Our Staff

Angela Barca

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.

Madison Beres

Madison Beres

Development & Communications Director

mberes@sultanaeducation.org

As a local, Madison was first introduced to the Sultana Education Foundation at a young age participating in programs aboard the schooner Sultana. She is a graduate of St. Andrew’s School and Hamilton College, with a degree in Geological and Environmental Sciences. Pursuing a path in conservation, Madison joined SEF in 2018 as a Deckhand Educator for the schooner Sultana. Madison lives in Chestertown and loves spending time outdoors with her dogs and family.

Liza Brocker

Liza Brocker

Director of Public Programs

lbrocker@sultanaeducation.org

A graduate of Santa Clara University and UC Santa Cruz, Liza has worked for multiple high-profile corporations including Ariat International, McMullen Advertising, PRx, NextLink, Silicon Planet, and LonMark International. Wanting to travel less, she moved from California to the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her husband, became a small business owner, and joined Radcliffe Creek School as the Development Director. Liza and her husband live in Chestertown with their two children.

Chris Cerino

Chris Cerino

Vice President

ccerino@sultanaeducation.org

With a master’s in teaching Secondary History from the University of Virginia, Chris joined SEF in 2002 shortly after SULTANA’’s launch. His rich background in environmental education, development, and local knowledge allow him to create and implement award-winning educational programs across the organization. An outdoorsman and singer-songwriter, Chris’ devotion to the Eastern Shore is hard to find among many. Chris lives in Chestertown with his wife, two children, and lovable Labrador.

Eli Davis

Eli Davis

Associate Paddling Trip Leader

A former SEF Summer Program Intern and U.S. Marine, Sultana is thrilled to have Eli back as a Trip Leader. Davis is currently pursuing a degree in Ecology and Wildlife Management at Montana State University. Davis’s passion for the Chesapeake Bay outdoors is obvious and his background and experience with the Eagle Scouts, the Marine Corp and Echo Hill Outdoor School make him an excellent addition to the team.

Hannah Davis

Hannah Davis

Assistant Paddling Trip Leader

A prior camper in SEF’s paddling programs, Hannah is a rising senior at Charles E Smith Jewish Day School, and an active member in the Environmental Club, Track & Field, and the dance team. She enjoys volunteering with various organizations like Global Leadership Adventures, where she planted trees and cleaned beaches, and Eastern Shore Rabbit Rescue, caring for animals in need during the pandemic.

Paige Dempsey

Paige Dempsey

Education Director, Schooner SULTANA

Paige is a graduate of Whitman College, and holds a degree in Environmental Humanities and Chemistry. Prior to joining SEF, Paige worked as a Camp Division Director, where she designed outdoor programs and activities for children, and led the staff through orientation. Paige has also worked as crew aboard the tall ships SSV ROBERT C. SEAMANS, SSV CORWITH CRAMER and now aboard the Schooner SULTANA as a Deckhand Educator.

Jackie Doerr

Jackie Doerr

Director of Science Programs

jdoerr@sultanaeducation.org

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 with students from inner city schools.

Kate Dumhart

Kate Dumhart

Captain, Schooner SULTANA

kdumhart@sultanaeducation.org

A Salisbury University graduate with a degree in Biology, Kate joins SEF again as Captain of the schooner SULTANA where her love of sailing, history, ecology, and education for all ages come together in an outdoor setting.  Prior to SEF, Kate worked in environmental education at YMCA Camp Orkila and Ferry Beach Ecology School, and an Educator for Historic St. Mary’s.  She gained further sailing experience as Mate and Relief Captain aboard the Skipjack DEE OF St. MARY’S, and most recently as Mate aboard the Schooner SULTANA.

James Fordi

James Fordi

Seasonal Paddling Staff
Bio coming soon!

Gina Gaebl

Gina Gaebl

Education Director, 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 SULTANA.

Darwin Garrett

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 outdoor education.

Max Gleason

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 onboard SULTANA.

Marcus Goldman

Marcus Goldman

Assistant Paddling Director

mgoldman@sultanaeducation.org

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.

Bradley B. Hirsh

Bradley B. Hirsh

Director of Paddling Programs

bhirsh@sultanaeducation.org

Brad is a graduate of St. Andrew’s School and Bard College, where he earned a degree in Literature. With 15+ years of teaching, counseling, and coaching young adults Brad is a highly effective leader and engaging educator in his field. Prior to SEF Brad worked as a Staff Naturalist/ Trip Leader for Echo Hill Outdoor School and a classroom teacher at The Swain School in Allentown, PA, where he oversaw the development of the school’s outdoor education curriculum.

Ryan Kozel

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

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 a tallship.

Mariana Lesher

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 for the log canoe JAY DEE.

John Mann

John Mann

Lawrence Wetlands Preserve Manager

jmann@sultanaeducation.org

John has a long history with SEF beginning with 2007’s Captain John Smith Four Hundred Project, a 121-day retracing of Captain John Smith’s 1608 Chesapeake expedition. John became the first person in the US to complete both the Appalachian Trail and paddle the full extent of Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. In his previous role as director of paddling programs, John played a central role in the initial development of SEF’s paddle programs. John lives with his wife and two children just outside of Chestertown.

Kathy McAllister

Kathy McAllister

Executive Financial Officer

kmcallister@sultanaeducation.org

Kathy has been SEF’s Chief Financial Officer since shortly after its founding. She holds a degree in outdoor recreation and business from Frostburg State University, and a Juris Doctorate from the George Mason University School of Law. Following law school, McAllister decided to move to the Eastern Shore to raise her family, and prior to SEF worked for the Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company in Chestertown.

Drew McMullen

Drew McMullen

President, Founder

dmcmullen@sultanaeducation.org

A co-founder of the organization, Drew McMullen has been President of the Sultana Education Foundation since 2001. A graduate of St. Paul’s School, Amherst College, and Johns Hopkins University, McMullen is a recognized leader in the field of maritime nonprofit management. Prior to working for SEF, McMullen was a member of Deutsche Bank’s International Investment Advisory division, and worked for H.G. Wellington Capital Management, both in New York City. Drew lives in Chestertown with his wife, two children, and very energetic dog.

Forrest Richards

Forrest Richards

Senior Captain, Schooner SULTANA

frichards@sultanaeducation.org

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 Riverkeeper, and their son Archie.

Rudy Schreiber

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.

Jasmine Sun

Jasmine Sun

Assistant Director of Science Programs

jsun@sultanaeducation.org

Maryland native, Jasmine Sun, joins SEF from Gaithersburg, and holds a degree in Environmental Science from University of Maryland Baltimore County. Jasmine previously honed her knowledge and expertise in outdoor education and animal husbandry while working for Cape Henlopen State Park as their Nature Center’s Intern Assistant, and with the DuPont Nature Center as an Environmental Education and Outreach Assistant. Outside of SEF, Jasmine’s passion for education extends to teaching Martial Arts, and has 20+ years of karate experience.

Faith Waaramaa

Faith Waaramaa

Holt Center Programs Intern

A senior at Washington College from Melrose, MA, Faith returns to SEF via an internship in her minor of Museum, Community, Field and Education Studies. While pursuing a major in Environmental Science, Faith juggles many hats as the Panhellenic President of the school’s Greek Chapter, a member of the Douglas Cater Society of Junior Fellows, Secretary of the Rotaract Club, a member of the Food Recovery Network, and a member of the Sustainability Committee at the College’s Student Environmental Alliance.