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.
Jennifer Loughran returned to her home state of Massachusetts in 2016 after living in Connecticut and Texas for more than 30 years. Vacationing every summer on Cape Cod and in Rhode Island, she always knew that living by the water would be “home” at some point and now resides in Cotuit. After graduating from Bryant University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Jennifer spent 20 years in various human resources and training and development leadership roles in the banking and insurance industries. In 2005, she retired from the corporate world and started down a new path working in the non-profit space, which led her to joining Barnstable Clean Water Coalition in 2019. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys volunteering for many worthwhile causes, hanging out at Oregon Beach on sunny days and traveling afar to new places.
Luke is a native Cape Codder who grew up appreciating the Cape’s ponds, marshes, and woods. This led him to pursue a BS in Biology at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. However, the ocean called Luke back to the Cape where he has worked as a park interpreter, a fisheries observer, and most recently as an oyster farmer. He joined BCWC in spring 2022 with the goal of helping to protect the local waters and habitats he enjoyed as a youth. Luke currently lives in Mashpee with his wife Kacey and their many pets, where you can also still find him out exploring the Cape’s ponds, marshes, and woods.
SUMMER INTERNS 2023
Aquaculture and Water Quality Interns
Grace grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut, and was raised around nature and the Long Island Sound. She is a rising sophomore at The College of William and Mary, where she is pursuing a major in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Environmental Science. Grace has previously been involved with the Connecticut River Conservancy’s Source to Sea Cleanup and is thrilled to be continuing her clean water work with BCWC. She now resides in East Sandwich with her family where she enjoys biking, reading, and spending time at the beach.
Samantha is a rising senior at Tufts University studying geoscience and environmental science with a minor in urban studies. She grew up sailing on Buzzards Bay which began her appreciation of the ocean and coasts. She enjoys spending time on and around the water and sails both fall and spring on the Tufts Sailing Team. Samantha wants to work to protect coastlines and coastal waters after graduation.
Tim is very excited to be back for his second summer at BCWC after just graduating from Connecticut College this past spring. Tim was an Environmental Studies major and a Geoscience minor and hopes to pursue a career in marine biology or oceanography. After monitoring invasive algae last summer, Tim is switching over to the aquaculture and water quality monitoring internship this summer. A fun fact about Tim is that he also teaches tennis in Cotuit during the summer.
This summer, with the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition, Bella Southwood is involved in the Oyster Aquaculture and Water Quality internship. She is an upcoming senior at the University of Rhode Island studying marine biology. Bella has always had a strong passion for the ocean sciences, even as a child her family joked that she would grow up to be a marine biologist! After completing her Bachelor’s degree, she would like to attend graduate school and eventually pursue a career in the aquaculture and fisheries industry.
Invasive Algae Survey Interns
Owen is working his first year with Barnstable Clean Water as an Invasive Algae intern. He attends the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, studying Chemistry. His goal is to pursue environmentally safe alternatives to fuel and combat climate change.
Owen lives in Sandwich and enjoys reading, biking, lifting weights, and playing with his pet bunny “Bundledore.” He is excited to work with his fellow interns in cleaning up the beaches around the Cape and creating a more sustainable environment for the future.
Although JD is from Connecticut, they’ve been coming to Cape Cod their whole life and consider it their second home. They’re studying environmental science and biology at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and have a particular passion for plant ecology. In JD’s free time, they love sustainably crafting and listening to music.
As a Cape Cod local, Grace has been lucky enough to grow up within walking distance to the beach, where she has spent numerous hours of her life admiring the ocean and the organisms who inhabit it. She packed up her love for the ocean and brought it with her all the way to the University of Tampa, where she is studying environmental studies with a minor in sustainability. This summer, Grace is thrilled to be a part of BCWC as one of the Invasive Algae Interns and is passionate about doing work that is centered around bettering the places she loves the most. When she is not busy applying sunscreen, Grace enjoys scuba diving, surfing, and crocheting.
Haley, a year-round resident in the town of Yarmouth, graduated this past spring from Unity Environmental University with a Bachelor of Science in marine biology and sustainable aquaculture. She is planning to pursue a career studying algae and is very interested in phycology. Haley enjoys getting involved in environmental advocacy issues in her town and is a board member of the Sustainable Practices organization. At a recent Yarmouth town meeting, she was instrumental in getting the commercial single use bottle ban and the plastic reduction bylaws passed.