Friends of Herring River Board Officers
- Lisbeth Wiley Chapman, Chair
- John Riehl, Treasurer
- Barbara Brennessel, Clerk
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.
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.
Katie Murphy. Katie co-owns and operates an oyster farm on Indian Neck in Wellfleet. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Economics from Bryn Mawr College and a Masters of Science degree in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. She also holds a Certificate of Graduate Study from the Gund Institute of Ecological Economics.
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.
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 Strategies" at the Vermont Law School.