Our Team

MVYLI’s Team


Claire Ganz

Claire is the Institute’s Development Director.  She lives in Chilmark with her retired parents and 18-year old son.  She brings experience with three-time start up through IPO in biotechnology. She nurtures and builds connections with individuals and organizations to help reach their goals.  Her first book “Sternum to the Sun” is a collection of essays that explore the relationship of creativity, science, technology, community, collaboration, consciousness and shared experience.  Society and science are moving beyond focusing on the individual to solutions to problems through collective actions.  Claire is excited to share her experience and talents with MVYLI and help MVYLI teach and share its skills and resources with more island youth, their families and community.


Sharon Engler

Sharon is MVYLI’s College Prep Program Coordinator.  She has 25 years experience in education as a certified teacher, counselor and administrator; with teaching inner city elementary students; counseling high school students; and tutoring special education students.  Sharon received her BS in Psychology from Brown University and her Master’s of Counseling and Educational Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is the Brown University Alumni & Recruitment Coordinator; a MVRHS tutor; career counselor for the MV Youth Task Force and has been an instructor with ACE. Sharon and her husband have five children.  She is pleased to work with MVYLI youth and encourage them to solidify their goals and dreams for themselves, their island and the world.


Robin Harper

Robin is the webmaster of mvyli.org since 2011. A University of Maryland, College Park graduate she’s lived on the Vineyard since 1997. She began her career working for an internet bookstore in Vineyard Haven, then SEO/web marketing firm in 2007.  She lives in Edgartown with her husband and two daughters.  “I’m so pleased there is an organization like MVYLI for young people of this island. I’m a firm believer that many of our world’s ills stem from a lack of strong, forward-thinking leadership and MVYLI is instrumental in filling this void.  I am continually blown away how MVYLI guides these kids into taking charge in their local community and beyond to effect positive change.”


Maura Valley

Maura is MVYLI’s Office Coordinator who aspires to increase parental involvement.  She works for the Town of Tisbury Board of Health for 22 years.  She has lived on Martha’s Vineyard for 25 years.  Maura believes in the importance of actively contributing to your community. While she raised her family she was involved in organizations focused on children and education: served as a School Committee member for  the Tisbury School and Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and treasurer for the Martha’s Vineyard Minnesingers and a Girl Scout Leader.  She currently serves on the board of the Martha’s Vineyard Medical Reserve Corps.


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