Meet Our Directors

Catherine Kane

Catherine earned a B.A. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a Master's of Education from Lesley University, and now teaches science at Monomoy Regional Middle School in Chatham. She grew up enjoying summers in Chatham, exploring Pleasant Bay by sailing as a child, then windsurfing, and now paddling about with her own children. A science teacher at Monomoy Regional Middle School, Catherine incorporates her love of the Bay into classroom and on-site experiences which foster an appreciation of the rich diversity in our local ecosystems and an understanding of the importance of responsible stewardship of our region’s natural treasures.

Corliss Primavera

I live on the West Shore of Pleasant Bay (Monomoyick) on the selfsame land that was settled by my Nickerson ancestors some 365 years ago.  Although I grew up in Maryland, my deep tree roots and sense of place, people and history were always seeded here.  In 1984, I transferred to Boston to continue my career as a federal investigator, retiring in 2009 to the “Nick-Shack.”  To further satisfy my curiosities, I volunteered as an archivist at the Harwich and Chatham Historical Societies.  I enjoy hiking, kayaking, sailing, gardening, pastel painting, reading and travel — following in the footpaths of my heritage.

Mon Cochran

Mon Cochran is currently a writer living in South Orleans, on Cape Cod.  He  grew up on the Cape, went to Orleans public schools, and received his BA from Harvard in sociology. His PhD in developmental psychology is from the University of Michigan. Mon is a professor emeritus at Cornell University, where for 35 years he taught and conducted applied child development research in the College of Human Ecology.   Since retirement Mon has shifted his focus to ways of helping children and adults understand why the earth’s climate is changing and what they can do to manage those changes.  He is currently Vice President of the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative and an adjunct educator with the Center for Coastal Studies.  Mon Served on the Friends of Pleasant Bay Board from 2014-19, with two years as Board President.


Haley Cedarholm 

Haley grew up sailing on the Seacoast of New Hampshire and sailed competitively in high school and college. During summers in college Haley taught sailing in New Hampshire, and eventually came to teach on Pleasant Bay. In 2018 she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island with a B.A. in Political Science and moved to Cape Cod permanently. Haley now works at Arey's Pond Boat Yard in Orleans as their Purchasing & Marketing Manager and also serves on the Cape Cod Young Professionals Board of Directors.  

Sarah Griscom, PhD.

Sarah grew up in California and was fortunate to spend summers with her family in Chatham, sailing and swimming almost daily. Sarah studied Earth and Marine Science at the University of California Santa Cruz, where she earned a BS. She worked for the US Geological Survey Marine Geology branch for eight years, spent two years+ on research vessels, and when in port, participated in public education outreach activities. She returned to graduate school to complete her PhD in Coastal Oceanography at Stony Brook University, focusing on how stable and radioactive contaminants accumulate in mussels and clams. Since then, she has worked as a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, collaborated with the Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN) in France, taught undergraduate oceanography as an adjunct faculty member, taught high school sciences, and gained her MA teaching certificate in chemistry. She is certified as a LEED AP for sustainable building, teaches courses in green energy, and currently works part-time with the Town of Chatham as a water quality scientist. Currently she is the Director of Science for Pleasant Bay Community Boating in Harwich.M

Tasia Blough

Tasia’s love affair with the ocean began in the rocky tide pools of Cape May, Massachusetts. She began exploring the marine research community as an undergrad during a semester on a schooner at sea with Sea Education Association. After graduating, she examined the fluid mechanics and biokinematics of jellyfish propulsion with Dr. Sean Colin, in labs at Roger Williams University and Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole. She spent five years as a Naturalist and Researcher at the New England Aquarium Whale Watch, helping to further our understanding of cetaceans and the anthropogenic threats they face in Massachusetts Bay. In 2017 she worked with NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary where she coordinated data collection, and directed collaborative research cruises with WHOI, USGS, UCONN, URI, and BU. Since moving to Cape Cod in 2018, she has expanded her focus to regional issues of environmental stewardship, community engagement, and diversity in leadership, taking active roles in workshops, forums, and protests that empower others and bring these important issues to light. She has worked on multiple appeal campaigns to local governments, including the Cape-wide Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban and the Sipson Island funding campaign. Tasia is founding President of Sipson Island Trust. She is an active photographer, birder, and gardener and lives in Brewster.

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