Meet Your Board

Winnie Lear

Director 2009 – present
Vice President 2010 – 2014
President 2014 – present
Village Infrastructure Committee

After raising three children and enjoying a career in teaching, Winnie and her husband Bob returned to Chatham and moved into their home in the Old Village. Her maternal ancestors have lived in this neighborhood for thirteen generations. Her father’s family settled here when his father’s company joined the team to construct Chatham Bars Inn in the early twentieth century. She attended Chatham schools and graduated from Chatham High School in 1964. During the 1960s, she had summer jobs with several iconic businesses: the Clam Bar on Bridge Street, the Sail Loft, the Atwood Store, and Chatham Bars Inn.

Due to her interest in historic preservation she became active in the Old Village Association and is now president of the Board of Directors. She is a founding member of the board of the Chatham Orpheum Theater and has been an active member of the board of Friends of the Eldredge Library as well as the Chatham Cultural Council. Winnie looks forward to “promoting the cultural and architectural history of our beautiful and beloved neighborhood.”

Debbie Aikman

Director 2000 – present
Vice President 2001; 2005-2009; 2014-2023
President 2002-2004
Treasurer 2010-2013
Membership Committee, Historic Application/Preservation Committee, Village Infrastructure Committee

A longtime Old Village resident, Debbie worked as a summer waitress at the Hawes House while in college. Married to Don Aikman, their family includes four children, their spouses and nine grandchildren. After receiving a BS in mathematics, Debbie embarked on a career teaching math in Woburn and Westwood, Massachusetts. She has been a member of the League of Women Voters for over 50 years, served on Chatham Committees including Underground Wiring, Capital Projects Review, and Charter Review, and currently serves on the Water & Sewer Advisory Committee and the Community Preservation Committee. A favorite project during her previous years in Andover was working with Don and other South Church UCC volunteers to form Covenant Housing, a nonprofit group that rehabilitated burned out brick buildings in Lawrence, transforming them into affordable residences. Debbie most enjoys “the many OVA Board members I’ve had the privilege of working with”, wonderful neighbors, Old Village history and its beautifully preserved homes and she savors “working in our yard”!

Nancy Koerner

Director 2002 – present
Vice-Pres 2004
President 2005-2013
Treasurer 2014-present
Membership Committee

Nancy is familiar to many families in the Old Village, especially as she conceived of and spearheaded the annual Kids For Food drive, which she co-hosted with Lisa Green for over a decade. This favorite among summer neighborhood activities inspired families large and small to trek around the Old Village collecting food and funds for the Chatham Food Pantry.

Nancy has been an Old Village homeowner for many years, and recalls, “when I was a teenager, I had a summer job as a waitress/chambermaid at the Inn at the corner of Main and Water Streets, where I met my future husband, Bill. After we married, we built a cottage on School Street, in what we considered just plain Chatham … not the Old Village. As time went on folks realized the unique character and charm of our Old Village. My own admiration for the unique architecture, charming outbuildings, narrow streets, and congenial neighbors grew. I serve on the Board of Directors as I want to help preserve the wonderful features of the Old Village. It’s a challenge for all of us and requires the participation and attention of every property owner. I enjoy promoting this commitment with my fellow board members.”

Lisa Green

Director 2012-present
Clerk 2023 –
Events Committee

After spending time in Chatham for over twenty years, Lisa moved into her Old Village home in 2012 and has served as a board member ever since. She and her husband Stuart also live in Chestnut Hill. Lisa attained her B.A. in economics from Franklin and Marshall College, and embarked on a career in real estate development, still specializing in retail projects.

She has been active in helping the OVA strengthen and maintain its sense of community, co-chairing Kids For Food with Nancy Koerner (along with help from son Murray) from 2013-2022, and co-chairing the Wine, Cheese and Conversation gatherings with Lisa Edge.

Lisa loves reading biographies, taking long walks, gardening, entertaining and cooking and volunteering with numerous local charities. She notes “Chatham has been our family gathering place because of its unique historical ambiance, a very special quality that I am interested in preserving for future generations.”

Elizabeth (Lisa) Tuttle Edge

Director 2011 – present
Corresponding Secretary 2015 – present
Events committee

Lisa grew up in the Old Village house she owns, attending Chatham schools as a young student. She earned an A.B. and M.A.T. from Brown University. After marrying Donald Edge, she taught at Peabody College/Vanderbilt University (where she earned an Ed.S.), Camden County College and Rutgers University. After raising two daughters in Cherry Hill, NJ, Lisa received her J.D. from Rutgers Law and practiced transactional, collections and bankruptcy law.

Lisa has hosted Sunday teas at Stage Harbor Yacht, belongs to Monomoy Yacht Club, and is a docent at the Atwood House, whose Stallknecht murals include family portraits. She’s an avid six-wicket croquet player, having played with Chase Park Croquet Club since its founding, and enjoys hosting the annual Wine, Cheese and Conversation social.

