Sultana Staff

Development and Communications Associate
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.

Director of Public Programs
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.

Vice President
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.

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.

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.

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.

Bay Discovery Camp Staff
Hailing from Maryland's Western Shore, Jackie is a prior Chesapeake Conservation Corps intern returning for SEF's 2021 Summer Programs! 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 leaving 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. SEF is thrilled to have Jackie back again on our program staff.

Director of Paddling Programs
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.

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 outdoors are a perfect fit for SEF.  

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 help lead the crew with her experience and enthusiasm. 

Holt Education Center Director
From the Pacific Northwest with a degree in Marine Biology from Oregon State, Beth has almost a decade of environmental education, teaching, and research experience for organizations including Patuxent Research Refuge, Living Classrooms, and Kent School. Beth develops and manages many of the Holt Center’s programs and is a mentor of recent graduates through the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Conservation Corps program.

Lawrence Wetlands Preserve Manager
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.

Executive Financial Officer
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.

President, Founder
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.

Assistant Director of Paddling Programs

Todd began at SEF in 2018 as the Education Director on the schooner SULTANA. A graduate of Salisbury University with a degree in Environmental Studies, Todd has worked for many outdoor education organizations including Patuxent Research Refuge, YMCA Camp Orkila, and Path Finder Ranch, and is now the science and math teacher with the Kent School. Todd is a thrill-seeking outdoorsman, who finds comfort in good company and free spaces to appreciate the natural world.

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 Educator. SEF is excited for Paige to return in her new role as Education Director.

Chief Financial Officer
After her father’s military retirement, Josephine's family finally settled on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Baltimore, and has extensive experience in finance and accounting, teaching, banking and office administration. Her prior employment includes the Linden Companies, LLC, Niermann Weeks, Inc., InternationalGreens Structures, LLC and Argo Systems, LLC. SEF is thrilled to have Josephine on their team, where she can watch her grandchildren grow up on the shore.