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Meet the Crew

Greg Remaud, Baykeeper and Chief Executive Officer

Greg Remaud has been an advocate for land preservation in densely developed communities for over 20 years. He has led and partnered in numerous land acquisition, preservation and restoration projects throughout the NY-NJ Harbor 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.

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Meredith DeMarco, Chief Operating Officer

Meredith DeMarco joins NY/NJ Baykeeper with nearly 15 years of experience working on issue and candidate campaigns. Prior to joining NY/NJ Baykeeper in 2014, 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 commissions including the New Jersey Highlands Council, the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, and the Marine Fisheries Council. Meredith also comes to Baykeeper with experience working for numerous office holders including Former Congressman Rush Holt, Congressman Pallone, Iowa Governor Chet Culver, and Former State Senator Ellen Karcher. Meredith is a member of the Bradley Beach Environmental Commission and the Bradley Beach Planning Board 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.

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Meredith Comi, Restoration 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.

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Elana Knopp, Communications Director

An award-winning journalist, Elana comes to Baykeeper with extensive experience covering environmental issues throughout New Jersey. During her years as an investigative reporter, Elana challenged the status quo and took on tough issues, including gender and housing discrimination, sexual harassment, income inequality and political corruption.

Elana is the recipient of several New Jersey Press Association awards, as well as the Garden State Journalism Award. Her stories have appeared in Politico’s Playbook and the Center for Cooperative Media, among other media outlets. Elana’s passions include activism, politics, the Jersey Shore, animals, great books and old movies.

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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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Dr. Allison Fitzgerald, New York Oyster Program Coordinator

Allison has been working at NY/NJ Baykeeper 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 completed her PhD (CUNY Graduate School) in oyster ecotoxicology, and is passionate about restoration and research in the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary.  Allison is also faculty at New Jersey City University.

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Bill Schultz, Raritan Riverkeeper

Bill Schultz founded the Raritan RIVERKEEPER program over ten years ago. Bill 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.

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Heather Macchia, Office & Finance Manager
Heather joined NY/NJ Baykeeper in 2014. Heather is a graduate of 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.

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Steve Delaney, 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.






Peter Cangeloso, Boat Captain

Pete operates our Bayshore Pumpout Boat and Patrol Boat. He also serves as technical assistance for our Plastics Program and Restoration Program. For a pumpout, call Pete at 732-832-1499 or channel 9 on the water.







Mike Schumacher, Bayshore Pumpout and Royal Flush Boat Captain

For a pumpout, call Mike 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.

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.