NRPA Board of Directors


NRPA Board and staff tour salt marsh restoration areas in lower Narrow River with US Fish and Wildlife Staff in Spring 2017. (Photo credit: Charles Biddle)


Richard Grant, President & VP Public Affairs

RBGrant & Associates

Richard works with Foundations and Sponsors to support the mission of NRPA.


Ken McShane, Treasurer

Masonry Contractor

Ken manages NRPA finances and business details.


Veronica Berounsky, Ph.D., Vice President

Marine Ecologist, URI Graduate School of Oceanography

Veronica focuses on science, education, and State level conservation issues.


Craig Wood, Secretary

Environmental Scientist

Craig’s interests are land management and public access around Sprague Bridge and Salt Marsh Restoration. Craig also leads our Osprey education program for local fourth graders.



Erin Chille, Student, Marine Biology, University of Rhode Island

Erin is working to engage the University of Rhode Island community in NRPA’s conservation and education efforts.


Jason Considine, Owner, Narrow River Kayaks

As a business owner and resident in the watershed, Jason is concerned with paddling on the Narrow River and watershed safety.


Barry Devine, Conservation Biologist

Barry’s interests are research and education.


Sarah Gaines, Geologist, Natural and Cultural Heritage Consultant

Sarah is interested in the cultural landscape of the river and focuses on educating and engaging local families in river activities.


Chris Hubbard, Walker Wellington

Chris works on storm water retention issues and local student science fair awards.


Jim Kaczynski, Science Teacher, Jamestown Lawn Avenue School

Jim strives to increase student involvement in marine ecology and seeks to engage the local fishing community in the health and preservation of the Narrow River.


Molly Mageau, Head Teller, People’s Credit Union

Molly organizes Narrow River cleanups, improving the health of the river.


Catalina Martinez, Regional Program Manager NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration

Catalina focuses on education programming and reducing the use of toxic household, lawn, and pest control chemicals in the watershed.


Paula Santos, Business Consultant and Event Planner

As a resident of the watershed, Paula is concerned about the health of the river and appropriate utilization of its resources. She wants to educate and engage the local community in NRPA’s work.


Sally Sutherland, Ocean Engineer, Naval Undersea Warfare Center

Sally coordinates NRPA’s Annual Lesa Meng Scholarship Awards to local high school seniors.


Nathan Vinhateiro, Senior Scientist, RPS ASA

Nate, a coastal and marine geologist, is concerned with watershed conservation.



Alison Kates, NRPA Program Coordinator

Alison supports NRPA activities and keeps stakeholders and the public informed about watershed issues and events.

NRPA Board and staff at the 2016 Annual Meeting