Our Team

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Funi Burdick
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, Ms. Burdick led the National Historic Landmark of Canterbury Shaker Village as Executive Director and CEO where for eight years she envisioned and successfully implemented a series of new programs and strategic partnerships to carry the organization forward into a new era of visionary potential, public interest, and lasting stewardship. Her experience and knowledge of leading heritage organizations is extensive and includes cultural landscape and building preservation, innovative programming, business and community partnerships, finance and operations management, grant writing and philanthropy. Her leadership spans over two decades, and includes work as Executive Director of the American Independence Museum in Exeter, New Hampshire and as Director of Education at Strawberry Banke Museum, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She is well known among museum professionals in the Northeast as an effective leader, an inspiring speaker, and a proven asset to any organization she gets behind. Funi is passionate about the preservation and legacy of historic buildings and landscapes, and connecting the value each holds to both their community and American culture.

An architect by training, specializing in historic buildings and restoration, Funi’s professional education has given her a leading edge in managing complex collections of historic properties. Her background in design, architecture and art/architecture history has provided her with the knowledge and training to lead building restorations, site development, public programming and collections initiatives with the highest ethical and professional best practices as advocated by the museum community.

Funi’s mission is clear – it is not enough to simply maintain these invaluable collections – she is committed to exploring how to leverage these assets to generate new vitality for the organization, reprogramming these spaces and structures to build new relationships with inside and outside constituencies and to deepen the mission statement through an advanced expression of its core values in the most tangible terms.

Funi Burdick was awarded a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Architectural History from Hampshire College.

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Janet Heath
Development Director

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.

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Meg Rottman
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 is a Cum Laude graduate of Providence College, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. She resides with her husband and two sons in Oak Bluffs.

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Sandy Burt
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.