Lisa savors the neighborhood, its historic houses and streetscape. She encourages new owners “to appreciate its beauty and not try to turn our village into an imitation of the Hamptons. The Village was and still is a wonderful place to raise children and to spend summers with friendly, considerate neighbors and a wonderful beach.”

Greg Horne

Director 2023 – present
Membership Committee

Greg has been involved with the Old Village Association for several years. He and his wife retired to Chatham in 2018, but he has owned their home since 1976. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in clinical and community psychology, and retired as Professor Emeritus of Psychology from Middlesex Community College in Middletown, Ct., where he taught undergraduate and graduate students of psychology and human services for 44 years.

During his tenure at the college, Greg notes, “I was intricately involved with community agencies working with those who struggled with mental health, addiction, and homelessness. A key focus for me then and now is affordable housing. During my retirement now in Chatham, I am interested in maintaining the integrity of the Old Village, and enjoy playing with my four grandchildren.”

William (Bill) Horrocks, Jr.

Director 2012 – present
Clerk 2013 – 2019
Historic Application/Preservation Committee

Bill lives near the Chatham Light with his wife Joan, an artist. They have summered in the Old Village since 1975, bought their Ivy Lane cottage in 1994 and are full-time residents. Born in New Jersey and reared in the Philadelphia area, Bill was educated at Wesleyan and holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from MIT. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Following a forty-year career of teaching and chemical research on the faculties of Princeton and Penn State universities he retired, and is currently volunteer Curator of Charts at the Atwood Museum of the Chatham Historical Society. Bill is an enthusiastic member of the Chatham Walkers, and the Cape Cod Genealogical Society where he serves on their Publications Committee. His interests include historical writing and genealogical research.

Jennifer Longworth

Board director 2011-present
Editor Old Village Newsletter 2011-present
Membership Committee, Events Committee

After earning a B.A. in art history at Hunter College, Jen specialized for many years in gilded finishes for art, and architecture, directing support for new and historic properties and projects worldwide (favorites include New York Life Insurance, the White House, the USS Maine Monument) and contributing articles for conservation references such as Historic Preservation. She is a fellow of the UK-based Attingham Summer School, and a recent graduate of the New York Botanical Garden’s Therapeutic Horticulture program. She enjoys teaching workshops, and volunteering with Cape Abilities. As an artist she scouts for natural materials while enjoying the outdoors with her husband Matt and two sons. Jen enjoys making art in the former Old Village Elementary School, and treasures Chatham’s natural beauty as source of creative inspiration and well-being. She loves sharing Old Village lore and wants to be sure everyone knows “I’m always keen for new contributors to the Newsletter!”

Kim Longworth

Director 2022 – present
Assistant Clerk 2023 –
Historic Application/Preservation Committee

Kim obtained her B.A. at Smith College and her Ph.D. in biology at Harvard University. After fellowships at the University of California (San Francisco and Davis School of Veterinary Medicine), she left scientific research. At UC Davis, she promoted professional development for women faculty and graduate students as director of the Consortium for Women and Research, and supported women faculty and students in math, science, and engineering as the program director for a Sloan Foundation grant. Before starting a family, she served as Environmental Resources Director for the League of Women Voters of California and held various board positions for the Sacramento Valley Association for Women in Science. Kim enjoys cooking, writing, and birdwatching. She grew up enjoying summers in the Old Village, and notes “when my now college-age kids were growing up, I brought them to Chatham every summer so they could have the same wonderful experiences I had as a kid.”

Fred Miller

Director 2023 – present
Fred has owned a home in the Old Village since 1980 and been a voting resident since 1985. His adult children graduated from Chatham High School. He is an almost-fully-retired organizational consultant, working primarily in the areas of strategy, governance, and organizational effectiveness. He has served on a number of boards and currently serves as a Trustee of Berklee College of Music and as a board member of Historic Newton, Massachusetts. Fred is pleased that “our grandchildren consider our Chatham home as one of their favorite places on earth.”

Carol Pacun

Director 2011, 2014 – present
Clerk 2005 – 2007, 2019 to 2023
Corresponding Secretary 2008 – 2011
Historic Application/Preservation Committee

The Old Village as we know it simply wouldn’t exist without the vigilance, dedication and strong voice of Carol, who helped found the Old Village Association and ensure the Old Village gained the recognition it deserved on the National Register of Historic Places.

“Growing up during World War II, I had a ‘kick the can-hopscotch’ childhood, which did not exactly prepare me for a sophisticated Ivy League school. However my love of reading, art museums and historic neighborhoods saved the day, introduced me to my husband and changed my life forever. What didn’t change was my commitment to the preservation of historic neighborhoods. When our summer house turned into a year-round residence for our family of four, those interests prevailed, especially in support of the Old Village.

Now I am a tad too old to take part in most of Chatham’s sporting activities, but I still find great joy in walking alone through our neighborhood streets and looking over silent stretches of sand and quiet harbors. Life is indeed a miracle – Chatham’s brutally cold winds included.”