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Stephen Daniel (BOARD CHAIR)

Following an entrepreneurial career in finance that ran for over 25 years in New York City, Stephen created Alder Restaurant Management Group in 2013.  Stephen is a lifelong outdoorsman who grew up on the waters around Chatham, spending several summers working as a commercial fisherman. Stephen serves as a Board member of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, as Vice Chair of the Board of the Chatham Historical Society, and on the Board of the Center for Coastal Studies.  He served as a Charter member of the Wesleyan University Board of Trustees, where he remains Trustee Emeritus. Stephen holds a Master in Business Administration from Yale University.  

 
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Cynthia Wigren

Cynthia holds a Master in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management from University of New Hampshire. Cynthia spent twelve years working for online trading companies in the energy industry, with a focus on project management and strategic planning. Cynthia is an avid traveler and a scuba diver with a deep appreciation for wildlife on land and sea. Her underwater experiences with whale sharks, great hammerheads, nurse sharks, and great white sharks, inspired her to leave the corporate world and establish Atlantic White Shark Conservancy to support shark research and conservation. Cynthia also serves on the Massachusetts Ocean Advisory Commission.

 
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John King

John is an entrepreneur with a diverse resume who has strong ties to Cape Cod that span many generations. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, John spent more than seven years working as a commercial fisherman on vessels in Alaska. He relocated back to his roots in Chatham after concluding a twenty five year career in the biopharmaceutical business and has been active in various pursuits working to make a difference in the community. John currently serves as a Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Center for Coastal Studies. He also serves as an Adviser to the Roy and Diana Vagelos Life Sciences and Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania. 

 
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Joe Romeiro

Joe developed a love for the ocean at a young age. After seeing his first shark at age 5, he has been captivated by them ever since. Joe founded 333 Productions in 2007 with fellow producer & shark advocate Bill Fisher. Since then, 333 Productions has produced several award‐winning films and has received numerous honors for their work. In 2012, Joe made his debut on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, appearing in “How JAWS Changed The World” as on‐camera talent, as well as underwater cinematographer for the episode. Joe is a member of the Explorers Club and Ocean Artists Society. His cinematography has been featured on Discovery Networks, National Geographic, Shark Week, Fox, and various other T.V. productions and programs. Joe also runs Pelagic Expeditions out of Rhode Island, which specializes in blue and mako shark encounters. 

 
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Ben Wigren

Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hobart College, and works in Boston for U.S. Trust, a private wealth management company. Ben has over eighteen years experience in the financial markets, and at U.S. Trust he is responsible for overseeing the Taxable Trading Desk. Ben’s love for the Cape, its beaches, and the ocean were apparent early in his life—spending summers fishing, clamming, sailing and surfing at Nauset Beach.  He is passionate about protecting and conserving the wildlife and natural resources of the Cape. Ben also serves on the Executive Committee of the Orleans Yacht Club. 

 
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Chris Scanzillo

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from Maine Maritime Academy and a Masters in Diplomacy from Norwich University. He has over 15 years experience in the commercial marine industry, leveraging his background in commercial fishing and as a USCG licensed Chief Engineer and Master working for Caterpillar Marine.  In this position, Chris is responsible for product support for the east coast territory of North America and has managed global initiatives focused on global shark research, environmental sustainability, and education. Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors for Little Steps Learning Center, in Scituate, MA. He is an avid traveler, fisherman, and outdoorsman.

 
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BRIAN SKERRY

Brian Skerry is a National Geographic Magazine Photographer specializing in marine wildlife and underwater subjects. His year-round assignment schedule has him frequently working in environments of extreme contrast, from tropical coral reefs to diving beneath Arctic ice. He has been exploring the world’s oceans for 35 years and has spent an estimated 10,000 hours underwater. In 2010 National Geographic magazine named one of Brian’s images among their 50 Greatest Photographs Of All Time. In 2012 he was honored with the Peter Benchley Award for excellence in Media and an exhibit of Brian’s work is currently running at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. In June 2014, Brian was named one of only four National Geographic  Photography Fellows; providing him even broader platforms to reach new audiences.

