About The Board
The Brewster Ponds Coalition Board is a dedicated group of individuals who are passionate about its pond preservation mission. The Board plans and manages the organization as well as executes all BPC programs. Currently eleven individuals serve on the Board, though BPC bylaws permit a maximum of fifteen members. Interested in an enjoyable and rewarding experience as a BPC board member? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title “Board Member” and a current board member will reach out to you.
Susan Bridges, President has been coming to the Cape since the early 1970s and retired to Brewster in 2016 after a 30+ year career with MetLife. Susan graduated from American University in Washington DC with a degree in fine arts. She joined The Brewster Pond Coalition last year and has been actively involved in the Citizen Scientist Program, as well as BPC’s fundraising and membership activities. Susan is currently on the board of Nauset Neighbors and chairs the Outreach Committee. She also volunteers for Food4Kids. Past volunteer activities in New Jersey include PTO president, Board of Education member, Family Promise Homeless shelter, and Literacy for America. Susan was also on the advisory council for the Great Swamp Watershed Association, where she was involved in water quality testing and fundraising.
Konrad Schultz, Vice President, Communications is a retired media professional whose experience includes sales and marketing, advertising, public relations and website design/building. He co-founded the Rhode Island Monthly publications group of glossy lifestyle magazines. Konrad served on the Board of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, as well as the Finance Committee, and Industrial Development Commission for the Central Massachusetts town of Uxbridge, MA, where he previously resided. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Emerson College, and majored in mass communications. He is active in local water quality issues and is a founding member of Save Blueberry Pond as well as a PALS water quality pond tester for Sol's Pond. He and his wife live between Sol's and Blueberry Ponds.
Rob Condon, Treasurer, is president of Longley Associates, Inc., an advisory consultancy firm for businesses in the New England region. Mr. Condon works with business owners to improve operations and profitability, create Lean manufacturing processes and efficiently designed organizations. Prior to starting Longley Associates, Inc. in 2003, he held several Senior Executive positions in the manufacturing arena of the Aerospace and Automotive industries. Rob has held numerous positions in non-profit organizations, collaboration networks, and Economic Development committees. He is the past chairman and president of Hampshire Community Action Commission, Zoning Appeals Chairman for the town of Belchertown, and past executive board member and treasurer for the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce. Rob now resides in Brewster (along Lower Mill Pond) and New Orleans with his wife Nancy and has three daughters that live in Nantucket, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C. Rob and Nancy are hikers, kayakers, bikers, and dreamers of a clean and happy future. Email: email@example.com
Nancy Ortiz, Clerk, fell in love with Cape Cod and its ponds in the late '80s, while visiting a camp on Upper Mill Pond. In 2011, she moved to Brewster full-time. She has been an active member of the BPC since its inception. In the past she volunteered at the Museum of Natural History, and at different times in her life, has been a volunteer with the PTO and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading, MA. Nancy loves all the outdoor activities the Cape has to offer and cares deeply about environmental issues. Nancy says she was delighted to find a group of residents interested in protecting Brewster’s ponds. Nancy is concerned about the increase in cyanobacteria in Brewster ponds and is pleased that her involvement in testing the water will provide data for a baseline cyanobacteria level that will be important in analyzing the results of any future treatments. She recently worked on the Lower Mill Pond Erosion project. Nancy holds a BS in business administration and an MBA.
