Clean Ocean Action

Clean Ocean Action 2015 Board of Trustees

 

 

Getting to Know COA's Board of Trustees

Tom Fagan, President

 

 

Leo Gasienica, Vice-president

 

John Grossarth, Treasurer

John is a lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore with a professional background in renewable energy markets. His best days are spent surfing with his daughter and he supports COA as a board member because he believes he has an obligation to preserve and protect the area that has been the source of his family's enjoyment and well-being since the 1950's. John's connection to the ocean is the time he spends near is having the ability to only recall days when they have been separated! "A day at the ocean is a day well spent!"
John says and we can't agree more!

 

 

Patsy Guttenplan, Secretary

Patsy is a lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore having always lived within walking distance of the ocean (currently living on the Shrewsbury River), with a professional background in medical and surgical nursing most recently at Monmouth Medical. She spends her days with a camera in hand capturing the beauty of her surroundings. Patsy believes that as a COA board member, and a resident of the shore, she and her family are directly connected to the health of the water and it is vital to make our voices heard! We are with you, Patsy!

 

Pat & Bob Bennekamper

 

Ben Forest

Ben Forest is a resident of Red Bank, NJ with a previous professional background as a news reporter. Currently, Ben owns a computer support company and lives happily with his wife and children. He has also served as the President of NJ Friends of Clearwater, a board member of  the NJ Environmental Federation and the Vice President of the Red Bank Board of Education. As a COA board member, Ben believes his shared passion for environmental stewardship and responsible advocacy connects his with the mission of the organization. Ben loves living near the water and knows that all life requires a healthy and thriving ocean! We couldn't agree more, Ben!

 

Suzanne Golas, csjp (Leave of Absence) 

 

Jim Lovgren

 

Jeff Martin

Jeff was originally born in Morris County, NJ, spending many summers at the Jersey Shore and eventually moving to Cape May in 1995 after attending Ramapo College. Working for a kayak tour outfit, Jeff eventually bought the business. He became a biology teacher in 2002 and continues to teach ocean/marine science to high school students. As a COA board member, Jeff is proud to be a powerful and professional voice for the ocean. As a surfer, kayaker, SUP-er, teacher, diver and science teacher, Jeff NEEDS a healthy ocean - we agree wholeheartedly and thank you for being a voice for the ocean with us, Jeff!

 

Kari Martin

Kari spent every season since age 5 summering in Seaside Park, learning how to swim in Barnegat Bay and bodyboarding, wading in the water and looking for treasures in the vast Atlantic Ocean. After achieving her BA in Environmental Studies and Political Science and while earning her MA in Science she served as the Outreach Director and Policy Communications Director at COA from 2001-2009. Kari continues to support COA as a board member because she believes COA's work is impressive and deserves continued support. Connected mentally, physically and spiritually Kari finds strength, solace, renewal and joy from the ocean. Thank you for your dedication, Kari!

 

Valerie Montecalvo

Valerie resides in Highlands as President, Owner, and CEO of Bayshore Recycling Corp. Along with her husband, Frank, Valerie has over 38 years of experience in the contracting and environmental fields. She is also a Trustee on the Board of the NJ Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Additionally, Valerie supports numerous charities, foundations and local causes. As a COA Board Member, Valerie champions COA mission of ocean advocacy throughout the community. Valerie is an avid water and motorsport enthusiast who relies on the watershed for relaxation and enjoyment. Thank you, Valerie, for your dedication to COA over the many years!

 

D. W. Bennett

 President and Founder

1984 - 2009

 American Littoral Society

 

Adelaide (Scottie) Franklin 

Member Emeritus

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Highlands, NJ 07732
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