic data, and distribution of those materials.
Christine joined the MVC staff in February 1999. She has BA in Geography and Regional Planning and a BS in Political Science from Westfield State College.
Paul Foley - DRI Coordinator
As Coordinator of Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs), Paul works with applicants to ensure that their proposals respect MVC DRI policies, analyzes proposals in cooperation with other staff members, helps draft applicant offers, and drafts Commission decisions and conditions. He also coordinates meetings of the Commission’s Land Use Planning Committee.
Paul joined the MVC staff in March 2004. He brought land use planning experience as an Assistant City Planner for the City of New Bedford. While there, Paul was involved in master plan research and analysis, GIS mapping, and the design of a new city park. Paul served summer internships with the MVC and the Town of Edgartown, and spent several years in the travel and tourism industry. He has been a member of American Institute of Certified Planners since 2007. Paul has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, and Masters Degrees in Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture from UMass.
Priscilla Leclerc - Transportation Planner
leclerc [at] mvcommission.org
Priscilla is responsible for transportation planning in collaboration with the towns and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. She oversees implementation of the annual Unified Planning Work Program. This includes dealing with traffic congestion, parking, transit, bicycles, pedestrians, ferries, and air transportation.
Priscilla joined the MVC in 2013, after having worked as Senior Transportation Planner with the Cape Cod Commission for twenty years.
Curtis Schroeder-Administrator and Chief Fiscal Officer
As Administrator, Curt handles the fiscal, administrative, and human resource operations of the Commission. Curt is responsible for the oversight and management of the grant process with various governmental agencies.
Curt joined the MVC staff in July 2011. He brought over 25 years of entrepreneurial, financial and executive-level management experience to the MVC. Curt is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and earned a Bachelors of Science in Accounting degree from the University of Southern California.
Additionally, Curt serves as the Treasurer for the Dukes County Pooled Other Post Employment Benefits ("OPEB") Trust.
Christine Seidel -- GIS Coordinator
Chris works on MVC planning projects as well as fulfilling special requests from various town boards for GIS related support. She is responsible for all cartography, spatial analysis, and geographic data management at the MVC.
Chris came on board with MVC in September 2003. She came to the MVC with over five years of GIS experience in the areas of environmental and oceanographic science. Chris has an MA in Geography from the University of Connecticut and a BA in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Donna-Lee Stewart -- Administrative Assistant
Donna is responsible for assisting the Executive Director, MVC staff, and Commissioners in a myriad of organizational and administrative tasks.
Donna joined the MVC staff as Administrative Assistant in November 2005. She served in a similar capacity for another organization on the Vineyard and has held marketing and administrative positions in the corporate world.
Jo-Ann Taylor -- Coastal Planner, DCPC Coordinator
Jo-Ann manages all aspects of Districts of Critical Planning Concern activities; provides harbor planning and master planning assistance to towns, acts as project manager for environmental research activities including securing funds, coordinating projects, supervising interns; coordinates environmental review for MEPA and for some DEP licensing activities; and coordinates all-Island Conservation Commission sessions. She serves as the Vineyard’s representative on the Massachusetts Ocean Advisory Commission.
Jo-Ann joined MVC staff in June 1991, with professional experience including planning, oceanographic research (marine geophysics), small engineering projects, and government administration. She studied at Smith College and Boston University, and holds BA and MA degrees in Geology.
William G. Veno - Senior Planner
Bill's responsibilities include project management for comprehensive planning efforts, trail planning in conjunction with the Land Bank, energy initiatives, and overall assistance to the Executive Director on policy and operations.
Bill started with the MVC in February 1999. He has been Island resident since September 1997, after fourteen years (seven as department director) of Virginia planning experience in both rural and urban communities. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1990. He has a Masters in Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University (1984) and a B.S. in resource development from Michigan State University (1980).