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April 9, 2013

Save The Bay Announces New Director of Communications and New Volunteer Manager

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Save The Bay announced that it has hired Peter Hanney to lead its communications and marketing efforts and July Lewis to manage the volunteer coordinator initiatives at the non-profit organization. Both Mr.Hanney and Ms. Lewis bring many years of experience that will complement the professional staff at Save The Bay.

Mr. Hanney has almost 20 years professional experience in nonprofit marketing, media relations, public affairs, and social marketing development.

“We are delighted that Peter will be joining Save The Bay.  He brings a wealth of experience, a deep appreciation of our mission and a personal love of the ocean.  We are fortunate to have an individual of Peter’s caliber and commitment leading our communications and community outreach efforts,” remarked Jonathan Stone, Executive Director at Save The Bay.

Mr. Hanney recently served the state Department of Health as emergency communications coordinator and spokesperson, representing the Department on high profile issues concerning the public health of Rhode Islanders. He served in critical crisis and risk communication roles during several natural disasters, including Tropical Storm Irene, Superstorm Sandy, and the Blizzard of 2013. Prior to his State service, Mr. Hanney managed the donor recruitment and marketing efforts of the Rhode Island Blood Center.

“I’ve had a deep and meaningful connection to Narragansett Bay since I moved to Rhode Island more than 20 years ago. I look forward to joining the knowledgeable and dedicated team at Save The Bay, advocating for our state’s most precious natural asset.” he said.

Mr. Hanney earned a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Roger Williams University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island. He also earned a Certificate of Nonprofit Studies from Rhode Island College, where he currently teaches nonprofit communication planning for the nonprofit program as an adjunct professor.

An avid mountain biker and kayaker, and president of the East Providence Land Conservation Trust, Mr. Hanney has a passion for Narragansett Bay and the outdoors. He resides in Rumford with his wife, Deborah, and two sons, Will and Rory.

 Ms. Lewis comes to Save The Bay from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island where she managed more than 2,000 volunteers on a variety of projects. In her seven years at Audubon Society of Rhode Island, she also held the position of policy assistant, working on environmental legislation and research.

"Volunteers are core to Save The Bay’s mission and we are delighted to have July on board to lead our volunteer effort," said Maureen Fogarty, Director of Operations at Save The Bay. "She brings a wealth of volunteer management experience and will have the pleasure of working with the close to 2000 volunteers who help us achieve our goals on an annual basis."

 “I love working with volunteers who want to do good things and are excited about making a difference.  It’s very rewarding,” Ms. Lewis said.

 She earned a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

She and her husband live in Providence and enjoy hiking and biking.  As a conscious steward of eco-friendly living, she plans to ride her bike to work as often as weather permits.

About Save The Bay

Founded in 1970, Save The Bay is a nonprofit member organization working to protect, restore and explore Narragansett Bay and its watershed. Save The Bay believes the Bay’s future depends on tomorrow’s leaders understanding how important the Bay is to our economy, environment and quality of life. The organization offers education programs to schools, community groups and the general public; protects Narragansett Bay by advocating for Bay-friendly legislation, reviewing permits and raising public awareness; and restores the Bay to full health through its extensive habitat restoration program.