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Jerry Murphy – General Manager, CFO & Owner

Jerry joined the Carminucci Sports Group in November 2010 as the first ever General Manager & CFO of the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, playing their inaugural season in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. Jerry’s background is in business. 

He was a senior vice president and division head responsible for operations, financial control, the bank’s Internet-based cash management system, operations, information technology and risk management for a European bank operating a $25 billion branch in New York City for 22 years.  During his banking days he had been the controller responsible for financial control, taxation and human resources, head of risk management, head of the information technology and head of operations before being collectively responsible for all aforementioned areas. After leaving banking at the end of 2002 Jerry became a founder and the CEO for a software company from 2003 through 2008. He then participated as a founder and CFO for a renewable energy project in New Hampshire from 2008 through the summer of 2010.

Jerry and his family have been coming to the Vineyard since the early 1990s before buying a summer home in 1999. Jerry and his family moved from NY to the Vineyard in June of 2007. Jerry’s passion is baseball and still enjoys playing 3B playing softball and pitching hardball for a 35 years and older team on the Vineyard from March through October. 

Bob Tankard leading next decade's Sharks team.

Dr. Robert Tankard - VP Baseball Operations & Owner

Hailing from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Dr. Tankard has spent the past thirty-four years of his life as a strong advocate for people, attempting to improve the quality of life for the underprivileged and disadvantaged.  As an educator and administrator, Dr. Tankard has developed many programs that have improved the quality of education for both his students and educators that have worked under his guidance.  Dr. Tankard has directed several television programs pertaining to community issues as well as programs designed to give high school and college students a voice or forum to discuss issues that affect them. 

Dr. Tankard obtained his Doctoral Degree from the Fielding Graduate University, a Master’s Degree from Bridgewater State College and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  In addition to his formal education, Dr. Tankard served on the Board of the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara CA, serves as a Trustee of the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank located on Martha’s Vineyard, Tisbury School Committee and the Cape Cod Collaborative.  Dr. Tankard is the Founder and current President of Upward Bound Youth Development, Inc, a youth camp based in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. 

Dr. Tankard also has an extensive background in coaching and athletics.

Carol Christopher Clark - Team Photographer

Carol Christopher Clark discovered her desire for photography 10 years ago after inheriting her father’s 35-mm Minolta Film Camera. Since then she has spent a great deal of time photographing the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park and Ft. Myers Florida. Last year she upgraded her camera to a Nikon D-90 and added several new lenses catering to sports photography.

Recently, she has sold rights to the Maine Bureau of Tourism to use her photography in their State Tourist Guide.

She also spent some time volunteering her photography skills to the Wareham Gatemen baseball team of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

In the summer of 2011 she worked as a free-lance photographer and attended every Shark home game taking pictures of the team before and during each game. She was responsible for contributing her photographs to the team’s website and blog. Carol enjoyed combining the two things she loves the most, baseball and photography.

Her photograph of last year’s battery mates, JD Dickinson and Anthony Corona depicting the “Meeting on the Mound,” was awarded a ribbon in the MV Agricultural Fair 2011 in the category of “Black and White Candid.”

Starting in 2012 Carol is the Official Team Photographer of the MV Sharks.  More of Carol's photography can be seen and purchased on her website "C. Christopher Photography" at: http://carol-christopher-.artistwebsites.com/.

Jessica Burnham - Host Family Coordinator

Jessica is an Island native who grew up in Edgartown. She has worked at the Dukes County Registry of Deeds in the courthouse in Edgartown for fourteen years.

Having a lifelong love of baseball and the Red Sox drew her to the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks. Thinking it would be fun to go to the games turned into hosting two players from the 2011 team. 2011 turned into three more players in 2012. The next year brought two more players and more involvement as a volunteer for the Sharks organization. 2014 brings the title of Host Family Coordinator and of course, more ball players to the house. After hosting for a few years, it seemed right to fill the hole left by former Host Family Coordinator Doris Clark.

Nelson Giannakopoulos - Director of Field & Property Planning

Nelson attended Norwich University to study architecture and graduated with a Master’s Degree in 2009.  The premise of his thesis project was to design a ballpark for the city of Las Vegas that focused fans toward the game and away from all other distractions that are common in today’s new ballparks.  Throughout this process, he had the opportunity to study many aspects of the game, including the art of making baseball bats.  He was able to spend an afternoon with Bill “Spaceman” Lee in Vermont talking about the process of making a baseball bat and all other things baseball.

Originally from East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Nelson has been visiting Martha’s Vineyard his entire life and moved here in 2009 to pursue a career in architecture.  Like the island, baseball has also been a constant in Nelson’s life, so it made sense to join the Sharks volunteer team in 2011.  Since the Sharks have made Martha’s Vineyard, their home in 2011, Nelson has been involved in planning and designing all improvements to the ballpark including the concession sheds, maintenance building with a batting tunnel, and a new grandstand with stadium seating. 

Amelia Durawa - Intern: Team Photographer

Amelia is a sophomore at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and has always loved photography. She has looked to increase her knowledgebase by taking classes for photography. Amelia is going into her fourth year of involvement with the Sharks, as her family was in our host family program for the first two years starting in 2011 and spent last summer baseball season being our Team Photographer’s (Carol Christopher) assistant.  She has submitted some beautiful pictures of the Sharks and the Shark Tank.of the Sharks and the Shark Tank.

Ray Tatersall - Field Maintenance Manager

Ray joined the Sharks as a volunteer at the beginning of the 2013 Championship season.  Ray took over the maintenance of the playing surface along with field mowing. Ray makes recommendations on products for field maintenance and upgrades around the field. He is in constant contact with expert consultants on the best ways to manage the field to give the players the best playing surface available.


Ray is very passionate about baseball; he has played on championship teams in H.S and has coached on Island at all levels up to Babe Ruth. Ray is also a certified H.S umpire and is presently a co-commissioner for the Island’s men’s softball league. Ray is originally from N.H but moved to the Island in 1990 after meeting what would be his future wife while she was at college, He had served in the Army with the 101st Airborne Division in the mid 80’s before heading to MV.


Ray is presently the Tisbury town electrician, and has run a Charity Softball tournament in Richie Madeira’s name for the past 14 years. He is married for 21 years and has 3 children.


Doris Clark - Host Family Coordinator/Group Sales

 Family-born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard. Doris’s day job is being the owner and “wedding planner” – www.eventdaycoordination.com-  Some people say her middle name is “hospitality” - she says that it’s “can do.” Whichever you choose, she has over 40 years’ experience in the hospitality industry starting as a flight attendant, for twenty six years, with United Airlines. She also owned and operated a bed and breakfast inn on Martha’s Vineyard for 11 years, the “Twin Oaks Inn.”

Doris has also worked for the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School as their School to Careers Coordinator as well as working with high school students for the Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative.

Her love of baseball immediately drew her to the Sharks and as Jerry Murphy, General Manger of the Sharks exclaimed, “thank God it did as she fills a huge hole taking care of the players and families and is immensely appreciated by the Sharks.” Doris stated, “Being the Host Family Coordinator has been a joy. The Martha’s Vineyard community opened their hearts and homes to the players and contributed immensely to the inaugural 2011 season’s success.”

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