NCTV18 is made possible by the passion, dedication, and enthusiasm of our staff and board.
Originally from the UK, Lisa was appointed as NCTV’s executive director in 2014. She has been an island resident since 2001 and became a founding partner of Nantucket Event Media in 2003. With a passion for photography and film, her specialty has always been capturing life. Alongside her skillset in production, Lisa also has a background in finance.
Rachel joined the NCTV team in March of 2020, growing the station’s marketing, social media and branding alongside management, writing and producing. Rachel is a multi-generational Nantucket native who brings forth a diverse skill set with a foundation of strong organization, communications, attention to detail, and creative vision. With over two decades of experience with office management, the construction trades, and real estate; Rachel is also a professional photographer, avid writer, and a strong advocate for domestic violence education and reform. She was appointed to the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s Cape & Islands Commission in February 2022.
Rachel has an innate passion for life and an energy that drives her to constantly explore and break down the impossible. Greatly inspired by the arts, elements of nature, and the connection of people, Rachel is a firm believer that we are all influencing each other daily and that what we put out into the world each day truly does matter. As a single mother, her greatest achievement and inspiration will always be her son, Cullen.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Frank joined the NCTV team in 2018. He began honing his filmmaking, editing, and directing techniques in middle school, where his documentary won runner-up for a High School Emmy. He currently specializes in all phases of production with a passion for turning ideas into action. Frank has served for four years as part of NCTV's production team as well as NCTV’s Government Coordinator. Frank is currently expanding NCTV's original programming with an upcoming documentary profiling Nantucket & Martha’s Vineyard High Schools’ "Island Cup" rivalry.
Catie has been coming to Nantucket since she was sixteen to work odd jobs and volunteer for the Nantucket Film Festival. After graduating from Florida State University with a BFA in Creative Writing, she relocated to Los Angeles, where she worked as a production coordinator and writer for the live comedy sketch show TMI Hollywood. Catie worked as a production coordinator on several short films, including the Nantucket Shorts Festival 2019 winner TIOLI Revolt: We’re Not Going to Take It (Or Leave It). In 2020, Catie returned to the island and soon joined the team at NCTV18. She is also one of the key producers for the station’s newest original program, Nantucket Life.
One of our newest hires! Bio to come.
Charles joined NCTV in mid-2022 in the newly created role of Government Services Manager to deliver first class civic media for the Town & County of Nantucket. He brings to this effort an extensive set of skills and experiences from a dozen years spent at five stations across the three West Coast states, where he personally produced over 3,500 hours of live government meetings at the city, county, and state level. He's done everything from engineering newly-equipped meeting rooms, to teaching video production & media literacy classes for everyone from kids to seniors, to producing/directing numerous live productions in studio and live streamed from remote locations. Charles won two WAVE awards in the space of a year for filming & editing special productions helping a community recover from a mass shooting as well as a spotlight on efforts to feed the less fortunate.
Charles has a deep background prior to community media operations as a working journalist in the rural redwood coast of far northwestern California, where he covered local government, politics and criminal justice in print, on the radio and eventually as an early adopter of new media, launching his own Internet-based news platform in 2005. After spending most of the last decade in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon and the Lower Columbia region of Southwest Washington, he's delighted to be back on the beach given his upbringing in Manhattan Beach and summers spent sailing to Catalina Island.
Born in and raised outside of Boston, Mark has traveled the USA and the world studying, performing, and teaching both magic and music. He arrived on Nantucket in 2004 to launch his idea for an after-school media literacy course, teaching youth how media is made through writing, storyboarding, lighting, acting, directing, filming, audio recording, and editing. Since then, Mark has appeared in dozens of Theatre Workshop of Nantucket productions, performed in hundreds of magic shows on the island, produced large-scale interactive artworks, and taught creativity and art at the Nantucket New School. In his free time, Mark writes original songs and short stories, creates art of all sorts, and enjoys taking walks in nature. Although he often reminisces about the various places he's lived like Memphis, Martha's Vineyard, Los Angeles, New York City, and Rishikesh, he always enjoys where he is present.
