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Senior Staff

Madison Beres

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.

Liza Brocker

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.

Chris Cerino

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.

Michael Fiorentino

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.

Bradley B. Hirsh

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.

Beth Lenker

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.

John Mann

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.

Kathy McAllister

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.

Drew McMullen

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.

Aaron Thal

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.

Josephine Tierney

Seasonal Staff 2019

Catherine Allen
Taylor Block

Assistant Camp Director

Chelsea Davis

Education Director, Schooner SULTANA
Chelsea holds a degree in Environmental Science from Florida Southern College. Chelsea has over four years of experience in environmental education and teacher training in outdoor classrooms including a position as a Deckhand Educator aboard the IRVING and EXY JOHNSON, and the Head Educator for the schooner SEAWARD. In her spare time, Davis enjoys attending concerts, and stays active through swimming, yoga, tai chi and ultimate frisbee.

Sarah Davis

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.

Jackie Doerr
Kate Dumhart

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.

Courtney Forgan

Seasonal Paddling Staff
Courtney attends Frostburg State University and is a local addition to the SEF staff. Forgan 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.

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.

Casey Madill
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, or play with any dog she can find.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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