The Courageous Team

Courageous has a core group of 6 year-round staff members who keep our programs running and our fleet of about 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.

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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. Each Spring, Dave returns to his Courageous roots as coach for the Boston Latin School HS team.  Dave learned to sail on the south shore of Long Island, and is a US Sailing Keelboat Instructor and Level 2 racing coach.

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Jacob Denney - Director of Adult Programs

Jake grew up sailing dinghies in southern Mass, and after getting bit by the racing bug, went to to attend college at Tufts University, where he raced for four years. After graduating, Jake begin working as a college sailing coach for Bentley University and as an assistant coach at his alma mater. Jake comes to this role by way of his work in our frostbiting fleet, where he is the PRO.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Chris Roper - Assistant Fleet Manager

Chris is an English teacher of 30 years and comes from a family rich with sailors.  He helps FJ with managing the fleet whilst keeping us up to date with our Yeats.


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.
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
Gregg Nourijan  

Managing Director at Mid-Market Securities LLC

Mike Opal   Senior Evangelist at Microsoft
Rick Pedone   Partner at Nixon Peabody LLP
Chris Probyn   Chief Global Economist at State Street Corporation
Jon Rotenberg   President of Eastern Yacht Sales
Alison Simons   Principal of Simons Marketing
Phil Stathos   Partner at Mayflower Advisors
Chris Stulb   Chief Financial Officer at Lynch & Associates
Chip Terry   Senior Vice President at BzzAgent, Inc
Steven Ulian   Managing Director at Bank of America
Richard Watson   Head of Distribution at Mellon Capital



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