Our Board

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.

JESSE DEBENEDICTIS

Grew up in Manchester Mass. I live with my family in Gloucester. I am a remodeling contractor that has been in business for 18 years doing small Commercial Outfits, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Additions, Restoration, Decks, Basements, Full House Remodels, Painting, and we do outstanding work. We live in a community that is absolutely beautiful, which means that we have to take care of it. I want to ensure that I show in my family you give back to the community to make a better place for everyone else. This is why I chose to be part of this program to make things right.

ASHLEY DESROSIERS

Ashley is a vice president at FoodMinds, a consulting and communications firm. A registered dietitian by training, she is driven by creative problem solving, leading interdisciplinary teams and building impactful partnerships. In her free time, she tries her hand at beekeeping, bread baking and backyard gardening. Ashley and her husband moved to Rockport in 2014 and quickly knew they found their place. A Delaware native, she's happiest when near the ocean and is thrilled for the opportunity to be part of protecting what's so special about the North Shore. 

CHRIS GAUTHIER

Chris, a long time resident of Gloucester, brings over 20 years of financial and small business experience to the Seaside Sustainability team. He currently serves as the Chief Investment Officer of Stonehearth Capital Management and believes that through education and positive interactions with nature, we can help build a more sustainable society and bring forward change that will lead to a brighter future.

KEN HECHT

With over 30 years in commercial real estate brokerage, development and ownership, Ken brings a passion for the environment combined with a project-oriented approach to getting things done.  A former Gloucester Planning Board Member, Ken is currently a Gloucester City Councilor. Ken has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign and studied for his MBA at Washington University in St. Louis and Northeastern University in Boston.  Ken and his wife Patty live on Main Street in Downtown Gloucester.

LYNN JACKSON

Lynn is a veterinarian with a master's degree in toxicology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in comparative medicine at MIT. Lynn has worked as a clinical veterinarian, scientist, program director and consultant for many research institutions including MIT and Harvard Medical School and biopharmaceutical companies. She has co-authored numerous publications and is an active member of many professional societies. Lynn loves animals and science and has been a long-time member, supporter and volunteer in many animal welfare. environmental protection and wildlife conservation organizations. Lynn moved to Gloucester in 2009 and is excited to offer her skills in scientific research to help Seaside Sustainability continue to grow and make meaningful contributions to improve sustainable living on our planet. 

ERIC MAGERS

Seaside Sustainability, Inc. is directed by Eric Magers who brings 3 decades of leadership in the environmental education field has been identified as a national thought leader, garnering dozens of local, state, and national awards.  He along with his leadership team and a small army of eager and capable interns have ushered Seaside into the national arena with a cadre of major projects in Ocean Sustainability and Education.  

Shelly Bradbury has been living in Cape Anne since 1995 when she first came here to get her MFA in Sculpture at Boston University.  The beauty of the North Shore with its beaches, great marsh lands, and the many acres of land in conservation have ignited within her the urgency to protect the environment for future generations through education and activism.

RON MAGERS

A long time graphic artist, sculptor, and industrial designer, Ron ran a small company called MDesign, a toy design business for 35 years creating and producing products for Mattel, Hasbro, Fisher Price, Parker Brothers, SpinMaster, and more. More recently, he partnered on international sculptures for public commissions including: the Old Man of the Mountain, Medimune Cambridge England, The Study Hotel Chain, the fountain at Endicott College.  He has been a member of the Seaside community for over a year and has given input on its direction and created many logos.

ALAN MCCOY

Alan has been a lifelong educator: his tenure at Pingree include teaching history, coaching, as well as serving as Director of Athletics for over twenty years, retiring from that position in 2017.  His role for the past two years has been the school’s Sustainability Coordinator where he has had the wonderful opportunity to work with students and colleagues to lead the charge to make Pingree a greener place. He is originally from coal country of southern West Virginia were he has seen first hand the challenges that coal mining has brought to Appalachia and the people who live there.  Alan went to school in Baltimore and then attended McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He and his wife Tina have always been interested in and committed to being good stewards of the environment. He lives in Essex.

JOHN RUSSO

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John is a 30+ year software industry veteran, having developed products and led projects working for global leaders in healthcare, biopharmaceutical services and financial services. Now retired on Cape Ann, with his wife Dianne, John has time to explore his passions: photography, travel, nerding out on architecture, design, local history and boats, while making time to give back to the community. He holds a BS in Environmental Science and Technology from Florida Tech. John operates Lightship Photography specializing in Interior Design, Architecture, and Product photography.

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SEASIDE SUSTAINABILITY, INC. PO BOX 131 GLOUCESTER MA 01931 UNITED STATES

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