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.
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
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.
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.
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 with students from inner city schools.
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.
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.
Deckhand Educator, Schooner SULTANA
Hailing from Maryland's Western Shore, SEF is excited to have Gina join as SULTANA's newest Crew. She is a recent 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.
Assistant Paddling Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Captain, Schooner SULTANA
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.
Education Director, Schooner SULTANA
A Maryland native with a degree in Environmental Science from Salisbury State, Emily has a handful of outdoor education, interpretive outreach, and teaching experience for organizations including Chesapeake Conservancy, Americorps, and the National Park Service. Emily is certified in wilderness first aid, Kayak and Canoe ACA, and was the president of her school's Environmental Student Association. SEF is excited for her to join the team.
Camp Staff, Bay Discovery Camp
Faith joins SEF for our Summer Programs as a rising senior at Washington College from Melrose, MA. She is currently pursuing a degree with a major in Environmental Science and minoring in Museum, Community, Field and Education Studies. She is very active in Greek life and community service, and is the current Panhellenic President at the school. Although busy juggling school and work, Faith likes to wind down with Yoga.