Client Stories

Joan’s Story

Sometimes great opportunity comes in very unexpected ways and in unusual times. Joan moved to the Cape with her family…
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Karen’s Story

Karen a teaching assistant and mother of two teenagers in the Monomoy school system, has seen her two summer side…
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Nancy’s Story

The childhood summer visits to Cape Cod that Nancy enjoyed with her family, gave her a love of the sea…
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Anna’s Story

Serving in the United States Army for six years in military intelligence may have helped Anna a single mother of…
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Mary’s Story

“Once again Lower Cape Outreach Council has been a bridge over troubled financial waters,” says Julie, a very grateful mother…
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Ellen’s Story

Ellen was supremely thankful that she no longer was living in a nine foot by 12 foot repurposed garden shed—with…
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Board of Directors


Jim Botsford, CFP

Vice President

Susan Meisinger, SPHR


Roger Pearson

Assistant Treasurer

George Malloy, CPA


Susan Carlson

Past President

John Roman

Justin Blair

Brad Carlson

Joe Gorski

John Kanaga, Esq.

Scott Kerry

Jim Kivlehan

Beth Kline

Todd H. Squire


Chief Executive Officer

Katherine Wibby, Esq.
(508) 255-4581

Driven by a passion to serve her community, Katie joined LCOC in January of 2022. She initially took the role of our Chief Operating Officer, but shortly thereafter was promoted to the position of the Chief Executive Officer. Katie has a dedicated her professional career to serving underrepresented communities. Prior to taking on her role at LCOC, Katie practiced public interest law for 10 years. Her legal career started in the Public Defender’s office in Barnstable County until she moved onto South Coastal Counties Legal Services Hyannis Office. Katie spent 6 years with Legal Services where she worked primarily with low-income individuals and families providing representation in the areas of housing and governmental benefits. During her time at SCCLS, Katie was the member of serval boards and committees which gives her significant experience with other social service providers in the area. Katie left SCCLS as the Senior Attorney managing the Elder Law Project. As the new CEO of LCOC, Katie is looking forward to continuing the success of the organization and looking for new opportunities to collaborate with other local non-profits to better serve the needs of our community.

Director of Operations

Karen Ross
(774) 722-9784

Karen is a Native Cape Codder with deep ancestral roots in the sandy Cape Cod soil. As a graduate of Boston University, she was well prepared for a career in banking which she enjoyed until becoming an at-home mom for a dozen years. Prior to joining LCOC in May 2021, she was employed by the Friends Food Pantry in Bourne. Managing the Bourne pantry for over ten years was a rewarding and enjoyable job. Last spring when it was time for a new and greater career challenge, she made the move to LCOC. When not working, she can be found cooking for and hanging out with her family, at the theatre in Boston, or in the garden coaxing that sandy soil to produce something of beauty.

Director of Development

Gerry Desautels, MEd, CFRE
(774) 684-2153

Gerry has lived on Cape Cod since 1999, beckoned by the region’s natural beauty and strong sense of community. Since then, he has assisted in raising millions of dollars for regional nonprofits in the healthcare, environmental, education, and social service sectors. Most recently, he served as Senior Development and Communications Officer with Outer Cape Health Services. Born and raised in Northeastern Connecticut, Gerry attended Boston University on scholarship to earn a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. He then worked in marketing positions before returning to B.U. to earn a master’s in education with a concentration on Media and Technology.  Upon settling on the Cape, he quickly realized he could transfer all his for-profit experience to serve the greater good in nonprofit endeavors. Gerry is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and a 2021 nonprofit management certificate graduate of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice (INP). A former co-chair of Philanthropy Day on Cape Cod and a director on the Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands board, he also serves as a director of the Cape Cod Times Neighbors Fund (formerly Needy Fund)—a longtime LCOC nonprofit partner. Gerry is a film and photography fanatic and enjoys spending adventurous times with friends and family.

Manager of Client Services

Andy O’Dell, LCSW
(508) 255-0271

With broad professional experience in the fields of government, education, and human services, Andy comes to LCOC after establishing and building the Tenancy Preservation Program (TPP) in Barnstable County. As the Regional Coordinator for TPP, Andy worked with clients across the Cape who were facing major housing crises and assisted in the stabilization of at-risk tenancies. Additionally, he has developed partnerships with many of the same service providers that LCOC currently coordinates with and he looks forward to building on those relationships to better serve the people of the Lower and Outer Cape. Prior to entering the field of social work, Andy began his career as a policy advisor in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, taught history and political theory, and found his way to the Cape through his work on addressing the opioid and substance use crises. A resident of the Outer Cape since 2009, Andy now serves his community by volunteering his time to youth engagement programs, local recreation departments, and youth sports programs; he current serves on the Board of Directors for the Lower Cape’s largest youth sports organization – Coastal Cape Baseball. By joining the team at LCOC, Andy hopes to make an impact closer to home by focusing his work on the Lower and Outer Cape and helping to develop closer relationships amongst the various service providers in the region.

Donor & Social Media Manager

Rachel White
(508) 255-0271

Rachel grew up in Rural Aberdeenshire in north eastern Scotland. Before moving to the states in 2018, she worked within the bustling oil and gas industry which often provided multicultural work environments. With wide experience within the corporate sector, she wanted to use her work life to help people, thus the move to LCOC. Now a resident of Eastham, she loves the coastal vibe of the community, and often walks her black Labrador Brady along the beautiful beaches. Recently, she travelled home to have her wedding, reuniting with school, university and family friends. She enjoys showing her British friends her new home when they visit, especially letting them experience the lobster.


Rose Bokavich
(508) 240-0694

Rose arrived on the Cape as a vacationer in 1983 and became a permanent Codder several years later. As a graduate of Bentley School of Accounting, Rose worked for many years as a Comptroller of a large South Shore dealership. Upon retiring she started and maintains a virtual accounting practice and joined Lower Cape Outreach Council as a part-timer in February 2022. Any free time is spent with the grandkids and family including two whoodles named Bo and Poppy.

Facilities Manager

Howard Thomas
(508) 240-0694

Howard is one staff member who needs no introduction! Howard has been with LCOC since 2015. He was born in Jamaica and came to Cape Cod in 2014, after a brief time in Florida. He started at LCOC as a volunteer while working for Fancy’s Produce and in 2015, he joined LCOC as an employee. He is our go-to person behind the scenes who ensures that there is food at our pantries, toys under our client’s Christmas trees, and the day-to-day needs at the office. He responds to our client’s needs when unexpected issues arise or last-minute requests for assistance pop up. Howard takes care of all of this and so much more.

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