Meet Our Team

Martin Bentz

Co-Founder

Raised on the waterfront, and having grown up the son of a fisherman, Martin developed an appreciation for Maryland’s waterways at an early age. He saw first-hand the positive impact that our waterways can have on a person’s life – from providing a livelihood to the emotional benefits of being outdoors and simply enjoying it in a sustainable way. He and his wife, Nichole, are active supporters of the community and local school systems. Martin is also the CEO and Founder of ClearShark, LLC, a leading cybersecurity and IT solutions provider in Hanover, Maryland.

Nichole Bentz

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Having lived in Pasadena, Maryland for much of her life, Nichole is a long-time supporter of the local community and advocate for Maryland’s waterways. As current Anne Arundel County residents, she and her husband, Martin, share the same passion and appreciation for our waterways, and continue to value the positive impact this resource has on people’s lives. As ClearShark H2O’s Executive Director, Nichole spearheaded the creation of ClearShark H2O’s environmental educational curriculum, currently offered in many Maryland schools.  Nichole also worked at Northrop Grumman for 15 years in the Information Technology field beginning as a Web Developer and finishing as an IT Program Manager supporting Enterprise IT systems.

Mike Hatcher

Outreach Coordinator

Since ClearShark H2O’s inception, Mike has played an integral role in building the ClearShark H2O brand and raising awareness about its programs and community initiatives. As Director of Marketing, Mike focuses on new business development, generating sponsorships, executing promotions, and creating brand awareness for ClearShark H2O. Raised on the waterfront in Anne Arundel County, his passion for creating a positive impact on the local community and Maryland’s waterways is the driving force behind his work with ClearShark H2O. Mike is also the Managing Partner for PYY Marine and founder of ItsaWaterLife, a branding and marketing company focused on the marine industry.

Sandy Gedeik

Secretary & Treasurer

Sandy is recently retired from a long career in the information technology field, most recently as an IT Director at Northrop Grumman. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in computer science from UMBC and a Master’s Degree in technical management from Johns Hopkins University. She has a passion for her outdoor garden landscapes and having a positive impact on the environment. Preserving our environment for future generations is very important, and Sandy is excited to join the efforts of ClearShark H2O to educate our youth on the positive impact they can have on our natural resources.

Keely Dziuban

Marketing/Graphic Designer

Phillips Food, Inc., Director of Retail and Foodservice Marketing

Keely is a lifelong resident of Anne Arundel County and has fond memories of growing up around the water. As the Director of Marketing and Communications for Phillips Seafood and as a mother of three, she appreciates the significant role that waterways play in the economy and recreation. Keely is active in the local community and is committed to ensuring area youth appreciate the water.

Andy Dziuban

Event Planning & Fundraising

Adventist Healthcare System, Director of Philanthropy

Andy has spent most of his life in Anne Arundel County. He grew up in Severna Park and later moved to Pasadena where he was introduced to the many activities the local rivers offered, including fishing, crabbing and tubing. He is the Director of Philanthropy for Adventist HealthCare, is involved in the local community and is committed to ensuring that future generations, including his three children, can safely enjoy the water.

Michelle Weisgerber

Education & Outreach

Broadneck High School, Environmental Literacy Signature Coordinator

As a child, Michelle Weisgerber was often told stories of her grandfather’s childhood on Smith Island and the heroic 1933 rescue of her great-grandfather Thomas Steinhise, keeper of the Seven Foot Knoll lighthouse which once stood at the mouth of the Patapsco. These stories instilled a passion for the environment that have become an essential role for Michelle as the Environmental Literacy Signature Program Facilitator at Broadneck High School where she is the 2017 recipient of the Jan Hollman Environmental Education Award. A lifelong Pasadena resident, Michelle is committed to environmental education for the youth of Anne Arundel County.

Melissa Bajadek

Education & Outreach

Signature Program Facilitator, Chesapeake High School

A Southern California native, water has always played an integral part of Melissa’s life. Since moving to Maryland, she has continued to promote the need to keep local waterways healthy and clean. Melissa is excited to be part of the ClearShark H20 Team because she shares the vision that water leaves an indelible mark on the lives of anyone who works, lives and plays near such an important resource. Through the Information Management Program at Chesapeake High School, Melissa utilizes the resources provided by ClearShark H20 to educate and inform the students about the significance of maintaining the health of the Chesapeake Bay and their local streams and creeks. A life -long educator, she sees teaching our children to respect and appreciate the world around them as the only viable path to creating a better world.

Bryan Gomes

Education Coordinator

Bryan has almost two decades of environmental education, water sports pursuits, public outreach and team building experience to his credit. He has a B.A. in Marketing/Psychology and a MEd. in Post-Secondary Education from Salisbury University. Bryan is passionate about the outdoors. He has thru-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine; and as a lifeguard, lived in a tent on the beach at Assateague State Park. Bryan has also served as a Park Ranger for Anne Arundel County and the Maryland Park Service, as well as a Director/Coordinator of various summer camps in the Annapolis area. He spent the last 8 years in various roles for the environmental organization Oyster Recovery Partnership including as the education program manager.

Bryan loves to travel and had the opportunity to visit Cuba in 2017. In 2009 he spent two months in New Zealand learning about aquaculture and sustainable resource management, as well as a week in the Galapagos in 2014 learning about Darwin’s studies of evolution and the island's biodiversity. Bryan lives in Annapolis near the shores of the Severn River and enjoys swimming, fishing, paddling, cooking, beekeeping and moonlights as a DJ.

Jennifer Aiken

Environmental Educator

Jen is originally from New Jersey, but after graduating Rider University with a B.S. in Marine Science, she moved to Orlando, FL and spent almost 2 years working at The Seas Aquarium in Epcot at Walt Disney World.  Jen's role there included teaching education programs, marine mammal training, scuba diving & doing sea turtle rehabilitation. Since 2002, Jen has worked in the education department at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.  She also works at Magothy Cooperative Preschool part-time as the PreK Teacher's Assistant.  In addition, Jen assists Clearwater Mills, LLC (the company that invented the Trash Wheels) with administrative duties.  Jen is very passionate about environmental conservation and green living.  She serves at the Co-Chair for Bodkin Elementary's Environmental Fair.  Jen's fervor for the natural world is part of her identity as she loves animals (was an aspiring vet at one point) and being in nature. Jen has 2 school aged sons and loves traveling, working out, gardening, reading, & being on/near/in water.  Her travel stories include SCUBA diving the Great Barrier Reef, snorkeling in a cage to view Great White Sharks in South Africa, and exploring the reefs and rainforests of Costa Rica.

Abi Brown

Creative Design/Art Intern

Our High School Intern Abi grew up in Pasadena, Maryland and has spent a lot of time on and around the Chesapeake Bay. Growing up she went on many sailing expeditions around Maryland's shores with her father. Abi is a Senior at Chesapeake High School and plans to attend Anne Arundel Community College in the fall to study Graphic Design. She began drawing at a young age and has perfected her talent over the years. Her art is inspired by the Chesapeake Bay and all things nature. Abi looks forward to spreading knowledge about our waterways and making a positive impact through art.

Haley Weisgerber

Social/Digital Media Intern

Haley grew up in Pasadena, Maryland and graduated in 2019 from Salisbury University with a degree in public relations. She is currently the editorial assistant at the Pasadena and Severna Park Voice. It was at her grandparent's waterfront property on Deal Island that Haley learned to love Maryland's waterways. Much of her childhood was spent fishing off their pier and cleaning up the debris that washed onto the shore. She is assisting with social media and email marketing to inspire others to join the cause and protect the waters that have given her so much joy.

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