Executive Director & C.E.O.
Funi Burdick assumed responsibility as Executive Director and C.E.O. of the Preservation Trust in 2017. Prior to joining the Trust, she served as Executive Director of Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury, N.H., for nine years. Ms. Burdick was Executive Director and C.E.O. of Canterbury Shaker village, a National Historic Landmark, which includes 25 historic buildings and an internationally renowned collection set on 700 acres. She was Executive Director of the American Independence Museum in Exeter, N.H. for six years. Previously, she was Director Education and Interpretation at the Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H. Her professional affiliations include service on the board of directors of the New England Museum Association and she has held leadership positions in numerous other professional organizations.
Ms. Burdick was awarded Bachelor of Arts degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Architectural History from Hampshire College.
Funi is married to a coastal scientist who previously worked in Woods Hole; they have long family ties in Wellfleet.
Janet Heath is originally from Vermont. She comes from such a large family that as a child, dinner every single evening was literally a “special event”. This is, undoubtedly, where her interest in hospitality got started. During a six-year stint in the Navy, Janet was stationed on Guam and Oahu – her first experiences in Island living. Although trained as a specialist in electronics communications, Janet’s favorite part of her Navy career was planning her department’s outings and events.
Janet moved to the Vineyard in 1991 from her native Vermont. She spent her first 7 years on-island working on the food and beverage side of the Island’s hospitality industry. Janet came to the Preservation Trust in 1998 with a strong background of organizing and executing upscale events.
Janet has the responsibility of planning and executing major fund raising events for the Trust including the Taste of the Vineyard, Generations Picnic and the annual Christmas in Edgartown events, among many others. In addition, she coordinates event sponsorships, annual membership campaigns and she provides support for capital fundraising campaigns as needed.
Director of Properties
After five years of working part-time for the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust, Meg joined the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust full time in 2009 as director of property management.
Originally from Fairfield, Conn., Meg first came to the Vineyard seeking summer work between years of study at Providence College. An internship during her senior year led to a job offer, and she decided to try Island life for a year. This story has a familiar ending: Meg fell in love with the community, the natural beauty and the history of Martha’s Vineyard. Her years of experience in real estate have given her an excellent background in property management and tenant relations.
Meg brings a deep knowledge of the Trust’s properties and an appreciation for the importance of details. She feels passionately about historic preservation and the work of the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust. She feels it is an honor to be trusted with the upkeep of historic landmarks that continue to play an integral part in the community life on Martha’s Vineyard. Meg holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Providence College. She resides with her husband and two sons in Oak Bluffs.
Special Events Coordinator
Sandy Burt is originally from Grafton, Massachusetts. As a child she first visited Martha’s Vineyard on a family vacation and realized then that the island is special place.
After graduation with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Travel Marketing from Johnson and Wales University she moved to the island year round. She spent the first eight years managing an inn and then becoming co-owner of an irrigation company with her husband.
Sandy became familiar with the Preservation Trust during her years working as a wedding / function coordinator. This led to a part time position with the Preservation Trust assisting with annual fundraising events. Years of experience in the island hospitality industry, business ownership and wedding coordinating business has provided her with the skills for her current position as Event Coordinator. After your event is booked at one of our properties she will provide assistance to execute your event smoothly.
She resides with her husband, son and daughter in Oak Bluffs.