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Salt Ponds Coalition Board of Directors and Staff
Art GanzArthur Ganz, President

Art is a retired Marine Biologist and Adjunct Professor. He and his wife, Pam, a salt pond water quality monitor, have lived in Quonochontaug for over 30 years. They have two married children and two grandchildren. Art conducted most of the early salt pond shellfish surveys in the 1980s and set up the management program still in effect on the ponds. He has worked cooperatively with colleagues at URI and other agencies to address the resource needs of the salt ponds such as development of the Special Area Management Plan for the Salt Ponds and the South Shore Restoration Project. He would like to produce more public awareness/hands on programs for boaters and kayakers to enjoy and learn about our salt pond paradise that we all love.

Richard Sartor Richard Sartor, Vice President
Dick is a resident of the Ninigret Pond area and is an active boater on the ponds and in the ocean. He is also an active volunteer water tester in the SPC program. Dick was a town administrator for the town of Charlestown, RI and now, in his retirement, is active in the local art scene as a sculptor.
Dr. Marshall MuggeMarshall Mugge, PhD, Treasurer

Marshall joined the SPC board in 2010 and is serving as treasurer for the organization. Marshall retired to the Westerly, RI area after a career in nuclear physics.  His specialty was devising experiments utilizing giant particle accelerators to study the nature of exotic particles and matter itself. Marshall worked with several high-profile laboratories including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in CA. We are very pleased to have Marshall’s scientific mind on board to help steer SPC. We are quite sure that after helping to unlock the secrets of the universe, Marshall will find our humble books pretty straightforward!

Elise TorelloPeter Moehrke, Secretary

A scuba diving instructor since 1972, Peter Moehrke spent most of the 70’s diving commercially based out of Mombasa Kenya, where he established the first ever Rift Valley Police diving team.  Since his African days, he spends most winters diving along the southern coast of Belize, where he has a home and is actively involved in conservation initiatives.
A graduate of Stanford University and the Thunderbird School of Global Management, he founded Omega Sea Inc., a R.I. seafood importer & distributor in 1985. He continues to serve as the CEO today, and also sits on a number of industry councils, including the American Scallop Association.  He has lived around the salt ponds since 1980, and presently lives on Green Hill Pond where he conscientiously helps his wife, a SPC Pond watcher, collect samples.

Ted SeeRick Black

Rick Black was born and raised in Rhode Island. Upon graduating from Providence Country Day School, he received a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago. Rick spent his career in financial services; initially working for Harris Bank & Trust in Chicago and subsequently spending another 30 years in the insurance industry in Connecticut. He spent just over ten years at Travelers in commercial insurance and then moved to the insurance brokerage side of the business. Rick worked for Johnson & Higgins, which became Marsh as a Managing Director; TD Banknorth as a Regional President; Bank of America; and William Gallagher where he opened their Connecticut office.

In 2011, he and his wife, Anne, bought a second home on Harbour Island, Narragansett, RI, and made it their permanent home in 2016. Although he always enjoyed woodworking throughout his business career, Rick never had the time to devote himself fully to it. With an early retirement from the corporate world, Rick opened Black Forest Custom Woodworks in 2016 in the Peacedale Mill Complex, where he does custom woodworking and home accessories.

Rick and Anne have two adult children; a son and daughter and they have four grandsons. When not working in his shop, Rick is President of the Harbour Island Improvement Association, a “citizen scientist” testing water in Point Judith Salt Pond for SPC, and is a founder and President of the Salt Ponds Investment Club. On fair weather days during the summer months, you will most likely find him out fishing, quahogging, or just messing about in boats on the waters of Point Judith Pond, Block Island Sound, and Narragansett Bay.

John CrandallSusan Carr-Sparkman

Susan Carr is a native of Westerly, RI and currently lives in Lisbon, CT with her husband. She has been active with the Salt Ponds Coalition since 2013, when she started as a Pond Watcher. Since then, she has expanded her involvement, and works as part of our safety team for our guided paddle tours and volunteers at our Salt Pond Safaris. During the day, Susan runs law offices in Westerly, RI and Waterford, CT.

Her family has owned property on Winnapaug Pond since the 1940’s, and she has enjoyed the salt ponds her entire life. Susan says she loves educating others about the beauty Rhode Island’s ponds have to offer, and especially enjoys watching the kids get excited over a needle fish or horseshoe crab. Volunteering with SPC keeps her engaged, and reminds her to get out of the office to enjoy Rhode Island’s natural resource. She even likes contributing to the water quality testing studies, despite the early morning hour!

John CrandallJohn Crandall

John has been a life-long resident of the Quonochontaug area and comes from a commercial fishing family. The Crandall family has been in the area since 1636! John learned fishing from his father John and boat building from Uncle Earl; he brings a wealth of local knowledge to the position. John himself continues to dig clams in the salt ponds commercially.

Barbara EngelLawrence Dunn, VMD

Larry received his B.S. In biology from Norwich University and after attending the Graduate School of Oceanography of URI he served as a naval officer and researcher at the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office in Washington DC. He then went on to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where he received his VMD degree. During his time in graduate school Larry regularly seined all of the South County salt ponds developing great familiarity with their flora and fauna. Upon his return to Rhode Island Larry served as the Chairman of the Town of Charlestown's elected Planning Commission and worked as a clinical veterinarian before becoming the Staff Veterinarian at Mystic Aquarium. During his forty plus year tenure at the aquarium he taught at the Aqua Vet program at Woods Hole each summer and was instrumental in the development of the Aquarium's program for the the rescue, rehabilitation and release of stranded marine mammals in the northeast. He is an author of nearly one hundred peer reviewed papers relating to aquatic animal health and is a past president of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine Larry currently resides in Charlestown and Weekapaug and continues as a part time clinical veterinarian and as an active board member of the CHARIHO Rotary Club.

