Clean Ocean Action

Clean Ocean Action Board of Trustees

Tom Fagan, President

Tom Fagan grew up blocks from the ocean, attending Asbury Park High School. Tom, a board member since 1984 works full time as a member of the Communications Workers of America Union, Local #1075. Tom, a true waterman, is an avid beach comber, wave rider, and scuba diver. Tom recalls that before COA was founded in 1985, there were many small voices speaking out against the degradation of the ocean. COA’s organization of those voices into a much larger one is what inspires him to remain a committed board member and true blue advocate for the ocean.  


Pat & Bob Bennekamper, Co-Vice-Presidents

Bob and Pat are residents of Brick Township, NJ, sharing a seat on the board since 2002. Bob worked for over 40 years with American Steel Erector, both as a project manager and estimator. Following the events of 2001, Bob and some of his colleagues assisted for several days in New York City at ground zero in what was hoped to be a recovery operation. Bob and his wife Pat began volunteering with Clean Ocean Action in the 1980s when medical waste wash-ups were a common occurrence at the Jersey shore and New Jersey was known as "the Ocean Dumping Capital of the World."


Valerie Montecalvo, Treasurer

Valerie resides in Highlands as President, Owner, and CEO of Bayshore Recycling Corp. Along with her husband, Frank, Valerie has over 38 years of experience in the contracting and environmental fields. She is also a Trustee on the Board of the NJ Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Additionally, Valerie supports numerous charities, foundations and local causes. As a COA Board Member, Valerie champions COA mission of ocean advocacy throughout the community. Valerie is an avid water and motorsport enthusiast who relies on the watershed for relaxation and enjoyment. Thank you, Valerie, for your dedication to COA over the many years!


Joey Garofalo

Joey Garofalo was raised in Monmouth County spending every day of the summer at the beach in Sea Bright during his childhood. The ocean is incredibly important to him and he is “grateful for the opportunity to contribute to COA’s work. I support COA because it is at the forefront of the fight to rid our waters of pollution since 1984 and has made significant progress to improve the quality of waterways for future generations.”  Joey has 10 years of experience in the events industry, booking and promoting live music events at the University of Vermont and New York City. He is the owner of Beacon Events which operates several large scale 5K race events in the area, as well as Cocktail Caravan, a mobile bar and event rental company. Joey has coordinated Run the Hook, a 5K fun race at Sandy Hook to benefit COA for the past four years.


Jim Lovgren

Jim Lovegreen, a resident of Brick, NJ is a commercial fisherman who makes his living from the ocean. A board member since 2004, Jim is committed to a clean and healthy ocean. 


Jeff Martin

Jeff was originally born in Morris County, NJ, spending many summers at the Jersey Shore and eventually moving to Cape May in 1995 after attending Ramapo College. Working for a kayak tour outfit, Jeff eventually bought the business. He became a biology teacher in 2002 and continues to teach ocean/marine science to high school students. As a COA board member, Jeff is proud to be a powerful and professional voice for the ocean. As a surfer, kayaker, SUP-er, teacher, diver and science teacher, Jeff NEEDS a healthy ocean - we agree wholeheartedly and thank you for being a voice for the ocean with us, Jeff!


Patsy Guttenplan

Patsy Guttenplan worked for almost 30 years in the medical industry. Her experience includes medical and surgical nursing at Monmouth Medical, Research and Development at Davol, and Hospital Administration at Raritan Bay Medical Center. Patsy has held positions as Senior Management Engineer and Director of Clinical Data before enrolling in a graduate program at NYU in Acting/Directing/Digital Film/Editing. Patsy works as a freelance event, family, and children’s photographer/videographer. In addition, Patsy has directed the Drama Club at Lincroft Bible Church for 6 years. A board member since 2002, Patsy is a lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore who has always lived within walking distance of the ocean. Patsy is inspired to dedicate her time as a Clean Ocean Action board member because she believes that it is vital for shore residents to come together as a voice for clean water. 


D. W. Bennett

 President and Founder

1984 - 2009

 American Littoral Society


Adelaide (Scottie) Franklin 

Member Emeritus


49 Avenel Blvd.
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Field Office:

Gateway National Recreation Area
Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Voice: (732) 872-0111
FAX: (732) 872-8041

Charity Navigator, "Your Guide to Intelligent Giving"