Catherine Allen

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA Cat holds a degree in Anthropology from Appalachian State University, and joins SEF as a crew member with several years of sailing and teaching experience. Her prior employment includes the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, where Cat was a Group Educator, Historic Interpreter and Deckhand onboard the recreated ships. At SEF, Cat can apply her experience in teaching hands-on maritime history and Bay ecology, educating students in basic sail handling, and mentorship to volunteers […]

Casey Madill

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA Casey recently graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Environmental Engineering, focusing on hydrology and coastal engineering and minoring in Marine Biology. Casey was active in a variety of programs at UW including theater, Habitat for Humanity, freshman orientation coordination and recreational sailing. As a crew member, Casey is thrilled to work with a tight knit team in a setting where she can gain new skills, and foster her scientific interests.  

Jaime Mancini

Chesapeake Conservation Corps Intern A native Californian, Jaime joined Sultana Education Foundation as a member of the Chesapeake Conservation Corps. Jaime is a graduate of Gonzaga University in Washington, with a degree in Environmental Studies. Her background and desire to work with children through experiential education make Jaime an excellent fit for the Foundation. When Jaime isn’t caring for our bay animal friends here at the Holt Education Center, she likes to rock climb, knit, cozy up with a book, […]

Katie Stevens

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA Katie is a graduate of Lafayette College majoring in Biology. After working for companies who promoted sustainability, Stevens entered the sailing world aboard AMERICAN PROMISE and FANTASTIKO where she researched and taught programs in micro-pollution specific to the Baltic and North Seas. Stevens interned with ShoreRivers in Georgetown, MD, assisting in data collection, restoration, and media outreach. In her free time, you will find Katie rowing, exploring the outdoors, and reading.

Samrawit Sisay

Seasonal Camp Staff Samrawit is a recent graduate of St. Mary’s College, with a degree in Anthropology. As both an intern for the Smithsonian and a student in the Historical Archaeology Field School, Samrawit’s experience in cultural heritage, and study of Native American and colonial artifacts will bring new insights to SEF programming. She has also interned several organizations including Warren Wilson College, researching, educating and organizing service trips regarding housing and homelessness.

Rudy Schreiber

Seasonal Paddling Staff Rudy currently attends the University of the Arts in Pennsylvania majoring in directing, playwriting, and production. With a rich background in theater, acting, and an Eagle Scout through Boy Scouts of America, Rudy brings boundless energy and spirit to SEF’s summer paddling programs. In his spare time, Rudy visits the theater, takes long bike rides outdoors, or will grab a great book and head to the park.

Keith Packard

Seasonal Paddling Staff Keith is a current student at St. Mary’s College, studying English and Education. Keith is an active member of the Dean’s List, a student teacher for middle school students, a graduate of the National Honors Society, and was a senior patrol leader in the Boy Scouts of America Troop 738. Keith loves to backpack and hopes to one day complete the Triple Crown of hiking by completing the entire Appalachian, Continental Divide, and Pacific Crest Trails.

Ruthann Monsees

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA Ruthann graduated from Stony Brook University with a bachelors in Coastal Environmental Studies and attended Coastal Carolina University for Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies. At Coastal Carolina, Ruthann worked as a research assistant, gaining experience in GIS mapping, land surveying, and team problem solving. Ruthann was a Volunteer Deckhand for the Sea Education Association’s Tall Ship programming in Massachusetts and is excited to share her love for coastal sciences with students aboard SULTANA.

Todd Mignosa

Assistant Director of Paddling Programs Todd began at SEF in 2018 as the Education Director aboard the schooner SULTANA. A graduate of Salisbury University with a degree in Environmental Studies, Todd has worked for a variety of outdoor education organizations including Patuxent Research Refuge, YMCA Camp Orkila, and Path Finder Ranch, teaching leadership development through outdoor recreational sports. Todd is a thrill-seeking outdoorsman, who finds comfort in good company and free spaces to appreciate the natural world.

Aldo Grifo-Hahn

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA A graduate of Bard College with a degree in Environmental and Urban Studies, Aldo was a member of his college’s Men’s Rugby team, and the Bard Center for Civic Engagement. Prior to SEF, he interned and was promoted to Operations Manager at City Year in DC, enhancing D.C. school’s culture and climate. Aldo’s experience in community service, project planning and organization, youth education, and overall athleticism make him an excellent addition to the Sultana’s staff.