Clean Ocean Action

Clean Ocean Action Board of Trustees



Getting to Know COA's Board of Trustees

Leo Gasienica, President

Bob Bennekamper, Vice-President

Bonnie Torcivia, Secretary


Valerie Montecalvo, Treasurer

Valerie resides in Highlands as President, Owner, and CEO of Bayshore Recycling Corp. Along with her husband, Frank, Valerie has over 38 years of experience in the contracting and environmental fields. She is also a Trustee on the Board of the NJ Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Additionally, Valerie supports numerous charities, foundations and local causes. As a COA Board Member, Valerie champions COA mission of ocean advocacy throughout the community. Valerie is an avid water and motorsport enthusiast who relies on the watershed for relaxation and enjoyment. Thank you, Valerie, for your dedication to COA over the many years!





Tom Fagan



Patsy Guttenplan

Patsy is a lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore having always lived within walking distance of the ocean (currently living on the Shrewsbury River), with a professional background in medical and surgical nursing most recently at Monmouth Medical. She spends her days with a camera in hand capturing the beauty of her surroundings. Patsy believes that as a COA board member, and a resident of the shore, she and her family are directly connected to the health of the water and it is vital to make our voices heard! We are with you, Patsy!





Jim Lovgren


Jeff Martin

Jeff was originally born in Morris County, NJ, spending many summers at the Jersey Shore and eventually moving to Cape May in 1995 after attending Ramapo College. Working for a kayak tour outfit, Jeff eventually bought the business. He became a biology teacher in 2002 and continues to teach ocean/marine science to high school students. As a COA board member, Jeff is proud to be a powerful and professional voice for the ocean. As a surfer, kayaker, SUP-er, teacher, diver and science teacher, Jeff NEEDS a healthy ocean - we agree wholeheartedly and thank you for being a voice for the ocean with us, Jeff!




D. W. Bennett

 President and Founder

1984 - 2009

 American Littoral Society


Adelaide (Scottie) Franklin 

Member Emeritus


49 Avenel Blvd.
Long Branch, NJ 07740

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Sandy Hook, New Jersey

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