Our Board of Directors


Stephen Daniel (BOARD CHAIR)

Following an entrepreneurial career in finance that ran for over 25 years in New York City, Stephen transitioned to a life of service.  Stephen is a lifelong outdoorsman who grew up on the waters around Chatham, spending several summers working as a commercial fisherman. Stephen serves on the Board and as a member the the Executive Committee of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, on the Board of Tabor Academy, on the Board of the Center for Coastal Studies, and is a Trustee Emeritus at the Wesleyan University.  Stephen also serves as Chairman of the Town of Chatham Finance Committee.  Stephen holds a Master of Business Administration from Yale University.  


Cynthia Wigren

Cynthia holds a Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management from University of New Hampshire. Cynthia spent twelve years working for online trading companies in the energy industry, with a focus on project management and strategic planning. Cynthia is an avid traveler and a scuba diver with a deep appreciation for wildlife on land and sea. Her underwater experiences with whale sharks, great hammerheads, nurse sharks, and great white sharks, inspired her to leave the corporate world and establish Atlantic White Shark Conservancy to support shark research and conservation. Cynthia also serves on the Massachusetts Ocean Advisory Commission.

Photo by Shareen Davis

Photo by Shareen Davis

John King

John is an entrepreneur with a diverse resume who has strong ties to Cape Cod that span many generations. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, John spent more than seven years working as a commercial fisherman on vessels in Alaska. He relocated back to his roots in Chatham after concluding a twenty five year career in the biopharmaceutical business and has been active in various pursuits working to make a difference in the community. John currently serves as a Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Center for Coastal Studies. He also serves as an Adviser to the Roy and Diana Vagelos Life Sciences and Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania. 


Ben Wigren

Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hobart College, and works in Boston for Bank of America Private Bank, a private wealth management company. Ben has over nineteen years experience in the financial markets, and in his current role at the Private Bank he is responsible for overseeing the Taxable Trading Desk. Ben’s love for the Cape, its beaches, and the ocean were apparent early in his life—spending summers fishing, clamming, sailing and surfing at Nauset Beach.  He is passionate about protecting and conserving the wildlife and natural resources of the Cape. Ben also serves on the Executive Committee of the Orleans Yacht Club. 


Chris Scanzillo

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from Maine Maritime Academy and a Masters in Diplomacy from Norwich University. He has over 15 years experience in the commercial marine industry, leveraging his background in commercial fishing and as a USCG licensed Chief Engineer and Master working for Caterpillar Marine.  In this position, Chris is responsible for product support for the east coast territory of North America and has managed global initiatives focused on global shark research, environmental sustainability, and education. Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors for Little Steps Learning Center, in Scituate, MA. He is an avid traveler, fisherman, and outdoorsman.


Amelia steppacher

Amelia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Trinity College and JD from Suffolk University Law School.  Prior to founding her own company Amelia worked as in-house corporate counsel for Oxford Global Resources and also enjoyed serving as a pro bono legal advocate for victims of domestic violence.  In 2007, Amelia decided to pursue her entrepreneurial dream and incorporated what was then a jewelry hobby into Amelia Rose Design, Inc.  Humble handmade beginnings have grown into international production and a collection carried in over 150 stores nationwide.  In addition to managing her company, Amelia is passionate about giving back and has proudly collaborated with non-profits to design custom pieces that are then sold for fundraising efforts.  To date Amelia has worked with The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Good Sports, Experience Camps and of course Atlantic White Shark Conservancy; 100% of all proceeds raised go directly to the organizations involved. 



John is the Vice President and Chief Scientist of the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium, which encompasses all of the Institution’s solutions-driven scientific research, engagement and conservation work. In collaboration with various colleagues around the globe, his research focuses on the physiological ecology and conservation physiology of marine fishes, with a specific focus on better understanding and mitigating the lethal and sublethal effects of human-induced disturbances on vulnerable and/or socioeconomically important species, particularly in the Gulf of Maine. All of his work aims to generate best-practice mitigation strategies that directly aid or inform fisheries management processes and policies. In addition to his primary role at the New England Aquarium, Dr. Mandelman is Research Faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston. 


Susanna Rhodes Beckwith 

Susanna is an educational consultant at McMillan Education in Boston, MA. Previously, she was the executive director of Reach Out and Read Rhode Island for more than nine years, a nonprofit early literacy program serving over 40,000 children statewide. She also served as Campaign Finance Director for Rhode Island’s Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts and from 2001-2006, She was the Director of State Relations at Clarendon Group, a public policy communications firm in Providence, RI where she provided clients with expertise in government relations and communications, with a specialty in education and health care policy.

Susanna serves or has served on the board of several nonprofit organizations, including The Gordon School, Andover Breadloaf, City Year Rhode Island, and Planned Parenthood Votes! RI. She has worked on several local, statewide and national campaigns. Susanna received a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University  and a Masters in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College.



Andy has been a summer resident of Chatham since 1950, year’ round since 1981. He retired in January 2017 as Vice President and Regional Manager for Commercial Lending at Cape Cod Five. In addition to the Conservancy, he serves on the Advisory Council for the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, and as an Honorary Trustee of the Chatham Conservation Foundation. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Dartmouth College and Bachelor of Science from Boston University. After 50+ years of fishing and sailing the waters of Cape Cod and the Islands, Andy recently became a USCG licensed Master (50 Tons GRT).

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Jennifer Costa

Jennifer is the Programs Administrator for Mass Audubon’s South Coast Sanctuaries, where she develops and manages many aspects of programming, outreach, communications, fundraising and exploring new ventures through partner collaborations. After spending 10+ years working on both coasts in fisheries-related quality control and corporate marketing and communication, she changed course in favor of the non-profit world.   She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Marine Science from Northeastern University and spent years living and working in remote areas of Alaska, where a personal experience being pursued by a brown bear on the King Cove shoreline during salmon season ignited her interest in apex predators and advocating for their place in the natural world, with the white shark being at the top of her list.  She is passionate about connecting people of all ages with wildlife and the outdoors and educating the next generation about the importance of conservation, inquiry and involvement. Jennifer currently serves on the advisory committee of the Bristol Agricultural High School’s Natural Resource Management Program.


Paul Parker

Paul is the president of Catch Together, a recently launched impact fund that invests capital in tradable seafood quotas to support fishermen, fishing communities and ocean conservation.  Previously, Paul worked for twenty years in leadership roles at the Cape Cod Fishermen’s Alliance including formation of the Cape Cod Fisheries Trust which invested over $4M in seafood quotas to support the local commercial fishing fleet.  Paul earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Cornell University and a Master's of Environmental Management from Duke University.  In 2006, Paul was honored with the Duke Nicholas School Rising Star Award.  For over a decade, Paul held numerous fishing jobs aboard Cape Cod commercial fishing vessels using all manner of fishing gear to catch clams, cod, dogfish, tuna, haddock, lobster and scallops.