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Our Mission

Plastic Free QAC is committed to educating, raising awareness, and bringing clarity to the choices each individual can take to improve our environment.

Board of Directors

Courtney Leigh

Board Member, is Membership Coordinator for ShoreRivers. She worked for 11 years with the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) in many different roles engaging citizens of all ages in environmental education and stewardship.  In her free time, Courtney gets outside for triathlons, kayaking, hiking, and camping. She loves connecting with her community as a volunteer with several nonprofits.  

Elle Bassett

Elle grew up on the South River in Annapolis and has a passion for being outdoors and introducing others to their local rivers. Elle received her bachelor’s degree from Washington College in environmental studies with a concentration in Chesapeake regional studies and has a Master in environmental education from Concordia University. She is a certified "Natural Leader" by the Children & Nature Network and has previously worked with the Chesapeake Bay Trust and NOAA.

Laura Connor

Board Member, Treasurer and Volunteer Coordinator, is also responsible for organizing all PFQAC clean up events. Laura worked as Director of Human Resources for a national law firm in Washington, DC, before retiring. Laura is a volunteer mediator with Community Mediation Upper Shore, a free service to Queen Anne’s County and Kent County residents and businesses.

Sara Shelley

Board Member and Outreach Coordinator, is responsible for initiating and cultivating relationships with businesses, individuals, and other relevant environmental organizations. Sara ran her own business in the DC metro area for over 15 years before relocating to Grasonville.

Courtney Leigh

Board Member, is Membership Coordinator for ShoreRivers. She worked for 11 years with the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) in many different roles engaging citizens of all ages in environmental education and stewardship.  In her free time, Courtney gets outside for triathlons, kayaking, hiking, and camping. She loves connecting with her community as a volunteer with several nonprofits.

Bente Cooney

Board Member and Founder, grew aware of the need to protect our fragile earth while sailing for 18 years before settling on the Eastern Shore. Bente worked on Capitol Hill and later with non-profit organizations. She co-founded a non-profit organization in Washington, DC to advocate for the rights of nursing home residents.