Our Adventuress Crew
2013 Season 1 Crew (March 25-July 8)
Kyra Berkovich - Shipboard Educator
After spending two years in Swaziland as an educator with the Peace Corps, Kyra steps aboard Adventuress as a Shipboard Educator with a unique teaching background centered around gender equality and empowerment. She also has experience leading after-school programs and summer camps and teaching life skills to individuals with developmental disabilities.
Meara Cafferata - Shipboard Educator
A student at Hampshire College, Meara has been spending her summers aboard boats and is excited to add Adventuress to her experience. While in school, Meara has been working as a farmhand but is excited to get back to the sea and share her enthusiasm for the natural world with those around her.
Morgan Chow - Shipboard Educator
With a degree in Environmental Policy with Water Quality emphasis from UC Davis in 2009, Morgan has spent the past two years in the Philippines as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching about marine ecosystems and solid waste management. She has also spent time doing water quality research at the World Resources Institute, leading rock climbing trips, and teaching conservation science principles in classrooms.
Corey Cusson - Shipboard Educator
Coming aboard after finishing up his degree in English at MIT, Corey has experience leading backcountry trips in Southeast Asia, Yellowstone, and his home state of Massachussetts. He is a certified Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, and has also taught Wilderness First Aid and other medical training courses.
Katie Giuliano - Engineer
Katie returns for her third year aboard Adventuress, her second as Engineer. With experience aboard several tall ships, including the schooner Roseway and with Sea Education Association, Katie brings a background in science, education, and sailing to her role as engineer.
Sam Hilgartner - Shipboard Educator
Sam has a diverse background that includes tutoring youth in inner-city schools, teaching bicycle maintenance, facilitating urban gardening programs, and spending time at a Zen monastery. As a Shipboard Educator in his first season aboard Adventuress, he brings thoughtful questioning and purpose to his teaching.
Franky Johnson - Shipboard Educator
Franky joins the crew of Adventuress as a Shipboard Educator for her first season. She has a dual degree in Fine Arts and Natural Sciences from The Evergreen State College. Her experience includes teaching art to youth and working as an environmental educator.
Julie McPherson - Program Coordinator
Julie brings her wealth of facilitation experience to Adventuress for her second season, this time as Program Coordinator. After coming aboard as the Relief Program Coordinator last year, Julie spent the winter leading teens on backcountry adventures in New Zealand.
Tyson Miller - Shipboard Educator
Tyson comes to Adventuress after spending the past five years working as an Environmental Educator and Program Staff at the Multnomah County Outdoor School in Portland. With a degree in Recreation and Leisure Services, paired with an emphasis in Environmental Education, Tyson has also had experience aboard tall ships and is able to pair his experience teaching about the natural world with his love of sailing and the marine environment.
Alea Robertson - Shipboard Educator
Alea came aboard Adventuress as a month-long intern in October and hasn’t left yet! She spent the winter in Port Townsend working on Adventuress’ annual maintenance projects and is now in her first full season as a Shipboard Educator. A talented artist, Alea has experience teaching youth about pottery, painting, and more, and brings a contagious enthusiasm for learning and growth aboard Adventuress.
Nate Seward - 2nd Mate / Shipboard Educator
A familiar face aboard Adventuress, Nate returns for his fifth year as a Shipboard Educator and his second year as 2nd Mate/Bosun. He has had experience with other sailing programs including Highlander Seas, Clearwater, and Carlyn as an educator, deckhand, and rigger. A native of Port Townsend, Washington, Nate continues to bring his background in rigging and sailing to the educational programs aboard Adventuress.
Aimee Shafner - Shipboard Educator
Aimee joins the Adventuress crew after spending the past year working as an instructor with Outward Bound. With experience leading team building, environmental expeditions, and sailing programs through Outward Bound, Aimee also has experience with sustainability education, trail crew, and more.
Julia Swanson - Relief Program Coordinator / Shipboard Educator
Julia comes aboard Adventuress for the first time as Relief Program Coordinator and Shipboard Educator. Since graduating three years ago from Northwestern University with a degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences, Julia has spent time at a variety of environmental education organizations including Nature’s Classroom and Sultana Projects, where she taught students about science, sailing, and team building. Julia will stay on for our second season as Program Coordinator.
