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 BS 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 BS 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 BA 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.


Dave McLaughlin, Executive Director
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Dave is the Co-Founder of Clean Ocean Access and as Executive Director he is working on transforming the organization into a sustainable non-profit such that the mission lasts forever. He received his BS and MS 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.

Elena Kissel, Director of Development
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Elena joined the team in 2017 and is guiding all fundraising initiatives and forging new relationships to build the visibility, impact and financial resources for Clean Ocean Access. She is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Bridgeport School of Law. Before joining COA, Elena enjoyed her past work as an environmental lawyer for the Environmental Protection Agency and more recently, as Director of Donor Affairs for the Green Schools Alliance.

Eva Touhey, Program Manager
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Eva joined the team as an intern in 2015 working on watershed reporting and advanced our education activities in 2016. As the Program Manager, she is responsible for program planning & reporting, volunteer management, and assisting with events, fundraising and office administration. Eva has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and is currently working on her Masters Degree in Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island.

Megan Carvalho, Marketing Manager
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Megan joined the team as an intern in 2016 working on social media, communications, and assisting with technical writing. As the Marketing Manager, she is responsible for marketing, donor management, event planning, office administration, and publications with immersive content to advance the mission. Megan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Rhode Island College.