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Our Staff

Friends of Casco Bay is staffed by talented professionals who are passionate about our mission. We are known as a great place to work, in addition to being a great cause for which to volunteer.

Cathy L. Ramsdell, CPA, CGMA, Executive Director

Cathy L. RamsdellCathy uses her expertise in business, public accounting, behavior, and ecology to lead Friends of Casco Bay. Prior to joining Friends of Casco Bay in 2003, Cathy advised executive directors, business owners, and family foundations on financial, professional, and organizational development.

Cathy’s degree in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic took her from the Bering Strait in Alaska studying seabird populations, to protecting nesting loggerhead sea turtles on the barrier islands of Georgia, to cataloging populations of whales in the Gulf of Maine.

Cathy is the person to reach out to if you have visionary ideas, organizational questions, or program inspirations.

To reach Cathy, call: (207) 799-8574 ext. 205 or email: clramsdell@cascobay.org

Ivy Frignoca, Casco Baykeeper

Ivy FrignocaAs Casco Baykeeper, Ivy is the chief advocate for Casco Bay. In speaking passionately on behalf of the Bay, she is able to draw on her experiences, including as an environmental educator, an advocate for Vermont’s public lands and Lake Champlain, and most recently, as a Senior Attorney with Conservation Law Foundation. Her previous work on oceans, clean water, and clean air issues throughout New England provides her with in-depth knowledge of the issues she continues to confront, including ocean acidification, excess nitrogen, and reducing wastewater discharges and stormwater runoff.

Ivy is the person to reach out to if you have general questions about the Bay, you see something on or around the Bay that concerns you, or if you have questions about our Baykeeping efforts.

To reach Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca, call (207) 831-3067 or email ifrignoca@cascobay.org.

Will Everitt, Communications and Development Director

Will EverittWill not only has a passion for the Bay, he also has a passion for fundraising and sharing why our work is so vital to the community. Will works to ensure that Friends of Casco Bay has the resources to fulfill its mission. Prior to working with Friends of Casco Bay, he directed Toxics Action Center’s Portland office where he helped dozens of communities across New England fight leaking landfills, sludge spreading, and toxic pesticide spraying.

Will is the person to reach out to if you have questions about donating to Friends of Casco Bay, our fundraising efforts, or our communications work. He is also the point of contact for all media inquiries. 

To reach Will, call: (207) 799-8574 ext. 204 or email: willeveritt@cascobay.org

Mike Doan, Research Associate

Mike DoanMike leads our science and research efforts. Mike first joined Friends of Casco Bay in 1995 as an intern and water quality volunteer. He was hired as Research Associate in 1998. He is busy with everything from scientific program planning and equipment calibration to working with volunteers, interns, staff, and other scientists to assess the environmental health of Casco Bay. Mike coordinates many research initiatives involving dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll, nutrients, water currents, sediment toxics, and acidification. He is our data analyst, geographic information system (GIS) specialist, and captains our Baykeeper vessel.

Mike is the person to reach out to if you would like to learn more about our science and monitoring efforts or if you would like access to one of our data sets.

To reach Mike, call: (207) 799-8574 ext. 206 or email mdoan@cascobay.org

Jeff Fetterer, Office Manager

Jeff FettererJeff 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 email inquiries from people in our community, to bookkeeping, computer operations, meeting preparation, and insurance details.

Jeff is the person to reach out to if you have questions about the day-to-day operations of Friends of Casco Bay.

To reach Jeff, call: (207) 799-8574 ext. 201 or email jfetterer@cascobay.org

Sarah Lyman, Community Engagement Coordinator

Sarah LymanSarah is the first point of contact for those looking to volunteer with Friends of Casco Bay. Sarah is the person to reach out to if you are interested in volunteering, have social media to share, want to organize a community service project for your group or company such as storm drain stenciling or a coastal cleanup, would like to invite us to participate in your community event, or if you have questions about our website. She also offers presentations about the impact of fertilizers and pesticides on Casco Bay through our BayScaping presetations for neighborhood gatherings.

She fell in love with the Maine coast while attending the University of New England. Sarah joined Friends of Casco Bay in 2011, bringing to us her fundraising and communications experience from her time with the Maine Chapter of the March of Dimes. 

To reach Sarah email her at slyman@cascobay.org or reach her on her cell phone at (207) 370-7553

Sara Biron, Design, Data, and Development Associate (also known as our D3 Associate)

Sara BironSara utilizes her artistic eye for detail to maintain meticulous records, tracking member support as well as water quality data, while assisting us with graphic design projects. As an artist from Maine, she appreciates the coastal landscape and was drawn to Friends of Casco Bay for our work to keep Casco Bay blue.

Sara is the person to reach out to if you would like to update your contact information, or if you are a Citizen Steward Water Quality Monitor who needs assistance.

To reach Sara, call: (207) 799-8574 ext. 211 or email sbiron@cascobay.org

Jim Splude, Pumpout Coordinator

Jim SpludeJim is the Pumpout Coordinator for Friends of Casco Bay’s small boat sewage removal service. This Portland native has traveled around the U.S. 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. Jim operates our Pumpout Boat from May through October.

Jim is the person to reach out to if you would like to schedule a pumpout, or if you have questions about how or where to pumpout your boat.

To contact Jim email him at pumpout@cascobay.org. Email is the best way to reach Jim but if you do not have access to email and would like to schedule a pumpout, call our office: (207) 799-8574.

All Photographs by Kevin Morris

Read more about our staff and their work:

Keeping up with the Casco Baykeeper

September 4, 2020

For Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca, the summer has been full of moments of concern and moments of magic. How was your summer? Summer means being on the Bay! Staff Scientist Mike Doan and I continued to collect our seasonal data on the health of Casco Bay by land and sea.… Read more

Conservation Champions

August 17, 2020

We are delighted to share that Royal River Conservation Trust (RRCT) has selected Executive Director Cathy Ramsdell and Friends of Casco Bay as recipients of the Conservation Champion Award. Each year, RRCT selects a person or an organization doing exemplary conservation work for this award. RRCT presented Cathy and our… Read more

Working with you to Keep Casco Bay Blue

July 27, 2020

  We are excited to share a short film made by Knack Factory in honor of our 30th anniversary. The Knack Factory team joined Friends of Casco Bay staff and volunteers on the water over the course of a week last fall to create a short film about our work. Knack Factory… Read more