About Us

Established in 1998, Great Pond Foundation leads in estuary science and restoration, using data generated by our programs for informed pond management. Our team builds strong partnerships with neighbors; fostering learning and expertise; and sharing tools and techniques.

The coastal ponds of Martha’s Vineyard are globally rare, ecologically fragile, treasures whose preservation and restoration are fundamental to the Island’s long-term sustainability. The Island depends on clean and healthy coastal waters to feed families and support the local economy. These living waters define both the spirit and the character of our community.


To cultivate the resilience of our coastal pond ecosystems through science, collaboration, and education. 


  1. understand the ecological health of our coastal ponds, providing scientific resources
  2. educate and engage our community about their role in pond and watershed health
  3. prepare for climate change challenges by cultivating ecosystem resilience
  4. identify sources of impairment and support data-driven mitigation
  5. advocate for scientifically informed pond management
  6. foster collaboration

Our Team

Chair AC Greer  
President Michael Shalett  
Treasurer Robert Rukeyser  
Clerk Anne Mazar  
Directors William Darman, Jeremy Houser, Melani Nardone, Zeev Pearl, Richard SaltzmanKristina West  
Executive Director Emily Reddington Contact Emily
Chief Financial Officer Barbara Conroy Contact Barbara
Scientific Program Director Julie Pringle Contact Julie
Watershed Outreach Manager David Bouck Contact David
Communication Coordinator Erin Hepfner Contact Erin

GPF Council

  • Mike Corbo
  • Lisa MacKenty
  • Brian McCaslin
  • Tony Hull
  • Terry Kassel
  • Glenn Larsen
  • Melissa Vail