Board of Directors

CFF Board of Directors


CDR Ronald Smolowitz
CDR. Smolowitz, a marine engineer and retired NOAA Corps officer, has been conducting fisheries research and fishing gear development for almost 40 years. His specialties include exploratory fishing surveys, reducing bycatch in fishing gear, and studying the behavior of species interacting with fishing gear. Mr. Smolowitz is currently the President of Coonamessett Farm, Inc, a 20-acre farm in Falmouth raising livestock and growing vegetable crops.


Kristin Abbott
Mrs. Abbott is a member of the Falmouth Community and has expertise in financial systems and management.


Frank Almeida
Our newest member is Frank Almeida, a retired biologist with a 40 year career in federal fisheries science and management. A former director of the NOAA Fisheries laboratory in Woods Hole, MA and deputy director of the Northeast Region, he has experience in fisheries population dynamics, population biology, and fisheries management.

Thomas Azarovitz
Mr. Azarovitz is a retired fishery biologist. During his 37 year career with the National Marine Fisheries Service he directed, developed and participated in ecosystem and fishery surveys utilizing traditional finfish and shellfish fishing gear, plankton samplers, acoustic instrumentation and remote sensing from aircraft and satellites.

Charles Byrne
Mr. Byrne is a retired fishery biologist with 41 years of experience. He spent the majority of his career working for the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole. While at NEFSC he conducted standardized assessment surveys of living marine resources on the eastern U.S. continental shelf between NC and Nova Scotia, as well as, managed NOAA research ship and charter vessel resources available to the NEFSC.

Frank Carotenuto
Mr. Carotenuto serves as the Cape Cod Regional Manager for the Beaumont Solar Company. Previously, Frank was a fundraising professional for more than twenty five years, including positions at the University of Chicago, Clark University, and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. In 1976, he interviewed Ernst Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful, and became convinced that local goods are key to an environmentally sound and sustainable existence.

Kenneth Doherty
Mr. Doherty, a mechanical engineer and a member of the Falmouth Community, retired from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution after a long and distinguished research career.

Amy DuFault
Amy DuFault is a seasoned journalist and fashion consultant who specializes in sustainable fiber systems, U.S. apparel manufacturing and scaling natural dyes. In addition to her knowledge of the sustainable fashion landscape, Amy comes to us with years of marketing and branding experience.

Daniel Gould
Mr. Gould is a former marine contractor and currently a Falmouth High School educator and a Falmouth Assistant Harbor Master.

Ron Nunes, Ph.D.
Ron Nunes has had a long career at IBM working with miccroelectronics and cutting-edge technologies, including the first high-definition (military grade) liquid display monitor and a prototype fabrication lab. Ron retired from IBM in 2011 and moved to Cape Cod where he spends considerable time volunteering.

Christina Rawley
Ms. Rawley is a Falmouth resident with a long experience in community development, environmental activism, women’s rights, and girls’ education that has been carried out locally as well as in Asia, Africa Central America and Eastern Europe. Most recently she is co-founder of the Falmouth Climate Action Team.

Adrian Rawn
Adrian, a New England native, moved to East Falmouth three years ago with his wife and son.  Currently, he serves as a Vice President for Rockland Trust with their Commercial Banking Team.  His background includes the United States Naval Academy, competing on the international level for water polo and triathlons, and teaching and coaching domestically and overseas.  Hiking, kayaking, swimming, sailing, gardening, cooking and travel keep him busy outside of work.

Roxanna Smolowitz, DVM
Dr. Smolowitz has specialized in aquatic animals medicine. She currently directs a diagnostic laboratory at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI where she is also an assistant professor. She has participated in and conducted several research projects concerning diseases of cultured bivalves and other aquatic animal during her career.



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