Position: Executive Director
Certifications: Master’s degree in Tropical Coastal Management from Newcastle University. IYT/MCA Master of Yachts 200 ton, STCW'95 & USCG OUPV (Sailed 40,000 nautical miles). PADI Dive Instructor (+1,000 research and training dives)
When did you first fall in love with sailing? September 2004, the day I stepped on board Ocean Star as the Chief Scientist and Program Manager for Sea|mester. Prior to this I had been working on a variety of marine conservation projects in Fiji, the Bahamas, Tobago, Indonesia & the Seychelles. Life at sea seemed luxurious after living in a beach hut, bure or tent with no refrigeration, running water or electricity and I quickly grew my sea legs.
What's the best part of your job?
-The support and enthusiasm from the Board of Directors and local community for this project
-Hearing the feedback from trainees (& their parents) after their voyages
-The potential that Oliver Hazard Perry has to create so many adventures
-Living in Rhode Island, it’s almost as good as a life at sea
-The cookies at Empire
Favorite Place you've sailed to? Do I have to pick one? Top 5: Saba, St Helena, Cocos Keeling, Cape of Good Hope, Corsica
What's your definition of a salad? A conversation starter!
More about Jess:
"I've done over 5,000 splices for my handmade nautical dog leashes"