Falmouth Road Race, Inc. Board of Directors
Tommy Leonard is an honorary member of the board of directors. The founder of the race, Tommy is its most ardent and enthusiastic supporter. He dreamed and conceived of the race after watching the 1972 Olympic marathon, the last time that an American citizen, Frank Shorter, won the men’s marathon in an Olympic Game. An enthusiastic runner most of his life, he dreamed that someday he would see the Olympic champion run and win in Falmouth. With his unflinching persistence, calling on friends and connections in the fledgling running community, he charmed Shorter into coming to Falmouth for the first time in 1975 and the rest is history. Tommy’s dream not only has become a reality, he admits that the success and popularity of the race has far surpassed anything that he ever envisioned. Tommy has become a legend on his own right in the running community and beyond: his biography was written a few years ago and, most recently, Runners’ World magazine ran a feature article on his life in the August, 2011 issue. Tommy can’t run any more, but his enthusiasm and support for the race remains steadfast and true. Tommy, we thank you and love you!
Geoff Nickerson, President, joined the board of directors in May of 2011 and served as Clerk until 2017 when he was elected president. A partner at the Falmouth law firm Oppenheim & Nickerson LLP, Geoff’s practice is focused on transactional and business law as well as estate planning and estate administration. Geoff is a 2000 graduate of Dartmouth College and a 2003 cum laude graduate of Villanova University School of Law. While at Dartmouth, Geoff was a member of the cross country and track and field teams, serving as co-captain of both in his senior year. A redshirt athlete as an undergraduate, Geoff used his remaining eligibility at Villanova competing for the University’s track and field team. Geoff is the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce, a Corporator of the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod and also sits on the Board of Directors of the Scholarship Association of Falmouth and the Falmouth Education Foundation. Geoff lives in Falmouth with his wife, Kristin, and their daughter, Charlotte. Email
Carl F. Cavossa Jr., Vice President, is the founder and president of Cavossa Excavation, Disposal and Safety Transportation of Falmouth. He is a former chairman of the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce board of directors, serves on the board of the Police Athletic League and is a past member of the Falmouth Education Foundation. He and his wife, Kristen, have four children and live in East Falmouth. Email.
Karen L. Bissonnette, Secretary, was appointed to the race board in 2008. She is the Executive Director at the Falmouth Housing Trust and recently served as Chief Development Officer of the Community Health Center of Cape Cod. She previously held the position of Executive Director of the Falmouth Hospital Foundation. A resident of Falmouth, she graduated from Falmouth High School, where she excelled as a member of the track team. Karen graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where she attended on a track and field scholarship and earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology. In 2000 she was elected to the Falmouth High School Athletic Hall of Fame and now serves on its committee. Karen also serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod. She lives in Falmouth with her two sons, Andrew and Gregory. Email.
Jeffrey Cutter, Treasurer, has been a board member since 2012 and is the founder and president of Cutter Financial Group, LLC, which has offices in Falmouth and Mansfield. Prior to opening and growing his own business, Mr. Cutter worked with the prestigious KPMG Peat Marwick as a certified public accountant. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy with an MBA and MS in accounting from Northeastern University. Email
Dr. Robert Antonucci was elected to the board of directors in 2012. He was President of Fitchburg State University from 2003 – 2015, where he built a reputation for leadership both on and off campus. He has also been the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education where he fundamentally reformed the state’s education finance system, school governance, curriculum development and charter schools. Prior to that, he was the superintendent of schools in Falmouth for twelve (12) years. Dr. Antonucci speaks at many civic events and is a member of several organizations including a board member for the United Way of North Central Massachusetts. Email
Scott Ghelfi joined the Falmouth Road Race, Inc. board of Directors in June of 2010 and served as the president from 2012-2017. A lifelong resident of Falmouth and frequent competitor in the Falmouth Road Race, Scott and his wife, Wendy, are owners of Ghelfi’s Candies and Ice Cream (in Falmouth and Mashpee) and Caline for Kids in Falmouth. Scott was a member of the Falmouth High School cross country and track teams. He captained the teams his senior year during which they won State titles all three seasons. Scott is a 1985 graduate of the University of New Hampshire where he competed in cross country and track. He stays competitive by playing tennis, golfing and running. He is also very involved with Falmouth Youth Hockey as a coach. Scott and Wendy have two children, Durham and Hannah. Email
Donna M. Tocci, has served on the board since the fall of 2010. Donna has over 20 years experience as a public relations and communications professional. Most recently, Donna was Vice President, Group Director for the integrated brand agency Digitas, where she led the social marketing practice in the Boston office. Previously, Donna was Director of Web/New Media for Ingersoll Rand and managed all public relations and media for the Kryptonite brand. She is a 20-year volunteer for the road race and was influential in the developement of the media program and the press tent on race day. Donna has also worked as an event organizer for SportSmith, DMSE Sports, Inc. and the Boston Athletic Association. Email.
FRR, Inc. Mission Statement:
Falmouth Road Race, Inc. is committed to positively impacting individuals and businesses in Falmouth through consistent involvement with the community and annual philanthropic giving. The organization promotes health and fitness through community programs and its annual internationally recognized road race that has provided an iconic course, enjoyed by elite and recreational runners since 1973.