The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association is a non-profit organization, created to provide a forum for recreational saltwater anglers; to provide education to members concerning fishing techniques, improved catches, and overall enjoyment of fishing; to foster sportsmanship; to support marine conservation and sound management of fisheries resources; and provide a unified voice to preserve and protect the rights, traditions and the future of recreational fishing in Rhode Island.
Established in 1997, the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association by-laws define our organization, and our membership subscribes to a code of ethics that guides our actions while fishing. As one of the largest saltwater fishing associations in the United States, our charter has now undergone nine revisions, and we remain confident that we will continue to evolve with our fisheries.
The organization is lead by a board of directors with six officers and six directors. We have a number of committees focused on specific initiatives or forms of fishing – the names of the groups and contact information is available below.
The Chase Marina facility is located in what is commonly referred to as the Tiverton Basin close to the northern end of the Sakonnet River. The lower shores of the…
I write this on behalf of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA). We represent over 7500 recreational anglers, many of whom fish the state and federal waters of the…
The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) represents over 7500 saltwater anglers in southern New England. Many of our members fish in the Sakonnet River and its approaches. We write…
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A ten year member or RISAA, Greg became the executive director of our organization during the fall of 2021. Considered one of RI’s top anglers, Greg has presented seminars for RISAA and other local clubs as well as multiple presentations at the New England Saltwater Fishing Show.
Dawn Filliatreault Wood
Dawn has been a RISAA member for 14 years and is now serving her fourth year on the board and first year as the President. She serves as Chair of the Education Committee, Chair of the Membership/Welcome Committee and is a member of the Legislative, New England Saltwater Fishing Show and Saltwater License Plate Committees. She has previously served on the Charter Trips Committee. She has volunteered many hours at the New England Saltwater Fishing Show and Take a Kid Fishing Day as well as a number of other RISAA events.
Capt. Richard Hittinger
1st Vice President
Rich is now in his 15th year as an officer. He is chairman of the RISAA Legislative and Artificial Reefs Committees. He also serves on the Political Action Committee and Youth Fishing Camp committee. Rich represents RISAA on several state fisheries and environmental groups.
A member for the past 17 years, Susan is serving her third term as RISAA Secretary. Susan is also a member of the Charter Trips and Legislative Committees. Considered a top angler, Susan has presented seminars at RISAA meetings and at the New England Saltwater Fishing Show.
Capt. Steve Skenyon
Steve has been a member of RISAA since 2018 and this is his first year as Treasurer. He also serves on the Legislative Committee by monitoring the status of bills relevant to RISAA interests. Steve is licensed CPA and also has his USCG 50 ton Captain’s license.
A 12-year RISAA member, this is David’s fourth term as an officer. He has been a member of the Scholarship Committee for the past 13 years, and has been its Chairman for the past 9 years. He also serves on the Education and Legislative Committees.
Capt. David Monti
Dave is now serving his 10th term as an officer. Dave is vice chairman of the R.I. Marine Fisheries Council and Vice Chair of RISAA’s Legislative Committee. He is co-chair of the Recreational Fishing Symposium, works on Youth Fishing Camp and is a licensed charter captain.
Peter is serving his 11th year on the Board and and recently concluded serving 8 terms as our Treasurer. A very active 18-year RISAA member, he serves on the Charter Trips, By-Laws, Fly-Fishing, Legislative, Saltwater Fishing Show, Surfcasters and Youth Fishing Camp Committees.
|By-Laws Committee||Robert Blasi, Chairfirstname.lastname@example.org||401-527-5157|
|Charities Committee||Ralph Orleck, Chairemail@example.com||401-323-0657|
|Charter Trips Committee||Hal Gibson, Chairfirstname.lastname@example.org||401-524-9035|
|Dealer Discount Program||Gilbert Bell, Coordinatoremail@example.com||401-315-2529|
|Education Committee.||Thomas Wood, Chairfirstname.lastname@example.org||401-263-3909|
|Elections Committee||Gisele Golembeski, Chairemail@example.com||401-935-0827|
|Financial Review Committee||Raymond Marchak, CPAfirstname.lastname@example.org||401-826-2121|
|Fly Fishing Committee||John W. Edwards IIemail@example.com||650-773-4168|
|Foundation Committee||Michael Warner, Chairfirstname.lastname@example.org||401-364-0027|
|Fund-Raising Committee||Lawrence Hill, Chairemail@example.com||774-280-0155|
|Kayak Committee||Kraig Ruth, Chairfirstname.lastname@example.org.||401-640-3679|
|Legislative Committee||Richard Hittinger, Chairemail@example.com||401-739-1875|
|Artificial Reefs Subcommittee||Richard Hittinger, Chairfirstname.lastname@example.org||401-739-1875|
|Menhaden Subcommittee||David Monti, Chairemail@example.com||401-480-3444|
|Public Access Subcommittee||Peter Jenkins, Chairfirstname.lastname@example.org||401-826-2121|
|Merchandise Committee||Gary Johnson, Chairemail@example.com||401-787-5981|
|Political Action Committee.||Greg Vespefirstname.lastname@example.org||401-662-5573|
|Saltwater Fishing Show||Bob Murrayemail@example.com||401-378-5895|
|Scholarship Committee||David Michel, Chairfirstname.lastname@example.org||401-952-8697|
|Surfcasters Committee||Ron Barnes, Chairemail@example.com||508-058-6781|
|Tag & Release Program||Robert Murray, Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org||401-378-5895|
|Tournaments Committee||John Volpe, Chairemail@example.com||401-580-1063|
|Welcome Committee||Dawn Filliatreault Wood, Chairfirstname.lastname@example.org||401 263-3919|