Our Staff

The following dedicated staff make the MVCL come to life!

Leslie Clapp

Executive Director

lesliec@mvcenter4living.org

Leslie has a BS in Social Work from the University of Vermont and over 30 years’ experience in human services. She began her career in the field of human services working with troubled adolescents in the Boston area. When she relocated to the Vineyard in 1980, she eventually found there were opportunities in the 55+ community and in 1983, was hired as the Assistant Director at the Edgartown Council on Aging, moving into the Director’s position a year or so later. In 1997 Leslie was hired as the Executive Director of the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living (formerly Island Councils on Aging). Under her direction, the service programs offered by MVC4L have expanded, including assuming the management and operation of the Supportive Day Program in 2006.

Allison Roberts

Executive Assistant

allisonr@mvcenter4living.org

Born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard, Allison grew up as an MVC4L volunteer. By tagging along to work with her mother, Rosie Roberts, she quickly learned how rewarding the field of human services can be. She graduated from MVRHS in 2008 and went on to Emmanuel College where she earned her BA in Counseling and Health Psychology in 2012. After college Allison moved back to the island to work for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. Allison joined the MVC4L staff as part of the Supportive Day Program in April of 2014 and spent two years enjoying every minute before moving on to become the Administrative Assistant in January 2016. Allison loves the work she does because she is able to share her enthusiasm for learning, arts, and music with a truly inspiring group of people.

Nancy Langman

Clinical Coordinator

nancyl@mvcenter4living.org

Bio Coming Soon.

Sarah Toste

Programs Assistant

saraht@mvcenter4living.org

Bio Coming Soon.

Eileen Murphy

Supportive Day Program Supervisor

eileenm@mvcenter4living.org

Eileen has lived on Martha’s Vineyard for over 13 years. She has worked for more than 15 years in both elder care management and private duty for many individuals. Eileen began her association with the Supportive Day Program as a Tai Chi instructor and became the Activities Coordinator for the program in 2005. In 2007, she became the program Supervisor. Eileen is extremely knowledgeable in the field of Dementia Care as well as other complications of the aging process. Her years of experience and wealth of knowledge make her an invaluable asset to the SDP and a vital resource for clients and families striving to care for their loved ones at home and in the community.

Susan Habekost

Supportive Day Program
Activities Coordinator

susanh@mvcenter4living.org

Susan moved to Martha’s Vineyard when she was a little girl. Falling in love with the island, as an adult she made it home for her own family. She worked independently in the field of elder care for many years as well as through the Vineyard Nursing Association, Elder Services, and most recently with the Martha’s Vineyard Center For Living’s Supportive Day Program as a Special Assistant. Susan was promoted to the position of Activities Coordinator in 2014. In addition to her experience with elders, Susan has brought her studies in psychology and art history from Bridgewater State University to our programming. A vibrant spirit she has brought exciting new programs, humor, creativity, and so much love to the SDP.

Janice Rose

Supportive Day Program Special Assistant

Bio Coming Soon.

Gary Cogley

Memory Café Music Coordinator

Bio Coming Soon.

Rosie Roberts

Special Assistant

Rosie is an island native who graduated from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School having gone through the Elder Care Vocational Program. This program solidified what she knew at an early age, that her calling was to care for others. She has been a dedicated professional ever since. As a Certified Nursing Assistant, she has worked in private duty, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, and since 1997, with the Supportive Day Program. With almost 20 years at the SDP alone, Rosie is a devoted team player with an unparalleled compassion, knowledge, and skill set.

Faith Benefit

Special Assistant

Always on her feet, Faith is a hardworking, energetic, and dynamic member of the Supportive Day Program staff. Born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard, Faith also graduated from MVRHS.

Faith cares deeply for her community and started her involvement with the SDP by volunteering and later becoming a substitute. She has worked with seniors for many years in both private respite care and in programs. Now a member of the regular staff Faith brings her love of dance, music, and fun to any program she is a part of.