Amanda Thieroff - Galley Coordinator
Amanda joins the Adventuress crew for her first sailing season as Galley Coordinator. Her shipboard experience inlcudes sailing on the Sloop Clearwater in New York as an Education Intern, a Sailing Apprentice, and a Camp Instructor. Amanda spent the last year working at farms in New York and Hawaii, focusing on small-scale organic vegetable production and community outreach and education.
Matt Villeneuve - Shipboard Educator
As a Shipboard Educator aboard for his first sailing season on Adventuress, Matt joins the crew with experience as a teaching assistant and mentor for freshmen at the University of Oregon, as well as internship experience at the White House. A History and Philosophy major, Matt steps aboard during Adventuress’ Centennial Sailing Season and shares enthusiasm for the ship’s unique 100-year history.
Jesse Weigel - Shipboard Educator / Relief Engineer
For a third season as a Shipboard Educator, Jesse utilizes his background in theater and environmental education to deliver engaging and exciting programs aboard Adventuress. Always looking for ways in which he can learn and grow, Jesse is also filling the role of Relief Engineer this season.
Esther Whitmore - Chief Mate
Esther joins the Adventuress crew for her second season, this time as Chief Mate. She has worked as an educator and sailor on many other boats, including Clearwater, Lady Washington, and Hawaiian Chieftain. Esther spent this past winter as an apprentice shipwright to Haven Boatworks during Phase IV of the Adventuress Centennial Restoration Project, working alongside the Haven shipwrights in the portside rebuild.
2013 Season 2 Crew (July 9-October 31)
Elizabeth (BetSea) Antonio - Relief Program Coordinator / Shipboard Educator
BetSea joins the Adventuress crew for her third season aboard, this time as the Relief Program Coordinator. With experience as an environmental educator, she has spent the past two years working at a preschool focusing on art and science.
Daniel (Wiley) Armstrong - Chief Engineer
Wiley has been the Chief Engineer aboard Adventuress since around 2007. He has also been aboard as 2nd Mate, winter Engineer, and, for a short while, worked in the Sound Experience office. He has also worked as engineer and mate aboard several other tall ships. When he is not working on boats, he lives in Davis, California with his wife, Zoe.
Sarah Felder - Chief Mate
Sarah has been a mate aboard Adventuress on and off since 2009 and spent time as a Shipboard Educator in 2007 and 2008. She most recently sailed with Salish Sea Expeditions as a mate, spent a year as a student at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, worked as a barista at Velocity Coffee, and led longboat trips with the Northwest Maritime Center. Making her home in Port Townsend, Sarah is originally from New Hampshire and studied photography and chemistry at Hamilton College. Look for her poster and t-shirt design at this year's Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend!
Cosima Franchini - Shipboard Educator
Cosima joins the Adventuress crew for the first time, taking some time off before she graduates from The Evergreen State College with a focus on marine biology and related sciences. She has been a rowing coach and taught kayaking in addition to training as a Thurston County Search and Rescue team member. She grew up sailing on a 25' boat and looks forward to sailing a much larger vessel.
Carlos Gemorra - Shipboard Educator
After spending a few years coming aboard as a community volunteer, Carlos is coming on in a full-time crew capacity for the month of July. A student at The Evergreen State College studying alternative energy and land use. He also has worked in construction and carpentry while working toward his degree.
Colin Horton - Shipboard Educator
Colin first stepped aboard Adventuress as a 4th grade student and returned, now for his third year, as a shipboard educator. He has almost completed his degree from Western Washington University in English and Creative Writing. Last year's Safety Officer, Colin knows the ins and outs of Adventuress very well, and is an incredibly energetic and engaging educator.
Josh Ingrahm - Relief Engineer / Shipboard Educator
Josh will be returning for his second year as a shipboard educator, after spending this winter as part of the winter volunteer crew during phase 4 of the Centennial Restoration Project. Prior to coming aboard Adventuress, Josh has held many roles aboard other boats, including ship's medic, carpenter, deckhand, and more. He is a Wilderness Emergency Technician and has also taught youth and adults about bicycle repair and safety in several states.
