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 (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

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Alice Besterman, Post-Doctoral Researcher

Alice manages the Coalition's work to understand how quickly the Bay's salt marshes are eroding due to pollution and sea level rise and how this loss can be arrested through a potential solution known as "runnelling." She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia.

Quentin Chafee, On-The-Water Program Manager, Onset Bay Center (x228)

Quentin grew up as an avid sailor on Narragansett Bay, and he has pursued a lifestyle teaching and coaching sailing at various collegiate sailing programs and summer sailing programs. Quentin has a degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont. He hopes to use this background to help connect the community to the beautiful Buzzards Bay area and instill a passion and love for being on the water. Quentin also enjoys skiing in his free time. Email Quentin

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, 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

Jennifer Downing, Vice President, Engagement (x202)

Jennifer oversees all of the Coalition's community engagement and outreach activities, including public events and programs, communications and fundraising. She brings to her position a love for the outdoors and over 20 years of experience working within the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the Coalition, she served as the executive director of Leadership Southcoast (LSC). Jennifer holds an MA in Leadership, Public Policy and Social Issues from Union Institute & University. Email Jennifer

Stefanie Fournier, Buzzards Bay Coalition Director of Finance
Stefanie Fournier, Vice President, Finance and Administration (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

Jonah Guerin, Events Manager (x207)

Jonah manages the Coalition's annual events, including the Buzzards Bay Swim and Watershed Ride. He received his Master's in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University. Jonah has years of experience managing sporting events in Boston after spending time working in the solar industry. He enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, golfing, and cheering on Boston sports teams. Email Jonah

Rachel Jakuba, Buzzards Bay Coalition Science Director
Rachel Jakuba, 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

Sarah Jennings, Education Coordinator (x282)

Sarah develops and implements the Buzzards Bay stewardship-focused youth programming in partnership with New Bedford Public Schools and supports the Onset Bay Center programs in Wareham. She received her Master's in International Education from The George Washington University. After ten years teaching with an environmental focus in Washington, DC and Queens, she is excited to come home and support the Coalition's mission. She loves to hike, sail, snowboard, travel, and adventure with her rescue dog, Zazu.

Buzzards Bay Coalition Bookkeeper Anna Luckey
Anna Luckey, Bookkeeper (x215)

Anna handles the Coalition's day-to-day bookkeeping needs. She grew up on the island of Martha's Vineyard, and after having lived in several other corners of the world has recently settled in Fairhaven. Anna received her bachelor's degree from Bard College and she is thrilled to be a part of the important work the Coalition is doing. Email Anna

Buzzards Bay Coalition Executive Assistant Alyssa Ouellette
Alyssa Ouellette, Development Assistant (x222)

Alyssa works directly with the President to support the Coalition’s efforts in major gift fundraising, nonprofit governance, and administration tasks. A Dartmouth native, she holds a master’s degree in integrated marketing from Marist College. She enjoys swimming and boating on Buzzards Bay, hiking local trails, and traveling the world. Email Alyssa

Korrin Petersen, Esq., Buzzards Bay Coalition Senior Attorney
Korrin Petersen, 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

Buzzards Bay Coalition Restoration Ecologist Sara da Silva Quintal
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 Director (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

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

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: