Senior 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. Outside of the Foundation, Madison enjoys exploring the outdoors, coaching lacrosse, and romping around with her dogs.

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.

Senior Captain, Schooner SULTANA
After graduating from New York University, Michael began his sailing career at the South Street Seaport Museum on PIONEER as a Deckhand and Carpenter. He has also worked aboard the PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II, BARK EUROPA, MARIQUITA, and LADY MARYLAND. Michael's knowledge and expertise have ensured the safety of SULTANA and the popularity its programming boasts today. Michael holds a US Coast Guard Master 500 GRT Oceans License with an Auxiliary Sail Endorsement and full STCW Endorsements.

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.

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.

Second Captain, Schooner SULTANA
A former Chief Mate on the schooner SULTANA, Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, and quickly jumped into the world of traditional sailing, working on multiple vessels including the schooners QUINNIPIACK, SULTANA, VIRGINIA, PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II, and Echo Hill Outdoor School’s historic Chesapeake Bay Workboats. Aaron holds a United States Coast Guard Master License for Vessels up to 100 tons on Inland Waters, as well as Auxiliary Sails and Commercial Towing endorsements.

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. 

 

Seasonal Staff 2020

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 the SULTANA. 

 

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.

 

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 daily operations of the vessels. Paige’s strong work ethic and upbeat attitude are a great fit for SEF.

 

Chesapeake Conservation Corps Intern
Hailing from Maryland's Western Shore, Jackie joins SEF as a member of the Chesapeake Conservation Corps. 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. When she isn’t attending to the critters or teaching in the Holt Center, Jackie stays active playing wallyball and kayaking, fuels her inner sports obsession watching baseball and football, and loves attending concerts.

 

Seasonal Paddling Staff
Courtney attends Frostburg State University and is a local addition to the SEF staff. Courtney is a member of the Future Farmers of America, currently enrolled in the Agricultural Career and Technologies Pathway, and is active in the Wildlife and Fisheries Club at FSU. When the weather is right, you can catch Courtney wakeboarding, wake surfing, and tubing on the Sassafras River.

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 continue her own education of sailing and wooden vessels.  

 

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 ideal fit for the Schooner SULTANA’s programs.

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.

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.   

 

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 onboard SULTANA.

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.

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.

Seasonal Staff 2019

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 onboard the SULTANA.

 

 

 

Assistant Camp Director

Seasonal Paddling Staff
Sarah is a student at Eckerd College. She has participated and interned with summer kayak programming through the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, Echo Hill Outdoor School and SEF. A budding scientist with a passion for ecology and the natural sciences, Sarah has worked with the Smithsonian National Zoo, Acadia Institute of Oceanography, and the Ecology Project International.

Chesapeake Conservation Corps Intern
Hailing from Maryland's Western Shore, Jackie joins SEF as a member of the Chesapeake Conservation Corps. 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. When she isn’t attending to the critters or teaching in the Holt Center, Jackie stays active playing wallyball and kayaking, fuels her inner sports obsession watching baseball and football, and loves attending concerts.

 

Mate, Schooner SULTANA
A Salisbury University graduate with a degree in Biology, Kate joins the schooner SULTANA team where her love of sailing, history, ecology, and education for all ages come together in an outdoor setting. She worked with 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 Solomon’s. Kate, her husband, and spry pooch love being outdoors and make an assortment of eco-friendly gifts.

Seasonal Paddling Staff
Courtney attends Frostburg State University and is a local addition to the SEF staff. Courtney is a member of the Future Farmers of America, currently enrolled in the Agricultural Career and Technologies Pathway, and is active in the Wildlife and Fisheries Club at FSU. When the weather is right, you can catch Courtney wakeboarding, wake surfing, and tubing on the Sassafras River.

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.

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.

 

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, or play with any dog she can find.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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