Meet The Team

The people who make it all happen
Captain Kent Dresser

Captain Kent Dresser

Executive Director
"Capt. Kent" was born and raised on Narragansett Bay, where he first cut his teeth in boating as a dispatcher and deckhand for Safe/Sea at age 14. Four years later, at the age of 18 years and six days, he became one of the youngest captains in the United States, going on from there to enjoy a 28-year relationship with Safe/Sea. Notable service there includes working through Hurricanes Bob, Edouard and Sandi, salvaging the S/V Amorita and singlehandedly assisting more than 2,500 boats. He still serves as a mentor to staff Captains there.
Captain Ben Zartman

Captain Ben Zartman

Lead Captain
Captain Ben Zartman has been sailing for over twenty years, ever since he went to sea instead of college. After sailing with his family from California to New England in a home-built boat, he settled in Rhode Island in 2012 and began working as a professional captain. More about his travels, travails and misadventures at

About The Team

Clean Bays is a Rhode Island based non-profit agency that specializes in removing marine debris from the local shores and waterways of Narragansett Bay and Southern New England while simultaneously serving as a world-wide role model of debris cleanup methodologies, engineering, and sustainability. Founded in 2005 as Clean The Bay, Clean Bays specializes in large and difficult to remove debris and has developed removal methodologies that are portable, affordable and easy to implement across the globe.
Christian F. Capizzo, Esq. , Barrington, RI
Chair, Environmental Practice Group
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP
Jen HuberBristol, RI
VP of Operations
RI Marine Trades Association
Ryan J. Miller, CPYB , Newport, RI
Yacht Broker
Latitude Yacht Sales
Charlie Enright, Bristol, RI
Vestas 11th Hour Racing Co-Founder & Skipper
Volvo Ocean Race 14-15, 16-17

Board of Directors

To achieve our mission, we are committed to do the following:

  • Remove debris from the shorelines and waterways
  • Ensure the approval of the appropriate state, city, or town government for all shoreline projects
  • Purchase or lease the appropriate equipment to perform these tasks
  • Watercraft and equipment will be operated by qualified, licensed personnel
  • Finance our programs with grants, donations, and fee for service
  • Maintain an excellent Board of Directors
  • Partner with local, state and federal regulating agencies and elected officials to reduce costs and expedite service