The greatest impact that Seaside Sustainability, Inc. can make as an organization is to expand our base of community interest, contribution and partnerships.  Whether you'd like to learn more, make a donation, get connected, or put your skills to work and
join us in our cause, this is the place to do it.  


Our Team

Seaside Sustainability is composed of a small, dedicated, and streamlined staff with over 185 years of combined experience in the fields of Biology, Science, Engineering, Backcountry Medicine, Training and Development, Business Entrepreneurship, and Experiential Education.  Unified by our shared passions for engagement with the natural world, we inspire citizens to ask questions, challenge assumptions, and draw their own conclusions.  

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Eric Magers

Executive Director and program coordinator

Eric has been with Seaside Sustainability, Inc. since its founding, and has transformed the concept into a local, regional and national organization.  He is a long-time educator and brings almost 30 years of experience in environmental and experiential education.  His work in the environmental education field has identified him as a national leader, garnering dozens of local, state, and national awards.  In addition to program development and management, his focus in the organization is on outreach, partnerships, and networking.

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Having always worked in education in some capacity, Dee Dee brings perspective and inspiration to the team.  She is able to think out of the box and challenges the organization to aspire for new opportunities while also making sure we have our bases covered by developing and managing standards of performance and evaluation.


larry pihl

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With a history of environmental passion and a career in business sales, Larry helps to balance the scale between dreams and reality.  Larry's skills steer the organization to make a difference in the community by pursuing a sustainable business model that guides recording and reporting so that we may aptly pursue our goals as a not for profit organization.  

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David Stearns

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Business & General Strategy

The genius behind the scenes, David specializes in development, planning and anticipation of future organization needs and goals.  He is the momentum behind our growth and provides technical and tactical support to  keep the organization on track and always moving forward.






Jack Nessen

Board of Directors

Jack Nessen is a passionate environmentalist and watershed scientist/educator. Jack is from Beverly, and though he has lived and traveled across the United States, he is always drawn home to the North Shore. Jack works for Salem Sound Coastwatch, SeaSide's sister organization, based in Salem, and is currently getting his masters in GIS at Salem State University. 


Paul Franklin

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Rockport native, Paul F. Franklin is a local real estate professional and one of the founding leaders of Rockport’s Navigators USA Chapter 198. With a passion for the environment that began on the Recycling Club at Rockport High School, Paul continues that mission as a member of Massachusetts Chapter of the US Green Building Council and holds the GREEN Designation from the National Association of REALTORS®. Through Seaside Sustainability’s support of Navigators USA, Mr. Franklin has a vision of fostering a balanced relationship with our environment and upcoming generations.


Rachael Sorrento 

Board of Directors 

Rachael is a local business owner and Gloucester native.  She is currently a senior at the University of Massachusetts, pursuing CPA licensure and an intern in the Corporate Finance Division at the Securities and Exchange commission in Washington D.C.  As an avid kayaker, growing up on the water imparted a deep sense of appreciation for our delicate coastal ecosystems.  Rachael believes that accounting practices should help incorporate sustainability into business operations by considering not only strategy, but stakeholders as well.  Her mission is to improve the lives of others by sharing a strong passion for public service, and the belief that each of us has a duty to serve our respective communities


Conor Miller

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Conor Miller has been involved in sustainability on the North Shore since founding Black Earth Compost in 2011, which collects and composts organic waste. In his prior life he was an avid backcountry skier, white water kayaker, and rock climber but now primarily spends his outdoor adventure time surfing.  Conor moved back to Gloucester permanently in 2010 with his wife and  started Black Earth Compost. Black Earth has five collection trucks and pickup food waste from residents to grocery stores across eastern MA. They turn that into high quality compost which is sold in bulk or to garden centers across Eastern MA, with a mission to put food waste back into the soil for future food production.

There is no greater concern for mankind than developing and maintaining standards and efforts to manage our environment to mitigate or reverse the effects of global climate change.”
— Larry Pihl, Board of Directors, Seaside Sustainability, Inc.


Michael beaton

Michael Beaton is the proud owner of RE/MAX At The Coast, serving the Cape Ann real estate market. Mike has been an incredibly valuable partner for Seaside Sustainability as he has graciously provided us with a wonderful space for employees and interns at the REMAX office in Rockport. Our work would not be possible without Mike's generous hospitality.

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Sarah Willwerth-Dyer is a Senior Partner at Anthony & Dodge Certified Public Accountants. Sarah provides Seaside with top-notch professional accounting services and has been integral in the financial side of our operations. Her invaluable expertise has been incredibly important in the development of our nonprofit.


“I certainly never feel discouraged. I can’t myself raise the winds that might blow us or this ship into a better world. But I can at least put up the sail so that when the wind comes, I can catch it.”
― Ernst F. Schumacher


We couldn't be where we are today without generous contributions from people like yourself. Organization development and growth are funded partly by grants and donations.  If you believe in our mission, and are interested in making a financial contribution to further the opportunities of Seaside Sustainability, Inc., please take a moment to make a donation by following the portal below or contact us directly.  

Seaside Sustainability, Inc. is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax deductible.

Share your thoughts

We want to hear from you! Have ideas for us?  A proposal for a program?  Do you have a skill or connection that could expand our reach or impact?  Is there a gap you see that could be filled?  Equipment donations are always appreciated, as these make it possible for us to provide a wider array of opportunities to more people.  Maybe you have constructive feedback that could improve our concept, procedures or reach?  Do you have experience in environmental field work or research?  Or perhaps as an educator?  We are always looking to make connections with local professionals, community organizations, or committed individuals who are seeking to make a difference in our local communities!  Fill out a quick form about who you are and what's on your mind, or send us an email directly; either way, we thank you for your time and interest and will be in touch!

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Combining the expertise of Seaside Sustainability's diverse partner organizations, we are truly a community organization, and couldn't possibly be where we are today without these collaborations.  

Our partners are essential to our growth and have been invaluable by providing outreach, collaborating on a wide variety opportunities for educational exploration, contributing expert knowledge, supporting the organization financially, and spreading local awareness about issues addressed through Seaside Sustainability programs.  

Get in Touch with Seaside Sustainability


We are here for you.  Regardless of your inquiry, email is the best form of communication to be in touch with us.  

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Get Involved

Interested in getting more involved with Seaside Sustainability?  We want to hear from you!  Introduce yourself, let us know what caught your interest, how you'd like to be involved, and what we can do for you.  

Eric Magers, Executive Director & Program Coordinator,