Directors

Nicole Spencer: Executive Director

HIT’s first-ever Executive Director Nicole Spencer has led our organization since 2016, overseeing our day-to-day operations; delivery of services; and short- and long-term strategic growth. During her tenure, HIT has experienced significant programmatic and financial growth. Nicole’s brother Adam, a Marine who served in Iraq, was the first veteran on Cape Cod to receive a service dog from HIT. That inspired Nicole to volunteer at HIT before she was tapped to be our Director of Development and eventually our Executive Director.

A 2003 graduate of Emmanuel College, Nicole holds a Master of Arts in teaching. She taught 7th grade math before starting a family. As a stay-at home mom, Nicole began to get involved in the nonprofit sector by volunteering for different organizations and serving on a local nonprofit board. Nicole’s love of running led her to become a running coach; she is the owner of In Motion Training. From 2015 to 2019, she served as the Volunteer Manager of the ASICS Falmouth Road Race.

In 2016, Nicole combined her running expertise and passion for helping individuals who sacrifice so much for our country by co-creating Ruck4HIT, with one team of 12 runners and 4 drivers rucking 41 hours, from Ground Zero in New York City to Falmouth. Now HIT’s largest annual fundraiser, Ruck4HIT is a relay race in which more than a dozen teams and over 125 participants run through each town on Cape Cod while wearing a weighted rucksack to symbolize the burdens our service members and veterans carry with them. Each year, Nicole directs AND runs in the event. Nicole received the Cape & Plymouth Business 40 Under 40 Award in 2017 for dynamic leadership.

Cynthia Jones: President

Cyndy Jones enjoyed a career of teaching for thirty-three years. She began her career teaching in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. After receiving her Masters Degree in Reading Education from the College of New Rochelle, she became a Reading Specialist in the Katonah-Lewisboro School District in Northern Westchester, New York. Her love for teaching directed her into researching reading assessment. With this expertise, Cyndy has presented workshops and seminars on the national, state and local levels.

She is also the co-author of Developing Standards from a Performance Task, THE HANDBOOK OF LITERACY ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION, Christopher-Gordon Publishers.

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Michael Procek: Vice President

Michael Procek was born and raised in Connecticut. A graduate of The Loomis School, he went on to receive a BS Mathematics degree from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester MA and an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco CA. While serving in the US Air Force, Mike completed the Air Force Institute of Technology Education with Industry Program and the Air Command and Staff College, and retired as a Lt Colonel after a successful 22 year flying career. He then transitioned to an equally challenging career as a Subcontract Manager and then Contract Manager for a major defense contractor before retiring to Cape Cod.

Mike is no stranger to non-profit and charitable volunteer work. He was President of the Nashua NH chapter of the National Exchange Club of America, a national service organization with primary focus on youth programs, and served on the Board of Directors for the first NH Child and Family Services Child Abuse Prevention Center during its initial funding, start-up and operation. Mike has supported HIT since its inception, working on the annual blood drives and the Fall Galas. Mike was recognized in 2010 by the US Coast Guard for his rescue of an adrift swimmer in Nantucket Sound.

Savannah Fabbio: Treasurer

Savannah was introduced to HIT in 2018 when she participated in Anytime Fitness Falmouth’s 24-Hour Treadmill Relay to raise funds for our programs. The next year she ran her first Ruck4HIT, a tradition she has continued in 2020, 2021, and this year, when she not only captained her team, but organized the race with Nicole and Steve Spencer.

Both of Savannah’s parents served in the Marines. It’s why she is so passionate about our work to assist individuals who serve and have served our country, and their loved ones.

A graduate of Bourne High School, Savannah received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bridgewater State College. Since 2016, she has served as a loan officer at Shamrock Home Loans.

Savannah is a volunteer instructor for Housing Assistance Corporation’s First-Time Homebuyers workshop; a volunteer for WE CAN’s (Women’s Empowerment Through Cape Area Networking) financial empowerment one-on-one sessions; a member of the Falmouth Elks; the Assistant Treasurer for the Falmouth Housing Trust’s Board of Directors; the volunteer coordinator for the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce; and sits on the Community and Member Engagement Group for the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS®.

Savannah lives in East Falmouth with her husband Jay.

Jill Blanchard: Secretary/Director of Marketing

A graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA, Jill Blanchard focused on Post Traumatic Studies before earning a master’s degree in Education from St. Mary’s College in Minnesota. Her father served in the U.S. Coast Guard and many of her family served in either the Army or Marine Corps, which is how Jill’s passion to assist members of the military and their families began. Her current work focuses on employment recruiting, where she can follow that passion. Jill has also been a dedicated volunteer to several organizations, including HIT, and received the Grace Snow Community Service Hero Award in 2015. Jill was also a team captain for the 2017 Ruck4HIT relay.

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Kristen Boyd: Director

A 1990 alumna of the College of the Holy Cross, Kristen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English. In 1992, Kristen graduated first in her class with a Master of Arts in Teaching from Sacred Heart University. She taught preschool, first, and second grades in private schools in Connecticut and Massachusetts. When she first moved to Cape Cod, Kristen was the Town of Yarmouth’s children’s librarian for several years before becoming a stay at home mom to her three children. In 2013, Kristen successfully completed the Series 65 exam which allows her to function as an Investment Advisor Representative at Asset Management Resources, LLC, a firm she co-owns with her husband, Chris. Kristen has been an active volunteer in Mashpee, serving as a parent representative on the School Council Board from 2014-2019 for the Mashpee Middle/High School and on the Mashpee Boosters Board from 2012-2017. She has twice been awarded the Volunteer of the Year award by the Mashpee Public Schools. She is also on the Board of the Cape Cod Firefish swim club, the Women’s Club of New Seabury and serves as a Eucharistic Minister at the Parish of Christ the King. 

