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A Brief History of our Casco Baykeepers

Executive Director Cathy Ramsdell, Casco Baykeeper Emeritus Joe Payne and Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca Photograph by Kevin Morris

Friends of Casco Bay was founded as an all-volunteer organization in 1989. Our founders soon realized they needed a full-time advocate for the Bay, and hired Joe Payne as the first Casco Baykeeper in 1991. He served in that role for nearly 24 years.

Cathy Ramsdell served as both Executive Director and Casco Baykeeper pro tem in 2015, during the year-long search for a replacement after Joe’s retirement. 

Our current Baykeeper, Ivy Frignoca, joined our staff in January 2016.