Mission & History

Helping Our Women educates, empowers and supports women in the towns of Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown who are living with chronic, disabling or life threatening health conditions. We maintain an open-door policy to provide education and referrals to all community members.

We carry out our mission by providing direct services in three key areas: Transportation to healthcare appointments; Financial Assistance for women who qualify; and COMPASS programs promoting wellness and social engagement.

The core values of compassion, assistance and support that brought together the first group of volunteers remain the foundation on which the staff and leadership at Helping Our Women carries out our mission today.

Incorporated in 1993 as a 501(c)3, we expanded the scope of services from cancer patients to include all women diagnosed with chronic, life threatening and/or disabling illness in 1994. In 2018, we celebrated 25 years of service and paid off the mortgage on our office at 34 Conwell Street in Provincetown.

Meet Our Team

Staff

Gwynne Guzzeau

Executive Director

Gwynne is joining HOW as Executive Director since Elizabeth will be transitioning into retirement at the end of the year. She previously served as Executive Director for the Gestalt Institute of International Study. Her career has spanned many avenues, working in education, law, small business and holding public office. She has earned a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, an MS in Education from Wheelock College Graduate School, and a BA from Wellesley College. When not at work, Gwynne enjoys writing, beach walks with her dog Ginger and watching comedy shows with her teenage son.

Mary Berry

Office Administrator/Client Services Manager

After years of summer vacations with family in Dennisport, Mary discovered the Outer Cape as an adult and fell in love.  She moved to Wellfleet in 1994, married and raised two girls, now 20 and 22. Mary has previously worked in office management for several years at Fidelity Investments and for the Turner Construction Corporation. For the past nine years she has served as office manager at the Gestalt Institute of International Study in Wellfleet. In her free time, Mary loves the outdoors and traveling, especially to any place with a beach and good food.

Lisa Philips

Volunteer Coordinator

Lisa recently moved from Cape Hatteras, NC to Provincetown with her husband, daughter and 2 dogs. She has worked as a health educator for the past 13 years in Northeast NC and before that for the American Heart Association in Kailua-Kona. She is a native of Cape Cod and enjoys being back home with family, playing tennis and traveling.

Chloe Heidepriem

Volunteer Resource Developer / AmeriCorps VISTA

Chloe grew up on Cape Cod in Orleans and recently moved back to the Cape after attending college in Western Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Honors College in the spring of 2018, where she studied English and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. Prior to working at HOW, Chloe worked for the Town of Orleans at Nauset and Skaket Beaches, and during that time got to meet many locals and summer folks. In her free time, Chloe enjoys taking walks, listening to podcasts and writing. She looks forward to using her writing skills in service to the HOW community.

Board of Directors

Nancy DeLuca, PhD, Chair

Professor, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Retired
Provincetown, MA

Pam Drolsbaugh, Vice Chair

Retired Nurse
Eastham, MA

Joy McNulty, Treasurer

Business owner, The Lobster Pot Restaurant
Provincetown, MA

Marianne Clements, Clerk

VP of Human Resources, Seamen’s Bank
Provincetown, MA

Annemette Cliggott-Perlt

Psychiatric Nurse, Industrial Psychologist, retired
Provincetown, MA

Maureen Dooley Lawrence

Property Manager for subsidized housing/POAH Communities
Eastham, MA

Nicole Gelinas

Shinglefish Cape Cod
Life Coach & Brand Builder
Truro, MA

Susan Grace

Nonprofit Accounting Consultant
Truro, MA

Ann Maguire, M.Ed

President, Maguire-Gordon, Inc.
Real Estate Development and Rentals, Bayshore and Chandler House
Provincetown, MA and Boston, MA

Amanda Morris

Customer Service Representative, Seamen’s Bank
Truro, MA

Susan Roderick, CFNP

Family Nurse Practitioner, Outer Cape Health Services, Inc.
Truro, MA

Jayne Carvelli-Sheehan, MSN, R.N.C.S.

Sr. VP, Beth Israel Lahey Health
Boston and Provincetown, MA

Honorary Board Members

Berta Walker

Provincetown, MA

Donald & Barbara Edwards

Provincetown, MA

Betty Villari

(1942-2017)

Advisory Board

Barbara Knapp, Clerk

Retired Bank Mortgage Officer
Eastham, MA

Lori Meads

President/Chief Executive Officer of Seamen’s Bank
Truro, MA

Need Help?

If you or someone you love could benefit from the services offered by HOW, please contact us to learn more about what HOW can do for you.

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