Sarah Daley: Director

Sarah Daley’s commitment to supporting our country’s veterans and military families started with her dad who served in the Korean War. That commitment has only grown since she started volunteering for HIT, teaching yoga in the same hangar at Otis Air National Guard Base where her father once worked.

The owner of Lotus Cove Yoga and Project Play, Sarah has lent her expertise for several HIT programs, leading yoga classes for veterans, military couples, and through Reboot which assists females who are serving and have served as well as female spouses. Her support for Heroes has extended to participating in two Ruck4HITs; all Not Your Ordinary Ruck4HIT 5Ks; co-chairing HIT’s Fall Gala; and serving on the 2022 Ruck4HIT Organizing Committee. She joined the HIT Board in 2022.  Sarah is a 1981 graduate of Boston College. She lives in Mashpee with her husband Stephen, the owner of Cape Cod Retractable, Inc., a longtime supporter of HIT’s work. The couple have three children.

Philip A. “Tony” Dingmann, M.D.: Director

While in medical school at the University of North Dakota, Dr. Tony Dingmann joined the U.S. Army National Guard, and then went on to subspecialize in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Brown University. By the end of his 26-year military career, he had achieved the rank of Colonel in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. During this time, he served as a psychiatrist to National Guard members, as well as to active-duty military personnel during three deployments to Iraq. Tony has served as the medical director and treating psychiatrist at Child & Family Services and at the Cape & Islands Department of Mental Health, and has maintained a private outpatient clinic for children and adolescents for many years. He works with veterans through the Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center as a treating psychiatrist and is an Associate Chief of Psychiatry for the Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Middletown, RI and Hyannis and New Bedford, MA. 

Cindy Lareau: Director

A former trial attorney and staff judge advocate for the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, Cindy brings more than 25 years of legal and business operations experience to HIT’s Board of Directors.

Originally from Minnesota, Cindy earned her bachelor’s degree in English and management from Hamline University in St. Paul, where she went to law school. After earning her juris doctorate, she spent four years in the JAG Corps where she litigated criminal trials and served as the legal counsel to the Naval Station Great Lakes in Chicago, IL.

Since then, she has used her legal expertise in the corporate world, focusing on building and leading global teams for multi-national companies. She is currently a senior director at Cognizant Technologies in Boston, where she serves as an advisor in contracting strategies and client negotiations.

Cindy, who lives in Brewster, has three children.

David Nunheimer, Esq.: Director

David’s practice focuses on the legal aspects of trust, estate, small business and retirement planning, and asset protection. He believes in the team approach to planning and works extensively with other financial professionals. David spends a considerable amount of time with clients to learn about them, their families, business interests and concerns. He then educates them about their planning options to achieve the best possible plan. Yearly reviews with the clients assure that the plan continues to fit the clients objectives.

Mr. Nunheimer is admitted to practice in Arizona and Massachusetts. He is a member of the National Network of Estate planning Attorneys; Wealth Counsel, LLC, the Maricopa County Bar Association and its Estate Planning and Probate section, and frequently lectures to groups about estate and small business planning.

Anthony Schiavi: Director

A native of Massachusetts, Gen. Kimo Schiavi entered the U.S. Air Force in 1983 after earning his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Holy Cross College. A veteran of Operation Desert Storm with three tours to Southwest Asia, he earned almost two dozen major awards and decorations—including the Legion of Merit—before retiring from the Air Force and Massachusetts Air National Guard in 2013. At the time of his retirement, he was assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters of the Massachusetts National Guard, serving as the first executive director of the Massachusetts Military Reservation. From 2013 to 2017, he served as Town Manager and Police Commissioner for the Town of Ashland, and is now executive vice president for Patriot Spirits, Inc. on Cape Cod.

In Memoriam:
Kenneth Jones: Co Founder/Goldstar parent of Capt. Eric Jones USMC


Kenneth Jones is Eric Jones’s father. He is a retired marketing executive with over 30 years experience in consumer package goods marketing. Raised in Lexington, Massachusetts, Ken attended Northeastern University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology in 1970. In 1972, he was awarded a Masters Degree in Food Science & Technology from MIT, and in 1974 he received an MBA degree in Marketing from Cornell University.
Ken began his career in consumer marketing in Westchester County, New York in 1974 at the General Foods Corporation, moving to Lever Brothers in 1978 and to the L&F Division of Sterling Drug in 1980. In 1984, he moved to American Home Products, and returned to L&F in 1987. L&F was acquired by Eastman Kodak, and later by Reckett & Coleman, which ultimately became Reckitt Benckiser. Ken assumed positions of increasing responsibility in marketing of well-known household and food products including Category Director, and Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the Warehouse Club class of trade. After retiring in 2004, he moved from Pound Ridge, New York to Mashpee, Massachusetts where resided with his wife, Cyndy.