Our Team

Keith Tharp

Co-Founder & Executive Director
Sparked by a trip to a particularly wasteful ice cream shop, Keith transformed his lifelong passion for the environment into Sustainable Seacoast. As executive director, Keith works with restaurants and events as consultant and facilitator to explore practical and sustainable alternatives to disposable processes. As the list of participating restaurants and events grows, Keith has begun speaking at local and regional sustainability events and conferences, including testifying in favor of single-use plastic regulations at the NH State House in Concord. Learn more about Keith’s work with Sustainable Seacoast by checking out his 2018 TEDx talk.

Kate Harris

Co-Founder
Raised by environmental activists, Kate studied Natural Resources at the University of Vermont with a focus in Recreation Management, then deviated while pursuing a career in civil service and then photography. Through it all, Kate’s commitment to the environment endured and grew. After refusing as many single-use items as possible, Kate decided hopping across the counter would be more impactful. When she began to affect change on a larger scale by educating others locally on the single-use plastic dilemma, Sustainable Seacoast was born.

Micaela Purcell

Director of Operations
Growing up in NH, Micaela has lived in Portsmouth for the past 11 years.  Having a great love for the area and working closely with Emery Farm, she began to increase her awareness about living a more sustainable lifestyle and making adjustments in her day-to-day.  Not only wanting to grow individually but also work with our community she connected with Kate and Keith and Sustainable Seacoast.  With an operations and marketing background, she is up for any challenge and ready to take on any task at hand with a passion for our amazing community and a smile on her face.

Board Of Directors

Mike Lianza

President
An avid outdoorsman and photographer, Mike lives in Portsmouth with his wife and children. They love to spend their days hiking and exploring the NH Seacoast. Over the past few years, Mike has witnessed first-hand the growing impact that our community’s dependence on single-use plastic is having on some of their favorite outdoor places. It’s rare that Mike’s out in nature and doesn’t encounter plastic of some kind, and he’s proud to be part of a growing organization that’s trying to leave the Seacoast cleaner than he found it.  

Jennifer Desrosiers

Secretary
An entrepreneur, wellness and lifestyle coach, yoga teacher, holistic health coach, speaker and community leader, Jen enjoys hiking in the mountains, luxurious car camping, French press coffee, and snuggling with her pit bull. As the founder and CEO of LANEY & LU, an inspired eatery, and Wild Adventurous Life, a wellness and lifestyle media company, Jen has a powerful vision of connection, collaboration, and contribution. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for The Chase Home for Children in Portsmouth, NH and has been a featured speaker at events like Pecha Kucha and Ignite. Jen hopes to inspire and teach other restaurants to implement a sustainability commitment similar to the one she has instituted at LANEY & LU.

Ali Goodwin

Treasurer
As a realtor, Ali is committed to shaping the future of sustainability by being mindful about our present choices in building materials and recycling and waste management processes that promote clean air, water, and soil. Born in Maine, but at home across the globe, Ali has lived and worked throughout the USA, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico and the Galapagos Islands. She has extensive experience in media and marketing, the contemporary arts, publishing, high tech and hospitality industries, residential and commercial real estate development, remodeling, historic preservation, and new construction. From sustainable building practices and renewable energy sources for residential and commercial property to her work with the Maine Farmland Trust to preserve and protect Maine’s agricultural heritage.

Jennifer Near

Board of Directors
As a program director with a diverse background in philanthropy, Jennifer joined Sustainable Seacoast out of her passion to reduce our environmental impact, protect the places we love, and support local zero-waste solutions. She cares deeply about the human impact of single-use plastic and toxins, and the ways our cycle of consumption negatively impacts people, particularly low-income and communities of color. Jennifer also serves on the Board of the Endowment for Health in New Hampshire, dedicated to advancing racial equity and improving the health of vulnerable and underserved residents.

Jerry Monkman

Board of Directors

An author, photographer, and filmmaker based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Jerry’s books, images and films have defined adventure landscapes and told conservation-themed stories for more than 20 years for clients such as The Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, National Geographic Adventure, L.L. Bean, and The Society for the Protection of NH Forests. A two-time winner of a National Outdoor Book Award and the 2017 recipient of the North American Nature Photography Association’s Mission Award, Jerry joins Sustainable Seacoast in our efforts to improve the sustainability of his hometown of Portsmouth and the surrounding area.