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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 [at] cascobay [dot] 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 [at] cascobay [dot] org.

Mary Cerullo, Associate Director

Mary CerulloMary is responsible for our publications, public relations, and educational outreach. She works with communities on BayScaping, an education program on environmentally-friendly lawn care. She developed our Casco Bay Curriculum for teachers, creating classroom activities on the local effects of climate change. Mary is happiest interviewing and writing about people doing good work to protect the ocean. She has authored 21 children’s books on topics ranging from phytoplankton to giant squid.

Mary is the person to reach out to if you are affiliated with the media, interested in BayScaping or our Casco Bay Curriculum, would like to invite us to participate in your community event, or have an idea for a story about Casco Bay.

To reach Mary, call: (207) 799-8574 ext. 203 or email: mcerullo [at] cascobay [dot] 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.

To reach Will, call: (207) 799-8574 ext. 204 or email: willeveritt [at] cascobay [dot] 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 [at] cascobay [dot] 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 [at] cascobay [dot] 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,or if you have questions about our website.

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 [at] cascobay [dot] 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. 202 or email sbiron [at] cascobay [dot] 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 [at] cascobay [dot] 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:

Three decades of success – the impact of Friends of Casco Bay

December 31, 2019

Friends of Casco Bay has a long history of success. Since our founding in 1989, our work-with, science-based approach has moved the needle toward a healthier, more protected Bay. We championed a halt to cruise ship pollution and won a No Discharge Area designation for Casco Bay, the first in… Read more

Advocacy: Laying the groundwork for confronting ocean climate change

December 4, 2019

Our 2019 priority legislative bill to create a state-funded Climate Change and Ocean Acidification Commission was integrated into the Governor’s comprehensive Climate Change bill. An Act to Promote Clean Energy Jobs and to Establish the Maine Climate Council passed with strong bipartisan support. With Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca in attendance, Governor Janet… Read more

And how is your summer going?

July 23, 2019

Summer is going swimmingly here at Friends of Casco Bay, and we have a lot of good news to share: Our priority legislative bill to create a state-level Climate Change and Ocean Acidification Council was incorporated nearly word-for-word into the Governor’s comprehensive Climate Change Council bill. An Act to Promote… Read more