Marty Burke, Membership/Citizen Science has been a part-time resident in Brewster since 1997, and moved here full-time in 2014. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and is now retired from a 36+ year career as an executive in the insurance industry. Over the course of his career, Marty led underwriting and sales teams in the employee benefits divisions of The Hartford, Prudential, and Highmark, in Boston and New York City. In addition to his work with the BPC, Marty has been active with the Massachusetts Audubon Society since 2014 in their piping plover, diamondback terrapin, and horseshoe crab citizen scientist programs. He is particularly interested in organizations centered on preserving our natural surroundings. Marty first became interested in nature as a Boy Scout camping and swimming in the local ponds in his native Connecticut. Over the years his concern about our natural surroundings grew, as the effect of population growth and resulting pollution became evident worldwide. His desire to find a way to help led him to the Brewster Ponds Coalition, first as a member, then a volunteer, and now as a Board member. Marty says, “Helping in any big or small way to understand and improve the water quality issue in Brewster and Cape Cod is the least I can do.” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cameron Ferguson, Volunteer Coordinator and his family have been coming to the Cape since the mid-1980s. He and his wife purchased their future retirement home in Brewster in 2012. After a 35-year career at Caterpillar Inc, Cameron retired in 2016 and he and his wife moved from Peoria, IL, to become full-time Cape residents in 2017. Cameron has joined the BPC in an effort to give back to the community that is now his home, where he enjoys kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing, golf, and biking. Cameron also serves on the Massachusetts SkillsUSA board of directors and was recently elected as vice president of the Cape Cod British Car Club. Cameron holds a BS Civil Engineering from Bradley University, Peoria, IL, and a MS Civil Engineering from University of New Hampshire. Email: email@example.com
Wayne Jenkins, Events moved to Brewster in 2016. With a background in civil engineering and a master's degree in environmental engineering, he worked for a large consulting firm for three years where he focused on storm-water management and drinking water supply protection issues. He then spent eight years working for the States of Maryland and Rhode Island in various watershed protection programs, including the Chesapeake Bay Program, focusing on non-point sources of pollution like agricultural runoff, storm-water drains, and septic systems. Since 2006, Wayne has worked as a sales rep in the building products sector for industry leaders USG and Steelcase. Wayne, who lives near and enjoys Sheep Pond, says his desire to join the BPC board stems from his desire to get more involved and make a difference in Brewster, especially in a field where he thought he could contribute. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Mauterstock, Membership Coordinator, retired to Brewster in 2007. Her early career was focused on business systems planning and management at large insurance companies in Hartford. Mary has the distinction of being named the first female minority officer at Connecticut Mutual Life. She has also had experience with a start-up software company and as an international consultant. Mary’s last job before retiring was as manager of her husband Bob’s investment firm. A committed volunteer on the Cape, Mary has worked with the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center and the Brewster Ladies’ Public Library. She is also a founding member of the Friends of Elbow Pond, who focus on improving water quality. In addition, Mary is a member of the Cape Cod French Club. Mary and Bob live on Elbow Pond and in her spare time, Mary likes golf, duplicate bridge, gardening, and reading. Mary holds a BA in sociology and an MA in social research.
Gwen Pelletier, Citizen Science, has been a Cape resident for 42 years, moving to Brewster from Eastham in 2012. She loves Brewster ponds for swimming and kayaking. She retired in 2006 as executive director of the Community Development Partnership after 12 years serving the 8 Lower Cape towns in affordable housing and economic development. Her career in non-profit and government positions included: director of the Office of Energy Conservation, Massachusetts Department of Communities and Development; associate Peace Corps director in Grenada; executive director of the Massachusetts Non Profit Housing Association; and assistant executive director at Housing Assistance Corporation. She also served as moderator of the Town of Eastham for 7 years and on various town committees in Eastham. In Brewster, she volunteers with the Natural Resource Department, helping with trail clearing and Beautify Brewster Day.
Susan Day Searles, Education and Events is originally from Wilbraham, MA, where her first job was as a lifeguard and swimming instructor on a small pond, Sue came to the Cape 14 years ago as a part-time resident of Yarmouthport. In 2007 she became a year-round resident of Brewster, residing on Lee's Pond, off of Vesper Pond Drive. Prior to moving to Cape Cod, Sue worked for the South Orangetown Central School District, in Rockland County, NY for 40 years; first as a physical education teacher and teachers' union president, and then as a lifeguard and director of continuing education. Kayaking the ponds, rivers, and marshes of the Cape is Sue's favorite recreational activity, along with hiking and biking. She is also an active community organizer in her East Brewster neighborhood. Sue holds a bachelor's degree in physical dducation from Springfield College, a master's in physical education from Montclair State Teacher's College in NJ, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in educational administration from SUNY, New Paltz. Email: email@example.com
Bruce Swiren, Pond/Neighborhood Association Outreach Coordinator, is a retired environmentalist and manager with experience in pesticides safety, hazardous waste clean-up, and disaster recovery. Following a 33-year career with the EPA and then FEMA, Bruce and his wife, Rebecca, retired from NYC to Brewster full-time in 2014. His FEMA work included hurricane evacuation planning and the first earthquake loss estimation study for NYC. The Swirens had previously been part-time residents at Ocean Edge and chose Brewster for the town’s commitment to resource management, conservation, and water quality. He has a master's in biology from the University of New Hampshire. Bruce is also on the boards of the Sheep Pond Beach Association and the Cape Cod British Car Club.