Melinda Gallant, President has been a member of the Sandwich Community for over 39 years moving with her family from Ohio to Sandwich in 1980. She was the chair of the Sandwich Town Hall Preservation Dedication Committee and is active on Board of the Trust. She worked in management of the shopping center industry for over 25 years. She is a member of the board of the Sandwich Cultural Council and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce as well. However, her first love is working in Community Theater as an actor, director and teacher. She is a graduate of the Boston’s Improv Asylum Training School and teaches improv for adults at CCFA and for businesses throughout the Cape. Melinda is herself a sketch comedy performer and story teller. She has acted in her own one woman show “And Then What Happened.” She has directed on the Main Stage and the Black Box at Cotuit Center for the Arts, Falmouth Theater Guild, and Glass Town Stage in Sandwich, plus hosts Cape Conversations on SCTV. She is currently directing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime at Cape Cod Community College. Melinda enjoys her husband Joe, the artist, friends, six grandchildren and dirty martinis, not necessarily in that order. She has directed all of her life (so far) theater, shopping centers, numerous committees, grandkids, and brides as a Justice of the Peace.
Denise Dever, Secretary was the President and owner of Home Instead Senior Care serving Cape Cod for 20 years until she sold her business in 2018. Prior to this, Denise spent 26 years in the financial industry working for the MA State Treasury and as a Senior Vice President at State Street Corporation in Boston.
Denise holds a BS in Political Science from Suffolk University and has actively served in a number of industry related groups throughout her career. Currently Denise volunteers her time working for several organizations to include Hope Health and the Dementia & Alzheimer’s committee, the Sandwich Legacy Foundation, the MASS Hire 55 plus committee, Sandwich Community Television, the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce, the Friends of the Sandwich Council on Aging and the Cape Cod Chamber.
Denise lived in Sandwich for 25 years until moving to Plymouth in late 2018 to enjoy retirement!
John Vibberts, Treasurer moved to Sandwich with his wife, Susan in 1983. After spending a 30 year career in healthcare and small business management, he now is focused on volunteer opportunities on the Cape and Islands. John is a member of the SCTV Board of Directors serving as Treasurer. In the Town of Sandwich he has served on the Finance Committee, Capital Improvement Planning Committee, Kiwanis Club of Sandwich, The Sandwich Citizens Police Academy Alumni, and the Board of Directors of The Sandwich Council on Aging. He additionally served on the search committee for the selection of the Town’s Police Chief and on the building committee for the design of Sandwich’s new Public Safety Complex which houses Police, Fire and Ambulance services. He has served as an ombudsman for the Elder Services of the Cape and Islands specializing in patient’s rights advocacy; he is an Overseer and member of the Board of Directors of the Vineyard Open Land Foundation and the OpenCape Corporation where he serves on the Governance and Nominating Committee and the Finance Committee. John’s hobbies are mostly aquatic activities: boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, and music on the guitar and ukulele. His love of animals has lead him to dog training and cat herding. He especially enjoys hanging out in the Vibberts’ family room with his wife Sue; surrounded by the cats and dogs and watching SCTV.
Robena Haigh was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and moved to Boston when she was 16. She graduated from the Mass General LPN School and then worked at the Beth Israel Hospital. While working at Quincy City Hospital she was a CPR Instructor, a Union Steward, and served six
years on the Board of Registration in Nursing. In the following years she worked in Braintree at the Rehabilitation Education Dept. where she worked with Mass Pro and argued before an administrative judge. She married and started her family in Dorchester before moving to Scituate. After her family grew and moved away, the empty nesters moved to Plymouth to a house in the woods on Little Herring Pond. As a board member of the Council on Aging in Plymouth she took up the cause of trying to promote awareness for the need for a new building in town and this lead to her becoming interested in TV production being used as a tool for awareness. Robbie headed to PACTV to learn the procedures for creating a show and there, “Seniority” was born. After moving to Plymouth Center four years ago, she began her age of volunteerism. She became involved with Plymouth Philharmonic, The Chamber of Commerce and the Plymouth Library. Several years ago Robbie came to SCTV with a friend who was producing a music show. One thing led to another and soon SCTV was producing and distributing Robbie’s new show Sandwich Seniority and then the present program, Downtown. Robbie has made 144 programs for Sandwich Seniority/Downtown to date with Sandwich Community TV and it is distributed to various south shore towns where it remains very popular. You can see them all on SCTV’s video on demand on this website.
Greg Anderson is Senior Vice President at Northbridge Advisory Services. He has a passion for TV and media and has been working with SCTV since he hosted his first show in 2016. Greg hosts several programs produced by SCTV including The Takeaway, House Detectives, Meet the Candidates, and his lighthearted look at Sandwich restaurants has always been a favorite. Greg also moderates our public Candidates Forum every year, a joint effort with the Sandwich Enterprise and Sandwich Community TV.
Earlier in his career, Greg Anderson was a professional broadcaster producing for television and radio programs, talk radio and music and news shows. A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, MA, he worked on the air.
Neal O’Brien’s career has been in the Medical products industry where he has a passion for the products that help people. He enjoys volunteering his time at SCTV, the COA Board of Directors and is actively involved with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Neal enjoys spending time with his wife, daughters, grandchildren and extended family
David Sampson came to SCTV as the liaison from the Sandwich Select Board when he served on that board, and thankfully for our organization, he decided to stay on after his term was done. Dave brings a wealth of knowledge and interest to the board. He continues to serve the community on the Charter Review Committee and has been a host of many informational tours and public service announcements for SCTV.
Maureen Wiklund has been with the Sandwich Public Schools since 1998, working as a teacher, literacy coach, curriculum coordinator and is currently the Director of Curriculum, PK-12. She has been on the board of Sandwich Community Television for several years and has recently finished her tenure as its President. Maureen holds a BA in Journalism from The University of Connecticut; a Masters of Education from Lesley University; and has completed advanced coursework in Educational Leadership at Bridgewater State University, earning an administrative license. Along with her service on the Sandwich Community Television Board, Maureen has been a member of Sandwich Reads Together, and has been the advisor for the Key Club, a service organization for students affiliated with Kiwanis. Maureen was a founding member of the Grange Hall Coffeehouse, a volunteer organization sponsoring live music concerts for the Sandwich community in the early 2000’s. Maureen, her husband Mark and their three children moved to Sandwich in 1998. Her children thrived in the Sandwich Public Schools, as has their mother! It has been very meaningful to Maureen to teach in the community in which she lives. For Maureen, serving on the Board of Sandwich Community Television is a way to give to the town by supporting one of its most valuable assets. Sandwich Community Television is instrumental in creating an informed citizenry while celebrating so much that is wonderful about Sandwich.