Courageous has a core group of 7 year-round staff members who keep our programs running and our fleet of over 70 boats shipshape. During the sailing season, we welcome about 100 more wonderful individuals to our staff, from instructors for both the Youth Programs and Adult Programs to front desk, dock, and extra maintenance hands.
We are very fortunate to have the following staff as part of our year-round team. Please click here for complete contact information.
Dave DiLorenzo - Executive Director
Dave started at Courageous in 2007 as the youth program race coach, before becoming the director of the Courageous adult program from 2007-2011. In that time, Dave oversaw the growth of our adult membership, instruction and racing programs, helping to establish Courageous as one of the leading nonprofit keelboat schools in Massachusetts. As our Executive Director, Dave now works closely with our Board of Directors and management team to ensure Courageous is meeting our mission and delivering the strongest and safest possible programs. Dave learned to sail on the south shore of Long Island, and is a US Sailing Keelboat Instructor and Level 2 racing coach.
Bryan Lee - Director of Adult Programs
Bryan is a long-time Courageous volunteer, supporter and instructor. With Jake's departure, Bryan steps into the role of Adult Program Director, bringing with him a background in technology, sailing, and leadership development.
Jen Bodde - Director of Education
Jen’s focus is on supporting the students and instructors in Courageous’s youth and adult programs. She develops curriculum and resources, trains instructors, and coordinates adaptive and high school sailing programs. She has been affiliated with Courageous in various roles since 2009 and is a longtime member of our Frostbiting racing fleet. Jen grew up sailing, racing, and instructing in New London, CT. A former classroom teacher and arts educator, Jen is committed to providing lifelong learning opportunities to sailors at all levels, using sailing as a platform for teaching academic and life skills, and making sailing accessible and welcoming to all.
Maura Hackett - Director of Youth Programs
Maura joined Courageous in February 2015 and she oversees all youth programs at Courageous. She is responsible for hiring and managing the summer staff, building community partnerships, collaborating with local schools, and directing outreach to participants and families. Maura grew up in New Jersey and learned to sail aboard tall ships with sail-training programs. She holds a 100 Ton captain's license and worked with programs along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, Great Lakes, and New Zealand teaching students and volunteers about coastal ecology, water quality, leadership, communication, and navigation. Maura is excited to combine her passion for sailing and STEM with the participants and youth programs at Courageous.
Kim Saltmarsh - Director of Development
Kim Saltmarsh is the new Director of Development at Courageous Sailing as of May 2015. Before coming aboard, Kim was the Manager of On-Air Fundraising and Marketing at WGBH Boston. Prior to her time at WGBH, Kim was the Morning News Anchor and News Director of WCAP 980AM in Lowell, MA and a General Assignment Reporter at NBC29 in Charlottesville, VA. A native of Massachusetts, Kim is thrilled to be at Courageous working alongside other people who are passionate about this great mission. For more on Courageous development or to just say hi, email Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FJ Ritt - Fleet Manager
F.J. comes to Courageous Sailing as a marine professional with experience in marine operations and marine systems. A USCG Merchant Mariner credentialed Master and American Boat and Yacht Council certified Master Marine Technician, F.J. grew up sailing and racing on Massachusetts Bay and remains a competitive one-design sailor.
Lawrence Stevens - Development Coordinator
Larry joined the Courageous team in 2013 after retiring from a career as an Executive Director in law firm administration and previously in higher education at Harvard University. His commitment to the mission of Courageous was generated by his work to support the development of Charlestown's waterfront activities and his lifelong love of sailing.
Amanda Anastasia - Office Manager
Amanda has been involved with Courageous in various capacities since 1999, when she started here as a student in the youth program. Over the years, she has developed a strong love for the sport and an even stronger appreciation for the marine environment. Her background is in environmental education and restoration. She is excited to take up the position of Office Manager.
Ashton Smith - Outreach Coordinator
Ashton has been working at Courageous since June 2015. As the Outreach Coordinator, Ashton recruits students for Courageous' Youth Programs, fosters school relationships, provides staff support, and works as a liaison and resource for the parents of our students. Ashton also helps to facilitate the transition of students from the outreach program to the Step programs. She is originally from Mobile, AL and grew up on the water. Ashton received her Masters in Social Work from Florida State University and has a background in working with nonprofits. Ashton plans to utilize her background in Social Work to build community partnerships and promote youth development.
Courageous Board of Directors
|Mark Lindsay||Board President||Owner of Boston BoatWorks LLC|
|Michael Silvia||Board Vice President||Director, Assurance Services at Marcum LLP|
|Ladd Thorne, Jr.||Board Secretary||Vice President at The Fortress Corporation|
|Elisa Sartori||Treasurer||Senior Vice President at Mesirow Financial Consulting LLC|
|Clayton Deutsch||Board Assistant Treasurer||CEO and President at Boston Private Bank & Trust|
|James Benenson||Co-president at Industrial Manufacturing Company|
|Ned Bicks||Vice President, Strategy at Forrester Research|
|Erik Bullerjahn||Principal at Kendall Investments|
|Kevin Cain||Partner at Ziki Powers|
|Christopher DuBois||Instructor-Trainer at National Outdoor Leadership School|
|Paul Foster||Vice-Chairman, Boston Redevelopmment Board|
|Charley Goheen||Chief Financial Officer at Harvard Pilgrim|
|Mike Opal||Senior Evangelist at Microsoft|
|Melissa Partridge||Chief of Staff at Mass Insight Education|
|Rick Pedone||Partner at Nixon Peabody LLP|
|Chris Probyn||Chief Global Economist at State Street Corporation|
|Jon Rotenberg||President of Eastern Yacht Sales|
|Jodi Scarbrough||Vecna Cares Charitable Trust|
|Alison Simons||Principal of Simons Marketing|
|Phil Stathos||Partner at Mayflower Advisors|
|John Strachan||Principal at Revolution Mortgage and eSpace Boston|
|Chip Terry||Senior Vice President at BzzAgent, Inc|
|Steven Ulian||Managing Director at Bank of America|
|Richard Watson||Head of Distribution at Mellon Capital|