CURRENT STAFF AND CREW
JONATHAN KABAK – CEO
Captain Jonathan Kabak is an internationally recognized expert on maritime training and education under sail. Originally hailing from New York City, Jonathan’s maritime career began in the Sea Scouts and aboard the ships of the South Street Seaport Museum. Over the course of his career he has sailed in command of vessels ranging from landmark tall ships to high performance racing sailboats, maritime academy training vessels to luxury motor yachts. When not involved in vessel operations, he is sought after as an instructor and curriculum developer, specializing in STCW and Coast Guard approved training for commercial mariners, and as well as teaching at US and World Sailing Safety at Sea Seminars.
Prior to joining OHPRI first as a consultant and then as Chief Executive Officer in early 2019, Jonathan served in a variety of leadership roles at the United States Merchant Marine Academy Waterfront and with the USMMA Sailing Foundation.
Jonathan serves on the Board of Tall Ships America, where he is the Chairperson of the Ship Operations and Safety Committee and the Annual Conference Planning Committee. A transplant to the Ocean State, Jonathan now calls Portsmouth, RI home with his wife Jennifer and two children Olivia and Nathaniel.
Holly Buresh – Educational Program Manager
Holly Buresh comes to the Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island as the Educational Program Manager. She is from Nebraska and Indiana and went on to study Marine Science at Eckerd College. Her time after college doing research eventually led her into the world of tallships, where she first served as a deckhand/educator with World Ocean School. Holly has specialized in running educational programs and developing curriculum for various tallships and organizations on the West and East coast along with the Caribbean.
Rob Sampson- Engineer
Rob Sampson is a credentialed mariner and a New England native with a background in mechanical and electrical service. Rob was introduced to Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island in April 2021 through a workforce development partnership between OHPRI and the Community College of Rhode Island. On board, his primary roles are managing the ship's modern engineering systems and being an instructor for engineering-based programming. Rob also has a season's worth of traditional rigging experience and has worked as assistant engineer on board SSV Robert C. Seamans in the Pacific.
Nathan Hyde – Deckhand
Nathan Hyde is a student at Maine Maritime Academy for Vessel Operations and Technology. Being a Maine native, Nate has been on, in, or around the water his entire life. Nate has a primary background in racing dinghies, but when he isn't actively sailing, he is the student second mate aboard the Schooner Bowdoin helping organize events, doing day sails, or doing maintenance. He came to OHP after a training cruise aboard Bowdoin and is now a deckhand. You'll often hear Nate humming whatever song is in his head or looking out on the water and saying "ooooo I like that boat."
PAST SHIP'S CREW
GEORGIA HILTON – MATE
Georgia Hilton has been sailing since she was 12 and is a U.S. Navy veteran. Originally from Portland, Maine, Georgia began her maritime career by delivering yachts and charter boats along the U.S. East Coast and to and from the Bahamas. Over the course of her career, she has sailed as a senior deck officer or master of vessels ranging from small sailboats to 80 ft private yachts, and as crew on tall ships, including the Clipper City, Californian, and Manitou. While advancing her maritime career, she has also had 20+ years working in the tech field as a senior executive at Fortune 500 companies, such as Citigroup, and has run her own video production/post-production company. Georgia is also an ASA certified sailing instructor, teaching and coaching sailing and power boating.
Georgia’s credentials include:
- USCG National Master of self-propelled vessels incl. Aux Sail of less than 500 GRT upon Near Coastal Waters
- RADAR Observer Unlimited
- GMDSS Operator and Marine Radio Operator
- STCW Officer In Charge of a Navigational Watch
ALEXANDER MILLER – CHIEF ENGINEER
Alexander Miller is from Denver, Colorado. He graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy in 2015 with a BS in Marine Engineering. He was active in USMMA's Waterfront, and was appointed Regimental Chief Engineer of the Kings Pointer his senior year. Immediately after graduation, his first job was Assistant Engineer on the Kings Pointer for the class of 2020's indoctrination summer. Alexander has worked as an engineering officer and Electronics Officer aboard the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command on Bob Hope class LMSRs (Large, Medium-Speed, Roll-on/Roll-off Ships) for the past five years, supporting various Naval missions and operations.
Alexander's credentials include:
- USCG 2nd Assistant Engineer Diesel, Unlimited Horsepower
- USCG 3rd Assistant Engineer Steam & Gas Turbine, Unlimited Horsepower
- STCW Electro-Technical Officer, 750kW-1,000 HP or more
- STCW Officer in charge of an Engineering Watch
- Lieutenant, US Navy Reserve