The Management Committee has general authority over the policy direction, management and priorities for the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership and its core staff. It is composed of partners representing organizations, agencies, non-profits, municipalities, universities, businesses and citizens. Full Management Committee meetings are held quarterly.  The Executive Committee meets monthly, except for months the Management Committee meets.


Much of the work of the Partnership is guided by our committees, which meet periodically.  Our current committees include:

  • Casco Bay Monitoring Network
  • Habitat Protection Committee
  • Habitat Restoration Committee
  • Nutrient Council

In addition, place-based committees bring together partners with shared interests in specific regions of the watershed, such as the Presumpscot River.  Ad hoc committees are established from time to time to focus on specific issues of concern.


Board Chair:  Kathleen Leyden, Director, Maine Coastal Program
Vice Chair:  Fred Dillon, Stormwater Coordinator, City of South Portland Water Resource Protection


Michael Feldman, Realtor, Brunswick
Howard Gray, Board member, Acadia Center
Regina Lyons, Chief, Ocean and Coastal Protection Unit, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Betty McInnes, District Manager, Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District
Charlene Poulin, Chief Operator, Wastewater Systems, Portland Water District
Tamara Risser, Senior Environmental Engineer, Sevee & Maher Engineers, Inc.
Don Witherill, Bureau of Water Quality, Maine Department of Environmental Protection


Jessa Berna, Land Use Planner, Greater Portland Council of Governments
Erno Bonebakker
, Casco Bay Islands Alliance
Damian Brady, Assistant Research Professor, University of Maine, Maine Sea Grant
Jacki Cohen, citizen representative
Ivy Frignoca, Casco BayKeeper, Friends of Casco Bay
Nancy Gallinaro, Water Resources Manager, City of Portland Public Services Department
Charles Hebson, Chief Hydrologist, Maine Department of Transportation
Bryant Lewis, Shellfish Program Supervisor, Maine Department of Marine Resources
Scott Lindsay, Wildlife Biologist, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Tom Shyka, Product and Engagement Manager, Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems
John Spritz, citizen representative
Karen Wilson, Associate Research Professor, University of Southern Maine Department of Environmental Science and Policy