Meet the Staff at Barnstable Clean Water Coalition.
zenas “zee” crocker
Executive Director Zenas “Zee” Crocker grew up on Cape Cod and has ancestral roots in Osterville, Cotuit, and Marstons Mills. Zee graduated from Barnstable High School and earned an Honors BA from McGill University in Quebec.
Before taking the helm at Three Bays Preservation, Inc., in April 2017, Zee spent over 30 years in the financial services industry in Boston where he specialized in Institutional Equities.
When he’s not working passionately on clean water issues, you can find Zee on Nantucket Sound where he’s a lifelong fisherman and sailor.
heather d. rockwell
Heather is a native Cape Codder who grew up on the shores of Hyannis and received a BS in Biological Oceanography from the Florida Institute of Technology. Her passion and career for all things aquatic began at the New Jersey Academy of Aquatic Sciences, the Whale Adoption Project, the Soundkeeper Program at the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, and now at the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition.
Heather’s role as a delegate to the International Whaling Commission since 2000 has taken her around the globe to far flung places including Asia, Australia, South America, Europe and Africa.
She lives in Marstons Mills with her family, husband Michael and sons Colin and Derek, who root for all things Boston Bruins.
meg a. materne
Meg grew up in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts collecting sea shells and found the beginnings of her career niche in water quality at UMass Amherst where she graduated with a BS degree in Environmental Science.
These days, you can find Meg at the helm of our Boston Whaler where she undertakes water quality testing in ponds, rivers and embayments throughout the Town of Barnstable. Before coming to the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition, Meg worked at the Broadmoor and Oak Knoll Sanctuaries owned and operated by the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
Meg resides on the Upper Cape where she takes a walk every day on the beach not far from her home.
casey j. dannhauser
A New York native, Casey grew up as one of those dreaded summer kids in Cotuit. After graduating from College of the Holy Cross with a BA in Environmental Studies, she moved to Cotuit full time to work for Barnstable Land Trust. A lifelong sailor and a former commodore of the Cotuit Mosquito Yacht Club, Casey’s love for the water (especially Cotuit Bay) drove her to get a Masters of Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island.
As if working for Barnstable Clean Water Coalition doesn’t get her on the water enough, Casey spends her time off work sailing, shellfishing, or paddling in her homemade kayak.
Raised in Montclair, NJ, Christy spent every summer at her family's house in Harwich (yet another dreaded summer kid!). She developed her love of water from those Cape Cod summers, particularly swimming and hopping the waves.
Christy graduated from Skidmore College with a BS in Fine Art and after graduation moved down to NYC to work in the arts. She worked in art galleries and at an art school, and then in an unusual career twist, worked ten years as a Newsdesk Editor at Time Magazine. After relocating full time to the Cape with her husband and young daughter Claire in 2009, Christy worked for nearly 10 years at the Cahoon Museum of American Art in membership, public relations and development.
After watching the water quality decline on the Cape, she doesn't swim as much anymore and has become passionate about helping find a way to fix it.
In her free time Christy helps restore their historic home and enjoys walks on the beach with her family and their dog, Hoppy.
SUMMER STAFF 2020
Although Caroline was born in Santa Monica, CA and then lived in New York, NY for seven years, she considers herself a native Cape Codder at heart as she summered here on the Cape growing up and has spent the last decade living in Harwich, MA year-round. Some of her hobbies include running, gardening, and crocheting. Caroline is a member of the class of 2023 and a biology major at Smith College. She is interested in climate change and its impact on ecological communities around the world and hopes to pursue a career in climate science upon graduation from college. Through working with BCWC this summer, Caroline has learned about “chick sitting” piping plovers and their chicks. She enjoys working at BCWC because of the wide range of opportunities and projects to get involved with, the kind staff and fun atmosphere.
Drew was born in Boston and grew up in Lexington, MA, but was lucky enough to spend each of his summers in Harwich Port on Cape Cod. In his free time, he likes to enjoy the outdoors by surfing, sailing, or hiking at great spots in New England. Drew currently attends Lafayette College as a member of the class of 2022. He is majoring in Environmental Science and wants to use his degree to help protect and share the landscapes that he appreciates. During his time at BCWC, Drew has learned about the life cycle of oysters, as well as how to properly collect data when out in the field. He has enjoyed working at BCWC this summer due to their wide range of projects that have positive impacts on the environment, as well as their friendly staff.
Jack has lived in Rehoboth, MA for his entire life, loving the distance from the hustle and bustle of the city. During the school year, he spends his time at the University of Maine in Orono studying Wildlife Ecology. Jack loves taking in the beauty of Maine with his friends by rock climbing and skiing. He is and always has been passionate about the environment, specifically how we can preserve and monitor the wellness of wildlife. Jack's favorite part of working for BCWC is being able to inform the public about the great work that BCWC does and teaching people things they otherwise might not know. The big thing he has learned is how people are more eager to make change when they can interact with the environment and the issues it faces. Jack is hoping to find a career within conservation biology to help protect the world's natural beauty.
Hannah Crawford grew up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University of Ohio and immediately got her hands in the conservation education at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and the Newport Aquarium. This past year, Hannah packed up her husband and two dogs to move to Boston to be a part of the New England Aquarium’s efforts in the annual sea turtle rescue. She ended up at BCWC because she wanted to learn more about local water conservation efforts and get more hands-on experience in field research. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys hiking and traveling with her family and has the goal of visiting all the National Park sites. Her favorite nights are spent around a campfire with loved ones, playing music, and eating s’mores and ice cream. This is Hannah’s first summer on the Cape and she loves seeing all the ospreys and sailboats.
Julia Fone is a Cape Cod local from Centerville, MA. She is a rising sophomore at Wesleyan University and is a member of the women’s varsity field hockey team. Julia is hoping to complete an Economics and Environmental Studies double major. After obtaining her degree, she hopes to pursue a career in sustainable fashion and renewable energy. She is looking forward to gaining experience in the field as a water steward and learning from the experts at BCWC this summer.
Emma Taccardi grew up in Rochester, NY and earned her BA in biology at Hamilton College. After graduating, she worked for The Nature Conservancy on Block Island, RI and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, CA. She recently graduated with her PhD in marine biology at the University of Maine. Outside of work, Emma enjoys playing guitar and piano, running, and reading. She is excited to work for BCWC because she is learning about estuarine ecology around the Cape and gaining experience operating boats. In the future, Emma plans on exploring marine policy and the connection between science and its implementation.
David was born and lives in Raynham Mass. He is part of the class of 2023 at the University of Maine Orono, where he studies marine science with a concentration in oceanography. David hopes to pursue a career in research oceanography after graduating from college. Some of his hobbies include playing tennis, hiking, and fishing. David is interested in how the melting of the polar ice caps affects the circulation of the ocean gyres around the world. While working at BCWC, he has learned how nitrogen moves through the rivers and into the estuaries. David also enjoys the opportunities to get involved in other projects at BCWC with the staff and associates.