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.

SHELLY BRADBURY

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.

RICH BEAN

Rich Bean (Gloucester, MA) joined Seaside Sustainability with a passion for improving our lives with new ideas and hard work while also sharing everyone’s appreciation for the beautiful landscapes and resources we all aim to preserve. Attracted to the area by the strong sense of community, actively volunteering, and local cleanups, he is inspired by other people’s energy. Rich is a Software Professional, Musician, and a Financial Coach.

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. 

CHRISTOPHER "WOODY" KELLY

After a B.A. from University of San Francisco in Development and Planned Economics, worked in the construction and engineering business overseas for 20 plus years, in construction management, contracts, cost & scheduling and procurement logistics on international construction projects. Then evolved into renewable energy projects worldwide in photovoltaic and consulting on alternative energy solutions with sustainability.  

LUKE KLEINDIENST

Luke is a lifelong resident of Gloucester who has always had a strong connection to the ocean; growing up in a fishing family and living just a few minutes walking distance from the beach. Currently employed at The Open Door as the manager of the Ipswich Community Food Pantry, Luke is always working closely with members of the community and regularly sees the positive  impact that local non-profits can have in effecting a major change.
He has a BS from Springfield College and is a dedicated musician, martial artist, and endorser of sustainable living habits. During the summer, he can be found most weekends kayaking or hanging out on Magnolia Beach. Luke’s belief is that as a community that relies so heavily on the ocean, it is our collective responsibility to be on the cutting edge of cleaning and maintaining it… And that everyone has something they can contribute. 

DAWN LEONI

Dawn has always been passionate about STEM disciplines from as early as a young child. She can remember back when she was about 7 years old receiving her first BASIC coding book and creating simple games on the family’s Apple III computer. By the time she was 11 she was writing short code in college. In her teen years she developed an interest in taking electronics apart and fixing them. She went on to college to get her very first associates in computer languages. Fast forward over 20 years and she still loves math, science and figuring out how things work. Her son is following in her footsteps and at the age of 7 is learning how to write his own code and make games and animated videos. Dawn believes in her family that fostering a child’s passion for learning and teaching them at a young age about how to make the earth a better place to live through sustainability is important.

WILLIAM LOIACANO

William Loiacano (Gloucester, MA) is a local business owner and a Board of Director for The Open Door, whose mission is to alleviate the impact of hunger in our community.  It’s through this sense of community involvement that William has gained a real knowledge for giving back to his community. From helping out at food drives to making important financial decisions, William’s next step is to join another organization that shares his passion for the environment.  Through his extensive travel William believes that we are all responsible for leaving this Earth better for the next generation.

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.

JEREMY MCKEEN

Jeremy McKeen is a teacher, writer, editor, and Zero Waste nerd living it up in Gloucester. He is the Social Media Guy for the Cape Ann Dems as well as co-host of the monthly "America, Interrupted" series at Cape Ann Cinema. Jeremy is also part of the Community Council of GEF and is helping with the Charter Signature Drive and Commission this summer as well as the Climate Crisis Coalition in the fall. He runs PPL Cooperative, which is a revolutionary microfinance credit union, and is part of Zero Waste Party Hour, a Green Event Planning business. Jeremy is married with three kids.

CONOR MILLER

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 grew up in Mequon Wisconsin, attended Colorado College from 2001-2005, getting a BA in English.  He then split his time between: Jackson Hole working at Alpinist Magazine and a Barker-Ewing Rafting; Seattle working for REI and creating a book on ski mountaineering; and lifeguarding Gloucester beaches for a couple summers.  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.

JACK NESSEN

Jack Nessen is a passionate environmentalist, an award-winning environmental educator, and is the GIS Administrator for the City of Salem, Massachusetts and has a Masters Degre from Salem State Univier. Jack is from Beverly, and despite having lived and traveled across the United States, is always drawn home to the North Shore. Jack has a long and storied past with Seaside, working alongside Eric Magers long before its inception in the fields of environmental science and education. Jack is a passionate surfer and skier and loves spending time exploring the mountains of New Hampshire with his girlfriend and their dog, Lilly.

