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.


Jen Kendrigan comes to Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island with a strong background in education, university recruitment, and admissions. She has previously taught at the elementary school level in Fairfax County, VA. She has also worked as a recruiter for State Street Corporation, Boston, and as Assistant Director of Admissions in undergraduate admissions at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. Jen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Providence College and a Master’s in Elementary Education from Lesley University.

Jen has always loved the ocean and began sailing in 1996 as a walk-on member of the Providence College Sailing Team. For the last few seasons, she has been working in a part-time marketing and sales role at Classic Cruises of Newport, home of Schooner Madeleine and Rum Runner II.



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 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
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.