Jessica Sylver, President & CEO
Jessica Sylver is a rarity these days—a native Cape Codder.
Jessica was born and raised in Dennis. She attended local elementary school and D-Y High School, graduating in 1996, after which she attended Cape Cod Community College until 1999. Jessica was then assistant bookkeeper at Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce from 2001, thereafter joining Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce as operations manager in 2006. Concurrent with her tenure at Hyannis Chamber, Jessica earned her Bachelor’s and, subsequently, Master of Business Administration degrees at Curry College in Milton. Jessica became President and CEO of the Hyannis Area Chamber in 2011
Married to Kevin and mother to two sons, Benjamin and William, Jessica and her family reside in West Barnstable. After hours, Jessica is an avid photographer and self-proclaimed beachcomber; she enjoys hiking, cycling and anything that can be done outdoors on the Cape she has loved all her life. Jessica finds the ever-changing Cape enigmatic and is constantly exploring new byways and the peninsula’s endless beaches, nooks and crannies.
Jessica also volunteers extensively, primarily as:
• A director of the Cape Cod Charitable Funraisers
• Member of the Pops by the Sea committee;
• Member of the Career Connect Committee of Cape Cod Young Professionals;
• Member of the Cape Cod Baseball League advisory committee; and
• Member of the Grants Committee of the Cape & Islands United Way.
Ellen Brady, Vice President of Business Development
Originally a Jersey girl (hence the “big” hair), I’ve been on the cape for 9 years, having moved here from Boynton Beach FL to marry the love of my life, Brian. I did the opposite of what most people do! I’ve always called the cape my “northern Florida” because of the similarities; right down to the same Simon Mall!
I became a member of the chamber after opening my business, Cheap Chic Interiors 6 years ago. Truth be told, I didn’t know what a chamber did because I was in healthcare all of my adult life, but I knew if you had a business, you joined a chamber. Not knowing too many people, (3 to be exact), I started to volunteer for all of the chamber events and eventually landed on the membership committee. From there, Jessica scooped me up for a part time position which lasted all of a couple of weeks and then it was on to full time ever since. I’ve had a few positions in the organization over the last 6 years and now have the distinct title of Vice President of Business Development which I love. I am still and always will be, a member of Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce.
Ann Marie, Operations Coordinator
Summer residents for more than thirty years, my family and I moved into a new home during the summer of 2014 and began life as year-round Cape Codders – Cape and Islands license plates and all!
After an admittedly rocky start (the idyllic summer of 2014 was followed by the record breaking winter of 2015), I gradually adjusted – embracing all four seasons on this beautiful peninsula and starting a new job with the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce in August of last year.
Early in my career, I held progressive positions in the corporate human resources field; working predominantly in the Financial Services industry for Boston Financial Data Services, State Street Bank and Trust and The Prudential. Several years in the south followed (Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC). As my husband and I raised our family, I honed my skills as a chef, nurse, chauffeur and relocation specialist – never quite putting a newly minted MBA to practice – but loving almost every minute. Just prior to joining the Chamber, having returned to my native Massachusetts, I worked in the hospitality industry.
Today, I’m happy to call Cape Cod home. I’m enjoying my role as a member of the GHCC and working with the individuals who make our unique corner of the world so special and vibrant.
Mary Corr, Information Specialist
Mary was born and raised in Milton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. She grew up with two brothers and lots of friends, many of whom she still keeps in touch with to this day. After graduating high school she received an Associates Degree from Garland Junior College in Boston. Her first major job was with a brokerage firm in Boston which was the beginning of a 30-year career in the financial industry. In 1987 she moved to Cape Cod and continued in the financial profession but she made a move from the brokerage industry to banking. During her career she studied for and obtained securities and insurance licenses and she always held managerial positions. In 2003, she made a complete career change and accepted a job at the Orleans Chamber of Commerce, eventually being promoted to Executive Director. Finally in 2013 she made the decision to retire, after a year of leisure she contacted the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce to inquire about a part-time position working in the Visitor Center – she was hired and enjoys the interaction with visitors from all over the United States and beyond!
Mary lives in Hyannis with her husband, Eddie, step-daughter, Cathy and two little furry pets. She loves living on Cape Cod and she appreciates all that it has to offer. She also enjoys cooking, travelling, boating, live concerts, local theater, walks, and a lazy day on the beach with friends and family.
Maureen Harris, Information Specialist
I was born in Norwich, Connecticut but grew up in Albany, New York. Attended Catholic School in Albany and Regis College in Weston, MA majoring in Fine Art. For 24 years I worked at Goodwin Procter in Boston, a major law firm with offices not only all over the US but also Germany, London, and Hong Kong. The last few years my focus was training personnel in two of the five California offices. I’ve been married for 43 years have two sons, one residing in Oregon, and one married with three children and living off Cape. I have traveled extensively and volunteer at the Cotuit Arts Center and Mashpee Senior Center.
Nancy Gold, Information Specialist
Nancy washed ashore at the tender age of 2 and considers herself a “True Cape Codder”! She attended Barnstable public schools and graduated from Barnstable High School in 1969. Nancy had the traveling bug in her after graduation and packed her duffle bag, grabbed a friend and hiked her way through Europe for a year. She returned to the Cape and settled into her family run business on Main St, Hyannis for the next 30 years or so. They say life is all timing and indeed it was! There was one vacant table in her station at work and little did she know that her future husband, Walter would be the one to occupy that table!
Being brought up in the restaurant business she quickly found out that besides having knowledge of food and wine she also had to have knowledge about Cape Cod, especially her home town of Hyannis. Hyannis was thriving in the 60’s and many visitors came to see the Kennedy Compound hoping to get a glimpse of one of the Kennedy’s while visiting. She bought herself a little station wagon and would drive some of her customers around the Cape and narrate as they drove along the beautiful shores of Cape Cod. Many wonderful memories were made along the way as well as many wonderful relationships! Later on she became a silent working partner in a seasonal thriving clothing store on Main St, Hyannis. She continued her tradition of making visitors feel welcome at her store by suggesting many of the fine restaurants, beaches, shops, galleries and all of the points of interest that Hyannis and surrounding villages had to offer, as far away as “Providencetown”!! It truly was her passion!