The Buzzards Bay Coalition’s work to restore clean water, protect watershed lands, and engage the community is carried out by a talented group of conservation professionals. Get to know our staff below, and contact us if you have questions about our work.

To reach a staff member by phone, call (508) 999-6363 and use the extension listed by their name.

Mark Rasmussen, Buzzards Bay Coalition President and Buzzards Baykeeper®
Mark Rasmussen, President and Buzzards Baykeeper® (x201)

Mark grew up on Buzzards Bay and has dedicated his career to making the greatest possible impact on its restoration and protection. President since 1998, Mark’s path with the Coalition flows through an oyster farm, Woods Hole science missions, and positions as a staffer at the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management and associate at the Stockholm International Water Institute. He is a graduate of Boston College and Harvard University. Email Mark

Brendan Annett, Vice-President, Watershed Protection
Brendan Annett, Vice-President, Watershed Protection (x214)

Brendan oversees all of the Coalition’s land conservation and stewardship activities as well as habitat restoration projects. Brendan received his master’s in biology from the Boston University Marine Program in Woods Hole, focusing on anadromous fish. He is a former manager of the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Email Brendan

Donna Cobert, Buzzards Bay Coalition Director of Membership
Donna Cobert, Director of Membership (x209)

Donna stewards our members in supporting the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s work through membership and the Annual Fund for the Bay. Donna and her husband enjoy quahogging, bicycling, hiking, and boogie boarding around Buzzards Bay. Email Donna

Allen Decker, Esq., Director of Land Protection
Allen Decker, Esq., Director of Land Protection (x204)

Protecting the Bay’s special places is what Allen does – from working with landowners to seeking funding to coordinating closings. He received his master’s in environmental law from Vermont Law School and his J.D. from the University of South Carolina. A native South Carolinian, Allen awaits a Braves-Red Sox World Series. Email Allen

Stefanie Fournier, Buzzards Bay Coalition Director of Finance
Stefanie Fournier, Director of Finance (x215)

Stefanie has been with the Coalition since 2000 and manages all of the organization’s finance, accounting, and administrative functions. She holds an MBA from Norwich University in Vermont and a bachelor’s in economics from McGill University in Montreal. Stefanie spent her childhood in Canada, and today lives on Cape Cod. Email Stefanie

Claudia Geib, Buzzards Bay Coalition Discover Buzzards Bay Editor
Claudia Geib, Discover Buzzards Bay Editor (x205)

Claudia leads the Coalition's Discover Buzzards Bay initiative, which connects local residents with outdoor places and adventures across the region. She has a background in journalism and science writing from Northeastern University and MIT, which she is putting to use to inspire more people to get outside. An avid swimmer and scuba diver, Claudia lives on Cape Cod. Email Claudia

Christine Gurdon, Buzzards Bay Coalition Research Assistant
Christine Gurdon, Research Assistant (x231)

Christine supports the Coalition’s research and monitoring efforts. A Long Island native, she received her Master’s degree in marine science from Stony Brook University where she studied nitrogen pollution and permeable reactive barriers. She is an avid water skier and loves to travel the world. Email Christine

Deb Hood, Buzzards Bay Coalition Event Manager
Deb Hood, Event Manager (x207)

Deb plans and executes the Coalition’s annual outdoor fundraising events, including the Swim and the Watershed Ride. Formerly a TV producer with the popular PBS series This Old House in Boston, she’s now happily relocated in Wareham with her husband, where they have family ties going back three generations. Email Deb

Sandy Jarjoura, Buzzards Bay Coalition Bookkeeper
Sandy Jarjoura, Bookkeeper (x215)

As bookkeeper, Sandy handles day-to-day accounting functions for the Coalition. Sandy enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, and just relaxing in this beautiful area of southeastern Massachusetts. Email Sandy

Rachel Jakuba, Buzzards Bay Coalition Science Director
Rachel Jakuba, PhD, Science Director (x229)

Rachel oversees the Coalition’s research and monitoring efforts. She joined the Coalition in 2011 after managing the Cooks River Sustainability Initiative in Sydney, Australia. Rachel received her doctorate in Oceanography from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program. She’s a native of Maryland, where she grew up enjoying the Chesapeake Bay. Email Rachel

