Gina Gaebl

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA Hailing from Maryland’s Western Shore, SEF is excited to have Gina join as SULTANA’s newest Crew. She is a recent graduate of St. Mary’s College with a degree in Environmental Studies and Philosophy. She was an active member of the Campus Farm, the Gardening Club and FUSE Feminist Club. Gina has valuable team management skills and experience working with children that make her a great fit onboard the Schooner SULTANA. 

Emily Sperling

Education Director, Schooner SULTANA A Maryland native with a degree in Environmental Science from Salisbury State, Emily has a handful of outdoor education, interpretive outreach, and teaching experience for organizations including Chesapeake Conservancy, Americorps, and the National Park Service. Emily is certified in wilderness first aid, Kayak and Canoe ACA, and was the president of her school’s Environmental Student Association. SEF is excited for her to join the team. 

Marcus Goldman

Assistant Paddling Director Marcus moved to Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 2015 from Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. Marcus holds a Bachelors in teaching from Indiana University and a Masters in Environmental Science from Slippery Rock University. He has worked at outdoor centers in the Catskill and Berkshire Mountains, as well as North Carolina and around Kent County, MD. In his spare time, Marcus enjoys training and competing in triathlons, hucking frisbees and exploring various rivers on the Chesapeake Bay. 

Faith Waaramaa

Camp Staff, Bay Discovery Camp Faith joins SEF for our Summer Programs as a rising senior at Washington College from Melrose, MA. She is currently pursuing a degree with a major in Environmental Science and minoring in Museum, Community, Field and Education Studies. She is very active in Greek life and community service, and is the current Panhellenic President at the school. Although busy juggling school and work, Faith likes to wind down with Yoga.

Forrest Richards

Senior Captain, Schooner SULTANA Forrest returns to SEF, serving as a deckhand in 2005; crew on SEF’s reenactment of John Smith’s voyage in 2008; and most recently as Mate in 2012. He has extensive experience on historic vessels including time the sloop CLEARWATER, the SPIRIT OF SOUTH CAROLINA, and BOWDOIN. He also served as Captain for the schooner WOODWIND in Annapolis for four years. Richards attended Florida State University and lives in Chestertown with his wife Annie, the Chester River […]

Julia Klass

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA Julia is a recent graduate of Appalachian State University, and holds a degree in Biology and Environmental Science, a minor in Anthropology, and was a member of Beta Beta Beta Biology Honors Society. She joins Sultana after working as a tutor for Bethany Community School, a summer counselor with Green River Preserve, and in the hospitality industry at Half Mile Farm in her home state of North Carolina. Julia’s travel experience, patience and passion for the […]

Paige Dempsey

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA Paige is a graduate of Whitman College, and holds a degree in Environmental Humanities and Chemistry. During college, Paige worked as a Camp Division Director, where she designed outdoor programs and activities for children, and led the staff through orientation. After college, Paige grew as a sailor on board the SSV ROBERT C. SEAMANS and SSV CORWITH CRAMER as an intern and crew member with SEA Semester, and most recently aboard Schooner SULTANA as a Deckhand […]

Kate Dumhart

Chief Mate, Schooner SULTANA A Salisbury University graduate with a degree in Biology, Kate returns to the schooner SULTANA team where her love of sailing, history, ecology, and education for all ages come together in an outdoor setting.  Her previous employment includes the YMCA Camp Orkila and Ferry Beach Ecology School in environmental education, as an Interpreter for Historic St. Mary’s, and Mate aboard the Skipjack DEE OF St. MARY’S in Solomons. Sultana is excited to have Kate return to […]

Bid Q&A – 05/19/2021

Q. Will you be altering or adding to the Bid Form to reflect the added unit prices for: Bank Run Gravel – (a.k.a. Select Fill) Per Cubic Yard in Place. Imported Top Soil – Per Cubic Yard in Place. A. We will not be changing the Bid Form so please include this information as a note on the Bid Form or within your proposal. If we have a question, we will reach out for clarification.

Bid Q&A – 05/10/2021

Q. Will we have access to the site after the initial Site Visit on 17 May 2021 for Subcontractor Site Visits? If so, what would be the minimum time required for access approval? Would we be required to sign in and sign out at the Main Office? A. Registered perspective bidders may access the site at any time up to May 26.  Please email Drew McMullen at to let us know the date/time of your visit.   SEF staff may […]