Courtney Forgan

Associate Paddling Trip Leader Courtney is currently a senior at Delaware State University studying kinesiology, and is a local addition to the SEF staff. Forgan was on the very first kayak overnight trip ever offered, and has worked as a staff member in SEF’s Paddling Programs for 4 years. When the weather is right, you can catch Courtney enjoying fishing and water sports on the Sassafras River, or hanging with her friends, family and pets.

Alice Krieg

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA Alice holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Arts, and joins SEF with an impressive resume. Starting early in college as a volunteer, Alice has worked as a Deckhand and Educator onboard several well known vessels including the Schooner AMAISTAD, the SSV OLIVER PERRY HAZARD, the GAZELA, and most recently as the 2nd Mate aboard the Schooner LYNX. Her extensive knowledge in sailing, ship maintenance and mechanics, carpentry, electric and teaching make her an […]

Alexandra Miranda

Seasonal Paddling Staff Alexandra currently attends Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, majoring in Veterinary Medicine and Business. She graduated with honors from Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, and has previously interned with SEF for their summer paddling programs. Alexandra is an avid horseback rider, the founder of her college’s Ski Club, and loves to unwind through kayaking and yoga.     

Walter Commins

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA Walter graduated from St. Mary’s College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Environmental Science. Employed previously by AmeriCorps as an Educator and Conservation Technician, Walter taught local children about environmental science, created an afterschool program for outdoor exploration and supervised various trail projects. Walter is eager to share his passion and knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay’s unique ecology, history and culture with students of all ages, and continue working in outdoor childhood education.  

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, collecting environmental data, submitting reports, and assisting in the […]

Rae Handy

Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA Rae’s love for sailing began almost five years ago at a sailing academy in Indiana, and has grown ever since. Holding a degree of science from Evergreen State College, Rae has extensive research experience in Environmental Science, Ecology, Entomology and Biology. Adding to her substantial volunteerism, Rae is a recent member of AmeriCorps, where she attained skills in ecological restoration projects, carpentry, trail building and maintenance. Rae is excited to teach ecology onboard the SULTANA, and […]

Ruthann Monsees

Mate, 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. A prior Volunteer Deckhand for the Sea Education Association’s Tall Ship program, and a returning SULTANA crew member, RuthAnn is excited to share her love for sailing and the coastal sciences with students […]

Partner Schools

SEF is proud to work with over 60 schools from five states and the District of Columbia, including schools from 15 counties in the state of Maryland.  A vast majority of SEF’s partner schools have participated in the Foundation’s programs for more than a decade and since its founding in 1997, more than a quarter million students have participated in an SEF program.   Partner School List  

Catherine Allen

Education Director, Schooner SULTANA Cat holds a degree in Anthropology from Appalachian State University, and joins SEF again as the ship’s Education Director with several years of sailing and teaching experience. She has worked at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and Grays Harbor Historical Seaport as a Group Educator, Historic Interpreter and Deckhand onboard the recreated ships. Cat’s applies experience in teaching hands-on maritime history and Bay ecology, educating students in basic sail handling, and mentorship to other crew and volunteers onboard […]

Jackie Doerr

Holt Education Center Director Hailing from Maryland’s Western Shore, Jackie is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Environmental Science. Prior to joining SEF, Jackie worked for the Environmental Defense Fund, tutored students in math, and was an outdoor educator and camp director at YMCA Camp Kresge. After interning with SEF, Jacking went on to work with Camp Horizons in Virginia and then NorthBay Adventure Camp in Maryland, facilitating educational programs, outdoor adventure and arts & crafts activities […]