Christopher Scott has served as Executive Director of the Preservation Trust since 1992. In 2015, the Board of Trustees elected him President. Prior to moving to the Vineyard to assume this role, he and his family were long-time summer residents.
Mr. Scott has more than 35 years of professional experience in the funding, design and implementation of major preservation projects. He was affiliated with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management for 10 years as both Planning Director and the founding Director of the Office for Historic Landscape Preservation, building the Heritage State Park system and restoring 20 public parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Working with the architectural firm of Benjamin Thompson Associates, he participated in the restoration of Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In addition to his work on public projects, Mr. Scott has also been a principal in numerous private housing projects. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont and was awarded the degree of Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University.
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.