Who Are We?

  • Team

    Tom Scott, Chairman

    Tom Scott is co-founder of Nantucket Nectars.  Through unique, grass roots, relationship-based marketing and innovative production, Nantucket Nectars grew to national prominence, putting it on the “Inc. 500” list of fastest growing U.S. companies five years in a row.  In 2002, Tom and his partner sold Nantucket Nectars to Cadbury Schweppes.

    Following Nantucket Nectars, Tom began a career in film and television.  In 2004 he formed Plum TV with a group of partners and took on the role of Chairman.  Plum owned and operated a network of stations around the country and received more than 14 Emmy awards.

    Tom’s work in media also grew to include a number of credits among which are those as creator and producer of numerous television ads for companies such as Nike, BMW and Bank of America.  He also created and produced the HBO television series The Neistat Brothers.  In 2010 Tom produced the feature-length film Daddy Longlegs which received the rare double honor of being selected to both the Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals.  His work on Daddy Longlegs also won Tom an Independent Spirit award.  Most recently Tom produced and released a documentary film entitled Apple Pushers featuring the actor Ed Norton.

    Currently Tom is focused on The Nantucket Project which he co-founded in 2011.  The goal of The Nantucket Project is to bring together leaders from a wide range of disciplines to explore the most relevant, cutting-edge ideas and examine the implications they have for culture, society and business.  Speakers at past events included Eric Schmidt, Larry Summers, Dean Kamen, Rahm Emaunuel and Craig Venter, among others.

    Tom is enrolled at the Yale Divinity School where he is a candidate in the Master of Divinity program.  He received a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.  He currently lives in Connecticut with his wife, Emily and their two sons.   Tom is an avid pilot and surfer.

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    Kate Brosnan, Executive Director

    Kate has been a passionate Nantucket resident for over 30 years. Her commitment to the island has been carried out through her tireless participation on several boards including; Big Brothers Big Sisters, ASAP the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the Nantucket Comedy Festival. Kate was the Executive Director of Juice Guys Care, the philanthropic arm of the juice company Nantucket Nectars. Her work as Director helped support several island organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters,The African Meeting House,Tom Nevers Field and more.

    Kate's latest role has been that of General Manager and Host of Emmy award winning Plum TV Nantucket. She has become the face and welcoming spirit to thousands of interesting people that visit the island each year. She has had her finger on the pulse of the islands most important issues and her leadership on the island is invaluable. Kate has a deep love and knowledge of the island having lived there for so long and having raised her two children there. She will continue to support the island community that makes Nantucket such a special place.

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    Jenelle Ferri, Head of Production & Event Operations

    Jenelle is an original member of The Nantucket Project team. She brings a wide range of talents to the organization that include producing, directing, shooting, editing and writing – talents she has honed throughout her career as an Emmy Award-winning television producer and custodian of high quality content.

    Jenelle’s responsibilities at TNP are as significant and eclectic as her talents. She sits in the driver’s seat for any project that involves communication and event production. And Jenelle is no Sunday driver.

    She creates buzzy short films and crafty marketing campaigns. She designs eBooks that are a multimedia tour de force. She also marshals production resources, hires freelancers and designers and manages their projects. In a nutshell, Jenelle’s job is to package us perfectly.

    A graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Jenelle majored in Broadcast Journalism and was a member of the women’s soccer team as a walk-on goalie. She went on to receive the Lucille H. Verhulst Sportswoman of the Year Award, presented to the most valuable person on and off the field as voted by her teammates.

    Prior TNP Jenelle was at Plum TV, where her career skyrocketed as she went from intern to Chief Operating Officer / Executive Producer in just six years.

    When she’s not working (rare), Jenelle is an avid runner, having completed just under a dozen half marathons and one full marathon.

    Ferri’s favorite quote: "If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great."

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    Jason Katzman, Director of Operations

    We see the task of advancing The Nantucket Project as analogous to building a new and better automobile. Jason is an integral part of a team that is always busy tinkering, troubleshooting, experimenting and, where necessary, re-engineering the product. But Jason’s primary focus is ensuring that it all runs like a well-oiled machine.

    As TNP’s operations chief, Jason’s job is to perfect our environment. He helps the team negotiate the balance between business development opportunities and keeping the lights on. In other words, he stands directly at the intersection of art and commerce.

    Jason is expected to graduate with an MBA in Innovation from Stern Business School in December. He graduated with a management degree from Brown University in 2001.

    Prior to TNP, Jason was Director of Operations at Patch, a leading-edge online platform that provided hyperlocal news for 900 towns across the country. Before that, Jason lived in Vail, Colorado for nearly 10 years. There he cut his teeth in the local news and information business as the General Manager of Plum TV.

