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The first priority of Fishing Partnership is to make sure that fishing families get the kind of health insurance coverage they need. But what makes us unique as an organization is that we’re not run by a staff of accountants, but rather by senior people with years of experience in health care and people who know the life of a commercial fisherman because, in many cases, they’ve lived it.

Fishing Partnership Support Services Staff

J.J. Bartlett


J.J. Bartlett is President of Fishing Partnership Support Services and brings over twenty-five years of health care industry experience to the job.

In 1997, J.J. created, launched, and managed the Fishing Partnership Health Plan, which reduced the rate of uninsured fishing families in Massachusetts by 75 percent. After the Affordable Care Act made insurance available to independent workers, he re-launched the organization with a broader mission and renamed it Fishing Partnership Support Services (FPSS). FPSS acts as a human resources agency for fishing families, offering critical programs such as: health insurance enrollment assistance, direct health services and education, safety and survival training, financial planning, behavioral health services, and more.

The Boston Business Journal named J.J. a “40 under 40” honoree in 2008, and in 2009 he was called upon by the White House Office of Health Reform to testify on rural health issues and hard-to-reach populations. In 2013, he received the Offshore Mariner’s Wives Association’s “Friend of the Fishing Industry” award. In 2016 FPSS was named the Massachusetts Community Health Worker Program of the Year. In 2017, J.J. received the Leadership Award from PAARI, the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative, for FPSS’ work to combat the opioid crisis.

J.J. received his Bachelors’ degree from Harvard University and holds an MBA from Boston University with a concentration in health care management.

J.J. discusses Fishing Partnership on Comcast Newsmakers

Andra Athos

Vice President

Andra Athos is Vice President of Fishing Partnership Support Services and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all Fishing Partnership departments including Research, Evaluation & Policy, Community Health, Safety Training and Facilities & Office management. Prior to joining Fishing Partnership Andra gained extensive international management, training, and human resources experience at a number of companies. She was Personnel Manager for Ann Taylor, Inc., Divisional Manager for Timberland LLC and VP of Human Resources and Training at Laura Ashley USA, Inc. Andra received a BA from Simmons College in psychology and Spanish.

Dan Orchard

Vice President

Dan Orchard is Vice President for Fishing Partnership Support Services. He started his professional career as a commercial fisherman on a Rhode Island dragger, fishing for groundfish and squid. For several years, he published “The Fishermen’s Call” a trade paper for the commercial fishing communities of Southern New England. He is also in the Coast Guard reserves and has been called to active duty to serve in Iraq and respond to the BP oil spill. He has a BS from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Rhode Island, and a JD from Roger Williams University.

Lauren King

Vice President, Community Health

Lauren King is Director of Community Health. She is responsible for managing, directing, coordinating and evaluating community health services such as vaccine clinics and health van visits as well as working with operations teams to determine staffing and operational requirements for our health-oriented events. Previously Lauren worked at the Institute for Health and Recovery, providing training and technical assistance to human service providers on the topics of smoking cessation and secondhand smoke. She has experience working directly with youth and at-risk families, public policy and advocacy. Lauren received her MSW from Salem State University.

Lauren tells the story of a young fisherman who came to a safety training and left with a lot more

Ed Dennehy

Director, Safety Training

Ed Dennehy, Director of Safety Training, is a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard with extensive sea duty including command of two major cutters and experience in Alaska, the North Pacific, the North Atlantic and the Caribbean. He has been a corporate Human Resources Director, a Senior Career Counselor, and was the President/CEO of New Directions Southcoast, Inc. He has a BS from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, an MBA from George Washington University, was a National Security Fellow at the Kennedy School, Harvard University and is an Alaska Marine Safety Education Association certified Fishing Vessel Safety Instructor.

Luis Catala

Safety Training Coordinator

Luis Catala, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, is the Safety Training Coordinator at Fishing Partnership Support Services with responsibility for coordinating, planning and continually reviewing and improving the program. He is also charged with expanding the program to other areas in New England. While at the Northeast Regional Fisheries Training Center on Cape Cod, Luis played a key role in redesigning the Living Marine Resources Enforcement Course by generating performance-based training modules and evaluation methods for all areas of training. His contributions enhanced retention and developed the confidence of over 300 Commercial Fishing Boarding Officers. Luis is fluent in Spanish.

