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Meet the Crew

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Debbie Mans, Baykeeper & Executive Director
Debbie Mans has been Baykeeper and Executive Director since April, 2008. Prior to joining NY/NJ Baykeeper, Debbie was the Environmental and Energy Policy Advisor for Governor Jon S. Corzine. She was also appointed by Governor Corzine to the New Jersey State Planning Commission. Prior to working for the Governor, Debbie was the Policy Director at Baykeeper, a position she held from 2002 through 2006. Debbie is a graduate of The University of Michigan and holds a J.D. from Vermont Law School. Debbie is the Chair of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and on the Board of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.

Contact Debbie at debbie@nynjbaykeeper.org

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Greg Remaud, Deputy Director

Greg Remaud has been an advocate for land preservation in densely developed communities for over 10 years. He has led and partnered in numerous land acquisition, preservation and restoration projects throughout the Hudson-Raritan Estuary Region. Greg serves on numerous Advisory Boards and has presented on urban land preservation in a variety of forums. He is a trustee on the board of the Meadowlands Conservation Trust, and a board member and past president of the Liberty State Park Conservancy.

Contact Greg at greg@nynjbaykeeper.org

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Meredith DeMarco, Director of Development

Meredith DeMarco joins NY/NJ Baykeeper with over 10 years of experience working on issue and candidate campaigns. Prior to joining NY/NJ Baykeeper, Meredith was the Finance Director for New Jersey United for Marriage, the campaign to allow the freedom to marry to all loving couples in New Jersey, and the New Jersey State Lead for Americans for Workplace Opportunity which encouraged lawmakers to pass a federal law allowing workplace protections for LGBT workers. She has previously worked in the appointments office for Governors’ Codey and Corzine where she oversaw over 400 appointments to boards and commission including the New Jersey Highlands Council, the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, and the Marine Fisheries Council. Meredith was appointed to the Bradley Beach Environmental Commission in 2016 and was previously appointed by Governor Corzine to be a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service where she served for five years.

Contact Meredith at mdemarco@nynjbaykeeper.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michele Langa, Staff Attorney

Michele is the joint staff attorney for Hackensack Riverkeeper and NY/NJ Baykeeper. Previously, she was a legal intern for both organizations and frequent volunteer at Hackensack Riverkeeper’s paddling events. Michele is a graduate of Roger Williams University School of Law where she focused on environmental and public interest law. Michele is also a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice (MA) and Montclair State University (BA), where she studied Criminal Law & Procedure and English Literature, respectively. Born and raised in Bergen County NJ, Michele gained a love and appreciation of the ocean from yearly trips to Florida’s Atlantic coast, which is also where she first developed her love of ocean life and a desire to preserve and protect the ocean’s habitats and inhabitants. When she’s not working to protect the environment, Michele enjoys SCUBA diving, reading, and all things geek – movies, TV, comics, and video games.

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Meredith Comi, Restoration Program Director
Meredith is the director of NY/NJ Baykeeper’s Restoration Program, which produces juvenile oysters for use in our reef building and living shoreline projects at Naval Weapons Station Earle.  The oyster team monitors water quality and studies biodiversity around the reef, as well as collaborates with Rutgers University Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability and New Jersey City University on research unique to our urban Estuary. Baykeeper also manages a 1-acre oyster reef at Soundview Park in the Bronx River, providing space for scientific experiments and opportunities for eco-volunteers in the NYC metro area. The Restoration Program engages citizen scientists in our restoration work and water quality monitoring projects along the Raritan Bayshore. Meredith has previous experience with aquaculture from time spent working as a field, hatchery and lab technician at Haskins Shellfish Research Lab, Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. She was the previous staff scientist at NY/NJ Baykeeper as well as a staff ecologist for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Sandy Hook. Before returning to NY/NJ Baykeeper in July 2006, she spent 2 1/2 years teaching biology, ecology, and marine science at Watchung Hills Regional High School. Meredith received a B.S. degree in Biology from Rowan University.

