our people

our people



Todd Stressenger grew up digging littlenecks in the tidal flats of New Silver Beach in North Falmouth, MA, where his family has had a summer home for the last three generations. Although he spent a majority of his youth in South Carolina, his roots run deep in the fertile muck of Cape Cod’s estuaries.

In 1986, after graduating magna cum laude from the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore Business School, Todd began working with a prominent Boston real estate investment company. Twenty-four years later, he was the a senior managing director of the firm.

Even as he found success in the corporate world, Cape Cod was never far from Todd’s mind. Whenever possible, he’d cut away from the daily grind to take his kids out on the boat on Waquoit Bay. Each time they passed through the Seapit River, Todd couldn’t help but notice a sign for the Waquoit Shellfish Company.

Curiosity turned serendipitous when, in the spring of 2011, Falmouth selectmen approved the transfer of the Waquoit shellfish grant to Todd’s name. Todd return once again to Cape Cod to make his home  and the Washburn Island Oyster company was born.



Born in Texas, Jacob Fricke was transplanted to eastern Massachusetts as a young boy. Returning to his southern roots in search of higher education and adventure, he graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Wildlife Science. From there, Jake pursued a career as an environmental scientist at URS Corp, where he tested emissions in factories all over the United States. It left something to be desired.

In 2008, he returned to his beloved boyhood village of Woods Hole, where as a youngster he had spent countless hours exploring hidden bays and estuaries. An intense interest in shellfish aquaculture led him to Washburn Island Oysters, and he has been hooked ever since. His days are now spent managing the farm hands, constructing aquaculture gear, and the occasional mud slinging match. In his free time, Jake can usually be found on his skiff exploring the Elizabeth Islands and all they have to offer.




In 2012, after returning to her hometown from grad school in London, Flannery Rogers was looking for year-round work that would take her out on the water keep her learning something new. She heard about Washburn Island Oysters and came on board, even though it was the bitter month of March. And although a future PhD still hasn’t been ruled out, Flannery can’t imagine living on the Cape and not farming oysters.

When not at work, Flannery can be found on her houseboat in Great Harbor, reading or cooking up a one-pot meal for her friends.