The Courageous Team

Courageous has a core group of 9 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.


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


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

Courageous Sailing is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is made up of outstanding volunteers from various areas of professional and personal backgrounds. The Board hires the Executive Director and is responsible for fiscal oversight, fundraising support, strategic input and operations and programmatic support. We are honored to have the following individuals on our Board of Directors.
Ned Bicks Board Secretary SVP, Enterprise Strategy, Iron Mountain
Kevin Cain   Partner at Zizik Powers
Simon Colley    
Maryalice DeCamp   Ernst & Young
Clayton Deutsch   CEO and President at Boston Private Bank & Trust
Christopher DuBois    
Paul Foster    
Nancy Joyce    
Mark Lindsay   Owner of Boston BoatWorks LLC
Ben Loveland   Wilmer Hale
Shellee Mendes   Owner, Salon Monet
Gregg Nourijan    
Mike Opal    
Melissa Partridge Co-Chair Chief of Staff, Mass Insight Education
Chris Probyn   Chief Global Economist at State Street Corporation
Elisa Sartori Treasurer President/CEO, Greenridge Financial Services
Michael Silvia Co-Chair Director, Assurance Services at Marcum LLP
Alison Simons   Principal of Simons Marketing
Jerome Smith  

Office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Chief of Civic Engagement and Director of Office of Neighborhood Services

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



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