The Courageous Team

Courageous has a core group of 6 year-round staff members who keep our programs running and our fleet of about 70 boats shipshape.  During the sailing season, we welcome about 100 more wonderful individuals to our staff, from instructors for both the Youth Programs and Adult Programs to front desk, dock, and extra maintenance hands.

We are very fortunate to have the following staff as part of our year-round team. Please click here for complete contact information.

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Dave DiLorenzo - Executive Director

Dave started at Courageous in 2007 as the youth program race coach, before becoming the director of the Courageous adult program from 2007-2011. In that time, Dave oversaw the growth of our adult membership, instruction and racing programs, helping to establish Courageous as one of the leading nonprofit keelboat schools in Massachusetts.  As our Executive Director, Dave now works closely with our Board of Directors and management team to ensure Courageous is meeting our mission and delivering the strongest and safest possible programs. Each Spring, Dave returns to his Courageous roots as coach for the Boston Latin School HS team.  Dave learned to sail on the south shore of Long Island, and is a US Sailing Keelboat Instructor and Level 2 racing coach.

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Kate Henderson - Director of Youth Programs

Kate is responsible for managing all of our need-blind youth progams. From after-school programs to our Summer Youth Program, Kate manages nearly 65 instructors and other staff to allow nearly 1,200 youth to sail with Courageous each year. Kate learned to sail on the South Shore in Cape Cod Mercuries and went on to sail in high school and college. She has worked at and managed numerous sailing programs in the area.

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Jacob Denney - Director of Adult Programs

Jake grew up sailing dinghies in southern Mass, and after getting bit by the racing bug, went to to attend college at Tufts University, where he raced for four years. After graduating, Jake begin working as a college sailing coach for Bentley University and as an assistant coach at his alma mater. Jake comes to this role by way of his work in our frostbiting fleet, where he is the PRO.

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Jen Bodde - Adult Program Education Coordinator

Jen's focus is on supporting the students and instructors in Courageous's adult program. She has been teaching at Courageous since 2009, serving as the Interim Adult Program Director in 2013, and is a longtime member of our Frostbiting racing fleet. Jen grew up sailing and racing Blue Jays, Lasers, and her father’s classic wooden boat in Long Island Sound, and managed a junior sailing program in New London, CT. She brings her experience as a classroom teacher and arts educator to her mission to provide lifelong learning opportunities to sailors at all levels. Instrumental in building the community of novice racers over the last few years, Jen is a firm believer in power of community sailing organizations to make sailing and racing accessible and welcoming to all.

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Rebecca Inver - Youth Program Outreach Coordinator

Rebecca came to Courageous originally as their Environmental Education Coordinator. She now oversees our family, staff, and student engagement activities as well as the Instructor in Training (IIT), Summer Learning Project (SLP), and Swim, Science, Sail (SSS) programs. She also organizes our Cocktails for Courageous fundraising events and other development and nonprofit management projects. Rebecca is originally from Philadelphia but learned to sail on the Chesapeake Bay. She has sailed with Sea Education Association and Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean aboard the famous record-breaking circumnavigator, American Promise. She brings to our organization her experience working with nonprofits and her extensive marine biology and environmental education background.

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Corey Williams - Office Manager

Corey returned to Courageous as the Office Manager after working at the front desk summer of 2011. Coming from a background in stage management at Ford's Theatre in Washington DC, Corey is equipped with the organizational skills to keep Courageous’s business operations running smoothly (as well as an abundance of knowledge on the Lincoln assassination). At a young age, Corey was plopped in a Dyer Dinghy by her seafaring grandparents on Cape Cod, and hasn’t been able to stay off the water since.

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FJ Ritt - Fleet Manager

F.J. comes to Courageous Sailing as a marine professional with experience in marine operations and marine systems. A USCG Merchant Mariner credentialed Master and American Boat and Yacht Council certified Master Marine Technician, F.J. grew up sailing and racing on Massachusetts Bay and remains a competitive one-design sailor.

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Chris Roper - Assistant Fleet Manager

Chris is an English teacher of 30 years and comes from a family rich with sailors.  He helps FJ with managing the fleet whilst keeping us up to date with our Yeats.


 

Courageous Board of Directors

 
Courageous Sailing is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is made up of outstanding volunteers from various areas of professional and personal backgrounds. The Board hires the Executive Director and is responsible for fiscal oversight, fundraising support, strategic input and operations and programmatic support. We are honored to have the following individuals on our Board of Directors.
 
 
Chip Terry Board President Senior Vice President at BzzAgent, Inc
Michael Silvia Board Vice President Director, Assurance Services at Marcum LLP
Ladd Thorne, Jr. Board Secretary Vice President at The Fortress Corporation
Elisa Sartori Treasurer Senior Vice President at Mesirow Financial Consulting LLC
Clayton Deutsch Board Assistant Treasurer CEO and President at Boston Private Bank & Trust
James Benenson   Co-president at Industrial Manufacturing Company
Ned Bicks   Vice President, Strategy at Forrester Research
Erik Bullerjahn   Principal at Kendall Investments
Kevin Cain   Partner at Peabody & Arnold
Chris Dubois   Instructor-Trainer at National Outdoor Leadership School
Paul Foster   Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors at Reebok
Charley Goheen   Chief Financial Officer at Harvard Pilgrim
Mark Lindsay   Owner of Boston BoatWorks LLC
Gregg Nourijan  

Managing Director at Mid-Market Securities LLC

Mike Opal   Industry Director at Microsoft
Rick Pedone   Partner at Nixon Peabody LLP
Chris Probyn   Chief Global Economist at State Street Corporation
Jon Rotenberg   President of Eastern Yacht Sales
Alison Simons   Principal of Simons Marketing
Phil Stathos   Partner at Mayflower Advisors
Chris Stulb   Chief Financial Officer at Lynch & Associates
Steven Ulian   Managing Director at Bank of America
Richard Watson   Head of Distribution at Mellon Capital
Rebecca Wheatland   Physical Therapist at Step Ahead Physical Therapy 

 

 

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