Steering Committee

Members of the Steering Committee bring the perspective, experience, and commitment of their respective organization to the Steering Committee. Further, members are expected to bring the expertise, needs, concerns, and support of their organizations or interest groups to the task of implementing the CCMP. This role implies extensive coordination among members and formation of a partnership that supports working collaboratively to develop and implement the CCMP. Support and buy-in from members will mean that implementation is more likely to be faster, more effective, more efficient, and consistent with the goals of addressing estuarine issues on a holistic, cross-jurisdictional scale.

*Update: All meetings will be held via Zoom meeting through the end of 2020 due to COVID-19.

All Steering Committee Meetings are held on the third Wednesday, quarterly

  • April 15th, 10am-12pm – Online via Zoom meeting
  • June 24th, 10am-2pm – Online via Zoom meeting
  • September 23rd, 10am-2pm – Online via Zoom meeting
  • December 23rd*, 10am-2pm – Online via Zoom meeting

*The date of this meeting is likely to change to accommodate the holiday season.



Vice Chair

Caitlin Chaffee, Policy Analyst
Coastal Resources Management Council

Committee Members

(*) Indicates also member of Executive Committee

Laura Blake, Director of the Watershed Planning Program*
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Eric Boettger, Resource Conservationist
United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service – Rhode Island

Rachel Calabro, Climate Change Program Manager
Rhode Island Department of Health

Priscilla Chapman, President
Taunton River Watershed Alliance

Andrea Coates
Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Pieter de Jong, Board member
Blackstone River Coalition

Walter Galloway, Public Member
Rhode Island Rivers Council

David Janik, South Coastal Regional Coordinator
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management

Robert Johnston, Professor of Economics and
Director, George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University

Susan Kiernan, Deputy Chief*
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Office of Water Resources

Tom Kutcher, Wetlands Scientist
Rhode Island Natural History Survey

Regina Lyons, Ocean and Coastal Protection Unit Manager *
United States Environmental Protection Agency – Region 1 (New England)

Catalina Martinez, Regional Program Manager
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

James McCaughey, Director of Administration
Narragansett Bay Commission

Kate Michaud, Town Manager
Town of Warren, RI

Bill Napolitano, Environmental Program Director
Southeastern Regional Planning & Economic Development District

Heidi Ricci, Senior Policy Analyst *
Mass Audubon

Karla H. Sangrey, Engineer-Director/ Treasurer
Upper Blackstone Clean Water

Cassius Spears, Tribal Member
Narragansett Indian Tribe

Jonathan Stone, Executive Director *
Save The Bay

Susan Sullivan, Deputy Director *
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission

John O’Brien, Policy/Partnership Specialist
The Nature Conservancy – Rhode Island Chapter

Nate Vinhateiro, Associate Director
University of Rhode Island – Coastal Institute

Nick Wildman, Priority Projects Coordinator
Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game – Division of Ecological Restoration