Staff

 

Cathy L. Ramsdell, CPA, CGMA, Executive Director

Friends of Casco BayAs a Certified Public Accountant, consultant, and ecologist, Cathy brings an unusual breadth and depth of professional experiences to her work at Friends. She has served nonprofits, businesses, boards, and leaders in a wide variety of executive, financial, scientific, behavioral, board, and operational roles. Prior to joining Friends of Casco Bay as Executive Director in 2003, Cathy’s consulting practice helped executive directors, business owners, and family foundations with financial, professional and organizational development. She did five-year stints in both business and in public accounting. Her earliest work in evolutionary behavior and conservation ecology took her from the
Bering Strait in Alaska studying seabird populations for the U.S. government, to barrier islands in Georgia working with loggerhead sea turtles, and around the Gulf of Maine spotting whales. Email clramsdell [at] cascobay [dot] org

 

Ivy Frignoca, Casco Baykeeper

Ivy joined the staff of Friends of Casco Bay as its third Casco Baykeeper in 2016. For the past 25 years, Ivy has lived in Greater Portland, and she brings an impressive local knowledge of the ecology and environmental issues of Casco Bay. Prior to joining Friends of Casco Bay, she was already working on a host of environmental issues critical to the health of Casco Bay—including ocean acidification, pesticide control, stricter limits on waste discharge permits, management of stormwater runoff, snow dumping, marine resource management, and more. Ivy’s professional experience also include teaching marine and environmental science, advocating for stronger protections for Lake Champlain, and working for the state of Vermont on policies to protect and promote state parks and forests. Email ifrignoca [at] cascobay [dot] org

 

Mary Cerullo, Associate Director

Friends of Casco BayMary is responsible for our publications, public relations, and educational outreach. She works with communities on BayScaping, an education program on environmentally-friendly lawn care. She developed the Casco Bay Curriculum, creating classroom activities that use our water quality monitoring data and other research efforts. Mary is an award-winning author of 21 non-fiction children’s books on the ocean, as well as a handbook for teachers on using children’s literature in the science classroom. She has more than forty years of experience as a science translator and has developed education materials for NASA, the National Science Foundation, NOAA, the New England Aquarium, and others. Email Mary: mcerullo [at] cascobay [dot] org

 

Will Everitt, Development Director

Friends of Casco BayWill joined our team in 2006. He has 21 years of fundraising experience,
having worked with environmental organizations from Anchorage, Alaska to Portland, Maine. He has always felt a close connection to environmental issues, having grown up on a fruit and vegetable farm in New Jersey. Prior to working with Friends of Casco Bay, he directed Toxics Action Center’s Portland, Maine office, where he helped dozens of communities across New England fight leaking landfills, sludge spreading, and toxic pesticide spraying. When he’s not at work, he, his wife, and their daughter can be found combing the coves around Casco Bay or exploring the woods and waters of Baxter State Park. Email Will: willeveritt [at] cascobay [dot] org

 

Mike Doan, Research Associate

Friends of Casco BayMike first joined Friends of Casco Bay in 1995 as an intern and water quality volunteer. He was hired as Research Associate in 1998. Mike coordinates seasonal research initiatives, involving low dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll, nutrients, water currents, sediment toxics, coastal acidification of clamflats, and stormwater sampling. He is our point person on state water quality standards, marine invasive species, and juvenile lobster stock status and trends. Mike is working on his Masters degree in Biology at the University of Southern Maine, involving coastal nitrogen dynamics and algal nitrogen uptake. He holds a BS in Biology and is SCUBA certified. Email Mike: mdoan [at] cascobay [dot] org

 

Jeff Fetterer, Office Manager

Friends of Casco BayJeff came to Friends of Casco Bay in 2007 with over 10 years of administrative and development experience with Maine nonprofits. Jeff keeps the day-to-day operations of our office flowing smoothly and efficiently, handling everything from phone and email inquiries from people in our community, to bookkeeping, computer operations, meeting preparation, and insurance details. Jeff holds a BS in Political Science from the University of Southern Maine. Email Jeff: jfetterer [at] cascobay [dot] org

 

 

 

Sarah Lyman, Development and Communications Assistant

morris_160922_6887-scrSarah Lyman joined Friends of Casco Bay, bringing development and communication experience from her time with the Maine Chapter of the March of Dimes. Originally from Upstate New York, Sarah fell in love with Maine’s coast while attending the University of New England. After graduating with a BS in Marine Biology and Psychobiology in 2008, she returned to New York for a short period of time before realizing that Maine was now home. Sarah assists with fundraising and communication efforts in the office. Email Sarah: slyman [at] cascobay [dot] org

 

Sara Biron, Database Assistant

Friends of Casco BaySara Biron joined Friends of Casco Bay in October 2014 with over three years of administrative experience. She earned a BA in Studio Art from The University of Maine in 2010 and graduated from the Honors College with Highest Honors. Sara utilizes her artistic eye for detail to maintain meticulous records, tracking member support and water quality data collected by our citizen scientists. As an artist from Maine, she appreciates the coastal landscape and was drawn to Friends of Casco Bay for our work advocating and monitoring the health of the Bay.  Email Sara: sbiron [at] cascobay [dot] org

 

Jim Splude, Pumpout Coordinator

morris_160922_6640-scrJim Splude of Sebago is the Pumpout Coordinator for Friends of Casco Bay’s small boat sewage removal service. Jim is a native of Portland and has nearly 15 years of experience working in and around marinas. From 1996 to 2010, he worked on Lake Powell, Arizona, where he managed the overall operations of a large fleet of luxury houseboats.  Email Jim: pumpout [at] cascobay [dot] org