Buzzards Bay Coalition Development Assistant Kim Meneo
Kim Meneo, Development Assistant (x236)

Kim supports the work of the development team, including donations and fundraising events. A Rhode Island native, Kim holds bachelor's degrees in English and environmental studies from Connecticut College. She enjoys spending her free time at the beach, hiking New England trails, and kayaking in salt ponds. Email Kim

Korrin Petersen, Esq., Buzzards Bay Coalition Senior Attorney
Korrin Petersen, Esq., Senior Attorney (x206)

Korrin leads the Coalition’s advocacy efforts in town halls, with state and federal agencies, and in the courts. Prior to joining the Coalition, Korrin served as counsel for the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. She received her J.D. and master’s in environmental law from Vermont Law School. Email Korrin

Alicia Porter, Buzzards Bay Coalition Communications Director
Alicia Porter, Communications Director (x226)

Alicia leads the Coalition’s communications efforts, including digital content, media, and publications. A South Coast native, Alicia returned to Buzzards Bay in 2012 after managing digital communications for the nation’s largest coastal restoration program on the Chesapeake Bay. She is an avid whaleboat rower, cyclist, and explorer of trails across the region. Email Alicia

staff member of the Buzzards Bay Coalition at The Sawmill
Sara da Silva Quintal, Restoration Ecologist (x225)

Sara manages the Coalition’s ecological restoration projects around Buzzards Bay, from The Sawmill to the Weweantic River. A New Bedford native, Sara enjoys exploring the local waters by kayak and sailing Azorean whaleboats. She received a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Rhode Island. Email Sara

Jack Sidar, Buzzards Bay Coalition Land Stewardship Manager
Jack Sidar, Land Stewardship Manager (x218)

Jack leads the Coalition’s land stewardship program, managing land from Westport to Falmouth. A native of Maine, Jack most recently was the stewardship coordinator for The 300 Committee Land Trust in Falmouth. Jack is an avid fly fisherman who enjoys wading streams for brook trout and chasing down striped bass in Buzzards Bay. Email Jack

Maureen Thomas, Buzzards Bay Coalition Water Resources Specialist
Maureen Thomas, Water Resources Specialist (x230)

Maureen manages the Coalition's nitrogen-reducing wastewater demonstration projects in towns across the region. She came to the Coalition from a career in environmental management and permitting as a local conservation agent on the South Shore, where she grew up. A resident of Falmouth, Maureen enjoys hiking, running, cycling, and kayaking. Email Maureen

Rebecca Vasa, Buzzards Bay Coalition Outdoor Exploration Manager
Rebecca Vasa, Outdoor Exploration Manager (x223)

Rebecca leads the Coalition’s outdoor exploration programs for adults, families, and children across the Buzzards Bay region. A native of the U.K., Rebecca moved to the U.S. shortly after completing her master's in hydrology from Imperial College London. She most recently lived on Martha's Vineyard, where she managed public programs for The Trustees. Email Rebecca

Rhonda Veugen, Buzzards Bay Coalition Vice-President, Engagement
Rhonda Veugen, Vice-President, Engagement (x202)

With her authentic passion for the Coalition's mission, Rhonda leads all community engagement activities to grow participation and investment in Bay activities and increase awareness, membership, and philanthropy. Rhonda and her family moved to the area in 2003 to sail Buzzards Bay and enjoy the beauty and natural resources it offers. Email Rhonda

Tony Williams, Buzzards Bay Coalition Director of Monitoring Programs
Tony Williams, Director of Monitoring Programs (x203)

Since 1996, Tony has coordinated the Coalition’s citizen science monitoring programs, including the award-winning Baywatchers water quality monitoring program. When he’s not monitoring the Bay, he can often be found hiking a trail or exploring a beach with his daughter. Email Tony

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TerraCorps-AmeriCorps Service Members

The Coalition is a TerraCorps host site. TerraCorps members help increase support for land conservation in Massachusetts through stewardship, education, and community engagement. This year's TerraCorps members are Mead Binhammer (x228), Julie Burkhard (x208), and Kent Harlow (x217).

Working to Save Buzzards Bay

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported organization dedicated to improving the health of the Buzzards Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research, and advocacy.

We work to protect clean water on the Bay and on the land: