WHO WE ARE
Friends of Bass River was formed by neighbors who share a lifelong love of Bass River: Bob Churchill, DeWitt Davenport and Mark Anschutz. Through education, awareness and involvement, these friends hope to inspire all who love the river to join them and become actively involved in its preservation.
mark anschutz, founding member
“Learning to swim at Windmill Beach in the mid 1950’s was my first encounter with the river. The water was clear. Holding my breath and opening my eyes in the salty water, I saw all manner of abundant bottom grass, sheltering a seemingly infinite array of sea life.” Some 60 years later, Mark still visits the shores of the river almost daily. Witnessing the many changes to the river reminds him that he is a trustee of this special treasure. Mark has committed himself to preserving the river for generations to come.
dewitt davenport, founding member
"Often times I wonder why my goal is to be on Bass River every day from early spring to late fall. Is it the tranquility, the gentle sounds, the magnificent wildlife habitat? Maybe it's the familiar faces, a wave from a neighbor, or just the quiet solitude. It doesn't matter if there is a spectacular sunrise or the last pink light from a fading sunset; one's soul is at peace on the river. I know I am safe on the river. The feeling is like no other."
bob Churchill, founding member
“To me, the river is a source of living, loving and energy that is second to none.” A fourth generation, self-professed “River Rat,” Bob heeds the call of the river nearly every day to energize his soul. As a young child, Bob never forgot his father’s words as he sailed his beetle Cat solo for the first time: “Don’t try to control the boat, guide it.” As a steward of Bass River, Bob is dedicated to guiding the health and well-being of this priceless resource.
BRIAN WEINER, executive director
“The sense of solitude and peace I have found living on a peninsula like Cape Cod is unparalleled in my experience. For the last 25 years, I have dedicated regular blocks of time for myself on the Bass River, and that time has provided me with the irreplaceable joy of being able to once again experience the Cape as it was in my boyhood: peaceful, confident and welcoming. At this moment in my life, my focus is aimed at ensuring that I will one day be able to share that same sense of peace with my grandchildren as we kayak the river together. Achieving that goal requires more of me than just my moment on the river. It requires active advocacy and commitment that I feel ever more bound to with each passing trip on the river.”
lisa marie mingo, volunteer coordinator
With a dual professional background of high-level business executive support as well as a licensed Registered Nurse, Lisa currently works within the executive recruiting field focusing on pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. Having relocated full time to Cape Cod in 2016 with her son Maxwell, she enjoys most of her recreational time by the water, whether it be a spring fed pond, salty waves in the river and sound, or in frozen form, inside an ice rink watching youth hockey.
Kathleen Mason, Graduate Research Associate
Kathleen is a recent graduate of Colby College in Waterville, ME where she majored in environmental studies. The environment has always had a magnetic pull on Kathleen, and she has spent numerous summers working in water quality monitoring and watershed management. This past summer she was in charge of a critical bacteria monitoring program with the Association to Preserve Cape Cod.
During her senior year at Colby College, Kathleen researched the nitrification of soil on an organic rice farm in Maine and contributed to salt marsh resiliency research at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Most recently, Kathleen just finished an internship with Highstead Foundation in Connecticut where she assisted in strategic conservation planning. Here at Friends of Bass River, Kathleen will be advancing three key projects for us:the science program with Dennis-Yarmouth High School that will be bringing students to the river for research and study, the planned educational event for our community and members scheduled for mid-May, and helping to advance our goal of forming an environmental collaborative of all 11 organizations supporting the at-risk waterways here on Cape Cod.
scott horsley - environmental consultant
Scott Horsley has joined Friends of Bass River as a Part-time Environmental Consultant, bringing with him more than thirty years of professional experience in the field of water resources management.
In his new role with us, Scott’s first task will be to help us evaluate current environmental policy, management systems and communications, as well as helping us design and implement efficient systems and processes to mitigate current and future environmental damage to Bass River and its watershed.
Scott brings extensive skills to this role, as he holds degrees in Biology and Marine Policy and teaches graduate courses at Tufts University and Harvard Extension School. Additionally, Scott has worked as a consultant to federal, state, and local jurisdictions, and private industry throughout the United States, Central America, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, and China.
Scott also served as a consultant to the Cape Cod Commission in the development of the Cape Cod 208 Water Quality Plan Update, and he has served as an expert witness in federal and state courts in the areas of hydrology, wetlands science, water quality, and storm water management. He serves on numerous advisory boards to the EPA, the National Academy of Public Administration, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, National Water Well Association, National Groundwater Association, and Massachusetts Audubon Society.
ERINN McCarty - Board member
Erinn McCarty, the newest member of the Friends of Bass River board, grew up on the North River in Marshfield Hills, and her family has spent summers on the north side of Dennis since the 1940s. Locals and long-time residents may know them by their 1967 Mackenzie Bass Boat that they kept by the High Bank Bridge on Bass River for 30 years.
She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Marine Geology, and as an undergraduate she studied oceanography and nautical science at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole. Immediately after college she made the decision to go out to sea full-time, working as a Marine Lab Specialist onboard the drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution. Serving as the onboard curator for 10 years, she was in charge of deep sea hard-rock and sediment core preservation and sampling.
Finally returning to land, Erinn settled on the Cape full time in 2000 and had a 17-year career in the wholesale gift industry. She retired from that work in 2017 to allow her to spend more time with her husband, who has worked offshore for over 40 years.
She and her husband, Craig spend most of their free time on the water on the Cape and at their summer residence in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. They belong to and are active in a number of yacht clubs, and Erinn has served on the board of governors at the Bass River Yacht Club for 18 years, most recently as Past Commodore. Their family is complemented by their two golden retrievers, Tugger and Tashtego.