DALCIONE REIS VOLLINK

STEM has been a huge part of Dalcione’s education and professional career. She considers herself a geek and embraces the fact that she really enjoys learning, problem solving, and technology. She is a proponent of authentic learning, modernizing traditional methods, and of course, fun. Recently, she transitioned from Education to Technology Consulting. While in Education, she launched a Girls Who Code Club for students in grades 6-8 and began a speaker series to spotlight women in STEM.

BUTCH ROTH

Albert "Butch" Roth  has been woodworking in Lanesville for over 40 years creating custom furnishings and cabinets. Work includes a white oak concert hall interior in collaboration with Fisk Organ in Portola Valley Ca. to more recent bars at  the Boathouse restaurant and Cape Ann Golf Course.  Butch is also  a sailor for 50 years racing multiple one designs to Ocean racing and offshore deliveries. He recently won the Marblehead to Halifax race and competed in several Bermuda races.  He has  built and restored scores of racing sailboats in his shop  along with jointerwork on the Boston Tea Party boats. His offshore sailing has given him first hand knowledge of the changing ocean environment and pollutants which led him to join the team at Seaside Sustainability.

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.

JOSH SHERIDAN

Josh Sheridan has been a longtime resident of Cape Ann, and is currently a freshman at North Shore Community College where he is taking classes to pursue a double major in marine biology and mathematics. He served previously as Seaside’s Marine Sciences Coordinator, displaying his love and passion for marine conservation. He hopes to use his education as well previous experience with Seaside to help guide the organization’s future and make all of its programs and initiatives sustainable. 

RACHAEL SORRENTO

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 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.

LAURA TRUDEL

Laura Trudel. I retired from MIT in 2014, as a research scientist, after 32 yrs in the Dept. of Biological Engineering. After retirement, I became a Teacher Naturalist with Mass Audubon at Joppa Flats, teaching teachers and children appreciation of nature through ‘hands on’ and experiential activities.  I have participated in Citizen Science projects in the Azores and Malawi through Biospheres Expeditions focusing on population studies of sperm whales and a biodiversity study in the Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve.  Locally, I volunteer at Essex County GreenbBelt, our land trust organization. I serve as a G.O.A.T., part of the GreenbBelt’s Outdoor Adventure Team, helping to lead trips on GreenbBelt’s protected land.

My vision of retirement is to use my skills as a scientist and educator to bring understanding of the issues of climate change, invasive species, habitat restoration, and microplastic pollution, to the general public.  I want the public to feel they are not helpless, but can take action to make change happen for the better through Citizen Science. Seaside Sustainability offers this opportunity. I am very excited to be part of the Seaside Sustainability Action Team.  We are getting volunteers out in the field and involved in our projects. Yes, one person, YOU, can make a difference. Come join us.  

JOE WAGNER

Joe Wagner has more than 30 years of diverse leadership and executive experience from self-funded startups to large publicly traded high technology and manufacturing companies.  Most recently, Joe co-founded StepChange Clothing with the mission to create meaningful and measurable change in the health of our oceans supported through our everyday apparel choices.  StepChange has partnered with Seaside Sustainability to help fund efforts to improve the health of New England ocean waterways and sustainability education across the country.

 Previously Joe held senior executive positions with Unifi, the country’s largest producer of synthetic fiber made from recycled bottles, Axonify, the leading micro-learning platform, GT Nexus and E2Open, global SaaS supply chain planning and execution platforms and Novel, an over billion-dollar infrastructure software provider. 


Joe earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Business Administration from Boston University.  He provides board and executive advisory services to startup and growth technology companies and Joe recently joined Beacon Angels where he mentors and serves as a coach to entrepreneurs and startups.

Action Team

Seaside is looking to create an action team of concerned, like minded folks that share our values and want to get involved volunteering for a great organization doing phenomenal work.  

 

If you are interested in learning more, please contact our Executive Director Eric Magers: magerse@seasidesustainability.org

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