Board of Directors
Dave McLaughlin, Executive Director ~ Email Dave ~ (401) 236-2561 x8
Dave is the Co-Founder of Clean Ocean Access in 2006 and as Executive Director since the inception of the non-profit organization in 2014 he is working on innovative methods and strategic initiatives for transforming the organization into a sustainable non-profit such that the mission lasts forever. He earned 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 in 1993 and 1996, respectively. Before this journey, Dave had a career in information technology as an enterprise architect at Hasbro Toy Company from 1996 to 2014.
Emily Conklin, Communications Marketing Coordinator ~ Email Emily ~ (401) 236-2561 x4Emily joined the team to serve as the Communications Marketing Coordinator in January 2021. Emily is a marine biologist and science communicator with an undergraduate degree from Wheaton College MA and a Master’s degree from Northeastern University. In her position, she is responsible for social media, email marketing, and marketing materials production, among others. She is focused on sharing the story of the organization with our community in support of our programs and overall mission.
Eva Touhey, Program Manager ~ Email Eva ~ (401) 236-2561 x1Eva joined the team as an intern in October of 2015 working on watershed reporting, and advancing education activities in 2016. As the program manager, she is responsible for core programs, big projects, volunteer management, advocacy, education & outreach, reports, and program revenue. Eva received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2015, and a Master of Arts degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island in 2019, with a thesis on the influence of plastic bag bans on pro-environmental behaviors in Rhode Island coastal communities.
Casey Tremper, Program Coordinator ~ Email Casey~ (401) 236-2561 x2 Casey joined the team in June 2021 to take over coordination of the three founding volunteer programs of Clean, Ocean, and Access. Growing up on the beach in Matunuck, Casey has always been enthusiastic about protecting the ocean and encouraging others to do the same. She has a Master’s degree in Marine Affairs from URI, water quality monitoring training with the URI Watershed Watch, and three years of experience studying sustainability and restoration with the Environmental Protection Agency in Narragansett, RI. Casey enjoys cleaning up her own neighborhood, playing guitar, and SCUBA diving in her free time.
Lesley Muir, Events Manager ~ Email Lesley~ (401) 236-2561 x7Lesley joined the team in September 2021 to take on the new role of Events Manager. In this position, she is responsible for advancing Hosted and Beneficiary Events as well as Sponsorship. Prior to coming to COA, Lesley spent 16 years at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, most recently as Director of Special Events. Growing up and raising a family sailing on Narragansett Bay, Lesley is passionate about protecting the environment for future generations.
Max Kraimer, Program Manager ~ Email Max ~ (401) 236-2561 x5Max joined the team as an intern in May of 2017 focusing on Marina Trash Skimmer data collection and research. Max is responsible to advance the big projects; Southeast New England Marina Trash Skimmers and Shrink Wrap Recycling, and program sponsorship. Max received his Bachelor of Science in marine biology with a minor in sustainability studies from Roger Williams University in 2018.
Egidia Vergano, Project Leader ~ Email Egidia ~ (401) 236-2561 x6Egidia joined the team part-time in February 2021 to take on the challenges and opportunities of the Shrink Wrap Recycling & Life Cycle Analysis Project. In August 2021, she joined the team full-time and expanded her role to help advance both of COA’s circular economy programs, Shrink Wrap Recycling and Healthy Soils Healthy Seas Rhode Island. After spending the early part of her career as an engineer in the medical device industry, Egidia was drawn to the environmental challenges of our planet and committed herself to helping others reduce waste and pursue sustainability. Before coming to COA, she spent many years working in recycling and waste management, first for the Town of Narragansett and then with Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University.
Merit Shalom ~ Education Outreach Coordinator ~ Email Merit ~(401) 236-2561 x3Merit joined the team in March 2021 to advance our new mission statement with a focus on education as our Education Outreach Coordinator. Her most recent role was the Education and Outreach Facilitator at the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, and she graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2011 with a Bachelors in Education and Psychology and a license in teaching.
Athena Vieira ~ CRM Specialist ~ Email Athena ~Athena joined our team in 2018 as our education intern, and now serves as our Customer Relations Management (CRM) Specialist. Athena is currently an undergraduate at the University of Rhode Island majoring in marine affairs, geological oceanography, and political science. She is looking forward to engaging with the community to further COA’s initiative towards a healthy ocean that is accessible to all.