Cape Abilities Board of Directors

With over 50 years of distinguished service in Barnstable County,
Cape Abilities is guided by a Board of Directors with exceptional and diverse backgrounds, who are deeply invested in the Cape Cod community.

 

Marion Broidrick, Chairperson


OFFICERS

CHAIRPERSON                  Marion Broidrick   S. Yarmouth

VICE CHAIRMAN                Peter Karlson      Sandwich

SECRETARY                        Nancy Lowery     Cotuit

TREASURER                       John Citron          Harwich

 

DIRECTORS

TERM     NAME                                                TOWN

2020       Danyel Bianchi-Matteson                   Chatham

2022       Annmarie Chang                                Truro

2020       John Damon                                       Barnstable

2021       Julie Donaldson                                  Chatham

2022       Mike Duffley                                       Plymouth

2022       Molly Karlson                                     Sandwich

2021       Brian Kenner                                      South Chatham

2020       Dave Robinson                                   Dennis

2022        Alik Taylor                                          Hyannis

2021        Judge Torney                                    Barnstable

 

President/Executive Director                      Jonathan Sproul

 

Thomas Raftery VII
1943-2020

We in the Cape Abilities community will greatly miss Thomas Raftery, a member of our Board of Directors and Finance Committee.  We feel his loss deeply.

What gave Tom great satisfaction in life was helping others, especially the most vulnerable in society.  He enjoyed helping people with special needs lead fuller, healthier, more meaningful lives.  Tom was a problem-solver.  He liked nothing more than finding new ways to improve the lives of our participants.  His goal was to ensure that adults with disabilities were given every possible advantage.  He wanted to empower them to achieve meaningful and valued roles in our community.

Tom brought decades of financial, legal and business expertise to guide Board decisions.  His collaborative spirit made everyone on the team better.  His technological savvy helped us set up Zoom calls, organize spreadsheets and improve communications.

Tom never missed the Cape Abilities Harbor Walk.  He enjoyed our holiday parties.  He loved meeting our participants and their families, our talented staff and our supporters.  He sang our praises throughout the community.

As a lawyer who specialized in corporate reorganization and bankruptcy law, Tom was a leader in the Boston Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  He often represented struggling businesses that needed think-outside-the-box solutions to complex problems.  He negotiated solutions that satisfied the needs of business owners, employees, creditors and the community.  He looked for common ground – and usually found it.

Tom believed all Americans had rights to the same justice, equality and opportunity. That fundamental truth guided the way he lived his life.

Tom helped create a Task Force at the Boston Bar Association to provide free legal representation to families whose lawyers had been disbarred.  Most faced home foreclosure and repossession of cars they needed for work.  Most lived below the poverty line; most were people of color.  Tom represented them in court and put their financial lives back on track.  He trained scores of lawyers to do the same.

Listing all of Tom’s achievements would take volumes.  He was an avid skier, tennis player, paddle tennis player, technology geek, gifted cartoonist, leader in the Cape Mediation program, traveler to remote corners of the globe and a pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago.

Most of all, Tom was a kind, compassionate and dedicated man.  He was a humanitarian committed to improving the lives of people with special needs.  We all  feel his loss.  We are grateful to have known him.  Our heartfelt sympathy to his friends and family.

Marion Broidrick
Chairperson

Jonathan Sproul
Executive Director/CEO

Tom was unwaveringly protective of his friends, thus in light of the current climate, a private family service will be held now, with a welcoming  Celebration of Life planned for the summer of 2021. As an expression of sympathy, Memorial donations may be made
in Tom’s memory to Cape Abilities, 895 Mary Dunn Road, Hyannis MA 02601 or
by clicking here.