Friends of Herring River
Wellfleet and Truro, Massachusetts
Board Members and Officers of Friends of Herring River

Friends of Herring River Board Officers

Friends of Herring River Board Members

Barbara Brennessel. Trained as a biochemist at Fordham and Cornell, Barbara taught at Wheaton College until her retirement in 2013. She studies diamondback terrapins, river herring and shellfish. In each case, she has written a book about the subject. Barbara is a member of the Wellfleet Conservation Commission and volunteers with the Wellfleet SPAT Science Research Committee, IFAW and Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

Lisbeth Wiley Chapman. Beth created and runs Hopper House Tours, a twice-daily tour by automobile on back roads and hidden places in Wellfleet and South Truro. Her guests see 30 house and landscape locations where American artist Edward Hopper painted. She also provides pro bono PR services to a number of local non-profits. She holds a leadership position at the Church of St. Mary of the Harbor (Episcopal) in Provincetown and sings in the 150-person Outer Cape Chorale. From 1991 to 2015, Beth ran Ink&Air, a public relations firm specializing in marketing and communications strategy for financial services firms, mutual funds, 401(k) providers and financial advisors.

Deborah Freeman. Debby retired from a 30 plus year career as a labor and employment trial lawyer. She and her husband Andy live in Indian Neck where they bike, walk the marsh, woods and beaches, kayak, or swim in the Bay almost every day. Debby has been appointed to the Town's Personnel Task Force and is also a Trustee, Wellfleet Conservation Trust.

Alice M. Iacuessa. Alice spent thirty years as a social studies teacher, 21 years at the American School in London including 10 years as Social Studies Department Chair. She is a member of the founders group of Global Issues Network, and since her retirement has been active in local affairs, serving on the Wellfleet Marina Advisory Committee and as a volunteer with the Cape Cod National Seashore. Alice also served as President of the A.I.M. Thrift Shop Board and President of the Wellfleet Non-Resident Taxpayers Association.

Gary Joseph. Gary has been a volunteer involved in the environmental protection of Wellfleet for thirty years. He is a former member and chairman of The Wellfleet Conservation Commission, a founding member and current Trustee of the Wellfleet Conservation Trust and currently the Chairman of the Herring River Restoration Committee.

David Koonce. Dave spent over 30 years in the international human resources arena retiring from General Electric after 22 years. His roles included corporate responsibility for all non-US employee benefits and employment practices with emphasis on international mergers and acquisitions. He is a resident of Wellfleet and volunteers with numerous local community organizations.

Donald J. Palladino. Following a 28-year career as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers, Don worked in the private sector with NBC and then with an international non-profit as chief operating officer and later as a volunteer serving world-wide assignments. He is a founding member of Friends of Herring River, a Trustee and Treasurer of Wellfleet Conservation Trust, Association to Preserve Cape Cod Board Member and Associate Member, Wellfleet Zoning Board of Appeals.

John Portnoy. John worked as a National Park Service ecologist on Cape Cod for 29 years, during which time he volunteered on various Town of Wellfleet committees. Upon his retirement from the Park Service he has continued to volunteer with the Cape Cod National Seashore and serves on the Wellfleet Conservation Commission and Mayo Creek Restoration Committee. He provides technical advice to the Herring River Restoration Committee and National Seashore resource managers and collaborators regarding the restoration of the Herring River Estuary.

Bob Prescott. Bob is the Director of Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. He has a degree in wildlife biology from the University of Massachusetts and has studied such diverse topics as whale strandings, harbor seal distribution around Cape Cod, and recently the home ranges of box turtles. Bob is Massachusetts coordinator for the Northeast Sea Turtle Stranding Network. He has led natural history and birding tours throughout the world, including Baja, Costa Rica, the Galápagos Islands, Churchill, Antarctica, Belize, and Big Bend, Texas.

John Riehl. John was trained as a chemist. He spent a career in the chemical industry, retiring in 1999 to Wellfleet. He is currently active in a variety of environmental activities in Massachusetts and is a founding Board Member of the Friends. From 2006-2008 he was a member of the Herring River Technical Committee, planning the restoration of the Herring River salt marshes in Wellfleet, MA. For the past eight years, John has organized a count of the Spring herring run on the Herring River. This project was managed in cooperation with Association to Preserve Cape Cod. He is active in Town natural resource issues including serving as Chair, Natural Resources Advisory Board.

Lynn Southey. Lynn was born and educated in South Africa. She immigrated to the United States in 1983 where she continued her career in Information Technology. In 2005, Lynn retired from Dun & Bradstreet and moved to Wellfleet. She is a member of the Open Space Committee and on the Board of the Friends of the Wellfleet Library.

Philip Tabas. Philip is Special Advisor with The Nature Conservancy in Arlington, VA. He served as the Conservancy's General Counsel from 2003 to 2013. He has also held other positions in TNC in the areas of land protection, government relations, compatible economic development and conservation planning. He has also worked to secure tax policy and legislation changes for conservation at the US Federal and state levels of government, as well as in other countries. Prior to TNC, he practiced law with a private law firm, worked as an attorney for a government water resources management agency and was an attorney with an environmental consulting firm. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Potomac Conservancy and a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. He teaches a summer course entitled "Ecosystem Conservation Stretegies" at the Vermont Law School.