BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS

P. GARDNER HOWE (Chair)

Gardner retired from the U.S. Navy after a 35-year career in the Naval Special Warfare and joint Special Operations communities.  His last assignment was as the Associate Director of Military Affairs at the Central Intelligence Agency; he had previously commanded Naval Special Warfare Unit Three in Bahrain, Naval Special Warfare Group Three in San Diego, and Special Operations Command, Pacific in Hawaii. Gardner also served as the 55th President of the Naval War College. He and his wife Erin reside in Newport. 

KATHERINE (KIT) WESCHLER DIVER (Vice Chair)

Kit is a former investment and commercial banker who transitioned to executive coaching and leadership development through two companies she founded and sold. She was also head of Global Strategy and Human Capital for Genzyme Corporation and a principal in a Harvard Business School consultancy. Kit has been chair of two national non-profits and concentrates on governance. Kit’s father, VADM Tom Weschler (1917-2016), was one of the original builders of the Oliver Hazard Perry along with with Chair Emeritus Bart Dunbar. 

RICHARD L. GERSH (Treasurer)

Richard has been a licensed Coast Guard captain (100 ton near-coastal) since the age of 18. For his “day” job, he has also more than 20 years with MetLife, serving in senior management roles in finance and risk management.  He acted as CFO/Chief of Staff to the General Counsel in Boston and served as President of Newbury Insurance Company, Ltd., a Bermuda-based captive reinsurance company.  He has worked for an MIT-spinoff in the aerospace industry, as Vice President, Business Development and is currently employed by Transcend Air Corp. as Senior Vice President, Risk Management.

JOSHUA PARKS

 Josh is an attorney at Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.  He worked at a maritime litigation boutique in the New York City area before returning to his native Ocean State.  A lifelong sailor, Josh remains an active and avid racer, and additionally serves on the board of Providence Community Boating.  He lives in Newport with his wife and energetic Portuguese water dog.

BOARD MEMBERS

AUSTIN BECKER

 

MARK BROWN SR.

 

BILL BURGESS

 

SOPHIE DE LA COUR

 

LISA WHISLER GARAVANTA

 

NATE GILMAN

 

WADE KNUDSON

 

DAVE MATSUDA

 

JOHN O’KEEFFE

 

A. RIVES POTTS, JR.

 

SEAN RANDALL

 

IBN SALAAM

 

SHANA STOREY

 

BARTLETT (BART) DUNBAR (Chair Emeritus)

Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to provide innovative and empowering education-at-sea programs to promote personal and professional growth.