Dee grew up in Windsor, CT. Her interests and studies in video production began in high school and continued on at the University of Hartford, where she studied cinematography. Dee began working at Win-TV (Windsor, CT) in 2010 as a video editor and held the title of production supervisor & lead editor. She joined the team at NCTV in 2018 as lead editor, videographer, and VFX/motion graphics artist. Dee taught NCTV's Whaler Media & Journalism 101 youth programs, alongside writing and production classes, until she spread her wings to New York City in late 2021 to take on a new position with Sibling Rivalry. Dee continues to work with NCTV on select projects as a remote freelance editor.
Mark is a cinematographer, producer, and Nantucket native with one foot in Los Angeles and the other on-island. He has been part of the NCTV freelance team since 2015.
Charlie Hoilman grew up in Westwood, MA and has been coming to Nantucket since 1975. In 11th grade, he was scouted by Curry College to play goaltender in ice hockey, where he studied Business Management. He joined the US Navy in 1990 and served in the Persian Gulf for 3 years. After his service, he attended New England Institute of Technology and received an AS in Electronics Technology. He joined the NCTV team in 2012, covering local Town of Nantucket government meetings. Charlie also films some of NCTV's local Whalers sports coverage. He is currently studying to obtain his Drone Operators license and enjoys time with his wife Becky and teenage daughter Charlotte.
Dan held a camera in his hands for the first time when he was ten years old. Fast forward many decades, he has since directed hundreds and hundreds of national and regional television commercials and films over much of the globe and his photograph’s grace the cover and interior of several books about Nantucket. The self-described ‘visual artist’ and his wife Connie moved to Nantucket fulltime in 1997 after falling in love with the island in 1971 when they first started visiting. He continues to create short brand films and commercials for Nantucket non-profits as well creating wedding films for a few select clients.
Arthur focuses on elder law as an attorney at Mirick O’Connell, a full-service firm in central Massachusetts. Art started coming to Nantucket in 2013 to present elder law educational seminars at the Saltmarsh. At about the same time, he began doing local cable interview shows in several communities including Nantucket to acquaint seniors with the people and programs they should know about in order to age in place. Art firmly believes in NCTV’s importance as an anchor of discussion of new ideas and relevant information that benefits the island’s community.
John moved to Nantucket year-round in 2007 and became an active member of the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. That activity morphed into an interest in film and film-making. Four years ago he was drawn to NCTV by the Nantucket Short Film festival and has been involved with NCTV ever since making short films and now on our board.
Tom and his wife MJ moved to Nantucket in 1979. He has been involved in island commerce, community boards, and town committees since that time. One of his last ventures was owning and operating Orange Street Video and recently created KIC/KEEP IT CLEAN, an initiative to educate children and adults how to be responsible for their environment, whether on-island or around the globe.
Brooke sits on the NCTV board as the Select Board representative. Her connection to Nantucket dates back to 1985. She and her husband Charlie raised four “summer kids” here and moved to the island full time in 2013. Now they are grandparents of six, two of whom are island natives. Brooke has served on the Affordable Housing Trust, Council for Human Services, and Contract Review Committee. She is passionate about ensuring that our diverse, multilingual community has access to information and activities through effective translation and interpretation services and technology.
Florencia is the Town of Nantucket Public Outreach Coordinator. She is an English to Spanish translator with a minor in design. Florencia uses her passion for language to better connect people. She has been a member of the NCTV Board since July 2017.
Chris is the Vice President of Strategy & Community Development at Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Previously, as Managing Director of Strategy and Development, Chris was responsible for the major gifts program for the $120 million capital campaign to build the island’s new hospital. Chris holds his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College. He is a graduate of Nantucket High School and a third-generation Nantucketer.
Chris returned to Nantucket after serving as a business development executive with NBC and Discovery Communications, and as a Chief Strategist at CNBC and CNBC.com in New York City. Following his tenure at NBC, Chris was the co-founder and CEO of Plum TV, the lifestyle television network that operated on Nantucket and other resort destination communities.
Richard brings a wealth of experience in the production of live, televised sporting events. For 25 years, Rich filled a number of production and administrative roles at NBC Sports, where he earned four Emmys for NBC’s basketball coverage of the Barcelona, Atlanta, Athens and Beijing Summer Games, and a fifth Emmy for the 2002 NBA on NBC series.
An island resident since 2010, Rich is also a member of the board and the construction committee co-chair for Nantucket’s Habitat for Humanity affiliate, and a three-term member of the Town of Nantucket’s Capital Program Committee.