Katie Jewett - Shipboard Educator
Returning for her second season aboard, Katie first joined the Adventuress crew in 2011 and has spent the past year working with the schooner Seaward as their Head Educator. During the winter, she found herself teaching ski school in Colorado. Katie spent time sailing aboard the Corwith Cramer as part of the Mystic Seaport maritime semester, and graduated with a degree in Human Biology from Stanford.
Emily Neal - Shipboard Educator
Emily joins the Adventuress crew after spending a year as an Americorps volunteer with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center teaching school programs about the marine environment, participating in citizen science projects, and developing new programs for youth and adults. Prior to her year at the Marine Science Center, Emily spent a semester on a tall ship with the Sea Education Association, graduated with a degree in mathematics and environmental studies, and was an educator at a history camp.
Marisa Nixon - Shipboard Educator
After spending many years educating on land, Marisa is spending 2013 on the water. She sailed with Salish Sea Expeditions aboard the Carlyn in the spring of 2013, and joins the Adventuress crew for the summer. Before finding herself back on the water, Marisa spent two years with EarthCorps, first as part of the trail crew and then as a field crew leader. Originally from the East Coast, Marisa now has a great understanding of the ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest, both land and sea.
Lennard Noller - Relief Galley Coordinator / Shipboard Educator
Lennard joins the Adventuress crew for his first season with extensive experience in the kitchen. For the past several years, Lennard has worked at a bakery in Astoria, OR specializing in vegetarian cuisine. He has also found time to hike along the Pacific Coast Trail and abroad and to volunteer at the Astoria Wildlife Rescue Center. He brings a passion for learning, teaching, sailing, and good food to programs aboard Adventuress.
Caitlin O'Morchoe - Shipboard Educator
Having just graduated from Occidental College with a degree in Marine Biology, Caitlin joins the Adventuress crew after volunteering as an Educator at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, working as a camp counselor, and leading her college's Dance Production Company among many other things. She also sailed for a semester with the Sea Education Association, studying plastics in the North Pacific Gyre. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she looks forward to returning to her home state.
Caitlin Roberts - Shipboard Educator
Caitlin joins us for her second time as a Shipboard Educator. She recently received her Masters in Environmental Sciences, and is now working with NOAA as a researcher, specifically looking at marine invertebrates and how they may be affected by ocean acidification. Caitlin shares a love of the ocean and of music with all who come aboard.
Sarah Schwimmer - Galley Coordinator
Sarah comes aboard as our Galley Coordinator after graduating from the University of Michigan. She has spent time on tall ships, in kitchens, on farms, and coordinating events to name a few of her experiences. With a passion for sustainable food practices and local farms, she brings an excitement for local foods to the Adventuress galley.
Nate Seward - 2nd Mate / Shipboard Educator
Nate will be aboard for the second half of the season as 2nd Mate. A familiar face aboard Adventuress, Nate returns for his fifth year as a Shipboard Educator and his second year as 2nd Mate/Bosun. He has had experience with other sailing programs including Highlander Seas, Clearwater, and Carlyn as an educator, deckhand, and rigger. A native of Port Townsend, Washington, Nate continues to bring his background in rigging and sailing to the educational programs aboard Adventuress.
Chris (Zeal) Stohlman - 2nd Mate / Shipboard Educator
Zeal returns for his third season aboard Adventuress, this time as the 2nd Mate, Bosun, and Shipboard Educator. He will be leaving in September to prepare for his upcoming wedding. Zeal has spent the last year working with Haven Boat Works as a shipwright, spending much of the winter as part of the Centennial Restoration Project team.
Julia Swanson - Program Coordinator
After spending the first season of 2013 as the Relief Program Coordinator, Julia is stepping into the role of Program Coordinator for her second season aboard. Since graduating three years ago from Northwestern University with a degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences, Julia has spent time at a variety of environmental education organizations including Nature’s Classroom and Sultana Projects, where she taught students about science, sailing, and team building.
Rosie Wilson-Briggs - Shipboard Educator
Rosie stepped aboard as a volunteer for a few days last year, and decided Adventuress is where she wanted to be. She spent the winter as a part of the Centennial Restoration volunteer crew. Rosie has taken coures in scientific drawing - look for her incredible depictions of plankton in our onboard ID guides!