Our Team

Board of Directors

Monica DeAngelis, Board President
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Monica is performing the critical role of President to manage and provide leadership for the Board of Directors, leading the creation of a board plan, and keeping the organization focused on achieving the vision. She has a BS in Biology from University of New Hampshire and a MS in Biology from San Diego State University. She is a Marine Mammal Biologist at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center.

Ian Owen, Board Treasurer
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Ian as the 2nd term Treasurer is leading the finance efforts to achieve long term fiscal solvency and to develop an endowment. He has an EEE degree from the Royal Navy (UK) and received a commendation from the UK’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) when he helped set up and run an oiled bird rescue and rehabilitation center in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. Ian is a program manager at Sonos Inc.

Annie Becker, Board Secretary
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Annie is performing the role of Secretary fostering communication and ensuring proper management and utilization of organizational records, bylaws, policies and procedures, and assisting with fundraising and community events. She has a Bachelor of Science in statistics and finance from Syracuse University. Annie is a realtor on Aquidneck Island and is the President Elect of the Newport County Board of REALTOR©

Jon Burr, Board Member
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Jon joined the Board of Directors in 2017 and is involved with programming, marine debris analytics, and event planning. He has a Bachelor of Science in business management from Bentley University. Jon lives in Newport and is a licensing royalties analyst/accountant in the Corporate Royalty department at Hasbro Toy Company.

Kara DiCamillo, Board Member
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Kara joined the Board of Directors in 2017 and is involved with marketing, communications, and event planning. She has a bachelor’s degree in public relations with a minor in writing from Susquehanna University. Kara lives in Newport and is the public relations & social media director for 6 Square Design and Communications and is also a freelance writer.

Barbara Frost, Board Member
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Barbara joined the Board of Directors in 2017 and is involved with office administration, finance, and event planning. She has a degree in accounting from Roger Williams University. Barbara lives in Newport and spent 25 years as Assistant Treasurer at Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Inc. Now retired, she is enjoying sailing in Narragansett Bay and the sunsets of Aquidneck Island.

Staff

Dave McLaughlin, Executive Director
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Dave is the Co-Founder of Clean Ocean Access in 2006 and as executive director since 2014 he is working on transforming the organization into a sustainable non-profit such that the mission lasts forever. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in applied mathematics from the Florida Institute of Technology with a concentration in atmospheric science and physical oceanography. Before this journey, Dave had a career in information technology as an enterprise architect at Hasbro Toy Company.

Eva Touhey, Program Manager
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Eva joined the team as an intern in October of 2015 working on watershed reporting and advanced our education activities in 2016. As the program manager, she is responsible for program planning, volunteer management, and reporting. Eva has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and a Master’s degree in marine affairs from the University of Rhode Island.

Max Kraimer, Marine Debris Specialist
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Max joined the team as an intern in May of 2017 focusing on marina trash skimmer data collection and research.  As the marine debris specialist, he expands marina trash skimmer technology in Southeast New England, and addresses the problem on land with the implementation of the Healthy Soils Healthy Seas Rhode Island Project. Max has a Bachelor of Science in marine biology with a minor in sustainability studies from Roger Williams University.

Garrett Russ, Development Coordinator
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Garrett joined the Clean Ocean Access team in September of 2018 as a development coordinator bringing 2 years of experience in the renewable energy industry and over five years of experience in business development. Garrett is responsible for maintaining an accurate database for the organization as well as donor, fundraising, and event management. He received his Bachelors in international relations and a minor in sustainability studies from Roger Williams University in 2016.

Gabrielle Kuba, Zero Waste Coordinator
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Gabrielle joined the team as an intern in December of 2018 working on bacterial source tracking as part of our long-term goal to achieve permanent year-round clean water. She now has additional focus on restaurant and residential composting, and zero waste education initiatives as part of the Healthy Soils Healthy Seas Rhode Island Project. Gabrielle graduated from Salve Regina University in 2018 with a bachelor’s in biology.