Jen moved to Nantucket in 1992 to work for the Town as an Information Systems Coordinator, where she worked with Continental Cablevision (now MediaOne) to connect municipal buildings. Soon after, she was asked to join the team at NCTV. When she accepted a new position as the town’s first Public Safety Technician in 2004, she continued to work with NCTV to help the organization receive full funding and was an integral part of establishing the Public Safety Facility Control Room. In 2018, Jen took over as the Director of Technology for Nantucket Public Schools. Today, she still lives on Nantucket, where her two adult children also reside.
Heather brings nearly 30 years of broadcast media excellence and connections to the NCTV Board. The four-timeEMMY Award winner is a community leader, driven by her belief that transcendent leadership is needed to move communities forward by nurturing human talents, one person at a time. Heather spent 16 years anchoring WCVB-TV’s top-rated newscasts in Boston. Her top honors include multiple Clarion Awards from Women in Communications, the Grand Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio andTelevision, and two Edward R. Murrow Awards. She was named to the prestigiousOne Hundred list for helping to advance the fight against cancer, receivedHonorable Mention as a 2017 Bostonian of The Year, and was recognized nationally as a Silence Breaker for playing an important role in the Me Too movement. The DePauw University graduate moved to Nantucket full time in early2019 after summering here for over 40 years. Heather now works full time as an island artist building her Nantucket Coppersmith brand by handcrafting unique nautical sculptures which she sells in the Sustainable Nantucket Farmer andArtisan Market.
A little too early in his youth, at thirteen years old, Jonathan began working at a television station on Nantucket where he operated a camera for the evening news. At the age of fifteen, he was promoted to technical director, and director of news soon after. This experience inspired him to pursue further work in other areas of film and television as a cameraman. After college, Jonathan worked on dozens of television shows and feature films. Some feature film credits include “Do the Right Thing,” “Mo' Better Blues,” “Mountain View,” “A Better Tomorrow,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Roommates,” and “Reversal of Fortune.”
Jonathan went on to produce independent film, television, and theater. He produced the award-winning film “Baby Steps” starring Kathy Bates, written and directed by Geoffrey Nauffts. Jonathan has also produced several other feature films: “Higher Ground,” directed by Vera Farmiga; “Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding,” directed by Bruce Beresford; “Rhymes with Banana,” directed by Joe Muszynski and Peter Hutchings; “The Independents” by Greg Naughton; “Little Faith” by Milena Lurie; and Keith Bearden’s “Antarctica.”
Television projects include the scripted episodic series “Almost There,” starring Steven Pasquale and Christopher Fitzgerald, "Ivy Dreams," a feature documentary for AZN, “Must Do Disney” for Disney, The Super Bowl Halftime Show for the NFL, and “Away We Go” by Jonathan Larson.
In theater, Jonathan produced the Tony-nominated Broadway production of Mario Cantone’s “Laugh Whore,” which he also produced as a television special for The Showtime Network. He also produced the award-winning play “Avow” with Bill C. Davis, and the 10th anniversary production of “RENT” on Broadway with the original cast.
Jonathan is the co-founder and president of the Nantucket Film Festival, dedicated to honoring screenwriters and their craft. The Festival launched in 1996 and has since celebrated many prolific writers and filmmakers.
When Penny was a child, she was lucky enough to spend half of each summer at the former life saving station in Quidnet. Perched facing east on the bluff above the ocean beach, it was called “Humane House No. 66." When she and her family would see the sunrise they would say, “There is nothing from here to Portugal.” There was a lot of freedom to create their own world in the village.
When she was seventeen years old, she decided to “try it for a winter” and stay on Nantucket instead of going back to college. As her parents drove to the ferry leaving her sitting on the curb outside the Club Car, they thought it was “just a phase.” That was 46 years ago.
After seventeen years of working various jobs on the island, Penny felt the need to work for herself and was able to take her skills and experience and start Atlantic East Real Estate with her business partner. Nantucket has a long history of women-owned businesses and Penny takes pride in that she and her business partner have been able to be true to their founding principles.
Penny has a long-held interest in giving to the community of Nantucket and has served on various boards and commissions over the years. Currently, she serves as a corporator of Cape Cod Five Bank and is on the boards of Nantucket Community Sailing, the Nantucket Housing Authority, the Affordable Housing Trust, and the Real Estate Assessment Committee of the Town of Nantucket. Penny also serves as the president of the Nantucket Association of Real Estate Brokers.