    Jason lives in Park Slope with his wife Rachel and daughter Charlie (who is two and awesome). Jason has traveled to 6 continents but has no interest in ever going to the last (Antarctica).

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    Daniel Honan, Head of TNP Labs

    Daniel Honan is the Head of TNP Labs, a production and innovation laboratory that is the media arm of The Nantucket Project. Daniel’s job is to invent. That means developing themes and storylines for The Nantucket Project event as well as creating videos, written narratives and other multimedia products for TNP Labs.

     

    Daniel’s guiding passion is storytelling. He graduated with Honors from Brown University in 2000 with a double concentration in English and Modern Culture and Media.

    Prior to TNP, Daniel was Managing Editor at Big Think, hailed by Time Magazine as one of the best sites for news and information in 2011. Big Think’s online education venture, The Floating University, was a 2012 Webby Award Honoree.

    Prior to Big Think, Daniel was Vice President of Production at Plum TV, a niche cable network he helped launch from humble origins in 2002. The production team he oversaw in eight markets was nominated for over two dozen Emmy Awards. Daniel has created a wide-ranging series of programs for television - from fresh takes on hyperlocal news to hedonistic tours of the major wine regions of Europe to unorthodox documentary dispatches from the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. His film credits include Stealing the Fire, a documentary on the black market for nuclear weapons technology.

    Daniel’s articles and book reviews can be read at The Hartford Courant, Big Think, George Mason University’s History News Network and the site he hopes you are presently enjoying.

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    Charles Veysey, Partnerships and Development

    Charles Veysey works with partners and sponsors to create unique integration opportunities at The Nantucket Project. He seeks out companies that share TNP’s values and vision, and brings a wealth of knowledge in the media and event space to create exceptional partner experiences.

    Prior to TNP, Charles was a member of the founding team of Charity Partners, Inc., a fundraising platform created to dramatically increase critically needed funding to some of the world's most admired charities and foundations.

    Charles led the company's sports program initiatives to develop new partnerships at both the team and league level in support of inventory acquisition. Charles oversaw the management of all active sports Charitable Sale™ programs to ensure long-term, sustainable relationships with each of the company's team and team foundation partners.

    Previously, Charles was a Business Development Associate at Vision Sports and Entertainment Partners (acquired by The Active Network) and Sales Associate at CitySearch, Inc.

    Charles launched his career with Nantucket Nectar’s successful guerilla mobile marketing campaign, a program credited with introducing the brand to millions of consumers.

    Charles graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

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    Lauren Hennessey, Speaker Liaison

    A recent graduate from American University's MA in Film and Television, Lauren works in speaker relations and production with The Nantucket Project. Lauren is now in her third year with TNP and sixth year as a seasonal resident of Nantucket.

    Lauren attended Union College and received her Bachelor's in Biology. Her senior thesis on comparative insect respiratory physiology was published in The Journal of Comparative Physiology. While at Union she captained the women's basketball team, earning an ESPN academic all-American nomination. After college, Lauren spent time traveling through Europe and the western United States. Hoping to pursue a career in natural history filmmaking, she enrolled in American University's film program. While her first job in production was with TNP, she has since worked for a local DC television studio and interned at Showtime Network in Los Angeles.

    Lauren's role as speaker liaison provides her with a unique opportunity to interact with TNP's acclaimed speakers. She spends her free time enjoying the beautiful beaches of Nantucket and is a member of the management team at Millie's Restaurant.

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  • Founding Circle

    Our Founding Circle is comprised of a group of individuals that had the vision and resources to bring The Nantucket Project to life.

    • Tom Bresette
    • Jennifer Diamond
    • Robert Diamond
    • William Frist MD
    • Jill Karp
    • Steve Karp
    • Alicia Cannon Mullen*
    • Tim Mullen
    • Wendy Schmidt
    • Tom Scott*
    • Kate Brosnan*
  • Advisory Board

    Our Advisory Board consists of a remarkable group of people who bring unique experience, intelligence, creativity, vitality and sense of purpose to our endeavor.

    • Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley
    • Geoff Beattie
    • Bo Blair
    • Jim Broder
    • Michael Crooke*
    • Mark Dowley
    • Teague Egan
    • Robert Goldrich
    • Ginny Grenham
    • Maureen Hackett
    • Ed Hajim
    • Jim Lasko
    • Dave Leyrer
    • Bob Lord
    • Sean Moran
    • Bob Nolan
    • Bruce Percelay
    • Gregg Renfrew
    • Judy Seinfeld
    • Iain Shovlin
    • Marianne Stanton
    • Greg Thomaier
    • Krista Tippett
    • Lauren Walsh
    • Tyler Wolfram
    • Cary Woods
    • Bob Wright
    • Suzanne Wright
    • Richard Saul Wurman

    * denotes our managing board members