At their annual meeting on February 27th, the Clean Ocean Access Board of Directors welcomed three new board members to take their seats, effective immediately.

Clean Ocean Access’ Board of Directors is a group of ocean enthusiasts on Aquidneck Island working together to achieve a healthy ocean that is free of marine debris with water that is safe for all ocean activities, and a shoreline that is accessible to the public – through the mission of action today so future generations can enjoy ocean activities.

The three new members are;

Jon Burr is a Licensing Royalties Analyst/Accountant in the Corporate Royalty Department at Hasbro Toy Company and lives in Newport. Jon grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts and witnessed the human neglect and impact of stormwater runoff on the ecosystem, and is committed to making sure the Aquidneck Island continues to be a leader for environmental stewardship. He has a BS in Business Management from Bentley University. Jon led the marine debris efforts for COA in 2012 into 2013 and now joins the Board with a focus on programming, data analytics, and event planning.

Kara DiCamillo moved to Newport in 2002 and is the Public Relations & Social Media Director for 6 Square Design and Communications, and is also a freelance writer. She is the founder of the Newport chapter of Green Drinks and has coordinated it since 2007, she served on the Newport Energy & Environment Commission for eight years, and she has also volunteered on the Development Committee for Norman Bird Sanctuary and the Advancement Committee for Aquidneck Land Trust. Kara has a BA in Public Relations with a minor in Writing from Susquehanna University and joins the board with a focus on marketing, communications, and event planning.

Barbara Frost now calls Newport home, after living on a sailboat in Portsmouth and in Barrington for over 30 years. A graduate of Roger Williams University with a degree in accounting, she served as Treasurer for Narragansett Boat Club and as the Assistant Treasurer at Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage, Inc. for 25 years. Now retired, she is enjoying sailing in Narragansett Bay, the sunsets of Aquidneck Island, and working to protect Aquidneck Island’s beaches and waterways on the CA Board with efforts focused on finance, event planning, and office administration.

For more information on Clean Ocean Access, visit www.cleanoceanaccess.org.

Ryan M. Belmore

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