Contact Meredith at meredith@nynjbaykeeper.org
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Dr. Allison Fitzgerald, New York Oyster Program Coordinator

Allison has been working at NY/NJ Baykeeper since 2012. Previously, she was a volunteer and field technician since 2008. Allison oversees the EcoVolunteer program and the oyster reef at Soundview Park, NY. The EcoVolunteer program allows adult volunteers to get out on the water and actively participate in oyster restoration and research.  Volunteers don waders and get up close and personal with all the invertebrate species on an oyster reef, while assisting with the collection of scientific data and maintenance of an oyster reef.  Allison recently completed her PhD (CUNY Graduate School) in oyster ecotoxicology, and is passionate about restoration and research in the HRE.  Allison also teaches college courses in biology and marine science.

Contact Allison at allison@nynjbaykeeper.org

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Sandra Meola, Communications and Outreach Director
Sandra manages NY/NJ Baykeeper’s advocacy messaging, press outreach, policy analysis, and social media. She is also our Plastic Reduction Campaign manager. Sandra has a Masters of Arts in Public Policy and Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and History from Monmouth University. Prior to joining the Baykeeper team, Sandra was an analyst at Luthin Associates, an energy consulting firm.
Contact Sandra at sandra@nynjbaykeeper.org

Samantha Kreisler, Community Outreach Fellow

Samantha’s interest in the environment began at a young age, navigating the oceans with “the captain” aka her father. Samantha earned her undergraduate degree in Marine Affairs and Policy and graduate degree in Marine Ecosystems and Social/Coastal Zone Management from the University of Miami. Her experiences have grown her passion for clean water, including researching the lionfish invasion in the Bahamas, studying water resources in China and Vietnam, scuba diving with sea kraits in the Philippines, and giving mud baths to elephants in Thailand.

 

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Bill Schultz, Raritan Riverkeeper

Bill Schultz founded the Raritan RIVERKEEPER program ten years ago. He is a retired Captain & shift commander in a career fire service, a certified hazardous materials technician and instructor in water rescue. Schultz has served with various underwater search and recovery teams. He has also been a volunteer with the Marine Mammal Stranding Center for many years.
Contact Bill at raritan.riverkeeper@verizon.net

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Heather Macchia, Office & Finance Manager
Heather has recently joined NY/NJ Baykeeper in January 2014. Heather is a graduate from The Richard Stockton College of NJ  with her Bachelors of Arts in Finance and a minor in Economics. Prior to working at NY/NJ Baykeeper, Heather was employed as a Contracts Manager at Viecore FSD in Eatontown, NJ. Heather currently resides in Aberdeen with her husband and her two daughters Sammi and GG.

Contact Heather at heather@nynjbaykeeper.org

Marc Mole, Field Technician

Marc joined the Baykeeper team in April 2017 to assist with our oyster restoration efforts and microplastic reduction campaign. Marc is a graduate of Monmouth University.

 

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Steve Delaney, Patrol Boat Captain

Steve joined the Baykeeper team in 2014 working as our Patrol Boat Captain. Once a week, Steve patrols the waters of the Keyport Harbor, Arthur Kill, and more for polluters, oil spills, and other questionable occurrences. Previously Steve worked for Verizon.

Mike Schumacher, Bayshore Pumpout Boat Captain

For a pumpout, call Mike at 732-832-1499 or channel 9 on the water.

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Peter Cangeloso, Bayshore Pumpout Boat Captain

For a pumpout, call Pete at 732-832-1499 or channel 9 on the water.

James Ferchland, Jamaica Bay Pumpout Boat Captain
Jim has been working for this program as Boat Operator since its start up in 2005. He has been active in the New York City community for years. He is currently employed by New York City and works for the FDNY as a Firefighter. Previously, Jim was a New York City Police Officer with the NYPD. He has lived on Jamaica Bay for over 30 years and is very familiar with the area. For the last ten years Jim has worked as a safety boat captain for swim races, outrigger canoe races, surfboard races and the City of Water Day on Governors Island. 732-337-9262 or channel 9 on the water

Eric VanZanten, Jamaica Bay Pumpout Boat Captain
Eric VanZanten is the Pumpout Boat Operator, and has been working for the program since 2008. He is currently employed by New York City and works for the FDNY as a Firefighter. Jim has lived on Jamaica Bay all his life. He was raised boating with his father in Jamaica Bay. Eric owns a 22 foot Novi Style Cape Islander boat, which he uses to work at events that the Manhattan Island Swim Foundation host. In addition to serving as Pumpout Boat operator, Eric also enjoys acting as a Jamaica Bay tour guide when on his boat with other guests. 732-337-9262 or channel 9 on the water