Barbara EngelBarbara Engel

Barbara first came to vacation in RI in 1956 and developed a life-long love of the RI coast. Vacations and summers were spent on the beach and in the waters of the ocean and pond. She learned about the Pond Watchers over 25 years ago and has accomplished her goal of participating in the work by becoming a water quality tester. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Business Administration, later got a Surgical Technician degree from Manchester State College and graduated from Roger Williams School of Law in 2003. She lives in Westerly with her husband Fred and enjoys her two daughters and their families.

Bill LesterWilliam Lester

Bill Lester has lived on Quonochontaug Pond seasonally since 1952. As an active boater and fisherman, Bill is concerned about pond water quality, the need for more education regarding water pollution, and better safe-guards to protect the ponds. He spent 35 years in Investment Banking and Money Management and holds a BS degree from the University of North Carolina and an MBA Degree from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. He was recently Moderator of the Weekapaug Fire District and is a Trustee of Nopes Island Conservation Association.

Leo MainelliLeo Mainelli

Leo earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from URI, and later an MBA from the University of Hartford. His entire career was spent at Pratt and Whitney. He traveled extensively throughout the world, helping customers and working on engine/airframe integration with Boeing and Airbus. He was active for 25 years in local government in South Windsor, CT where he lived before moving to Charlestown, RI full-time in 2000 after his retirement.

Born and raised in Providence, he visited the ponds to boat, fish and scallop as a youngster and has loved the Ponds ever since.  He served as the Chairman of a Charlestown committee to review and update the senior tax code provisions in the Charlestown Town Charter. He is also a member of the URI Engineering Advisory Committee, the Alumni Association Board of Directors for URI, and a URI Foundation Trustee.

He is committed to working at maintaining the cleanliness of the Salt Ponds and the drinking water in the area, believing that they are inextricably tied to the economic health of South County and the entire state. They are also the mainstay of the great community and ambience that we enjoy in South County, and therefore deserving of all the support we can bring to bear for their beauty and cleanliness.

Leo MainelliAnn Manion
A resident of the Hill at Green Hill & Southborough, MA, Ann graduated from the University of Denver with a BSBA, earned her MBA in Service Marketing from Simmons College, Boston, studied International Tourism at Richmond College, London and completed certifications in the culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Ann has specialized in the management of food & beverage operations, marketing and business development for premium hospitality companies like Marriott International, Omni Hotels, The Bostonian Hotel and Nantucket Island’s White Elephant Hotel. Today Ann owns and leads a digital marketing company [AnnManion.com] serving established businesses and emerging brands.


She holds a deep appreciation for the beauty and unique specialness of RI salt ponds and started GreenHillRocks.com in 2015 in part to raise awareness for protecting South County RI’s natural treasures. Ann is married to her husband Farzad Parsaie of 22 years and is the mother of John, Mark and James.

Chris RandallChris Randall

Chris is a life-long resident of the salt pond region and works for the family business, where he is a sales associate at the Charlestown and Watch Hill office of Randall Realtors. Chris has long had a love for the salt ponds and can be spotted on the water many evenings after work, enjoying a boat ride, snorkeling, or poking along the shoreline in a kayak.

Ted SeeTed See

Ted and his wife Ellen have been seasonal residents of Shady Harbor on Quonnie Pond since 1986. Since Ted’s retirement they have been spending even more time in Rhode Island year round. Ted retired from Day Pitney LLP, a large northeastern law firm, where he chaired the firm’s municipal finance practice out of its Hartford, CT office. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon, Africa after college. An avid sailor and kayaker, Ted has a deep interest in the preservation of the salt ponds’ environment. Ted is a graduate of Wesleyan Univesity and received his law degree from Harvard. He is a former Moderator of Shady Harbor Fire District and has served on the boards of numerous non-profit and governmental organizations.

Ted SeeAnn Whaley-Tobin

Ann is a retired Boston Public School teacher with a B.S. in education from Southern Connecticut State University and a Masters in Special Education from Regis College. She met her husband, Jim, in Misquamicut. Since retiring they have spent more time in their home on Atlantic Ave. that overlooks conservation land and Winnapaug Pond.

They were introduced to the Salt Ponds Coalition by a friend and became Pond Watchers and water quality testers in the East Basin of Winnapaug Pond. Ann has also been volunteering for the SPC’s Safari program helping to introduce children and their families to the salt pond environment.

Ann enjoys spending time at the beach with her husband, two sons and friends throughout the year. She likes kayaking on the ponds, including the SPC sponsored paddles at the varying ponds. She enjoys doing yoga, biking, walking along the beach, and watching the sunsets and the ever-changing wildlife and landscape along the tidal marsh on Winnapaug Pond. Ann and Jim have also become active with the Weekapaug Foundation for Conservation.

She is looking forward to the new opportunity of being a part of the Salt Ponds Coalition. She hopes that bringing her educational background to the board will help to support and enhance its mission.

Elise TorelloAlicia Eichinger, Executive Director

Alicia received her BS in Biology from Villanova University, and her joint JD/Masters in Marine Affairs from URI and RWU School of Law. She did pro-bono work in law school for RIDEM, Save the Bay, and the Nature Conservancy. She also was an Invasive Species Policy Analyst for CRMC. Most recently, she worked at Mystic Aquarium. She trained many of the informal educators at the aquarium who work with families and school groups every day. She is excited to be serving SPC in this capacity as it allows her to use all facets of her background. She has loved the ocean ever since her parents took her to Cape May in New Jersey for the first time; and is excited to be working for a group dedicated to protecting one of Rhode Island’s most important natural resources.

Salt Ponds Coalition P.O. Box 875 Charlestown, RI 02813 (401) 322-3068 saltpondscoalition@gmail.com