Elisabeth Karotkin

Operations, Compliance & Special Projects

Lis joined the Fishing Partnership team in 2017 working on Advancement events then broadened her scope to include Special Projects and Operations. Lis has previous non-profit experience working at Earthwatch Institute, as a Program Manager in Education, sending high school students to work as research assistants on expeditions in the U. S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean as well as at the Massachusetts Audubon Society at Drumlin Farm, where she created, implemented and coordinated the Volunteer Program and served on the Management and Strategic Planning teams. Lis graduated from the Katharine Gibbs School in New York and attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Krista Pelletier

Evaluation Manager

Krista joined Fishing Partnership in 2019. She is responsible for monitoring and evaluating Fishing Partnership programs and services to ensure their maximum effectiveness and impact upon the fishing community we serve. Krista has worked on various public health and community development initiatives both in the United States and abroad, most recently working alongside coffee farming communities in South America and East Africa to implement economic and livelihood development projects. Krista’s experience also includes working with the Meals on Wheels program in Marin County, CA where she managed a team of individuals to provide access to affordable and nutritious food for home-bound older adults.  Krista holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Development and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies.

Thom Walters

Data & Office Coordinator

Thom joined Fishing Partnership part-time in 2018 helping with data entry. He has a strong background in data and business, and in 2019, he joined the team full-time, expanding into a wider role in office and data coordination. In addition to his work with Fishing Partnership, Thom is a meditation teacher and speaker. He is a published author and host of the “Zen Commuter” and “Calmer in 5” podcasts. Thom attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and previously spent 11 years with Fidelity Investments.

Fishing Partnership Support Services Board of Directors

Steven J. Tringale


Steve Tringale, Chairman of Fishing Partnership Support Services, has had a notable career in the health care industry. Steve is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Tringale Health Strategies. In the past he has held a number of senior executive positions in large health care companies, including the position of President, Senior Division of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Angela Sanfilippo

In addition to being a board member of Fishing Partnership Support Services, Angela Sanfilippo is President of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association and is Acting Executive Director of the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership. In the past, Angela has been a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Commercial Fishing Industry Advisory Board and has worked with the Coast Guard on safety education for commercial fishermen. Angela has received awards from numerous organizations including the U.S. Coast Guard, the Offshore Lobstermen Association, the Massachusetts Senate and the Italian Navy and in 2009 received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Salem State University for her work with the commercial fishing industry and the environment.

James Kendall

Jim Kendall has been involved with the fishing industry as a commercial captain and as an advocate and spokesman for nearly 50 years. He is regarded as an expert in fishing vessel and crew safety matters and serves on the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization Consultative Committee. Jim is currently owner of New Bedford Seafood Consulting and his considerable past achievements include being a founding member and the first president of the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership.

Graham Shalgian

Graham Shalgian is a senior vice president at Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications where he provides public affairs counsel to firm clients in a variety of business sectors—health care, higher education, energy and defense. Graham helps clients achieve their goals by effectively communicating their issues and navigating a diverse yet interconnected universe of influencers and decision-makers in Washington and across the country. Prior to joining Rasky Baerlein, Graham worked for over a decade for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

John Freedman, MD

Dr. John Freedman, Principal at Freedman HealthCare, has 20 years’ experience in systems management, managed care, health care quality measurement and quality improvement, physician profiling, clinical laboratory development, health economics, and medical informatics. His experience comes from leadership roles at nationally recognized organizations including Kaiser Permanente, Tufts Health Plan, MA Health Quality Partners, Focused Medical Analytics, and the MA Quality and Cost Council.

Carmel Shachar

Carmel Shachar, Clerk, joined the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation in September 2014. Carmel earned her J.D., cum laude, in 2010 from Harvard Law School and her M.P.H. in 2010 from the Harvard School of Public Health. She clerked for Judge Jacques L. Wiener, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 2010-2011. Carmel is a licensed member of the bars of the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Prior to joining the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Carmel was an associate in the health care group of Ropes & Gray LLP. She focused her practice in regulatory and compliance work, including advising client on topics such as data privacy and security, implementation of health care reform and public payer billing and reimbursement. Carmel has significant experience advising on managed care network construction, regulation and strategy for non-profit and for profit clients. She also served as temporary-in house counsel to a large medical device company. During her time at Ropes & Gray, she authored two articles on Medicaid premium assistance programs in Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Policy Report, an article on the placement of laboratory staff in physician offices in G2 Intelligence and an overview of data privacy and security regulations for health insurance exchange entities in Bloomberg BNA’s Health IT Law & Industry Report.

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