 
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KEN SOMMER

Ken is a partner with B2BCFO®, a firm that provides CFO services to small and mid market companies. He spent 30 years in financial services with Citibank and Visa International where he was a member of the Board of Directors, CEO and previously CFO. He serves on various charitable boards and is the Chairman of the Chatham Finance Committee. Ken is a the Chief risk officer and COO for PayPal’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He previously was a partner with B2BCFO®, a firm that provides CFO services to small and mid market companies. He currently resides in Luxembourg with his wife Betsy and two golden retrievers, but continues to maintain his permanent residence in Chatham, MA.

 
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DAVE FERRARESI

Dave is Founder and Co-owner of Gustare Oils & Vinegars with tasting rooms in Chatham, Wellesley Square, and Mashpee Commons. Previously, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Imation Corporation with a focus on international sales, marketing, and brand development. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island and attended Stanford School of Business for Executive Management. Dave has lived full-time on Cape Cod since 2005 with his wife, Catherine and had previously served as President of the Chatham Shark Center.

 
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AMELIA DEREN

Amelia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Trinity College and JD from Suffolk University Law School.  Prior to founding her own company Amelia worked as in-house corporate counsel for Oxford Global Resources and also enjoyed serving as a pro bono legal advocate for victims of domestic violence.  In 2007, Amelia decided to pursue her entrepreneurial dream and incorporated what was then a jewelry hobby into Amelia Rose Design, Inc.  Humble handmade beginnings have grown into international production and a collection carried in over 150 stores nationwide.  In addition to managing her company, Amelia is passionate about giving back and has proudly collaborated with non-profits to design custom pieces that are then sold for fundraising efforts.  To date Amelia has worked with The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Good Sports, Experience Camps and of course Atlantic White Shark Conservancy; 100% of all proceeds raised go directly to the organizations involved.  Since childhood Amelia has had a fondness for Cape Cod and currently splits time between Newton and Chatham, along with her two young children, Henry and Sadie.

 
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JOHN MANDELMAN, pH.D

John is the Vice President and Chief Scientist of the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium, which encompasses all of the Institution’s solutions-driven scientific research, engagement and conservation work. In collaboration with various colleagues around the globe, his research focuses on the physiological ecology and conservation physiology of marine fishes, with a specific focus on better understanding and mitigating the lethal and sublethal effects of human-induced disturbances on vulnerable and/or socioeconomically important species, particularly in the Gulf of Maine. All of his work aims to generate best-practice mitigation strategies that directly aid or inform fisheries management processes and policies. In addition to his primary role at the New England Aquarium, Dr. Mandelman is Research Faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston. 

 
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Susanna Rhodes Beckwith 

Susanna currently serves as executive director of Reach Out and Read Rhode Island, a nonprofit early literacy program serving over 40,000 children statewide. Previously, she served as Campaign Finance Director for Rhode Island’s Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts and from 2001-2006, She was the Director of State Relations at Clarendon Group, a public policy communications firm in Providence, RI where she provided clients with expertise in government relations and communications, with a specialty in health care policy.

Susanna serves or has served on the board of several nonprofit organizations, including The Gordon School, Andover Breadloaf, City Year Rhode Island, and Planned Parenthood Votes! RI. She has worked on several local, statewide and national campaigns. Susanna received a Masters in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.

 

ANDREW P. YOUNG

Andy has been a summer resident of Chatham since 1950, year’ round since 1981. He retired in January 2017 as Vice President and Regional Manager for Commercial Lending at Cape Cod Five. In addition to the Conservancy, he serves on the Advisory Council for the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, and as an Honorary Trustee of the Chatham Conservation Foundation. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Dartmouth College and Bachelor of Science from Boston University. After 50+ years of fishing and sailing the waters of Cape Cod and the Islands, Andy recently became a USCG licensed Master (50 Tons GRT).

 
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Brian Beaton

Brian is a real estate and land use attorney based in Massachusetts.  Brian holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a JD from Suffolk University Law School.  Brian has been recognized as a Massachusetts “Rising Star” by Boston magazine and Law and Politics and received the Worcester Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” award. Brian serves as Vice President of the Massachusetts Outdoor Heritage Foundation.  He also serves on the advisory committee of the New England Forestry Foundation and the UMASS Medical School Winter Ball steering committee. Brian is an avid sportsman with a passion for wildlife and habitat conservation.  He enjoys fishing, boating and training his labrador retriever.