James Fordi

Seasonal Paddling Staff Bio coming soon!

Ryan Kozel

Environmental Educator An Annapolis resident, Ryan joins SEF with a Bachelors in Marine Science from the University of S. Carolina. Ryan’s experience in environmental education and conservation with well established and respected organizations including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Annapolis Maritime Museum and Upstream Alliance, will be valuable to Sultana’s current and rapidly expanding programs. In addition, Ryan holds certifications in paddling, swimming and outdoor safety. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys paddling local waters and playing guitar.

Elijah Lang

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA Joining SULTANA’s Roster from the West Coast, Elijah holds a Psychology degree from UCLA and has experience in education and rec program supervision. His prior employment ranges from academic tutoring and lifeguarding, to directing theater and teaching self-defence. Most recently, he taught clinical skills at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He has lived his entire life by the ocean, surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, and crewing aboard small ships, but the SULTANA is his first opportunity working onboard […]

Max Gleason

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA All the way from Arizona, Max comes to SEF with an extensive background in the environmental and conservation sector. His prior experience includes work in environmental education for well known organizations like Americorps and the Boys and girls Club. He also worked with the US Forest Service as a Firefighter and the Sierra Institute as Trail Crew. With SEF, Max can apply his skills and experience in outreach, experiential education and wilderness survival, educating young students […]

Rudy Schreiber

Mate, Schooner SULTANA A prior paddling staff member, Rudy returns to SEF onboard the Schooner SULTANA as this season’s mate. A graduate of the Pennsylvania University of the Arts, with a major in Directing, Playwriting, and Production, Rudy always brings boundless energy to SEF’s programs. His recent Deckhand experience includes work aboard the Schooner MARGARET TODD, ALLIANCE, and ROSEWAY. Rudy also volunteered on the Schooner ADVENTURE and Barquentine GAZELA, assisting with seasonal operations and maintenance.

Darwin Garrett

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA A graduate of Southern Oregon University and a California resident, Darwin has a large background in theatre, specifically in directing and leadership roles, teaching young students in organizations including Santa Cruz Parks & Rec Theatre and West Creative Performing Arts. After his most recent employment aboard the tall Ship WINDY as a Deckhand Educator, SEF is excited for Darwin to join as a new crew member and continue gaining skills and experience in ship handling and […]

Angela Barca

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA Angela is new to the Tall Ship industry, and has a background in the performing arts and education sector. Recently, Angela held employment with Jackson Street School, where they were a Kindergarten Classroom Assistant, and Brookfield Farm, working with a team to harvest crops and assist with property maintenance. SEF is excited to have Angela develop skills in teaching as an educator as well as ship handling as a member of the crew.

Mariana Lesher

Chief Financial Officer Lesher comes to SEF from the American Hospital Association serving as Director of Data Platforms and Management at the Center for Health Innovation. Lesher is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of Baltimore, and an active board member for several nonprofits, including Talbot County Public Schools Foundation, Chesapeake Music and Grace Lutheran Church. Lesher lives in Easton with her husband and two children. In her free time she enjoys sailing and serving occasionally as captain […]

Gina Gaebl

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA Hailing from Maryland’s Western Shore, SEF is excited to have Gina, a 2021 crew member, return to the Schooner SULTANA as this year’s Education Director. Gina is a 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 […]

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.